1. NBA Power Rankings: How All 30 Teams Stack Up in Early Part of 2013-14

    It's tantalizing for any NBA diehard to draw sweeping conclusions about the season after, say, a week-and-a-half of flipping frantically through the nightly smorgasbord of games on League Pass...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 107,922 reads 224 comments

  2. NBA Awards Odds 2013-14: Way-Too-Early Predictions for Every Award

    It's become common practice for those of us in the amorphous blob referred to monolithically as the "sports media"—or, in the parlance of our times, the "sports blogosphere"—to ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 46,451 reads 124 comments

  3. Which Version of Dwight Howard Are Rockets Getting: LA D12 or Orlando D12?

    At a glance, the early returns on Dwight Howard 's debut with the Houston Rockets are positive, if not overwhelmingly so. He's once again leading the NBA in rebounding at 14...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 11,920 reads 50 comments

  4. Is Metta World Peace the New York Knicks' Biggest X-Factor?

    Metta World Peace knows a thing or two about greatness and what it can mean for a team's championship hopes in the NBA ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 8,537 reads 27 comments

  5. Monta Ellis Thriving in New Co-Pilot Role for Dallas Mavericks

    Context is everything in the NBA . Basic box score stats can only tell you so much about how a given player is doing or to what extent he's contributing to (or responsible for) the end result on any given night...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 25,476 reads 56 comments

  6. The Likeliest Scenarios for Kobe Bryant's Comeback Season

    The day after Halloween, Kobe Bryant emerged from what we can only assume is his rehabilitation "Bat Cave"—in which longtime Los Angeles Lakers trainer Gary Vitti presumably ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 27,988 reads 52 comments

  7. Shocks and Surprises Abound in NBA's Crazy First Week

    If you weren't already aware that the NBA is back in business, you sure should be now. The first week of the 2013-14 season woke up the basketball world—and then some...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 31,203 reads 54 comments

  8. Best Potential Solutions to Fix the NBA's Tanking Problem

    It's no secret that teams around the NBA —specifically, those without a prayer of making the playoffs, much less contending for the Larry O'Brien Trophy—are trying to do everything but win...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 48,123 reads 153 comments

  9. How Cleveland Cavaliers Can Ensure Kyrie Irving Stays 'Forever'

    Kyrie Irving 's right. It's way too early to so much as broach the subject of his long-term future with the Cleveland Cavaliers , as he recently made clear to Jodie Valade of The Cleveland Plain Dealer ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 37,500 reads 113 comments

  10. Chris Paul Validates Status as NBA's Best Point Guard with Monster Game

    This just in: Chris Paul is the best point guard in the NBA . Or, at least, he looked like it on Tuesday night in leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a decisive 126-115 win over the weary Golden State Warriors ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 31,723 reads 493 comments

  11. Derrick Rose Proves He's Officially Back with Clutch Shot vs. NY Knicks

    One shot does not a comeback complete, but one shot can be all of the encouragement a player, a team and a fanbase need to hope and dream big again...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 23,833 reads 280 comments

  12. Lakers' Bench Play Will Be Biggest Key to LA Eclipsing Expectations

    Seventy-six. That's how many points the Los Angeles Lakers ' bench cobbled together during their 116-103 win over the big, bad Los Angeles Clippers on opening night at the Staples Center...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 5,701 reads 20 comments

  13. Navigating the NBA's Maddening Yet Necessary Cycle of Change

    If you're a fan of the NBA , you know the feeling. The season starts, as the 2013-14 edition just has. You turn on your TV to get your hoops fix, or you trek out to the arena to cheer on your favorite team...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 14,118 reads 19 comments

  14. 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 1 year ago 36,674 reads 234 comments

  15. 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 1 year ago 6,135 reads 7 comments

  16. 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 1 year ago 30,139 reads 73 comments

  17. 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 1 year ago 233,567 reads 587 comments

  18. 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 1 year ago 12,956 reads 39 comments

  19. 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 1 year ago 3,055 reads 9 comments

  20. 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 1 year ago 7,019 reads 28 comments

  21. 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 1 year ago 25,535 reads 87 comments

  22. 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 1 year ago 12,644 reads 87 comments

  23. 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 1 year ago 8,386 reads 12 comments

  24. 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 1 year ago 9,778 reads 16 comments

  25. 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 1 year ago 8,970 reads 5 comments