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Brooklyn Nets Have Finally Earned NY Knicks Fans’ Smack Talk

New York Knicks fans, it’s time to up your game. For years, you’ve dismissed the Brooklyn Nets, like you did the New Jersey Nets before them and possibly the New Jersey Americans (who played mostly in Long Island) before them. However, the 2018-19 Nets roster is earning the right to better treatment. Admiration. Respect. Or…

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18 NBA Lessons We Should Have Learned in 2018, But Probably Didn’t

It’s a new year, NBA fans. Time to toss out the plastic champagne flutes, the paper “2019” tiaras and your most destructive NBA-related ideas and habits. 2018 was full of cautionary tales for owners, fans, players, coaches and media alike. So, before we begin (and give up on) those new year’s resolutions, let’s have one…

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Tanking vs. Rebuilding: Where’s the Line?

Are you tanking or just losing? Is it a “rebuild,” a “development year,” or is that just code for “tank”? If your team lands top prospect Zion Williamson in 2019, will it feel like good fortune after a grueling year or merely like ill-gotten gains? A “tank” is an NBA franchise’s deliberate, concerted effort to…

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Kelly’s Korner 3: On Curry’s Letter, Lowry’s Presser and the Bulls

While most of my time on The Basketball Writers is going to be spent doing editing behind the scenes, I’ll be doing a weekly column I’m dubbing “Kelly’s Korner 3”: my thoughts on three of the stories circulating the NBA each week. Stephen Curry’s Letter Writing Let’s start with a feel-good story that will warm…

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Happy Readers, Happy Writers

Happiness is mutual in any relationship: Either everyone is happy or no one is. In the world of internet writing, the most important (and ignored) relationship is between readers and writers. Unfortunately, the relationship between advertiser and site owner is all that seems to matter right now. The advertisers want clicks, so the owner tries to get them. The objective is to…

Meet the ‘Intelligent Media’ Team

Intelligent Media started with a dream. Actually, it was more of a nightmare. Our founders surveyed the crumbling sports media landscape–ever fragmenting while treating its creators and readers worse each day–and knew there must be something better out there. The only problem? There really wasn’t. So they started building something that would be. Ray LeBov…

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Who are The Basketball Writers?

Traditional online content is undergoing massive disruption and redefinition, as is the NBA media world. Site after well-known site makes layoffs, and the few that remain so massively underpay their writers, podcasters and video producers (henceforth collectively summed up as “writers”) that very few survive, much less thrive. The current economic model requires click-based churning…

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