1. 2011 NBA Free Agency: How the '11 Class Stacks Up with the Previous Decade

    The Free Agency Class of 2011 will look like the sequel to a film (2010) with only half (or none) of the previous films' stars, and a considerable lack of drama or intrigue...

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  2. The Cult of Deficiency: A Look at ESPN's John Hollinger and His Flawed Rankings

    *I wrote this article back in November of 2010 on a personal blog that I discontinued when I started writing for B/R. I thought it appropriate to repost it as it somewhat relates to an article Kelly Scaletta wrote...

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  3. NBA Free Agency 2011: Top Targets for Every Team in the NBA

    Consider it the eye of the storm or, perhaps, the calm before the chaos: the 2011 Free Agency period is one for the stat nerds and the crafty GMs; those looking for a roster fix, not a star signing...

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  4. Chicago Bulls: If D-Rose's Team Wins a Title, Will It Escape Jordan's Shadow?

    When the 2007-2008 NBA season began, the Boston Celtics looked to be the dynasty of the future. The problem: there was a set time limit on that future...

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  5. (Unofficially) Watchin' Basketball with Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith

    Going to sporting events is a unique experience for the common man. Sure, there are the season ticket holders and the folks that attend every match, but the average Joe goes when they can (or when they can afford it)...

    William Johnson Written by William Johnson about over 3 years ago 301 reads 5 comments

  6. The King's Heavy Crown: The Psychology of the Miami Heat's LeBron James

    "The play's the thing, Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king". —Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2 I'm no psychologist, nor do I play one of TV, but it doesn't take a shrink to realize that LeBron James is a conundrum to the game of basketball...

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  7. The LeBron James Problem? Loyalty, Honor and The Right to Work In The NBA

    When I was in college, I worked truck shifts at a to-remain-nameless company. Everyday after class I'd go down to the store, put on my grimy work clothes and unload massive semi-trucks full of TVs, washing machines and iPods...

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  8. Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, and 23 Other NBA Star's True Value

    Well, true value according to me. It is I, Will, the Armchair GM, the Ignorer of Stats, and Arch Nemesis of the Cult of LeBron...

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  9. The NBA X-Files: Strange Games, Odd Stats, and Perplexing Moments in NBA History

    In a world where giants walk amongst giants (and Earl Boykins) and feats beyond human biological (and even psychological) understanding occur on a nightly basis, the word "amazing" or "unreal" can often be overused when it comes to the NBA...

    William Johnson Written by William Johnson about over 3 years ago 3,514 reads 12 comments

  10. The Specialists: Dennis Rodman, Ben Wallace, and a Call For Defense In The HOF

    “I feel all great teams have two things in common: defense and rebounding. . .” –Larry Brown A constant argument around the water cooler, if you will, has ...

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  11. The Cult of LeBron James: Myths and Reality With NBA Superstars

    Superstars earn their title. They perform actions on the court (or field) on a consistent basis that defies anything us mere mortals (fans, writers, etc.) can do maybe even once in our lifetime...

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  12. Orlando Magic: Guard Jameer Nelson Is 'the Man Who Wasn't There'

    I was recently in Chicago discussing sports with my family. A cousin of mine, fresh off of a sleepless night with a newborn baby, was irritably talking about the Bears and the ...

    William Johnson Written by William Johnson about over 3 years ago 468 reads 4 comments

  13. NBA's One and Done: 10 Peculiar One-Time NBA All-Stars of the '90-'00s

    The All-Star Game is pretty pointless. The idea of an All-Star however (the selection, the prestige, the debate, the snubs, the respect, the spectacle, the showmanship, etc) is another thing all together...

    William Johnson Written by William Johnson about over 3 years ago 2,336 reads 7 comments

  14. NBA Rankings: The 2010-11 Cleveland Cavs and 15 Other Teams That Lost a Lot

    When playing in the NBA, you can always hold you head high no matter how low you feel because: a)everyone loses b)it always gets better, eventually c)you're putting a ball in ...

    William Johnson Written by William Johnson about over 3 years ago 2,115 reads 17 comments

  15. Tampa Bay Rays: Who Will Be the Rays' First HOFer, CC, Evan or Someone Else?

    When Carl Crawford signed an enormous contract with division rival Boston, the Tampa Bay Rays lost one of it's all-time greatest players...

    William Johnson Written by William Johnson about over 3 years ago 377 reads 2 comments

  16. The Fellowship Of The No-Ring: Jerry Sloan and 6 Other Coaches In The Title Hunt

    So close. . .yet so far. The phrase applies for a number of talented coaches who have managed to get so close to the promised land but fall just short (and usually curse the initials PJ)...

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  17. Dwight Howard: The 10 Best Performances From the Magic Center (Thus Far. . .)

    While Dwight Howard certainly isn't polarizing in terms of marketability and likability (he is annually a league leader in All-Star votes, has a massive amount of Twitter followers, ...

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  18. Five Former NBA Stars That Time Has Nearly Forgotten

    Hardcore fans know the 12th Man on the 1983 Washington Bullets and what their PPG average was on rainy days in November. It's what hardcore fans do. But to the standard, non-obsessive type, marketability is the key to memory...

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  19. NBA: 10 Players Who Just Looked Plain Wrong In Certain Jerseys

    We've seen it in movies, read it in books and certainly see it in the sports page at the end (and beginning) of each season: the player who can't let go...

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