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Old Man, Still Amazing: A Changed Vince Carter Still Making Big Plays in Memphis

LOS ANGELES — Watch someone long enough, as Vince Carter is allowing us to watch him, and you see the same stuff, except from new perspectives. It was without trepidation that Carter ferociously rammed both ball and arm deep into that net in the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. ... Sixteen years later, that fearlessness has evolved into something so serene it barely registers as the daredevil act it is.
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Think You Know James Harden? He and the Rockets Are About to Change Your Mind

After all of the points he has scored (11,262 in seven seasons), we know he doesn't necessarily burst into a sunbeam after a basket or a pair of free throws. Perhaps it's because what makes Harden happier is helping his teammates score. He's about to do more of that than anyone has ever seen. "You see the joy in my teammates getting shots and making shots," Harden recently told Bleacher Report. "They're comfortable. Everybody's happy. When they're happy, I'm happy. It's a different vibe. We're sacrificing for each other. That's where we are. We've got a long way to go, but for now it feels good." As far back as high school, Harden demonstrated an ability to be a creative force for his teammates. Even so, it took time for him to realize that new Rockets head coach and renowned offensive guru Mike D'Antoni moving him to point guard is a natural fit.
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NBA's Youngest Coach, Luke Walton, Is on the Level with Millennial-Laden Lakers

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – D'Angelo Russell's eyes are sparkling as he makes clear how he feels about his new coach. "At this level, I don't really know what it takes to win," Russell says. "So from a guy who knows what it takes to win, I can't do anything but sit back and listen." He is proud that Walton, from their first time together in offseason workouts, requested Russell's voice to break the team's huddles: "This is the point guard! He's the leader!" Walton bellowed. "When he speaks, guys, you gotta listen."
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Durant's Decision All About How He Views Himself: As a Winner

Kevin Durant could have closed his eyes and visualized himself staying with the Oklahoma City Thunder and becoming the winner he knows he already is deep down. Yet if Durant closed his eyes and visualized himself going to the Golden State Warriors, it would have been palpable. It fits. It feels right and real already. This is, bear in mind, someone who just three years ago openly and earnestly admitted to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, “I’m tired of being second.”