1. Will the L.A. Lakers Break the Chicago Bulls' 1995-96 Wins Record?

    Perhaps you remember that the 2010 Miami Heat opened to some immense expectations. Jeff Van Gundy ( via ESPN ) predicted that the Heat would win more than that famous 72-win Chicago squad...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 12,386 reads 158 comments

  2. Is Dwight Howard's Back a Bigger Concern Than L.A. Lakers Are Letting On?

    If I had to bet, I'd wager on the Lakers being quite concerned with Dwight Howard 's back. They're far from a stupid franchise, and Gary Vitti is among the most respected trainers in sports...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 15,828 reads 106 comments

  3. Will Derrick Rose's Knee Injury Really Improve His Jump Shot?

    Man, I hope so. I really do. While this isn't exactly profound analysis off the bat, I do feel the need to state just how deeply I miss the injured, rehabbing Derrick Rose ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 10,848 reads 31 comments

  4. Was O.J. Mayo the Best Value Signing of the 2012 NBA Offseason?

    I would say not. O.J. Mayo has been an over-heralded addition to nearly every team since high school, probably due to his high school prowess. This high school prowess started before high school, actually...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 2,440 reads 9 comments

  5. Does Andre Iguodala Push the Denver Nuggets into 'Contender' Territory?

    It all depends on what you mean by "contender." Las Vegas has the Nuggets at 40/1 to win the whole thing (per Sportsbook.com). If 40-to-1 equals contender status to you, then yes, Denver contends...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 3,884 reads 60 comments

  6. Are Nets Fans Expecting Too Much for First Season in Brooklyn?

    My first instinct is that the broad consensus is expecting too much out of the Brooklyn Nets . Vegas Insider has them pegged at 15/1 to win the East, much better odds than the ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 4,937 reads 46 comments

  7. Is There Any Eastern Conference Team That Can Challenge Miami Heat?

    Check out the Vegas Eastern Conference odds if you will. Notice anything? What should become immediately apparent is that the Miami Heat have an overwhelming advantage over any rival...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 10,678 reads 188 comments

  8. Will Chris Bosh Ever Be an All-Star Again?

    I would bet a vast sum of money on Chris Bosh remaking the All-Star game. He is much maligned for supposed "softness" (I'm still not sure what that term even means), which obscures what is starting to look like a Hall of Fame career...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 4,533 reads 73 comments

  9. Does Jimmer Fredette Need a Fresh Start to Fulfill His NBA Potential?

    Jimmer Fredette will likely never become a star, but a good step toward competence would be a few steps away from Sacramento. This is less of an indictment of him than of the Kings organization...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 4,073 reads 25 comments

  10. How Good Can Kawhi Leonard Be for the San Antonio Spurs?

    Kawhi Leonard was a rookie revelation for the San Antonio Spurs . It wasn't just that he was good—many of us expected as much from the lengthy, athletic rebounder coming out of San Diego State...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 8,069 reads 69 comments

  11. Virginia Beach Throws Its Hat into the Kings Ring

    Virginia is a populous place—12th among all American states. By that shallow measure, it's surprising that it lacks a professional sports team in one of the "big four...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 6,592 reads 87 comments

  12. Can Amar'e Stoudemire Handle Bigger Role in NY Knicks Offense?

    I would say, "No," if last year repeats itself. Last season's STAT shot a meager .483 from the field and only claimed 7.8 rebounds. It was enough of a poor, sustained performance to make his $100 million contract one of the worst in the league...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 3,264 reads 41 comments

  13. Ranking Miami Heat's Biggest Title Threats

    If you buy the premise that the Miami Heat are 2013 title favorites (and I do), then you might be scouring the field for competitors, hoping for an injection of drama into next season...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 9,880 reads 121 comments

  14. The NBA's Worst Athlete

    Who is the least athletic player in an incredibly athletic sport? This is a tough question, as the term "athletic" is a bit vague...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 38,963 reads 245 comments

  15. Why Damian Lillard Will Challenge Anthony Davis for Rookie of the Year

    The following comes with the caveat that we don't quite know how good Damian Lillard will become. There is reason to doubt the kid—he played for a small school in a small conference, he's older than your average rookie...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 3,345 reads 16 comments

  16. Chris Paul Thumb Injury Could Be a Major Setback for Clippers

    The Los Angeles Clippers can't really afford to lose many games. That sounds like an obvious statement, something we could apply to almost any team...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 10,308 reads 80 comments

  17. The 7 Best Players Soon to Be on the NBA Trading Block

    The Dwight Howard trade was an asteroid hit that rocked this sport. It changes the calculus of multiple teams, as suddenly their rosters aren't suitable for what the league now is...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 16,531 reads 94 comments

  18. How to Restore Competitive Balance to the NBA

    It is quite difficult to make the NBA "balanced." There are five players on the court, and an elite talent tends to tilt the board in his team's favor. Also, there are only so many elite talents out there (hence the term "elite")...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 156 reads 41 comments

  19. Charles Barkley Is Wrong While Favoring the Lakers over the Thunder

    Charles Barkley likes to tweak Oklahoma City, as he does with many towns. During the playoffs, he entered the kabuki dance of pretending to have an issue with the small market, allowing ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 12,044 reads 201 comments

  20. Are the Los Angeles Lakers Dependent on Kobe Bryant Staying with Team?

    The Lakers should be fine without Kobe Bryant , so long as Dwight Howard 's back is fixable. They have positioned themselves well for the distant future, even if they have an incredibly pricey immediate future...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 20,473 reads 109 comments

  21. Playoff Predictions: Golden State Warriors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

    This is a battle between state-named teams who almost always disappoint their fanbases. It's also a battle between two relatively enjoyable, balanced squads that have a decent shot of making the postseason next year...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 4,882 reads 54 comments

  22. What's the Best Way to Solve the Carmelo/Amar'e Chemistry Problem for NY Knicks?

    To Amar'e's highly apostrophe'd credit, he's working on it. Stoudemire has been working with Hakeem Olajuwon this summer, honing a post game that would diversify the Knicks ' offense...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 5,691 reads 58 comments

  23. Russell Westbrook and James Harden Spotlight Harden's Weird Beard

    I've always wondered whether James Harden found his own beard amusing. Does he grow it for the comfort? Does he sport it for the novelty? Does he just hate shaving? We may never ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 2,434 reads 2 comments

  24. Common Threads of Every Repeat NBA Champion

    Can the Miami Heat do it again? NBA success is self-perpetuating, and though repeating as a title winner is a difficult feat, it does have some precedent. Magic Johnson pulled it off in the '80s, then Isiah Thomas at the turn of the decade...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 2,673 reads 27 comments

  25. Breaking Down Why the New York Knicks' Depth Only Looks Good on Paper

    The Knicks are thin. The Knicks are not guaranteed a playoff spot next season. If you accept the second premise, then the first is concerning. Great teams need not worry about depth so much...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 8,813 reads 157 comments