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Hey, Mike Brown: Free J.J. Hickson!

May 4th, 2010
Monday night was the first time many NBA fans have seen the usually mild-mannered Mike Brown come out agitated and frustrated, so much so that he raised his voice while talking to reporters and, yes, was even bleeped out during his postgame press conference. He had every reason to be. At ...

Cleveland Cavaliers Should Take Note of Kevin Pritchard’s Troubles in Portland

March 24th, 2010
Building a team through the draft is a lost art in the NBA. While the NFL treats its entire draft like an actual regular season game, the NBA's version is mostly done after the first 20 picks—well before every team has has a chance to make at least one selection. Someone forgot ...

How Larry Ellison (or Anyone Else) Can Fix the Golden State Warriors

March 22nd, 2010
If you are a Golden State Warriors fan—or just a fan of basketball—then news of the Warriors now being up for sale should have you mildly excited. The Bay Area, one of the largest markets in the country, is an untapped goldmine for basketball. Fans saw it in 2007 when Oracle Arena ...

Kevin Durant: Is Oklahoma City a Big Enough Stage for the Next NBA Superstar?

March 8th, 2010
There are a few things to keep in mind when you are watching your next Kevin Durant highlight on ESPN's "Sportscenter." First, Durant—the blossoming young superstar out of the University of Texas —is only 21-years-old. Second, he is only in his third season in the league after pulling a one-and-done deal ...

Cavs’ Danny Ferry Proves Himself As Elite GM With Antawn Jamison Trade

February 17th, 2010
After an All-Star Weekend simmering with talks of Amar'e Stoudemire headed to Cleveland to pair up with LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal, the Cavaliers' front office threw a curve ball at the rest of the league. Except it was not much of a curve ball at all. After being hot in pursuit ...

The Cavs and Amar’e Stoudemire: Shades of the Lakers Getting Pau Gasol?

February 15th, 2010
This past weekend's All-Star Game and associated activities in Dallas were just fun and games. But the league's best team (at least record-wise) isn't messing around. Reports surfaced on late Saturday night, as most NBA and even sports fans know by now, that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns were advancing ...

Antawn Jamison and the Cleveland Cavaliers: 2010’s Potential Blockbuster

January 7th, 2010
It seems as though every NBA General Manager who has gotten his team fitted for championship rings this past decade has said these magic words on at least one occasion: "Let's make a deal." Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak could not get those words out of his mouth soon enough when he landed ...

With Brandon Jennings, The New York Knicks Would Not Have Had To Wait For 2010

November 18th, 2009
Somebody needs to wake up Donnie Walsh and the New York Knicks. Come to think of it, don't bother. It is already far too late. But if you get a chance, here are some things you can tell Mr. Walsh and his brass: No NBA team, based on previous precedents, should ever ...

Did the Phoenix Suns Take Advantage of the Cavaliers With the Shaq Trade?

November 10th, 2009
When a team usually acquires a star player -- say, a future Hall of Famer -- in an overwhelmingly one-sided trade, there's no doubt that they won that deal. Or so it would seem. There was no way the Cavs were losing this one. They gave up basically a sack of ...