1. NBA Power Rankings: How the Association Stacks Up in Early February

    January has come and gone. The concurrent hot streak of Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder are officially things of the past. But that doesn't mean the NBA 's dog days are over just yet...

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  2. The Biggest Flops and Busts of the 2013-14 NBA Season So Far

    Not to be a Danny Downer or a Negative Ned or anything like that, but I can't help but think of the 2013-14 NBA season as one marked by disappointment so far. The injury bug has ravaged the league's stash of superstars like (seemingly) never before..

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 42,181 reads 57 comments

  3. NBA Youngsters on the Cusp of All-Star Status

    We are (or should be) well past the point of talking about players who were "snubbed" from the 2014 NBA All-Star Game...

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  4. NBA MVP Odds 2014: Can LeBron James Catch Kevin Durant?

    The 2013-14 NBA MVP race has shifted considerably in just two weeks since we last looked at it . Kevin Durant extended his streak of 30-plus-point games to 12 before bringing ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 15,660 reads 60 comments

  5. Kevin Durant's NBA MVP Candidacy About Much More Than LeBron James

    The NBA is still months away from crowning an MVP for the 2013-14 season, but if the campaign ended today, Kevin Durant would most likely be the choice to break LeBron James ' stranglehold on the most prestigious award in basketball...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 1,629 reads 4 comments

  6. Even Al Jefferson Exposes Suddenly Starless Los Angeles Lakers

    If the Los Angeles Lakers haven't hit rock bottom yet, they sure are getting close. Six losses in a row and 18 in their past 21 outings would be sorry-enough indicators on their own...

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  7. Biggest Individual Winners from NBA's Trade Season so Far

    The winter trade winds have been awfully quiet around the NBA of late. Rumors are still swirling from time to time, though few would mistake the handful of transactions executed thus far for a landscape-shifting flurry...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 16,660 reads 12 comments

  8. NBA Power Rankings: OKC Thunder Red-Hot, Everyone Else on Red Alert

    You'd think that a week marked by All-Star Game announcements would be a great one for the NBA 's best teams...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 350,111 reads 277 comments

  9. Biggest Priorities and Challenges for Incoming NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

    Feb. 1, 2014 will mark the end of one era and the beginning of another in the NBA . On that day, David Stern will officially cede his throne as the commissioner of the league to long-time deputy Adam Silver...

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  10. Is Jason Kidd Actually a Good NBA Coach?

    For any rookie in any profession, there are learning curves and growing pains to overcome on the journey from basic competency to excellence...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 19,556 reads 38 comments

  11. How Dallas Mavericks Star Dirk Nowitzki Is Defying Time, Odds This Season

    LOS ANGELES — What makes Dirk Nowitzki tick? In his 16th season as a member of the Dallas Mavericks , with 11 All-Star appearances, 12 All- NBA selections, an MVP and a ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 8,319 reads 26 comments

  12. Will Carmelo Anthony Choose Winning or Money in 2014 Free Agency?

    There's only so much even the glitziest NBA superstars can do at any given moment to shape—if not change outright—how they're perceived...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 22,441 reads 174 comments

  13. Minnesota Timberwolves Finally Figure Out How to Win in Crunch Time

    Eighty-six days. That's how long it took the Minnesota Timberwolves to pull out a close game. A 121-120 win over the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena marked Minny's first ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 3,156 reads 8 comments

  14. Kobe Bryant's Final Act Will Determine His Legacy

    If the author Joseph Campbell were alive today, he'd probably have little trouble pinpointing where within the 17 stages of the hero's journey (i.e., the monomyth ) Kobe Bryant currently resides...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 32,301 reads 198 comments

  15. NBA Power Rankings: Kevin Durant Drags Oklahoma City Thunder to No. 1

    The MVP race isn't the only thing heating up around the NBA these days. The exploits of LeBron James, Kevin Durant , Blake Griffin and Goran Dragic (among others)—all ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 315,191 reads 285 comments

  16. Dunk of the Night from Thursday's NBA Action

    Welcome to the NBA , Kendall Marshall. You've officially been embarrassed on the fastbreak by none other than LeBron James . Not that anyone can blame Kendall for being made a fool by the Miami Heat 's human freight train...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 6,383 reads 10 comments

  17. Re-Examining Kobe Bryant's 81-Point Game Through a 2014 Lens

    Eight years ago this Wednesday, Kobe Bryant registered one of the most astounding single-game performances the NBA has ever seen...

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  18. NBA MVP Odds 2014: It's Kevin Durant's Race to Lose

    The halfway point of the 2013-14 NBA season seems like as good a time as any to handicap the race for the Most Valuable Player award...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 28,213 reads 127 comments

  19. NBA's Biggest Recent Win-Win Trades

    Contrary to popular belief, making a trade in the NBA isn't always a zero-sum game. Sometimes, all parties to a particular transaction emerge as immediate winners. Granted, it doesn't happen very often...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 72,646 reads 96 comments

  20. Portland Trail Blazers Are Ready for Prime Time

    Teams like this season's Portland Trail Blazers aren't supposed to do what the Blazers did on Friday night...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 11,495 reads 102 comments

  21. Grading Boston Celtics Point Guard Rajon Rondo in First Game Since ACL Injury

    After 29,233,380 seconds (about 338.3 days) on the sidelines, Rajon Rondo made his much-anticipated return from a torn right ACL to NBA action on Friday...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 31,841 reads 34 comments

  22. NBA Power Rankings: Taking Temperature of the Association at Midseason Mark

    Believe it or not, the 2013-14 NBA season has just about reached the halfway mark. By this time next week, every team in the Association will have played at least 40 games, with many more officially crossing into the second batch of 41 on the schedule.

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 249,694 reads 192 comments

  23. Luol Deng Raising Cleveland Cavaliers as Los Angeles Lakers Seek Similar Lift

    Luol Deng is going to be a pretty popular guy this summer. Assuming LeBron James, Dwyane Wade , Chris Bosh , Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph don't opt out of their current contracts, ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 2,610 reads 6 comments

  24. Marc Gasol's Return Makes Kevin Durant's Challenge Even More Daunting

    It never gets any easier for Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the absence of Russell Westbrook ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 5,967 reads 23 comments

  25. Can the Los Angeles Lakers Still Lure NBA Superstars?

    There's never a "good" time for the Los Angeles Lakers to be terrible, but for this franchise, which prides itself on its tradition of winning, the failings of the 2013-14 NBA ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 38,332 reads 242 comments