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WELPVILLE: Gregg Popovich trolls the hell out of LeBron James during the Spurs' championship parade by counting his championships. I refuse to believe otherwise. I also refuse to stop laughing, because this is just hilarious. Here's more coverage of the parade.

MOCK THEM: Ricky O'Donnell's latest mock draft sticks with Joel Embiid at No. 1 -- "prospects like this just don't come along very often" -- and things get real interesting around No. 5.

MIAMI NEEDS MORE SCOWLING: Is Kyle Lowry a legitimate option for the Heat? I hope this happens just to see what happens the first time someone treats K-Loe like Mario Chalmers and gets a chest pass upside the head in response. Ain't no one yelling at Kyle Lowry, man.

STRANGE LOVE: The Timberwolves are acting all weird about the Kevin Love trade that appears certain to happen in the next week. They want to win now? Yet they are trading Love? They like the Nuggets' Faried-Wilson Chandler-reacquired Arron Afflalo deal better than the Celtics' pick-heavy offer? What? Pro-tip for Minnesota: if you want to win now, don't bother trading Kevin Love. Wait until the deadline.

STERLING V. STERLING: Shelly Sterling will be in court asking for a protective order to prevent Donald Sterling and his lawyers from harassing or coercing the doctors who ruled him mentally incapacitated. Fun.


LINGERING: Bill Simmons' lingering Finals questions.

ROCKETLAND: The Rockets openly talk about their pursuit of a third star. Dwight Howard talks specifically about bringing in Carmelo Anthony. After they landed Howard, I've learned not to doubt Houston's ability to talk a good game.

OH: Jimmy Kimmel and Amare pranked Metta World Peace so hard he called 9-1-1 because he feared he'd been kidnapped.

Nate Robinson autobiog!

TRUST NO ONE: Grantland has an excellent piece on Diplomacy, the board game most responsible for breaking up families and friendships. Seriously, do not play Diplomacy with anyone you actually like and want to have a long-term relationship with. It is brutal. It's also hilarious fun, but I can only muster the courage to play against/with faceless opponents/allies over the internet. You never know who carries a weapon to Game Night, after all.

Happy Thursday. See you next time.


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