1. Could Andrew Bynum Play Better Than Dwight Howard?

    Lost amid the hype and heralding of Dwight Howard 's Los Angeles arrival is the very real possibility that Andrew Bynum will be the better player next season...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 11,083 reads 132 comments

  2. Fix the World Championships Before Nixing the Olympics

    Word on the street is that the NBA would like to eschew the Olympic games in favor of implementing under-23 tournament, and going all in on FIBA's World Championship...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 4,486 reads 12 comments

  3. Stop Complaining: The Lakers Traded Fairly for Dwight Howard

    There is so much hand-wringing around the league right now, all because the Lakers suddenly, probably got better. It's not fair, I hear. Small-market teams can't compete, I read...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 13,067 reads 155 comments

  4. Who Would Make USA's 3-on-3 Olympic Basketball Tournament Team?

    FIBA is proposing a three-on-three Olympic tournament for the 2016 Games ( via NBC ). This sounds wildly fun, and I pray that it happens. First, let me flaunt my credentials...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 54,045 reads 528 comments

  5. Dominant Team USA Wasn't Playing 'Small Ball'

    USA basketball is triumphant, but it's with a sly trick called "small ball." In part because they lacked Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum, the Americans hoisted threes from almost all positions and dominated from the wing spots...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 1,437 reads 3 comments

  6. LeBron James: Now Praised by the Dumb Logic That Was Used Against Him

    Team USA wins a gold medal, and it becomes yet more "redemption" for LeBron James . And he was great—as he usually is—in those Olympic Games. But man, it's so odd to see so much praise heaped on the once-loathed...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 6,877 reads 18 comments

  7. Has 2012 Team USA Changed International Hoops on Any Level?

    If the 1992 Dream Team is lauded for its influence, the 2012 squad is merely praised for maintaining the American basketball empire abroad...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 420 reads 1 comments

  8. LeBron James Caps One of the Greatest Individual Years in Basketball History

    While 2011-2012 might not have been LeBron James ' best statistical season, or even one of basketball's best statistical seasons, few years have delivered so much relief...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 186 reads 179 comments

  9. LeBron vs. Durant, Who's More Important to Olympic Gold Medal Triumph

    LeBron James is the best player in the world, pretty much objectively. This does not necessarily mean that he was more important to Team USA's gold-medal Olympic run, though. Who you prefer is a matter of taste...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 16,540 reads 92 comments

  10. Dwight Howard Trade Does Not Make the Lakers Title Favorites

    Obviously, this is a fantastic day for Laker fans. The team has leapt into legitimate title contention by nabbing the ever-elusive Dwight Howard , a player who can compensate for some of their defensive issues while not demanding too much of the ball...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 20,380 reads 496 comments

  11. Dwight Howard and the Media: A Mutual Ruining of Credibility

    Yet more Dwight trade talk—stop me if you've heard this one before. This time, it's from top NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Orlando and the L.A...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 3,719 reads 12 comments

  12. USA vs. Argentina: Preview, Analysis and Predictions for Olympics Basketball

    Time, TV, Location: Friday 4pm EST, NBC Sports, London, England. Record of Teams in Group Play: USA (5-0), Argentina (3-2) Team USA Starters: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 4,210 reads 3 comments

  13. Predictions for Team USA vs. Argentina Olympics Basketball Semifinals

    Beware the Argentine Old Man Game! Sure, this collection of grizzled, slightly flabby vets doesn't look so imposing, but Team USA would be foolish to take them lightly. Luis Scola and Manu Ginobili are two of basketball's smartest operators...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 12,940 reads 17 comments

  14. Separating Potential from Production with Rising Star Derrick Favors

    Derrick Favors is awe inspiring, just in warmups alone. He's 6'9" in socks, a chiseled 245 lbs and carries a ridiculous 7'4" wingspan...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 2,712 reads 17 comments

  15. London 2012 Basketball: Nicolas Batum's Punch Elevates Question-Mark Status

    France lost to Spain, 66-59, in a fantastic Olympic elimination game, but that may get drowned out by Nicolas Batum 's overhand punch to Juan Carlos Navarro's midsection...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 38,353 reads 200 comments

  16. Portland Trail Blazers Hire Terry Stotts: At Least It's Somebody

    "At least it's somebody" is generally how I feel when anybody is put in charge of anything within the Blazers or Clippers organizations. Both franchises are wanting to trudge along with power vacuums in tow...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 1,904 reads 8 comments

  17. OKC Thunder and Miami Heat Dominate Without 'Chemistry'

    Obviously, whatever the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder did last season, they did pretty well. Or at least, they did it better than the competition. Currently, these are basketball's two best teams...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 8,555 reads 72 comments

  18. Comparing LeBron James' Olympic Run to Michael Jordan's Dream Team Campaign

    When we compare the Olympic team runs of Michael Jordan and LeBron James , some caveats apply. First, LeBron isn't done playing in these Games, and the more competitive round is about to begin...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 2,895 reads 6 comments

  19. Predictions for Team USA vs. Australia Olympics Basketball Quarterfinals

    Team USA can be beaten, though it probably won't be. That seems to be the recent calculus, given that America had to come from behind to narrowly beat Lithuania, then looked quite beatable in its following game against Argentina...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 12,994 reads 122 comments

  20. 2012 Team USA Can Beat the Dream Team and Get Killed by the Dream Team

    The hypothetical "2012 vs. Dream Team" debate was raised by a thrashing of Nigeria, then put to bed by a near loss to Lithuania...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 2,291 reads 7 comments

  21. Is Anthony Davis the Next Kevin Garnett or Marcus Camby?

    I would lean toward "Garnett" over "Camby." Slightly related, It would sure be nice to see him play a bit more in these Olympics . Anthony Davis has become something of Team USA's victory cigar, only deployed when leads are absolutely safe...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 13,203 reads 161 comments

  22. Olympic Basketball 2012: How Team USA Could Lose the Gold Medal

    Well, it would seem that Team USA is not indomitable after all, eking out a "victory" over Lithuania, 99-94...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 20,451 reads 57 comments

  23. London 2012: Carmelo Anthony the Star of Coolest Olympic Ad

    Why can't basketball have cool ads, especially in the run up to an Olympics ? It partially might be because NBC is so unwilling to hype USA basketball...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 33,220 reads 65 comments

  24. Adjustments USA Basketball Program Must Make to Stay on Top

    Poor Nigeria. Poor, poor Nigeria. Team USA beat the Nigerians 156-73, a real score that looks very much like a typo. And they did it in 10 minute quarters. For Team USA, the game was more impressive than it was any kind of test...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 1,546 reads 1 comments

  25. Predictions for Team USA vs. Lithuania

    Lithuania has some NBA-caliber talent in center Jonas Valančiūnas, wing Linas Kleiza and steady point guard Šarūnas Jasikevičius...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 11,310 reads 26 comments