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NBA Finals 2010: Believe It Or Not, Kobe’s Shooting The Lakers Out Of The Finals

June 15th, 2010
The dirty secret of the NBA Finals: Kobe hasn’t mattered, at least not the way you think. Wait, what?! Kobe effing Bryant?! The Man who hit seven straight shots in the third quarter of Game Five?! The Man who absolutely cannot be stopped?! The Man who single-handedly eviscerated the Suns while being pestered ...

Reputation and Performance: Rating Derek Fisher

June 7th, 2010
The NBA is all about reputation. For example, despite the fact that LeBron’s teammates are so bad that not one of them would crack the Lakers, Magics or Celtics’ starting fives (unless Mo Williams played with enough confidence to replace Fisher), the storyline becomes how LeBron "couldn’t ...

NBA Draft: Five Players Who Improved Their Stock The Most This Week

May 21st, 2010
NBA teams finally got the opportunity the see potential draftees up close in personal this week with the kick off of draft work out season. The NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Chicago and workouts earlier in the week in Vegas offered early insight into where players' stocks are headed. Chicago serves as ...

Five Adjustments the Orlando Magic Must Make for Game 2

May 16th, 2010
The "rest versus rust" argument is a tiresome one, but the Magic certainly looked rusty in Game One. That said, the difference between the defenses of the Hawks and the Celtics may have been a bigger factor in Game One than the Magic's lengthy time off. Either way, it took the ...

Enough Is Enough: Why the Cleveland Cavaliers Should Fire Mike Brown

May 13th, 2010
As the Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, Mike Brown has won an average of 54 games per year. In the last two seasons, the Cavs have won 66 and 61 games, respectively. He was at the helm when Cleveland reached the NBA finals in 2007, and has a career 60 percent ...

Boston-Cleveland: Can One Series Save the 2010 NBA Playoffs

May 12th, 2010
Three weeks ago, I was hungrily looking forward to 40 playoff games in 40 nights. There’s nothing better than seeing the best players in the world night after night, pushing themselves to new levels of hoop. It wasn’t always fun following a league that is only sprinkled with players who bring ...

CSI Orlando: Investigating Why the Magic’s Sweep Was Inevitable

May 11th, 2010
Like many, I was confident the Magic would beat the Hawks in four or five games. Although Dwight Howard’s inability to move around on the court without tossing someone into the stands was chink in the armor exposed in Round One, you just got the feeling the Hawks played right ...

Game Three Lessons: The Orlando Magic Are the Best Team in the NBA

May 9th, 2010
We didn’t really learn anything new about Orlando in this game because Atlanta has yet to seriously test the Magic. You know it’s bad when I find myself flipping between the PGA Championship and the NBA playoffs. The Magic continued to prove that they are a serious contender, and maybe ...

Five Things Learned from Atlanta-Orlando Game Two: Does ATL Have Any Chance?

May 7th, 2010
The short answer: Nope. The slightly longer answer: they might win one game. Atlanta was a tougher customer for Orlando in game two, but don't expect this to be the first game in a series turnaround for the Hawks. They aren't going to the conference finals, but they could get a ...

Phoenix Suns (sort of) Make a Stand For Hispanic Fans

May 5th, 2010
As the political climate in Arizona heats up over the recent immigration laws signed by Arizona governor Jan Brewer, the Suns have announced that they will wear “Los Suns” jerseys in tonight's playoff game as a show of solidarity with Arizona's Hispanic community. High profile members of the Phoenix Suns organization, ...