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The Birdman’s Vengeful Ghost

The catfishing of Chris Andersen.

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All the Kings' Men

An oral history of the 2002 Western Conference finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings.

Previously: Jonathan Abrams on the Longform Podcast.

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Uncontested: The Life of Donald Sterling

A profile of the Los Angeles Clippers owner, an oft-sued real estate baron with a documented racist streak and a penchant for heckling his own players, on the occasion of him winning an NAACP lifetime achievement award.

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Risk and Romance Among NBA Groupies: An Embed’s Report

Sex in the NBA in the wake of Magic Johnson’s HIV announcement.

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D'Andre Brown's Basketball Dream

On not making the NBA.

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Allen Iverson, NBA icon, Struggles with Life after Basketball

“He has hit rock bottom, and he just hasn’t accepted it yet.” Basketball’s iconoclast is a broke recluse at 37.

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Rocket Man

A profile of Jeremy Lin.

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The Truth Is Out There

On conspiracy theories in sports, from the ‘85 NBA draft lottery to Michael Phelps’ gold medal performance in the 100-meter butterfly.

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The Malice at the Palace

An oral history of the Pacers/Pistons melee in 2004.

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"We Are Grown Men Playing a Child's Game"

Bill Russell, race, and the NBA of the 1960s.

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Welcome to the Far Eastern Conference

On former Knicks savior Stephon Marbury and his post-NBA life playing in China.

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This ’Melo Is

A profile of Carmelo Anthony, newly anointed savior of the New York Knicks.

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Dunk and Done

On Baylor’s freshman basketball star Perry Jones and how the new era of one-season careers has changed the landscape of college basketball.

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Allen Iverson: Fallen Star

A reporter heads to Istanbul, where Iverson is playing minor league hoops in a 3,200-seat arena and hanging out at T.G.I. Friday’s.

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A Different Drummer

A profile of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, written at the midpoint of his career.

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Home and Away

A profile of Yao Ming published during his second season in the NBA.

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The King and I

Brian Windhorst was one of the first reporters to cover LeBron James. He was there in high school. There at the draft. There in Cleveland. And now he’s there in Miami, though the relationship is far from what it used to be.

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Jordan’s Moment

The story of one of the great final acts in sports history.

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Inside ‘The Decision’

The first attempt at a behind-the-scenes narrative of LeBron James joining Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade on the Heat, a plan which had apparently been in the works since 2006.

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The Legend of Black Superman

In the 1980s, Billy Ray Bates, once dubbed “the Legend,” drank himself out of the NBA and ended up playing in the Philippines. For a few wild years, his legend grew–both on the court and in the bars.

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The No-Stats All-Star

Can the Houston Rockets’ Shane Battier score zero points in an NBA game and still be the most important player on the floor?