1. Emeka Okafor, Tyson Chandler, and More: Breaking Down The Latest NBA Deals

    A few trades sprinkled in between the free agent signings, here is the latest batch of players with new homes. Emeka Okafor—New Orleans HornetsOkafor certainly isn’t a stiff, but ...

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  2. Buy Low, Sail High: The Best Players Left On the NBA Free Agent Market

    As the calendar turns the page into August, most of the NBA’s premier free agents have long been scooped up. Lamar Odom, Ron Artest, Hedo Turkoglu, Rasheed Wallace, Andre Miller, and Jason ...

    Erick Blasco Written by Erick Blasco about 5 years ago 4,573 reads 26 comments

  3. NBA Odd Couple: Can Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings and Scott Skiles Coexist?

    They are the perfect odd couple. The brash young point guard with big-time talent, a big-time ego, and a penchant for running his gums. The strict, totalitarian coach who preaches selflessness, personal accountability, and an almost hive-mind community...

    Erick Blasco Written by Erick Blasco about 5 years ago 1,170 reads 10 comments

  4. Spelling Out the Latest in NBA Deals, From Andre Miller to Zach Randolph

    The weeks roll on, and so do the deals. Let’s take a look at how the latest crop of changed addresses will play out. Andre Miller—Portland Trail BlazersA point guard mastermind, Miller may have the best court vision in the NBA...

    Erick Blasco Written by Erick Blasco about 5 years ago 1,195 reads 15 comments

  5. Movers and Lakers: Breaking Down the NBA's Early Offseason Deals

    The first wave of free agency has passed with aspiring contenders making the biggest splash. Let’s see which players will allow their new teams to hang 10, and which will belly flop in the surf...

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  6. Erick Blasco's Mailbag: Three From The Corner

    Several Bleacher Creatures have populated my inbox recently, inquiring my opinion on a handful of different NBA subjects...

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  7. Making an Impact: Q&A with Joe Abunassar, Founder of Impact Basketball

    Prior to the Independence Day holiday weekend, I was contacted by a secretary for Impact Basketball, one of basketball’s premier training programs located in Las Vegas, Nevada...

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  8. Spurs, Raptors, Sixers, and Nets Earn A's: Breaking Down The NBA Trades

    The NBA draft is usually a time where teams look to the future, but Cleveland, Orlando, and San Antonio have more immediate concerns—capturing an NBA championship...

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  9. A Trip Back In Time: A Comprehensive Breakdown The 2006 NBA Draft

    With the 2009 NBA draft rapidly approaching, I figured it might be a good time to look to the past and study how the 2006 NBA draft impacted teams in the league today...

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  10. NBA Finals Game Five: Lakers Punctuate Season of Validation

    With the chances of Orlando winning the title all but gone after their Game Four meltdown, Game Five was all about the heart of the participants involved...

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  11. NBA Finals Game Four: Lakers on Verge of Sending Magic Fishing

    The Lakers didn’t so much as win Game Four as the Magic lost it. Either way, after persevering in overtime 99-91, the Lakers are on the verge of capturing their first title since their three-peat, while the Magic are looking for answers...

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  12. Magic-Lakers Game Three: Orlando Thinks Outside-In, Ends Up with Win

    The Orlando Magic made two essential adjustments in their 108-104 Game Three victory over the Los Angeles Lakers that may have saved their season...

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  13. NBA Finals Game Two: Orlando Supporting Cast Must Recapture the Magic

    The Magic made a number of adjustments in their 101-96 overtime loss to the Lakers in Game Two of the NBA Finals—some of them worked, some of them didn’t...

    Erick Blasco Written by Erick Blasco about over 5 years ago 260 reads 6 comments

  14. NBA Finals Game One: Kobe Bryant's Greatness on Full Display

    LeBron who? Kobe Bryant went to work in the Lakers’ 100-75 dismantling of the Magic in Game One of the NBA Finals with a performance that displayed exactly why he’s the best player in the world...

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  15. Magic-Lakers: Erick Blasco's NBA Finals' Preview and Prediction

    The 2009 NBA Finals presents a dichotomy of teams who rely on different scripts. On one page, there’s the championship-pedigreed Los Angeles Lakers whose sole task this season is to capture a title...

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  16. Kobe Bryant's Impending Battle with an Undefeated Opponent

    The perils of time provide basketball players with an unbeatable opponent. No matter how talented the player, unless his trainer has access to an elixir from the fountain of youth, that player ...

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  17. Cavaliers-Magic Game Six: Dwight Howard Officially Becomes Superman

    Orlando’s Game Six 103-90 victory over Cleveland was wrought with surprises: The ease which Orlando executed their offense and controlled the game with. Ditto for how they succeeded in turning LeBron from an MVP into a run-of-the-mill All-Star..

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  18. Cavaliers-Magic Game 4: Magic Making Cavs Disappear

    Once again, Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu were nearly invisible until the endgame, the Magic repeatedly made poor decisions with the ball, they got entirely too jump-shot happy late in the ...

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  19. Lakers-Nuggets: Kenyon Martin, Denver Rebound to Game Four Victory

    For the first time in the Western Conference Finals, the team that imposed its will during the outset of a game didn’t fall into the pitfalls of complacency, laziness and dulled focus...

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  20. Lakers-Nuggets, Game Three: Los Angeles Wins Mirror Match

    The parallels between Los Angeles’ 103-97 victory in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals and the shape of the first two games of the series are so similar, one must think that the team’s are following a premeditated script...

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  21. Nuggets-Lakers Game 2: Nuggets Recover Their Heads, Earn Split Decision

    The first 18 minutes of Denver’s 106-103 Game Two victory over the Lakers provided a glimpse into Denver’s not-so-illustrious recent history. The Nuggets big men played with no competitive fire whatsoever...

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  22. Magic-Cavaliers Game One: Orlando Adjusts, Stretches Cleveland Thin

    In the playoffs, individual games and entire series are won and lost based on a team’s ability to make adjustments on the fly...

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  23. NBA Reclamation Projects: Nine Players on The Brink of Disaster

    It’s always a wonderful thing when a basketball player heading down the wrong path matures and begins to make the most of his talents. The Denver Nuggets, for example, have an entire roster filled with such reclamation projects...

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  24. Mavs-Nuggets Game One: Nuggets Fast Breakers Crash The Mavs

    The Denver Nuggets attacked in waves during their Game One 109-95 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. While Dallas weathered the first breakers, like a rock cliff facing the sea, the ...

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  25. Bulls-Celtics: Celtic Relentlessness Overwhelms Chicago in Game Seven

    While Game Seven between the Bulls and Celtics wasn’t quite the timeless classic the rest of the series turned out to be, it nonetheless was filled with heroic plays, goat-horned villains, ...

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