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Brook and Robin Lopez corrected a decades-old injustice

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PRAYERS FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Lauren Holiday, the retired U.S. women’s soccer star and wife of Jrue, will have brain surgery six weeks after she gives birth to the couple’s first child. A tumor was discovered on the right side of her brain. Jrue will miss time to help her recover. What an awful diagnosis. Blessings to the Holidays. Go read Jeff Duncan’s piece on the family and their fight.

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REINVENTION: Jesus Gomez on why Ty Lawson must reinvent himself both on and off the court to stick around the NBA.

THE PERFECT FIT: Brad Stevens thinks Al Horford is the perfect fit for the Celtics.

THE PERFECT CRIME: How the Thunder are like Ocean’s Eleven, and how Sam Presti’s unconventional background got them there.

INTERESTING: Isaiah Thomas likens his game to that of Damon Stoudamire. That’s pretty darn close.

THE NEXT BAZE: Kevin O’Connor on the hunt for the next Kent Bazemore.

THE BUENOS AIRES SPURS: San Antonio adds a third Argentine to the roster. Something tells me R.C. Buford likes to scout down there.

PODCAST WORLD TOUR: Prada and Epstein on the weirdness of the Bucks.

SURPRISE SURPRISE: Masai Ujiri signs an extension with the Raptors.

AND FINALLY: Robin and Brook Lopez finally awarded Chewbacca the medal he so clearly deserved at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope. But where does this fit in RoLo’s anti-mascot crusade? Is this a set-up on poor Chewie?

We’ll be back Friday. Be excellent to each other.

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