Summary of “Can anyone catch this Golden State Warriors?”

CLEVELAND – Long after the Golden State Warriors were presented with their third NBA Finals trophy in the past four years on Friday night, the game operations crew at Quicken Loans Arena had a few unenviable final tasks to get through.
That’s been the case since the Warriors added two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant to a team that won an NBA-record 73 games two years ago.
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In 2016, after the Cavaliers rallied back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Warriors in the NBA Finals, Lacob said that it took him 30 minutes to get over the loss and start thinking about how the team could get better the following year.
It’s what makes Golden State’s dominance as much as story about the rest of the NBA’s futile pursuit of this team as it is about the Warriors overcoming their own existential angst and sustaining a level of excellence no one else can match.
It’s hard to say if any of these approaches will ultimately be enough to topple Golden State, or if the Warriors empire is only fallible from within.
For now, it’s about as good as any other team or superstar in search of a title can hope for after yet another year of Warriors dominance.
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Summary of “5 Pencil and Paper Games”

Pencil and paper games are an all-around great source of impromptu entertainment, as you’ll almost always have all the supplies needed for their play on hand.
A player wins the game when they guess the correct word.
The old-school version has the advantage of not needing those annoying little pegs or a manufactured game board, making starting a spontaneous showdown, or playing in the car on a long road trip, much easier.
Each player creates two 10×10 grids on their piece of paper.
Label one grid “My Ships” and the other grid “Enemy Ships.” Label each square on the x-axis 1-10, and each square on the y-axis A-G. Make sure neither player can see the other’s grids.
Once each player has drawn out their fleet, the play begins.
One player is “O”; the other player is “X.”.
The player who makes the last move wins the game, or you could play so that the player who makes the last play loses.

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Summary of “How Steph Curry and Klay Thompson overcame their childhood nemeses”

While he might well be one of the most feared weapons in the NBA today, when Steph Curry was 12 years old, a kid named CJ Young owned him.
While the barrel-chested Young looked older than his peers, the wispy Curry was often mistaken for a younger player.
During one of their games, Carl Young remembers, Curry drilled seven 3-pointers in a row over an increasingly agitated defender.
As Curry grew older – and taller – he enrolled at a private school, Charlotte Christian, and no longer crossed paths with Young.
The last time Young saw Steph Curry was in 2005, when they ran into each other at the Indian Trail Rec Center on the outskirts of Charlotte, working independently on their games and preparing for the next step in their basketball journey.
CJ Young, Curry is informed, has a debilitating illness.
“Recently, while watching Curry drain one of those absurdly long 3s, Young turned to the friends who were watching with him and informed them proudly,”I know him.
He quickly thumbed through, then triumphantly pointed to a faded AAU photo from 18 years ago, when Steph Curry was just a skinny little zone-buster and CJ Young was on top of the basketball world.

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Summary of “Man United and France star Paul Pogba is looking to impress in Russia”

Out front rises a towering fir tree just like those in the common area of the French public housing complex where Pogba grew up.
The last Premier League season, which ended two days ago, exposed clearly the conflict that will dominate the rest of his career: Can the joy and whimsy that define his play survive the pressures seeking to harden him into something serious and mathematical? If Pogba succumbs to Mourinho’s system, he might become the best player of his generation.
Two of those people stood in their kitchen two days ago, on the morning of Man United’s final league game, and remembered Pogba saying years ago, “I’ll play football wherever it makes me feel happy.”
Paul and Carol Dalby served as Pogba’s host family when he first came to England as a teenager to attend the Man United academy.
Pogba confided in the Dalbys at the time, “I like them, but they don’t seem to like me.” When he signed with Juventus, they knew before nearly anyone in the world, and when Pogba struggled to deal with the aggressive Italian fans – one time in Turin, a Juve fan got into the passenger seat of his car at a red light to take a selfie – he’d talk to them about it.
Once when Juve came to play Man City, Pogba asked the Dalbys to visit him at the team hotel.
His second agent and his first engaged in a yearslong dispute over the first contract Pogba signed, a predatory deal in which he relinquished the rights to his own name and likeness.
Almost accidentally, Carol caught a glimpse of Pogba on the pitch.

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Summary of “Why Kevin Durant’s Shoes Keep Falling Off”

Kevin Durant loses his shoes more than any player in NBA history.
His shoes ran away from his feet twice during that epic 2016 Thunder-Warriors Western Conference finals, in which Oklahoma City lost a 3-1 lead and set the stage for Durant to join Golden State in free agency two months later.
Leo Chang, the designer behind Durant’s shoes for more than a decade, told ESPN sneaker expert Nick DePaula that he loosened the bootie – the part of the shoe you slide your foot in through – to make them easier to put on and take off.
Having seen everything that Durant is asked to do for Golden State – be a primary scorer who can attack at all three levels, a switchy perimeter defender capable of handling the opposing club’s No. 1 option and occasionally even a rim protector who cleans up back-end mistakes – Housen feels the superstar’s versatility is a factor in the shoes coming off so frequently.
Housen recalls racing through the arena in New Orleans during the play where Durant tossed his sneaker toward the Pelicans’ sideline because Housen wanted to ensure no one disadvantaged the Warriors forward by playing Keep Away with his shoe as action on the court continued.
“He doesn’t care if they match the uniform that night. He’s just, ‘Those are my shoes – the shoes I practice in, the shoes I play in.’ So I just bring them back and forth for him, and he lets me know when he’s ready to start over with a new pair.”
For as long as he uses the same pair of shoes now, Durant actually used to wear them for even longer stretches during his first few years in the league.
Chang, the Nike designer, has said that Durant used to only switch out his shoes three or four times per season, the equivalent of once every 23 games.

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Summary of “The Cavaliers Wasted LeBron’s Finals Masterpiece”

In the moments after the Cavaliers beat the Celtics 87-79 on Sunday to advance to the NBA Finals, LeBron James was asked about leading this collection of teammates to basketball’s biggest stage.
LeBron squeezed as hard as he possibly could in Game 1 of the Finals against the Warriors on Thursday night, dropping 51 points on a 69.2 true shooting percentage to go with eight assists and eight rebounds.
It’ll be remembered largely for the wrong reason: LeBron’s 51 points are the most a player has ever scored as part of his team’s Finals loss.
By plays being “Taken away,” LeBron is referencing both missed calls-like when James cleanly stripped Kevin Durant but was whistled for a foul-and non-calls-like when LeBron got hacked on a drive midway through the fourth quarter but the action was allowed to continue.
Love logged 21 points, but shot only 1-for-8 from deep and missed countless open shots after LeBron had drawn attention from multiple Warriors and found him in space.
A deliberate approach and a LeBron masterpiece put the Cavs in position to win until the J.R. Smith debacle happened.
So the Cavs began to run more stagnant isolations because they had nowhere else to turn, and it worked, because the Cavaliers have LeBron James.
As Smith faced the music from a scrum of reporters, LeBron sat at his locker in deep thought; he may have been wondering if the Cavaliers have any more juice left to squeeze.

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Summary of “How Fortnite conquered the world”

Playgrounds jostle as children showboat dance moves copied from the game, while parents tip from mournful anxiety about screentime quotas, to blessed relief that here is a game that encourages teamwork, compromise and communication between their otherwise monosyllabic adolescents.
Fortnite borrows the premise of the Japanese novel Battle Royale and The Hunger Games, in which contestants are sent to an island where they must scavenge and fight until only one remains.
The game’s aesthetic, which is bright, colourful and decidedly un-bloody, has helped convince parents that this is a world of harmless, cartoonish violence.
Then in March the musician Drake, the rapper Travis Scott and the American football player JuJu Smith-Schuster joined professional video game streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins in a Fortnite squad. Footage of their play session, broadcast on the live-streaming service Twitch, broke the record for the most-viewed episode on the internet.
In playgrounds, word of the game has spread virally, not only through excited recaps of the previous night’s matches, but also, extraordinarily, via the Floss, a dance move that originated on YouTube in 2014 but was popularised by Fortnite.
In 2015 the Los Angeles game developer Riot, one of the first companies to adopt the model, reputedly made almost $2bn from selling digital clothes for its game League of Legends.
Epic refused to comment on how many Fortnite outfits it has sold, stating only that as of February the game had “More than 45 million players”.
Epic remains coy about figures, but the dramatic scale of the game’s success was hinted at last Monday when the company announced a $100m prize pool for Fortnite tournaments over the next year.

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Summary of “LeBron James’ eighth straight NBA Finals berth deserves to be appreciated”

Some will say that Michael Jordan won six titles and Kobe Bryant won five, and LeBron James has three, and that’s that.
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ 87-79 Game 7 victory in Boston on Sunday night earned James a silver trophy and not a gold one.
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James had 35 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists and 8 turnovers in Game 7.
What must be understood is it came when James was playing in his 100th consecutive game of the season.
Here’s the delivery situation: James has won six straight Game 7s over the past 10 years, two of them on the road. He has won seven of the past eight elimination games he’s been in, including three this postseason.
That’s what Jerry West said in 2011 when James called him after he lost his second Finals in his eighth season looking for a shoulder to cry on.
West told James he’d wanted to quit several times after losing the first eight Finals he played in.

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Summary of “LeBron James Can Reach the Finals With Any Supporting Cast”

LeBron James found a way on Sunday, just like he always does.
LeBron has now done that for two separate franchises, with vastly different supporting casts.
While LeBron’s 3-5 record in the Finals is often held up as a knock against him, his carrying those teams to the Finals represents a more impressive accomplishment.
What LeBron has done in 2018 goes right up there with what he did in 2007, when he led a team whose second-best player was Larry Hughes to the Finals.
LeBron may not end up reaching Jordan’s mark of six NBA titles, but his eight consecutive Finals appearances will be just as difficult a mark for any future player to match.
Only four teams have made four straight Finals in the past 50 years: the Showtime Lakers, Bird’s Celtics, LeBron’s Heat, and LeBron’s Cavaliers.
LeBron has dedicated his life to basketball, and he’s helped it reach new heights of global popularity.
LeBron can’t always win in the Finals once he gets there, but he doesn’t leave any points on the board.

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Summary of “LeBron James’ NBA story can’t be told without these 13 moments”

Thirteen times in his NBA career, LeBron James has reached the postseason, and when the story of his career is told, it’ll likely begin with the many memorable moments he has created during those 13 trips: eight NBA Finals appearances, three championships, three Finals MVP awards, a triple-double average in the Finals … the list goes on and on.
If you’re not familiar with these 13 moments, then you’re not getting the true full story of the career of LeBron James.
In a make-or-miss postseason, Cleveland’s shots finally went down, as LeBron James notched 12 assists and the Cavs went 17-of-34 from the 3-point line to claim their first win of the Eastern Conference finals.
The Hall of Famer, who connected with James through a Nike commercial shoot, visited the 19-year-old’s hotel room, shared stories about life in the NBA and offered up advice.
His streak ended in Oklahoma City, in a rematch of the previous season’s Finals, when James shot only 14-of-24 and scored 39 points in an incredible duel with Kevin Durant, who scored 40 points.
LeBron James greets a Special Olympics athlete who was honored at halftime of the Cavs-Celtics game.
James looked up at the video board to see the story of how Miller overcame his health hurdles to win MVP in a local basketball tournament associated with the Special Olympics.
LeBron James cries tears of joy after the Cavaliers’ NBA championship win and shouts, “Cleveland, this is for you!”.

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