1. We're About to Find Out How Valuable Al Horford Will Be for the Celtics

    The Boston Celtics signed Al Horford for several obvious reasons that ultimately boil down to these two: (1) he makes them better and (2) he matches up well against the Cleveland Cavaliers ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 11 months ago 1,981 reads 0 comments

  2. Jae Crowder on the Verge of Becoming Boston Celtics' 3rd Star

    The road to an NBA championship is invisible without top-shelf talent. Right now, the Boston Celtics only have two players who’ve played in an All-Star Game...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 11 months ago 18,986 reads 24 comments

  3. Boston Celtics Insider: The Jaylen Brown Train Is About to Leave the Station

    Jaylen Brown’s initial “can someone please pinch me?” NBA moment came last Saturday night in an otherwise no-stakes exhibition between the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 11 months ago 68,734 reads 63 comments

  4. Celtics Insider: Boston Now Has Its Own 'Lineup of Death'

    Small ball is officially more norm than gimmick. In a league that's constantly evolving—10 years from now, new skills and player-types we haven't even imagined will be ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 12 months ago 91,356 reads 87 comments

  5. Boston Celtics Insider: Celts Are Among 2016-17's NBA Title Contenders

    Heading into any NBA season, no more than a handful of teams (typically four or five, at the most) boast the talent, depth and chemistry required to win a championship...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 12 months ago 6,519 reads 26 comments

  6. Boston Celtics Complete 2016-17 Season Preview

    Nobody knows how close Kevin Durant was to signing with the Boston Celtics other than Kevin Durant. But right before the four-time scoring champion shoved the NBA ’s hope ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 12 months ago 5,826 reads 15 comments

  7. Kevin Durant, Warriors Set to Face Unprecedented Pressure After Joining Forces

    The 2016-17 Golden State Warriors may go down as the greatest basketball team ever assembled. Kevin Durant 's decision to join the same juggernaut that eliminated his Oklahoma ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 150,158 reads 558 comments

  8. Luol Deng's Huge Contract Is a Smart Gamble for the Los Angeles Lakers

    Luol Deng agreed to a four-year, $72 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday morning. It’s a smart gamble that gives the Lakers legitimate talent in a position of need...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 110,682 reads 188 comments

  9. Los Angeles Lakers Had No Choice with Timofey Mozgov's Massive Contract

    The Los Angeles Lakers cannon-balled into free agency late Thursday night by inking one of the most disconcerting contracts in recent NBA history...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 189,192 reads 335 comments

  10. Brandon Ingram on His NBA Future: 'I Don't Think I Have a Ceiling'

    Before Brandon Ingram makes his NBA debut, a rabid Los Angeles Lakers fanbase has already stacked an unreasonable amount of pressure on his willowy frame...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 10,545 reads 20 comments

  11. The Los Angeles Lakers Should Stay Away from Hassan Whiteside at All Costs

    Heading into free agency with more cap space than any other NBA team —and a clear desire to distance themselves from last year’s Kobe-centric sideshow—the Los ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 93,550 reads 187 comments

  12. Brandon Ingram Would Be Perfect Weapon for LA Lakers in Modern NBA

    Toward the conclusion of Brandon Ingram’s initial media scrum in Los Angeles, the lanky, prodigiously gifted prospect—who in all likelihood will be selected by the Lakers ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 26,826 reads 70 comments

  13. What If Ben Simmons Falls to the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2?

    With the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, the Los Angeles Lakers will likely select whichever franchise-altering prospect the Philadelphia 76ers don’t: Louisiana State University’s Ben Simmons or Duke’s Brandon Ingram...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 114,863 reads 181 comments

  14. Jordan Clarkson Is Ready for the Biggest Offseason of His Life

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — It’s a sleepy afternoon as Jordan Clarkson—dressed in spotless white vans, modishly torn jeans and a self-graffitied white hoodie—plops down for lunch...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 141,509 reads 196 comments

  15. What's at Stake in the 2016 NBA Lottery?

    Every team participating in Tuesday night's 2016 NBA draft lottery enters the event with a combination of hope and dread, knowing that luck alone determines its fate...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 69,435 reads 117 comments

  16. Oklahoma City Thunder Must Also Cope with Stephen Curry's Shadow in WCF

    The Golden State Warriors are a force beyond belief, when Steph Curry is healthy enough to stand on the court, whether he's dribbling the ball or drifting 35 feet from the action...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 65,222 reads 159 comments

  17. Byron Scott on NBA Head Coaching: 'Loyalty Is Not What It Used to Be'

    Life as an NBA head coach is always spent dangling over the edge. Except for a precious few who are exempt from a sudden ax, the position comes with virtually no job security...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 32,440 reads 105 comments

  18. Baron Davis' 'The Drew' Is a Story Worth Telling

    The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce opens with a famous and true quote from Nelson Mandela about the power of sport. To paraphrase: Sport brings people together. It strengthens bonds within communities and families that are otherwise fractured...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 71,326 reads 27 comments

  19. Luke Walton Must Introduce the Los Angeles Lakers to Modern NBA Basketball

    The Los Angeles Lakers are at rock bottom but believe they’ve found the coach who can shepherd them back into title contention...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 63,955 reads 158 comments

  20. Down 3-2, the LA Clippers Still Believe in Miracles

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers won 53 games and closed out the 2015-16 regular season with a top-six offense and top-six defense. That team no longer exists...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 4,786 reads 28 comments

  21. The Los Angeles Lakers Are Finally Like Everybody Else

    For much, if not all, of their history, the Los Angeles Lakers have been NBA royalty. They've won far more than they've lost, with sharp coaching, revered stars and, above all else, Lady Luck permanently affixed on their shoulders...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 85,245 reads 152 comments

  22. Once Clippers' Achilles' Heel, L.A.'s Depth Becoming an Asset at the Right Time

    The primary downfall of every Los Angeles Clippers playoff run, since Doc Rivers became head coach and president, has been a glaring lack of depth. As talented as Chris Paul , Blake Griffin , DeAndre Jordan and J...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 38,891 reads 31 comments

  23. Portland Trail Blazers Must Contain Chris Paul, J.J. Redick to Save Season

    LOS ANGELES — There are several important matchups to watch as the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers do battle in their first-round series...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 8,410 reads 47 comments

  24. Combating Small Ball Key to Playoff Success for Blake Griffin, LA Clippers

    The Los Angeles Clippers ’ path to the NBA Finals is littered with booby traps, unscalable walls and, in all likelihood, the history-making Golden State Warriors ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 35,210 reads 75 comments

  25. LA Lakers Paid Immeasurable Price for Kobe Bryant's Farewell Tour

    The Los Angeles Lakers closed out their 2015-16 season Wednesday night with perhaps the defining performance of Kobe Bryant ’s career...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 240,578 reads 250 comments