1. Is USA Still FIBA World Cup Favorite Without Kevin Durant and Other Lost Stars?

    Kevin Durant 's withdrawal from Team USA cost the club its reigning MVP and clear leader, and it may have also done serious damage to America's status as the team to beat at the FIBA World Cup...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 61,256 reads 239 comments

  2. Why Anthony Davis Will Make New Orleans Pelicans the Surprise Team of 2014-15

    Anthony Davis will put the New Orleans Pelicans on the map in 2014-15, but he won't have to do it alone. That's not an attempt to understate AD's potential greatness...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 5,180 reads 21 comments

  3. Los Angeles Lakers Must Leave Past Behind to Truly Move Forward

    The past is a great place to linger when the present doesn't have much to offer, as is the case now with the Los Angeles Lakers . But if L.A...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 18,514 reads 75 comments

  4. Why New York Knicks Are Still Far from Elite in Improved Eastern Conference

    Don't tell Earl Monroe, but the New York Knicks have a long, long way to go before anyone mistakes them for a serious contender in the Eastern Conference...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 16,546 reads 156 comments

  5. How John Wall Can Take Next Step Toward Superstardom

    John Wall 's dismissal from Team USA's FIBA World Cup roster isn't a disaster for the Washington Wizards ' up-and-coming point guard, but it proved something important about ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 20,069 reads 58 comments

  6. 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 1 month ago 6,676 reads 28 comments

  7. 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 1 month ago 2,297 reads 21 comments

  8. 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 1 month ago 10,169 reads 21 comments

  9. 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 1 month ago 7,014 reads 37 comments

  10. 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 1 month ago 6,577 reads 26 comments

  11. 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 1 month ago 14,087 reads 44 comments

  12. 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 1 month ago 14,870 reads 46 comments

  13. 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 1 month ago 5,191 reads 23 comments

  14. 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 1 month ago 57,955 reads 84 comments

  15. 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 1 month ago 11,385 reads 71 comments

  16. 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 1 month ago 4,735 reads 54 comments

  17. 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 1 month ago 120,937 reads 547 comments

  18. 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 1 month ago 15,077 reads 38 comments

  19. 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 1 month ago 180,624 reads 585 comments

  20. 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 1 month ago 7,934 reads 26 comments

  21. 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 1 month ago 24,010 reads 100 comments

  22. 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 1 month ago 21,965 reads 88 comments

  23. 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 1 month ago 11,720 reads 29 comments

  24. 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 1 month ago 17,005 reads 81 comments

  25. 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 1 month ago 256,905 reads 790 comments