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Greg Oden, Another Season Lost: Where To From Here?

November 18th, 2010
Wednesday night, it was reported that for the second time in his young career, Greg Oden will lose an entire season to microfracture surgery. Shortly after being selected first overall in the 2007 draft, Oden lost the entirety of his rookie season to microfracture surgery—a procedure intended to stimulate cartilage ...

2010-11 New Jersey Nets: A Talent Upgrade, but Devin Harris Is the Key

November 4th, 2010
2009-10 Regular Season: 12-702009-10 Playoffs: N/AAdditions: Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Anthony Morrow, Travis Outlaw, Jordan Farmar, Damian James, Quinton Ross, Joe SmithKey Losses: Courtney Lee, Yi Jianlian, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Keyon DoolingProjected Rotation Players: Brook Lopez, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Derrick Favors, Travis Outlaw, Terrence Williams, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Joe Smith, Stephen GrahamProvided ...

Searching For Support: 2010-11 Utah Jazz Lack The Supporting Cast To Contend

October 27th, 2010
2009-10 Regular Season: 53-29 2009-10 Playoffs: #5 seed; lost in Western Conference Semifinals to the Los Angeles Lakers in four games Additions: Al Jefferson, Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward, Earl Watson  Key Losses: Carlos Boozer, Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews  Projected Rotation Players: Deron Williams, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Mehmet Okur (inactive until at ...

Trades Demands and Contract Years: Denver Nuggets 2010-11 Season Preview

October 23rd, 2010
2009-10 Regular Season: 53-29 2009-10 Playoffs: No. 4 seed; lost in Round One to the Utah Jazz in six games Additions: Al Harrington, Shelden Williams Key Losses: Johan Petro, Joey Graham Projected Rotation Players for 2010-11: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Nene, J.R. Smith, Al Harrington, Kenyon Martin, Chris Andersen, Ty ...

NBA Power Rankings: Showtime! The 50 Greatest Los Angeles Lakers of All Time

October 20th, 2010
After writing an 8,600-word opus highlighting the historical greatness of the NBA’s most successful franchise, what’s a writer to do? I’ll tell you- you go back to the well! In writing the last of my 29 “NBA All-Time Starting Fives” articles, it occurred to me that Lakers history has seen ...

Minneapolis- Los Angeles Lakers: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

October 14th, 2010
Rather simply waxing poetic about my team, I will validate the claim that the Minneapolis- Los Angeles Lakers are the greatest franchise in the history of the NBA, and perhaps all of professional sports. In 62 seasons, the Lakers have made 57 postseason appearances, had 50 winning seasons and have ...

Sacramento Kings: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

October 6th, 2010
Earlier in this series, I accused the NBA franchise currently residing in the nation’s capital of having an identity crisis. That organization has played in three different cities under six different names. There’s a team in Northern California that would like to throw its hat into that ring. Over its ...

LeBron James: Quieting His Critics by Holding Them Accountable

October 1st, 2010
Now that’s how you quiet an angry mob! It didn’t take a championship. It didn’t take a highlight reel of brilliant plays. Hell, it didn’t even take a victory in a preseason game. LeBron James has quieted his critics. Now, I don’t know that any of them have had a ...

B/R Exclusive: Knicks Legend Bill Bradley Talks About Sports’ Social Impact

September 30th, 2010
Bill Bradley is no stranger to success. In fact, he’s fluent in it. From the age of 20, the man’s built a resume that’s frankly difficult to believe. In short, Bill Bradley is the most accomplished man ever to take the floor in the NBA. While playing at Princeton, he ...

John Wall: Bleacher Report Exclusive Interview with NBA Draft’s No. 1 Pick

September 27th, 2010
On June 24, 2010, the Washington Wizards, fresh off a turbulent (to say the least) 26-56 season, used the NBA Draft's first pick on Kentucky point guard John Wall, a First Team All-American, SEC Player of the Year, and winner of every meaningful freshman honor. In the storied history of ...