1. USA Basketball: Kyrie Irving and the Best Players Left Out of London Olympics

    Kyrie Irving , depending on how much he's improving by the minute, might already deserve a Team USA roster spot at the 2012 Summer Olympics . His handle is possibly the league's best, though Chris Paul has a strong argument...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 30,120 reads 168 comments

  2. 3 Reasons Chicago Bulls Must Amnesty Carlos Boozer

    There are around 60 million reasons to amnesty Carlos Boozer . Well, check that, there are actually around 47 million reasons now that another year on his deal is up...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 20,198 reads 152 comments

  3. NBA Free Agency 2012: Do Sign-and-Trade Deals Undermine the New CBA?

    Sign-and-trades mock the idea that poor, undesirable teams are on equal footing. They simply aren't. Also, I love the sign-and-trade...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 14,051 reads 51 comments

  4. Dwight Howard or Andrew Bynum: Which All-Star Center Has Bigger Maturity Issues?

    First off, what are "maturity issues"? I'm not exactly certain, but fans and writers take it to mean "being annoying." I don't know either man well enough to tell you who needs more time growing as a person...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 89 reads 51 comments

  5. Winners and Losers from 2012 NBA Free Agency Thus Far

    This has been a fast-paced whirlwind of an NBA free-agent season. The field is littered with losers and winners. The Lakers and Nets are the class of the "winners" column after nabbing the most notable free agents out there...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 47,437 reads 38 comments

  6. Most Misunderstood Players in the NBA

    We think we know these athletes, but the televised images are so incomplete. Fans form opinions based on very little information, mixed with a lot of emotion...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 32,495 reads 76 comments

  7. NBA Teams That Got Screwed in Free Agency

    With so few superstars, the NBA free agency season has more losers than the winners. The winners so far are the Nashified Lakers, the Deron (and Dwight?) Nets, possibly Miami due to their Ray Allen addition...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 94,664 reads 107 comments

  8. London 2012: Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal Predictions for Men's Basketball

    I don't see an entirely clear path to gold for Team USA. To be clear, America has the most talented team. I would just prefer the U.S...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 71,642 reads 196 comments

  9. Blake Griffin Signs Up for Five Years with Troubled L.A. Clippers Franchise

    Perhaps it's just a giant vote in favor of Los Angeles, a city that inspires much envy-fueled scoffing. It's a nice place to live, and maybe Blake Griffin wants to stay there...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 3,478 reads 25 comments

  10. Ranking the NBA's Top 8 Eastern Conference Teams

    The Eastern Conference has gotten better over the years, and for all the cries of "No parity!," it's hard to know where the playoff teams stand. Obviously, Miami leads the pack. Beyond that, the East is an ever-developing mystery...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 4,635 reads 67 comments

  11. New York Knicks Pay Steve Novak (Right Amount) Because They Can

    Steve Novak is a one-dimensional player, and according to NBA .com's David Aldridge, that one dimension is worth four years, $15 million from the New York Knicks ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 10,160 reads 39 comments

  12. NBA Free Agency 2012: With Hibbert Deal, Pacers Save Blazers from Themselves

    I know why the Indiana Pacers are, according to Indianapolis Star reporter Mike Wells , matching Portland 's four-year, $58 million offer to Roy Hibbert . What I don't know is why Portland offered the deal in the first place...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 4,599 reads 9 comments

  13. Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets Would Be Good for Parity

    There's a hypothetical team, and they've been bad for a long time. It's not a premier destination—star players have shunned this team's many entreaties. Suddenly, in a flourish, said team gets some major free agents...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 7,681 reads 30 comments

  14. Should New York Knicks Match Houston Rockets' Offer for Jeremy Lin?

    The Houston Rockets offered Jeremy Lin a very ominous-sounding "poison pill" deal, wherein Lin's payments would escalate in the final two years of his contract. According to ESPN's J...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 13,623 reads 88 comments

  15. NBA Free Agency 2012: Toronto Raptors Save Offseason by Getting Kyle Lowry

    It was a miserable free-agency period for the Toronto Raptors , as ESPN detailed the absurd contract they gave to Landry Fields just to ensure Steve Nash's arrival. As you know, Nash never came...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 6,203 reads 17 comments

  16. Free Agency 2012: Jamal Crawford to the Faltering Los Angeles Clippers

    This move is billed as "adding" to Chris Paul 's supporting cast, but I'm not sure CP3 will be around long enough to see whatever this amalgam is...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 3,374 reads 36 comments

  17. Should Lakers Still Pursue Dwight Howard After Aquiring Steve Nash?

    I have long been against the Lakers trading Dwight Howard for Andrew Bynum , but the wind has shifted. The Steve Nash addition gives Los Angeles a clear two-year window to compete for a title...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 41,786 reads 118 comments

  18. Jeremy Lin Considers Leaving New York Knicks for the Houston Rockets

    The Houston Rockets make sense for Jeremy Lin but only seemed to appear as a recent possibility. But the Knicks point guard has visited Houston twice, with Daryl Morey proudly ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 6,377 reads 20 comments

  19. Los Angeles Lakers Trade for Steve Nash, Become Contenders

    For much of the Fourth of July holiday, New York Knicks fans publicly hemmed and hawed over whether they indeed wanted Steve Nash ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 10,206 reads 75 comments

  20. LeBron James Publicly Attempts to Get Ray Allen on the Miami Heat

    LeBron James likes to flaunt his Calipari recruiting tactics from time to time. On this occasion, he's posted a doctored photo of Ray Allen in a Heat uniform on his Facebook page with the caption, "This looks damn good to me...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 22,838 reads 281 comments

  21. NBA Free Agents 2012: It's Worth Giving Up Iman Shumpert To Get Steve Nash

    I have been among those who don't quite see how the Knicks can get Steve Nash . This won't stop New York from trying to pull off the improbable via a sign-and-trade with Phoenix ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 234 reads 221 comments

  22. Brooklyn Nets Leapfrog New York Knicks with Deron Williams Signing

    After so much waiting, the big news came from Deron Williams himself: Made a very tough decision today.... lockerz...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 3,431 reads 30 comments

  23. Did the Portland Blazers Overpay for Roy Hibbert?

    Lost in much of the Dwight Howard noise is that Portland made Roy Hibbert a large offer—an offer so large that Indiana probably has to refuse...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 157 reads 33 comments

  24. Raptors Err in Signing Landry Fields as Steve Nash Bait

    I have no qualms with the Toronto Raptors offering Steve Nash three years, $36 million, or a contract in that ballpark. The franchise has been rudderless for a long time, and they might as well gamble that Nash's final years will be good ones...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 4,020 reads 19 comments

  25. The Lakers Should Not Trade Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard

    The drumbeat thuds louder with each passing day. Adrian Wojnarowski recently reported that Orlando is pursuing the long-discussed Dwight-for-Bynum option. It's a path that many Lakers fans pine for...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about 2 years ago 14,340 reads 59 comments