1. LeBron James: Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy

    Almost exactly six moths after he was unwittingly cast in the role, LeBron James is embracing the idea of being the NBA ’s arch-villain...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about almost 4 years ago 1,250 reads 16 comments

  2. Yao Ming: How He Can Help the Houston Rockets This Year

    I'm all for hope and optimism in the face of tragic (in the context of sports) adversity, but sometimes it makes more sense to be coldly pragmatic. For the Houston Rockets front office, this is one of those times...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about almost 4 years ago 839 reads 3 comments

  3. Move Over, TNT! LeBron James Really Knows Drama!

    The two most suspenseful sports-related moments of 2010 were made possible by LeBron James' "The Decision...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 566 reads 4 comments

  4. Greg Oden, Another Season Lost: Where To From Here?

    Wednesday night, it was reported that for the second time in his young career, Greg Oden will lose an entire season to microfracture surgery...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 794 reads 5 comments

  5. Miami Heat: Admitting A Mistake Does Not Signal Panic

    It’s just not working in Miami. For Chris Bosh. With the Miami Superfriends barely better than .500 after 10 games, we’re on the cusp of an avalanche of stories (probably ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 1,063 reads 11 comments

  6. Orlando Magic: Are They Legitimate Title Contenders in 2010-11?

    2009-10 Regular Season: 59-23 2009-10 Playoffs: No. 2 seed; lost in Eastern Conference Finals to the Boston Celtics in six games Additions: Quentin Richardson, Chris Duhon, ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 1,290 reads 16 comments

  7. 2010-11 New Jersey Nets: A Talent Upgrade, but Devin Harris Is the Key

    2009-10 Regular Season: 12-70 2009-10 Playoffs: N/A Additions: Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Anthony Morrow, Travis Outlaw, Jordan Farmar, Damian James, Quinton Ross, Joe Smith ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 450 reads 1 comments

  8. 2010-11 Miami Heat: Planning To Dominate Through Offensive Defense?

    2009-10 Regular Season: 47-35 2009-10 Playoffs: #5 seed; lost in Round 1 to the Boston Celtics in five games Additions: LeBron James, Chris Bosh , Mike Miller, Zydrunas ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 1,427 reads 4 comments

  9. Boston Celtics: Offensive Woes Will Be Masked By Elite Defense in 2010-11

    2009-10 Regular Season: 50-32 2009-10 Playoffs: #4 seed; lost in NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games Additions: Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 553 reads 12 comments

  10. Utah Jazz Searching for Support: 2010-11 Team Lacks Supporting Cast To Contend

    2009-10 Regular Season: 53-29 2009-10 Playoffs: #5 seed; lost in Western Conference Semifinals to the Los Angeles Lakers in four games Additions: Al Jefferson , Raja ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 689 reads 24 comments

  11. The Sacramento Kings Are Ready to Return to Respectability

    2009-10 Regular Season: 25-57 2009-10 Playoffs: N/A Additions: DeMarcus Cousins, Hassan Whiteside, Samuel Dalembert, Luther Head, Antoine Wright Key Losses: Spencer Hawes, ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 399 reads 3 comments

  12. Repeat the Three-Peat: 2010-11 Los Angeles Lakers—What To Look For

    2009-10 Regular Season: 57-25 2009-10 Playoffs: #1 seed; defeated the Boston Celtics in seven games to win the NBA championship Additions: Matt Barnes, Steve Blake, ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 537 reads 3 comments

  13. Trades Demands and Contract Years: Denver Nuggets 2010-11 Season Preview

    2009-10 Regular Season: 53-29 2009-10 Playoffs: No. 4 seed; lost in Round One to the Utah Jazz in six games Additions: Al Harrington, Shelden Williams Key Losses: ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 826 reads 3 comments

  14. NBA Power Rankings: Showtime! The 50 Greatest Los Angeles Lakers of All Time

    After writing an 8,600-word opus highlighting the historical greatness of the NBA’s most successful franchise, what’s a writer to do? I’ll tell you- you go back ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 58,168 reads 60 comments

  15. Minneapolis-Los Angeles Lakers: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    Rather simply waxing poetic about my team, I will validate the claim that the Minneapolis- Los Angeles Lakers are the greatest franchise in the history of the NBA, and perhaps all of professional sports...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 4,665 reads 38 comments

  16. Sacramento Kings: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    Earlier in this series, I accused the NBA franchise currently residing in the nation’s capital of having an identity crisis. That organization has played in three different cities under six different names...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 14,246 reads 18 comments

  17. LeBron James: Quieting His Critics by Holding Them Accountable

    Now that’s how you quiet an angry mob! It didn’t take a championship. It didn’t take a highlight reel of brilliant plays. Hell, it didn’t even take a victory in a preseason game...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 897 reads 17 comments

  18. B/R Exclusive: Knicks Legend Bill Bradley Talks About Sports' Social Impact

    Bill Bradley is no stranger to success. In fact, he’s fluent in it. From the age of 20, the man’s built a resume that’s frankly difficult to believe...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 185 reads 13 comments

  19. Phoenix Suns: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    With all due respect to the Utah Jazz, the Phoenix Suns are the NBA franchise that’s had produced the best combination of excitement and success without actually hoisting a championship banner...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 1,319 reads 8 comments

  20. John Wall: Bleacher Report Exclusive Interview with NBA Draft's No. 1 Pick

    On June 24, 2010, the Washington Wizards , fresh off a turbulent (to say the least) 26-56 season, used the NBA Draft's first pick on Kentucky point guard John Wall, a First Team ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 2,260 reads 11 comments

  21. Buffalo Braves/S.D.-L.A. Clippers: NBA All-Times Starting Fives

    Los Angeles is home to two NBA teams, but it would be sacrilegious to suggest that they share the city. This ain’t Mets-Yankees. It’s not even Knicks Nets. Growing up in Los Angeles, my first memory of the Clippers is as a punch line...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 14,769 reads 14 comments

  22. Andrew Bynum: Big Man Must Come Up Big in Lakers' Three-Peat Bid

    With all due respect to Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum is the most skilled pure center in the NBA. It’s now time for him to take that next step...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about over 4 years ago 1,620 reads 6 comments

  23. Philadelphia/Golden State Warriors: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    To explore the history of the Warriors franchise is to explore the history of professional basketball. From their inception in 1946 as the Philadelphia Warriors in the Basketball Association ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about over 4 years ago 21,468 reads 40 comments

  24. Utah Jazz: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    If the word of the day is “concise,” and for me that might not be a bad thing, the Utah Jazz is the perfect franchise to try to sum up...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about over 4 years ago 2,680 reads 9 comments

  25. Portland Trail Blazers: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    The Portland Trail Blazers failed to reach the postseason in any of their first six seasons in existence, and have managed to do so just twice in the past seven. And in the 27 seasons (1976-2003) in between? Twenty-six trips to the postseason, 24 ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about over 4 years ago 2,414 reads 3 comments