1. Is This the Most Compelling Season in NBA History?

    Do you enjoy watching heroes return to glory? Triumphant last stands? Impending free-for-alls? Here's hoping you're an NBA fan, in that case. The 2013-14 season will tout all of that and more...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 12 months ago 24,322 reads 125 comments

  2. Is Kevin Durant the Toughest Cover in the NBA Today?

    Here's an NBA riddle for you: What do you call a player who stands nearly seven feet tall, has arms like Dhalsim from Street Fighter and touts seemingly unlimited shooting range? ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 12 months ago 14,070 reads 90 comments

  3. How James Harden Is Changing the Houston Rockets' Culture

    As the 2012 NBA offseason wound down, the Cinderella-esque transformation of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was nearing completion...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 12 months ago 15,861 reads 72 comments

  4. How the San Antonio Spurs Outsourced NBA Dominance

    San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich makes no bones about it: He prefers young international players over those from the United States...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 8,866 reads 35 comments

  5. Blueprint for Miami Heat to Ensure 'Big 3' Stay Together Beyond 2014 Offseason

    Can the Miami Heat keep their Big Three of LeBron James , Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together past the 2013-14 season? That question, more than anything else, will define the next 12 months for the franchise...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 12,958 reads 58 comments

  6. What Derrick Rose Must Do to Become the NBA's Most Transcendent Star

    It wasn't long ago that Derrick Rose sat atop the NBA . In May 2011, Rose became the youngest MVP in league history...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 16,779 reads 67 comments

  7. Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan: Comparing the G.O.A.T. to the Birthday Boy

    Editor's note: Kobe Bryant turns 35 on Friday, August 23. To commemorate the Los Angeles Lakers legend's big day, we're seeing how his career stacks up next to five NBA luminaries, be they current Hall of Famers or legends in the making...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 91,311 reads 464 comments

  8. Kobe Bryant vs. Magic Johnson: 5 Days of Black Mamba Birthday Comparisons

    Editor's note: Kobe Bryant turns 35 on Friday, August 23. To commemorate the Los Angeles Lakers legend's big day, we're seeing how his career stacks up next to five NBA luminaries, be they current Hall of Famers or legends in the making...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 23,355 reads 155 comments

  9. Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James: 5 Days of Black Mamba Birthday Comparisons

    Editor's note: Kobe Bryant turns 35 on Friday, August 23. To commemorate the Los Angeles Lakers legend's big day, we're seeing how his career stacks up next to five NBA luminaries, be they current Hall of Famers or legends in the making...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 62,629 reads 871 comments

  10. Kobe Bryant vs. Julius Erving: 5 Days of Black Mamba Birthday Comparisons

    Editor's note: Kobe Bryant turns 35 on August 23. To commemorate the Los Angeles Lakers legend's big day, we're seeing how his career stacks up next to five NBA luminaries, be they current Hall of Famers or those in the making...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 31,291 reads 123 comments

  11. Kobe Bryant vs. Larry Bird: 5 Days of Black Mamba Birthday Comparisons

    Editor's note: Kobe Bryant turns 35 on August 23. To commemorate the Los Angeles Lakers legend's big day, we're seeing how his career stacks up next to five NBA luminaries, be they current Hall of Famers or those in the making...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 55,607 reads 480 comments

  12. How the Greatest Basketball Shoes of the '90s Were Designed

    For sneakerheads, the 1990s were a golden era of basketball shoes. The kicks culture started gaining ground with the launch of the Air Jordans in the mid-1980s...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 9,281 reads 7 comments

  13. Biggest Threats to Steal Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh from Miami Heat in 2014

    The 2013-14 NBA season could be the last ride for the Miami Heat 's Big Three. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can all exercise early-termination options in the summer of 2014, which would make them unrestricted free agents...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 29,258 reads 154 comments

  14. Why Patrick Beverley Should Start over Jeremy Lin for Houston Rockets

    Dwight Howard 's decision to join the Houston Rockets as a free agent in the 2013 NBA offseason was a complete and total game-changer for the Western Conference...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 22,109 reads 431 comments

  15. Ultimate Scouting Report on 2014 NBA Draft Prospect Jabari Parker

    Anyone who thinks the 2014 NBA draft is "Andrew Wiggins or bust" clearly doesn't know enough about Jabari Parker . While Wiggins should be considered the early favorite to go No...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 35,402 reads 107 comments

  16. Do LA Lakers Have the Right Buss Calling the Shots?

    If the Los Angeles Lakers get their way, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony will take their talents to Hollywood as free agents during the 2014 NBA offseason...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 9,030 reads 54 comments

  17. Bleacher Report's Official NBA Summer League All-Star Team

    Wins and losses might not matter much in NBA Summer League , but the same can't be said about players' individual performances...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 122,872 reads 252 comments

  18. Each Suitor's Potential Pitch to LeBron James in 2014

    Remember the hysteria created by LeBron James ' first foray into free agency back in the summer of 2010? That'll be nothing compared to what happens if James decides to exercise ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 48,989 reads 229 comments

  19. Re-Ranking NBA's Most Influential Executives

    The NBA 's power structure is being turned on its head under the latest collective bargaining agreement. The league's preeminent franchises, such as the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, can't simply outspend small-market teams anymore...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 17,574 reads 70 comments

  20. A Forlorn Farewell to Andrew Bynum from a Tormented Philadelphia 76ers Fan

    When the Philadelphia 76ers traded for Andrew Bynum in August 2012, I described the trade as "grand larceny" for the Sixers. One year later, it's harrowing to admit just how wrong I was...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 4,959 reads 16 comments

  21. NBA Teams That Still Have Their Amnesty Provision, and How They Should Use It

    With the 2013 July moratorium now lifted, teams are once again free to release an underperforming player with their "amnesty provision...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 31,325 reads 85 comments

  22. If Dwight Howard Really Cared About Winning, He Would Have Signed for Less

    Dwight Howard claims that above all else, he put a premium on winning when weighing his free-agency options during the 2013 offseason, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Ramona Shelburne ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 7,772 reads 89 comments

  23. Philadelphia 76ers' Trade for Royce White Is Ultimate Low-Risk, High-Reward Move

    Dwight Howard may be stealing all the 2013 offseason headlines, but count the Philadelphia 76ers among the beneficiaries of Howard's prolonged indecision...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 35,441 reads 126 comments

  24. Jrue Holiday-Nerlens Noel Trade Gives Philadelphia 76ers a Much-Needed Direction

    After the 2013 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers are hardly recognizable. For a previously rudderless franchise that had no clear direction before draft night, that development should only be considered a positive...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 24,910 reads 125 comments

  25. 2013 NBA Draft: Predicting the Biggest Reaches of Round 1

    The 2013 NBA draft is shaping up to be completely and utterly unpredictable. Typically, in the days leading up to the draft, there's at least some consensus about the top few picks...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 37,418 reads 48 comments