1. Kobe Bryant's Final Act Will Determine His Legacy

    If the author Joseph Campbell were alive today, he'd probably have little trouble pinpointing where within the 17 stages of the hero's journey (i.e., the monomyth ) Kobe Bryant currently resides...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 32,798 reads 198 comments

  2. NBA Power Rankings: Kevin Durant Drags Oklahoma City Thunder to No. 1

    The MVP race isn't the only thing heating up around the NBA these days. The exploits of LeBron James, Kevin Durant , Blake Griffin and Goran Dragic (among others)—all ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 315,265 reads 285 comments

  3. Dunk of the Night from Thursday's NBA Action

    Welcome to the NBA , Kendall Marshall. You've officially been embarrassed on the fastbreak by none other than LeBron James . Not that anyone can blame Kendall for being made a fool by the Miami Heat 's human freight train...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 6,631 reads 10 comments

  4. Re-Examining Kobe Bryant's 81-Point Game Through a 2014 Lens

    Eight years ago this Wednesday, Kobe Bryant registered one of the most astounding single-game performances the NBA has ever seen...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 42,896 reads 44 comments

  5. NBA MVP Odds 2014: It's Kevin Durant's Race to Lose

    The halfway point of the 2013-14 NBA season seems like as good a time as any to handicap the race for the Most Valuable Player award...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 28,337 reads 127 comments

  6. NBA's Biggest Recent Win-Win Trades

    Contrary to popular belief, making a trade in the NBA isn't always a zero-sum game. Sometimes, all parties to a particular transaction emerge as immediate winners. Granted, it doesn't happen very often...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 72,715 reads 96 comments

  7. Portland Trail Blazers Are Ready for Prime Time

    Teams like this season's Portland Trail Blazers aren't supposed to do what the Blazers did on Friday night...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 11,581 reads 102 comments

  8. Grading Boston Celtics Point Guard Rajon Rondo in First Game Since ACL Injury

    After 29,233,380 seconds (about 338.3 days) on the sidelines, Rajon Rondo made his much-anticipated return from a torn right ACL to NBA action on Friday...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 31,944 reads 34 comments

  9. NBA Power Rankings: Taking Temperature of the Association at Midseason Mark

    Believe it or not, the 2013-14 NBA season has just about reached the halfway mark. By this time next week, every team in the Association will have played at least 40 games, with many more officially crossing into the second batch of 41 on the schedule.

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 249,773 reads 192 comments

  10. Luol Deng Raising Cleveland Cavaliers as Los Angeles Lakers Seek Similar Lift

    Luol Deng is going to be a pretty popular guy this summer. Assuming LeBron James, Dwyane Wade , Chris Bosh , Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph don't opt out of their current contracts, ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 2,699 reads 6 comments

  11. Marc Gasol's Return Makes Kevin Durant's Challenge Even More Daunting

    It never gets any easier for Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the absence of Russell Westbrook ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 6,034 reads 23 comments

  12. Can the Los Angeles Lakers Still Lure NBA Superstars?

    There's never a "good" time for the Los Angeles Lakers to be terrible, but for this franchise, which prides itself on its tradition of winning, the failings of the 2013-14 NBA ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 38,453 reads 242 comments

  13. It's Time for Los Angeles Lakers to Follow Clippers' Blueprint

    You could write a Harry Potter-sized novel with all the developments from Friday night's embarrassing 123-87 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers that the Los Angeles Lakers would like to forget...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 12,044 reads 87 comments

  14. Why Kobe Bryant's Injury Is the Ultimate Condemnation of His Contract

    The Los Angeles Lakers , of all teams, should've known better than to give Kobe Bryant a king's ransom to play until the age of 37. One needn't flash back far through the space-time continuum to understand why...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 40,978 reads 145 comments

  15. NBA Power Rankings: How Have Injuries to Star Guards Shaken Up Standings?

    The NBA 's injury train keeps chugging down the track and unfortunately has been picking up new passengers at nearly every stop...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 245,644 reads 255 comments

  16. Doc Rivers Knows Why He Left Celtics, but Blake Griffin Provides Reminder Anyway

    LOS ANGELES — I'll admit, I was foolhardy enough to ask Doc Rivers after his Los Angeles Clippers escaped with a 111-105 win over the Boston Celtics if the result did anything to validate his decision to bounce from Beantown this past summer...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 22,153 reads 28 comments

  17. See LeBron James, Derrick Rose Through Eyes of an NBA Commercial Director

    You probably don't know who Stacy Wall is, but if you're a fan of the NBA —or if you watch TV with any regularity—you've almost certainly seen his handiwork...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 42,777 reads 46 comments

  18. Doc Rivers All Business for Second Meeting Between Clippers and Celtics

    PLAYA VISTA, CA — As the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens once sang , "The first cut is the deepest, baby I know...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 3,357 reads 1 comments

  19. Would NBA Ever Set Up Shop in Las Vegas?

    Construction is a constant in Las Vegas, where older resorts are frequently demolished to make way for newer, spiffier ones and the vast desert surrounding Sin City is always a target for expansion...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 40,520 reads 232 comments

  20. Los Angeles Clippers, Doc Rivers Scramble to Plug Holes in Chris Paul's Absence

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — The sailing has been anything but smooth for the Los Angeles Clippers of late...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 3,050 reads 2 comments

  21. The NBA's All-Injured Team

    Last week , we took a look at the best players from among the NBA 's most aged stars. This week, we're focusing on the top squad that could be gleaned from among the league's infirm...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 68,189 reads 221 comments

  22. The NBA's All-Old Team

    The average NBA player is getting older. Okay, that sounds stupid. Of course the average NBA player is getting older. Everyone is getting older, simply by virtue of the natural passage of time...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 31,260 reads 64 comments

  23. NBA Power Rankings: Ringing in 2014 with the Latest Hoops Hierarchy

    Happy New Year, everyone! Allow me to welcome you to 2014 with a brand-spankin'-new edition of the weekly NBA power rankings...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 255,321 reads 278 comments

  24. Andrew Bynum Could Help Clippers, Especially with Blake Griffin Shooting so Well

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers ' lack of frontcourt depth didn't hurt them on New Year's Day against the visiting Charlotte Bobcats , not after a dominant second half that propelled the home team to a 112-85 flattening ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 6,450 reads 30 comments

  25. Doc Rivers Ends News Conference with Unprompted Endorsement of Johnny Manziel

    LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers was jumping with joy on New Year's Day, and not just because his Los Angeles Clippers had beaten the stuffing out of the visiting Charlotte Bobcats , 112-85 ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 40,857 reads 36 comments