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Past articles by Mark:

Vaccinated vs. unvaccinated players just one of big storylines entering NBA training camp

As NBA teams begin their training camps, there is already a lot of storylines to unpack. And the real practices haven’t even started yet. → Read More

Opinion: How Andrew Wiggins’ refusal to receive COVID-19 vaccine seriously compromises Warriors

Andrew Wiggins said he will not get vaccinated unless he is "forced." That could throw a big wrinkle into the Warriors' championship aspirations. → Read More

Nuggets' Nikola Jokic wins NBA MVP award after historic season for big man

Nikola Jokic is the first center in 21 years to win the NBA's Most Valuable Player award after averaging 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists. → Read More

Clippers beat Mavericks to force Game 7 thanks to Kawhi Leonard's dominant all-around outing

Kawhi Leonard poured in 45 points while primarily guarding Luka Doncic on the other end as the Clippers forced a decisive Game 7 against the Mavs. → Read More

Sixers say fan that dumped popcorn on Russell Westbrook 'will be banned ... indefinitely'

Russell Westbrook said of the fan throwing popcorn at him, "This (expletive) is getting out of hand, especially for me." → Read More

LeBron James won't face quarantine for violating protocol to attend tequila brand's event

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James violated the NBA’s health and safety protocols but will not face a 10- to 14-day quarantine away from the team. → Read More

LeBron James bullish about his health, Lakers potentially being in the play-in tournament

LeBron James said his ankle felt "10 times better" than when he first returned, once again fortifying the Lakers' championship hopes. → Read More

Opinion: Kobe Bryant’s Hall of Fame speech would not have been like Michael Jordan’s

Those that knew Kobe Bryant well believed his Hall of Fame speech would have been as unique as his on-court performances. → Read More

After learning from Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, Jordan Clarkson thriving as Jazz sixth man

Jordan Clarkson seems intent on emulating Manu Ginóbili, Lou Williams and Jamal Crawford who starred in sixth man roles. → Read More

'This was a moment that wasn’t meant for us': Timberwolves dedicate game ball to George Floyd’s family

George Floyd’s killing hit the Timberwolves uniquely because it happened in their own city. Here's how the team handled the events of Tuesday. → Read More

'This was a moment that wasn’t meant for us': Timberwolves dedicate game ball to George Floyd’s family

George Floyd’s killing hit the Timberwolves uniquely because it happened in their own city. Here's how the team handled the events of Tuesday. → Read More

Los Angeles Lakers to delay making White House visit to celebrate 2020 NBA title

The Lakers remain open to a White House visit, but they decided to take a pass during their upcoming trip because of various logistical challenges. → Read More

Opinion: Have the Celtics finally put their early-season struggles behind them?

After dealing with Injuries and inconsistency early in the season, the Celtics have climbed to fourth in the East with a six-game winning streak. → Read More

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Daunte Wright shooting: 'It just makes you sick to your stomach'

Gregg Popovich spoke on the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright and lamented: "We just keep moving on as if nothing is happening." → Read More

'This could have been prevented': Minnesota Timberwolves grapple with Daunte Wright shooting

The Minnesota Timberwolves shared their sadness over the police shooting of Daunte Wright, less than a year after the death of George Floyd. → Read More

Elgin Baylor, former Lakers great, dies 'of natural causes' at age 86

The Lakers often believed that Elgin Baylor remained underappreciated during his 14-year NBA career with the franchise in Minneapolis and Los Angeles. → Read More

Damian Lillard on his shooting range: 'I can do that as deep as anybody'

Damian Lillard ranks second for most 3-pointers made this season (166) behind Curry (178). He has also led the league in crunch-time 3-pointers (46). → Read More

NBA All-Stars still bring energy and excitement as Team LeBron cruises past Team Durant

The NBA All-Stars found ways to still bring energy and excitement to a subdued game as Team LeBron defeated Team Durant 170-150 in Atlanta. → Read More

Kevin Durant shares disappointment with league-imposed absence and returning to Golden State

Kevin Durant was disappointed that he had to sit because of the league's health and safety protocols, but he's looking forward to Golden State return. → Read More

Former Louisville star Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz have eyes on NBA championship

With guard Donovan Mitchell leading the way, the Utah Jazz have the NBA's best record and say their focus is 'stuck on a championship.' → Read More