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The Fleeting Comfort Of The NBA Actually Suspending Play

by Colin McGowan

We have to take what we can get in late capitalism. The NBA's decision to suspend the season represent what should be the bare minimum. Read more »
The JR Smith/Dion Waiters Power Rankings: How Close Can The Lakers Fly To The Sun?

by Jonny Auping

The Lakers are testing the bounds of what's possible with their interest in Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith. Would LeBron really take a team to a title with Waiters, J.R., Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo? Read more »
Caris LeVert's Exploration Of An Impossible Future

by Colin McGowan

Caris LeVert's going to be the player who is most radically displaced as the Nets pivot toward more ambitious goals. He knows that, and he's probably as anxious as anybody to get down to serious work after nearly four seasons of purgatorial basketball. Read more »
NBA League Pass Games Of The Week (3/2-3/9)

by Keith P Smith

De'Aaron Fox and the Kings make a pair of appearances on this list, as do the short-handed 76ers. Read more »
The Unquantifiable Benefits Of Stephen Curry's Relaxed Return

by Colin McGowan

This was always going to be a fallback year for the Warriors and Steph Curry's broken hand gave him his own siesta. And now he will soon begin something like the basketball equivalent of throwing 60 pitches for a minor league affiliate. Read more »
Prospect Report: Isaac Okoro Of Auburn

by Rafael Uehara

The hype supporting Isaac Okoro's viability as a top 10 pick is mostly based on his defense, which is unusual because NBA teams tend to reach for shot creators and shot makers or seven-footers at the top of the draft. Read more »
The Clippers Are Embodying Their Enigmatic Second Star

by Colin McGowan

Paul George has had a career of surges and false starts. He's someone everybody respects but nobody totally trusts. Read more »
NBA League Pass Games Of The Week (2/24-3/1)

by Keith P Smith

Luka Doncic and the Mavericks make multiple appearances on our League Pass list this week. Read more »
The Predicament Of Buyouts In An Era Where They've Become Expected

by Christopher Reina and Keith P Smith

Freedom isn't free and the cost of freedom ranges wildly in NBA buyouts. As does its long-term consequences. Read more »
John Beilein's Disappointing Stint As NBA Clipboarder-In-Chief

by Colin McGowan

You can already hear the grumbling from John Beilein's brothers in the college ranks that you can't teach NBA players. Except that's so obviously not true. Read more »
NBA League Pass Games of the Week (2/17-2/23)

by Keith P Smith

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Andre Drummond's Continual Cycle Of Optimism And Discouragement

by Colin McGowan

There's something about Andre Drummond. We wouldn't have bothered keeping up with his growth for this long if there wasn't. But what are its precise dimensions? Read more »
NBA League Pass Games Of The Week (2/10-2/13)

by Keith P Smith

A short week before the All-Star break features a pair of appearances from the Thunder and multiple debuts with new teams. Read more »
Pat Riley Will Never Die

by John Wilmes

Gone are Justise Winslow, Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters, and anyone else with a conspicuous gap between potential and performance. Remade in Jimmy Butler's self-maximizing fashion, rich with diamond-in-the-rough upstarts and over-achievers, this team would be a fitting sendoff crew for Pat Riley, if he were capable of quitting. Read more »
The New, Modest, Not Altogether Easily Achievable Goal For Andrew Wiggins

by Colin McGowan

A big part of how Andrew Wiggins is perceived is his salary, but it's also the fact that watching him is a uniquely discouraging experience. He's like a fighter jet made out of styrofoam. Read more »
NBA League Pass Games Of The Week (2/3-2/9)

by Keith P Smith

Damian Lillard and the Blazers make three appearances on the list this week as he continues his tear. Read more »
The Pleasures Of Chris Paul Playing For Low Stakes

by Colin McGowan

Chris Paul might have been happy for the opportunity to compete for titles in Los Angeles and Houston, but he was miserable throughout every game. Read more »
Game, Fame, Myth, Death: The Legacies Of Kobe Bryant

by Colin McGowan

Kobe Bryant conceived of himself as an artist, with all the pretension and vanity that suggests. He appreciated the mythic dimension of his life and sought to control the shape of it. Read more »
Prospect Report: Tyrese Haliburton Of Iowa State

by Rafael Uehara

Maybe Tyrese Haliburton's rise to stardom says more about the general perception of a lack of superstar potential in this class or maybe the NBA is starting to adjust its view on what types of players it is looking for in the draft. Read more »
The Myth Of The Injury That Can't Get Worse

by Colin McGowan

The idea that an injury can't get worse, which coaches, trainers, and sometimes even players claim with infuriating regularity, is disingenuous bunk. Read more »