1. Are the Los Angeles Lakers Better Than We Thought?

    Let's get one thing straight: the Los Angeles Lakers are not going to win more games than the Los Angeles Clippers this year, despite what the former's 116-103 win over the latter would suggest...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 36,606 reads 234 comments

  2. Lakers Not Rushing Kobe Bryant Back Is Best Bet for LA's Long-Term Success

    As if the Los Angeles Lakers needed any more bad news to start the 2013-14 NBA season—between Steve Nash's slow recovery, Shawne Williams' spot as the starting power forward ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 6,067 reads 7 comments

  3. The Anatomy of a Perfect 2013-14 NBA Season

    What would be most important to you if you were dreaming up the ideal NBA season? Would it be superstars dominating the game? Surprising contributors rising out of nowhere? What ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 30,062 reads 74 comments

  4. NBA Power Rankings, Opening Week Edition

    Feel the power, everyone! FEEL THE POWER! THE 2013-14 NBA SEASON IS (ALMOST) HERE! With all that power flowing through the autumn air, how could anyone resist putting together pre-regular-season ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 233,427 reads 588 comments

  5. NBA Playoff Odds: How All 30 Teams Stack Up Entering 2013-14 Season

    The bookmakers in Las Vegas aren't usually keen to cook up playoff odds for NBA teams, if only because more than half the frickin' league qualifies every year and the majority of those that make it do so in predictable fashion...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 12,894 reads 39 comments

  6. Philadelphia 76ers Smart to Play It Slow with Nerlens Noel

    The Philadelphia 76ers have gone to great lengths to ensure that the 2013-14 NBA season will be one marked by new beginnings—good, bad and ugly alike...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 2,974 reads 9 comments

  7. Why Carmelo Anthony's Free Agency Will Be the Real Story of 2014 Offseason

    Slowly but surely, the tide is shifting. If you look closely enough, you can catch a glimpse of it with the naked eye. LeBron James ceding center stage to Carmelo Anthony . Not in April, May or June, but rather in July...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 6,883 reads 28 comments

  8. Is Carmelo Anthony on Crash Course to Become NBA's Next Superstar Villain?

    Carmelo Anthony wants to be a free agent, as he recently "revealed" to Rafi Kohan of The New York Observer : I think everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 25,464 reads 87 comments

  9. Why Pressure Is on Dwight Howard to Prove He Can Lead Houston Rockets to Title

    There are no more excuses for Dwight Howard . His surgically repaired back is (presumably) healthy now, nearly a year-and-a-half after the initial injury knocked him out of action...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 12,570 reads 87 comments

  10. What Kobe Bryant's Return to Lakers Will Mean to the City of Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant 's comeback from a torn Achilles isn't likely to have the same impact on his Los Angeles Lakers as, say, that which # thereturn of Derrick Rose will have on the Chicago Bulls ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 8,408 reads 12 comments

  11. Early Return by Greg Oden Should Scare Everyone but Miami Heat

    It's taken nearly four years, but Greg Oden is on the precipice of playing NBA basketball once again. Which should have every team in the league outside of South Beach shaking in its boots right about now...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 9,721 reads 16 comments

  12. LA Lakers Shouldn't Worry About Pau Gasol Refusing a Pay Cut in 2014 Free Agency

    Looks like Pau Gasol has more in common with Kobe Bryant than "just" being a champion with the Los Angeles Lakers. When recently asked about accepting a substantial pay cut to stay in LA beyond this season, Gasol replied (via Mark G...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 8,879 reads 5 comments

  13. Why Every Budding NBA Star Should Follow Kevin Durant's Example

    There's nothing wrong with NBA superstars looking out for their own interests. There's nothing wrong with the very best in basketball seeking out greener pastures, bigger bank accounts and more enriching opportunities in new and different cities...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 40,437 reads 58 comments

  14. NBA Power Rankings: How All 30 Teams Stack Up, Training Camp Edition

    Who cares that the basketball you see on your TV screen right now doesn't actually count? The more important point is: The NBA is (almost) back! No more wondering which fringe free agent is being lured left and right by league-minimum contracts...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 281,778 reads 808 comments

  15. Best-Case, Worst-Case Scenarios for Top 10 NBA Stars Entering 2013-14

    Forget about the Draconids and the Orionids . If you're looking for some real shooting stars—and not just collections of ice and dust flittering across the cosmos—then ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 59,766 reads 245 comments

  16. Breaking Down Why Pau Gasol Is Key to Lakers Succeeding Under Mike D'Antoni

    When it comes to constructing a system that will allow the Los Angeles Lakers to succeed during what many expect to be a down season, head coach Mike D'Antoni only has so many options...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 7,845 reads 39 comments

  17. NBA Stars Poised to Make Major Statements in 2013-14

    Part of what separates NBA stars from your Average Joes and Janes—aside from size, speed, strength, athleticism and an intrinsic desire to post workout videos on the Interwebz—is their appetite for motivation...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 13,918 reads 73 comments

  18. With Massive NBA Title Expectations, Are Brooklyn Nets Being Set Up to Fail?

    Every NBA team wants to win, except, maybe, for those currently "tanking" for a shot at landing Andrew Wiggins in the 2014 draft. But not every team needs to win, at least not to the extent that the Brooklyn Nets need to this season...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 40,302 reads 155 comments

  19. Why 2013-14 Season Is Andrew Bogut's Last Chance at Redeeming His Career

    The 2013-14 NBA season is shaping up to be a big one for injured giants. Dwight Howard 's looking to dominate the league for the Houston Rockets , now that his back is finally in working order again...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 7,808 reads 12 comments

  20. Can San Antonio Spurs Be True Title Contenders While Entering Kawhi Leonard Era?

    I'll bet there are some royal families out there that haven't figured out how to solve the age-old problem of succession as well as the San Antonio Spurs have...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 9,252 reads 83 comments

  21. Why the 2013-14 NBA Season Will Define the Future of the Association

    To all you NBA fans out there—diehard, casual and otherwise—I offer you this nugget of wisdom: Take a good, long look at the league in 2013-14. Drink it in. Bask in it...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 29,813 reads 60 comments

  22. How LeBron James Can Prove 2014 Free Agency Won't Be a Repeat of 2010

    LeBron James didn't want to talk about it then and doesn't want to talk about it now. Free agency, that is...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 17,636 reads 43 comments

  23. Predicting Los Angeles Lakers' Opening Night Starting Lineup for 2013-14 Season

    Chances are, the Los Angeles Lakers will need some time to sort out their starting lineup before they take to the Staples Center court against the rival Los Angeles Clippers on the NBA 's opening night...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 19,444 reads 54 comments

  24. Why Jimmy Butler's 2013-14 Season Will Define Luol Deng's Future with Bulls

    Jimmy Butler probably isn't trying to take Luol Deng 's job. But if the 24-year-old forward performs during the 2013-14 NBA season at the level the Chicago Bulls hope and expect he will, Butler may well wind up wearing Deng's shoes anyway...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 10,431 reads 63 comments

  25. The Biggest Thing at Stake for Each Young NBA Superstar in 2013-14

    Westbrook and Durant, Paul George , Derrick Rose , Blake Griffin , Kyrie Irving , Kevin Love, etc...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 15,626 reads 45 comments