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The Knock Down

In the wake of Bill Russell’s retirement and as the precursor to the Bird-Magic 80s, the 1970s are perhaps the NBA’s forgotten decade. “It was a period of transition,” reflects Adam Criblez, an assistant professor of history at Southeast Missouri...
The history of sports is littered with stories of cheating and people trying to seek an unfair advantage like steroid-users Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire. We have also seen teams and players try to fix games for financial reasons...
The Big Aristotle. The Big Baryshnikov. The Real Deal. The Shaqtus. Shaquille O’Neal has always been a man of many nicknames, all of them more hysterical and ridiculous than the next. But for the title of his musical debut, Shaq decided...
Thirty thousand six hundred ninety-nine dots splay across Kobe Bryant’s career shot chart – making it look more like a work of pointillism displayed at the Musée d'Orsay than an NBA stat-sheet. A snapshot of each dot tells its own...
I went to Walmart and bought a PS4 a week ago. NBA 2K17 was the logical choice for my first game. I’ve been playing pretty frequently as of late, improving in skill and learning the mechanics and strengths of...
The first basketball video game I ever owned (not counting Barkley’s Shut Up and Jam!) was NBA Live 2004 with Vince Carter on the cover. My two best friends bought it for my 12th birthday – I had just received...

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2018 and Beyond

Over 20 teams have reportedly inquired about trading for Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard, Kyrie Irving. The notion of trading a 25-year old superstar, coming...

Why the Clippers Should Try to Buy a Second-Round Pick

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

PopGates' writers try to pick up the pieces: Has KD surpassed LeBron as the NBA's best player? Jonah Hall: If LeBron and Durant switch places, can you...

The NBA Finals Preview: Screenplay Edition

How does everyone react to the term "Trilogy?" I keep hearing NBA media folks refer to this Finals as the Trilogy of Warriors-Cavs. As...