1. 8 NBA Teams That Will Be Better or Worse Than Expected in 2014-15

    Expectations, good or bad, are made to be broken. Offseason activity has one aim in the NBA : establishing direction. That direction could be deliberately or involuntarily good or bad...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 22 days ago 22,567 reads 114 comments

  2. What Are LA Lakers Looking for with Final Offseason Moves?

    Most NBA teams are settling in after an offseason of change or inaction, introducing new faces, welcoming back old ones, giving little or no thought to forthcoming additions and subtractions...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 36,353 reads 113 comments

  3. San Antonio Spurs Have Nothing Left to Prove, and That Makes Them Dangerous

    Toting the burden of proof is one such bother the San Antonio Spurs do not share with 29 other NBA teams. Another banner season to their name, their core still intact, the Spurs are in possession of pressure-free power...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 9,113 reads 36 comments

  4. 8 NBA Players with Big Shoes to Fill in 2014-15

    In life, if the shoe fits, you wear it. In the NBA , if the shoe doesn't fit, sometimes you have to wear it anyway. Replacing another player is rarely easy...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 43,784 reads 54 comments

  5. Will Steve Nash Be Los Angeles Lakers' Biggest X-Factor in 2014-15?

    Steve Nash still matters to the Los Angeles Lakers . For the most part, this aging and fading 40-year-old star matters because of what he can't do. He has played in only 65 games since 2012-13, including just 15 last season...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 14,194 reads 53 comments

  6. Kyrie Irving's Star Ceiling Will Be Revealed Alongside LeBron James

    LeBron James ' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers is as much about Kyrie Irving as himself. The ripple effects of James' free-agency mulligan span deep. This is James' shot at redemption...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 4,884 reads 34 comments

  7. Building Minnesota Timberwolves' Ideal Starting Lineup Post-Kevin Love Trade

    Buh -bye, Kevin Love . Hello, future. With Love officially a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers , tomorrow starts today for the Minnesota Timberwolves ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 9,880 reads 17 comments

  8. Rebuilding the Boston Celtics' Ideal Roster Around Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo 's future with the Boston Celtics is masked in uncertainty. But what if it wasn't? What if the Celtics knew his impending free agency wasn't an issue? That they ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 16,985 reads 71 comments

  9. Building the All-Underpaid 2014 NBA Free-Agency Team

    Some trips to the bank aren't as productive as they should be. Overpaid players abound in the NBA , especially after this summer's free-agency extravaganza...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 38,050 reads 70 comments

  10. Why Andrew Wiggins Is a Better Franchise Building Block Than Kevin Love

    Andrew Wiggins is not better than Kevin Love . The 2014 No. 1 overall pick is a lot of things—athletic, explosive, progressively confident , a perfect fit for the ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 15,716 reads 51 comments

  11. Can Kobe Bryant Silence Even His Strongest Skeptics Entering Age-36 Season?

    Kobe Bryant and the concept of "can't" have never gone together. He couldn't win a title without Shaquille O'Neal . He couldn't will the ill-starred 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers into the playoffs...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 3,855 reads 11 comments

  12. Kevin Love Out of Excuses After Joining LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers

    At long last, Kevin Love is a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers , his days with the lottery-crossed Minnesota Timberwolves officially over, his time beside LeBron James finally beginning, his well of excuses scorched dry...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 5,512 reads 5 comments

  13. Where Does James Harden Actually Rank on NBA Superstar Totem Pole?

    James Harden is a superstar. Hem and haw over his status as some might, it's the truth. Perception of where he stands is helped along by playing a position (shooting guard) ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 59,066 reads 314 comments

  14. Are Fast-Paced NBA Teams Actually at a Severe Disadvantage?

    Fast and furious doesn't always win the race. Speed is considered a commodity in today's NBA . Think of how many players founded reputations upon elite-level athleticism and agility...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 59,428 reads 92 comments

  15. Biggest Challenge Each New NBA Head Coach Is Facing Entering 2014-15

    First years on the job can be difficult. You're still new, figuring out how things run, sometimes battling the adjustments that come with relocating. The initial experience can make you anxious...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 8,495 reads 24 comments

  16. Should Derrick Rose Play It Safe and Withdraw from FIBA's Team USA?

    Derrick Rose has a decision to make. Stoic and determined as ever, the Chicago Bulls point guard could maintain there is no dilemma at hand. He would be wrong...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 19,733 reads 125 comments

  17. How Eric Bledsoe's Contract Impacts Goran Dragic's Future with Phoenix Suns

    Goran Dragic 's future with the Phoenix Suns is beyond his control. Nearly two months into free agency, the Eric Bledsoe saga soldiers on...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 8,515 reads 55 comments

  18. Derrick Rose's Chicago Bulls Are Still Drowning in Uncertainty

    All those aboard the Derrick Rose and Chicago Bulls bandwagon should slow their roll. Unbridled optimism must be met with veritable realism. This is to say, caution and skepticism...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 22,988 reads 64 comments

  19. What New York Knicks Must Do to Climb Back into 2015 Playoff Picture

    Redemption is only a playoff berth away for the New York Knicks . The stench of last season's 37-win disaster still lingers...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 1,561 reads 5 comments

  20. Kevin Durant: 'Honestly, I Think I Score Better Than Anybody'

    Even Kevin Durant 's self-serving compliments are noble. While at an event promoting NBA 2K15 , the Oklahoma City Thunder star talked about his individual scoring talents, ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 28,622 reads 183 comments

  21. Kevin Love Trade Alters Rebuilding Plans of NBA Flagship Franchises

    Kevin Love 's relocation affects more than just the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves. When the trade that Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski says will become official ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 48,881 reads 130 comments

  22. Why Los Angeles Lakers Face Uphill Climb Back Toward Playoff Contention

    With their roster set and a head coach in place, the Los Angeles Lakers march toward 2014-15 and beyond facing an uphill climb back to playoff and championship contention. Actually, that doesn't do their present predicament enough justice...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 5,832 reads 35 comments

  23. Carmelo Anthony Says New York Knicks Will 'Absolutely' Make 2015 NBA Playoffs

    Carmelo Anthony is sending mixed signals about his immediate future with the New York Knicks . This isn't like free agency, when many were unsure whether he would sign with the ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 31,664 reads 314 comments

  24. 5 NBA Teams Under Most Pressure to Win 2015 Championship

    No NBA team and its players enter the regular season tacitly thinking, "Look, we better not win a championship this year." Actually, allow me to clarify: Almost no NBA team thinks in those terms...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 39,666 reads 153 comments

  25. Are New-Look Cleveland Cavs Facing More Pressure Than LeBron James' Heat Did?

    Pressure is a volatile companion. LeBron James knows all too well how erratic pressure can be. It was by his side from the moment he was drafted in 2003 to when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 8,256 reads 39 comments