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Kobe Bryant is in the stage of his career at which people start asking him for lists of things. He's already listed the top five players he's faced in his career, featuring such luminaries as Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

Jordan's Bulls made Kobe's list of the top five toughest teams he's faced -- but neither team LeBron James has played for did. In no particular order:

San Antonio Spurs

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Sacramento Kings

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Boston Celtics

Kobe BryantAP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Detroit Pistons

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Chicago Bulls

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The Bulls, sure. The Spurs, no surprise there. The Kings, though? Remember, during Kobe's championship days, the Kings featured Vlade Divac, Peja Stojakovic, Chris Webber and others. Unsurprisingly, Kobe's got a long memory.

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Who was better -- Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan?

December 15, 2015
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Kobe Bryant is saying goodbye. Tim Duncan isn't -- but he surely will soon. (Right?)

Both players soared over their generational counterparts and won five titles each, albeit in different ways. Kobe flashy, Duncan subdued. Kobe with mountainous highs and abyssal lows, Duncan with a steady run that makes us wonder if he can keep this up for a few more years.

But who was better? Mike and Mike discussed in the video above -- pointing out that it's very hard to choose between the two.

Now it's your turn:

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'Sports are boring' -- Gregg Popovich

November 2, 2015
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The Kansas City Royals closed out their World Series win over the New York Mets on Sunday night, coming back from 2-0 down in the ninth inning and winning 7-2 in 12.

So, with the San Antonio Spurs in NYC to play the New York Knicks on Monday, coach Gregg Popovich was asked if he watched Game 5.

No he didn't.

"If it's nighttime, it's dinnertime. Dinner and wine. No baseball, no football, sports are boring. I'm serious. You think I'm being funny. Why would I want to watch a baseball game when I could go to dinner and relax with friends and enjoy it?"

Classic Pop.

ESPN Knicks reporter Ian Begley contributed to this report.

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LeBron James and Stephen CurryAP Photo/Ben Margot

Recently we brought you the top 10 players, as rated by the latest "NBA 2K" game.

The ratings for "NBA Live 16" also are here -- and they're quite a bit different.

Here's the top 10 (and ties):

1. LeBron James (97)

2. Kevin Durant (96)

T-3. Anthony Davis (95)

T-3. Marc Gasol (95)

T-3. Blake Griffin (95)

T-3. James Harden (95)

T-3. Chris Paul (95)

T-8. LaMarcus Aldridge (94)

T-8. DeMarcus Cousins (94)

T-8. Stephen Curry (94)

T-8. Russell Westbrook (94)

That's right: LeBron James (no surprise) is No. 1, 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant is No. 2, and a handful of talented stars across positions come in tied for third.

Meanwhile, the reigning NBA MVP is tied for eighth -- definitely an eye-opening number for a player many consider the best in the league. Then again, perhaps "NBA Live" is drawing upon more than just last season for its ratings; few before 2014-15 had Curry in that top-player-overall conversation.

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The ratings for "NBA 2K16" are out, and -- unlike in "Madden" -- nobody in the league was given a 99.

In fact, the highest rating was a 94, given to a player whose name long has been synonymous with "best in the NBA."

That's right. Even Stephen Curry's MVP season -- which gave him a four-point jump over his score a year ago -- couldn't push him past LeBron James, although the latter dropped four points (partly due to, as Bleacher Report explains, a new way of calculating rankings).

James Harden's players' choice MVP campaign got him a four-point boost, as did the continued scary-goodness of Anthony Davis, but they still couldn't take down The King. Kevin Durant's injury, meanwhile, likely was the reason for his fall from second place and a 95 rating a year ago. (Interesting note: The three non-LeBron top-four players are on the cover.)

There were a couple of surprise inclusions on the list. Carmelo Anthony was 20th in player efficiency rating, 49th in real plus-minus and 81st in wins above replacement last season, yet checks in at No. 8. LaMarcus Aldridge (11th/25th/22nd) was also an eyebrow-raiser at tied for eighth/No. 10.

Not that either is bad, far from it, But still, no love for the best player on Aldridge's team?

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