1. 5 Potential Dark-Horse NBA Playoff Teams for 2014-15 Season

    In the long, unbroken quiet of the NBA offseason, a man can get to thinking strange thoughts—thoughts that, if examined at another time of year, might seem a little crazy. Thoughts like this: The Milwaukee Bucks might make the playoffs...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 37,277 reads 137 comments

  2. Kobe Bryant Will Be Byron Scott's Biggest Test as Los Angeles Lakers Coach

    Byron Scott will face many challenges in his first season as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers , but his biggest—by far—will be the delicate task of managing Kobe Bryant 's workload...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 1,620 reads 8 comments

  3. Unanswered Questions Linger in Aftermath of Atlanta Hawks Controversy

    The past couple of days have taught us an awful lot about the Atlanta Hawks , Bruce Levenson, Danny Ferry and even the NBA . But we're going to learn a whole lot more before the racially charged controversy fades into the recesses of the news cycle...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 8,888 reads 36 comments

  4. What's Bradley Beal's NBA Ceiling?

    Projecting Bradley Beal 's NBA career is a difficult, almost scary, proposition. Not just because he's so young and so much could change over the next 15 years or so, though that's at least a small part of the worry with any prediction...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 10,203 reads 40 comments

  5. No. 14 Best City to Be a Sports Fan: San Francisco Bay Area

    How much does where you live matter as a sports fan? The short answer is: It depends. If you're an Alabama football fan, there's no better place to live than Tuscaloosa. If you're a Red Sox fan, there's no worse place to live than New York City...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 15,210 reads 63 comments

  6. Is FIBA World Cup Run a Sign of Career Resurgence for Pau Gasol?

    Pau Gasol has looked good in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, which could mean something great is in store for him and his new Chicago Bulls teammates next season...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 44,199 reads 96 comments

  7. Team USA vs. Spain: Position-by-Position Comparison of FIBA World Cup Top 2

    You know it, I know it, and the rest of planet knows it: The 2014 FIBA World Cup is a two-team tournament in which America and Spain are basically just goofing around until they tangle, inevitably, in the final...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 35,393 reads 93 comments

  8. Biggest Takeaways from Sunday's FIBA World Cup of Basketball Round of 16 Play

    Sixteen FIBA World Cup hopefuls clashed this past weekend, narrowing the field by half and ratcheting up the international hoops intensity by, oh, let's say double...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 16,587 reads 9 comments

  9. Will Team USA Spawn the NBA's Next Superstar Pairing?

    Being a member of Team USA is a big deal in its own right, but sometimes, it's actually the beginning of something even bigger. Players representing the U.S...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 44,434 reads 82 comments

  10. How the D-League Can Become the NBA's Next Big Thing

    The NBA Developmental League has come a long way since its creation in 2001, and it has the potential to go even further in the coming years. There's plenty of work to be done, and the changes necessary will be closer to overhauls than tweaks...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 60,525 reads 55 comments

  11. Did Group Play Reveal Any Secrets to Beating Team USA?

    Team USA completed group play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup with its fifth consecutive blowout win Thursday, and it now heads into the round of 16 looking as invincible as ever...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 56,208 reads 71 comments

  12. Goran Dragic Claims FIBA World Cup Game Between Australia and Angola Was Fixed

    As a crafty left-hander, Goran Dragic immediately recognizes all forms of sneakiness. Perhaps that's why he was so quick to call out Australia for its canny strategy against Angola on the final day of group play in the FIBA World Cup...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 180,924 reads 205 comments

  13. DeMarcus Cousins Turning into Feel-Good Story for Team USA

    Nobody expected this kind of international incident from DeMarcus Cousins . An on-court blowup that compromised a relationship with the nations of NATO? Sure...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 51,486 reads 76 comments

  14. Does David Lee Have a Future with the Golden State Warriors?

    David Lee 's arrival in Oakland was the first sign the Golden State Warriors were serious about starting a franchise overhaul, which is what makes the fact he may not be around ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 8,877 reads 33 comments

  15. Kobe Bryant's Battle with Father Time Is a Must-See NBA Story

    Evidently, Kobe Bryant is not a Dylan Thomas fan. We can forgive No. 24 if he's not up on his 20th-century Welsh poetry, but you'd have thought the famous opening stanza from ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 30,360 reads 116 comments

  16. Team USA's Perfect Mix of Athleticism and Shooting Has Been a Long Time Coming

    Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried will get plenty of well-deserved credit for Team USA's 98-71 defeat of New Zealand in the FIBA World Cup Tuesday, but their consistent production in this tournament hasn't happened in a vacuum...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 24,573 reads 29 comments

  17. Anthony Davis Is the New Leader Team USA Needs

    Stephen Curry was joking when he lavished praise on Anthony Davis, barely holding back a smirk as he sensed his Team USA compatriot looming behind him. But many a truth is told in jest...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 24,463 reads 44 comments

  18. What's Dion Waiters' New Ceiling as LeBron James' Sidekick?

    Two years into his NBA career, Dion Waiters remains something of a mystery—one that will soon be solved, thanks to LeBron James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 24,300 reads 55 comments

  19. Why Don't More NBA Teams Try to Emulate the San Antonio Spurs' Style?

    The only thing harder than beating the San Antonio Spurs is copying them. To understand why, we have to deconstruct the Spurs' model, reverse-engineering it to reveal the inimitable pieces and people that make it so special...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 12,932 reads 55 comments

  20. Biggest Storylines to Emerge from First Weekend of 2014 FIBA World Cup

    We've had two days of FIBA World Cup action, and it's already clear this tournament isn't going to stick to the script...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 52,196 reads 71 comments

  21. Most Impressive and Disappointing Performances on Day 2 of FIBA World Cup

    Every team that suited up for Day 1 was back in action on Day 2 of the FIBA World Cup on Sunday, as the message arrived early that there'd be no rest for the weary in Spain...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 40,439 reads 71 comments

  22. Can Kenneth Faried Use FIBA Tournament as Springboard to Breakout Season?

    Kenneth Faried wasn't even supposed to be on Team USA's final roster for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, but he made it anyway. Now his combination of effort and evolving skill is helping set the tone for a U...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 20,449 reads 77 comments

  23. Can Kevin Love Accept Diminished Role with Cavaliers?

    Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor isn't wrong about the difficulties Kevin Love will face with the Cleveland Cavaliers , but he may have missed the mark on how well the superstar big man will respond to them...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 32,034 reads 116 comments

  24. Could Cleveland Cavaliers Offense Be Best Ever?

    Outfitted in a sharp suit and wine-colored tie, Kevin Love had every reason to smile when he was formally introduced as the newest member of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Aug. 26...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 3,199 reads 11 comments

  25. Has the NBA's Championship Chase Ever Been This Wide-Open?

    Maybe it's just the pervasive optimism of the NBA offseason talking, but it sure seems like the 2014-15 championship chase features more worthy contenders than ever. But that's not really the case...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 14,105 reads 79 comments