1. Trevor Ariza Proving to Be Right Fit at Right Time for Houston Rockets

    Trevor Ariza is supposed to be the Houston Rockets ' consolation prize, their symbol of offseason misgivings and all that's gone wrong, their reminder of all that should have been...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 6,231 reads 23 comments

  2. Are the Sacramento Kings for Real or Just Hot at Season's Start?

    Three and four games into the NBA 's regular season, every performance, good and bad, collective and individual, comes with an asterisk. The Sacramento Kings are, as of now, the league's biggest asterisk...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 53,361 reads 224 comments

  3. Kobe Bryant All That's Left of NBA's Greatest Draft Ever

    Kobe Bryant now stands alone, the last member of a storied 1996 NBA rookie class , trying to stave off the fate that has befallen every one of his draft-day peers...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 465,381 reads 402 comments

  4. Carmelo Anthony's Scoring Secures Spot in NBA History; Legacy Still in Flux

    Carmelo Anthony is the rare, historically great NBA player whose scoring mastery has partially stabilized a legacy that is otherwise insecure and incomplete...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 15,454 reads 56 comments

  5. What We've Learned About 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers so Far

    Two games. That's all the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers have played in 2014-15. Two games . One win. One loss. That's not a lot to go off. And yet, somehow, we still know the sky is falling in Cleveland...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 96,949 reads 178 comments

  6. Ranking the 15 Best Free Agents of the 2015 Class

    Forget about regular-season NBA action for a second. Think about the 2015 free-agency class instead. Yes, I know: The season just started. You're only just coming to terms with all that's happened since the end of last year...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 171,081 reads 371 comments

  7. OKC Thunder Dangerously Retesting History Without Reggie Jackson Extension

    History is repeating itself in Oklahoma City. Will the Thunder do anything to stop it? Fourth-year point guard Reggie Jackson —who is currently sidelined with a sore ankle—is eligible for a contract extension...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 5,270 reads 4 comments

  8. Los Angeles Lakers Must Find Opportunity Despite Julius Randle's Injury

    If the Los Angeles Lakers search long enough, if they try hard enough, they will unearth opportunity and value in Julius Randle 's soul-splitting absence...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 2,320 reads 15 comments

  9. Only Superstar Like Anthony Davis Can Overcome Pelicans' Huge Hurdles

    Anthony Davis can save the New Orleans Pelicans . Cautious optimism as it pertains to him is kaput. Gone are the maybes and the conditional enthusiasm. After the 2013-14 campaign and the summer that followed, there is no overhyping him...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 1,522 reads 5 comments

  10. How Important Is the 2014-15 Season to the New York Knicks?

    Are the New York Knicks biding time, trumpeting patience and process as a way of readying themselves and their fans for another year of feckless basketball? Or are mentions of ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 5,776 reads 31 comments

  11. Iman Shumpert's Future with New York Knicks More Complex Than We Think

    Attempting to gain insight into Iman Shumpert 's future with the New York Knicks is a convoluted and futile endeavor...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 11,693 reads 35 comments

  12. 10 NBA Stars Poised to Have Statement Seasons in 2014-15

    Whip out your yellow legal pads. The NBA regular season is upon us, and it's time to jot down statements from some of the league's best. These comments exist only in theory, sure, but it's nice to scribble away every now and then...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 1,339 reads 8 comments

  13. Cleveland Cavaliers Smart to Pursue Anderson Varejao Contract Extension

    Smart moves are becoming a staple of the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers . Free-agent-to-be Anderson Varejao and the team are engaged in contract extensions talks, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 10,044 reads 8 comments

  14. Whose Return Is More Important: Derrick Rose or Kobe Bryant?

    Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose are back, preparing for 2014-15, their careers no longer on hold, their returns of comparable yet varying significance...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 30,175 reads 189 comments

  15. Biggest Early-Season Hurdle for Every NBA Team to Clear

    Meaningful NBA action is on the horizon. Rejoice. Be glad. Dust off your foam fingers. Break out your unseasonably fashioned jerseys. Bid your family and conventional sleeping habits farewell...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 66,980 reads 93 comments

  16. 10 NBA Players Whose Stocks Are on the Rise Entering 2014-15

    Certain NBA player stocks are on the rise. Reconfigure your 401k and IRA portfolios accordingly. Optimism is available in excess this time of year, during the preseason, before ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 32,304 reads 62 comments

  17. Trey Burke Will Be the Next Point Guard to Burst onto National NBA Radar

    Trey Burke isn't a point guard who incites national zeal, or talk of the Utah Jazz 's long-awaited resurgence, or far-flung debates that aim to understand where he ranks among the NBA 's bottomless stable of floor generals...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 6,303 reads 15 comments

  18. Knicks' Porous Defense Puts Pressure on New York to Perfect Triangle Offense

    New things aren't always shiny. Sometimes they're unpolished, raw and ineffective. The New York Knicks defense is the latter...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 2,124 reads 13 comments

  19. 5 NBA Teams That Will Greatly Exceed Expectations During 2014-15 Season

    Quick, grab your glass-half-full-seeing goggles. Optimistic NBA projections are among us. Preseason predictions aren't inflexible doctrines. Many of them are overly harsh...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 57,884 reads 122 comments

  20. Chicago Bulls Are Cleveland Cavaliers' Biggest Threat to Winning NBA Title

    Cautious optimism does little to lower the Cleveland Cavaliers ' immediate ceiling. Most of the obstacles standing between them and an NBA title aren't, despite LeBron James' pleas to the contrary, real problems...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 39,101 reads 135 comments

  21. How Can the Los Angeles Lakers Solve Their Obvious 3-Point Problem?

    Acceptance is the first step to self-correction. The Los Angeles Lakers have a three-point shooting issue...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 2,396 reads 6 comments

  22. Carmelo Anthony Needs Second Superstar to Fulfill Full Potential

    Carmelo Anthony still needs help. Superstar help. Phil Jackson can change the New York Knicks ' coach. He can change the point guard. He can change the culture and system...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 15,366 reads 122 comments

  23. 1 Reason We Should Be Pumped to Watch Every NBA Team in 2014-15

    Hoops heads round the world, get pumped. Real, live, meaningful regular-season NBA action is almost here. And it comes bearing happiness. For everyone...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 173,379 reads 176 comments

  24. New NBA TV Deal Offers 2015 Restricted Free Agents Unique Leverage

    Navigating restricted free agency has always been a leverage-free endeavor for NBA players who, for the most part, find themselves at the mercy of incumbent teams and offer sheets that don't come...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 17,154 reads 25 comments

  25. Should Quincy Acy Start at Power Forward for NY Knicks?

    Quincy Acy didn't join the New York Knicks under any ill-considered illusions. He wasn't in town, wearing orange and blue, to compete for a starting job...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 15,116 reads 86 comments