By Bob Bajek

Bob Bajek is an award-winning investigative journalist and TBW staff writer who has extensive experience in news and sportswriting for various outlets including Bleacher Report, The Chicago Tribune and Pro Football Weekly. He firmly believes Drake spread the Gospel of Steph before his official coming... and fans need to forgive the Warriors after providing free tacos for four NBA Finals.

NBA Draft 2020: Don’t Sleep on DePaul Forward Paul Reed

Front offices long to find sleepers in the NBA Draft. Teams often overlook them because said players lack ideal size, don’t play meaningful games against the right competition and/or have a limited offensive repertoire. Smart scouts and general managers look past ideals and notice key traits such as how athleticism, basketball IQ, tools and marked…

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3 Key Bulls ‘The Last Dance’ Disrespected

NBA Nation just finished consuming ESPN/Netflix’s riveting 10-part documentary The Last Dance. While the five-week Michael Jordan-centric show hit many of the highlights, die-hard Chicago Bulls and ‘90s NBA fans have longed for more. Most of Jordan’s teammates received shoutouts, ranging from dedicated episodes for Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, to specific segments for Horace…

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The Numbers: David Robinson Posts NBA’s Last Quadruple-Double

Triple-doubles used to be uncommon, even as Russell Westbrook, James Harden and LeBron James have recently produced a spike in them. But San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson long ago one-upped these luminaries by recording the NBA’s last quadruple-double. Only three other players have ever registered such a feat: Hall-of-Fame centers Nate Thurmond and Hakeem…

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The Numbers: Michael Jordan’s No. 12 Masterpiece

The basketball world rightly associates No. 23 with Michael Jordan. No. 45 also played a short role during his 1994-95 comeback season as well—as detailed recently on ESPN’s The Last Dance. But do you know The Goat once donned No. 12 on Valentine’s Day 1990? The Orlando Magic hosted the up-and-coming Bulls that evening. Both teams…

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The NBA I Grew Up Watching: The Jerseys

When I started watching basketball back in 1995, the season kicked off by celebrating the NBA’s 50th anniversary in style. This era brought graphic designers to the forefront, making uniforms pop with engaging images in time for the organization’s golden season festivities. Count me among the legions of kids who became obsessed with NBA jerseys.  Cool…

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The NBA I Grew Up Watching: Chicago’s Invinci-Bulls and the Second Three-Peat

The 1995-98 Chicago Bulls projected Invinci-Bull-ity to me growing up. As their great collection of talent produced championship after championship, my 7- to 10-year-old-self believed my heroes were Unbeata-Bull. Their success somehow became my success, quickly fostering my love for basketball and the NBA. The Bulls’ sheer dominance was just a matter of fact. NBA…

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The NBA I Grew Up Watching: When Centers Ruled the League 

The NBA’s rapid evolution into a positionless game within the past five years has changed basketball forever. This development offers a more open floor and skillful game that showcases players’ otherworldly athleticism through off-the-ball movement, teamwide defensive switching concepts and by stretching defenses horizontally with long-range shooting way past the arc. Even with such positive…

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NBA Players, Teams Stepping Up During Coronavirus Pandemic 

COVID-19 unexpectedly forced the NBA season to a screeching halt. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive, and the league and other sports leagues immediately shut down to protect players, coaches, employees and their fans’ health. The coronavirus’ specter continues its spread nationally and abroad, stressing hospitals, economies and communities to the brink. Without basketball,…

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Can Toronto Raptors Repeat as NBA Champs?

When Kawhi Leonard bid au revoir to Canada for Southern California last July, fans and media members thought the Toronto Raptors did the same to their chances of repeating as NBA champions. The math seems pretty simple: NBA superstars are essentially required to winning the coveted Larry O’Brien Trophy. This prevailing thought led both Los…

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Miami Heat’s Kendrick Nunn is Here to Stay

The torrid start to Kendrick Nunn’s NBA career continues opening eyes. Despite their offcourt reasons for initial hesitation, front offices are likely now kicking themselves for not taking a chance on the undrafted Miami Heat shooting guard who’s showed out against the league’s top young talent. What he’s done all year, he also did during…

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