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Mark Cuban tries to start more thoughtful discussion of race, finds it’s not easy

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In the wake of the Donald Sterling fiasco, Mark Cuban sat down with Inc. and tried to have a more nuanced discussion of the topic of race and bias (this was part of a longer interview on a variety of business topics). How thoughtful or insightful you feel his comments are speaks a lot to your perceptions on the issue, but it’s pretty clear Cuban’s trying to have a deeper, more nuanced conversation.

Nuance can get lost in the Internet translation.

Cuban got into it with a Bleacher Report writer (and eventually a founder) over their story on the video  where the original headline on an article was “Cuban: ‘I Know I’m a Bigot’” (that has since been changed to “Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban: ‘We All Have Our Prejudices and Bigotries’.”) The lede of the article, which once said Cuban “shot himself in the foot” has been changed as well. Bleacher Report corrected its mistake.

I’m not going to get into that dust up (which has a longer history), if you want more read Awful Announcing which took a good look at it.

I think Cuban, like myself and many others, want to be “the white guy who gets it” in a discussion about race, but the fact is we don’t. I don’t think a “color blind society” is either possible nor an answer to racial and other bigotry issues, rather we need respectful inclusion and understanding. Many of you probably see it differently. Whatever the next steps are requires a nuanced and open-minded national conversation, not one that can take place in 140 characters. Not one where every comment becomes a partisan battle for power. As Cuban found out, it’s hard to have that conversation even in a 2:30 clip without it becoming something else.

DeMarcus Cousins trolls Joakim Noah on shooting form (VIDEO)

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New York Knicks C Joakim Noah has an awkward jumper and free throw technique, there’s no denying that. His two-handed, horizontal approach to shooting a basketball is ripe for criticism.

DeMarcus Cousins thinks so, at least.

During a game between the Sacramento Kings and the Knicks, Cousins decided to give Noah a little tongue-in-cheek trolling about his form.

Via Twitter:

Looks about right.

LeBron James, Cavaliers Rick-roll intro video for ’80s night

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) shoots over Miami Heat's Rodney McGruder (17) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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The 1980s were back in Cleveland Friday night. Well, not completely, Bernie Kosar wasn’t leading the Browns to contention (although man, could they use him now).

No, the ’80s were back in the form of the throwback orange Cavaliers uniforms. And to complete the theme, the Cavaliers players dressed up and Rick-rolled the intro video — they did the complete “classic” Rick Astley hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” And it was awesome.

The Cavaliers won the game 114-84 over the Heat behind 28 from Kevin Love, but that was secondary to the intro video.

Best dunk from Friday night? Houston’s Sam Dekker. Yes, Dekker. (VIDEO)

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Second-year forward Sam Dekker is finding a comfort zone in the Mike D’Antoni offense in Houston. Healthy this season, he is coming off the bench for 18 minutes a night, and his game where he is quick and can also hit the three is fitting perfectly with Houston’s system, leading him to 6.7 points a game.

Also, he can run the floor. And finish.

As Enes Kanter found out when he hustled, got back in transition defense, and wasn’t going to stop Dekker from getting to the rim.

That’s a quality dunk.

The Rockets went on to win the game 102-99, despite Russell Westbrook‘s seventh-straight triple-double.

LeBron James passes Elvin Hayes, moves into ninth on all-time scoring list (VIDEO)

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LeBron James has been climbing the NBA’s All-time scoring list fast the past couple years, passing Hakeem Olajuwon last season to move into the top 10.

Friday night LeBron passed another legend, Elvin Hayes, who spent the prime of his career with the Washington Bullets and was an NBA champion, six-time All-NBA and 12-time All-Star from the late 1960s through the early 1980s.

LeBron passed Hayes with a vintage LeBron bucket, bringing the ball up in transition, then just using his quickness and strength to power to the rim.

LeBron’s not done, he should pass Moses Malone in the next week or so. Here is the NBA’s All-time scoring Top 10. (As a side note, if you count ABA scoring in the mix LeBron is 11th because Julius Erving and Dan Issel both pass him. For now.)

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38387
2. Karl Malone 36928
3. Kobe Bryant 33643
4. Michael Jordan 32292
5. Wilt Chamberlain 31419
6. Dirk Nowitzki 29552
7. Shaquille O’Neal 28596
8. Moses Malone 27409
9. LeBron James 27315
10. Elvin Hayes 27313