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Recent articles by Ben:

LeBron James Cleared to Return by NBA After New Round of Covid Tests

After several rounds of conflicting test results, the Los Angeles Lakers star will be back on the court on Friday. → Read More

LeBron James Enters the NBA’s Covid Protocols

The Lakers star, who says he is fully vaccinated, may be out at least 10 days under the league’s pandemic rules. → Read More

How the NBA’s Worst Contract Became a Winning Investment

The Wizards turned the NBA’s least valuable deal into one of the league’s deepest rosters and unlikeliest playoff contenders. It took less than a year. → Read More

Stephen Curry’s Scientific Quest for the Perfect Shot

The NBA’s best shooter decided the basket was too big. He used technology to make it smaller. The goal: “swishes within swishes.” → Read More

NBA Opens Investigation Into Phoenix Suns After Toxic Workplace Allegations

A report from ESPN said that team owner Robert Sarver used a racial slur and fostered a misogynistic environment. Sarver denied the allegations. → Read More

The NBA’s Most Surprisingly Valuable Player

Suns backup Cameron Payne was out of the league. Now he’s a star in his role on a nearly $20 million contract. Even he can’t believe it. → Read More

The Nets Ban Kyrie Irving Until He Gets Vaccinated

The workplace showdown between the Brooklyn star, the NBA title favorites and New York City risks costing Irving millions of dollars unless he relents. → Read More

Why Real Coaches Want to Be Ted Lasso

He doesn’t know anything about his sport, but he knows how to get the best of his players. An unexpected hit TV show has become “required watching” for coaches. → Read More

Red, White and Very Blue: Team USA Loses a Basketball Game—Again

The U.S. men’s national basketball team has lost four of its last five games as the Americans find themselves in an unusual position before the Olympics: vulnerable. → Read More

Will the Breakout Star of the Olympics Be a Swedish Pole-Vaulter?

Mondo Duplantis, the 21-year-old reigning record-holder in his niche sport, has been preparing for the delayed Olympics in his childhood backyard. He expects nothing less than gold. → Read More

He Watched Steph vs. LeBron. Now He’s Playing With Them.

Who is Juan Toscano-Anderson? The newest, unlikeliest character in the NBA’s best rivalry. → Read More

Alex Rodriguez’s Next Act: Buying the Minnesota Timberwolves

The retired MLB star and entrepreneur Marc Lore will pay $1.5 billion for the NBA’s Wolves and WNBA’s Lynx after their failed bid to acquire the New York Mets. → Read More

These NBA Stars Are Left-Handed. Except When They Play Basketball.

LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Rudy Gobert, Larry Bird and Bill Walton have something unusual in common: They’re actually lefties. → Read More

We Got Vaxxed: The Pickup Basketball Game Is Back

They stopped playing during the pandemic. Then came the vaccines. Playing again feels normal—and painful. → Read More

The NBA Star Who Fixed His Shot—and the Knicks

Julius Randle was one of the NBA’s worst 3-point shooters. Suddenly he’s one of the best. And you thought the Knicks being good was crazy. → Read More

Wilt Chamberlain Couldn’t Make Free Throws. Joel Embiid Can.

NBA teams can’t stop him, so they foul him. But that strategy doesn’t work on Joel Embiid. → Read More

This Is the Hottest That Stephen Curry Has Ever Been

Five years after he revolutionized basketball, the NBA’s best shooter is still getting better. → Read More

With the 41st Pick in the NBA Draft, the Denver Nuggets Select…the Next MVP

There has never been a great player like Nikola Jokic—and not just because of the way he plays. → Read More

The Most Traded Man in the NBA

Trevor Ariza was traded last week—again. He’s the world’s leading expert in the weirdest part of professional basketball. → Read More

The Whales of NBA Top Shot Made a Fortune Buying LeBron Highlights

They were early to the hottest NFT market—and their collections are now worth millions of dollars. → Read More