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NBA Power Rankings: Each Team’s Best Available Free Agent In the Summer of 2011

February 9th, 2011
It's never too early to start talking about upcoming NBA free agents, especially with the trade deadline just a couple weeks away.Expiring contracts hold a lot of capital on the trade market, and teams may start dealing players they don't think they can re-sign.GM are not making moves now without ...

Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Why Melo Makes No Sense with New Jersey Nets

January 17th, 2011
The buzz surrounding the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors has swelled into a deafening roar, especially concerning the ongoing discussions between the Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets, but last week's reports of an imminent deal have since been put on hold.Determined to get equal value for their superstar small forward, ...

NBA Power Rankings: Vince Carter and the 12 Least Tough Players In the NBA

December 27th, 2010
In writing last week's slideshow power ranking the 20 toughest players in the NBA, which can be found here, I requisitioned opinions from several of my hoops-minded buddies. For humor's sake, one decided to append a least tough selection to his e-mail response, claiming Adam Morrison was the softest player ...

NBA Power Rankings: The 20 Toughest Players in the NBA

December 17th, 2010
How often do you hear basketball announcers say, "He's just tough. He's got that intangible toughness that you tend see in great players."Toughness is one of those qualities that is often assigned without much scrutiny. I agree that it is largely intangible, but that shouldn't stop us from attempting to ...

Kevin Love’s Not-Quite Superstardom and How the NBA Is Like College Admissions

December 12th, 2010
During the recent contest in Los Angeles between the Lakers and Clippers, commentator Ralph Lawler digressed from the action at hand to discuss Kevin Love, animatedly claiming that the Minnesota Timberwolves power forward was a superstar. Not an emergent superstar or a potential superstar, mind you, but a straight-up, flat-out, current ...

Los Angeles Clippers Hope: 12 Ways the Clippers Can Save Their Season

December 2nd, 2010
Even after last night's impressive win over the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Clippers hold worst record in the league at 4-15.Yet somehow, they are only 5.5 games out of a projected playoff spot.Consistently successful squads like Phoenix and Portland have fallen off, opening the door for ...

NBA Dream Duos: Dwight Howard & Dirk Nowitzki and Deadly Hypothetical Pairings

November 18th, 2010
Everyone loves a good duo. There's Abbot and Costello (Who's On First was my introduction to the comedy routine), K-Ci and JoJo (All My Life was the first song I slowdanced to, Timon and Pumbaa (my two-time portrayal of the mirthful meerkat is summer camp legend). The list goes on ...

L.A. Clippers: 10 Improvements the Team Must Make To Reach the Playoffs

November 1st, 2010
The Los Angeles Clippers are at it again. Three games into the season and they're already crushing hopes, dashing dreams and affirming curses. In short, the Clippers are losing and it isn't pretty.Los Angeles has dropped its first three games - to Portland, Golden State and Dallas - all by ...

Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: How the LA Clippers Lineup Would Look With Melo

October 13th, 2010
The Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, flying along for much of the past month, has ostensibly slowed to a halt. Although there might be ongoing discussions between the Denver Nuggets and potential trade partners, rumors are spreading neither fast nor furiously; in fact, the Melo-drama has recently been overshadowed by other preseason developments, ...

Circular Logic: Why the Lakers’ Offense Should Use More Than Just the Triangle

October 10th, 2010
If you've paid any attention to the NBA in the past two decades, then you certainly must have heard the term "triangle offense." It's merely the playbook that coach Phil Jackson has utilized to collect 11 championship rings. They say you can't argue with success, and the Zen Master's numbers speak ...