1. Olympic Basketball: 5 Keys to Making an Under-23 Tournament Thrive

    Why would the NBA restrict players from playing in future Olympics , given the success of Team USA over the past 20 years? It's a pure money grab for the owners. Plain and simple...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 2 years ago 1,677 reads 7 comments

  2. Olympics Basketball 2012: Team USA Too Dependent on 3-Point Shots

    Want to know how Tunisia stayed relatively competitive with Team USA for a full 10 minutes on Tuesday? The Americans' affinity for the international three-point shot, results be damned...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 3 years ago 1,958 reads 0 comments

  3. Olympics Basketball 2012: Kevin Durant, Kevin Love Move Away from Deferring

    In these 2012 Olympics, Kevin Durant's teammates have been telling him to do one thing. "Shoot the d--- ball." Durant faced the same problem in the 2010 FIBA World Championship...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 3 years ago 1,687 reads 0 comments

  4. Olympics Basketball 2012: 6 Lessons Learned from Team USA's Exhibitions

    Team USA thumped Spain on Tuesday to wrap up an undefeated record in exhibition play this summer, giving the Americans no shortage of confidence heading into the 2012 Olympics . Exhibition play wasn't without its challenges for Team USA, though...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 3 years ago 10,466 reads 64 comments

  5. Olympics Basketball 2012: Team USA's True Achilles' Heel? Foul Trouble for Bigs

    The 2012 edition of Team USA does, in fact, have a big-man problem. It's just not the big-man problem that everyone keeps harping on...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 3 years ago 6,374 reads 32 comments

  6. Olympics Basketball 2012: Which of Team USA's Lineup Changes Should Stick?

    In Team USA's scrimmage against Great Britain on Thursday, coach Mike Krzyzewski made two lineup changes, replacing Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul with Kevin Durant and Deron Williams as starters...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 3 years ago 1,517 reads 5 comments

  7. 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 almost 3 years ago 3,509 reads 36 comments

  8. 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 almost 3 years ago 2,429 reads 6 comments

  9. 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 almost 3 years ago 5,387 reads 18 comments

  10. 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 almost 3 years ago 1,635 reads 0 comments

  11. 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 almost 3 years ago 4,578 reads 36 comments

  12. 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 almost 3 years ago 5,904 reads 71 comments

  13. 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 almost 3 years ago 1,026 reads 0 comments

  14. 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 almost 3 years ago 10,848 reads 3 comments

  15. 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 almost 3 years ago 3,189 reads 2 comments

  16. 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 almost 3 years ago 1,914 reads 29 comments

  17. 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 almost 3 years ago 12,529 reads 52 comments

  18. 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 almost 3 years ago 3,474 reads 13 comments

  19. 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 almost 3 years ago 4,201 reads 5 comments

  20. 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 almost 3 years ago 6,110 reads 43 comments

  21. 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 almost 3 years ago 1,950 reads 30 comments

  22. 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 almost 3 years ago 522 reads 1 comments

  23. 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 almost 3 years ago 1,622 reads 18 comments

  24. 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 almost 3 years ago 8,159 reads 105 comments

  25. 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 almost 3 years ago 1,316 reads 5 comments