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The Charity Stripe: The Year Of LeBron, Linsanity; Boxing Day

uspw_6878998The Charity Stripe is a collection of links around the NBA. They may not have gotten their own posts on here but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth reading. Go ahead and hit ‘em from the Charity Stripe.

Before I start with a few links, I just want to say that I went five for five on my Christmas Day predictions. Now that I got that out of the way, don’t ask me to predict lottery numbers.

This is a fantastic look at LeBron James’ 2012. LeBron redeemed himself more and more as the awards and achievements piled on. James won his third Most Valuable Player award in four seasons. Then he and the Miami Heat went on to beat Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals to claim his first championship ring. With that title came his first NBA Finals MVP award. And at the end of this summer, he helped Team U.S.A. basketball win the gold medal in the London Olympics. Quite a year for LeBron James.

Amin Vafa of Hardwood Paroxysm celebrates, uh, Boxing Day by watching his two favorite teams. Those teams? The Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has his own reasons, okay?

Time had their list of Top 10 sports moments of 2012 and in the list included a dose of Linsanity. We had never seen anything like it in the NBA and I’m not sure if we’ll ever see something like that ever again. It really was a Hollywood/Disney movie come to life.

James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom talks to Blazers player (and former King) J.J. Hickson. Among other things, they talked about the volatile DeMarcus Cousins.

TrueHoop has a few thank you notes to the teams that participated on Christmas Day.

How do the Clippers stay unified as a team? By doing things together such as wearing ugly sweaters for Christmas. I bet I can pull off that look. Chicks would dig me.

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Rey Moralde is a Southern California native who has a passion for basketball, old-school video games, sushi, and terrible pop music.

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