1. Carmelo Anthony to the Nets and Five Other Trades That Would Change the NBA

    Over the weekend, the Orlando Magic started off the NBA's trading season with a bang. In two separate deals, they moved players worth hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts ...

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  2. Orlando Magic: Why They're the New Favorites in the Eastern Conference

    Sometimes it's not what a basketball player does that makes him valuable, but what he allows other players to do...

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  3. Great NBA "What-If" Line Ups: A Tribute To Don Nelson

    Don Nelson's basketball philosophy challenged several fundamental assumptions about the game. He didn't just coach the team; he changed the DNA of the entire franchise...

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  4. LA Lakers: Why Andrew Bynum Is the NBA's Most Important Player

    Playing basketball on a regular basis affects how you view the sport. It's good to be reminded of the game's simplicity...

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  5. LeBron James, Cleveland and the Green Lantern Theory

    Matt Yglesias, a liberal pundit, coined the phrase "The Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics" to describe a common fallacy in people's interpretation of world events: "They ...

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  6. Steve Nash, Andre Iguodala and Four Other Big-Name Veterans Who Should Be Traded

    The worst thing an NBA team can be is average. Of the league's 30 teams, 16 make the playoffs. The other 14 are rarely attractive destinations for free agents, so they depend on the Draft to increase their overall talent level...

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  7. Deron Williams, Not Chris Paul, Is the Best Point Guard in the NBA

    Deron Williams and Chris Paul have been linked in the public consciousness ever since going No. 3 and No. 4 in the 2005 NBA Draft. ** The Hawks decision to draft Marvin Williams No...

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  8. New Orleans Hornets: Good But Not Great

    Widely predicted to miss the playoffs, the New Orleans Hornets are one of the biggest surprises of the young NBA season. With a 10-1 record (tied for best in the league) and a +7...

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  9. McDonald's All-Americans: Undervalued By The NBA

    Every year, the NCAA Tournament captivates a nation looking for a “Cinderella” team to re-capture the magic of Hoosiers , one of the most popular sports movies of all time...

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  10. Toronto Raptors Are Easy Money: What They Should Do About It

    “You are what are you are.” It was one of Bill Parcells’ favorite lines. After taking over a Dallas Cowboys team that had gone 5-11 in three consecutive seasons, he didn’t want to hear about how talented the team was...

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  11. The NBA All-Decade Team by Position from 2000-2010

    While no one could bring the NBA to the heights of popularity it reached when Michael Jordan ruled the league, the decade of 2000-2010 featured a slew of Hall of Fame caliber players great in their own right...

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  12. Thunder's Serge Ibaka's Importance: Defense and Rebounding Are Not Little Things

    With seven rebounds, two blocks and the highest plus/minus rating on the team, Serge Ibaka was the key to the Oklahoma City Thunder ’s comeback win against Portland last week...

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  13. Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs Going in Opposite Directions

    Four seasons ago, the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs were the best teams in the NBA. The Mavericks racked up 67 wins in the regular season, while the Spurs won the NBA championship...

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  14. Andrew Bynum, Mike Miller and the 12 Most Important Injuries in the NBA

    With an 82-game schedule compressed into a six-month period, injuries are inevitable in the NBA. Players today are bigger and faster than ever, which puts more stress on their joints and ligaments, leading to various injuries...

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  15. Miami Heat: Early Reasons For Optimism And One Giant Concern

    The first week of the season saw the new-look Heat facing their two primary challengers in the East. On opening night, they fizzled against the Boston Celtics and three days later, ...

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  16. Jrue Holiday, Serge Ibaka and 4 Other Players Poised for Breakout Seasons

    While fans and media fixate on the Rookie of the Year race, how a player performs in his second year is often a better indication of his career trajectory...

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  17. Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James: How the Lion King Explains the NBA's New Season

    The best player on the defending champions is usually seen as the best player in basketball—from Bird and Magic in the 80’s to Jordan in the 90’s, with Hakeem sneaking in for a brief stretch during Jordan’s baseball hiatus...

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  18. Sacramento Kings: This Year's Oklahoma City Thunder

    Over the last decade, around three new teams entered the playoffs each year. And every one of those years, at least one young team made the leap into the playoffs. A team universally regarded as talented, but thought of as still one year away...

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  19. 2010-11 NBA Predictions: Ranking How the Western Conference Will Wrap Up, 1-15

    No team since the 1960s, not Jordan's Bulls or Magic's Lakers or Bird's Celtics, has won four straight conference titles. The LA Lakers have to enter the 2010-2011 season feeling pretty confident they will be the first...

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  20. LeBron James and Kevin Durant: Not As Different As You May Think

    LeBron James, the two-time defending MVP, has been the face of the NBA for the last few years. But after “The Decision,” the basketball world almost unanimously turned their back on the Chosen One, no longer wanting to be "witnesses...

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  21. How Raptors and Cavaliers Can Adapt to Loss of LeBron James and Chris Bosh

    In free agency, for every winner there is a loser. While the center of the NBA -world has relocated to Miami , LeBron James and Chris Bosh ’s former teams are left to deal ...

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  22. Why the NBA Age Limit Is Unfair and Why It Should Be Extended

    It’s no secret that David Stern wants to extend the NBA age limit rule, making high school players wait two years before they could enter the draft...

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  23. Why Dwyane Wade's Hamstring Pull Is Dangerous: Six Title Teams Felled By Injury

    It took only 3 minutes into the Miami Heat’s first pre-season game for one of their Big Three to go down...

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  24. New Jersey Nets: A Surprise Playoff Team in the East Without Carmelo Anthony

    The good news about the 2010-11 season for the New Jersey Nets: It couldn’t get worse. Off the court, they made headlines with the introduction of enigmatic new owner Mikhail ...

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  25. How Starting Their Young Players Can Return The Dallas Mavericks To Contention

    Since their humiliating loss to Golden State in the 2007 playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks have slowly slipped from the NBA ’s elite...

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