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Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan on All-Time Points List

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • December 15, 2014, 12:12 PM

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It’s been a rough season for the Los Angeles Lakers. Entering Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Lakers were 7-16 and their aging star, Kobe Bryant, was becoming… agitated with his team’s performance.

But Sunday gave LA and Kobe a moment to celebrate. In the second quarter of the Lakers-T’wolves game, Bryant hit a couple free throws to give him 32,293 career points, which pushed him past Michael Jordan as the NBA’s third all-time leading scorer.
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Spurs Star Tony Parker on Protective Eyewear and His Hot Start to the Season

  • Hoophead
  • Christina M. Tapper
  • December 12, 2014, 12:50 PM

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San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker’s game is built on court vision. So when Parker suffered an eye injury (a scratched cornea, ouch!) while partying with friends in 2012, his court vision was less than perfect as he prepared to play for the French National Team in the London Olympics.

That’s when Bollé, an eyewear company that Parker had previously worked with, stepped in with special glasses for the four-time NBA champion. Now, Parker, whose vision is back to 100 percent, is helping the company launch a kids line, Bollé Sport Protective. The glasses (available with prescription or non-prescription lenses) come in cool colors and names like Swag, Dominance, and Baller.

Before his Spurs took on the Brooklyn Nets in New York last Wednesday, Parker sat down with SI Kids to talk about his experience with the eyewear, his hot start from beyond arc, and if he’ll ever come out of his rap retirement.
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Shaq-a-Claus Teams Up With Toys for Tots This Christmas

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  • Sam Page
  • December 11, 2014, 5:25 PM

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For 20 years, starting in his native Orlando, Shaquille O'Neal has bought toys for underprivileged kids. Now he has teamed up with Toys"R"US to become "Shaq-A-Claus, their spokesperson in their annual campaign with Toys for Tots, an organization that delivers toys to kids in need during this holiday season. 

SI Kids talked to Shaq-A-Claus recently about the campaign, his favorite toys, and some things he's working on that may be in your stocking next year. 

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Suns’ Gerald Green Sets Himself Up for an Epic Dunk

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • December 1, 2014, 5:58 PM

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There are dunks. There are great dunks. And there are what-did-I-just-see dunks. This one’s the latter. In last night’s game against the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green set himself up for a dunk by bouncing the ball off of traffic through a crowd of defenders to pull off something you normally only see in video games:
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Inside the 2014 Season with Inside the NBA

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  • Lauren Shute
  • October 28, 2014, 4:03 PM

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Following a tumultuous offseason, the entertaining group of studio analysts from TNT’s Inside the NBA gathered in New York City on Monday for their annual media lunch. They discussed the best teams, players, and all of the excitement of the coming NBA season. 

Shaquille O’ Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Ernie Johnson share a combined 49 seasons of playing experience. So they know a thing or two about basketball. They unanimously agreed that LeBron James and the story of his hometown return that dominated summer headlines would remain prominent throughout the year. Where they couldn’t agree, though was on which team would actually bring home a championship trophy. 
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Harlem Globetrotters Take Over NYC Subway

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • October 14, 2014, 4:00 PM

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New Yorkers are used to seeing some stuff on the subways. Mariachi bands. Pop-up theater. Breakdancers. Ghostbusters. Rats. But on Friday, commuters on the 7 train (which runs from Times Square to Citi Field and Queens) got an unexpected surprise: the Harlem Globetrotters.

Nine members of the team boarded the train at Mets-Willets Point, the next-to-last stop on the Queens end of the 7 line, and proceeded to do some cool basketball tricks on the platform and then the train. Fortunately, this was all captured on video and uploaded to YouTube today:
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Men's US Basketball Team Wins Gold in FIBA World Cup

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MADRID (AP) Kyrie Irving made all six 3-pointers and scored 26 points, and the U.S. repeated as world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia 129-92 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.

James Harden added 23 for the Americans, who made 11 of 16 3-pointers in a sensational-shooting first half, adding one final romp to a tournament full of them.
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