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NBA top fives are in the air. Kevin Durant gave his list two weeks ago, and now, one of Durant's picks has made his own choices.

In an interview with The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, former Los Angeles Lakers (and Orlando Magic ... and Miami Heat ... and a few other teams) big man Shaquille O'Neal was asked his all-time starting five. His answer:

"Bill Russell won 11 championships. Charles Barkley is my guy, but I like Karl Malone. Then there's the guy who made me who I am -- Dr. J [Julius Erving]. I've got Michael [Jordan] at the two. Then, I'm going to go with the big guard with Magic Johnson at the one."

Now, O'Neal made sure NOT to put an exclamation point on his list, saying:

"I see a problem with answering these questions. A lot of people get their feelings hurt. Then some of you guys [reporters] be trying to start trouble, like Shaq leaving Kobe [Bryant] off. Then it's Shaq and Kobe.

"But that's my top five for playing reasons and what they did. Russell doesn't have high [statistical] numbers, but with 11 championships, nobody is beating that."

We're not doing that, Shaq! We know you're mending fences with former teammate Kobe Bryant and certainly wouldn't leave him off as a dig. Heck, he wouldn't be on this writer's top five, either -- not because Kobe hasn't been great (he has), but when you get to the upper reaches of the NBA's all-timers list, it's really, really, really competitive.

Having said that, O'Neal did make some interesting choices; Malone and Erving, in particular, don't appear on a great deal of these lists. So we ask you:

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He went too soon: Darryl Dawkins, aka Chocolate Thunder, aka Dr. Dunk, died Thursday at age 58.

His combination of personality and backboard-shattering dunks made him a player no hoops fan could forget. So it's only natural that a social media outpouring followed the news, featuring current and former Philadelphia 76ers, big-time dunkers, other stars past and present, and even those who never played in the NBA:

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Nothing eases the summer doldrums like the NBA's most-feared rapper (Lil B) proclaiming he will try out for a D-League team.

The season might still be months away, but the idea that Lil B aka The Based God could be suiting up for the Philadelphia 76ers' D-League affiliate makes us want to whip out the "cooking dance." Yeah, you know the one.

This isn't the all-powerful rapper's first foray into professional basketball (he tried out for the Golden State Warriors' D-League affiliate in 2012) but it could be his first time landing a roster spot.

On Wednesday, the Delaware 87ers reached out to Lil B with a tasteful invitation:

Which the rapper happily accepted:

To state the obvious, this is an incredibly risky move by the Philadelphia 76ers' organization. If they cut him, there will be consequences ... we're talking some serious Based God-style consequences. Has the NBA community learned nothing from James Harden and Kevin Durant's misfortunes?

On the other hand, maybe Lil B has serious skills on the court and the Sixers have made a brilliant move. Perhaps Lil B will suddenly propel himself into the superstar ranks as he curses his foes all the way into the playoffs.

Hey, crazier things have happened ... and he is the Based God.

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Though never an All-Star, the late Manute Bol was an NBA legend, known for his incredible height (7-foot-7) and shot-blocking prowess (he averaged a stunning 5.0 per game as a rookie).

His son, Bol Bol, a 6-foot-10 (or is it 6-foot-11?) big man from Bishop Miege High School in suburban Kansas City, shows similar promise as a rim protector -- but his game has so much more. As evidenced by his latest mixtape, he can hit 3s -- be they spot-up or pull-up -- go coast-to-coast with the dribble and drive to the basket like a wing.

Check it out. That move at 3:35 is just sweet.

Now, he just finished his freshman year, so he's naturally got to sharpen a lot of these skills before we can declare him the next Kevin Durant; that shooting motion in particular brings Shawn Marion to mind (although The Matrix often made it work).

But Bol isn't just noteworthy because of his dad and his size; it's early, but he's got a five-star rating by ESPN and is ranked No. 19 in the Class of 2018.

H/T SB Nation

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In back-to-back years, the Philadelphia 76ers ended up with lottery-pick big men: Nerlens Noel in 2013 and Joel Embiid in 2014.

So, when the Los Angeles Lakers selected D'Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick, thus leaving Duke center Jahlil Okafor available, the Twitter-savvy Embiid had a reaction:

Now before we start any scandal rumors, we must remember two things: (1) Embiid, who missed the entire 2014-15 season, might still be injured, and (2) the Cameroonian quickly followed that tweet with a bit of love for Okafor, whose father is of Nigerian descent.

Embiid's wasn't the only amusing NBA player Twitter reaction from Thursday night's draft.

After the Minnesota Timberwolves took Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall, point guard Ricky Rubio couldn't help but start the hazing process.

Towns, whose mother is Dominican, became the first Hispanic player ever to go No. 1 overall in the NBA draft. Atlanta Hawks big man Al Horford, who is from the Dominican Republic, tweeted congratulations to Towns in English and Spanish.

When Kristaps Porzingis went No. 4 overall to the New York Knicks, the fans didn't like it. And oh, the players noticed.

A pair of big names welcomed late-lottery picks to their respective new homes:

Kendall Marshall, meanwhile, thought Myles Turner bore a striking resemblance to Dave Chappelle's character from "The Nutty Professor."

(And wouldn't you know, he wasn't alone in making that comparison.)

It appears Rubio wasn't the only veteran point guard ready to haze his new teammate -- this time a player who went to the same school (Kentucky).

Meanwhile, Nick Young seems to think all the young players owe him a nod for their hairstyle.

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