1. Chris Bosh, Miami Heat Face Uphill Climb to Escape LeBron James' Shadow

    Life is drastically different for the Miami Heat , the defunct dynasty-seeker now headlined by Chris Bosh that—despite deft survival methods—faces an uphill climb out of the shadowy pit LeBron James ' exit consigned them to...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 2 months ago 2,309 reads 5 comments

  2. DeMarcus Cousins Is Blossoming into the Star We've All Been Waiting for

    DeMarcus Cousins can be difficult to like and even tougher to understand. He can be brash, impassioned and belligerent. He can be sullen, seemingly embittered and distant...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 2 months ago 3,669 reads 21 comments

  3. 5 NBA Superstars Who Could Sign Short-Term Contracts to Cash in Later

    Follow the money. It's a credo NBA free agents should, in theory, live by. Position yourself for the most lucrative payday possible. Go wherever the dollar signs take you—which, in this case, is summer 2016...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 2 months ago 22,675 reads 20 comments

  4. Los Angeles Lakers Offer Wesley Johnson Chance to Get NBA Career Back on Track

    Second chances are what you make of them, and Wesley Johnson has the opportunity to make his second go-round with the Los Angeles Lakers engender something other than disappointment and squandered expectations...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 2 months ago 9,004 reads 5 comments

  5. Move to Pistons' Super-Sub Role Could Jump-Start Josh Smith's Stalled NBA Career

    Demotions aren't all bad. Josh Smith spent all of last season languishing within the Detroit Pistons ' space-sapping starting lineup, where his performance was unbecoming of the almost-All-Star who haunted the hardwood with the Atlanta Hawks ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 2 months ago 2,817 reads 19 comments

  6. The NBA's Best Franchise Building Blocks at Every Position

    Starting from scratch can be the scourge of an NBA team's existence. Unless they have someone who makes starting over worth the wait and headaches it brings. Rebuilding a team from the ground up takes a lot of things...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 2 months ago 38,846 reads 205 comments

  7. Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for Steve Nash's 2014-15 Season

    Injuries, age, contract structures and future free-agency plans have left the Los Angeles Lakers ' 2014-15 campaign a mystery in the making, and Steve Nash 's fate is perhaps the most confusing of their unsolved puzzles...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 2 months ago 5,874 reads 16 comments

  8. 6 NBA Players Who Will Average 25-Plus Points Per Game in 2014-15

    All hail the NBA 's most feared point-totaling titans. Scoring remains the sexiest form of court-cred out there—especially when players are putting 20-point averages to shame by registering 25- and 30-point performances regularly...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 68,507 reads 194 comments

  9. NBA Rookies Who Could Make Impact on Playoff-Bound Teams

    Playoff-bound NBA teams aren't always above needing help from fledglings. Some of them are, for the record...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 12,655 reads 44 comments

  10. What Can We Learn from NBA Preseason?

    Preseason NBA games are valuable for different reasons. Is offering a glimpse of what's to come in the regular season one of them? Exhibition contests are, at their heart, not supposed to be crystal balls...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 24,248 reads 10 comments

  11. LeBron James Ensuring Cleveland Cavaliers Are Nothing Like Miami Heat

    Four years with the Miami Heat has left LeBron James barely recognizable from the brash kid who scurried into 2010 free agency, blind to the repercussions of uncurbed bravado, ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 93,832 reads 193 comments

  12. Zoran Dragic Signing Likely All About Goran Dragic's Future with Phoenix Suns

    Of all the contracts the Phoenix Suns handed out during the offseason, of all the decisions they made, none may be bigger than signing Zoran Dragic , the brother of star point guard Goran Dragic ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 7,656 reads 27 comments

  13. How Carmelo Anthony Can Move Up on the NBA Superstar Ladder

    Evolution isn't a concept often associated with established NBA superstars who, more than a decade in, are usually done developing, their career arcs having peaked, their ceilings realized and reached...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 14,486 reads 126 comments

  14. NBA Records That Could Be Broken During 2014-15 Season

    Dust off those NBA record books that haven't been used in, like, a second. History is about to be broken—maybe. New records are set every year in the NBA. As players and teams evolve, so too have the pieces of history they call their own...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 4,520 reads 19 comments

  15. Rajon Rondo Says He Wants to Remain with Boston Celtics Long-Term

    Rajon Rondo knows what he wants. Now it's up to the Boston Celtics to figure out what they want. Speaking with reporters at the Celtics' media day on Monday, the All-Star ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 17,841 reads 101 comments

  16. Los Angeles Lakers Offer Jeremy Lin the Ideal Stage to Redefine Career

    Jeremy Lin has yet to stop bouncing around the NBA . Even after his meteoric ascent through the public eye, Lin's reward has come in the form of dollar signs and notoriety rather than consistent, constant value...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 14,965 reads 44 comments

  17. Is an NBA Title the Only Way for Carmelo Anthony to Silence His Critics?

    In the weeks and months leading up to Carmelo Anthony 's free-agency decision, it became clear that self-vindicating, detractor-deadening options were first-rate fiction...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 19,041 reads 202 comments

  18. Did Failed Eric Bledsoe Bid Show Timberwolves Are Open to Trading Ricky Rubio?

    Ricky Rubio 's future is dependent on any number of things, not the least of which is the Minnesota Timberwolves ' failed bid for Eric Bledsoe that, if successful, may or may not have come at the Spaniard's expense...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 6,753 reads 15 comments

  19. Golden State Warriors Better Off Letting Klay Thompson Hit Free Agency

    Before the Golden State Warriors invest 10s of millions of dollars in Klay Thompson , before they try to lock down one of the NBA 's brightest shooting guards, they should do something else first: wait...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 13,312 reads 53 comments

  20. How Should Phoenix Suns Properly Deploy Their Massive Firepower?

    Locking up Eric Bledsoe is just the beginning. After a summer of stalemates, during which time collective progression and outlook gave way to Bledsoe 's ambiguous future, there's ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 1,977 reads 2 comments

  21. Is Kobe Bryant the Answer to Los Angeles Lakers' Small Forward Problem?

    Small forward poses big problems for the Los Angeles Lakers . Unless Kobe Bryant takes ownership of this situation, too...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 22,711 reads 102 comments

  22. 7 NBA Players on Training Camp Contracts with Best Chance to Make the Team

    Training camp is a time of clarity in the NBA . Chemistry is forged, systems are implemented and, most importantly, those who lack security are given a chance to create some. Invites to training camp are usually condition-crammed...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 24,056 reads 14 comments

  23. Anthony Davis Under Tremendous Pressure to Make 2014-15 NBA Playoffs

    Anthony Davis' climb through the NBA superstar ranks has been quick and unparalleled, its rapidity historic enough to demand he power the New Orleans Pelicans toward postseason prominence sooner rather than later...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 13,657 reads 57 comments

  24. Rajon Rondo's Future a No-Win Situation for Rebuilding Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo 's future is uncertainty in its highest form, its direction fluid and fragile, its lone constant the Boston Celtics ' inability to reach resolution unscathed...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 3,445 reads 25 comments

  25. Are Sam Hinkie, Philadelphia 76ers in Danger of Tanking Too Hard?

    Slippery is the slope general manager Sam Hinkie is walking. His Philadelphia 76ers are, by design, symbols of losing enthusiastically and can only hope their methods don't prove inescapably effective...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 9,697 reads 58 comments