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  • An OKC store sold Kevin Durant jerseys at a 99 percent discount

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie2 days ago

    Oklahoma City Thunder fans have understandably taken the departure of Kevin Durant quite hard. He is the greatest player in the eight-season history of the team and one of the league’s two or three best players, the sort of superstar who teams go to great lengths to keep or obtain. While the claims regarding his traitorous nature and/or lack of competitive fire are overblown, the anger is understandable. Fans feel a connection to their teams and the players on them, and when that bond is broken it hurts.

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    The aftermath of such a decision can include wide-ranging effects. For instance, local businesses will have to cut prices on player-specific merchandise. Yet few would expect this 99 percent price cut on Durant jerseys:

    Oklahoma City store discounts Thunder Durant jerseys to 99% off https://t.co/2hoflwYAms pic.twitter.com/rRBOq9gHKS

    — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 22, 2016

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  • N.C. lawmaker Crying Jordans Governor McCrory after NBA pulls ASG

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie3 days ago

    The NBA’s decision to follow through on months of threats and pull its 2017 All-Star Weekend out of Charlotte ranks as one of the boldest stances for equal rights that a professional sports league has ever taken. At the same time, it should not come as much of a surprise given that the league has reaffirmed its stance on North Carolina’s House Bill 2, widely known as an anti-transgender “bathroom law” but more generally a severe and broad limitation of anti-discrimination policy, so many times since its adoption in March. With the Charlotte Hornets and owner Michael Jordan on board with the stance, it seemed like a matter when, not if, the league would decide to move the All-Star Game. Not doing so would have been a public relations disaster.

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