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Richard Jefferson, a 34-year-old forward for the Dallas Mavericks, looked like 2002-era R.J. on this amazing dunk over the Charlotte Hornets' (much younger) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Sunday. The only problem? It was called a foul.


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Kemba Walker's last-minute shot to lead the Hornets to an overtime win over the Bucks was pretty sweet, but look at how Michael Jordan reacted to it from the sidelines:

Fan, player and owner alike... we all get crazy during game-winning shots in OT! #HornetsComeback

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That's exceptional. We can't think of many better ways to start off a season -- at least for Hornets fans.

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We know the images of sports well, through awe-inspiring photographs and embedded-in-our-brains highlights.

This artist, though, is looking at the athletes and coaches we love a little differently. Well, OK, a lot differently. With some of the most minimalist sports portraits you'll find, Instagram user @lessonsinsport allows us to see big stars in quite a different light.

Check out our favorites:


Barry Sanders


Jim Harbaugh


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Muggsy Bogues


Steve Spurrier

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Favorites in NBA's East?

Less than a week into the NBA's official free agency, nearly all of the big names have made their decisions. And while the Western Conference saw little movement, the East saw some deals that will certainly shake things up.

LeBron James, in case you hadn't heard, left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat, though, kept Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, and added Luol Deng in the process. The Chicago Bulls picked up Pau Gasol and brought over Montenegro-born Nikola Mirotic from Spain to team with a (presumably) healthy Derrick Rose. And the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday saw Lance Stephenson go to the new-look Charlotte Hornets. (Also, let's not forget about Carmelo Anthony staying with the New York Knicks and Jason Kidd leaving the Brooklyn Nets to coach the Milwaukee Bucks.) Naturally, there are a lot of questions ...

  • Which team will win the NBA's Eastern Conference in 2014-15?

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  • Which team outside the Bulls and Cavaliers has the best shot at winning the East?

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  • Which of these non-playoff teams from 2013-14 will fare the best in 2014-15?

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  • What do you make of Lance Stephenson leaving the Pacers for the Hornets and a three-year, $27 million contract?

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  • Which of these was the best signing for the team?

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  • How will Derrick Rose fare this season?

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  • Which team will Andrew Wiggins be with at the start of the 2014-15 season?

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  • If you were the Cavaliers' general manager, would you trade Andrew Wiggins as part of a deal to get Kevin Love?

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  • How many championships will LeBron James win in Cleveland?

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  • Will Carmelo Anthony ever play in an NBA Finals?

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Your NBA playoff predictions?

The NBA playoffs are underway, and they're even more competitive than expected. Which teams will go on to win their first-round series? Cast your votes below!

More: Rank the playoff teams!

  • Who will win Game 7 of the Mavericks-Spurs Western Conference first-round series in San Antonio?

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  • Which team will win Game 7 of the Nets-Raptors Eastern Conference first round series in Toronto?

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