1. LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant: Expectations Mean LeBron Never Had a Chance

    In case anyone hasn't noticed, LeBron James ' 2011-2012 season has been a dream for stat nerds—27.7 points per game, 8.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists. Pair those averages with a 54...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about almost 3 years ago 1,553 reads 1 comments

  2. Do College Football Players Deserve to be Paid? Here's How to Find Out

    I wish I had the email address of every college football player playing for a national powerhouse. If I did, I could make the debate of whether college football players should be paid or not history...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about almost 3 years ago 4,304 reads 0 comments

  3. LeBron James Is Still Building His Legacy

    With all due respect to Jeremy Lin, LeBron James is still the most fascinating player in the NBA . This season offers a plethora of storylines, but LeBron stands front and center...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about almost 3 years ago 1,154 reads 2 comments

  4. 2011-12 NBA Preseason All-Conference Teams

    The NBA 's opening day (otherwise known as Christmas to non-NBA diehards) will soon be upon us. Before the season gets underway, here are the top five players by position in each conference...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 3 years ago 681 reads 0 comments

  5. 2012 NBA Preview: Ranking the Favorites to Win MVP

    With the NBA season set to get underway in a week, it's time to take a look at who could win the game's most prestigious individual award: the MVP...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 3 years ago 3,709 reads 7 comments

  6. 2012 NBA Championship: Ranking the Contenders for the Crown

    Sports are about winning. As the NBA season quickly approaches, it is time to look at the teams who have the ability to make a title run...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 3 years ago 13,453 reads 77 comments

  7. Chris Paul Trade: Package from Clippers Does Not Justify NBA's Trade Block

    Finally, Chris Paul 's paychecks will no longer be singed by the NBA . By being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers , he will be playing for a real owner (on second thought, does Donald Sterling qualify as a real owner?)...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 3 years ago 249 reads 3 comments

  8. Bill Simmons: The Greatest Sports Writer of Our Generation

    In True Romance , Christian Slater's main character, Clarence Worely, imagines Elvis (played Val Kilmer) giving him advice. At a crucial juncture in the film, he asks Elvis if he is kissing an important character's ass...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 3 years ago 1,235 reads 1 comments

  9. NBA Los Angeles Lakers: Is the Kobe Bryant Era Over?

    An underrated aspect of professional sports is their ability to mark the time. I'm 22 years old. I've just begun to see my childhood heroes leave the game and I have started to cheer for athletes younger than myself...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 3 years ago 1,891 reads 3 comments

  10. NBA Quickly Turning Chris Paul Debacle into a Disaster

    Here's the situation: A superstar is ready to leave his current team at the end of the season. The front office wants to get something in return for him. They pursue a trade. Everything sounds normal so far...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 3 years ago 786 reads 0 comments

  11. Los Angeles Lakers Should Have Pursued Dwight Howard All Along

    The Lakers appear to have given up on trying to trade for Chris Paul . The NBA blocked the original three-way trade that would have sent Paul to Los Angeles, Pau Gasol to Houston, ...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 3 years ago 3,339 reads 5 comments

  12. Knicks Should Offer Carmelo Anthony for Chris Paul

    This much is clear: The NBA should never own a team with a superstar looking to leave. Chris Paul has dominated basketball talk since the lockout ended. A deal that would have sent him to the Lakers was vetoed by David Stern...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 3 years ago 138 reads 18 comments

  13. Is LeBron James Really the Best Player in the NBA?

    While ESPN's NBA Today panel analyzed the contenders for the 2012 championship, Magic Johnson made a bold assertion: Kevin Durant is the best player in the game. Fans, like Johnson's coworkers, have to question the claim...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 3 years ago 2,707 reads 19 comments

  14. NBA's Big-Market Teams Do Not Have as Big an Advantage as People Think

    In the current economic crisis, the wealthy are the targets of many people's vitriol. Regardless of one's political views, those with power are not viewed favorably (the left blames ...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 3 years ago 634 reads 29 comments

  15. NBA Makes Huge Mistake by Blocking Chris Paul Trade

    After a crazy day, the NBA lockout has certainly become a distant memory of fans. Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the NBA will block the proposed three-team ...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 3 years ago 2,159 reads 0 comments

  16. Chris Paul Trade: Does Trade Improve the L.A. Lakers' Title Odds?

    Christmas came early for Laker fans and got better for basketball fans. When Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls come to Los Angeles on Christmas Day, it will be a battle between two of the best point guards in the league...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 3 years ago 403 reads 0 comments

  17. NBA Lockout: Dovish Owners Need to Bully Hawkish Owners into Agreement

    In simplistic terms, the NBA lockout is owners vs. players. Each side wants a collective bargaining agreement that allows it to make as much money as possible. However, like most debates, there are many shades of gray...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 3 years ago 533 reads 1 comments

  18. NBA Lockout: The Players Are Right, but Still To Blame

    Confession: I'm an NBA addict. Professional basketball is by far my favorite sport. This is the first article I've written about the NBA lockout because, you know, I'd rather write about actual basketball games...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 3 years ago 2,497 reads 4 comments

  19. LeBron Needs to Acknowledge Legacy of Hiding

    The sports media machine has said some rather unflattering things about LeBron James . After he and the Miami Heat lost the NBA Championship to the Dallas Mavericks last night, James has been the subject of countless articles...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about over 3 years ago 3,513 reads 21 comments

  20. Tiger Woods and the Curse of Rocco Mediate

    My father is the biggest golf fan I know. Unlike most fans who only tune in for the majors or particularly competitive final rounds of lesser tournaments, he watches golf anytime he can...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about over 3 years ago 993 reads 0 comments

  21. 2011 NBA Finals: Why the Miami Heat Are Hated

    Last night was a glorious night for all mankind. The Miami Heat lost the NBA Championship to the Dallas Mavericks ...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about over 3 years ago 6,636 reads 1 comments

  22. NBA and NFL Lockouts: Potential Lockouts in NBA and NFL Won't Hurt Popularity

    On the eve of what may be the most anticipated NBA Finals in recent history, there are dark clouds on the horizon. With the collective bargaining agreement set to expire at the end of the season, a lockout will almost certainly follow...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about over 3 years ago 332 reads 0 comments

  23. 2011 NBA Playoffs: We Don't Want LeBron James to Be Michael Jordan

    Anyone who follows basketball has heard the phrase "the next Jordan" at least a thousand times. Since his second retirement in 1998, the hoops world has relentlessly searched for a player to rival Michael Jordan...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about over 3 years ago 6,708 reads 5 comments

  24. Drunken Thoughts of an NBA Addict: LeBron Comes Home, KD's Knee

    To say my NBA addiction rose to epic proportions this week is an understatement. If you can't figure out why I have to ask why are you reading an NBA article...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 4 years ago 574 reads 1 comments

  25. Thank God for the Pittsburgh Steelers

    Call me old fashioned, but I like big hits and defense. I enjoy running backs who fight for an extra half-yard rather than go out of bounds. Football is a sport where toughness and heart are supposed to matter most...

    David DeRyder Written by David DeRyder about 4 years ago 277 reads 1 comments