1. Portland Trail Blazers Are Arriving Behind LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard

    From the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Golden State Warriors , the Toronto Raptors to the Memphis Grizzlies , it seems every week there’s a new NBA team with designs on hogging the headlines and never letting go...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 6 days ago 4,815 reads 11 comments

  2. Deron Williams Trade Would Be Another Mistake for Directionless Sacramento Kings

    When word broke late last Sunday that the Sacramento Kings had dismissed head coach Mike Malone—despite the team’s surprising 9-5 start, despite DeMarcus Cousins having ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 6 days ago 24,901 reads 56 comments

  3. Mavs Start Rajon Rondo Era Right and Other Saturday NBA Takeaways

    As far as basketball gambles go, it doesn’t get much bigger than the Dallas Mavericks’ recent trade for Rajon Rondo. Break right, the move becomes one of the more brilliant in-season deals in modern NBA history...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 7 days ago 91,401 reads 165 comments

  4. 8 NBA Players Who Would Flourish with a Fresh Start on a Different Team

    So much of thriving in the NBA —any profession, really—is about timing: what team you play for, who your teammates are and how your skill set fits into the franchise’s near and long-term goals...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 7 days ago 52,252 reads 116 comments

  5. Derek Fisher Calling out New York Knicks Shows He's Growing as Coach

    At first glance, it wasn ’t much different from scores of other stretches authored by the New York Knicks this season: Bad offense, worse defense and the kind of body language better suited for a wake than an NBA basketball game...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 9 days ago 12,775 reads 35 comments

  6. Why This Time Could Be Different for Memphis Grizzlies

    Good, but not great. Tough, but unrefined. Cohesive, but not explosive. A team talented enough for a playoff run, but one superstar short of true championship pedigree...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 10 days ago 19,695 reads 29 comments

  7. Why Lance Stephenson and the Indiana Pacers Belong Together Again

    Lance Stephenson and the Indiana Pacers might have believed the grass would be greener after parting ways this past summer. But the gasoline lawn fires they found on the other side could have them sharing their old fence sooner than later...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 11 days ago 10,524 reads 35 comments

  8. Are 2014-15 New York Knicks the Worst Team in Franchise History?

    The New York Knicks are fresh off the worst 27-game start in team history . The once-mighty triangle offense suddenly looks more like a haphazard pentagon. All the while, seeds of locker room strife risk sprouting into something sinister ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 11 days ago 7,458 reads 83 comments

  9. 7 NBA Teams in Need of a Total Teardown

    The best-laid plans of mice and men often go astray. There’s a reason that line has circulated through the collective psyche more often than a Kanye West hook: It so often rings true, irrespective of context...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 12 days ago 23,861 reads 74 comments

  10. Amar'e Stoudemire Shaping Up to Become the NBA's Most Intriguing Free Agent

    So much of the talk surrounding the sinking New York Knicks concerns the plight of Carmelo Anthony: his health and happiness, comforts and qualms. And rightly so...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 13 days ago 30,195 reads 57 comments

  11. Which NBA Contender Is the Best Fit for Veteran Big Man Jermaine O'Neal?

    Unless you’re the seemingly untouchable Golden State Warriors, chances are the quarter-season mark still finds you tinkering and tooling away, trying to figure not only what your team is but what it could be ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 14 days ago 32,483 reads 66 comments

  12. How Does the Warriors' 20-2 Start Compare to the Greatest Starts in NBA History?

    A hot start is one thing—a dime a dozen, all sports considered. But when a season’s opening stretch becomes historically hot? That’s when all eyes become fixed, rather than merely fleeting...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 14 days ago 161,956 reads 181 comments

  13. Boston Celtics' Decision to Trade Paul Pierce Looks Better Than Ever

    At the time, it must’ ve felt like a devil’s bargain to fans of the Boston Celtics : five players worth of flotsam and three first-round draft picks*—"assets," ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 18 days ago 18,246 reads 47 comments

  14. Rajon Rondo Says He's Among the Top 3 Players in the NBA Right Now

    Confidence. It’s a quality that’s part and parcel with professional athletes of every stripe. Confidence makes the average player good and the good player great...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 18 days ago 16,130 reads 125 comments

  15. New York Knicks Showing Carmelo Anthony Glimpse of Possible Future

    Carmelo Anthony knew what he was getting into. The full-flux roster, Phil Jackson’s philosophical overhaul, the risky runs at big-name sidekicks—all par for the course, so long as his ledger and legacy could be made whole...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 18 days ago 10,625 reads 46 comments

  16. LeBron James, Cavaliers Finally Meeting Expectations and Monday NBA Takeaways

    On a night when England's first couple set the Barclays Center abuzz, it was an American royal—basketball his born domain—who stole the spotlight...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 19 days ago 89,359 reads 147 comments

  17. Detroit Pistons Rivaling Philadelphia 76ers for NBA's Most Daunting Rebuild

    Call it what it is: The Philadelphia 76ers are a laughingstock. From the painfully unproven personnel to the risky naivety of general manager Sam Hinkie (once a wunderkind, now ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 19 days ago 3,485 reads 26 comments

  18. Despite Strong Start, Growing Pains Loom Large for Houston Rockets

    As happens at the start of every NBA season, a handful of teams have bolted to the fore and stolen the show...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 20 days ago 12,091 reads 55 comments

  19. Draymond Green Emerging as Golden State Warriors' Not-So-Secret Weapon

    Even before their so-far storied season began, the Golden State Warriors must’ ve known they’d face this dilemma: Bide time until David Lee ’s return or ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 20 days ago 21,250 reads 27 comments

  20. Warriors Record-Setting Streak Seems Far from over and Other Saturday Takeaways

    A year ago, off-games for Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on the same day could’ve easily spelled certain doom for the Golden State Warriors. Call it a simple math of splash minus flash equals crash...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 21 days ago 27,300 reads 71 comments

  21. Who Is the Team to Beat in the Eastern Conference?

    While a bevy of Western Conference contenders bludgeon one another silly, the East remains very much a two-way race between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 21 days ago 24,797 reads 237 comments

  22. Houston Rockets Building Depth and Thriving Despite Depleted Roster

    Between the two-way terror of the Memphis Grizzlies and their own injury woes, the Houston Rockets probably had no business winning Wednesday night...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 24 days ago 18,162 reads 198 comments

  23. Nets or Knicks: Which New York Franchise Is in Bigger Trouble Right Now?

    It has a hardwood history unrivaled in both names and places. It has the glitz and the glam and the million-dollar fans. It boasts the brightest lights and wields the mightiest media slights...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 24 days ago 13,895 reads 92 comments

  24. Can the Phoenix Suns Recapture Last Year's Magic?

    On the whole, the script for this year’s Phoenix Suns isn ’t much different—in terms of cast or mechanics—from last season’s...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 25 days ago 906 reads 3 comments

  25. Players Who Have Emerged as the Biggest X-Factors of the 2014-15 NBA Season

    With nearly a quarter of the NBA slate behind us, all the once-nascent narratives—of which teams and stars stand the best chance of leaving a permanent mark on the 2014-15 season—are finally starting to take shape...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 25 days ago 12,815 reads 21 comments