1. August Marks Start of Annual Exodus for NBA's Marginalized

    If July is defined in NBA terms by the promise of free agency and the intrigue of the trade market, August is marked by the departure of some beloved specialists and role players...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 2,772 reads 1 comments

  2. Team USA Basketball: Team USA Faces Its First Real Turnover in 2016

    The Olympic basketball tournament is finished, and for Team USA , the day is won. The Americans continued excellence in an event that they've categorically dominated in every instance ...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 7,748 reads 21 comments

  3. USA vs. Spain: Spain Finally Figures out Offense, Makes Team USA Work for Gold

    Based on how both of the teams involved performed in pool play, the gold medal game between Spain and the United States could have been a mere formality...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 2,148 reads 0 comments

  4. USA vs. Spain: Notable Performers of the Men's Gold Medal Game

    The Olympic tournament is in the books, and after dancing through their respective preliminary groups toward their seemingly inevitable gold-medal matchup, Spain and the United States turned in a compelling final game for the summer...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 1,117 reads 0 comments

  5. London 2012 Basketball: Complete Preview and Prediction of USA vs. Spain

    Team USA Basketball is one win from an Olympic gold medal, with only Spain standing in its way. Time, TV, Location : Sunday, Aug. 12, 10:00 a.m...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 14,540 reads 5 comments

  6. Magic Spite Themselves to Pretend That Divisions Matter in the NBA

    The Orlando Magic 's trade return on Dwight Howard has been analyzed in every way possible, but from no angle does a collection of mid-level assets look promising...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 2,135 reads 18 comments

  7. Philadelphia and Denver Sneak Away with Big Gets

    Somehow, the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers—the two peripheral teams in Dwight Howard 's highly anticipated move to Los Angeles—both made out like bandits...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 3,747 reads 16 comments

  8. Brooklyn Nets Need Kenyon Martin in a Bad Way

    The Brooklyn Nets have signed, re-signed or acquired 13 players over the course of this offseason— including all five of their likely starters, most of their rotation and even those sure to stay glued to the bench...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 7,122 reads 24 comments

  9. Four Teams Likely to Just Miss the Playoff Cut in 2013

    Playoff predictions can be a tall order in the preseason. Though we have a decent idea of how particular groups of players might perform in the months to come, there's simply no way to account for the twists and turns of a full, 82-game campaign...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 6,123 reads 33 comments

  10. Olympic Basketball: What to Make of Serge Ibaka's Limited Playing Time

    Serge Ibaka is a significant part of the Spanish national basketball team's most consistent and daunting advantage...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 2,014 reads 2 comments

  11. J.R. Smith Speaks the Truth

    I don't typically credit J.R. Smith as a truth-teller, but in an interview with Ian Begley of ESPN New York , Smith boasted his way into a surprisingly fair review of his team's prospects—even if he did so inadvertently...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 4,535 reads 84 comments

  12. Breaking Down Team USA's Gaudy Production

    The beauty of Team USA is a tremendous depth that borders on excess. Each and every player on the roster would be a crucial contributor for any other national team in the field, and ...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 633 reads 3 comments

  13. LeBron James: The Best Basketball Player Around on the Simplest Terms

    The last two years of NBA coverage have been saturated in reporting and analysis related to the perception of LeBron James . How Clevelanders, basketball fans and even fellow NBA players viewed James became a story in itself...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 6,631 reads 47 comments

  14. Dwight Howard vs. Andrew Bynum: A Debate in Context

    At this point, the Andrew Bynum - Dwight Howard binary is fairly inescapable. One star center or the other figures to be a Los Angeles Laker for a long time, and until Howard agrees to an extension or a new contract, he'll be bound to L...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 22,668 reads 140 comments

  15. A Closer Look at Team USA's Persistent (if Hardly Damning) Weaknesses

    No entity in sports is exempt from the possibility of failure. No matter how dominant a team or player might seem, a single game can produce any kind of improbable result...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 940 reads 1 comments

  16. Pinpointing 5 Breakout Players for the 2012-2013 NBA Season

    The NBA offseason holds the potential for glorious, glorious change. Contenders are made, players are moved, and coaches find new homes...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 254 reads 94 comments

  17. Team USA's Blowout Win Invites an Annoying and Inevitable Sports Media Cliché

    It's one of the sporting world's most ridiculous unwritten rules that one can win, provided they don't win by too much ...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 882 reads 0 comments

  18. Olympic Basketball 2012: No Room for Regret in Team USA's Roster Selections

    When Team USA goes about selecting its roster for either the Olympic Games or FIBA competition, there's inevitably much conversation over the pool of candidates and the interests of the USA Basketball program...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 1,805 reads 0 comments

  19. Golden State Warriors' Moves Warrant a Quiet Optimism

    It's treacherous to bring any sense of optimism to ORACLE Arena, but the incoming Golden State Warriors make it awfully tempting...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 7,401 reads 16 comments

  20. Three NBA Teams That Created Roster Flexibility This Summer

    Hope comes in many flavors in professional sports (justified, misguided, etc.), and its primary facilitator is the mere potential for change...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 3,404 reads 3 comments

  21. Three NBA Teams That Scrapped Their Roster Flexibility This Summer

    The process of constructing a top-tier NBA roster requires luck, resources, and an incredibly specific sense of timing...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 7,038 reads 49 comments

  22. Guessing at Team USA's 12-Man Roster for the 2016 Olympics

    We live in a world (or at the very least, a country) of programmed anticipation. It's a world in which enjoyment of the present is clouded by expectation of the future and the most ...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 44,215 reads 401 comments

  23. Doc Rivers Puts Rumors of a Rondo-Allen Tiff to Rest

    Doc Rivers is a tremendous basketball coach, but he's a truly remarkable politician. That's been the case over virtually his entire coaching career...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 8,257 reads 52 comments

  24. The Trickling After-Effects of LeBron James' "Decision"

    We're years away from seeing the fullest effects of LeBron James ' televised free-agent spectacular, but it's already safe to say that "The Decision" was one of the most important moments to date in the business of sports...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 2,484 reads 4 comments

  25. On the Waning Importance of Basketball's True Centers

    In the early 2000s, Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan ruled the league in the same way that fantastically productive big men always had...

    Rob Mahoney Written by Rob Mahoney about 2 years ago 8,917 reads 60 comments