Basketball Articles

LeBron James Finally Doesn't Seem To Care

by Colin McGowan

LeBron doesn't forget himself around journalists, and one of the first words in his outburst was legacy, but it's confirmation that being LeBron James is as constantly aggravating as it looks from a distance. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week: Jan. 30-Feb. 5

by Danny Leroux

As the calendar turns to February, the playoff picture comes into clearer focus but there are plenty of worthwhile League Pass games both inside and outside that context. Read more »
The NBA's Young Superstar Immigrants

by John Wilmes

Willingly or not, foreign-born NBA players like Embiid, Giannis, Jokic and Porzingis now lead a fraught and loaded existence, serving as examples of the distinct, inspiring excellence known when non-Americans become so fitted to national pastimes that they're magnetized to our land. Read more »
10 Least Tradable Contracts Of 2017

by Keith P Smith

Big men Joakim Noah, Omer Asik, Miles Plumlee and Timofey Mozgov figure prominently on this list, as do 2016 signees on the wing Luol Deng, Chandler Parsons and Evan Turner. Read more »
Lillard, McCollum And Portland's Lack Of Flexibility

by Michael Pina

Lillard and McCollum are reasons 1A and 1B why the Blazers shouldn't panic, but their flaws inflame fundamental weaknesses, creating understandable long-term question marks regarding their ability to coexist. Read more »
The NBA's No-Man's Land: New York Knicks

by Brett Koremenos

The Knicks should look to move Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, which would put Kristaps Porzingis through the developmental experience of being at the top of opponent scouting reports and also allocate more minutes to their young prospects. Read more »
Carmelo Anthony Need Not Heed Our Desires

by Colin McGowan

Athletes do what's best for themselves and we deal with the consequences of those decisions. We get Carmelo Anthony wasting his supreme, waning talent on a spiraling Knicks team, alternately engaged and checked out, relishing crunchtime duty and the off-court benefits of his job. Read more »
Prospect Report: Jonathan Isaac Of Florida State

by Rafael Uehara

Jonathan Isaac is perceived as the prototypical big wing for this Era of versatility-driven basketball. But that's mostly potential for now even if he's expected to elevate his stock in the workouts. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week: Jan. 23-Jan. 29

by Danny Leroux

The last full week of January will be a fascinating one for League Pass because the second and third tiers of each conference get a great showcase. Teams like the Rockets, Raptors and Celtics all have significant games against comparable opponents including a nice mix of home and road challenges. Read more »
The 10 Most Tradable Contracts Of 2017

by Keith P Smith

Khris Middleton, Draymond Green, Kemba Walker, Jae Crowder and Maurice Harkless headline the list of the most tradable players in the NBA. Read more »
How Andre Drummond's Defense Is Keeping Detroit From Taking The Next Step

by Spencer Lund

Why is one of the greatest physical specimens in the NBA today, someone who seemed to be ascending into superstar status earlier last season, dragging his team's defense down so much this season? Read more »
The NBA's No-Man's Land: Portland Trail Blazers

by Brett Koremenos

The Blazers weren't some odds-defying, feel-good story come back down to earth. The ingredients for a contender are mostly there, but unfortunately a bad summer spending spree has spoiled the batch. But with some creative maneuvering going forward, there's no reason the Blazers can get back to the playoffs. Read more »
Prospect Report: Josh Jackson Of Kansas

by Rafael Uehara

Josh Jackson started the season as a contender to go first overall, but has fallen out of that conversation since then. Despite concerns about his perimeter shot and older age for a freshman, Jackson will still be a high lottery pick. Read more »
Here's To The NBA's Big, Vibrant And Fascinating Middle Class

by Colin McGowan

Splendidly and unexpectedly, this season has been characterized by a jubilant disregard for the facts and nearly the entire league giving themselves over to the joy of figuring out just how good they can be, no matter if that's good enough. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week: Jan. 16-Jan. 22

by Danny Leroux

This will be a fun League Pass week because there are a ton of East vs. West matchups which only happen twice per season. That will be highlighted by Damian Lillard facing John Wall, Isaiah Thomas and Kemba Walker in the same week while Pacers center Myles Turner gets Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gobert. Read more »
Nets, 76ers & The Rebuilding Roads Less Traveled

by Keith P Smith

While Bryan Colangelo inherited a rebuilding franchise with a loaded asset base, Sean Marks and the Nets are a case study in how to rebuild when you have next to nothing. Read more »
Paul George, Still A Superstar?

by Michael Pina

Amid Indiana's relative struggle, Paul George is his most efficient self; the addition of several offensive-minded players has removed the ball from his hands. But subtle signs of decline may be creeping into the frame. Read more »
The NBA's No-Man's Land: Chicago Bulls

by Brett Koremenos

With the ongoing excellence of Jimmy Butler and some tinkering with the starting lineup, the Bulls can quickly move back into the top half of the Eastern Conference. Read more »
A Future For Derrick Rose If He Realizes His Own Limitations

by Colin McGowan

If there's one thing we understand about Derrick Rose after all he's been through-and put us through-it's that he doesn't see himself the way the rest of the world does. But he can't get away with that for much longer. Read more »
Derrick Rose's Game Of Myths

by John Wilmes

Now a singular NBA pariah, unfathomably facing a summer in which he'll have a hard time finding an eight-figure contract, Derrick Rose's fall has never lost touch with his rugged individualist streak that could only be forged in the American nadir, in order to escape the American nadir. Read more »