LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes up for a shot Monday night in front of James Michael McAdoo of the Golden State Warriors in the first half in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

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The Canton Charge play against the Iowa Energy in Canton, Ohio, on Feb. 16. Maddie McGarvey for NPR hide caption

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Playing For A Chance: The Promise And Pain Of The NBA's Minor League

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Onaje X. O. Woodbine's book, Black Gods of the Asphalt, has also been adapted into a play by the same name. He appears here on that play's set at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. Brendan C. Hall/Courtesy of DeChant-Hughes & Associates hide caption

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'Black Gods Of The Asphalt' Takes Basketball Beyond The Court

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John Holland, No. 10 of the D-League's Canton Charge, looks to pass the ball against the Sioux Falls Skyforce at Canton Memorial Civic Center on Jan. 23, in Canton, Ohio. The 19 teams of the D-League — the NBA's development league — crisscross the country in a grueling, 50-game season. Matt Durisko/NBAE/Getty Images hide caption

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In Basketball's D-League, Player Takes Long Shot At NBA Dream

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The Canton Charge, in yellow, play against the Idaho Stampede at the NBA D-League Showcase at the Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Jan. 6. Talia Herman for NPR hide caption

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For Some NBA Hopefuls, A Timeout In Basketball's Lesser-Known League

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Hozaifa Almaleh (No. 9, on the right of the front row) was a leading member of Syria's national basketball team from 2004 to 2013. He left the country because of war and now plays professionally in Chicago. Courtesy of Hozaifa Almaleh hide caption

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Stephen Curry (right) of the Golden State Warriors dribbles toward Pablo Prigioni of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on Feb. 20. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images hide caption

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Basketball's 3-Pointer: From Tacky Gimmick To Strategic Platform

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Over 33 years of playing pickup basketball, Breslow has broken his nose, cracked ribs, torn muscles and sprained ankles. Niki Walker/NPR hide caption

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Friendships And Fractures: 30 Years Of Pickup Basketball

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Players on Monmouth University's bench have created over-the-top choreographed celebrations for plays. Here, Tyler Robinson pretends to be dead, while teammates Louie Pillari, Dan Pillari and Greg Noack react in horror. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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Shtick On The Sidelines: College Basketball's Most Famous Bench

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Dear NBA: Why So Many Games?

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