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Fear the Links: Why LeBron James won’t participate in the three-point contest

That and more in today’s links.

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Happy Friday, everyone. Here are your links for today to get your December off to a well-read start.

ICYMI from Fear the Sword:

At The Athletic, LeBron James tells Jason Lloyd why he won’t participate in the three-point contest despite being intrigued by it.

At ESPN, Zach Lowe’s weekly ‘Ten things I like and don't like’ column features a section on the Cavs, why they’ve been better of late and why they still need to find some longterm two-way balance.

At VICE Sports, Michael Pina write about LeBron being insane on defense, Marcus Smart and more.

In the New York Times, James Wagner profiles Shohei Ohtani, who is going to be incredibly fun to watch play baseball next year.

At SB Nation, Michael D. Sykes looks at why travels are up this year. SB Nation also has full World Cup draw results and analysis right here.

Lastly, a full guide to Freeform’s Holiday movie bonanza. You’re welcome.