1. Kevin Love's Career Transformation Will Be About More Than Just the Numbers

    When a trio as talented as LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love joins forces, it’s inevitable that talk of titles and legacies would temporarily take a back seat to other, more dramatic concerns...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 20 hours ago 6,149 reads 19 comments

  2. If This Is It, How Will the NBA Remember Steve Nash?

    Is it the way he sneaks and creeps his way through and around forests of flailing limbs, somehow finding the faintest view from which to kiss the ball off the glass? Is it the ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 24 hours ago 10,700 reads 56 comments

  3. Better for Kobe Bryant's Legacy: Retiring a Laker or Winning Another Ring?

    The end of the NBA preseason is rarely fruitful terrain for bandying bold predictions, but here’s one that most should feel safe in making: The Los Angeles Lakers won’t win the NBA championship...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 2 days ago 25,749 reads 170 comments

  4. Warriors' Starting Small Forward Decision More Complicated Than It Seems

    When your starting five registers a net rating of plus-15.4 over 819 regular-season minutes—as Stephen Curry , Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala , David Lee and Andrew ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 2 days ago 4,775 reads 16 comments

  5. Jeanie Buss Calls out Free Agents Afraid of Kobe Bryant: 'Losers'

    From the not-so-magnanimous media coverage to his much-ballyhooed return from injury, Kobe Bryant has lately found himself under a microscope of nearly unprecedented intensity—and that's saying something...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 2 days ago 126,745 reads 454 comments

  6. What Nikola Vucevic's Extension Means for the Future of Tobias Harris

    As much as anything, Nikola Vucevic ’s four-year, $53 million extension from the Orlando Magic is being viewed as a bellwether for how the NBA ’s new multibillion dollar TV deal will affect future player salaries...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 3 days ago 3,238 reads 17 comments

  7. Michael Carter-Williams a Reminder of Philadelphia 76ers' Risky Rebuild

    By adopting a strategy of asset-hoarding and extreme salary reduction, GM Sam Hinkie and the Philadelphia 76ers are banking on a bevy of factors breaking exactly their way...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 3 days ago 5,096 reads 13 comments

  8. 9 Failed Moves That Contributed to Los Angeles Lakers Downfall

    Over the course of their preseason slate, the Los Angeles Lakers have looked every bit a lottery-bound team—a collection of ill-fitting pieces and cast-off talent few believe is capable of crashing the Western Conference playoff party...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 3 days ago 15,645 reads 58 comments

  9. Ranking the Biggest Threats to Win 2014-15 NBA Scoring Crown

    There are a million reasons to love basketball. From deft needle-threading passes to the precise pitch and arc of a corner three, the hardwood abounds with feats both fantastic and infinitesimal...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 4 days ago 39,472 reads 110 comments

  10. Predicting Who Might Reach the NBA's Rare 50/40/90 Shooting Mark in 2014-15

    What makes a great NBA shooter? Part of it has to do with mechanics: square body, L in the elbow and a smooth release with hand following through all the way into the cookie jar...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 days ago 29,035 reads 97 comments

  11. 9 NBA Players Who Might Not Make the Leap Everyone Expects

    We humans tend to have pretty short attention spans, and sports, with their ever-fluctuating players and power structures, are not immune to this phenomenon...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 days ago 119,010 reads 207 comments

  12. Playing Carmelo Anthony at 4 Benefits Knicks' Small Ball and Triangle Strategies

    It’s a trope that’s become so well-worn within the New York Knicks universe it probably deserves its own 30 for 30 documentary: Carmelo Anthony —long believed ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 days ago 14,020 reads 33 comments

  13. Nothing Wrong with Second Best: NBA's Top No. 2 Options

    In an NBA where Big Threes and Dynamic Duos have come to dominate the strategic landscape, it’s worth remembering that, in most instances, it’s pretty clear who’s the alpha dog...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 9 days ago 70,342 reads 275 comments

  14. 10 Must-See NBA Games for Opening Month of 2014-15 Season

    'Tis the season: Time to somehow sneak that League Pass charge past your spouse and clear enough space on your DVR for a Library of Congress worth of NBA games...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 9 days ago 15,914 reads 40 comments

  15. Mavericks, Spurs or Rockets: Who Will Win the NBA's Battle for Texas in 2014-15?

    They call it the Texas Triangle, that stretch of the NBA season where road-weary teams—typically from the Eastern Conference—tackle the three-game gauntlet of the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 10 days ago 12,824 reads 135 comments

  16. Biggest Adjustments Carmelo Anthony Will Have to Make in the Triangle Offense

    As in most professional sports, the NBA preseason tends to attract the eyes of only the most fervent and feverish fans—those for whom summer brings the cruelest of hardwood withdrawals...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 11 days ago 3,545 reads 26 comments

  17. How Kevin Durant Injury Shakes Up Western Conference Power Structure

    When a player is so great and so durable for so long, it can be easy to take their omnipresence for granted...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 13 days ago 55,009 reads 179 comments

  18. What Will Make 2014-15 a Successful Season for Harrison Barnes?

    Few NBA players have gone from star in the making to potential roster filler faster than the Golden State Warriors ’ Harrison Barnes ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 15 days ago 5,304 reads 11 comments

  19. 10 NBA Players Who Will Have Bigger Roles Than Expected in 2014-15

    As the NBA preseason ratchets up to wind down, the league’s 30 depth charts are beginning to come into sharper and sharper focus...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 15 days ago 21,172 reads 24 comments

  20. Why Paul Pierce Will Have a Resurgent Season with the Washington Wizards

    From a distance, Paul Pierce ’s decision to sign a two-year, $11 million deal with the young, upstart Washington Wizards might've seemed the stuff of swan songs—aligning with the ascendant for one last spin around the NBA circuit...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 16 days ago 1,484 reads 0 comments

  21. Cleveland Cavaliers' Greatest Challenge Will Be Acing the Chemistry Test

    On paper, the Cleveland Cavaliers have all the ingredients necessary to turn their basketball laboratory into a charred husk of beams and burned-out bricks...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 16 days ago 16,505 reads 57 comments

  22. Vince Carter Gives Memphis Grizzlies Exactly What They Need

    Seldom do explosive athleticism and career longevity go together in today’s NBA , where having the former almost always means compromising the latter. Vince Carter , on the cusp of his 17th season in the league, is a notable exception...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 16 days ago 9,250 reads 14 comments

  23. Separating the NBA Title Contenders from Pretenders Entering 2014-15 Season

    We’ ve gotten through a handful of NBA preseason games, so obviously it’s time to make ironclad predictions that have absolutely no chance of turning out otherwise. It’s why we get paid the big bucks, folks...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 17 days ago 650 reads 2 comments

  24. Which Knick Has More at Stake in 2014-15, Andrea Bargnani or Amar'e Stoudemire?

    For all their differences on and off the court—and there are many— Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire can claim a common curse: being given the beastly burden of taking the New York Knicks to the next level...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 17 days ago 1,029 reads 0 comments

  25. Why LeBron James Needs to Follow David Blatt's Lead, Not Vice Versa

    You could barely believe David Blatt's good luck: Plucked from relative obscurity in Europe to marshal a rudderless, uninspired NBA team, only to have the world’s greatest player decide the time was nigh to save the day himself...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 18 days ago 5,288 reads 7 comments