1. LeBron James Can't Win Even If the Miami Heat Win It All Without Bosh

    Chris Bosh is injured. The Big Three are, for now, the Big Two. And before he's even won it, LeBron James ' first title has something to apologize for. And that's assuming they even make it past this round...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 15,406 reads 117 comments

  2. NBA Playoffs 2012: With Bynum, Bryant and Gasol, You Can't Discount the Lakers

    The Los Angeles Lakers are the sleeping dragon of the West. Actually, the entire West is a sleeping dragon...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 3,891 reads 30 comments

  3. Derrick Rose's Injury Is the NBA's Real Violence Problem

    When the NBA gets violent, we have a problem. Late in the regular season, a Metta World Peace elbow to the skull of James Harden brings up all sorts of ugly, race-tinged discussions of thuggery in the sport...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 12,307 reads 61 comments

  4. Dwight Howard: Why Does the Orlando Magic Star Care If We Like Him?

    By any measure, Dwight Howard has had an eventful season, and not necessarily for the best. After innumerable trade demands, rumors of destinations-of-choice, ardent denials (eventually ...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 4,428 reads 23 comments

  5. We Shouldn't Be OK with Evil NBA Owners

    Sacramento offered the Maloofs an arena; it wasn't good enough for the current Kings ownership. That's how things go in today's NBA ...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 7,561 reads 17 comments

  6. Lamar Odom: What's Next in the Strange Career of a Remarkable Talent?

    Lamar Odom is done with the Dallas Mavericks . Actually, in typical Lamar Odom fashion, nothing is ever cut-and-dry, totally resolved or fully in the rear-view mirror. He's not released, but will be inactive for the rest of the season...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 20,200 reads 36 comments

  7. NBA Teams Tanking: An Open Letter to a Front Office

    Dear NBA front office, There's been much talk lately about tanking, a nefarious practice that compromises the integrity of the league and certainly wastes the hard-earned money of season-ticket holders...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 9,018 reads 58 comments

  8. Kevin Love: Yeah, He's Like Larry Bird; He's Not Just a White Star

    On Sunday night, George Karl compared Kevin Love to Larry Bird . More precisely, he said after Love followed a 50-point effort with a 30-point, 20-board explosion, that the "poor man's Larry Bird" label might have to lose the "poor...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 8,240 reads 37 comments

  9. 2012 NBA Trade Deadline: How the Non-Blockbuster Trade Deadline Set the Stage

    My favorite kind of trade deadline is a good, old-fashioned arms race. That's when all the contenders, either fearing for their lives or wanting to raise the roof even higher, go after the nearest available superstar...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 13,008 reads 18 comments

  10. March Madness vs. the NBA: Don't Be Fooled by the Intensity

    Every March, the NCAA Tournament takes over America, and the NBA—in hibernation before its stretch run—is subjected to numerous "see, this is why college ball is superior" arguments...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 4,841 reads 2 comments

  11. Wild, Wild NBA West: Lakers and Spurs Try to Fight off the Young Guns

    Halfway through this most unusual and unpredictable of NBA seasons, a funny thing has happened: The Western Conference is up for grabs. Not in the way it's been some years, when titans have jostled all season to see who will emerge as king...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 2,903 reads 3 comments

  12. Celebrate the New Golden Age of NBA Rivalries

    The NBA rivalry died because it was antiquated. Now it's returned, but we're not entirely sure how it happened...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 27,001 reads 94 comments

  13. Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant Need to Know When to Shut Up

    Dwight Howard couldn't have been a more gracious host over All-Star Weekend, playing ringmaster, addressing the crowd before Sunday's main event and doing everything he could to paint himself as the consummate franchise pillar...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 22,863 reads 38 comments

  14. NBA All-Star Game: A Celebration of the Obvious, and of the Obviously Wrong

    On NBA All-Star weekend , Kobe Bryant and LeBron James will lead the NBA’s best players—and all the human baggage that comes with them—into Orlando, where hopefully there’s more to do than ride around Epcot for hours...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 9,063 reads 15 comments

  15. Jeremy Lin Has Rendered Analysis Useless: Just Shut Up and Watch

    This column is a day late, and while I could use my screaming infant as an excuse, or chalk it up to the slackness that lurks in the heart of every writer, I'll say it plain: Jeremy Lin has killed basketball writing...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 13,283 reads 43 comments

  16. Jeremy Lin: Is the Knicks Guard the NBA's Tim Tebow?

    Could Jeremy Lin be the next Tim Tebow? No, seriously. This is the question on the tip of America's tongue, if only because one good hype-job deserves another...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 35,391 reads 118 comments

  17. Dwight Howard's Trade Options: Are Any of Them Any Good?

    It's not an optical illusion; your television set isn't malfunctioning. Dwight Howard is still on the Orlando Magic , and by all indications, general manager Otis Smith plans to ...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 12,692 reads 42 comments

  18. Kevin Love's New Deal Puts Pressure on the Timberwolves

    So, the Timberwolves did the right thing—sort of. By coming to terms with All-Star power forward Kevin Love , Minnesota got rid of a major distraction and locked in one ...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 11,281 reads 12 comments

  19. Timberwolves Should Re-Sign Kevin Love, No Matter the Cost

    The Minnesota Timberwolves , after spending four post- Kevin Garnett years in the wilderness, are back on the basketball map...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 444 reads 0 comments

  20. Kobe Bryant: The End of His 40-Point Streak Is a Small Victory for Us All

    The Los Angeles Lakers won against a surging Dallas Mavericks team, but Kobe Bryant lost. That's the wonky distillation from Monday's Mavs-Lakers rematch...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 10,875 reads 39 comments

  21. Does This NBA Season Have Too Much Basketball?

    "Basketball never stops." That was the slogan Nike tided us over with as the NBA hurtled toward oblivion and top earners like Kevin Durant became staples at playgrounds and rec centers near you...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 4,958 reads 7 comments

  22. Ricky Rubio Has Brought the Timberwolves to Life

    The Clippers are Lob City; the Heat look darn frightening, even when they're losing; despite the manufactured soap opera brewing around Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant makes the Thunder a must-watch on any given night...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 12,993 reads 27 comments

  23. Why We Overreact to the NBA's First Week

    Records early in the season don't mean much, even in a lockout-shortened campaign. Still, we can't help but react to them. That we react, as much as what we feel, says a lot about how we view sports team...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 6,715 reads 9 comments

  24. Why I Don't Root for NBA Teams

    It's been said before, but it warrants saying again as we enter another NBA season: I don't have a team. I know, shocking...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about over 2 years ago 34,868 reads 46 comments

  25. NBA: Why You Want to See Chris Paul Join the Los Angeles Lakers

    Admit it, you want it. Chris Paul in Los Angeles, that is. Maybe even with Dwight Howard . Sure, everybody hates the Lakers ...

    Bethlehem Shoals Written by Bethlehem Shoals about almost 3 years ago 15,941 reads 41 comments