1. Breaking Down a Difference Between Vintage Dwight Howard and the Current Version

    Dwight is not right, that much is certain. He's also quite frank on not being 100 percent, too. Back when the Lakers played the Warriors , I joined the fray of those asking Dwight ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 434 reads 17 comments

  2. 5 Takeaways from Tuesday Night's Upset-Rich NBA Action

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen on a Tuesday League Pass night. New Year's Day was a time of many shocking upsets. It's enough to make you wonder whether a hangover is the great equalizer (kidding, NBA !)...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 15,512 reads 69 comments

  3. Twitter Breaks Down Amar'e Stoudemire's Shaky Return to the Knicks

    Amar'e Stoudemire did not look right in his return to action on Tuesday night, as the Knicks fell at home to the Blazers, 105-100. It was almost as though he hadn't played in a while: Amar'e looks like he hasn't played all season...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 6,753 reads 28 comments

  4. Ranking the 2012-13 NBA Season's Most Thrilling Teams

    "I thought I would never, ever see Showtime again. And I was the architect of Showtime. The Clippers ? That's Showtime...

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  5. Who's to Blame for Celtics Failures This Year?

    The Boston Celtics are a great and proud organization. Many members of the current team were huge factors in the winning of the 2008 NBA championship...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 7,680 reads 79 comments

  6. 5 Takeaways from Monday Night's New Year's NBA Action

    Happy New Year's everybody. If your team lost on New Year's Eve, fear not, dear fan. Tomorrow's another year, and another chance at becoming better. The Orlando Magic could resolve to lose fewer overtime games...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 12,223 reads 70 comments

  7. Is Sacramento Kings' Toxic Culture Holding DeMarcus Cousins Back?

    The concept of "royal jelly" is one of my favorites in sports. The idea, as coined by ESPN.com writer David Thorpe, essentially postulates that certain teams can augment or stifle the development of young players...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 4,866 reads 29 comments

  8. NBA Power Rankings: Where Every Team Stands Heading into Week 10

    Expectations are a killer in sports. In this particular sport, expectations can be a coach killer. That's because coaches are viewed as less important than the players, and they're certainly paid less...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 314,569 reads 327 comments

  9. Biggest Takeaways from Thursday Night's Uneven NBA Action

    The appetizer turned out to be the main course on Thursday night, with a thrilling Mavericks -Thunder game giving way to a snoozer of a Clippers - Celtics game. Blame the Clips, they've been too good of late...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 14,097 reads 106 comments

  10. How Steve Nash Is Transforming LA Lakers Offense

    The Lakers are 2-1 with Steve Nash back. Though that's a small sample size, the team certainly appears more offensively organized than before Steve's involvement...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 9,825 reads 37 comments

  11. Do Phil Jackson and Brooklyn Nets Make Sense for Each Other?

    Avery Johnson was fired by the Brooklyn Nets early Thursday, creating a vacuum in a major media market. P.J...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 2,357 reads 10 comments

  12. Biggest Takeaways from Wednesday Night's Suspenseful NBA Action

    Some League Pass nights are more exciting than others, and Wednesday night was one of the good ones. Four games were decided by three points or fewer, and that's not even including one game that went into double overtime...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 21,522 reads 53 comments

  13. Has Dwyane Wade's Shooting Coach Transformed Heat Star's Approach?

    Dwyane Wade 's at a career crossroads. His athleticism is clearly in decline, a conclusion based on observation, his reduced minutes, his reduced role and our basic knowledge of the human aging process...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 753 reads 24 comments

  14. Does Kevin Durant Have a Higher Ceiling Than LeBron James?

    Kevin Durant is an incredible player, but he's also an incredible learner. Durant may have entered the league with a naturally wonderful shot, but his dribbling was not befitting of a scoring wing, and his court vision was well below average...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 1,178 reads 60 comments

  15. Winners and Losers from NBA's Christmas Day Slate

    It was glorious to see a Lakers - Knicks game with some sense of greater meaning. The NBA 's two biggest markets haven't been title threats at the same time since the '70s...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 17,044 reads 59 comments

  16. Breaking Down What LA Lakers Can Do to Expand Dwight Howard's Game

    I have a trick answer to my seemingly simple question: For the Lakers to expand Dwight's game, they should keep it simple. This means fewer feeds into the post, though many Laker fans lament the lack of Dwight Howard touches...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 126 reads 5 comments

  17. 5 Young NBA Stars Who Have Reached Their Ceiling

    Blake Griffin is the most commonly talked about young star in terms of, "has he reached his ceiling?" Or "has he regressed?" Certain styles of play, especially the more athletic iterations, are more prone to critical discontent...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 10,036 reads 37 comments

  18. Revealing the Biggest Problem with Reeling Boston Celtics

    The Boston Celtics are probably a playoff team out of the East, even if they've been a big disappointment so far. Perhaps that's all that matters, considering how often we've underestimated a squad that often goes half-speed in the regular season...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 4,649 reads 17 comments

  19. NBA Power Rankings: Where Every Team Stands Heading into Week 9

    The NBA regular season is a Western Conference production so far. While the Heat and Knicks pace the relatively weaker East, the West provides so many teams that could at least qualify for third in the other conference...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 331,773 reads 311 comments

  20. Ranking David Lee Among NBA's Best Power Forwards

    A short while ago, David Lee was considered something of a Warriors burden. He was thought to be a skilled offensive player and a very good rebounder, but such a defensive liability that his $15 million salary in 2015-2016 seemed quite problematic...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 632 reads 183 comments

  21. Will Kobe Bryant's Shift to Small Forward Impact His Play?

    The Lakers have a lack of depth and that means Kobe Bryant has to fill some new roles. Hopefully, for L.A.'s sake, Bryant's occasional shift to small forward will work out better than Mike Brown's dalliance with Antawn Jamison at power forward...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 14,313 reads 74 comments

  22. Why Carmelo Anthony's Numbers Don't Validate MVP Chatter

    I'm a simple guy, in some respects. I want my MVP to be the league's best player. The "Most Valuable" plaudit is a notoriously fraught distinction, so I like to simplify it. The appeal of choosing some guy whose team exceeded expectations is lost on me...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 152 reads 151 comments

  23. Biggest Takeaways from Wednesday Night's NBA Action

    It feels like the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets have played each other 13,049 times this season (Note: It might be closer to "three"). All 13,049 of the games have been fun, including Wednesday night's 100-86 New York blowout of Brooklyn...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 15,338 reads 112 comments

  24. The New York Knicks' Most Important Player Isn't Named Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks trounced a Brooklyn Nets team that was once thought to be on their level. With the exception of Ronnie Brewer, New York looked to be unstoppable with their typical pick-and-roll attack...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 10,990 reads 53 comments

  25. Is James Harden the Right Player for Houston Rockets To Build Around?

    James Harden 's stardom, superstardom or franchise-player value has been a hot topic of debate over the past year. When he went through a nightmare finals, pundits and fans alike were cackling over all the money he'd lose in a contract year...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 7,061 reads 50 comments