1. Phoenix Suns Not Seeing Enough Internal Improvement

    Even as the Phoenix Suns put themselves in the middle of seemingly every offseason transaction, even after acquiring a slew of new players, there was still emphasis placed on those who remained...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about 2 years ago 1,112 reads 2 comments

  2. Atlanta Hawks and 4 Other NBA Teams Stuck in Neutral

    No-man's land. Stuck. Going nowhere. It's a situation no team should want, yet there's a handful of NBA clubs that seem content doing just that...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about over 2 years ago 402 reads 0 comments

  3. Phoenix Suns: Recent Play from Goran Dragic Proves Team Gave Up on Him Too Soon

    By June of 2010, Goran Dragic was being hailed as Steve Nash's successor, the next great foreign lefty and the hero to everyone who disliked Sasha Vujacic . Eight months later, Phoenix traded him to Houston...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about over 2 years ago 879 reads 4 comments

  4. Phoenix Suns Have Plenty of Motivation for Unlikely Playoff Push

    Michael Redd sat with his tortured knees iced following his 21-point performance in Phoenix's road win over Utah last week...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about over 2 years ago 724 reads 0 comments

  5. Ready or Not, the Los Angeles Clippers Are...Cool

    Perceptions change, but rarely for the better. Bad reputations stick like a bare, sweaty back to leather, and usually smell just as bad. In less than a year, the Los Angeles Clippers have defied the norms...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about 3 years ago 212 reads 0 comments

  6. Phoenix Suns Don't Need Jimmer Fredette's Name or Game

    For casual observers of Jimmer Fredette and/or the Phoenix Suns , a marriage between the two seems foreordained. Fredette loves to score. Phoenix loves to score. Jimmer can ignite a crowd...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about over 3 years ago 1,340 reads 8 comments

  7. Memphis Grizzlies: What We Forgot About Them Is What Makes Them Contenders

    How 'bout them Griz, huh? Apparently Memphis needed no time getting their playoff legs, and their surprising second-round status gives them this year's Glass Slipper Award...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about over 3 years ago 344 reads 0 comments

  8. Phoenix Suns: Even Steve Nash Doesn't Give the Team a Qualified Go-To Guy

    If three consecutive fourth-quarter meltdowns tell you anything, it’s that Phoenix needs a Numero Uno. An Atlas to put the team on his shoulders. A go-to guy...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about over 3 years ago 570 reads 4 comments

  9. Looming NBA Lockout Represents Lack of Honesty and Effort by Both Parties

    The war of words between the NBA players and owners has gotten ridiculous. It boasts all the maturity and honesty of a fight between my little brother and me...when I was five years old...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about almost 4 years ago 321 reads 1 comments

  10. Twitter Patrol: Should David Stern Regulate NBA Players' Use of Twitter?

    From contract negotiations to referee relations, David Stern has never been less than...well, stern, in his efforts to control what NBA players say and how they say it...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about almost 4 years ago 260 reads 5 comments

  11. Phoenix Suns: Signs of Life Don't Mean Flaws Are Solved

    A gritty, overtime win over the New Jersey Nets should be considered just that: a gritty, overtime win over the New Jersey Nets. In other words, if you're a Suns fan, don't be impressed, hopeful or optimistic that Phoenix has turned a corner...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about almost 4 years ago 359 reads 1 comments

  12. NBA Analysis: Warriors Among Early-Season Questions That Need to Be Answered

    There shouldn't be so many surprises this early in the NBA season. Golden State wasn't supposed to look more legit than Miami. The Clippers weren't supposed to remain...well, the Clippers...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about 4 years ago 507 reads 0 comments

  13. Phoenix Suns: Signs Point to Hedo Turkoglu Becoming a Major Disappointment

    I'm as big a Suns fan as anyone. (Note: This gets me disparaging comments when I write articles about other teams because, well, apparently I can't possibly know anything about someone else's favorite team...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about 4 years ago 1,734 reads 10 comments

  14. New York Knicks, Not Nets, Need Carmelo Anthony the Most

    Miami netted LeBron James and Chris Bosh in a coup that transformed everyone to either Heat fans to Heat haters. Chicago salvaged Carlos Boozer, while the Hawks overspent to keep Joe Johnson...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about 4 years ago 2,597 reads 12 comments

  15. NBA 2010-11 Preview: The NBA All-Injury Prone Team

    They spend more time on the injured list than the court, even though their teams are spending a lot on them. Their respective teams' potential comes with the asterisk: "If they can stay healthy...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about 4 years ago 6,121 reads 25 comments

  16. Carmelo Anthony Latest Proof of Team-Player Bonds Becoming Obsolete

    I have a Kevin Johnson Suns jersey stashed in my closet. Any time I bust it out, I don't get ridiculed. I get admired. "Oh man. That's a classic. That's awesome." Why? Because Johnson didn't just represent himself...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about over 4 years ago 1,201 reads 21 comments

  17. Grant Hill Interview Reveals Fighter On and Off the Court

    Bleacher Report's Matt Petersen spoke on the phone early Monday morning with Phoenix Suns forward Grant Hill. Hill was in New York making appearances in conjunction with the Stop MRSA Now Coalition, the Clorox Company, and SwapMeSports...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about over 4 years ago 2,796 reads 8 comments

  18. FIBA World Championship 2010: USA-Angola Basketball Live Blog, Stats, Analysis

    Featured Columnist Matt Petersen here live, blogging the USA-Angola game. It's FIBA's version of the Sweet 16, and every game carries win-or-go-home weight. Will Team USA respond after a lethargic week of pool play? Follow live to find out...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about over 4 years ago 2,105 reads 4 comments

  19. FIBA World Championships 2010: USA-Tunisia Live Blog, Stats, Analysis

    Featured Columnist Matt Petersen here, live blogging the USA-Tunisia game, as we get to see if Team USA can lock up a 5-0 record through the preliminary round. We'll see if the U...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about over 4 years ago 748 reads 6 comments

  20. Lesson Unlearned: Phoenix Suns Projected To Underwhelm

    Last October I was ridiculed for predicting a conference finals berth for the Phoenix Suns. 'Nuff said. Amar'e Stoudemire subsequently left for greener, if less successful, pastures...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about over 4 years ago 1,955 reads 53 comments

  21. How Kobe Bryant Narrowly Avoided Pulling a LeBron James

    Winning doesn't just heal wounds; it also erases memories. Back-to-back championships and a concerted public relations effort, combined with LeBron James' alienating Decision, have ...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about over 4 years ago 2,472 reads 75 comments

  22. NBA Predictions: Top Five Candidates for Defensive Player of the Year

    Unlike the Most Valuable Player or Rookie of the Year awards, the Defensive Player of the Year isn't hard to grasp...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about over 4 years ago 2,694 reads 29 comments

  23. Team USA Basketball: Can U.S. Win Gold Without the Redeem Team?

    In previous international competitions, the common lament was that Team USA featured too many superstars and not enough role players...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about over 4 years ago 1,233 reads 6 comments

  24. Miami Heat Fans Beware: The Five Weakest NBA Teams by Position

    Between the draft, free agency, and Summer Leagues, NBA teams have plenty of opportunities to plug in the holes on their roster...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about over 4 years ago 5,536 reads 99 comments

  25. The Decision: Magic Johnson Can't Justify Comments on LeBron James

    The greats of today are always compared to those who reigned in years past. When LeBron James chose to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami over being the undisputed man on his own team, many were left unsatisfied...

    Matt Petersen Written by Matt Petersen about over 4 years ago 3,866 reads 55 comments