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Phil Jackson's New York Burden

by Christopher Reina

Jan 15, 2015 6:03 PM

The players inherited by Phil Jackson with the Knicks were awful and their location makes properly engaging in a full rebuild of a roster focused on the draft a near impossibility. Read more »

Tags: New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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The Human Vine Loop

by Christopher Reina

Dec 30, 2014 11:46 AM

Russell Westbrook belongs to the cadre of lead guard superstars that play under the ethos of “live fast, die young and have a good-looking corpse.” Their runs are short-lived and aren’t judged in rings as much as how they play as an artifact of the zeitgeist. Read more »

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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The Inadvertent Contenders

by Christopher Reina

Dec 22, 2014 2:01 AM

The Raptors have the best record in the Eastern Conference, but would be in the middle of a rebuild if not for the Knicks having too much respect for Masai Ujiri's GM jumper. Read more »

Tags: Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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The Basketball Treasure That Nearly Never Was

by Christopher Reina

Anthony Davis is the NBA’s most incredible prodigy (possibly ever) despite a late development in which he almost left the game. Read more »
Cheat Codes

by Christopher Reina

Just as Chip Kelly is rethinking the quarterback position, Erik Spoelstra has kept enough components of his system on offense to withstand losing LeBron James. Read more »
The Most Mutually Beneficial Loan Of All-Time

by Christopher Reina

LeBron James needed to leave to win a title and the Cavaliers needed that departure for him to return to win one for Cleveland. Nothing is mapped out for LeBron right now as it was when he joined the Heat, but he returns unburdened with two rings and with youth around him. Read more »
Only The Elite Survive To Late May

by Christopher Reina

While the apparently parity of the first round was a refreshing and encouraging development for the NBA, we saw the teams ranked first, third, fourth and sixth in net efficiency during the regular season advance to the Conference Finals. Read more »
The NBA's First Round As Prestige Television

by Christopher Reina

With 72 percent of games decided by nine or fewer points, the first round has had a level of competitive balance that is an encouraging and overlooked consequence of the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement. Read more »
10-Year NBA Win Rank Snapshot

by Christopher Reina

A 10-year season-by-season Win Rank snapshot for an NBA franchise creates an insightful visual narrative. Read more »
Expectations & Timelines: The Curry Warriors

by Christopher Reina

The addition of Andre Iguodala looked a lot like Chicago's move for Ben Wallace on the surface, but the Warriors' timeline will remain dependent on how they remain in the 'deal flow' in constantly tinkering around Stephen Curry. Read more »
Notes From The 2014 Nike Hoop Summit

by Christopher Reina

Five bigs with radically divergent styles could conceivably become the top-five picks of the 2015 NBA Draft, though it was a big point guard that had the best individual performance at the Nike Hoop Summit. Read more »
On Sloan: GM's Tell Riveting Tales Of Front-Office Dynamics; Will Silver Take The Wheel?

by Christopher Reina

At Sloan, two of the most interesting panels dealt with the machinations of high-level negotiations between teams, and the problem of teams tanking which can be defined in two degrees of severity. Read more »
Notes From 2013 Adidas Nations

by Christopher Reina

Jahlil Okafor, Kevon Looney and Stanley Johnson were the most impressive prospects of adidas Nations, but Theo Pinson, D'Angelo Russell, Myles Turner and Reid Travis were the ones to grind their way to the championship. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Pistons Sign Josh Smith

by Christopher Reina

The NBA is clearly going more and more in the direction of smallball, but without the pieces to do it as effectively as teams like the Heat and Golden State Warriors, the Pistons will have more success in building a counter to the trend around Josh Smith, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Dwight Howard Chooses Houston

by Christopher Reina

Daryl Morey and the Rockets have acquired two top-10 players in James Harden and Dwight Howard in nine months to culminate a series of moves that has no real precedent in the NBA. Also receiving grades in this edition is Dwight himself and the Lakers. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Raptors Unload Bargnani On Knicks

by Christopher Reina

Andrea Bargnani had been on the trade block for months, bridging the tenures of Bryan Colangelo to Masai Ujiri. In the GM seat for less than a month, Ujiri not only traded Bargnani but managed to pick up a few draft assets in the process to a Knicks' team limited in how to improve. Read more »
Grading The Deal: 76ers Start Over With Trade Of Holiday For Noel, 2014 Pick

by Christopher Reina

The 76ers and Pelicans completed a draft night trade that will have ramifications for years as their two general managers revealed their very different strategies on how to rebuild. Read more »
2013 NBA Mock Draft (Final Edition)

by Christopher Reina

Draft day has finally arrived and while everyone pines for the 2014 class already, this one has the chance to be sneaky good in the 'many quality starters' variety. Read more »
2013 NBA Mock Draft (Wednesday/Quality Of Opp. Edition)

by Christopher Reina

In this mock, we include the PER of each player based on the quality of opponent. Even statistics in this context can only go so far, but helps move beyond the possibility of inflation against competition that isn't even close to being NBA caliber. Read more »
2013 NBA Mock Draft (Draft Week Edition)

by Christopher Reina

Entering draft week in a draft universally labeled as weak preceding the best draft of the decade, few people are talking themselves into falling in love with any specific player as fervently as usual. Read more »