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This artist, though, is looking at the athletes and coaches we love a little differently. Well, OK, a lot differently. With some of the most minimalist sports portraits you'll find, Instagram user @lessonsinsport allows us to see big stars in quite a different light.

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Barry Sanders


Jim Harbaugh


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2014-15 NBA schedule released

The 2014-15 NBA schedule is here, with some pretty sweet matchups highlighting the season's big days. The opening-night slate comprises Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers. On Christmas, the Cleveland Cavaliers make their first trip to Miami since LeBron James left the Heat, while Western Conference titans Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs square off in Texas. It's all part of a regular season that promises to be compelling.

  • Which NBA opening-night game are you most looking forward to?

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  • Which Christmas Day game are you most looking forward to?

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  • Which of these is your favorite day of games during the NBA regular season?

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  • If you were a Heat fan, how would you welcome LeBron James when the Cavaliers play in Miami on Dec. 25?

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  • Which player's return from injury in 2014-15 is more intriguing?

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  • What do you make of the NBA giving teams a full week off around the All-Star break?

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  • How many regular-season NBA games do you usually attend per year?

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  • Which team will finish with the best regular-season record?

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What is Clippers' future?

The future of the Los Angeles Clippers became clearer Tuesday, when the NBA announced that Steve Ballmer's $2 billion bid to purchase the team had been accepted and closed. Gone, pending appeal, is the controversial reign of Donald Sterling. Now the team moves forward, with a popular owner, a title-winning head coach in Doc Rivers and a talented core featuring Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. What do you expect from what long has been L.A.'s distant-second basketball franchise?

  • Will the Clippers ever challenge the Lakers for the title of most popular team in Los Angeles?

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  • How will the Clippers fare in 2014-15?

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  • Will the Clippers reach the NBA Finals with their current core?

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  • When will the Lakers next finish with a better record than the Clippers?

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Durant out of FIBA World Cup

Team USA suffered another high-profile loss Thursday, although this one was decidedly less frightening: Citing "physical and mental fatigue," Oklahoma City Thunder star and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant has pulled out of the FIBA World Cup. Paul George, who sustained a horrific leg injury last week, also will miss the Barcelona tournament, the winner of which earns an automatic bid into the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Do you have a problem with Kevin Durant pulling out of the FIBA World Cup, citing "physical and mental fatigue?"

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  • How much will Kevin Durant's absence hurt Team USA at the FIBA World Cup?

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  • Will Team USA win the FIBA World Cup and earn an automatic bid to the 2016 Olympics?

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  • Has the Paul George injury changed your opinion on whether you want your favorite players participating in international tournaments?

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  • Which of the following would you rather have an important player on your favorite NBA team do in the summer?

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Love to Cavs for Wiggins, more

It's official: Kevin Love is a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, joining LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on the new-look team. Meanwhile Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young will try to bring the Timberwolves back to the playoffs. There's no telling what could come of this -- Love is an excellent player, but Wiggins could end up being a superstar, and there's no guarantee whether James' second version of a big three will work out as well as the first.

  • Which of these teams will benefit more from this proposed Kevin Love trade?

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  • How would you characterize Kevin Love?

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  • Is Kevin Love a defensive liability?

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  • How far will the Cavaliers go this season?

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  • How much do you blame Kevin Love for the Timberwolves not making the playoffs during his tenure with the team?

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  • What is Andrew Wiggins' NBA future?

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  • Which player would you rather have in five years?

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  • Which Big Three will end up being better?

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