Tagged Phoenix Suns

The NBA I Grew Up Watching: “Seven Seconds or Less” Phoenix Suns

As a child of the 1990s, I lived through the era that it seems some still long for. Like everyone—well everyone outside of Phoenix, Utah, Seattle and Portland—I was caught up in the magic and mystique of Michael Jordan. He could do no wrong. His effortless aerial attacks on the rim and smooth midrange shooting…

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BbA: Are Little Point Guards Endangered Today?; Meet Dan O’Brien

In this fifth episode of the Basketball by Association podcast, Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes are joined by TBW’s Dan O’Brien to discuss their favorite “short” point guards from the past and present. Framed around Dan’s entertaining article “The NBA I Grew Up Watching: The Undersized Underdogs”, the guys reminisce about luminaries like Kevin…

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’s Top 25-and-Under Offensive Weapons

NBA All-Star weekend is a great time to step back and take stock of the league, its stars and who’s making the biggest impact. The league is loaded with as many young studs as ever. In this two-part series, I’m examining which 25-and-under stars are the absolute best on offense and on defense. This week,…

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NBA Film Study: The League’s Best Backdoor Cutters

From a young age, basketball players are taught not to get beat backdoor and give up layups, yet this still happens at the highest levels because the art of cutting is emphasized just as heavily. A few months ago, I published an article here regarding The Anatomy of a Backdoor Set, detailing all the necessary…

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10 NBA Questions: End-of-the-Decade Edition

We like to get granular here at TBW, digging into the players and trends that help shape the NBA, WNBA, eSports and FIBA games we love so much. We also believe that irresponsible, clickbaity speculation is both out of control over the past few years and also not helping the game in the long run.…

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How to Structure NBA’s Proposed Mid-Season Tournament

Let’s take inventory of where the National Basketball Association is as a whole. Television ratings are in decline, despite an all-time high in interest and social media traffic. Television deals are the top form of revenue that must be protected, regardless of overall industry trends with cord-cutters. In an instant gratification era, an 82 game…

Coach Spins’ NBA Film Room: Phoenix Suns Blade Cut

Simple yet effective. That’s how you describe the Phoenix Suns “blade cut.” New coach Monty Williams and first-year Suns point guard Ricky Rubio have been helpful additions, but so too have competent screeners and improved team chemistry overall. That’s resulted in a better scheme for star Devin Booker and complementary scorer Kelly Oubre Jr. Coach…

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