1. Why Iman Shumpert Is Finally Set to Thrive with New York Knicks

    For a guy who hasn ’t been hit with so much as a speeding ticket off the basketball court, Iman Shumpert ’s three-year NBA career has been uncommonly tumultuous...

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  2. Predicting the NBA's Biggest Win-Total Increases for 2014-15

    It’s that time of year again—a time when the world’s foremost basketball prognosticators gather to offer their best guesses for the season to come. And get them completely wrong...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 3 hours ago 6,369 reads 63 comments

  3. Kyrie Irving's Impressive Summer Only the Beginning of Superstar Climb

    Big Three label aside, LeBron James , Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving won’t be heading to Cleveland Cavaliers training camp without their own hierarchical designation—namely, that order exactly...

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  4. Derrick Rose's Long Journey Back to Superstardom Is Only Just Beginning

    For Derrick Rose , winning a gold medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball came with a silver lining—and not the good kind, either...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 1 day ago 14,901 reads 94 comments

  5. What Can We Realistically Expect from Kevin Garnett in His 20th NBA Season?

    Scour through the history of American professional sports, and you’ll be lucky to find a smattering of players fortunate enough to author careers that span two full decades...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 1 day ago 3,022 reads 20 comments

  6. Byron Scott's Championship Talk a Double-Edged Sword for Los Angeles Lakers

    Hubris isn ’t exactly a scarce commodity in the world of professional sports. If anything, it’s a prerequisite for any championship-caliber psyche—the mental pillar ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 2 days ago 7,052 reads 19 comments

  7. What We Learned About Each Member of Team USA Following FIBA Gold Medal Run

    If Team USA’s colossal 129-92 win over Serbia in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup gold-medal game taught us anything, it’s that basketball’s global reach has yet to spawn a serious challenger to the hoops throne...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 2 days ago 40,110 reads 107 comments

  8. Can Kemba Walker and Lance Stephenson Become a Top Backcourt Pairing?

    One was a college darling who authored the quintessential fairy-tale ending; the other was a misfit prospect whose career was more forgettable than famed...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 3 days ago 3,824 reads 21 comments

  9. Is Kyrie Irving Now the Face of Team USA After FIBA World Cup MVP Performance?

    So much of the talk during Team USA’s pre-FIBA training camp concerned how head coach Mike Krzyzewski would construct a team perfectly suited to stop Spain’s formidable frontcourt for when—not if—the two sides met in the final...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 3 days ago 68,424 reads 339 comments

  10. Top Storylines and Predictions Heading into FIBA World Cup Medal Rounds

    And then there were two. Well, OK, it's actually four, but...you know what we mean. Partakers of the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball had to wait more than a week before witnessing the tournament's first real upset...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 5 days ago 14,982 reads 20 comments

  11. USA Basketball vs. Serbia: 2014 FIBA World Cup Final Preview

    Heading into the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski—without LeBron James, Kevin Durant , Carmelo Anthony, Paul George or Chris ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 5 days ago 102,535 reads 183 comments

  12. Rajon Rondo's 2014-15 Season All About Increasing Trade Value

    Of all the basketball criticisms of Rajon Rondo —and there aren ’t many—the most well worn may be the Boston Celtics ' floor general can often be too unselfish for his and his team’s own good...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 6 days ago 8,513 reads 23 comments

  13. Could the Minnesota Timberwolves Actually Be Better Without Kevin Love?

    When one of the 10 best basketball players in the world decides it’s high time to ditch your team for greener pastures, “getting better” probably isn ’t too high on the list of likely outcomes...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 6 days ago 36,070 reads 79 comments

  14. Was This Spain's Last Chance at International Domination?

    For the average person, two years probably doesn’t seem very significant. For an NBA player, however, it can mean the difference between career prime and a productive downswing; for a franchise, playoff promise and lottery purgatory...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 6 days ago 1,377 reads 2 comments

  15. Top Storylines and Predictions Heading into FIBA World Cup Semifinals

    Whoever saw that one coming, please raise your hand. Exactly. France's stunning 65-52 win over host Spain in Wednesday's quarterfinal of the 2014 FIBA World Cup wasn't the biggest upset in basketball history...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 7 days ago 6,456 reads 7 comments

  16. What Went Wrong for Spain in Massive FIBA World Cup Upset?

    No Tony Parker. No Joakim Noah . No problem for Team France, which tallied an all-time FIBA upset in upending longtime rival Spain 65-52 in the last of the tournament quarterfinals Wednesday night...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 7 days ago 108,726 reads 129 comments

  17. 10 Budding NBA Stars Every Fan Must Watch During 2014 Training Camp

    With the gaze of the basketball world focused squarely on Spain and the 2014 FIBA World Cup, it’s easy to forget the NBA is a mere three weeks away from the start of training camp...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 days ago 59,232 reads 148 comments

  18. How Long Can Team USA Survive on Slow Starts in 2014 FIBA World Cup?

    If there’s a fine line between teams that feel an opponent out and those that merely overcome their own anemia, Team USA has toed it like a high-wire circus act throughout the 2014 FIBA World Cup...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 days ago 21,501 reads 33 comments

  19. Will L.A. Lakers Have Last Free-Agent Laugh After Quiet Summer?

    While many an NBA franchise immersed themselves in this summer’s free-agency frenzy, the Los Angeles Lakers —long the standard-bearer for big signings and splashy trades—has remained ear-splittingly silent...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 12 days ago 56,256 reads 110 comments

  20. Andray Blatche and the Miami Heat Feel Strangely Right Together

    On the surface, the two would seem an unlikely basketball fit: one an organization renowned for its success and newfound star power, the other a hardwood misfit with a lengthy set of skills and a past rap sheet to match...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 12 days ago 64,017 reads 128 comments

  21. 10 NBA Players Opening Eyes at 2014 FIBA World Cup

    For most players, participating in the FIBA Basketball World Cup is about teaming with one’s countrymen on basketball’s biggest international stage and the pride and patriotism wrought from competing against the world’s best...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 12 days ago 22,791 reads 38 comments

  22. Everything You Need to Know About FIBA World Cup 2014 Ahead of Knockout Rounds

    After a day that saw teams throughout the FIBA World Cup ranks jockeying for strategic position, the final 16-team knockout bracket—slated to begin Saturday in Spain—has finally been set...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 13 days ago 8,906 reads 12 comments

  23. Is the Honeymoon over for Brooklyn Nets?

    From the timing to the talent, the branding to the borough, everything about the Brooklyn Nets ’ 2012 move from New Jersey to Atlantic Avenue seemed tailor-made for sustainable success...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 13 days ago 1,945 reads 4 comments

  24. What's Taking Andray Blatche so Long to Find His Next NBA Home?

    Despite a winless run by his adopted Philippine national team, Andray Blatche has easily been one of the standout performers at this week’s FIBA World Cup in Spain— ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 13 days ago 8,819 reads 8 comments

  25. Is Derrick Rose the Most Scrutinized Superstar in the NBA Today?

    Unlike LeBron James, this player never deigned to forsake the franchise that drafted him. Unlike Kevin Love, he hasn’t plotted to buy his ticket out of town...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 13 days ago 31,883 reads 248 comments