1. Brandon Jennings Interview: Bucks Star PG Talks Shoes, His Game and the Future

    In between carving up the icy courts of Milwaukee (It's icy at the Bradley Center, right?), Brandon Jennings has been doing some spokesman work for Mission Court Grip ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 2,991 reads 5 comments

  2. 5 NBA Unknowns Who Will Become Must-See Highlight Material in 2012-13

    If only NBA coaches knew that basketball was about entertainment. They're so inclined to favor unimportant things like defense and winning when we casual fans craves monster dunks and shooting barrages...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 8,466 reads 27 comments

  3. Can the NBA Elite Still Win with Defense?

    The "space and pace" ethos has conquered the NBA , as teams seek out floor-spacers to turbo charge their offenses. "Defense wins championships" is the adage, but elite teams are becoming defined by their offense...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 4,554 reads 22 comments

  4. Signs the Lakers' Problems Are For Real

    Well, the Lakers afforded themselves a respite from "Fire Mike Brown!" and all sorts of other drama. The afterglow of that home win over Detroit proved brief, though, as L.A...

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  5. Ranking the 4 Most Toxic Contracts in the NBA Today

    Every team is bound by the "max"-contract provision, but not every team should test those limits. Since there are only so many great players to go around, certain franchises inevitably splurge on mediocre or declining players...

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  6. Would Firing Mike Brown Really Turn Around L.A. Lakers' Season?

    Mike Brown is always simmering on the hot seat, in part because he's coached two highly watched teams of late and in part because of his facial expressions...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 9,417 reads 69 comments

  7. Which NBA Head Coach Is on the Hottest Hot Seat?

    NBA coaches do not, by and large, have long tenures. Jerry Sloan was the exception and even Sloan left under frustration and tumult...

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  8. Who Will Get Most Blame If Lakers Fall Short of a Title?

    A wise man once said that happiness is expectations divided by reality. The Lakers have high, high, towering expectations. This means that they must muster an incredible reality so as to keep fans and media happy...

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  9. Breaking Down How Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol Are Adjusting to Their New Teammates

    With all of the new additions in Los Angeles, we sometimes forget about the incumbents. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol have been with this team through the era of post-Shaq relevance...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 6,295 reads 10 comments

  10. Why Miami Heat's Pacing and Spacing Should Have Rest of NBA Frightened

    Erik Spoelstra is that hippie teacher who lectures outside (in nature), lets you grade yourself and doesn't keep the class in "boxes" known as "positions...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 9,816 reads 18 comments

  11. Impact Meter for New NBA Acquisitions: Week 2 Edition

    Just look at Omer Asik's face in the photo above. That's the face of a man making an impact. He could also be sneezing, but he's definitely making an impact while sneezing...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 42,557 reads 140 comments

  12. Will Motivated Brandon Jennings Finally Realize Star Potential?

    Look, if you don't mind, I'm going to go and bet against Brandon Jennings . The decision doesn't make me all that different from the Milwaukee Bucks , who refused to offer BJ an extension at the deadline...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 4,427 reads 6 comments

  13. NBA Power Rankings: Where Every Team Stands After Week 1

    Hey, it's a small sample size, but let's try to figure the NBA out. We want to overreact to what we see early on, but not to overreact. It's a difficult balance for a pundit indeed...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 231,893 reads 339 comments

  14. Steve Nash Injury: How Will Lakers Compensate Without Star Point Guard?

    If Sunday night's trouncing of Detroit is any indication, the Lakers won't need to compensate much for Steve Nash 's absence. Per Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times , Nash could miss up to four weeks with his leg injury...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 4,463 reads 22 comments

  15. Why James Harden Is Perfectly Suited for Starting Role with Houston Rockets

    Some were wowed by what James Harden did in his Rockets debut, and others were cautiously wowed. "Don't overreact to one game," they'd sagely intone...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 11,186 reads 49 comments

  16. Breaking Down Where Anthony Davis Will Show His Impact Immediately

    Holy Farouq Aminu , I didn't expect New Orleans to challenge San Antonio in the opener. Yes, Tim Duncan taught Anthony Davis a thing or two, but the Brow also showed out in his opener...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 1,606 reads 1 comments

  17. Why Lakers vs. Clippers Will Be a Better Rivalry Than You Think

    Well, that was fast. Suddenly, the Lakers are in trouble and Mike Brown is left, squinting open-mouthed at his job prospects. While cooler heads would suggest that L.A. fans calm down, there is the pervading sense that Brown is on a warming seat...

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  18. Diagnosing What Ails the Lakers

    There was much pundit mockery made of L.A.'s "Princeton Offense," and the NBA on TNT crew took much delight in lampooning the Ivy League innovation...

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  19. 5 Things We Learned from Jeremy Lin and James Harden's Rockets Debut

    What a win for the Houston Rockets , and the result matters less than how their main pieces looked. James Harden, Jeremy Lin and, yes, even Omer Asik appeared to be worth every penny...

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  20. Is Ty Lawson's New Contract the Bargain of the Season?

    Ty Lawson 's four-year, $48 million contract ( via Marc Stein, ESPN ) may have looked pricey, but then a few hours passed. The deadline extensions that followed made Lawson's deal into a relative steal...

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  21. Kyrie Irving Talks LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Bill Russell

    Kyrie Irving, the best rookie point guard since Chris Paul , is a star already, and superstardom feels oh-so-imminent...

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  22. Will OKC Thunder Be Bridesmaids as Long as Dwight Howard Is with LA Lakers?

    The safest answer is "too early to tell," and Serge Ibaka is a large reason for why the guesswork is just that. As Zach Lowe of Grantland puts it, Serge Ibaka is now the "most important player in the NBA...

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  23. Predicting the Top 3 Threats to Each NBA Statistical Leader

    I put LeBron James in the above photo even though he didn't actually lead the NBA in any major statistical category in the 2011-12 season...

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  24. Breaking Down Which NBA Big Men Anthony Davis Should Model His Game After

    Here's what Anthony Davis can do that your favorite big man cannot: This is partially why it's hard to find a comparison for Davis; few big men possess his guard's handle...

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  25. James Harden Was Right to Reject Oklahoma City Thunder Offer

    James Harden was expected to sacrifice, but there is a limit to how much you can expect a man to give. ESPN's Brian Windhorst put OKC 's thinking like this: ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about almost 2 years ago 13,116 reads 69 comments