/ 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 »
Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)
Perhaps you remember a little prank by Manu Ginobili earlier this season when he placed a paper cup underneath Tim Duncan right before he sat down along the sideline. The juvenile nature of the prank, followed by Duncan’s little kid reaction after he sat down, was adorable. On New Year’s Eve, during San Antonio’s drubbing of the Nets, Duncan attempted his revenge, except…it didn’t go so well. Read More »
LeBron James (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
This past Friday, I found myself removed from my seat following another towering slam by LeBron James when I came to the realization that the four-time MVP may be the best entertainer in the country at the moment. And if that didn’t convince me, all I had to do was watch the Heat on Christmas. Those two dunks he caught from Dwyane Wade? OMG. Read More »
Tobias Harris (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
TOBIAS HARRIS, Orlando Magic
Harris was a favorite of mine heading into draft day, but complications from a sprained ankle made most forget about the major fantasy impact he had at the end of last season. Now, he’s been upgraded from a recommended pickup of mine to the perfect buy low candidate. Since returning on December 13, Harris is putting up just 12.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.4 treys. His numbers have nowhere to go but up, and although he’s been better over his last three, averaging 16.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 0.7 threes, it’s still worth sending out an offer for him. Read More »
(Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New Clippers forward Stephen Jackson has had two runs with Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs. His latest ended acrimoniously before their San Antonio’s championship run last season. But Jackson has no hard feelings and when his new team the Clippers beat up on Popovich’s Spurs on Monday night, Popovich even had a little fun with Captain Jax. Read More »
/ Dec 12, 2013 / 2:30 pm
Patty Mills (photo. Nicky Woo)
The San Antonio Spurs are again near the top of the NBA’s rankings at 17-4 through the NBA’s first slate of games. They’re sprinting towards the playoffs and putting last year’s Finals loss in the rearview mirror. But so far, only Tony Parker (30.2) averages over 30 minutes a game, and that’s how they’re able to run so hard, even through an 82-game regular season that matters a lot less to a team with title aspirations. Read More »
Jrue Holiday (photo. adidas)
Player values are officially set in stone now, so it’s time to update the Top 50. There aren’t too many drastic differences, but certainly there are some changes worth noting.
The biggest jump, once again, goes to Anthony Davis, who’s up 18 spots since the preseason edition, and Andre Drummond, who’s up an incredible 25 spots. You’ll notice that I came around on ranking injured players. It still leaves too much up for debate in my mind, but Anthony Davis’s needed presence was the deal breaker. Read More »
(photo. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nowadays, if you have been paying attention to players such as Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Chris Paul, you will notice that these NBA stars have distinctive styles and are among the best dressed in the league. Players are starting to care a lot about what they are wearing and their off-court appearance, and that’s why I decided to talk with a stylist about some of the trends emerging among the more sartorial choices of your favorite NBA player. Read More »
/ Dec 3, 2013 / 1:30 pm
Tim Duncan (photo. Jonathan Mannion)
This is a few years overdue, but I need to make a promise to myself. Right here, right now, I have to swear that I won’t ever again doubt the San Antonio Spurs, at least not until I have legitimate reason to.
Why am I making this pact? Because, when I make my annual preseason predictions for the Western Conference, I pick several teams over the Spurs, year in and year out. And, especially over the past few seasons, the Spurs have consistently outperformed my expectations. Read More »
/ Dec 3, 2013 / 12:30 pm
Close your eyes, Knicks fans. This is not a list that you’re going to be particularly fond of. As a Knicks enthusiast, I repeatedly asked myself why I was writing this. It’s been 40 years since New York has won an NBA title and after a slow start this season, fans are close to their breaking point â€” myself included. Why did I feel the need to pour handfuls of salt into a wound that’s so sensitive and fresh? Because of MSG’s prominent place in NBA folklore. Read More »