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Why Lakers' loss to Globetrotters was so meaningful

The Lakers aren't very well remembered for their time in Minneapolis, but the team's 1948 loss to the Harlem Globetrotters turned out to be a landmark event in the integration of basketball.

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Top 30 NBA free agents: Ranking 2017's best

The summer of 2017 has another loaded class of free agents. Kevin Pelton takes an early look at the top 30 potential free agents next year based on his projections.

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NBA draft 2017: Complete coverage

From prospect projections to the lottery and draft night, ESPN.com has complete coverage of the 2017 NBA draft.

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When was the day the Lakers fell apart? (2:08)
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Gordon Hayward: 'I'm definitely rooting for Team Liquid'

Gordon Hayward isn't just a small forward for the Utah Jazz -- he's also a League of Legends fan. Here's his podcast interview, plus ESPN's breakdown of Riot's controversial comments.

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Usher recalls triumphant Cavaliers win (1:48)
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Jamal Crawford's long and winding road

The NBA's only three-time Sixth Man of the Year didn't last this long -- through 16 seasons and 17 different head coaches -- by avoiding mistakes, but by learning from them.

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LeBron's past requires him to support Durant's move (1:02)
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On this date: Happy birthday, Reggie Miller! (0:50)
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Not many remember it, but a 1948 exhibition between the Lakers and Harlem Globetrotters helped change hoops forever: es.pn/2blvhMf

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How different would the perception of the 2014-15 Thunder (and Westbrook's role) be if the Pelicans had lost their finale to the Spurs?

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Metta World Peace hosting a youth camp in his native borough of Queens, NY. The guess here is that World Peace is back in an NBA training camp this fall.

Which Kobe No. will be retired?

We go by the numbers to help you decide which one of Kobe Bryant's jerseys -- No. 8 or No. 24 -- should hang in the rafters at Staples Center.

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