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Kobe Bryant is Youngest Player to get 30,000 Points

Kobe Bryant set a new NBA record last night when the Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets 103-87, the team that drafted Bryant in 1996. Bryant is one of the best scorers in the league and has now proved it by being the youngest player in NBA history to score 30,000 points. Bryant, 34-years-old, currently has 30,001 points in the NBA.

Before Wednesday’s game Wilt Chamberlain held the record reaching 30,000 NBA points when he was 35-years-old. Bryant is the 5th player to ever reach 30,000 points in their NBA career.

  • Kobe Bryant – 30,001 and counting
  • Wilt Chamberlain – 31,419 points
  • Michael Jordan – 32,292
  • Karl Malone – 36,928
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 38,387

After the game Bryant said, “It’s just a tremendous honor. I don’t really know how else to put it. I’ve just been very, very fortunate.”

Expecting the moment to come, NBA commissioner David Stern was happy to witness the memorable moment. Stern said, “I want to shake his hand. I think Kobe is, as a talent and a competitor, he’s up there on the pedestal with Michael Jordan as one of the greatest. Kobe has such an extraordinary run playing at the highest level for so long with the championships to prove it in a league that is extremely competitive. Kobe and the Lakers have been an important part of the league, and I wish him well for this season and beyond.”

Congratulations to Kobe Bryant on this tremendous accomplishment. Bryant is not my favorite player, but there is NO arguing that guy can play basketball.




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Delonte West Suspended Again!

News spread today that the Dallas Mavericks suspended Delonte West indefinitely for detrimental conduct. This is the second time in less than two weeks that West has been suspended from the team.

On October 15, 2012 the Mavericks suspended West for conduct detrimental to the team. That day the Dallas Mavericks played their first preseason game in Dallas beating the Houston Rockets 123-104. After the game, due to an outburst in the locker-room, West was suspended. The suspension only lasted less than 24 hours because West meet with president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and head coach Rick Carlisle and they worked it out. Coach Carlisle said, “There was an outstanding issue, and we needed to talk about it.” West was there to play in the next preseason game on October 17 against the Phoenix Suns.

The Mavs seemed to be sure that whatever it was had been worked out and was in the process of being fixed. Carlisle said, “He needed to refocus, and he’s in the process of doing that. It’s going to be work. It’s going to be daily work for him to do that, and I’ve got to help him and our organization is going to help him, too. It’s not that big a deal.” Turns out he was wrong, or maybe this time it was something completely different, or didn’t have to do with West at all. Either way, West was suspended again.

West explained to ESPNDallas.com that he is being blamed for something he did not do. West said there was an argument between two teammates last night after the Mavs lost to the OKC 76-88, and the Mavs believed he had something to do with it. West said, “There was an argument between two teammates in the locker room last night that didn’t involve me. Somehow I’m being blamed for it. I had nothing to do with it. I don’t know what’s going on.” Then this morning West got a text telling him not to come to practice today. West turned to tweeter to tweet his thoughts.

In the past Delonte West has had run-ins with the law. In 2009 West was arrested for having multiple weapons on board a three-wheel motorcycle while driving. In result West was suspended by the NBA for 10 games, and was sentenced to house arrest for 8 months. Later that year it was revealed that West suffers from bipolar disorder. I do not know what it is like to be bipolar, but with all the negative attention his name gets all the time I can’t imagine it is easy for him while being in the NBA. But this issue has nothing to do with that.

Regardless of whatever West is going through off the court he is, in my opinion, an outstanding NBA player. I have seen West play, and every time he is on that court he gives it his all. West is not afraid to drive to the basket and can get the ball to the teammate that is open. He is great to watch. West has played on some of the best teams with some of the best players including LeBron James, Jason Kidd, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Dirk Nowitzki. West averages 9.7 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. If West was not involved in the argument then I hope the Mavs will figure that out and reinstate West before the season starts.




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Dwight Howard traded to the LA Lakers

Last night on Thursday August 9, 2012 Dwight Howard was traded to the LA Lakers in a 4 team trade. The teams involved in the trade include the LA Lakers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Denver Nuggets. All the teams need now is an approval of the trade from the league, which should happen sometime today, then the players involved can join their new teams. In the trade the Lakers will get Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon, and Earl Clark; the 76ers will get Andrew Bynum, and Jason Richardson; the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, and one protected first round pick from each of the teams involved; and the Nuggets will get Andre Iguodala.

A protected draft pick means that a team can pick a player from the draft, but will only acquire that player if all the conditions are met.

Dwight Howard has been trying to leave the Magic for quite some time now and is finally getting what he wanted, well sort-of. Howard’s first choice was to go and play for the Brooklyn Nets with Deron Williams, but that did not happen after months of drama. Howard also had the Dallas Mavericks and the LA Lakers on his want list as his other choices. Howard got traded to one of the three teams on his want list, but still has a chance to play for one of the others if he does not like playing for LA. Howard only has one year left on his contract and will be a free agent next summer if he does not sign a contract extension with LA. The Lakers are not looking to have Howard for just one year, they will do their best to help him fit in and see LA as his new home so that he will sign an extension before this coming season ends. If Howard does not like being in LA the Mavericks will surely be waiting for him this summer to make him an offer, but it will be hard for Howard to not like being a Laker this season. Over the summer the Lakers signed free agent Steve Nash. Nash is one of the best guards in the league and is very experienced. Nash has played in the NBA for 16 years and averages 14.5 points, 8.6 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game. Nash is one of my favorite guards to watch because he can make some of the most amazing no-look-passes I have ever seen. Nash can make plays happen and get the ball to the right teammate for the shot or will get in the right position to make it himself. The Lakers were also able to keep their forward Pau Gasol from being traded, even though it was talked about. A team with Howard, Gasol, Nash, and Bryant makes for a definite team to watch out for this season. If this Lakers team and create chemistry they will be a tough team to beat.

With the team the Lakers have this year, assuming the trade will be approved by the league, it will be very surprising if the Lakers have a bad year. I expect them to have a great year being in the top 5 teams in the Western Conference, maybe even the top 2. I do not believe the Lakers will be better than the Oklahoma Thunder but they will be a good matchup. I also predict that Howard will fall in love with LA and will sign a contract extension before the 2012-2013 season ends.






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Miami is the 2011-2012 NBA Finals Champions

The Miami Heat did it! Miami won their second franchise championship, but it was the teams first championship win with the big three together. Miami beat the OKC Thunder 121-106 in game 5 of the 2011-2012 NBA Playoff Finals. Miami really came together against the young OKC and fought to the end. Tonight is a great milestone for the Miami Heat.

Tonight is the night that the big three: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh won their first title as teammates and proved to most of the world that they can play together and be a great team. The three first came together last year and struggled at the beginning of the 2010-2011 season finding it hard to play as a team. LeBron and Wade had a hard time sharing the court and taking turns being leaders. To me it seemed like LeBron was scared to take over the team that had been Wade’s for 7 years (2003-2010), and Wade was trying to figure out how to share his leadership role. Then after the 2011 All-Star break the team began to come together. In the 2010-2011 season Miami made it all the way to the finals to play the Dallas Mavericks, but the Mavericks proved to be the better team winning the title and Miami fell short of their goal. This left LeBron and Bosh heartbroken to come that close to winning their first title and then not accomplishing their goal.

This season Miami came back ready to compete and accomplish their goal. During this Finals run Miami finally became LeBron’s team, which was just what needed to happen for this team to reach their potential. Wade took the back seat and let LeBron take control. Miami started the 2011-2012 NBA Playoffs against the New York Knicks winning that series 4-1. Then Miami advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals to play theIndiana Pacers and beat them in 6 games. After that, Miami played the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston forced Miami to give it their all taking the series to the full 7 games. It was really a win or go home game and Miami won to progress to the Finals to play the OKC Thunder. Miami lost the first game of the NBA Finals but came out on top winning the next 4 games.

Wade won his second title, but what makes this night so special is that LeBron James won his first NBA Championship and won the NBA Finals MVP award just after winning the regular season MVP award back in May. LeBron James has fought hard his year and deserves his first of many titles to come. LeBron had a spectacular playoff run averaging 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 7.4 assistes per game in the 2011-2012 Playoffs. LeBron also became the 7th player in NBA history to have multiple triple doubles in the NBA Finals, which means he had double digits in points, assists, and rebounds in multiple playoff games this post season.

Most of all I enjoyed getting to see Chris Bosh win his first title as well. Bosh, I feel, is the most humble of the three superstars in Miami and deserves this Championship. In the 2011-2012 Playoff run Bosh averaged 13.2 points, and 7.80 rebounds. I am happy for Bosh and congratulate him on his accomplishment tonight.

Also a major congrats to Miami head coach, Erik Spoelstra tonight. He has been a great coach to this team of superstars. The team would never have come together to play to their full potential without him. And Congrats to Mike Miller for having a great game in game 5 with 23 points.

Congratulations to the entire Miami Heat team on winning the 2011-2012 NBA Finals Championship tonight.

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2012 NBA Finals Officiating

The 2011-2012 NBA Finals started last week and has proven to be a very intense series. In game 1 Oklahoma City gave it their all and got the first win. Then in games 2 and 3 Miami fought to the end and got the last two wins. Game 4 will be played tonight Tuesday June 19, 2012 at 8:00 PM Central time.

After watching the past 3 games, especially games 2 and 3, many fans feel that the Finals are rigged and the officials are making calls in Miami’s favor to help them win the game. I understand where these people are coming from, some of the calls I saw in games 2 and 3 were pretty bad. But on the other hand, basketball is such a fast pace game which makes it hard for the officials to see everything and yes they are human so there will be times that they get it wrong. Also this seems to happen every year. Each year there are fans that feel the officiating is unfair. I will admit I felt that way last year in almost every series for the Mavs. I thought the referees hardly ever gave calls to the Mavs last year, but still the Dallas Mavericks won it all. This shows it does not matter if you think the referees are calling the game fair or not, what matters is the coaching and which team can adjust to the obstacles and which team cannot. I am looking forward to tonight’s game to see if OKC can adjust and overcome, or if they will just let Miami make their run to the title.

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Oops! Mayor of Boston did it again

The Boston Celtics were down 2-0 in the 2011-2012 Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat after game 2 on Wednesday May 30, 2012. Then the series took a turn when Boston won 3 games in a row and took a 3-2 lead in the series. All Boston had to do was win 1 more game to win the Eastern Conference Finals and move on to the NBA Finals, the last round of the playoffs. Things were looking great for the Boston Celtics and their fans could not be more excited.

On Wednesday June 6, 2012 the Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, was asked about the Celtics and their progress. Mayor Menino said, “There’s a lot of heart in this team, let me just tell you. KJ is great but Hondo is really the inspiration. Hondo drives that team.” Oops! There is no KJ or Hondo on the Boston Celtics team, but there is a Kevin Garnett whose nickname is KG and a Rajon Rondo on the team.

This would not be that bad if Garnett and Rondo were fairly new to the team or did not get much playing time, but they have both been there for a full 5-6 seasons and get a lot of playing time. Rondo joined the team in the 2006-2007 season and Garnett joined the Celtics in the 2007- 2008 season. Rondo and KG are well known which makes the mayor’s mistake that much funnier. Some believe he confused KG with retired Phoenix Suns point guard  and mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson whose nickname is KJ, and he mixed up Rondo with Havlicek that was a Celtics guard that is now in the Hall of Fame and whose nickname was Hondo. Others believe the mayor simply made a mistake.

Shortly after the mix up, Mayor Menino wrote on his twitter, “You know it’s championship season when I flub our athletes’ names!Sorry KG & Rondo, it’s kind of my thing- another Menino-ism! Go Celtics!”

Menino jokes on his twitter apology about the fact that this is not the first time he has messed up Athlete’s names. The time before was this past NFL season when he was discussing how well he thought the New England Patriots would match up to the Denver Broncos. Thomas Menino talked about Patriots “Grabowski,” meaning Rob Gronkowski, and “Wes Weckler,” meaning Welker. Menino also messed up in 2010 when he was reminiscing on some of Boston’s memorable sports moments. The mayor said, “In Boston, we have an amazing set of remarkable athletes whose actions in the moment have become ionic in sports. Havlicek stole the ball. Fisk waving the ball fair. Flutie launched the Hail Mary pass. Varitek splitting the uprights.” Jason Veritek use to be the catcher for the Red Sox, and “slitting the upright” is a football term for making the field goal. He really ment to say Adam Vinatieri.

Hilarious! I like that Menino is not afraid to make a mistake and does not let his mix ups keep him from talking about sports. No one is perfect, but I do love that this gives everyone a good laugh.





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Kicks and Woodson Work on Finalizing Contract

Mike Woodson and the New York Knicks are currently in the process of creating a multiyear contract for Woodson to remain the Knicks head coach. It is believed that this contract should be finalized by the end of this week, possibly even tomorrow.

Last summer, 2011, the Knicks hired Mike Woodson to be the assistant head coach, and on March 14, 2012 Woodson took over as a temporary head coach when Mike D’Antoni stepped down from the position. With Woodson in charge the team greatly increased their wins as well as their chemistry. Mike Woodson coached the team to an 18-6 record (18 wins and 6 loses) from March 14, 2012 to April 26, 2012. The New York Knicks finished the regular season in 7th place in the Eastern Conference and entered the 2011-2012 Playoffs to play the Miami Heat in the first round. On May 6, 2012 the Knicks ended their 13-game postseason losing streak by beating the Heat in game 4, 89-87. Unfortunately, that was the only win the Knicks had and did not advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

The Knicks organization is very pleased with the job Woodson has done with the team. General Manager and Woodson’s good friend, Glen Grunwald said, “Woody’s done a fantastic job. I can’t give him enough credit for the job he’s done since he’s been here.” Grunwald later added, “Normal coaching changes don’t result in such a dramatic improvement in a team’s performance so I think that speaks very well of him.”

Not only has Woodson impressed the Knicks staff but he has build relationships with the players as well. Many of the players are looking forward to Woodson remaining head coach with a multiyear contract. His main supporters are Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, and Jeremy Lin. When asked about Woodson, Anthony said, “I’m hopeful he’s back. There’s no need to try to change it up now. I’m a big believer in sticking with what you have.”

In my opinion, the New York Knicks are making the right decision by keeping Mike Woodson as head coach. It is important to have a coach that has the respect of the players and the staff, and can work well with everyone. Woodson has already done great things with the Knicks in just a short amount of time and deserves this contract. I am interested to see how many years his contract will be and for how much.

Update: On Friday May 25, 2012 the New York Knicks and Woodson agreed upon a multiyear deal and it is done. Mike Woodson remains head coach of the New York Knicks for 2 more years with the 3rd year optional. Coach Woodson said, “I’m very humbled and honored to continue coaching the franchise where I started my NBA career. Our goal is to build off the success we had at the end of last season and to continue our quest of bringing an NBA championship to Madison Square Garden.”







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Orlando Magic Fired Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith

The 2011-2012 season was a roller coaster ride for the Orlando Magic, and not a good. On Monday May 21, 2012 the Orlando Magic fired head coach Stan Van Gundy, and General Manager Otis Smith. The announcement to the media came from Magic’s CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Alex Martins. He said, “On behalf of the DeVos Family (Magic’s owner), we sincerely appreciate and thank Otis and Stan for all that they have done on and off the floor for the Orlando Magic.” The Magic knew it was time to make a change so that is just what they did. Martin said, “There are the Days you dread in this business but we feel it’s time for new leadership and new voices.”

Stan Van Gundy was head coach of the Orlando Magic for 5 years and Otis Smith was Orlando’s general manager for six years, but the Orlando Magic organization made its decision and let the two go. Coach Gundy was a good coach for the team but it was time to part ways. In Orlando, Coach Gundy had a total win-lose record of 259-139. In 2009 Gundy coached the team all the way to winning the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, and the team finally got to played in the Finals. But in past two post seasons the Magic were not able to make it past the first round of the playoffs. Talking about Smith and Gundy, Martins said, “Their success is well documented, as the Orlando Magic has had the fourth best record in the NBA over the last five years, and entering the playoffs this year with the third most playoff wins over that period of time. The disappointment of getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs these past two seasons played a primary role in our decision, as we feel our momentum toward winning a championship has paused. We wish Otis and Stan all the best and we look forward to taking the next step towards winning that championship.”

After the dysfunctional season Orlando had, most drama happening after the All-Star game from the team’s super star Dwight Howard, not many are surprised with this announcement. First the Magic’s star player Dwight Howard wanted to be traded to another team, then planned to stay with the Magic, next looked to sign with another team during his fee agency this summer, then felt forced to stay with the Magic another year and did so with a request that the organization fire coach Stan Van Gundy. After all that, Howard had back surgery and was unable to play in the 2011-2012 NBA Playoffs with his team that he would be with for one more year.

This move made by the Orlando Magic has been expected to happen and I believe it was a good move on their part. After reading about all that has gone on with the team this past season I did not see how Coach Gundy could have remained head coach of the same team and obtain control. Too much damage was done and the Orlando Magic had to do something about it. Now Orlando is turning their attention to Dwight Howard. The team does not want to go though the same thing that happened this past season so there is a possibility that if Howard does not see his future in Orlando he could be traded. Matins said, “I think the decision is on Dwight now.” It will be interesting to see what Howard decides and what other changes are made to the team.

To Read more of the drama that happened during the season:

Dwight Howard Wants Coach Gundy Fired

Dwight Howard is Staying in Orlando

Term to Know:

NBA General Manager – someone who makes personnel decisions. a general manager chooses and recruts players, and coaching and training staff. They may also take part in creating budgets and helping in marketing efforts.





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Frank Vogel talks about Miami Heat

The Indianapolis Pacers beat the Orlando Magic in a 4-1 series in the 1st round of the playoffs and will move on to play the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Miami also beat their 1st round opponent, the New York Knicks, in a 4-1 series. Game 1 of the IND vs MIA Eastern Conference Semifinals series will be in Miami on Sunday May 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm ET.

Yesterday May 10, 2012 during the Pacers practice Coach Frank Vogel took the time to talk about the team’s future matchup, Miami, in an interview. Coach Vogel said, “They are the biggest flopping team in the NBA. It’ll be very interesting (to see) how the referees officiate the series and how much flopping they reward.”

According to Hoopdata.com Miami was ranked number 4 in teams that drew the most charges in the regular season. LaBron James and Dwyane Wade are known in the NBA as players that draw the most fouls. In the first round of the playoffs the Heat obtained 151 free-throw attempts, and the Knicks only got 109. Currently in the NBA post-season LeBron James is ranked number 1 in free-throw attempts per game at 11.4. This means right now LaBron gets to go to the line more times in a game than any other player, averaging just over 11 free throw attempts per game in the playoffs.

Frank Vogel talked more about Miami’s plays when he said, “Every drive to the basket, they have guys not making a play on the ball, but sliding in front of drivers.” Vogel added. “Oftentimes they’re falling down even before contact is even being made. It’ll be interesting to see how the series is officiated.”

On Wednesday May 9, 2012 Miami’s coach, Erik Spoelstra predicted the next series against Indiana to be a physical matchup. Coach Spoelstra said, “This next series, I’m sure, will feel like it’s played in a cage rather than on a basketball court. It’ll be that physical.”

After watching a few games of the Miami vs New York series I agree with Coach Vogel. The team, LeBron most of all, was flopping all over the place. Sometimes players flopped even before any contact was made. There was one flop I remember most of all and it came from LeBron James after a hit from Tyson Chandler. This happened just after James drew a foul by flopping after contact with JR Smith. Chandler came up behind James leaning forward to nudge him and created the contact. Then, in my opinion, it looks like after the contact LeBron then threw his head back for a show and acted out a silly flop that the refs gave him. I agreed that a foul should have been called on Chandler, but I did not agree with the flagrant (unnecessary, violent contact) call that was given. That was just crazy.

This next matchup, IND vs MIA will be very interesting and I am sure we will all get to see more flops from the LeBron James and Miami Heat show.






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NBA Playoffs 101

In the NBA there are a total of 30 teams and only 16 get to go to playoffs each year. There will be 8 teams in the Western Conference and 8 teams in the Eastern Conference that will battle it out for a chance to win the Championship. Playoffs start after the regular season is over, normally around the middle of April.

The first thing you need to understand is how the standings work. Please refer back to my previous blog: NBA Standings 101.

When the regular season is over, each team’s record is compared to the other teams in the same conference. It does not matter the records of the teams in the other conference, so the Western Conference teams are not compared to the Eastern Conference teams or vice versa. Also it is important to know the team with the best record in each division.

In each conference a team’s final record and their ranking in their division compared to the other teams records and rankings will determine the team’s seed. A seed is a team’s position in the playoffs being number 1-8 in each conference.

Each conference has 3 divisions. The teams that finish first in their division will be no lower than the 4th seed. The team that finished the regular season with the best overall record of their conference will take the number 1 seed. The other 2 division winners in that conference will be placed in the 2, 3, or 4 seed. The other teams in each conference will be ranked according to their win loss record. Only 8 teams in each conference go to the playoffs, so there are 7 teams in each conference that do not get to go. Once the teams have been placed in their seed the playoffs will being. Each conference will play the teams in the same conference till there is only one left to play the other conference’s winner.

In the playoffs there will be a total of 3 series. Each matchup in all three series will play 7 games. The best of 7 wins, so the team that wins 4 games moves on to the next round. If a team wins 4 games before all 7 are played that series will be over early and the team will wait for the other matchups to finish. Also the team with the least amount of losses, compared to who they are matched up with, will have home court advantage. This means they will get 4 of the 7 games played on their home court, 3 will be on the other team’s home court.There are two ways the leauge will have the the series lay these 7 games. One way is 2-3-2: the matchup will start with 2 games on the home team’s court, then 3 at the other team’s court, and back to the home team’s court for 2 more games if all 7 games are needed. The other way is 2-2-1-1-1: the match up will start with 2 games on the home team’s court, then 2 games at the other team’s court, back for 1 on the home team’s court, then 1 on the other team’s court, and then 1 on the home team’s court to finish.

The 1st series is called Round 1. In round 1 the 1st seed will play the 8th seed, 2 seed plays the 7 seed, 3 seed plays the 6 seed, and the 4 seed plays the 5 seed. (8–1, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5). The team that gets best of 7 (wins 4 games) will advance to the next series called Round 2, or Conference Semifinals.  In this round there are 2 matchups in each conference. The winner of the 8 and 1 matchup will play the winner of the 4 and 5 matchup, and the winner of the 3 and 6 matchup will play the winner of the 2 and 7 matchup. After these 2 matchups are over only 2 teams will remain in each conference and will move on to play each other in the 3rd round called the Conference Finals. The first team to win 4 games out of 7 in this matchup will be the winners of their conference and will advance to the Finals, the last series, to play the other Conference Finals winner. The team that wins best of 7 games will have won the playoffs and be the new NBA Champions.

Here is a look at how last summers playoffs went:

The NBA Champs receive the Larry O’Brien Trophy, and one player will be awarded Finals MVP (most valuable player).




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