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Cavaliers fire Mike Brown

The Cleveland Cavaliers have made another move. The beleaguered franchise, playoffs-free since LeBron James took his talents to the Miami Heat in 2010, fired coach Mike Brown after just one year in his second stint on the job. And Brown did better than the last guy (Byron Scott never reached the 25-win mark; Brown's Cavs went 33-49 in 2013-14). Was the coach really to blame? Is Kyrie Irving, the team's anointed franchise player, actually elite? Will LeBron ever come back?

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  • Which of these is the best head-coaching job opening?

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  • When will the Cavaliers next make the playoffs?

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  • Will LeBron James ever play for the Cavaliers again?

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Who is the hardest player to defend in the NBA? Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says -- surprise, surprise -- it's Kevin Durant, calling the Oklahoma City Thunder star a taller, better version of George Gervin. Do you agree with Rivers? Where does LeBron James fall on the list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Hardest to Defend in NBA

LaMarcus Aldridge

Carmelo Anthony

Kobe Bryant

DeMarcus Cousins

Stephen Curry

Anthony Davis

Goran Dragic

Kevin Durant

Paul George

Blake Griffin

James Harden

Dwight Howard

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On Thursday, LeBron James will be sporting more on his head than his usual headband. Because of the broken nose he suffered against the Oklahoma City Thunder, James will wear a protective face mask against the New York Knicks. Of course, this won't be the first time he has played in such a thing. He also donned one in 2005 when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also is far from the only NBA All-Star to wear a mask. Over the years, numerous big names have put these on their heads in games. We picked out 10 from the 1990s until now. Who wears it best?

Rank' Em: NBA's Masked Men

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Worn: 2012

Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton

Worn: Most of career

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert

Worn: 2012

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Worn: 2004

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Worn: 2013

LeBron James

LeBron James

Worn: 2005

Andrei Kirilenko

Andrei Kirilenko

Worn: 2005

Bill Laimbeer

Bill Laimbeer

Worn: 1990-92

Alonzo Mourning

Alonzo Mourning

Worn: 1998

Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman

Worn: 1994

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Should Kyrie stay with Cavs?

He's the post-LeBron James face of the Cleveland Cavaliers ... for now. But Kyrie Irving, as ESPN's Brian Windhorst writes, faces an interesting decision this summer: Sign a long-term extension with his team, or decline the offer and effectively start the countdown clock on his stay in Ohio. Doing the latter certainly would hurt him from a PR perspective; James still hasn't fully recovered from "The Decision." But it's hard to deny the struggles of a team that currently is five games out of a playoff spot in the staggeringly weak East.

Should Kyrie Irving sign a contract extension with the Cavaliers this summer?

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NBA All-Star Game thoughts?

Say what you will about the NBA All-Star Game, but this year it wasn't anonymous. The New Orleans 2014 version set the record for most combined points (318), most by a team (163 by the victorious Eastern Conference), most in a half (89 by the Western Conference in the first half) and many, many more. The final was 163-155, with Kyrie Irving taking MVP honors. Meanwhile, the dunk contest didn't exactly earn rave reviews for its East vs. West format. What did you make of the weekend?

? More: Your NBA second half predictions?

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  • Was John Wall the right choice as dunk contest winner?

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