The Hook

The Hook mailbag: Lakers, Redick and more

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In The Hook's Friday mailbag, we answer questions about what the Lakers did to deserve this, what's next for J.J. Redick and which characters on Friends each Sacramento King would be.

15 (serious) ways to fix the Lakers

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Oh no, we broke the Lakers! Let's help get them back on the right path.

In sports and politics, the ball don't lie

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Years ago, future President Rasheed Wallace (#Sheed2016) uttered the most profound phrase ever: Ball Don't Lie. How true that comment was.

How sports is smarter than politics

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It's Election Day in America. That means one important thing: the political war on math can end (for now). In sports, we don't appreciate how lucky we've been.

Harden's rise is no surprise

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Surprised James Harden is playing like a potential scoring champ in Houston? You shouldn't be. Part of his rise is a classic case of the Millsap Doctrine.

The Lakers' peril

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Mike Brown decided to bring in Eddie Jordan to install the Princeton offense. The Lakers are 0-2. Everyone needs to realize how long it's going to take to get it right.

5 rules for extending young players

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The deadline for early extensions for former first-round picks entering their fourth seasons has passed. A bunch of players, including DeMar DeRozan and Stephen Curry, picked up new deals. These...

Heat repeat? Season predictions

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The Hook makes its official predictions on awards, the playoffs and other important things.

50 reasons to hate the Lakers

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The NBA season begins on Tuesday. Tom Ziller, an expert Lakers hater, gives you 50 reasons to root against L.A.

Don't impose your values on James Harden

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If you criticize James Harden for choosing money over the chance to compete for titles with the Thunder, you're imposing your own value system on a 23-year-old who's doing just fine.

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