1. Can Steve Clifford Find Balance for Lance Stephenson with Charlotte Hornets?

    Lance Stephenson plays on the edge, and the tough task of keeping him from falling over it falls to Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford. Descended from the Van Gundy coaching tree, Clifford is a good man for the gig...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 3,002 reads 9 comments

  2. Warriors Are Spurs' Biggest Threat in Western Conference

    Having buried their biggest rival and claimed California supremacy, it's time for the Golden State Warriors to set their sights a little higher...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 50,083 reads 282 comments

  3. 10 NBA Players Already Deserving of Larger Roles During 2014-15 Season

    NBA teams spend the entire offseason figuring out rotations and divvying up playing time, only to see those plans change when discarded or unsung reserves outplay their starting counterparts in the regular season...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 59,753 reads 53 comments

  4. Who Has Edge in 2014-15 Installment of Clippers-Warriors Rivalry?

    The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers square off Nov. 5 in the continuation of what has quietly become one of the NBA 's greatest ongoing rivalries...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 25,407 reads 123 comments

  5. Why Memphis Grizzlies Are NBA's Most Dangerous Dark Horse

    This is normally something we'd save for March or April, which is usually when the NBA falls asleep on Marc Gasol and Co. as sneaky title contenders. But the Memphis Grizzlies ' hot start has accelerated the sleeper-recognition timeline ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 34,503 reads 116 comments

  6. Klay Thompson Extension Will Keep Stephen Curry with Golden State Warriors

    The Golden State Warriors ' max extension for Klay Thompson was a big move on its own, but its value as a message to franchise cornerstone Stephen Curry was even bigger...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 24,267 reads 29 comments

  7. Kobe Bryant Scoffs at Idea of Leaving Lakers: 'I Bleed Purple and Gold'

    Kobe Bryant shouldn't have ever needed to say so, but here it is in 10,000-watt, cornea-searing neon lights: No. 24 isn't leaving the Los Angeles Lakers . No way. No how...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 71,806 reads 286 comments

  8. Chicago Bulls Will Pay for Gambling on Jimmy Butler's Contract Extension

    The Chicago Bulls were never going to keep Jimmy Butler on the cheap, but now the price is going to skyrocket...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 18,747 reads 75 comments

  9. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson Putting Stamp on Claim for NBA's Best Backcourt

    Over the summer, factions from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards started a debate about the NBA 's best backcourt tandem...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 62,389 reads 177 comments

  10. Josh Smith Turns Kenneth Faried's Jab into War of Words

    The 2014-15 NBA season is less than a week old, and we've already got our first player-on-player beef—this one stemming from some brutally honest postgame comments Kenneth Faried made about Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 148,748 reads 134 comments

  11. Tom Thibodeau Can Break Minutes Mold with Chicago Bulls' Newfound Depth

    The rebuilt Chicago Bulls bench is going to challenge head coach Tom Thibodeau to examine the principles that have defined him and his team over the past few years. And he should be positively ecstatic about that...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 6,817 reads 15 comments

  12. Everything's in Place for Explosive Isaiah Thomas to Win 6th Man of the Year

    Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Thomas has found his own personal basketball oasis—located, appropriately, in the middle of the desert...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 4,561 reads 15 comments

  13. Russell Westbrook Begins Quest to Find Footing as Thunder's Alpha Dog

    Russell Westbrook looked every inch the leader in the Oklahoma City Thunder 's 106-89 season-opening loss to the Portland Trail Blazers ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 16,432 reads 103 comments

  14. The Ultimate Guide to LeBron James Entering 2014-15 Season

    The 2014-15 NBA season will begin with a different LeBron James in a familiar place. Though King James is now (again) a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers , he returns changed from his time away...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 2,819 reads 5 comments

  15. Kevin Love Already Learning the Sacrifice of Playing with LeBron James

    It dawned on Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh , and now it's dawning on Kevin Love : Playing with LeBron James offers a massive payoff, but it comes at the cost of touches, stats and individual glory...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 16,639 reads 17 comments

  16. Golden State Warriors Best Path to Keeping Klay Thompson Is with Max Contract

    The Golden State Warriors aren't in real danger of losing Klay Thompson if they fail to extend his contract before the Oct. 31 deadline, but the very best way to keep him—and keep him happy—is to max him out by Halloween...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 41 reads 2 comments

  17. NBA Championship Odds 2014-15: Every Team's Chances of Winning the Title

    The 2014-15 NBA season is upon us, and with the dawn of another new campaign come 30 teams charging toward championship glory. Well, actually, a few clubs are lagging behind the rest...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 150,341 reads 313 comments

  18. San Antonio Spurs Need to Make Kawhi Leonard Next Max Contract Star Now

    Whether motivated by practical reasons or symbolic ones, the San Antonio Spurs must do everything possible to lock up Kawhi Leonard immediately...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 19,790 reads 81 comments

  19. Phoenix Suns Must Walk Fine Line Between Endless Fun and NBA Mediocrity

    Don't mistake the Phoenix Suns ' emphasis on pace and points for signs that the franchise values entertainment over sustainable success...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 2,747 reads 4 comments

  20. Biggest Individual Winners and Losers of the 2014-15 NBA Preseason

    With the start of the 2014-15 NBA campaign close enough to taste, now seems like a good time to run down the nearly concluded preseason's most and least palatable performances...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 104,159 reads 143 comments

  21. Ranking the NBA's Scariest On-Ball Defenders

    It's hard to strike fear into the heart of an NBA player, but there are a handful of terrifying defenders who manage to do it...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 39,934 reads 204 comments

  22. LeBron James' Leadership Is the Final Step in His Superstar Evolution

    LeBron James ' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers was about unfinished business—both in terms of championship pursuits and personal growth. The first bit of business will take time to tackle, but the second may already be complete...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 8,747 reads 34 comments

  23. Julius Randle's Development Should Be Priority No. 1 for Los Angeles Lakers

    Julius Randle is the only thing standing between the Los Angeles Lakers and a lost season. The Lakers are going to make noise this year, but that'll mainly be because they're surrounded by more microphones than most NBA teams...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 10,980 reads 39 comments

  24. Golden State Warriors Ready to Tear Through Powerful Western Conference

    Thanks to equal parts smarter play, organic growth and surprising opportunity, the Golden State Warriors are engineering a paradigm shift out West...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 3,004 reads 100 comments

  25. LeBron James Says Chicago Bulls Are Better Than Cleveland Cavs Right Now

    LeBron James ' basketball genius extends beyond his ability to learn new offensive systems overnight or make passes three steps ahead of the defense. He is also, apparently, a master of motivation...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 128,772 reads 263 comments