1. Clippers Still Working to Shake off Preseason Rust as Regular Season Begins

    LOS ANGELES — The atmosphere at Staples Center was nothing short of electric for what was undoubtedly the most hotly anticipated home opener in the history of the Los Angeles Clippers ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 2,077 reads 4 comments

  2. Predicting Every Major NBA Award Winner for the 2014-15 Season

    It's too early to start thinking about the NBA 's biggest awards, right? We should let the 2014-15 season breathe a bit before we start sizing up MVPs, ROYs, SMOYs and all the other "OYs" we can dream up...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 53,041 reads 123 comments

  3. High-Octane Bulls Can Prove They're Much More Than Derrick Rose's Comeback Story

    The stage was set for another compelling chapter in one of the NBA 's most captivating stories to be written. The bright lights and raucous crowd at Madison Square Garden. The boos raining down from the rafters when he first touched the ball...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 24,076 reads 45 comments

  4. Ranking the Top 5 Candidates for Every Major NBA Award Entering 2014-15 Season

    The NBA may be the most predictable of the major American professional sports leagues, but that doesn't mean there's a crystal ball that can lend complete clarity to basketball's awards picture before the season tips off Tuesday evening...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 38,349 reads 143 comments

  5. 2014-15 NBA Power Rankings: Opening Week Edition

    We're done here, folks. Done with stragglers and D-Leaguers. Done with stars sitting out fourth quarters, regardless of the score. Done with half-empty arenas in even the NBA 's most loyal locales...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 442,904 reads 577 comments

  6. NBA Teams Smart to Vote Down Lottery Reform, for Now

    Uncertainty has become something of a buzzword around the NBA in recent months, especially for the league's front-office folks...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 21,758 reads 48 comments

  7. 11 NBA Training Camp Invitees Who Look Like Locks to Make Their Teams

    Is anyone else relieved that the NBA preseason is almost over? Everyone maybe? Nothing against exhibition games or anything, but there's only so much of the NBA Summer League's ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 24,868 reads 17 comments

  8. 6 Budding NBA Teams You'll Want to Watch This Season

    Nobody likes a bandwagon fan. You know, a person who jumps on board a particular team's gravy train once said train gets rolling. Someone whose allegiances can be swayed by a passing breeze, like Drake sitting in front of an oscillating Dyson Airblade...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 32,947 reads 97 comments

  9. NBA Depth-Chart Projections for All 30 Teams Going into 2014-15 Season

    Just because the results don't count in the standings, the NBA preseason is far from pointless or meaningless. There are still plenty of roster spots for players to fight over and position battles to be won...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 278,690 reads 294 comments

  10. Los Angeles Clippers Won't Reach Title Potential Without Defensive Improvement

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Ask the Los Angeles Clippers about what's gone wrong with their defense this preseason or what they can do to fix it, and you're bound to field a wide range of answers—or not much of an answer at all...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 1,658 reads 10 comments

  11. Is Los Angeles Lakers' Reliance on Steve Nash a Risky Proposition?

    This year was supposed to be different for Steve Nash . This was supposed to be the year that Nash finally came through for the Los Angeles Lakers , if only because this would be his last chance...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 3,488 reads 16 comments

  12. Surprising Studs Emerging from 2014-15 NBA Preseason

    Sparkling preseason performances are like mirages in the desert: They look great at first blush but vanish upon closer inspection...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 95,464 reads 89 comments

  13. NBA Power Rankings: How Every Team Stacks Up at 2014 Training Camp

    What's a grain of salt worth in the NBA ? That question is typically and most accurately answered during the preseason, wherein the vast majority of the results are best taken with that tiniest pinch of sodium chloride...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 304,437 reads 367 comments

  14. Predicting the Next Wave of Young NBA Talent to Get Contract Extensions

    Kyrie Irving got his max money from the Cleveland Cavaliers before LeBron James made them title contenders again. The Morris twins re-upped with the Phoenix Suns for a combined $52 million...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 14,312 reads 36 comments

  15. Predicting Fallout from NBA Draft Lottery Reform

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the 30 owners who employ him will have much more to discuss at the next Board of Governors meeting than the league's shiny new national television deal ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 20,704 reads 60 comments

  16. Julius Randle at Center of L.A. Lakers' Transition to Life After Kobe Bryant

    The Los Angeles Lakers have been careful to temper expectations for Julius Randle. On paper, the rookie out of Kentucky may seem an obvious choice to receive the torch that Kobe Bryant 's carried for years, albeit in large part by default...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 21,834 reads 18 comments

  17. 10 NBA Players Due for Big Role Changes in 2014-15

    So much of the excitement surrounding NBA training camps stems from seeing familiar faces in new places...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 73,581 reads 162 comments

  18. Early NBA Preseason 2014-15 Title Odds for All 30 Teams

    The NBA preseason is nothing if not a spectacle of speculation. Media days are rife with players and coaches answering questions about their hopes and expectations for the upcoming campaign before there's been so much as a productive dribble...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 328,489 reads 611 comments

  19. The Coolest Post-NBA Careers

    By and large, the opening of NBA training camps is cause for celebration. Throngs of media descend upon practice facilities from sea to shining sea, where players and coaches alike ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 25,541 reads 24 comments

  20. Is It Time for Blake Griffin to Take Charge of Los Angeles Clippers' Fate?

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Clippers ' media day brought with it a predictable peppering of questions concerning the team's fourth-quarter collapse in Game 5 of last season's second-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 15,063 reads 93 comments

  21. The Good, the Bad and the Interesting from Friday's Round of NBA Media Days

    The NBA is back...sort of. Training camps across the league are nearly underway, but before the best and brightest ballers on planet Earth get back to the business of playing ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 92,105 reads 32 comments

  22. How the NBA's Uncertain Salary Cap Could Impact Contract Extensions

    The NBA 's salary cap means something different to everyone. To the league's owners, it's a friend. It protects from wasteful spending by penalizing that behavior, all the while keeping down their labor costs...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 8,531 reads 15 comments

  23. NBA Predictions 2014-15: Win-Loss Projections for Every Team, Pre-Training Camp

    Last week, yours truly took a somewhat wild stab at sorting out the NBA 's 30 depth charts ahead of training camps opening. This week, we're tipping things off by cranking the Speculation-O-Meter up to 11 ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 349,596 reads 600 comments

  24. Projecting Every NBA Team's Depth Chart, 2014 Training Camp Edition

    The air is cooling, the leaves are changing colors and football's demons are rearing their ugly heads once again. That can only mean one thing.....

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 132,082 reads 414 comments

  25. How Great Will LeBron James' Economic Impact Be in Cleveland?

    What does LeBron James mean to Cleveland? That depends on who you talk to. To the Cleveland Cavaliers and their long-suffering fans, James' return to his roots in Northeast ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 30,332 reads 18 comments