1. 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

  2. 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 40,441 reads 71 comments

  3. 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

  4. 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 32,036 reads 116 comments

  5. 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 3,201 reads 11 comments

  6. 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

  7. Is Derrick Rose Helping or Hurting Team USA During 2014 FIBA World Cup?

    Derrick Rose didn't make Team USA's final roster for the FIBA World Cup in Spain because the U.S. needs him to beat the likes of New Zealand or Finland in group play...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 12,140 reads 19 comments

  8. Very Early Predictions for 2014-15 NBA All-Star Team

    When you run across NBA All-Star predictions in August, they often come with the tagline that "it's never too early" to look ahead...

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  9. Why Kobe Bryant Enters 2014-15 Season as the Most Unpredictable NBA Star

    There are two kinds of people who claim to know what Kobe Bryant will give the Los Angeles Lakers this year: legitimate clairvoyants and liars. Actually, there are three...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 2,209 reads 4 comments

  10. 5 Teams That Will Give Team USA the Biggest Problems During FIBA World Cup

    Team USA's 12-man roster for the FIBA World Cup is set, and now, all that's left of a summer's worth of uncertainty is the lingering question of whether this crop of Americans can cruise through international competition like most of the ones before it..

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 53,921 reads 96 comments

  11. Ranking the Top 5 Young Backcourts in the NBA

    It's a young man's world, and these budding NBA backcourt buddies are ready to prove it. Stephen Curry still gets carded at restaurants, which makes his disqualification from our list of the NBA's best young backcourts feel wrong...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 38,264 reads 232 comments

  12. Reasonable Expectations for Kobe Bryant in 2014-15

    Kobe Bryant is into defiance. He has scoffed at aging trends, signed contracts many believed to be undeserved and fought through injuries that typically shelve NBA players for good...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 70,772 reads 231 comments

  13. Are Eric Bledsoe and Phoenix Suns Better off Without One Another?

    Don't tell Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Their time apart during a testy summer hasn't done much to bring either side closer ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 9,020 reads 44 comments

  14. Steve Kerr's Hybrid Triangle Offense Will Unleash Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry thinks he's a better offensive player than LeBron James, and Steve Kerr 's innovative new offense could prove the point guard right this year. In an interview on The Dan Patrick Show (via ESPN...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 10,205 reads 11 comments

  15. Is Rudy Gay a Desperate or Inspired Pick for Team USA at 2014 FIBA World Cup?

    Rudy Gay is that odd sort of player who polarizes fan bases and leaves no room for qualified opinions or middle ground, which is part of the reason his late-stage addition to Team USA is so fascinating...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 22,637 reads 83 comments

  16. Will Cleveland Cavaliers Come to Regret Trading Andrew Wiggins Away?

    The Cleveland Cavaliers ' decision to trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love , as was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports , proves the organization is all about the present...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 18,160 reads 68 comments

  17. How Kevin Durant's Withdrawal Changes Team USA for 2014 FIBA World Cup

    If there were more than one Kevin Durant , very few previously inaccessible light bulbs would go unchanged, that creepy kid in the treehouse would probably have a few more ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 12,720 reads 38 comments

  18. Kevin Love Instantly Gives LeBron James Something Chris Bosh Never Could

    LeBron James left Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat behind because he wanted to play with younger talent, save northeast Ohio and right the wrong of his departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010—in some order...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 493,638 reads 379 comments

  19. Kevin Durant's Team USA Withdrawal Provides Golden Opportunity for Derrick Rose

    Derrick Rose has walked the comeback trail for so long that it's hard to remember a time when his every step wasn't viewed as incremental progress toward some unreachable destination...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 20,655 reads 36 comments

  20. Best Potential Fixes to NBA Draft Lottery System

    Change is on the horizon for the NBA draft lottery, and we have the Philadelphia 76ers to thank. Actually, we owe our gratitude (or rancor, depending on your perspective) not so ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 38,728 reads 188 comments

  21. Is There Hope in Sight for Minnesota Timberwolves After Losing Kevin Love?

    You'd be forgiven for thinking the Minnesota Timberwolves are cursed after news of Kevin Love 's departure became official, but the truth isn't quite so severe as that...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 5,585 reads 36 comments

  22. 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 5 months ago 61,404 reads 239 comments

  23. 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 5 months ago 5,345 reads 21 comments

  24. 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 5 months ago 18,515 reads 75 comments

  25. 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 5 months ago 16,670 reads 156 comments