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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 Fallacy of 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. The roster that Fox Sports 1 is assembling is proof of that. But the worst sports argument, at least at the moment, concerns LeBron James.

LeBron is playing in his sixth consecutive NBA Finals and seventh total. And he’s going to lose. Again.

That means that his record in the Finals will be 2 – 5. And that means he sucks.

[Author’s note: I was obviously – and happily – wrong about this, but it’s not like I was the only one.]

Forget the fact that he’s in the conversation as the greatest all-around player most of us have ever witnessed. Forget that he’s been under a microscope since high school. Forget that he drags teams full of CYO players and D-League castoffs to the final round every single year. Forget that he’s done it in two cities with two completely different sets of teammates. Forget that in those seven years, he’s had the lesser team at least four times. “In fact, LeBron never played for a team that entered the finals with more than a 2-in-3 chance of winning.

None of that matters. Because he sucks.

He’s no Jordan.

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NBA

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

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NBA

Steph Curry Is the Greatest Shooter in NBA History, but He’s Far From Being the Greatest Player

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You can’t be the greatest player of all-time if you only play on one end.

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Week in Review

Week in Review (May 6, 2016)

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I’ve written before about how over the past few years I’ve fallen out of love with sports and that’s still half-true.

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Week in Review

Week in Review (April 15, 2016)

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After a dreadful season in which he was faced to confront his own basketball mortality, Kobe Bryant’s final game was the most Kobe Bryantest game possible. He scored 60 points! On 50 shots! In the locker room after the game, the Lakers popped champagne! This after a season in which they finished 17 – 65, the second-worst record in the league. That’s nutty.

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Documentary Tuesday

Documentary Tuesday: “30 for 30: No Crossover – The Trial of Allen Iverson”

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Allen Iverson is a beloved, complicated figure. The poster child for the marriage of basketball and hip-hop, he was small, but played with a huge heart, won the 2001 NBA MVP, and did it all his way.

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NBA

Chris Webber’s Hall of Fame Résumé

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There have been approximately a quadrillion articles devoted to the Fab Five of Michigan – interviews, reviews, praises, critiques, “should haves,” complaints, and memoirs – so I would rather devote my time to a cause I find far more interesting: Chris Webber’s case for inclusion in The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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The Musical Outcast Uncategorized

The NBA & Hip-Hop: Til Death Do They Part

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The NBA has a complicated history with hip-hop, but the sooner it embraces the fact that the two are forever entwined, the better it will be. My latest for The Musical Outcast.

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Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter.