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Linsanity a Memory, Nets Offering Second Act for Jeremy Lin and Kenny Atkinson

On his best nights, as the press conferences filled to capacity and the klieg lights shined, Lin would dutifully credit his teammates and coach Mike D'Antoni and give thanks to two others: God and Kenny Atkinson, who until then was as anonymous as Lin. This week, Atkinson made his debut as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, with Lin as his starting point guard—a bit of happy symmetry for two basketball vagabonds who got here the hard way and almost certainly wouldn't be here without each other. Brought together by basketball, reunited by friendship, Lin and Atkinson now face their greatest challenge: making the Nets respectable.
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The NBA's Plan to Go Beyond the Anthem

In more than a dozen interviews...a range of NBA figures...laid out a different vision for how a predominantly black league, with a long tradition of social activism, will be part of the movement. Players are still speaking out, but they are eschewing silent protest in favor of actively engaging with law enforcement, civic leaders, children and their communities—demanding change over symbolism because, as Memphis Grizzlies star Mike Conley Jr. said, “Silence isn't going to change anything.”
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Iverson, Shaq, Yao Enter Hall with a Trail of Memories and Questions

As of Friday night, he is no longer Shaquille O'Neal, but Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal. The man towering over him on the stage? That's Hall of Famer Yao Ming. The little dude with the cornrows standing among the giants? Hall of Famer Allen Iverson. Their induction into the Hall of Fame certified their place in history, and they were rightfully, often raucously, celebrated for their outsize achievements. O'Neal, Iverson and Yao all dominated the NBA, in their own unique ways.
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Durant Leaving Opens Door to Trouble for NBA

For the last eight seasons, Durant's fate has been intertwined with that of Russell Westbrook, a dazzling, fire-breathing, occasionally maddening point guard who sometimes forgets he has teammates—including a guy with an MVP trophy and four scoring titles. Their partnership produced four conference finals appearances, and one trip to the NBA Finals, in the last six years. It also produced a simmering frustration that, in essence, paved the way for his exit.
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