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Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers is no stranger to music, and he is no stranger to social issues affecting our country.
The NBA All-Star guard, also known as Dame D.O.L.L.A. (Different On Levels the Lord Allows), is as serious about expressing himself as an artist as he is about excelling on the basketball court.
That is what prompted him to write "Bigger Than Us," a song that perpetuates an important message of hope. Lillard explained the theme of the song and video in an MLK Day special on the NBA A to Z podcast:
Everything that happens goes both ways. We will never know every single fact. That's the main reason I just look at being positive, everyone standing as one. ... When you stand together, a lot more can always be accomplished.
In his 20 NBA seasons, Kobe Bryant has faced a number of brilliant players: vets near the end of their careers, such as Karl Malone and John Stockton; fellow stars who entered the league around his time, such as Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett; newer standouts such as Dwyane Wade and Stephen Curry.
None of those made his top five "toughest players to face" list. As relayed by our own Baxter Holmes, here it is:
Top five players Kobe says he has faced: Olajuwon, MJ, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Clyde Drexler. Adds that it's hard to pick just five.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) December 21, 2015
Michael Jordan? No surprise. LeBron James? Not really either. Kevin Durant? When he's healthy, he's electric. And Hakeem Olajuwon? There's a reason they call him The Dream. The biggest surprise, perhaps, is Clyde Drexler -- but no one is about to claim he wasn't great.
The key point is the second thing Bryant told Holmes: It is hard to choose a top five from 1996 to 2015.
It's been an eventful 24 hours for Chris Paul.
In Tuesday's loss, the Los Angeles Clippers guard got victimized by a sick Stephen Curry move, to which even CP3 tipped his figurative cap.
During Wednesday's win, Paul got into the following scuffle with Portland Trail Blazers center Chris Kaman, which started with a hit by Paul below the belt. Accidental? You be the judge.
Kaman drew a flagrant foul for shoving Paul, which itself drew the attention of Glen "Big Baby" Davis. This led to a slight tangle-up with LaMarcus Aldridge, during which Davis, shall we say, embellished things just a bit.
After the game, Paul addressed the scuffle -- but didn't exactly think a whole lot of it:
This is going to be some Western Conference playoffs.
NBA Pick 'Em -- Spurs vs. Blazers
The San Antonio Spurs feature legends. The Portland Trail Blazers sport a pair of in-their-prime stars. Which team has the advantage in the key position groups? Which will win their Western Conference semifinals series?