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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,…

The NBA I Grew Up Watching: The Quiet Superstar Versus The Showman

I don’t quite know how my brother got hold of those VHS tapes of Michael Jordan films and documentaries about the Chicago Bulls’ title-winning seasons… It’s not as if they were readily available in Blockbusters in the UK. The country was mad about soccer then, and where I grew up, in Wales, the dominant sport…

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The NBA I Grew Up Watching: The Undersized Underdogs

We’re used to basketball withdrawals in August or September, not mid-March. But here we are, feeling a weird emptiness without the NBA after the league rightfully and smartly shut things down on March 11. It didn’t take long for us to realize how much we love hoops and how much more we’ll cherish it once…

NBA Did the Right Thing by Suspending its Season

On Wednesday night, the dominos of the global coronavirus pandemic began to rapidly fall within the sports world. Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. A few minutes later, the NBA announced a suspension of its season indefinitely. NBA owners and executives have slammed league office with a myriad of procedural and…

5 NBA Questions: Can Miami Heat Cool the Playoffs with Frigid Defense?

The past couple of weeks have seen some contenders unravel themselves (looking at you, Houston Rockets, losers of 3 straight) while others have seemingly bolstered themselves with key late-season pickups. The Los Angeles Lakers—with their additions of Markieff Morris and Dion Waiters—and L.A. Clippers (via Marcus Morris, Reggie Jackson and Joakim Noah) all certainly qualify. …

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What Lies Ahead After Brooklyn Nets, Kenny Atkinson Divorce

On July 1, 2019, the Brooklyn Nets turned the corner from one of the worst rebuilds in league history, emerging from their dark days with two of the game’s preeminent free agents. Two of the most sought-after superstars of the summer loot, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving agreed to join forces and come to Brooklyn…

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NBA’s Top 25-and-Under Floor-Stretchers

One of the most amazing things about today’s NBA is how many talented shooters there are. We’ve never seen so many prolific long-range threats in the league at one time. Most young gunslingers coming into the NBA have been practicing the three-ball their entire lives, and it shows. And those who haven’t been working on…

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6 NBA Questions: What Will it Take to Stop Giannis Antetokounmpo?

Hey all, back again this week with another check-in on the evolving stories from around the NBA.  This week kicked off with an amusing comment from Houston Rockets guard, James Harden, who essentially labeled leading (and rival) MVP candidate Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo ‘a seven-foot-run-and-dunk-guy’.   What Harden is defining as “skill” in regards to…

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NBA’s Top 25-and-Under Defensive Weapons

While the NBA is littered with young offensive standouts, high-level defenders aren’t quite as abundant. It’s exceptionally difficult to shine defensively in today’s league. Scorers and playmakers are more skilled than ever while officiating lends itself toward a high-scoring brand of hoops. Nonetheless, I’m assessing the top young defensive weapons in the second part of…