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All of the Greats Take Losses

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I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.”

— Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was “The Greatest.”

Everyone knows that, but there’s something that seems to be lost in the deification of the man born Cassius Clay: he wasn’t unbeatable.

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Greatness NBA

LeBron Has Spoiled Us with His Greatness

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“You say ‘LeBron’s playing well,’ and then you look at the stat sheet and say, ‘Oh my goodness’…LeBron James is at a level that’s just impossible to achieve. Only a few guys have gotten there or will ever get there. We should stop taking him for granted.”

— Kevin McHale

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NBA

2017 NBA Finals Bullet Points

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Just as I did last year, here are my quick-hit thoughts on the 2017 NBA Finals:

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Starting Five to Save the World

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If there was a single basketball game to determine the fate of the world, who is the starting five?

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Opinion

My Favorites

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It’s Friday. (More than) half the country is in a funk. Thanksgiving is next week. Work is crazy. So, instead of obsessing over politics or reading another essay about how to hack your way to greatness, I thought I’d just go light today and run down a list of my favorites.

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I Was There

I Was There: Carmelo, LeBron, CP3 & “The Battle of I-95”

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They are the NBA’s version of the Super Friends.

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NBA

2016 NBA Finals Bullet Points

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There will be countless essays and analysis on the 2016 NBA Finals, so here are my quick-hit thoughts:

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Greatness NBA

The Misconception Around the LeBron vs. Jordan Finals Argument

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Sports punditry and analysis is always full of bad arguments and poorly thought-out opinions. But the worst sports argument of the past decade concerns LeBron James.

LeBron has played in the NBA Finals nine of the last ten years and ten total. He’s led a team to the Finals in each conference. And critics point out that he’s won *only* four.

His record in the Finals is 4–6. And that means he sucks.

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The NBA Was Not Better in the ’80s

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I just turned 36. For my generation, the 1980’s were a glorious time. We had Small Wonder and Mr. Belvedere, slap bracelets, and Skip-It. How could you not love the 80’s?

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Greatness NBA

A King Among Men

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This originally appeared on The Cauldron on June 16, 2015