1. NBA Free Agency 2012: How the New CBA Justifies the Philadelphia 76ers' Moves

    Maybe there's a method to the madness after all. Despite making a series of seemingly random moves in free agency, the Philadelphia 76ers ' long-term plan finally appears to be rising to the surface...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 3,488 reads 39 comments

  2. Olympics Basketball 2012: Team USA's Vulnerability on Display Against Brazil

    For those of you who expect Team USA basketball to cruise to the gold this summer, I present as evidence the exhibition against Brazil Monday night. By the end of the first quarter of, Brazil held a 10-point lead over the Americans...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 2,404 reads 6 comments

  3. NBA Power Rankings: The Top 5 Challengers to the Miami Heat in 2012-13

    After vanquishing the Oklahoma City Thunder for the 2012 NBA championship, the Miami Heat went out and became even stronger this summer...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 5,365 reads 18 comments

  4. Olympic Basketball 2012: Blake Griffin's Injury Shouldn't Deter NBA Involvement

    Injuries can happen anywhere. Especially to athletes. Despite that seemingly plain fact, the future involvement of NBA players in the post-London Olympics appears to have taken a serious blow this week...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 1,560 reads 0 comments

  5. NBA Free Agency 2012: Dwight Howard Trade Dies, but Brooklyn Nets Will Survive

    Now that talks have ended between the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets about trading Dwight Howard , there's sure to be a group of pitchfork-wielding Nets fans out there calling for general manager Billy King's head...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 4,555 reads 36 comments

  6. Philadelphia 76ers: 2012 Offseason Success Now Hinges on Andre Iguodala Trade

    After spending years pleading for serious offseason activity, Philadelphia 76ers fans sure can't be too critical of their team this summer...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 5,861 reads 75 comments

  7. NBA Free Agency 2012: The Top 10 Free Agents Still Left to Be Overpaid

    We're officially one week into NBA free agency, and remarkably, we haven't seen too many egregious contracts handed out this summer...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 1,004 reads 0 comments

  8. Olympic Basketball 2012: Serge Ibaka's Right About Spain's Talent vs. Team USA

    Serge Ibaka made headlines on Saturday by saying (via espn.com) that Spain's Olympic basketball team has enough talent to hang with Team USA this summer...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 10,773 reads 3 comments

  9. NBA Free Agency: Ray Allen to the Miami Heat Won't Cripple the Boston Celtics

    Jesus Shuttleworth has been replaced by Judas Shuttleworth in Boston. News broke Friday night that Boston Celtics free agent Ray Allen had decided to take his talents to ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 3,123 reads 2 comments

  10. Philadelphia 76ers: Want a Max Contract, Jrue Holiday? Start Playing Like It

    Somewhat lost in the complete and utter madness of this year's NBA free agency was Monday's news that Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday would be seeking a maximum contract extension from the team ( via Marc J...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 1,833 reads 30 comments

  11. Olympic Basketball 2012: Predicting Team USA 12-Man Roster Without Wade & Bosh

    This Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, the names of the 12 NBA players who will represent the United States at the Olympics this summer will be unveiled ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 12,470 reads 52 comments

  12. Olympics 2012: Team USA Still Gold Medal Favorites Without Chris Bosh, D-Wade

    Team USA basketball's status as gold medal favorites took two serious blows within the past week, when Miami Heat stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh both announced that they'll be sitting out of this summer's Olympics to rehab injuries...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 3,387 reads 13 comments

  13. NBA Draft 2012 Results: Philadelphia 76ers Blow a Golden Opportunity

    A championship should be the goal, nothing else. Sixers co-owner Adam Aron affirmed that sentiment with a tweet Thursday afternoon, just hours before the NBA draft. "Correct!" Well, then...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 4,065 reads 5 comments

  14. NBA Draft 2012: 7 Andre Iguodala Draft-Day Trades for the Philadelphia 76ers

    If the Philadelphia 76ers front office knows what it's doing, Andre Iguodala has played his last game in a Sixers uniform...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 6,047 reads 43 comments

  15. NBA Draft 2012: The Top 8 First-Round Targets for the Philadelphia 76ers

    With the 2012 NBA draft only days away, anyone who still says this isn't a deep draft needs a swift dose of reality. Beyond Anthony Davis, it's true, the top of this draft isn't loaded with sure-fire All-Stars like in 2003 ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 1,921 reads 30 comments

  16. NBA Finals 2012: The Maturation of LeBron James Seals Miami Heat's Championship

    For the past nine years, we've been pleading with LeBron James . We've been pleading for him to develop a killer instinct, or a reliable three-point shot, or heck, even a post game...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 2 years ago 389 reads 1 comments

  17. Washington Wizards Set Themselves Back 2 Years with New Orleans Hornets Trade

    Today isn't April Fool's Day, is it? When Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress first tweeted this afternoon that the Washington Wizards had sent Rashard Lewis' enormous expiring contract and the No...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 2 years ago 1,593 reads 18 comments

  18. NBA Finals 2012: Russell Westbrook's Dumb Foul Doesn't Undo Game 4 Brilliance

    Russell Westbrook just unleashed one of the most dominant performances in recent NBA Finals history. Thanks to a mindless foul by him with 15 seconds left in Game 4, it was all for naught...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 2 years ago 8,032 reads 105 comments

  19. NBA Finals 2012: Lay off Scott Brooks for Russell Westbrook's Benching in Game 3

    After benching All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook for the final five minutes of the third quarter Sunday night, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks has largely been cast as the scapegoat of Game 3 of this year's NBA Finals...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 2 years ago 1,295 reads 5 comments

  20. NBA Free Agency 2012: Philadelphia 76ers Must Avoid Re-Signing Lou Williams

    Louis Williams , the Philadelphia 76ers ' leading scorer from this past season, has opted out of the final year of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported this past weekend...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 2 years ago 5,053 reads 51 comments

  21. NBA Finals 2012: Dear Basketball Gods, Let This Heat-Thunder Series Go 7 Games

    Two games into the 2012 NBA Finals, and we've had two instant classics. Heading into the series, this wasn't difficult to imagine...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 2 years ago 1,036 reads 2 comments

  22. 2012 NBA Finals: Don't Bury Miami Heat After Game 1 Loss

    It's only one game. That's what Miami Heat players, coaches and fans need to tell themselves today. Repeatedly...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 2 years ago 4,385 reads 40 comments

  23. NBA Finals 2012 Preview: Breaking Down Each Miami Heat-OKC Thunder Matchup

    It's the NBA Finals matchup that everyone could only hope for at the beginning of the playoffs: Kevin Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder against LeBron James ' Miami Heat ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 2 years ago 987 reads 4 comments

  24. NBA Playoffs 2012: Can LeBron James Find His Inner-Katniss Again for Game 7?

    As LeBron James wrapped up one of the greatest performance in his career Thursday night by dropping 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists against the Boston Celtics , he staved off elimination (at least for two more nights)...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 2 years ago 1,072 reads 0 comments

  25. NBA Playoffs 2012: Despite Emerging Dynasty, OKC Thunder No Model for Rebuild

    Just like that, there's a new top dog out West. When the Oklahoma City Thunder finished off the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 on Wednesday night, they cemented themselves as the new team to beat in the Western Conference for the next few years...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 2 years ago 11,292 reads 96 comments