1. Best Candidates to Replace Kobe Bryant, LaMarcus Aldridge in 2015 All-Star Game

    Injuries have always been, and will forever be, the absolute freaking worst. But when those injuries claim NBA superstars—by reputation or current standard of craft—in ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 21,017 reads 60 comments

  2. Can Portland Trail Blazers Stay Elite Without Injured LaMarcus Aldridge?

    Another character-testing obstacle has reared its menacing head for the Portland Trail Blazers . Already dealing with the absences of Robin Lopez (hand) and Joel Freeland (shoulder) ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 15,352 reads 75 comments

  3. Happy Ending to Kobe Bryant's Career Hard to Imagine After Latest Setback

    Father Time has a cruel, heart-rending way of reminding the world he's undefeated. On the ninth anniversary of Kobe Bryant 's 81-point romp against the Toronto Raptors , the ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 8,658 reads 29 comments

  4. Kawhi Leonard's Worth Becoming Crystal Clear for San Antonio Spurs

    Kawhi Leonard has spent more than three years playing in the shadow cast by the San Antonio Spurs ' storied Big Three...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 16,131 reads 20 comments

  5. Chris Bosh Failing to Meet Huge Contract, Expectations for New Miami Heat

    Chris Bosh is failing the new-look Miami Heat . Pat Riley and the Heat were lauded for their swift recovery in the aftermath of LeBron James' departure. Bringing in a factotum like Luol Deng was shrewd...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 44,480 reads 211 comments

  6. Wildest Stats from 1st Half of 2014-15 NBA Season

    So long, first half of the 2014-15 NBA regular season. Farewell. Sayonara. Auf wiedersehen. Goodbye. It's been real and, dare I say, wild...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 39,760 reads 106 comments

  7. Derrick Rose Blasts Chicago Bulls After Deflating Loss to Cleveland Cavaliers

    Derrick Rose is not all unflappable stoicism and insightful post- NBA career reflection. He has a mean streak—replete with F-bombs and everything...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 54,039 reads 174 comments

  8. Stakes Are High in New York Knicks-Philadelphia 76ers Tank-off

    Bottoming out is often a lonely endeavor in the NBA . But neither the New York Knicks nor Philadelphia 76ers are going it alone...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 7,246 reads 55 comments

  9. Likeliest 1st-Time NBA All-Stars at Every Position

    New NBA All-Stars are born on a yearly basis. This season's rendition of your favorite no-defense display, while made up mostly of returning talent, should be no different. First-time appearances are basically a given, after all...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 56,263 reads 127 comments

  10. Upcoming Stretch Will Likely Decide Phoenix Suns' Playoff Fate

    Postseason uncertainty has reached its climax for the Phoenix Suns . One way or the other, for better or worse, their playoff fate will be decided over the next 10 games. Probably...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 2,916 reads 8 comments

  11. The 6 Biggest Flight Risks of the 2015 NBA Unrestricted Free-Agent Class

    Midway through the 2014-15 NBA regular season is no time to start thinking about free agency. Oh, wait. Yes it is. Free agency won't officially begin for almost six months, but the prep work is already underway...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 54,428 reads 103 comments

  12. Best One-on-One NBA Star Duels of the Season

    Kobe Bryant and LeBron James went head-to-head on Thursday night, mercilessly attacking everyone and anyone—including each other...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 34,125 reads 97 comments

  13. Are the Golden State Warriors Invincible?

    Although the Golden State Warriors don't appear to be wearing indestructible suits of armor over their blue and gold jerseys, they might as well be. An NBA -best 31-5, winners of their last eight games, the Warriors look infallible...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 18,803 reads 115 comments

  14. What's the Breaking Point for Cleveland Cavaliers and David Blatt?

    David Blatt and the Cleveland Cavaliers are not who they're supposed to be. LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving have not meshed as planned. Losers of their last six contests, the Cavaliers are now below ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 5,734 reads 8 comments

  15. Los Angeles Lakers Making Right Call to Avoid a Kobe Bryant Shutdown

    There is no single remedy that will treat or cure what ails the Los Angeles Lakers . Each purported ploy that suggests otherwise is as flawed as the next—not the least of which ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 10,757 reads 56 comments

  16. Best Potential 2015 Free-Agent Landing Spots for Tayshaun Prince

    Tayshaun Prince needs a new, semi-permanent NBA home. After being traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team deal that was first reported ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 21,920 reads 40 comments

  17. 2015 NBA Free Agents Who Need a Monster Second Half to Get Paid

    Half of an NBA regular season can make a world of difference. In the case of certain impending free agents looking for career paydays, it needs to make a world of difference...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 22,302 reads 42 comments

  18. New York Knicks Should End Charade, Pull Plug on Andrea Bargnani for Good

    After more than a year of pretending there's been something to glean or salvage from the relationship between Andrea Bargnani and the New York Knicks , it's time for one of the NBA 's biggest charades to finally end...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 11,605 reads 37 comments

  19. 7 NBA Players Who Deserve More 2015 MVP Consideration

    What's in an NBA MVP candidate? All sorts of things. Big names. Bigger wins. Provocative stat lines. Transcendent consistency. Profound impacts—those which go beyond the box score...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 38,400 reads 157 comments

  20. Playing Pretender or Contender with 2015 Surprise NBA Powerhouses

    Welcome to the inadvertent golden age of NBA powerhouses. Fueled by a stacked Western Conference and a select few Eastern Conference teams, the championship race has arguably never been more wide open...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 41,054 reads 290 comments

  21. Portland Trail Blazers Are Sneaking into the NBA Championship Race

    Game by game, win by win, the Portland Trail Blazers are reminding the Western Conference that, in the race for an NBA championship, they will not be left behind. Excellence has become the standard for Western Conference contenders...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 14,122 reads 47 comments

  22. Los Angeles Lakers Have Every Incentive to Turn Youth Loose

    Midway through a season rife with frustration and cold, hard truths, the Los Angeles Lakers have every incentive to turn their youth loose. This was always going to be a transition year for the storied Lakers...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 17,857 reads 66 comments

  23. Kemba Walker Hits Game-Winners, but Can He Save the Charlotte Hornets' Season?

    If there is such a thing as a clutch gene, Kemba Walker , as he's shown time and again, has it. With Wednesday's matchup between the Charlotte Hornets and New Orleans Pelicans ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 2,956 reads 23 comments

  24. Finding the Right Fit for a Reggie Jackson Trade Is Tougher Than You Think

    Seeking out and then orchestrating the ideal Reggie Jackson trade is not a mindless undertaking for the Oklahoma City Thunder . This of course assumes the Thunder are trying or open to trading him at all...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 17,154 reads 49 comments

  25. The Fatal Flaw That Could Sink Every 2015 NBA Title Contender

    One flaw can derail an entire NBA team's season. Contenders too? Contenders too. Imperfections are unavoidable in the NBA, even for the most dominant teams. Problems and shortcomings arise over the course of an 82-game season...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 24,016 reads 81 comments