1. 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...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 72,516 reads 178 comments

  2. 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 8 months ago 15,764 reads 60 comments

  3. 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 8 months ago 1,712 reads 4 comments

  4. 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...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 3,655 reads 12 comments

  5. 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 8 months ago 16,687 reads 12 comments

  6. 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 8 months ago 350,153 reads 277 comments

  7. 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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  8. 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 8 months ago 19,672 reads 38 comments

  9. 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 8 months ago 8,448 reads 26 comments

  10. 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 8 months ago 22,490 reads 174 comments

  11. 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 8 months ago 3,200 reads 8 comments

  12. 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 8 months ago 32,656 reads 198 comments

  13. 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 8 months ago 315,242 reads 285 comments

  14. 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 8 months ago 6,549 reads 10 comments

  15. 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...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 41,246 reads 44 comments

  16. 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 8 months ago 28,303 reads 127 comments

  17. 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 8 months ago 72,704 reads 96 comments

  18. 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 8 months ago 11,560 reads 102 comments

  19. 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 8 months ago 31,915 reads 34 comments

  20. 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 8 months ago 249,748 reads 192 comments

  21. 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 8 months ago 2,683 reads 6 comments

  22. 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 8 months ago 6,022 reads 23 comments

  23. 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 8 months ago 38,419 reads 242 comments

  24. It's Time for Los Angeles Lakers to Follow Clippers' Blueprint

    You could write a Harry Potter-sized novel with all the developments from Friday night's embarrassing 123-87 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers that the Los Angeles Lakers would like to forget...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 12,019 reads 87 comments

  25. Why Kobe Bryant's Injury Is the Ultimate Condemnation of His Contract

    The Los Angeles Lakers , of all teams, should've known better than to give Kobe Bryant a king's ransom to play until the age of 37. One needn't flash back far through the space-time continuum to understand why...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 40,934 reads 145 comments