1. As Long As Lakers Are Terrible, Scars from the Chris Paul Trade Veto Remain

    Want to piss off a Los Angeles Lakers fan? Or perhaps you'd like to make one of them cry, curse loudly or stare blankly into the abyss. Just say these two words: "Basketball reasons...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 79,505 reads 168 comments

  2. NBA Teams in Need of Shake-Ups

    It's been six weeks since the 2015-16 NBA season began in earnest, and big changes, rumored and otherwise, are already afoot. The Houston Rockets, sluggish out of the gate, sacked their head coach, Kevin McHale, 11 games into the campaign...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 18,115 reads 27 comments

  3. Why NBA Fans Should Thank Golden State Warriors and Tuesday NBA Takeaways

    The Golden State Warriors haven't just owned the NBA this season; they've turned the world's best basketball league into their own. It's a subtle distinction that makes a big difference...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 127,621 reads 345 comments

  4. Dwyane Wade Channeling Vintage 'Flash' and Thursday NBA Takeaways

    It hasn't quite been the five stages of grief, but everyone in the NBA has dealt with the news of Kobe Bryant 's retirement differently. LeBron James was saddened to see the Mamba call it quits...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 33,130 reads 170 comments

  5. With and Without Chris Paul, Clippers Need Everything from Blake Griffin

    LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers knew he had something special on his hands. Before he left Boston to coach the Los Angeles Clippers in June 2013, Rivers reconnected with Tony Brown, a former assistant of his with the Celtics ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 8,632 reads 19 comments

  6. Tuesday NBA Roundup: Cavaliers Can't Take Nights Off Against Improving East

    In his latest NBA masterpiece, Sports Illustrated 's Lee Jenkins profiled an older, wiser LeBron James, who, nonetheless, may be more prone than ever to fits of disgust: ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 31,728 reads 189 comments

  7. Why Your Favorite NBA Team Won't Win the Title: December Edition

    Last month, we picked apart every NBA team's case for title contention with the full force of a summer's worth of fresh snark...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 31,265 reads 56 comments

  8. Nothing Wrong with Second Best: NBA's Top No. 2 Options

    More and more, old-school NBA truisms are going the way of the northern white rhino . Last season, the Golden State Warriors swept at least three of them from the basketball lexicon...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 29,746 reads 77 comments

  9. Building the NBA's All-Efficiency Team

    Kobe Bryant 's sad slide into mediocrity is just the latest sign that the end is nigh—not just for the Black Mamba's Hall of Fame career, but also for the reign of the NBA 's volume-shooting, isolation-heavy scorers...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 51,521 reads 126 comments

  10. Tuesday NBA Roundup: How Long Can Record-Setting Warriors Keep Streak Alive?

    The Golden State Warriors don't just break molds; they remake them in their own image. The same player can't be both the best shooter and best ball-handler in the NBA ? Behold, Stephen Curry ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 133,656 reads 292 comments

  11. Kristaps Porzingis or Karl-Anthony Towns: Whose Start Is More Impressive?

    The NBA 's early Rookie of the Year race is as crowded as it's been in quite some time. So far, though, Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis seem to be leading the pack...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 32,131 reads 310 comments

  12. 5 NBA Player Rivalries We Want to See Fire Up in 2015-16

    Russell vs. Wilt. Magic vs. Bird. MJ vs. Zeke. The Dream vs. The Admiral. KG vs. Duncan. What do these and other great NBA player rivalries have in common? Quite a bit, actually...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 29,386 reads 82 comments

  13. Cleveland Cavaliers Inching Closer to LeBron James' Expectations

    In the wake of back-to-back losses to divisional opponents, the Cleveland Cavaliers made it clear that they'd come correct against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 61,343 reads 177 comments

  14. Rajon Rondo Is a Surprising Source of Calm Among Wild Card Sacramento Kings

    Of all the new faces in the Sacramento Kings' locker room—eight, to be exact— Rajon Rondo has had the most metaphorical scars. A torn ACL in his right knee in January 2013 seemingly sapped Rondo of his former star power...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 10,391 reads 11 comments

  15. Coming-Out Party Begins Now for Kristaps Porzingis and Tuesday's NBA Takeaways

    Don't bother even trying to pump the brakes on the Kristaps Porzingis hype train now. After Tuesday night's spectacular showing, it could soon run right off the tracks—if it hasn't already...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 81,511 reads 230 comments

  16. 5 NBA Coaches Already on the Hot Seat

    The NBA 's annual furniture sale could soon be in full swing. Less than a month into the 2015-16 season, seats around the Association are already heating up and, in some cases, singeing the behinds of head coaches...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 14,163 reads 22 comments

  17. 6 NBA Players Who Must Make 'The Leap' in Their Third Season

    Don't listen to Littlefinger . The Climb isn't all there is. In the NBA , the Leap comes next. After scaling the Rookie Wall. After surviving the Sophomore Slump. In the careers of so many of the league's greats, Year 3 was the key...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 19,671 reads 14 comments

  18. Stephen Curry Does It All to Extend Golden State Warriors' Picture-Perfect Start

    Stephen Curry , Stephen Curry, Stephen Curry, Stephen Curry...and Stephen Curry. I could go on like this, but that would be too easy—though still not as easy as Curry made it look to play NBA basketball on Thursday night...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 64,365 reads 242 comments

  19. Pumping the Brakes on the Kristaps Porzingis Hype Train

    The NBA 's rookie class of 2015 is off to a strong start, but no first-year player has seen a more dramatic turnaround in his personal stock than Kristaps Porzingis...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 43,383 reads 74 comments

  20. Wesley Matthews, Mavericks Both with Much to Prove as Dallas Eyes Post-Dirk Era

    It was a long night for the Dallas Mavericks, another one of many they've had in recent years against the Los Angeles Clippers. They moved the ball. They got good shots. They played together...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 9,062 reads 20 comments

  21. Warriors Slow Andre Drummond's Fast Start and Monday NBA Takeaways

    Are you an up-and-coming NBA team that's excited about the new season? Maybe you've got a great, young big man who's ready to step up not only as his team's centerpiece, but also as one of the league's pre-eminent players...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 84,599 reads 171 comments

  22. For Championship-or-Bust Lakers, Current Drought Feels Familiar

    The 2015-16 NBA season is barely old enough to fit in a complete Master Cleanse , and already doom and gloom has descended upon the Los Angeles Lakers...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 9,383 reads 24 comments

  23. What's Wrong with Anthony Davis and the Pelicans to Start 2015-16 NBA Season?

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. The worst, because getting swept by the Golden State Warriors in his first playoffs series probably stunk...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 43,559 reads 113 comments

  24. Tuesday NBA Roundup: Are Hawks the Team to Challenge LeBron James, Cavs in East?

    What does LeBron James do on a Tuesday night when his Cleveland Cavaliers are resting up for the New York Knicks on a Wednesday? Well, he might lend some words of praise to ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about over 1 year ago 35,802 reads 253 comments

  25. Why Your Favorite NBA Team Won't Win the Title

    In the wise words of W.C. Fields (aka your grandparents' favorite comedian), "I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally...

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