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At this time last October, LeBron James was about to insinuate himself, with uncharacteristic inelegance, into the NBA’s China controversy. That’s how this strange and tragic season began, if you care to think so far back. Nearly full calendar year — feels like a couple of lifetimes — later,…

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jimmy Butler, perhaps the NBA’s best-known barista, is not adjusting the prices at the coffee shop that he’s been operating out of his hotel room for Miami Heat teammates and staff inside the NBA bubble. Even after a win, everything at Big Face Coffee remains $20.

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At this time last October, LeBron James was about to insinuate himself, with uncharacteristic inelegance, into the NBA’s China controversy. That’s how this strange and tragic season began, if you care to think so far back. Nearly full calendar year — feels like a couple of lifetimes — later,…

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My brother, Jason, was the kid who grabbed an empty fruit basket, held it in front of him like a steering wheel and used his mouth to make car…