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Heaven is a Playground

Address: 140 Allequippa St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 Adulthood sucks. People die. Most days feel like you are being dangled upside down by your ankles until every bit is in someone else’s pocket. You shuffle back and forth between Ikea and Target running...
Address: 1800 Ocean Front Walk Venice, CA 90291 J says he was shot two months ago after a prostitute conspired to have him robbed. “For a piece a pussy,” J says, pointing to a scar under his shoulder. “Two .38’s, long nose....
Address: 7201 East Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98115 Green Lake in Seattle is easily the most recognizable outdoor basketball court in the Pacific Northwest. In Chris Ballard’s definitive guide to pick-up ball, Hoops Nation, Ballard compares Green Lake...
Michael Cage was all shoulder and Jheri curl,” Tony Rowe says from the driver seat of his Denali, 90 minutes into a five-hour drive from Seattle to Spokane, Wash. “Guy Williams -- we played a game to 21 at...
You wanna fuck these smuts?  Fuck these smuts, but you gotta do the right thing.” Six years later I’m still not sure what Coach meant by “the right thing” -- wear a condom or don’t commit sexual assault seem...
Address: Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 I played pickup basketball with Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev once; only time I ever guarded a consensus monster. I never really knew Tamerlan, but I was certainly aware of him. One of my best...

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2018 and Beyond

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With no picks in the first or second round of the upcoming 2017 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Clippers should attempt to purchase a...

Where Do We Go From Here? An NBA Finals Roundtable Discussion

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The NBA Finals Preview: Screenplay Edition

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