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The big picture: Thanks to the abundance of superstars, the drama of free agency and the "long rebuild" phenomenon, NBA fandom has never been more about the future — and less about the now.
The bottom line: "Most championship teams have clear through lines that trace their journey to the top: They draft a foundational player that defines everything that comes next, or acquire one who agrees before stepping in the door to stay for a long time," ESPN's Zach Lowe writes:
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Courtesy: "Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk"
What's happening: "Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk" is a Bill Murray-narrated documentary that explores the bond between golfer and caddie, one of the world's oldest professions. Some stars of the film:
Watch: "Loopers" movie trailer
21 years ago today, Michael Jordan scored 45 points and hit one of the most memorable shots in NBA history to seal the deal against the Jazz and secure his sixth title.
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"[Tom Dundon] instructed Ebersol to find new capital — but also tied Ebersol's hands by refusing new investors until he had a grasp of the business, out of legal concerns. 'Bill and Charlie started a league with no money,' Dundon later told a confidant."
"With organizational flow charts restructuring throughout professional football, the GM job has lost some of its luster. But there are still a few key pieces that can make a job more attractive, and we’ve seen them in the Jets' and Texans' searches."
"Brash Pro Bowl tight end, multimillionaire, husband, father, son of football royalty. That's what was on the surface. You must dig deeper to reach the dark places — past the power and privilege, through the years of sexual deviance and unchecked antisocial behavior — where the vulnerable are hunted, to understand what Kellen Winslow Jr. is: a convicted rapist."
Leonard and Siakam combined for 1,187 points during the playoffs, tied with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen for second-most by a duo in a single postseason.
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When India and Pakistan line up against each other on Sunday in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, it won't just be your regular matchup — they're renewing one of the most serious rivalries in all of sports.
Why it matters: Since the partition of British India split the two nations in 1947, they have fought countless battles including three wars. On Sunday, those tensions will be put on hold in a match that could draw more than 1 billion viewers.
The backdrop: India and Pakistan have refused to play each other outside of major tournaments since 2013, so whenever they go head-t0-head in a World Cup, it's a huge deal.
Watch: The action starts on Sunday at 5:30am ET on Sky Sports.
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Trivia answer: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (1,222 combined points)