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Unless you are living under a rock or don’t revolve the better part of your life around roundball like I do (I believe these people are also called productive members of society), you heard the news from last night. The Wizards and Rockets swapped star point guards John Wall and Russell Westbrook in a blockbuster trade that also includes a Washington first round pick. There is a lot to unpack here, and I want it to be known that this is an analytics-free safe space, where we stuff the nerds who try to bring up graphs in conversations about hoops

I never knew that an empty bed could change everything. I mean, a sheet and some pillows don’t mean anything, right? Wrong. To me, an empty bed served as a representation of life and death. An empty bed opened my eyes to the devastation that could result from mental illness. My junior year of college, I lost a friend to suicide unexpectedly. One day he was there, the next he was gone; simple as that. He lived with me in my fraternity chapter house, and the day after he passed, a bed that used to be his was now empty…

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