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NBA Top 25: 7-5

What the hell happened this postseason? LeBron James, the king of underwhelming in the Finals, came up in a huge way. Riding the wave from the biggest moment his career will possibly ever see, James has jumped both Larry Bird and Kobe Bryant on our list. But the Mamba and
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Worse than the truth itself

Two days before my 16th birthday, a girl from West Virginia just barely older than I woke up with no memory of how she got there. She was in a room in an unfamiliar house in Steubenville, Ohio, the town across the river from her home. Witnesses, through social media
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My Golden Dilemma

I’ll be the first to admit that I chose to watch my childhood hero Kobe Bryant close out his career, rather than to watch the Golden State Warriors win number 73. But instead of talking about the ridiculousness of his 60 points, I will spend the day before the NBA
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Farewell, Maestro

Over winter break, I watched all of “Star Wars.” I had never seen a single episode before, and my friend gave me an offer that, in short, I couldn’t refuse. “Listen, man. My family’s going to see ‘Force Awakens’ on Christmas — three days from now. You finish all six
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AndrewWild

Hold out hope for baseball

In the coming months, the two players that have defined my sports fandom are retiring. I imagine you’ve read a pretty good amount about Kobe’s retirement tour, so I won’t add to the pile. The other player is David Ortiz, the slugging soul of three Red Sox championships, who is
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Respect your elders

My blood boiled as we walked down the steep hill next to the East Asian Library. I heard the boys arguing, their voices rising in pitch and aggression as their paces gained speed. I disengaged myself from the conversation. “Kobe deserves to be in the top 10. Hell, he deserves
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81 Reasons

Don’t read this column. At least, not yet. Instead, think for a second. Try to remember being 9 years old. People don’t remember the past chronologically, but by the few moments they find the most personally formative. I’m no exception — in fact, I can honestly admit I remember only
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Ball is life, finals are not

If you didn’t shed a single tear the other day when you read Kobe Bryant’s poem dedicated to basketball, then you’re either lying or your head blocked it out because it was too much emotion to handle. Touched and inspired by Vino’s words, we at the Clog followed suit and
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The Mamba Manifesto

Just when I thought I had cried enough with finals coming up. I read the poem, and I couldn’t handle it. Kobe, the one show my parents would let me stay up late to watch as a kid. Kobe, the greatest spectacle in the entertainment capital of the world. Kobe,
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Better late than never

Because of my Latino family’s religious-like devotion to soccer, I grew up with an indifferent perspective toward basketball. My lack of interest in the sport continued throughout my teenage years because I was terrible on the court: I couldn’t shoot if my life depended on it, I dribbled as if
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