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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,…

Coby White is Chicago Bulls’ Bright Spot in Another Lost Season

The best thing about the Chicago Bulls this season has been the jerseys. The colors, the styles, the throwbacks… There is something about the Bulls’ championship heritage mixed with the culture of a great city like Chicago. It just works. But their basketball performance? Meh. Despite some faint postseason hopes among fans at the start…

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How Memphis Grizzlies Grab West’s 8-Seed

We’re rounding the corner from the NBA All-Star Break and have less than two months from the playoffs. In the Western Conference, there’s a multi-team race for the final postseason spot that figures to go down to the wire. Currently leading the charge are the Memphis Grizzlies, an upstart group led by rookie point guard…

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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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10 NBA Questions: How Obnoxious is the ‘Giannis Leaving Milwaukee’ Chatter?

How much more obnoxious can this made-up storyline get? The answer is none. None more obnoxious. (But it somehow will.) And thus the reason why so many people hate the “big boys” of sports media and its talking heads who typically have no idea what they’re talking about. Instead of analyzing the games using anything…

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Ja Morant’s Confidence Has Memphis Grizzlies Winning

The Memphis Grizzlies selected Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA draft. He’s been validating that selection ever since, establishing himself as the front-runner for Rookie of the Year and leading his new team to surprising success. Morant is averaging 17.9 points and 7.0 assists, leading rookies in both categories while…

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PODCAST: NBA Midseason Awards Edition

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) make their midseason picks for every major award. Who is the front-runner for MVP: James Harden, Luka Doncic or Giannis Antetokounmpo? Can anyone catch Ja Morant for Rookie of the Year? Who’s leading the wide-open Defensive Player of the Year and…

2020 NBA Rookie Rankings: Ja Morant, Michael Porter Jr., Tyler Herro & More

As we enter the second half of the 2019-2020 NBA season, it’s time for an updated set of rookie rankings. Although Zion Williamson’s absence takes some of the sparkle from this class, there are other standouts carving out niches in the Association. The Rookie of the Year race is starting to become clearer now that…

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Grading Top NBA Rookies in Every Key Category

The NBA’s 2019-20 rookie class has no shortage of electrifying skill and intriguing potential. Even with Zion Williamson absent, several rising stars have stepped up to impress. While marquee names like R.J. Barrett and Ja Morant are shouldering the load for their rebuilding squads, some lesser-known rooks have also shattered expectations this season. For example,…

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PODCAST: Early Front-Runners for 2019-20 NBA Awards

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the early front-runners for every NBA award through the first month of the 2019-20 NBA season. Can Luka Doncic legitimately challenge Giannis Antetokounmpo for MVP? Who’s emerging as a candidate for Most Improved Player? Does Ja Morant have any competition…