1. Brad Stevens' First Year with Boston Celtics Will Be Most Difficult & Important

    In his first week as head coach of the Boston Celtics , Brad Stevens watched his team blow a 22-point advantage, lead the league in turnover percentage and lose their first four ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 2,055 reads 4 comments

  2. Why Brad Stevens' College-to-Pros Saga Will Be Different Than His Predecessors

    The history of NCAA coaches who used their wave of success at the collegiate ranks to find long-term triumph in the NBA isn’t much of a history at all...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 4,558 reads 17 comments

  3. Early Impressions of Boston Celtics' Front Line Are Diverse

    Replacing an interior force like Kevin Garnett is impossible. For the Boston Celtics , the unquantifiable void he left in areas such as experience and leadership has been addressed ad nauseam , and it's obviously significant...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 5,417 reads 36 comments

  4. Who Will Be Boston Celtics Leader Until Rajon Rondo Returns?

    Leaders in the NBA normally possess one of two qualities: Incredible talent relative to their peers or years of experience...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 4,276 reads 13 comments

  5. Boston Celtics 2013-14: Lineup, Roster Predictions & Analysis

    For the first time in six years, the Boston Celtics will enter a season without Paul Pierce , Kevin Garnett , Doc Rivers and the hopeful buzz shared by teams that expect to battle for a championship...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 6,807 reads 7 comments

  6. Complete 2013-14 Scouting Report and Predictions for Rajon Rondo

    When Rajon Rondo tore his ACL 38 games into the 2012-13 season, the Boston Celtics were forced to accept a new reality. Their reign as the league’s most durable band of brothers was finally coming to a close...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 5,050 reads 10 comments

  7. Does Jeremy Lin's Marketability Make Him Untradable?

    Jeremy Lin is a fine basketball player whose steady production and significant potential outweigh the flaws that pop up from game to game...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 5,706 reads 56 comments

  8. Teams Already Failing to Live Up to Expectations in 2013-14

    Judging how a team will fare based on its performance in the preseason—when players and coaches are trying to familiarize themselves with one another, and the best players have ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 464 reads 2 comments

  9. Under-the-Radar NBA Players Poised to Break Out During 2013-14 Season

    The NBA is a league built on several tiers, with every single player—from LeBron James to Reggie Evans—slotted in a different category. Each season affords a new opportunity to several who are looking to improve their standing...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 13,306 reads 44 comments

  10. Breaking Down James Harden's Ceiling as an Elite NBA Superstar

    James Harden is the rare 24-year-old who’s already the best player at his position. He’s a foundational franchise leader, a fearless player and a relentless scorer...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 14,663 reads 44 comments

  11. Checkpoints for Brad Stevens to Have Successful Season with Boston Celtics

    In Brad Stevens' first season as head coach of the Boston Celtics , he won’t care about wins and losses. His priority, as the season progresses, will instead be to make sure that his team and every player on it is developing in a positive way...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 2,819 reads 5 comments

  12. Why Dwight Howard Will Thrive as James Harden's Complementary Star

    Every star who’s ever won anything worth remembering had help doing it. In most cases, significant help from at least one other Hall of Famer ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 2,533 reads 7 comments

  13. James Harden's Ultimate Training Camp Checklist for 2013-14 Season

    For the past four seasons, James Harden has been known and feared as a merciless offensive basketball player...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 3,240 reads 1 comments

  14. What Kind of Team Should Boston Celtics Build Around Rajon Rondo?

    If you asked Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge whether Rajon Rondo ’s future with the Boston Celtics was set in stone, he’d offer an enthusiastic "yes" ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 9,108 reads 50 comments

  15. Dwight Howard's Ultimate Training Camp Checklist for 2013-14 Season

    Every basketball player has weaknesses, even the rare few who sit comfortably atop their respective position for an entire generation. Dwight Howard , the NBA ’s best overall center since Shaquille O’Neal left Miami , is no exception...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 417 reads 1 comments

  16. Breaking Down What Boston Celtics Can Expect from Jared Sullinger in 2013-14

    Before his first NBA season was cut short by a back injury—the very same issue that made 16 weary general managers say “thanks, but no thanks” on draft night— ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 4,556 reads 26 comments

  17. Why Dwight Howard-Omer Asik Tandem Can Work for Houston Rockets

    Omer Asik was Houston’s second-best player last season, standing out as far and away the team’s most important defensive presence...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 3,049 reads 10 comments

  18. The Secret to Beating the Houston Rockets in 2013-14

    Now that they’re armed with two of basketball’s best 15 players, another devastating defensive anchor and a small army of three-point snipers, the Houston Rockets look like one of the NBA ’s most dangerous teams...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 3,676 reads 61 comments

  19. Is James Harden or Dwight Howard More Critical for Rockets Title Shot?

    Any team that aspires to contend for a title needs multiple All-Star-caliber players competing on its behalf. This season, the Houston Rockets are set with two such talents...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 2,137 reads 8 comments

  20. Bold Predictions for Brad Stevens' First Year as Boston Celtics Head Coach

    Now that Doc Rivers is coaching the Los Angeles Clippers , and Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are battling on behalf of the Brooklyn Nets , v ery few people expect the Boston ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 11,043 reads 20 comments

  21. Can Houston Rockets Win a Title with Jeremy Lin as Starting Point Guard?

    In his first season with the Houston Rockets , Jeremy Lin was an unpredictable player. Once cloaked in a cloud of charmed play—carrying back to those transcendent days ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 10,596 reads 177 comments

  22. Young NBA Stars Who Will Steal Older Generation's Hype This Season

    The NBA 's talent pool is constantly replacing itself with better players. It's a process that will continue until the league itself ceases to exist...

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  23. Former NBA Stars Who Could Thrive in Today's Game

    Basketball fans love comparing players from different time periods and different eras. In most cases it's ultimately a pointless task, with rule changes, variations to strategy and ...

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  24. 7 Young NBA Teams Filled with Enormous Potential

    Throughout NBA history, almost every single team that went on to achieve immortal greatness—or even consistent long-term success—struggled mightily before persevering as an annual championship contender...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 11,279 reads 70 comments

  25. Young NBA Studs Who Will Redefine the Superstar Narrative

    When Michael Jordan was the best player in the world, the league’s future superstar pool looking up at him were visionless to anything but how he used his freakishly coordinated athleticism and brilliant scoring ability to win championships...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about over 1 year ago 19,574 reads 59 comments