1. What Does Kobe Bryant Have Left to Prove to Rest of the NBA?

    Long the poster boy for defiance, determination and self-scissored destiny, Kobe Bryant 's to-do list shouldn't include the burden of proof...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 day ago 28,961 reads 245 comments

  2. Are Stable Starting Lineups Pivotal to NBA Regular-Season Success?

    Stability is a commodity in the NBA . From the front office to the bench, from the starting lineup to the 12th man, certainty is invaluable; and it's invaluable because of how uncertain the NBA is...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 day ago 26,776 reads 31 comments

  3. How Kyrie Irving Can Become the Best Point Guard in the NBA

    Months into life as LeBron James ' teammate, Kyrie Irving has already learned a valuable lesson: The King giveth , and the King taketh away...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 days ago 10,355 reads 65 comments

  4. Steve Nash's Final Ride Shows NBA Titles Are Not All That Matter

    Rings aren't everything. Just ask the 40-year-old Steve Nash . Championships have long been used to measure collective and individual NBA greatness...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 days ago 20,513 reads 81 comments

  5. LeBron James Thinks Kyrie Irving Can Be the Best Point Guard in the NBA

    LeBron James had his reasons for spurning the Miami Heat and returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers . One of them was Kyrie Irving ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 days ago 98,346 reads 222 comments

  6. Can Kobe Bryant Really Still Carry the Los Angeles Lakers?

    Carrying the Los Angeles Lakers is a familiar task for Kobe Bryant . Armed with unequaled self-confidence and an insatiable desire to prevail over opponents—both literal ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 days ago 40,899 reads 265 comments

  7. How Important Is the Pick-and-Roll in Today's NBA?

    Pick-and-rolls are everywhere in today's NBA . Slowly, surely, they have become one of the most common plays offenses run. Five years ago, during the 2009-10 season, the average team ran pick-and-rolls that ended in a shot, turnover or foul 16...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 days ago 33,453 reads 93 comments

  8. Where Does 2014 Team USA Rank Among America's All-Time Best Basketball Squads?

    This brand of Team USA basketball was better than you think. Team USA capped off its perfect summer Sunday, treating Serbia to a 129-92 romping in the 2014 FIBA World Cup final, ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 days ago 60,989 reads 148 comments

  9. Where Should Los Angeles Lakers Turn Attention to Land Another Star?

    Failed endeavor after failed endeavor has grounded the Los Angeles Lakers in foreign fashion, delaying their transition from superstar-seeking project to championship heavyweight, handicapping their ability to figure out what happens next...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 10 days ago 50,172 reads 147 comments

  10. Is Elite Rim Protection or Perimeter Defense More Important in Today's NBA?

    Inside or outside? Defense is tricky business at the NBA level. It won't win teams a title on its own, but no champion has ranked outside the top 10 in points allowed per 100 possessions since the 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 11 days ago 7,328 reads 74 comments

  11. How Stephen Curry Can Become the NBA's Best Point Guard

    Stephen Curry is not routinely recognized as the NBA 's best point guard. Yet. Sitting atop the point guard hierarchy, towering over everyone else at his position is an attainable goal—an ambition that has become a personal mission...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 12 days ago 19,803 reads 54 comments

  12. Can Anyone Spoil Spain's Run to the FIBA World Cup Final?

    Much about the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup is considered a formality. Upsets, Cinderella stories and general surprises are ancillary storylines capable of only temporarily ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 12 days ago 5,233 reads 28 comments

  13. 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 13 days ago 22,530 reads 113 comments

  14. 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 23 days ago 36,313 reads 113 comments

  15. 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 23 days ago 9,083 reads 36 comments

  16. 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 24 days ago 43,746 reads 54 comments

  17. 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 24 days ago 14,127 reads 53 comments

  18. 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 25 days ago 4,855 reads 34 comments

  19. 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 25 days ago 9,764 reads 17 comments

  20. 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 25 days ago 16,952 reads 71 comments

  21. 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 26 days ago 38,000 reads 70 comments

  22. 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 26 days ago 15,681 reads 51 comments

  23. 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 26 days ago 3,818 reads 11 comments

  24. 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 27 days ago 5,481 reads 5 comments

  25. 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 29 days ago 58,152 reads 314 comments