/ Jan 20, 2014 / 4:00 pm
Kyrie Irving (photo. Russ Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)
With the slew of injuries that have taken the East’s guards, it has allowed the borderline All-Stars to finally obtain a legitimate chance of making their first All-Star Game.
Consider it as a silver lining for the likes of certain unrecognized guards out of Orlando, Washington and Toronto. The spots would have typically been doled out to the likes of certain point guards that reside in Chicago, Boston and Brooklyn. Instead, we’re going to get a look at some fresh faces, which is nice for a change. Read More »
/ Jan 20, 2014 / 3:15 pm
In honor of the MLK holiday and Black History Month, the NBA began a new campaign today with a commercial asking everyone to “Dream BIG” with Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat. The ad is airing today during four nationally televised games on ESPN, TNT and NBATV, and six games on NBA League Pass (10 games total). Read More »
/ Jan 14, 2014 / 6:30 pm
Barack Obama, Miami Heat (photo. @JoeGoodmanJr)
If you’ve spent any time watching the 2-time defending champion Miami Heat, you’ve probably noticed how often the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh yell at Mario Chalmers. ‘Bron almost took his head off one night, before apologizing. When the Heat visited the White House today, President Barack Obama noted Miami’s practice of yelling at ‘Rio and joked about how much NBA fans love to root against the Heat. Read More »
/ Jan 14, 2014 / 3:30 pm
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh (photo. David Alvarez)
Not everyone can have the same history as the Boston Celtics or Chicago Bulls. But still, that’s not stopping us from ranking the 15 all-time Eastern Conference starting lineups. From Michael Jordan all the way down to Kemba Walker — yes, Kemba Walker — here are the top players at every position for every East franchise. Read More »
/ Jan 13, 2014 / 4:15 pm
Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)
When LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh rose out of the stage amid the pyrotechnics and billowing smoke that bore resemblance to meeting the end boss of a video game, we were inclined to believe that these three alone were going to be devastating enough of a trio to wipe the floor with the NBA. Any record that had stood the test of time was to be toppled over, becoming nothing more than a pile of dust in the wake of this super team. 72 wins, unbelievable winning streaks, and dynasties were going to cower in fear and submit to a new idea of success.
What we failed to realize, and what history should have told us, is that three All-Stars, no matter their influence or talent, was not going to be enough to win a title or create the dynasty we envisioned. Read More »
LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade (Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports)
In the doldrums of the regular season, mainly the time between November and the All-Star break, Miami is always looking for ways to entertain themselves.
They do themselves the disservice of playing down to opponents to keep games interesting — in which they usually come up victorious — but it’s still a process that requires a great deal of attention and focus to come out every night and compete against teams that treat a contest with the Heat as their personal Game 7. Read More »
/ Jan 3, 2014 / 11:00 am
Stephen Curry (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
Stephen Curry went off on Thursday night in Miami, and the Heat could only shake their heads and extol his virtues as a shooter before moving on to the next game. For Dubs fans, it wasn’t surprising, but the 2-time defending champion Heat were blown away after Curry went 8-of-15 from three-point land on his way to 36 points and 12 assists in Golden State’s 123-114 win at American Airlines Arena. Read More »
/ Jan 2, 2014 / 1:30 pm
Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
The NBA is a state of repair.
No, the games and the talent on the court are perfectly fine, exemplary actually, but the disparity of quality between the East and West and there being only five teams capable of winning a title this year is something that needs to be addressed.
It is historic how poor the Eastern Conference is right now, which is leading to a two-team race to the top between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. At the moment, there are are only three teams in the East with a winning record (Toronto is 15-15), with the third, the Atlanta Hawks, not a threat to either of them. Read More »
/ Dec 31, 2013 / 2:30 pm
Chris Paul (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
Scouring through the NBA’s new, in-depth, advanced take on stats with its SportVU add-on has changed the game for good, from the minds of the front office personnel who may use it to the fans who educate themselves on a player’s strengths and weaknesses.
From figuring out who the league’s fastest and most agile players are to which big men are the best rebounders in traffic, the SportVU tool can put an end to any type of NBA-based argument because of how advanced it is when it comes to the numbers it produces. Read More »
/ Dec 30, 2013 / 1:30 pm
LaMarcus Aldridge (Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports)
“The king stay the king.”
Those are loaded words from D’Angelo Barksdale as he explains the nuances of chess to Bodie and Wallace, but he could easily be referring to the MVP crown, which has belonged to LeBron James four out of the last five seasons. This year, as usual, it’s LeBron’s race to lose, but there’s a whole new crop of precocious upstarts looking to unseat the throne, not the least of whom are Indiana’s Paul George, who continues his meteoric rise to stardom, and perhaps more surprisingly, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, who has quietly lead his team to the franchise’s best start in more than two decades. Read More »