1. Pressure Is on Big 3 to Stick Together, Not on Miami Heat to Keep Them

    Pat Riley knows what he's doing this summer. "We don't need to rebuild," he told reporters during the opening remarks of his exit interview Thursday. "We need to retool...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 11,443 reads 20 comments

  2. Laker Fans Can Take Solace in Recent History of No. 7 NBA Draft Picks

    Barring another unforeseen shakeup atop the 2014 NBA draft, the Los Angeles Lakers won't have a prayer of pegging either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker to be Kobe Bryant 's running mate/successor with the No...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 41,540 reads 105 comments

  3. Inside LA's Summer Pro-Am Hoops Institutions, the Drew League and Venice Beach

    Dr. Luther Gulick's instructions were simple. The superintendent of physical education at the YMCA International Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, asked a young ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 23,387 reads 12 comments

  4. Should NBA Fans Be Rooting for Spurs and Heat in Tiebreaker 2015 NBA Finals?

    Three-peats are nothing new for the NBA . The Los Angeles Lakers of the Kobe Bryant -Shaquille O'Neal vintage put one together. The Chicago Bulls did it twice in an eight-year span, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 36,872 reads 313 comments

  5. Pros and Cons of Philadelphia 76ers Selecting Andrew Wiggins in 2014 NBA Draft

    The City of Brotherly Love is abuzz with all things Andrew Wiggins at the moment. According to multiple reports out of Philadelphia, the 76ers squired Wiggins about town in ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 9,249 reads 25 comments

  6. Ranking the Last 10 NBA Championship Teams

    Today's NBA marks the passage of time not with ticking clocks, but with San Antonio Spurs championships...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 107,648 reads 365 comments

  7. NBA Power Rankings 2014: Stacking Up All 30 Teams, Post-NBA Finals

    The last time we sized up the way the league's best and worst stacked up against one another, 16 teams still had a chance—however small it may have been—to hoist up the Larry O'Brien Trophy in the middle of June...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 417,734 reads 272 comments

  8. Up Against Ropes in NBA Finals, How Will LeBron James Respond?

    Do or die. We've seen LeBron James in situations like the one he'll face on Sunday, when the Miami Heat return to the Alamo City in search of a season-saving victory. Thirteen times in his career has James faced imminent elimination...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 49,887 reads 537 comments

  9. San Antonio Spurs' Defensive Adjustments Force Miami Heat's Weaker Hands

    Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals will be remembered chiefly for the San Antonio Spurs' evisceration of the Miami Heat's defense, and rightfully so. The Spurs' first half, in which they scored 71 points on a Finals-record 75...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 13,431 reads 48 comments

  10. Bradley Beal Talks Video Games, Wizards' Future and Relationship with John Wall

    Bradley Beal isn't just a great shooter, though he's certainly that. He's also a burgeoning playmaker, a fierce competitor and, at the tender age of 20, one of the NBA 's brightest young stars...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 2,633 reads 4 comments

  11. LeBron James Joins Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird in Elite Stat Area

    Another day, another statistical milestone for LeBron James . In Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals, James became just the third player ever —after Michael Jordan and Kobe ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 23,464 reads 99 comments

  12. LA Lakers Can Scratch Derek Fisher Off Head Coach Wish List Without Regret

    The list of names in line to replace Mike D'Antoni as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers shortened a bit on Monday, and not because the Purple and Gold found their man...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 6,133 reads 30 comments

  13. Can Heat Move Past 4th-Quarter Meltdown and Recover in NBA Finals Game 2?

    There was much more to the Miami Heat 's 110-95 defeat in Game 1 than just the malfunctioning of the air conditioning at the San Antonio Spurs ' home arena...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 13,014 reads 129 comments

  14. Team USA Coach Takes Pot Shot at Kobe Bryant with Landon Donovan Analogy

    Jurgen Klinsmann is making more enemies than friends in America these days. First, the German manager came under fire for leaving Landon Donovan, a red-white-and-blue ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 54,403 reads 211 comments

  15. San Antonio Spurs Were Largely Unfazed by Heat, Cited 'Worse Conditions'

    LeBron James wasn't the only player affected by the absence of air conditioning in the AT&T Center on Thursday, though he appears to have been in the minority among his peers...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 9,594 reads 30 comments

  16. Remember the Time Michael Jordan Left an NBA Finals Game Due to Cramps?

    To all the Twitter trolls and erstwhile Internet antagonists out there who ragged on LeBron James for succumbing to severe cramps in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, I offer the curious case of one Michael Jordan...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 398,235 reads 556 comments

  17. Jamal Crawford Talks NBA Playoffs, Los Angeles Clippers Future and More

    Jamal Crawford 's had an eventful spring, to say the least. On the court, he took home his second Sixth Man of the Year Award—the first player to do so with two different teams—and ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 5,135 reads 9 comments

  18. Danny Green Seizing NBA's Biggest Stage for Second Straight Year

    It was deja vu all over again for Danny Green . Last year, Green tipped off his first appearance in the NBA Finals by hitting 4-of-9 from three for 12 points in a four-point victory for the San Antonio Spurs ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 19,204 reads 105 comments

  19. LeBron James Joins Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan in Elite Playoff Stat Category

    What does LeBron James have in common with Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan? A lot, really. Like His Airness and the Black Mamba, James is (arguably) the defining player ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 16,068 reads 44 comments

  20. LeBron James' Son Wasn't Impressed with His Game 5 Stats in Conference Finals

    "Seven points and five fouls?" That's how nearly every one of LeBron James ' critics reacted to his paltry, foul-plagued performance in Game 5 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals—his son included...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 63,711 reads 47 comments

  21. If Not Kevin Love, Who Can Save the Los Angeles Lakers?

    Sorry to break it to you, Los Angeles Lakers fans, but if Kevin Love's desire to ditch the Minnesota Timberwolves lands him on the trading block this summer, he's not going to be wearing purple and gold any time soon...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 30,247 reads 102 comments

  22. Which Free Agents Have Helped Themselves Most in 2014 NBA Playoffs?

    In the NBA , as in The Highlander , there can be only one ... Champion, that is. In two-and-a-half weeks' time, we'll know who, between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 14,639 reads 25 comments

  23. Would 3rd Ring Put LeBron James Above Kobe Bryant Among NBA's All-Time Greats?

    You'd have to ride Doc Brown's DeLorean all the way back to 2006 to find an NBA Finals that didn't feature either LeBron James or Kobe Bryant gunning for a ring...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 71,369 reads 1675 comments

  24. Gregg Popovich in Elite Company on NBA's Head-Coaching Mount Rushmore

    With a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the NBA Finals for the sixth time in franchise history—all under the watchful eye of Gregg Popovich ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 168,620 reads 430 comments

  25. Dunk of the Night: Friday, May 30

    The Miami Heat already had the game (and the series) in hand by the time Mario Chalmers hit Chris Bosh with a bounce pass for an easy flush. Which is kind of crazy, since there were still two-and-a-half minutes left...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 661 reads 1 comments