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Derrick Rose Again Chases His Career Greatness

by Shams Charania

Apr 19, 2015 3:18 AM

Derrick Rose has a long way to go in this postseason, but all of the turbulence appears past him: The third knee tear, the tug and pull with players on offense structure, the need to assure everyone he's OK. Read more »

Tags: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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Tyler Johnson Reveals NBA Promise, Shedding Overseas Label

by Shams Charania

Apr 13, 2015 4:51 PM

Tyler Johnson wanted to pursue the NBA, thoroughly and respectably. He became a premium undrafted player, and NBA executives envisioned an aggressive, athletic and two-way guard in the D-League with Sioux Falls. Read more »

Tags: Tyler Johnson, Miami Heat, Fresno State Bulldogs, NCAA, NBA, D-League

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How James Johnson Resurrected His NBA Career, Choosing D-League Instead Of Overseas

by Shams Charania

Dec 24, 2014 10:25 AM

From out of the NBA and nearly overseas, to becoming a top contributor with the Grizzlies last season and a guaranteed $5 million deal now with Toronto, James Johnson is the best case going of career resurgence. Read more »

Tags: James Johnson, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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How Nicolas Batum Continues Evolution Of His Game, Mindset

by Shams Charania

All around the Blazers, they’re pushing Nicolas Batum to be more assertive, to find the next echelon, and he promises one thing on his health and his game. “It’s coming.” Read more »
Greg Monroe's Inevitable Pistons' Future

by Shams Charania

Greg Monroe never wanted to return to the Pistons, but Stan Van Gundy wanted a chance to make it work with their trio of big men while risking losing Monroe for nothing in 2015. Read more »
Bradley Beal's Rise A Credit To Unique Blend Of Talent, Maturation

by Shams Charania

From trying times to a contending team, Bradley Beal has been the perfect co-star for John Wall and these Wizards, fresh of talent and his own sense of self. Read more »
How Lance Stephenson Left Behind Pacers For Hornets

by Shams Charania

Before Lance Stephenson attended the Hornets' meeting and was handed team material on that July night in Las Vegas, pleas were made to find salary space and a shorter-term deal with the Pacers. Read more »
How Nikola Mirotic Rose From Soccer Destiny, To European Phenom, To The NBA

by Shams Charania

Nikola Mirotic’s grandfather pushed him away from a soccer path and onto basketball courts in grade school, pushed him to Real Madrid and he's now in the NBA. He discusses his basketball journey with RealGM. Read more »
Kyrie Irving's Transformation Starts With Admission He Needs LeBron, Cavs' New Vets

by Shams Charania

He wasn’t a leader of men in his first three pro seasons, and he had erratic moments as an A-list star. And suddenly, here come LeBron James and Kevin Love arriving into a defective locker room, and no one needs them all more than Kyrie Irving. Read more »
Tim Duncan Carries Spurs Through Generations, Leaves Robinson Hoping He'll Continue

by Shams Charania

Five championships later, yes, you don’t hold back Tim Duncan. You set him free on the league, and reaped rewards come for Spurs players across the generations. Read more »
Kawhi Leonard Delivers Spurs The Present And Future

by Shams Charania

Kawhi Leonard is the connector of present and future on the Spurs’ legendary dynasty of championship contention. Gregg Popovich has persistent belief, they all do around the Spurs: One day, Leonard will grow out of his role as a foundational part – and become the foundation. Read more »
LeBron James Vanquishes Spurs' 'No Guard' Scheme

by Shams Charania

LeBron James didn’t complete the everyday star’s task. He vanquished the Spurs, tarnishing San Antonio’s version of a rulebook against James once and for all, if only for one night. Read more »
LeBron James' Body Unravels In Sweat Of NBA Finals Opener

by Shams Charania

The most dominant player on the planet has also been the most indestructible, treating injuries with tape and pressure, not rest – and suddenly, on the grandest stage of professional basketball, a catastrophic malfunction left LeBron James at his body’s mercy. Read more »
With LeBron Limited, Paul George Delivers Life Into Pacers With Superstar Performance

by Shams Charania

No one’s amassed the identical amount of energy and physical toll defending LeBron James in the last two years, no one but Paul George. Before each matchup across the regular season and late in the playoffs, James and George pound each other’s chests in acknowledgement, and then the understudy thrusts into duty. Read more »
As Cavaliers Win Draft Lotteries, LeBron James Continues Enhancing Legacy

by Shams Charania

LeBron James continues to vindicate his free agency decision of 2010, but time and time again the Cavaliers validate everything for him. Winning and losing. Organizational structure. Worthy sidekicks. Read more »
Lance Stephenson Backs His Mouth As Pacers Reestablish Formula To Beat Heat

by Shams Charania

Indiana isn’t afforded Lance Stephenson behaving like every other 23-year-old, nor afforded his lapses in judgment. So, yes, Stephenson had issued a challenge on the eve of this Eastern Conference final series, a calculated approach to work Dwyane Wade, work his legs to swell on the court. Read more »
How Jamal Crawford Stayed True To Himself And Won Over Defensive-Minded Doc Rivers

by Shams Charania

Jamal Crawford received a direct order from his new coach, a message his teammates reciprocated: don’t change. Absorb the finer details of the sport. Be Jamal Crawford, one of the NBA’s remarkable enduring scorers. To him, nothing was doctored for the sake of spewing. Read more »
Roy Hibbert Earns Indiana Cheers Again, Must Build On Postseason Breakthrough

by Shams Charania

Roy Hibbert had clapped on the sideline, gathered teammates for huddles on the court and punctuated a defensive revival in Game 7. This resembled the Hibbert of last season, and these were the Pacers of last season. Read more »
Wizards Stay Course, Remain Patient With Revival Led By Wall, Beal

by Shams Charania

For years, Ted Leonsis ensured these Wizards’ rise again as long as patience sustained. We’ll be bottom-dwellers, until we’re be reputable again, and then this core will go on and on for contending runs, he’d preach. Still, he sensed teams hoping for them to rush the process; those on the hunt to capture a star let go too soon. Read more »
D.J. Augustin Falls Short Of Rescuing A Bulls' Offense Running On Fumes

by Shams Charania

D.J. Augustin kept shooting and hitting, slashing and cutting, and soon it had come to a weary halt for the Bulls in Game 2. Ultimately, they all understand these playoffs fall upon their production, and the ranks of reliability are closing fast. Read more »
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