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Olympics 2020: Building a Gold Medal Roster for Team USA Men’s Basketball

The last time Team USA played in an international tournament was an embarrassment. The inaugural FIBA World Cup took place in China this past summer and, after taking home the gold in the previous five events, the Americans finished seventh. They lost back-to-back games against France and Serbia to close out the tournament. It was…

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Where We Hit and Missed on NBA Season Predictions So Far

Before the first game of the season, I threw out 50 fairly bold predictions for the NBA season, all of which were rooted in optimism and belief. As always, one subtle action can change how the dominos fall, whether it’s an injury (here’s looking at you, Stephen Curry) or the unforeseen ascension of talent. We’re…

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Remembering The Heatles’ Fallen Foes, Part 3: Brooklyn’s Failed Experiment

For eight straight seasons, LeBron James led a team to the NBA Finals. The reign of terror upon the Eastern Conference began in the 2010-11 campaign when LeBron made the controversial decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and sign with the Miami Heat. After four years and two championships, he left to return home to…

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PODCAST: Team USA 2019 FIBA World Cup Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Brandon Jefferson (@Jefferson_Hoops) of The Basketball Writers preview the 2019 FIBA World Cup. What are the strengths and weaknesses of Team USA’s roster? Which teams pose the biggest threat to the Americans? Is Team USA in legitimate danger of…

Building Team USA’s FIBA World Cup Roster

Team USA has been the single most dominant team in all of basketball over the last decade. In 2008, the “Redeem Team” won Olympic gold. They dominated the FIBA World Championship during 2010. 2012’s team was arguably more talented than the original 1992 Dream Team. By 2014, they claimed back-to-back FIBA World Championship victories. They…

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While East Re-Tools, Milwaukee Bucks (Mostly) Run it Back

What does a team with multiple significant free agents do after getting bounced in the Eastern Conference Finals? That was the question facing the Milwaukee Bucks as they trekked into the offseason at the beginning of this month. On one hand, making the Conference Finals signals that your roster is strong. Keeping together a squad…

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PODCAST: NBA Free Agency Preview, Part 2

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) catch up on the latest NBA free-agency rumors and predict where the top non-max free agents might land. How realistic is a Houston Rockets sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler? Would the Boston Celtics be better off divvying up their cap space rather…

L.A. Lakers Have Anthony Davis. So Now What?

It took a public negotiation, a failed Magic Johnson pep talk and a regime change. Months passed, countless Twitter jokes were made and a LeBron-less postseason ensued. It was easy to be down on the Los Angeles Lakers in the midst of their turmoil. But of course, that’s before you remember they’re the Los Angeles…

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Financial Crunch Could Imperil Milwaukee Bucks Title Window

Although it ended in heartbreak, the Milwaukee Bucks just finished one of their best seasons in franchise history. They parlayed a 60-win regular season into their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance in nearly two decades, and 24-year-old wunderkind Giannis Antetokounmpo appears poised to seize the best-player-in-the-NBA throne in the near future. While the Bucks’ title…

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