1. LeBron James Hits the Deck After Dwight Howard Elbow to the Nose

    LeBron James ' protective masks may make him look like a superhero, though as Dwight Howard proved on Tuesday night, they hardly confer the power of invincibility to James' face...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 17,596 reads 42 comments

  2. NBA Sophomore Report Cards: Grading Campaigns of Top 2nd-Year Players

    Back in November, yours truly wondered if the 2013-14 NBA season would turn out to be " The Year of the Sophomore ." In many ways, that original query has proven prescient in the intervening months...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 41,307 reads 161 comments

  3. What's Changed for LaMarcus Aldridge?

    This past Saturday, LaMarcus Aldridge returned from a five-game, groin-strain-related hiatus to do his part in propelling the Portland Trail Blazers to a 102-96 win over the sliding Denver Nuggets ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 1,860 reads 3 comments

  4. Former Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo Admits He 'Tried to Tank'

    For those of you out there who are still skeptical about whether "tanking" is a strategy that NBA general managers actually pursue—and not just a figment of the basketball ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 23,066 reads 72 comments

  5. Watch Steve Nash Learn He's a Candidate for Stretch Provision for Lakers

    Steve Nash 's time with the Los Angeles Lakers has been all too replete with humbling moments. There was the collision with Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard that fractured his left fibula on Halloween 2012...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 14,405 reads 29 comments

  6. Lance Stephenson: 'I'm the Underdog'

    The glow of the limelight is a familiar, perhaps even comforting feeling for Lance Stephenson . He grew up with it, as a prep phenom and playground legend in his native Brooklyn...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 58,946 reads 254 comments

  7. NBA Power Rankings: Breaking Down All 30 Teams Entering March

    The final full calendar month of the 2013-14 NBA regular season is nearly upon us. April only lasts a couple weeks in the Association, and February didn't last much longer on account of the All-Star break...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 282,152 reads 267 comments

  8. What's Next for Jason Collins After 10-Day Contract with Brooklyn Nets Expires?

    Jason Collins is, indeed, a trailblazer. No, not a Portland Trail Blazer, though he could be once his current contract with the Brooklyn Nets expires...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 14,589 reads 3 comments

  9. Why 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs Could Be Gregg Popovich's Best Coaching Job Yet

    If there are any gaps in Gregg Popovich's coaching resume, you'd be hard-pressed to find them. Now in his 18th season at the helm of the San Antonio Spurs , Pop has amassed four ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 16,358 reads 46 comments

  10. Who Wins a 7-Game Clippers-Rockets Series?

    The Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets will meet for the third time in the 2013-14 NBA season on Wednesday in what's shaping up to be a battle of rising Western Conference powers...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 13,290 reads 198 comments

  11. Examining Why 5 Rumored Deals Fell Apart at 2014 NBA Trade Deadline

    There's an old saying in Hollywood: "If there's a 99 percent chance of something happening, there's a 100 percent chance that it won't happen...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 56,295 reads 44 comments

  12. NBA Trade Deadline Chips with Most to Prove

    Enough ink has already been spilled explaining why the 2014 NBA trade deadline was as quiet and calm as it turned out to be...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 35,277 reads 25 comments

  13. We Won't Appreciate This Year's Miami Heat Until 3-Peat Masterpiece Is Complete

    Somehow, it took a 22-point blowout of the Oklahoma City Thunder to put the Miami Heat front and center in the NBA 's collective consciousness again. Even though they've won the last two titles and played in three straight Finals...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 20,854 reads 113 comments

  14. NBA Power Rankings: Post-Trade Deadline Standings for All 30 Teams

    Is anyone else relieved that the NBA 's trade deadline has come and gone? No more tracking ridiculous rumors or refreshing HoopsHype every five seconds. No more second-guessing anonymous "sources...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 278,460 reads 140 comments

  15. Happy Birthday, Chuck: Charles Barkley's Most 'Shaqtin a Fool' Moments

    Happy birthday, Charles Barkley ! The NBA Hall of Famer and TNT personality turned 51 on Thursday. To celebrate the Round Mound of Rebound's arrival on Earth on Feb...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 8,969 reads 3 comments

  16. Would a New Orleans Pelicans Tank Job Jeopardize Anthony Davis' Development?

    The New Orleans Pelicans find themselves in a precarious position with the NBA 's Feb. 20 trade deadline right around the corner...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 980 reads 2 comments

  17. Blake Griffin Rising to Elite Status Faster Than LA Clippers Can Keep Up

    Blake Griffin 's been on the fast track to superstardom since he first set foot in the NBA at the start of the 2010-11 season, but his play over the last month or two has further accelerated that already meteoric rise...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 5,350 reads 17 comments

  18. Can Lamar Odom Use Spanish Basketball as Springboard Back to the NBA?

    The last time Lamar Odom sought out a change of scenery, his NBA career fell into disrepair, to the point where he left the Dallas Mavericks on bad terms before washing out of the ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 855 reads 0 comments

  19. Will Kobe Bryant Ever Be Able to Be an Elite NBA Star Again?

    As great as the 2014 NBA All-Star Game turned out to be, it was still overshadowed, at least in part, by those who weren't fit to participate—chief among them, Kobe Bryant ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 9,482 reads 51 comments

  20. In Defense of the Greatest Spectacle in Sports, the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

    The NBA Slam Dunk Contest gets a lot of guff—far more than it deserves. It's practically an annual rite of midwinter for talking heads and McKayla Maroney types ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 11,116 reads 24 comments

  21. NBA Power Rankings: Who's Hot and Who's Not at All-Star Break

    I think I speak for most of the NBA when I say that All-Star Weekend comes as a welcome reprieve from the status quo. Not that I don't enjoy watching meaningful basketball as much as the next hoophead...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 346,517 reads 336 comments

  22. A Brief History of New Orleans Basketball, According to Voice of the Pelicans

    For the second time in six years, New Orleans will host the NBA 's All-Star Weekend, with one of the city's own making his debut as a local ambassador for the festivities. In 2008, Chris Paul played the part for the Hornets at New Orleans Arena...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 1,246 reads 0 comments

  23. The NBA's Addition-by-Subtraction All-Stars

    Sometimes, less is more. That lesson has come home to roost in a big way in the NBA so far through the 2013-14 season...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 10,675 reads 9 comments

  24. OKC Thunder Quietly Distancing Themselves from Western Conference Powers

    Holding the fort without Russell Westbrook would've been victory enough for these Oklahoma City Thunder ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 14,372 reads 79 comments

  25. Have Cleveland Cavaliers Blown Their 2nd Chance at LeBron James?

    Whatever opportunity the Cleveland Cavaliers might have had to lure LeBron James back to his home state appears to have gone by the wayside. Simply put, the franchise that took James No...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 16,076 reads 104 comments