Is This the Most Intriguing NBA Season…Ever?

As I, along with many NBA fans and writers, wait with bated breath for the start of the season (17 days for those counting), something struck me. Last year, I was not counting at all. This time last year, I was counting the days until the next offseason. Laid out ahead of us was a snooze-worthy sixth months of basketball with scarce excitement unless you rooted for the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors. Even then, all that confronted you was a waiting game until the playoffs starte

Free from Egos, Do These New York Knicks Finally Have a Shot?

Last week, new Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony laughed in the face of a journalist who had dared to utter, “Come off the bench,” in his presence. It said all that needed to be known about Anthony. According to the former Denver Nugget and New York Knick, if you’re not playing your way, and looking good doing it, what’s the point of playing at all? It didn’t take much to realize when Phil Jackson entered Carmelo’s House in 2014, there was going to be issues. Jackson, a former play

NBA Shows Where Its Target Market Is, and It’s Not You

I’d been suspecting for a while that I’m now in the older demographic of NBA fans, despite not exactly being old. This week, the League confirmed my suspicions, announcing they had made big changes to the All-Star Game format. For the first time in 67 years—the first time ever, actually—the Eastern Conference will not be playing the Western Conference. The NBA has traded in perhaps its oldest tradition for a millennial-driven social experiment, where two “captains” (the two highest vote-poller

What 'Tweetgate' Reveals about Kevin Durant, and Why He Is so Different to Other NBA Superstars

Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant was recently found hiding online behind multiple social media accounts on multiple platforms. It makes you wonder how many athletes do the same. Surely Durant is not alone, right? It also offers us a glimpse into what fans have always claimed they want from athletes, but often cannot handle—complete honesty. KD was able to give us this anonymously, until he accidentally outed himself by forgetting to switch accounts when tweeting. Durant inadverte

Jerry West Best Signing the Los Angeles Clippers Have Made in Years

The 2017-18 season is going to be interesting for the Los Angeles Clippers, as they embark on the uncertainty of the post-Chris Paul era. No one is quite sure where Los Angeles is headed; they still have front court duo Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and have finally filled the void at small forward with hot-scoring Danilo Gallinari. Also heading to LA via CSKA Moscow is Milos Teodosic, the man they’ve called "the Serbian Steve Nash," and "Lights Out Lou" Williams, both providing backcourt
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Could a Kyrie Irving trade mean anything for the Philadelphia 76ers?

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Moneyball: The Utah Jazz are built for something like this to happen

Around the turn of the 21st century, the phrase “moneyball” became invariably popular in sports. A system of contract and roster control and manipulation pioneered and popularised by MLB’s 2002 Oakland Athletics, and given a name by Michael Lewis, who wrote a book on the team, every team in every sport either thought they were, or wanted to be, playing “moneyball”. The ambiguous and enigmatic sports buzzword again reared its head around the start of this decade upon the release of the film adap
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Dario Saric has to start for the Philadelphia 76ers

The other day, we wrote on why Dario Saric has to come off the bench for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2017-18 NBA season. Today, we will be making the case for why he should be starting. There are plenty of good reasons to like Saric off the bench. Owen Nelson laid out a handful of reasons in his piece yesterday, and Christopher Kline offered up some wisdom last month. However, I find that Saric is just too valuable to be playing with the second unit. Of course, this is not a knock on those w
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Four NBA Contracts That Will Age Terribly –

Four NBA Contracts That Will Age Terribly The NBA offseason is notorious for teams tossing ludicrous contracts at players. While not all of these contracts are from this offseason, they will inevitably not age well. This year’s NBA silly season has not nearly been as bad as last year’s. Now that general managers and front offices around the league have settled into the salary cap status quo, the handing out of ridiculous contracts seems to have been reeled in a little bit. Still, there is more
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A Retrospective of Every Trade for the Number One Pick

As you’ll be aware, less than a week before the 2017 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics traded their number 1 overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for their number 3 overall pick. In the process, Boston passed up on the opportunity to select transcendent point guard talent Markelle Fultz. The move was rained down on with hate by Celtics fans; preemptive Fultz jerseys were burned. Boston’s general manager Danny Ainge was lambasted as a fool, too full of his own ego. Through it all, Ainge was adama
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