1. 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 3 months ago 71,779 reads 286 comments

  2. 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 3 months ago 18,700 reads 75 comments

  3. 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 3 months ago 62,342 reads 178 comments

  4. 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 3 months ago 148,677 reads 134 comments

  5. 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 3 months ago 6,797 reads 15 comments

  6. 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 3 months ago 4,532 reads 15 comments

  7. 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 3 months ago 16,422 reads 104 comments

  8. 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 3 months ago 2,797 reads 5 comments

  9. 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 3 months ago 16,583 reads 17 comments

  10. 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 3 months ago 40 reads 2 comments

  11. 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 3 months ago 149,623 reads 313 comments

  12. 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 3 months ago 19,718 reads 81 comments

  13. 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 3 months ago 2,743 reads 4 comments

  14. 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 3 months ago 104,141 reads 143 comments

  15. 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 3 months ago 35,563 reads 204 comments

  16. 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 3 months ago 8,734 reads 34 comments

  17. 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 3 months ago 10,974 reads 39 comments

  18. 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 3 months ago 2,994 reads 100 comments

  19. 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 3 months ago 128,663 reads 264 comments

  20. Can Anybody Shake Up the Western Conference Playoff Race?

    There are some awfully long odds against all eight of last year's Western Conference playoff teams returning to the postseason in 2014-15. Even knowing that, it's ridiculously tough to single out a playoff party crasher...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 10,837 reads 49 comments

  21. Why J.R. Smith Should Be in New York Knicks' 2014-15 Starting Lineup

    To get the most out of the pivotal first season of the Phil Jackson era, the New York Knicks need to figure out how to control and unleash resident gunner J.R. Smith . A humble suggestion: Start him...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 7,761 reads 51 comments

  22. Pros and Cons of NBA Shortening Length of Games

    The NBA would like to find out if less is more, so it's taking the fascinating step of experimenting with a 44-minute game on Oct. 19...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 28,818 reads 96 comments

  23. NBA Preseason 2014-15: Early Surprises and Disappointments

    Long ago, we all agreed the NBA preseason was no place for conclusions. Speculation? Sure. Rampant optimism? OK, fine. But not conclusions. There's too much uncertainty, too many coaches trying to hammer out rotations and implement schemes...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 95,722 reads 131 comments

  24. Los Angeles Lakers Can't Afford to Take Old-School Approach

    There's something respectable about the throwback spirit Byron Scott is bringing to the Los Angeles Lakers , but respectable won't win games on its own...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 7,144 reads 29 comments

  25. Kobe Bryant Showing Road Back to Superstardom Will Be an Uphill Climb

    Kobe Bryant is playing NBA basketball, a victory in itself for a man with his injury history and mileage. But what we've seen in the preseason so far indicates he's got a long way to go before he ever plays it as effectively as he once did...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 12,253 reads 11 comments