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Grant Wahl dead, NBA news, LeBron James, latest, updates, death, Sports Illustrated,

American journalist Grant Wahl, who passed away suddenly in Qatar while covering the World Cup, was just not a football guru – he was also a brilliant basketball mind who played a key role in the careers of some of the NBA’s biggest names.

Wahl spent more than two decades writing for Sports Illustrated from 1996, mostly on football but also regularly covering college ball. Sports Illustrated was by far the biggest American sports publication, and had a monumental impact on shaping the views of the nation when it came to sports stars.

The list of players that Wahl met and wrote about in college or high school is littered with NBA champions and All-Stars: Steph Curry, John Wall, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Al Horford, James Harden, Brook Lopez.

But the story that probably impacted the modern NBA the most came in 2002, when LeBron James, a high school junior, was splashed on the February…

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