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What Kobe Bryant Has Meant to the NBA

August 23rd, 2013
It’s still hard to believe Kobe Bryant is celebrating his 35th birthday. He’s spent nearly half of his life in the NBA’s superstar fishbowl, morphing from a swaggering high school talent into the current godfather of the league. The active Lakers legend has grown up in front of basketball-watching America, a process ...

Why Chris Paul Is Under More Pressure Than Blake Griffin Next Season

August 16th, 2013
Chris Paul is one of the league's most unselfish talents, and while he can defer to teammate Blake Griffin on an open-court oop, he can't defer the pressures of this upcoming season. As Paul enters his ninth season in the league, he should no longer be allowed to escape the pressure ...

Cross-Examining Every NBA Superstar Under Oath

August 9th, 2013
We're calling all the NBA superstars to the stand. LeBron James made it known he had to report for jury duty, and he did a tremendous job as a civic servant although he was not selected as a juror. But before he leaves court, we thought it might be time to ...

Competitive Balance Still a Pipe Dream for Many NBA Franchises

August 6th, 2013
Could LeBron James ever wear a Charlotte Bobcats jersey? The notion is unfathomable. NBA superstars leave small markets; they don’t go to them. In the NBA’s “superteam” culture, neither a marquee talent like James, nor lesser stars like Brandon Jennings or Monta Ellis, would ever opt against the glamor of a ...

It’s Rare, but the LA Lakers Have Been Mediocre Before

July 9th, 2013
It’s unusual, but it happens: The Los Angeles Lakers are susceptible to mediocrity.The league’s golden franchise has won five NBA titles since 2000 and has finished with a losing record just once during that same period.Dating back to 1980, the Lakers have won 10 championships and have finished with a ...

Fallout Plan for Every Team in Dwight Howard Sweepstakes

July 2nd, 2013
Dwight Howard isn’t going to five different teams—despite constant reports that say otherwise.Only one NBA franchise will earn the right to pay max dollars to the league’s best center, and everyone else will move on to their backup plan.When Howard ultimately makes his decision, what will be the next move ...

Will 2013 NBA Free Agency Yield Another Superteam?

July 2nd, 2013
You can count the number of NBA superstars on non-playoff teams on one hand. Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and now Rajon Rondo are the few examples of elite players situated on bad teams.That's the new nature of the league: Superstars are generally good enough to push their teams into the ...

LeBron James’ Transformation from 2007 Finals Stud to 2013 Megastar

June 4th, 2013
LeBron James dwells in hyperbole.He's been the greatest out of high school, the freak of all athletes and he's king of the NBA. These aren't his words, but it's where he lives.So after the Miami Heat advanced past the Eastern Conference Finals and into an NBA Finals showdown ...

Does Lionel Hollins Need Grizzlies More Than Memphis Needs Him?

May 28th, 2013
Lionel Hollins may have an uncertain future as of now, but he is not a victim.The Memphis Grizzlies coach, whose contract expires June 30 after leading the franchise to its best all-time record and its first conference finals, might be the hottest chase of the offseason.Hollins texted ...

Why Danny Ainge’s Boston Celtics Tenure Will Be Defined by Paul Pierce Decision

May 28th, 2013
The reputation of Danny Ainge could hinge on what he decides to do with Paul Pierce.Pierce was the established piece of the Boston Celtics in 2007 when the Celtics director of basketball operations fused together this generation’s first power trio by adding Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.That ...