Basketball Articles

How The Political Climate Impacts Perception Of Knicks, Bulls

by John Wilmes

Feb 18, 2017 6:43 PM

As the NBA reacts to an increasingly chaotic society outside that bubble, though, and pushes back on the forms that cultural madness takes within its own world, it plays a relevant role in the ongoing American identity crisis. Read more »

Tags: Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, NBA

Western Conference Buyers & Sellers At The Trade Deadline

by Keith P Smith

Feb 19, 2017 3:23 PM

There are a number of teams on the fringes of the playoff picture such as the Kings, Nuggets, Blazers and Mavericks, which makes predicting their deadline goals difficult. Read more »

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Eastern Conference Buyers & Sellers At The Trade Deadline

by Keith P Smith

Feb 17, 2017 2:23 PM

While the Knicks, Bulls, Hawks and Heat could be either buyers or sellers, there are a number of teams in the East that will be aggressive at the deadline. Read more »

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

Should The Celtics Already Be Thinking About Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball?

by Jonny Auping

Breaking up the Celtics' backcourt of Isaiah Thomas or Avery Bradley for Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball would be a one-step-backwards, two-step-forward strategy. Read more »
Celtics Remain On Asset Treadmill, Perhaps With More Miles To Log

by Andrew Perna

Every few months, with the cupboard still stocked, we opine whether Danny Ainge should pull the trigger on a deal and move some of the assets that either have or will soon begin depreciating. Read more »
The NBA's No-Man's Land: New Orleans Pelicans

by Brett Koremenos

New Orleans needs to make a firm assessment on where they stand with Jrue Holiday and then proceed accordingly heading into the deadline and offseason. Read more »
Russell Westbrook's Beautifully Useless Masterpiece Against KD's Decision

by Colin McGowan

The moment where Russell Westbrook shouted at Kevin Durant with the Thunder down 18 points perfectly explains his season. He's overmatched, brilliant, pushing too hard, and permanently incensed. Read more »
Prospect Report: Frank Ntilikina Of Strasbourg

by Rafael Uehara

Frank Ntilikina has shown he can act as a volume shot creator, capable of getting his team shots on an every-possession basis, which combined with his height, makes him an elite prospect, even in a class as strong as this 2017 one is perceived to be. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Raptors Acquire Serge Ibaka From Magic

by Keith P Smith

Toronto is going all-in on this season by acquiring Serge Ibaka to fill their longtime need at power forward, while the Magic tried to recoup some of what was lost in dealing for him while also making their roster more coherent. Read more »
The Long-Term Gains Of Being In The LeBron Business

by Christopher Reina

The Cavaliers lost money last season and LeBron James has questioned their commitment to repeat. There's no way to discount how special it is to have LeBron on your team and there will be no regret for trying to win by all means necessary. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week: Feb. 13-Feb. 16

by Danny Leroux

The NBA schedule gets shortened this week due to All-Star weekend but there are still plenty of fascinating games. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Nuggets Acquire Mason Plumlee From Portland For Jusuf Nurkic

by Keith P Smith

More so than most trades, this deal was about both on court impact and off the court bookkeeping, in terms of cap sheets and Luxury Tax payments. Read more »
The Mavs Are Just Doing What Comes Naturally

by Jonny Auping

The Mavericks are building something slow with small parts and what they've done so far in 2017 flies in the face of tanking rhetoric. Read more »
How The Heat Shockingly Became A Juggernaut

by Michael Pina

The Heat started the year off as a disjointed group of castoffs on minimum deals, flawed prospects in the infant stages of development, and talented veterans who're better off on a team that isn't in need of a transformative overhaul. Read more »
The Low-Stakes Gift Of The NBA Regular Season

by Colin McGowan

The Wizards played beautifully and very nearly beat the Cavs. They learned what they needed to learn about themselves. What they provided in the process was wonderful to watch and about as purely useful as sports get. Read more »
League Pass Games Of The Week: Feb. 6-Feb. 12

by Danny Leroux

With the trade deadline looming just weeks away, teams at various levels of success have crucial decisions to make. The first full week of February features a series of excellent center matchups on League Pass, including Gobert/Howard, Howard/Cousins and Horford/Gobert. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Bucks Clear Salary In Trading Miles Plumlee To Hornets

by Keith P Smith

For a roster that is starting to get expensive, Milwaukee had to free up some cap flexibility. Dealing Miles Plumlee for Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert was the first step and it was a good one. Read more »
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 »