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LeBron, Durant in tight MVP race
We might have ourselves an NBA MVP race after all. Long considered a firm second behind the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, LeBron James poured in a career-high and Miami Heat-record 61 points on Monday night against the Charlotte Bobcats -- Miami's eighth straight win. James still trails Durant in scoring and player efficiency rating, but the Heat (43-14) now sit above the Thunder (45-15) in the overall standings. Who gets your vote today? Who will win it in the end?
Should LeBron James honor Z?
An NBA player attending a friend and former teammate's jersey retirement ceremony isn't often news, but it sure would be if LeBron James -- as he hopes -- were to join the Cleveland Cavaliers in celebrating Zydrunas Ilgauskas this weekend. James, who spent eight seasons as Z's teammate (seven in Cleveland, one with the Miami Heat), calls the Cavs' career games played and rebounding leader "a dear friend" and hopes his presence wouldn't distract from the big man's No. 11 being raised to the rafters. But James' history with Northern Ohio needs little explanation
Is Steve Nash's career over?
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said Monday that Steve Nash likely won't play again in 2013-14. And with the point guard struggling with health issues for the better part of two seasons, it's safe to wonder whether we've seen the last of Nash as an NBA player. Nash, meanwhile, said "we'll see" when asked whether he'll return this season, and has given mixed signals as to whether he wants to play in 2014-15. Is this it for the man with more than 10,000 assists to his name over 18 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Lakers?
There's not a lot of love for the one-and-done phenomenon in college basketball. One of its detractors: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who believes the league should raise its age limit to 21 -- but who also thinks that, under the current system, a year of NBA Development League basketball is more beneficial than the same amount of time in college.
"There's absolutely no reason for a kid to go [to college]," Cuban said, "because he's not going to class [and] he's actually not even able to take advantage of all the fun because the first semester he starts playing basketball. So if the goal is just to graduate to the NBA or be an NBA player, go to the D-League."
Cuban envisioned a D-League designed to assist both emotionally and educationally, saying it could offer more help than colleges are allowed under NCAA rules.
What do you think of Cuban's contention?
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