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FIBA World Cup 2019: Ranking Team USA’s Biggest Threats

Formally known as the FIBA World Championship, the inaugural FIBA World Cup of Basketball begins on August 31 and has been rebranded in hopes of gaining more popularity—it was also moved from 2018 to 2019 so as not to conflict with the men’s FIFA World Cup. Since 2008, international basketball competitions have been dominated by…

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How NY Knicks’ ‘Offseason of Plan B’ Could Work (or Backfire)

Give the New York Knicks credit: They appear to have learned from their “money-to-burn” debacle in 2016. However, that doesn’t mean their plan B this offseason is guaranteed to pay off. When the salary cap jumped an unprecedented $24 million in 2016, the Knicks quickly came to terms with Joakim Noah on a four-year, $72…

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NBA Frontcourts of the Future: Julius Randle & Mitchell Robinson

“The NBA is a guard-oriented league.” Modernized spacing concepts lead to wider driving lanes, making it easier to be a guard than ever. Crunch time sets still revolve around isolations and ball screens where handlers that can make the reliable play are paramount. Teams are even beginning to downsize their rosters, playing more guards than…

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Yes, NY Knicks’ Newcomers Can Fit the Rebuild

As you might have heard, the New York Knicks haven’t had a banner free agency campaign. They didn’t land any of the blue-ribbon players they coveted, and then they claimed they weren’t planning on offering Kevin Durant a max contract. New York subsequently settled on Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis, Reggie Bullock, Wayne Ellington…

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The Psychology of Tanking, Part 1: Can Winners Survive That Much Losing?

Editor’s Note: This piece originally ran March 5, 2019, but is so awesome we wanted to give more people a chance to read it. It’s a simple equation: tanking = top draft pick = NBA championship. The math satisfies the sensibilities of franchise owners, fans and Spike Lee alike… But what about the players? How much…

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