1. Olympics 2012: Who Is the Weakest Link on Team USA?

    I have some very specific ad hoc weakest link rules. First off, your weak link cannot be an ancillary player. Christian Laettner was obviously the "weak link" for the Dream Team, except, he wasn't getting any playing time...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 6,902 reads 55 comments

  2. Which Olympic Rosters Are Best Suited for International Play?

    FIBA has some different rules from NBA basketball in terms of what is officiated, in terms of the shapes on the court. The jarring difference was enough for Tim Duncan to infamously lament "FIBA sucks" after a particularly difficult run with Team USA...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 6,703 reads 10 comments

  3. Team USA vs. Miami Heat

    They often say that the best soccer teams are club squads, and you won't see the best soccer in an event like the World Cup. I'm not sure this applies to basketball, as America produces so much of the world's top talent...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 29,242 reads 232 comments

  4. Small-Market Owners Should Blame Selves If the Lakers Get Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard is on the market and the Lakers seem to be inching towards acquiring the center. Whether Dwight wants to re-sign is immaterial to an organization so confident in itself...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 52,502 reads 299 comments

  5. Steve Nash Goes Hollywood, This Time with the Godfather

    Steve Nash , you magnificent weirdo. Like his point guard buddy Baron Davis, Steve Nash is an aspiring filmmaker in his off time. Such a diversion might incur criticism were Nash not so good at his craft and not so charming off the court...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 14,586 reads 11 comments

  6. Ads on Jerseys Would Make the NBA Worse, Not Better

    There is support for the NBA 's new push towards advertisements on uniforms. While I can certainly understand why players and owners might want this, I'm not so clear as to why fans or writers would...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 3,361 reads 16 comments

  7. Olympics 2012: Team USA Shows Its Best Lineup Includes Kevin Durant

    It wasn't surprising that Team USA pummeled poor Great Britain. What was surprising was that Mike Krzyzewski employed a new lineup, one featuring Kevin Durant and Deron Williams...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 6,120 reads 9 comments

  8. Would Lakers Be Title Favorites with Dwight Howard?

    It's not unprecedented for a team to spring up out of nowhere and become title favorites. Next year's favorites, the Miami Heat , emerged in that exact manner...

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  9. USA Basketball 2012: Is Kobe Bryant Right to Fight Stern's Proposed Age Limit?

    Kudos to Kobe. He's incredibly right on this one. Via ESPN's Marc Stein, Bryant said this when asked about David Stern's proposal to put a 23-and-under cap on American Olympic participation: "It's a stupid idea...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 4,807 reads 11 comments

  10. Did Carmelo-Amar'e Pairing Kill Jeremy Lin's New York Dream Ride?

    No decision exists in a vacuum. "Overpaid" isn't a fixed term in the NBA . Given a blank roster, it is difficult to know just how much value any star commands. Houston has that essentially blank roster...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 17,224 reads 141 comments

  11. How Good Can the Bulls Be Next Season Without Derrick Rose?

    The Chicago Bulls are hard to figure, as they are injured and depleted but also well-coached. This is quite the conundrum for anyone attempting to handicap a Chicago season...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 11,214 reads 75 comments

  12. Ranking the NBA Super Teams

    Big threes, big fours. Super teams are the order of the day, at least until the new CBA finds a way to stop players from making friends with each other. In other words, get used to this era...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 33,226 reads 168 comments

  13. Olympics 2012: Team USA vs. Great Britain

    You know what's better than all the Linsanity and Dwight Howard misdirection? Actual basketball, that's what! The Olympics are getting underway, and you're blessed with the option ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 16,593 reads 40 comments

  14. Jeremy Lin Strikes Back Against New York Media in Sports Illustrated Story

    Some MSG-connected elements are waging a PR war against one Jeremy Lin . Stephen A. Smith is publicly obsessing over how Lin didn't play hurt, and how, according to Smith, "Jeremy ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 31,628 reads 282 comments

  15. Did Houston Rockets Overpay for Jeremy Lin?

    The Houston Rockets are a part of this Lin deal , though, you wouldn't know it from the national media coverage...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 32,829 reads 159 comments

  16. Did the Knicks Make a Mistake Letting Jeremy Lin Get Away?

    Jeremy Lin is Houston-bound , which would have been an unthinkable outcome in February (via USA Today ). That was back when we were in the throes of Linsanity—an affliction that charmed fans the world over—especially in New York...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 33,175 reads 282 comments

  17. Grant Hill to L.A. Clippers: Can He Survive L.A.'s Training Staff?

    I'm afraid that the answer will be "No." When Phoenix radio host John Gambadoro reported that Grant Hill was headed for the Los Angeles Clippers , I immediately envisioned Hill's arm falling off upon signing the contract...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 3,087 reads 11 comments

  18. Antawn Jamison to Los Angeles Lakers Would Increase the Need for Dwight Howard

    Charlotte Observer beat writer Rick Bonnell is reporting that the Lakers will sign Antawn Jamison . At first glance, this looks like a good move for the Lakers. They need spacing, and Jamison can shoot the three while playing the 4...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 30,673 reads 42 comments

  19. Jeremy Lin: New York Knicks Should Sign Lin for His Game, Not Their Brand

    For all the discussion of what Jeremy Lin rakes in for the Knicks internationally, there is precious little evidence to suggest that such money actually exists. Individual teams do not make direct money from broadcasts overseas...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 5,633 reads 43 comments

  20. Jeremy Lin: Does Lin Even Want to Be on the Knicks?

    For all the Lin love, for all his supposed adoring fans, few are asking this question: Are the Knicks right for Jeremy Lin ? Right now, in part due to quotes on the part of Carmelo Anthony and J...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 6,809 reads 59 comments

  21. Kobe Bryant vs. Kyrie Irving 1-on-1: Who Wins This Game of Individual Talent?

    We're in the hypothetical season for basketball it seems. Questions like "Who wins the 2012 championship?" have given way to "Who wins a physically impossible game between the 1992 ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 31,282 reads 188 comments

  22. Dallas Mavericks: Did Mark Cuban Save Team's Offseason with Late Additions?

    The Mavs are on an expectations see-saw, which has influenced how we've felt about Mark Cuban and his moves. At first, the expectations were sky-high, with a possible Deron Williams and Dwight Howard combo beckoning...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 8,764 reads 25 comments

  23. Olympics Basketball 2012: Who's Team USA's Most Important Player?

    While watching a ludicrous 113-59 win over the Dominican Republic, I became increasingly convinced that Tyson Chandler is Team USA's most important player. On the face of it, such an opinion seems odd...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 5,684 reads 3 comments

  24. Luis Scola Amnestied: Daryl Morey Takes Big Gamble for Dwight Howard

    Daryl Morey is no longer running a lukewarm team. If the Houston Rockets fail, they will do so resoundingly. If they succeed, Morey will overtly show up his doubters...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 41,887 reads 200 comments

  25. 2012 Free Agency: NBA Agents Who Are Cashing in This Summer

    All hail David Falk, clear winner among agents in the 2012 free-agency frenzy. Though it will never get the Sports Illustrated cover-story treatment, Falk might be the comeback story of the year...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 23,235 reads 12 comments