1. 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 4 months ago 14,331 reads 53 comments

  2. 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 4 months ago 5,001 reads 34 comments

  3. 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 4 months ago 11,058 reads 17 comments

  4. 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 4 months ago 16,695 reads 71 comments

  5. 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 4 months ago 38,230 reads 70 comments

  6. 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 4 months ago 15,920 reads 51 comments

  7. 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 4 months ago 4,000 reads 11 comments

  8. 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 4 months ago 5,742 reads 5 comments

  9. 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 4 months ago 64,301 reads 314 comments

  10. 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 4 months ago 59,728 reads 92 comments

  11. 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 4 months ago 8,558 reads 24 comments

  12. 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 4 months ago 19,829 reads 125 comments

  13. 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 4 months ago 8,653 reads 55 comments

  14. 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 4 months ago 23,079 reads 64 comments

  15. 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 4 months ago 1,714 reads 5 comments

  16. 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 4 months ago 28,847 reads 183 comments

  17. 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 4 months ago 48,995 reads 130 comments

  18. 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 4 months ago 5,924 reads 35 comments

  19. 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 4 months ago 32,139 reads 313 comments

  20. 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 4 months ago 45,121 reads 152 comments

  21. 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 4 months ago 8,380 reads 39 comments

  22. Cleveland Cavaliers Prove Instant Rebuilds Aren't Dead with Kevin Love Trade

    Split-second turnarounds aren't dead. Not in the NBA anyway, where the Cleveland Cavaliers have gone from clown to contender in a matter of weeks...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 35,003 reads 112 comments

  23. Are There Enough Shots to Go Around for LA Lakers This Season?

    One ball might not be enough for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014-15. In assembling the roster for next season, the Lakers took a twofold approach by acquiring and retaining ready-to-contribute talent that wouldn't cost them long-term flexibility..

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 29,237 reads 125 comments

  24. Washington Wizards Ensure Eastern Conference Is Not a Two-Team Race

    Don't forget about the Washington Wizards . Peddlers of "The Eastern Conference is the Cleveland Cavaliers ' and Chicago Bulls ' to lose" already have...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 6,709 reads 46 comments

  25. Should Eric Bledsoe Follow Greg Monroe's Lead in NBA Free Agency?

    Greg Monroe has left a trail of bread crumbs for Eric Bledsoe . Limitations are everywhere for NBA restricted free agents. Their options are finite. Their leverage is minimal...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 4,468 reads 9 comments