Pierre the Pelican (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)
Monster dunks. Nothing-but-net threes. Alley-oops. All are wonderful moments we’ve witnessed so far this season. There have been plenty of good moments: KD’s recent scoring outburst, ‘Melo’s record-breaking game, and Greg Oden’s return… none of which you’ll see on this list. This is dedicated to the bad and the ugly, the plays that left you thinking WTF was that, what were they thinking? This season has been one of the most competitive and fun seasons to watch in recent memory, but it’s only right we have some fun at the halfway point. Read More »
/ Jan 21, 2014 / 2:00 pm
Paul George, Roy Hibbert (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
Every year there are only a handful of teams that can realistically win a NBA championship. A few weeks into the season it becomes evident which of those teams are actually in that elite category. This year it’s as slim as it has ever been. The teams that know it’s their time also know the window for opportunity isn’t open for long. To have the perfect fit of players, health, coaches, chemistry, and mindset is a formula not often achievable at such a high level and once it is, it’s difficult to maintain it year after year. Read More »
/ 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 »
Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Recently, TNT “Inside the NBA” commentator and Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley sat down with Maxim.com to discuss the state of the NBA today, and compare it with his era in the mid-80s to the late 90s. Chuck didn’t hold back, as is his custom, and described today’s teams as “girly” in comparison to today’s squads. Read More »
/ Jan 8, 2014 / 1:30 pm
Kevin Martin (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
If there’s one thing to be learned about the NBA, it’s that a championship can’t be won on the back of one player. How obvious was this last season in the playoffs when Russell Westbrook was injured and the Thunder relied completely on Kevin Durant isolations? Even with Durant being one of the top three players in the league, he couldn’t will a team to a playoff series victory by himself. Read More »
/ Jan 7, 2014 / 3:15 pm
Paul George, LeBron James (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
It’s never too early to begin thinking about the playoffs.
Sure, the regular season has been great so far, if you’re ignoring that one of the conferences currently has three teams with a winning record, but that doesn’t mean we can’t already begin thinking about the potential the playoffs have in store for us. A lot can happen in those seven games. It can make or break a franchise, sending one into the vaults of the elite and the other into a downward spiral that may result in the breakup of the team. It can also make or break a player, essentially putting their entire legacy on the line if that player’s influence on the team is that great. 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 / 11:31 pm
Roy Hibbert (Pat Lovell/USA TODAY Sports)
Lance Stephenson and Paul George weren’t the only ones that created a highlight-worthy moment during Indy’s 91-76 victory over the visiting Cavs on Tuesday night. Roy Hibbert, a beast who has shown us through the season’s first trimester he’s the frontrunner for DPOY, sniffed out an Earl Clark dunk attempt and showcased his famed “verticality.” Read More »
/ Dec 26, 2013 / 12:30 pm
Dwyane Wade (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
The holidays are officially here! ‘Tis the season for snow, holiday cheer and all that other good stuff. For a child, is their any greater moment than waking up early Christmas morning to open up the presents Santa brought the night before? Sentimental memories popping into my head as I write this. Read More »
/ Dec 20, 2013 / 1:30 pm
Serge Ibaka (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)
Defense wins championships. The best offense is a good defense. Every basketball player and fan has heard those words at one point or another. Those phrases have stood the test of time because they remain true. No matter how talented or prolific an offense can be, if there is no effort to play defense, a team’s chances of success at the highest level will ultimately plummet. Read More »