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We know the images of sports well, through awe-inspiring photographs and embedded-in-our-brains highlights.

This artist, though, is looking at the athletes and coaches we love a little differently. Well, OK, a lot differently. With some of the most minimalist sports portraits you'll find, Instagram user @lessonsinsport allows us to see big stars in quite a different light.

Check out our favorites:


Barry Sanders


Jim Harbaugh


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Muggsy Bogues


Steve Spurrier

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2014-15 NBA schedule released

The 2014-15 NBA schedule is here, with some pretty sweet matchups highlighting the season's big days. The opening-night slate comprises Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers. On Christmas, the Cleveland Cavaliers make their first trip to Miami since LeBron James left the Heat, while Western Conference titans Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs square off in Texas. It's all part of a regular season that promises to be compelling.

  • Which NBA opening-night game are you most looking forward to?

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  • Which Christmas Day game are you most looking forward to?

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  • Which of these is your favorite day of games during the NBA regular season?

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  • If you were a Heat fan, how would you welcome LeBron James when the Cavaliers play in Miami on Dec. 25?

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  • Which player's return from injury in 2014-15 is more intriguing?

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  • What do you make of the NBA giving teams a full week off around the All-Star break?

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  • How many regular-season NBA games do you usually attend per year?

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  • Which team will finish with the best regular-season record?

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What is Clippers' future?

The future of the Los Angeles Clippers became clearer Tuesday, when the NBA announced that Steve Ballmer's $2 billion bid to purchase the team had been accepted and closed. Gone, pending appeal, is the controversial reign of Donald Sterling. Now the team moves forward, with a popular owner, a title-winning head coach in Doc Rivers and a talented core featuring Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. What do you expect from what long has been L.A.'s distant-second basketball franchise?

  • Will the Clippers ever challenge the Lakers for the title of most popular team in Los Angeles?

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  • How will the Clippers fare in 2014-15?

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  • Will the Clippers reach the NBA Finals with their current core?

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  • When will the Lakers next finish with a better record than the Clippers?

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Jeremy Lin might be on his fourth team in five years, but the man known as Linsanity wins the Internet everywhere he goes.

The latest example: In a call for videos of fans executing the ol' "dunk on someone" prank, Lin shows himself, in his words, "taking no prisoners." That means dunking on friends and family -- including his mom:

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Let's take another look at Lin posterizing his mom:

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Lakers hire Byron Scott

According to sources, the Lakers have decided on a head coach: Byron Scott, who won three titles with the team and was a key teammate of Magic Johnson's. Scott, according to sources, will earn $17 million over four years and has Kobe Bryant's endorsement. Will he be able to turn the struggling franchise around?

  • What do you make of the Lakers hiring Byron Scott as head coach (four years, $17 million)?

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  • What are you expecting out of the Lakers this season?

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  • How many more years does Kobe Bryant have as an elite player?

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  • Will the Lakers ever contend for a championship under Byron Scott?

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