1. Can Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe Avoid an Ugly Breakup?

    The realities of restricted free agency have twisted the relationship between Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns into something it never should have become. Now, the only question is whether that relationship is too damaged to save...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 6,805 reads 28 comments

  2. DeMarcus Cousins Would Be 'Crushed' If He Doesn't Make 2014 USA FIBA Roster

    DeMarcus Cousins has never been one to hide his true feelings. In many cases, his emotional honesty has resulted in on-court outbursts that have earned ejections and, more broadly, a reputation as a hothead...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 2,508 reads 21 comments

  3. How Chicago Bulls' Scheme and Ceiling Adjust to Derrick Rose's Return

    Derrick Rose 's two lost seasons taught the Chicago Bulls a tough lesson in an even tougher way: It's not enough to merely hope for the best. Preparing for the worst is just as important...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 10,290 reads 21 comments

  4. Will DeMarcus Cousins' Reputation Ever Recover If He's Left off FIBA Roster?

    After missing the cut in each of his past two invites to Team USA camp, DeMarcus Cousins is on the verge of learning the third time is definitely not the charm...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 7,146 reads 36 comments

  5. How Kyrie Irving Can Use 2014 FIBA World Cup to Prove Himself to LeBron James

    The world will be watching when Kyrie Irving takes the floor with Team USA for August's FIBA World Cup in Spain. More importantly, so will LeBron James...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 6,790 reads 26 comments

  6. Who's Responsible for the NBA's Corner Three Revolution?

    More than a decade ago, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich discovered the most valuable 21 inches on an NBA basketball court, and nothing has been the same since...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 14,470 reads 44 comments

  7. 2014 FIBA World Cup Offers Make-or-Break Opportunity for DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins could be on the verge of creating an international incident at the FIBA World Cup this summer, a thought that both intrigues and terrifies Team USA, the NBA and fans of the volatile, talented big man...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 14,962 reads 46 comments

  8. How Will Kevin Love Trade Stack Up Against Recent Blockbuster Moves?

    The consensus is that Kevin Love will be leaving the Minnesota Timberwolves at some point this offseason as part of a blockbuster trade. Unfortunately, that's where certainty on the topic stops...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 5,204 reads 23 comments

  9. 2014 NBA Free Agency Proves Shooting Is King

    The premium on shooting in the NBA has quietly become a bigger story over the past decade or so, but it reached a point at which it was no longer possible to ignore during this summer's free-agency period...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 58,062 reads 83 comments

  10. What Will Make Steve Nash's Final NBA Season with Los Angeles Lakers a Success?

    It's a rare player who gets to write the ending to his own NBA story, but if Steve Nash plays a few things right in this, his final season, there's a good chance his last chapter will be one he's happy with...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 11,495 reads 71 comments

  11. Which Roy Hibbert Will Indiana Pacers Get Next Season?

    We saw two versions of Roy Hibbert last season, and the Indiana Pacers should be praying the better one shows up in 2014-15. Their season will depend on it...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 4,906 reads 54 comments

  12. Ranking the Top 10 Duos in the NBA

    The buddy system is alive and well in the NBA . To prove it, we'll run down and rank the league's very best two-man tandems. Statistics, with an emphasis on last season's numbers will be immensely important...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 123,469 reads 547 comments

  13. Andrew Wiggins' Contract Gives Golden State Warriors One Last Shot at Kevin Love

    Now that Andrew Wiggins has signed his rookie contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers , this offseason's most interminable trade saga—the one involving the Golden State Warriors ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 15,214 reads 38 comments

  14. Joakim Noah Is Happy for LeBron James, but Not That Happy

    Joakim Noah has never had a problem speaking from the heart, a trait he put on full display (again) in his comments about LeBron James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 181,573 reads 585 comments

  15. Why Free-Agent Steal Isaiah Thomas Will Push Phoenix Suns to Postseason

    Isaiah Thomas is one of the NBA 's smallest players, but he's set to make a big impact on the Phoenix Suns in 2014-15—big enough, in fact, to get his new club the playoff berth it so narrowly missed out on last season...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 8,249 reads 26 comments

  16. How Much Leverage Does LeBron James Have with Cleveland Cavaliers?

    In his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers , LeBron James has all the power in the world. But that might not be the case forever. Clearly, LeBron pulled strings this summer...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 24,386 reads 100 comments

  17. Greg Monroe or Eric Bledsoe: Who Has the Brighter NBA Future?

    Admit it: When comparing restricted free agents Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe, easily the top two targets still on the market, your gut reaction is to assume the Phoenix Suns' ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 22,043 reads 88 comments

  18. Chandler Parsons Really, Really Loves Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki

    The cynics out there might say Chandler Parsons had about 46 million reasons to sign the Dallas Mavericks ' offer sheet this summer, but to hear the small forward tell it, the two most persuasive factors had nothing to do with money...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 12,142 reads 29 comments

  19. Why Tom Thibodeau Faces More Pressure Than Ever Before with Chicago Bulls

    Tom Thibodeau has never been big on excuses. Good thing, because the Chicago Bulls head coach won't have any this year. New and Old Weapons The Bulls are rebuilt—bigger, stronger and better...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 17,100 reads 81 comments

  20. With Miami Heat's Big 3 Disbanded, Which NBA Trio Is Tops?

    LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have parted ways, which means the Eastern Conference is back up for grabs. And so is the title of the " NBA 's Best Big Three...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 257,982 reads 790 comments

  21. Can Jeremy Lin Be the Long-Term Point Guard for Los Angeles Lakers?

    For a guy who has been beloved at every stop in his brief career, Jeremy Lin has had a hard time finding an NBA home. He may have just found one with the Los Angeles Lakers ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 49,981 reads 268 comments

  22. Why Paul George's Emergence Is More Critical Than Ever for Indiana Pacers

    The Indiana Pacers will only go as far as Paul George goes this season. Again. For a moment there, George was on the cusp of turning the NBA 's typical two-man MVP race, ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 6,904 reads 51 comments

  23. NBA's Biggest Free-Agent Decisions Prove Players Are More Than 'Assets'

    Two of this summer's most intriguing free-agent moves—the ones made by LeBron James and Chandler Parsons—were largely motivated by emotion, which should serve as a reminder ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 11,160 reads 43 comments

  24. Why Phoenix Suns' Risky Free-Agent Gamble with Eric Bledsoe Will Pay off

    As Eric Bledsoe 's restricted free agency drags on, it's tempting to start asking questions, wringing hands and giving in to the sense of urgency building around the Phoenix Suns guard...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 8,211 reads 32 comments

  25. Kevin Durant Talks Pressure, LeBron James and Being Nice with an Edge

    Kevin Durant wants you to know he's as fierce a competitor as you'll find on the hardwood, but he's just as comfortable admitting he's also a good dude...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 94,884 reads 338 comments