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2013 NBA Playoffs: 5 Irrelevant Topics We’re Sick Of Hearing About

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2013 NBA Playoffs: 5 Irrelevant Topics We're Sick Of Hearing About

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Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

The Conference Finals are in full swing in this year's NBA Playoffs, and everything is right with the basketball world. We are in the midst of two phenomenal matchups between the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs in the West and the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers in the East. Both series feature some of the best players in the world being coached by four incredible coaches. There is not a whole lot left to be desired.

Actually, there is one small problem. It seems that everybody wants to talk about players and topics that take attention away from the real matter at hand, which is the Conference Finals. The players, coaches and fans of the four remaining teams deserve the attention and the coverage at this point. They've made it this far, so it would only be right to give them their dues.

Instead of talking mostly about the matchups at the moment, many media networks — that remain nameless, but one could probably guess — love to talk about the players and coaches that are no longer in the running for a title. While there is a time and a place for those conversations and stories, the time is not now. I would understand a small piece squeezed into the last few segments of Sportscenter — whoops, there I go name dropping — but hour after hour, minute after minute is quite unnecessary.

So, without further prolonging, here are the top five stories that I am sure many fans are sick of hearing about nonstop.

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5. Dwight Howard

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Cary Edmonson – USA TODAY Sports

Honestly, who cares at this point to hear about the so-called "Dwightmare" that has begun yet again? Yes, the big man has a few decisions to ponder this offseason, but why on earth is he getting so much attention when he's sitting at home watching other players compete for a title? He's been nothing short of a big, whining and complaining baby over the past few years and I for one, am sick of it. We can pick this story up in the summer, but for now leave it alone.

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4. Kobe Bryant's Future

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Craig Mitchelldyer – USA TODAY Sports

Let me be the first to say that I love watching Kobe Bryant play basketball. He is without a doubt one of the best to ever play the game. But, he is in the midst of a tough rehab process and has some things to think about regarding his future right now. So, let the man think. Let him have his time and space to make the necessary steps towards whatever his future goals are. Too many have forced stories into the spotlight that have no merit to them, including a Twitter blowup a couple nights ago when somebody created a fake account pretending to be Adrian Wojnarowski and tweeting that Bryant had planned to announce his retirement. With all due respect, Bryant is not playing at the moment and I'm sure he's sick of people trying to predict and prod their way into his future.

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3. The Sacramento Kings

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Ed Szczepanski – USA TODAY Sports

First off, let me congratulate the fans of Sacramento on being able to keep their Kings in town. Second, enough already. The franchise has a long way to go to even begin to talk about the playoffs, and the biggest news out of their front office has been regarding the potential move to Seattle — not even in regards to the team or the upcoming Draft lottery. Let's talk about the four teams that are still alive and leave the Kings alone for now. It's pretty much over and done with, so let it go, ESPN — oops, did it again.

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2. Derrick Rose

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Debby Wong – USA TODAY Sports

He hasn't played in a game in over a year, has barely spoken to the media, and we are still hearing the latest rumors and updates. Isn't it about time that they let the guy live and make his own decisions? When he's ready to return, he will. Right now, his Chicago Bulls are no longer in the Playoffs and they have many moves to contemplate over the offseason. Therefore, let the topic rest for a bit and leave the guy alone.

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1. LeBron James and Michael Jordan

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Robert Mayer – USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James is a phenomenal player; one of the greatest of all time already, in my opinion. But why in the world are we continuing to hear his comparisons to the career of Michael Jordan at the moment? Give it a break. James is solely concentrated on a title right now, not living up to everybody else's expectations. In fact, let's give this argument a long-extended vacation. Today, it should be about the 2013 Miami Heat, not the 1996 Chicago Bulls. When the time is right, I would love to hear an educated debate by two individuals not named Bayless and Smith.