HoopsHype.com Columns

[ M A G I C ]
Lost at the stripe, Howard still setting great moving picks
by Dennis Hans / December 30, 2011
Magic center Dwight Howard is struggling with his latest approach to free throws, but he’s still freeing teammates with effective illegal picks. Read more

[ P R E V I E W ]
Things I look forward to seeing this season
by Eddie Johnson / December 25, 2011
Eddie Johnson is ecstatic about the new season and hoping his questions get answered soon. Read more

[ T R A D E ]
Clippers now playoff bound
by Charley Rosen / December 15, 2011
Charley Rosen evaluates the on-court repercussions of the Chris Paul trade. Read more

[ M A R K E T ]
Worst free agent signings so far
by Charley Rosen / December 14, 2011
Some additions this week have been bad even at minimum salaries, according to Charley Rosen. Read more

[ K N I C K S ]
Chandler not enough to rule East
by Charley Rosen / December 11, 2011
Tyson Chandler is a good addition for the Knicks but lack of depth will continue to hinder the team, Charley Rosen says. Read more

[ M A R K E T ]
The Top 10 free agent point guards
by Eddie Johnson / December 9, 2011
Point guard is the weakest position in free agency this year, but Eddie Johnson sees some serviceable players. Read more

[ M A R K E T ]
The Top 10 free agent shooting guards
by Eddie Johnson / December 7, 2011
Eddie Johnson thinks his pick as the No. 1 shooting guard in free agency will soon be an All-Star. Read more

[ K N I C K S ]
How to land Chris Paul
by Matt Tolnick / December 6, 2011
Matt Tolnick evaluates the Knicks’ options in pursuing Chris Paul in light of the new CBA. Read more

[ L O C K O U T ]
Don't weep for the NBA players
by Peter May / December 5, 2011
The owners won the lockout, right? Peter May is not so sure. Read more

[ M A R K E T ]
The Top 10 free agent small forwards
by Eddie Johnson / December 4, 2011
No stars in the free agent crop of small forwards but there's one game changer, Eddie Johnson says. Read more

[ M A R K E T ]
The Top 10 free agent power forwards
by Eddie Johnson / December 2, 2011
Eddie Johnson is not impressed by the power forwards available in free agency. Read more

[ M A R K E T ]
The Top 10 free agent centers
by Eddie Johnson / November 31, 2011
Eddie Johnson is back, this time talking about the best big men in this free agent class. Read more

[ L O C K O U T ]
The CBA: A comprehensive analysis (of what we know)
by Matt Tolnick / November 29, 2011
Matt Tolnick takes a deep look at the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement. Read more

[ L O C K O U T ]
The NBA is back
by Charley Rosen/ November 26, 2011
Charley Rosen likes the shortened season more than the overall terms of the new CBA. Read more

[ L O C K O U T ]
Dreaming Stern's international dream...
by Mark Heisler/ November 23, 2011
Just without David in it. Could that realistically happen? Read more

[ L O C K O U T ]
Make them pay
by Matt Tolnick/ November 17, 2011
NBA basketball is a public good, but the public has played no role in this lockout. Matt Tolnick thinks that can change. Read more

[ L O C K O U T ]
Animal Farm welcomes the NBA
by Mark Heisler/ November 16, 2011
Mark Heisler tells us how owners, players and league officials went even nuttier than they were. Read more

[ L O C K O U T ]
The doomsday scenario
by Charley Rosen / November 6, 2011
Losing an entire season is starting to look like a real possibility. Charley Rosen talks about the ramifications of such disaster. Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
The Buss question marks just keep growing
by Roland Lazenby / November 4, 2011
Are the Lakers headed for trouble now that Jim Buss is running the team? Read more

[ L A B O R . T A L K S ]
Revenue sharing: A formula for all markets
by Matt Tolnick / October 25, 2011
Matt Tolnick goes into detail on how to make a fair new revenue sharing sytem work. Read more

[ L A B O R . T A L K S ]
Revenue sharing: Don't stop at a luxury tax
by Matt Tolnick / October 23, 2011
Our lockout guru Matt Tolnick shares some ideas that could improve the revenue sharing system. Read more

[ L A B O R . T A L K S ]
Miami doesn't have to take hit
by Matt Tolnick / October 20, 2011
A lower BRI percentage for players could hurt some teams in the short term. Matt Tolnick comes up with solutions for that. Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
West goes in wrong direction
by Charley Rosen / October 18, 2011
Jerry West is not a Phil Jackson fan. Charley Rosen explains why. Read more

[ L A B O R . T A L K S ]
Like Republicans and Democrats
by Peter May / October 11, 2011
Owners and players are whining, but are unable to agree on one thing for the good of all. Sounds familiar?
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[ H E A T ]
What's wrong with LeBron is what's wrong with all of us
by Charley Rosen / October 6, 2011
We need heroes and we need villains. LeBron James has fit the bill for both roles to perfection, Charley Rosen says. Read more

[ B E N C H ]
College success doesn't translate on NBA benches
by Charley Rosen / September 19, 2011
Charley Rosen discusses why distinguished NCAA coaches have had dismal NBA careers. Read more

[ O F F I C I A T I N G ]
Refs lockout next?
by Peter May / September 9, 2011
If the league reaches an agreement with the players, the referees are next in line. Read more

[ L O C K O U T ]
Phoney War programmed in from the start
by Mark Heisler/ August 25, 2011
There's very little going on in CBA negotiations. Just as Mark Heisler expected. Read more

[ S P R I N G F I E L D ]
The redo: Tex Winter's Hall of Fame speech
by Roland Lazenby / August 15, 2011
It was not the most glorious induction speech for Tex Winter. Roland Lazenby tries to make up for it. Read more

[ S P R I N G F I E L D ]
The future Hall of Famers
by Chris Tomasson / August 11, 2011
Dennis Rodman and Arvydas Sabonis, among others, were inducted to the Hall of Fame Friday. Chris Tomasson takes a look at active NBA players that may follow them in Springfield. Read more

[ L A B O R . T A L K S ]
More on the NBA/NBPA BRI split
by Matt Tolnick / August 9, 2011
The NBA and Players' Union have not been very creative in negotiations so far, Matt Tolnick says. He comes up with a new idea that could work for both: sharing profits and losses.
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[ L O C K O U T ]
It's still not time to panic
by Mark Heisler/ August 3, 2011
Don't believe the doomsday scenarios, says Mark Heisler. At least, not yet. Read more

[ B E N C H ]
Grading the coaches
by Charley Rosen / July 25, 2011
Charley Rosen evaluates the skills of all lead coaches in the league. Read more

[ R O C K E T S ]
So long, Yao
by Charley Rosen / July 9, 2011
Rockets center Yao Ming is retiring. He was very good, Charley Rosen says, but also somewhat overrated. Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
Bynum's team now
by Roland Lazenby / July 8, 2011
The team’s fans have mostly troublesome signs to ponder during the lockout. Read more

[ L O C K O U T ]
Can small-market teams survive a lockout?
by Tracy Graven / July 4, 2011
Owners of small-market teams are putting the most pressure to get an advantageous CBA, but those teams may be the most hurt in the lockout process. Read more

[ L A B O R . T A L K S ]
Expanding the pie that is BRI
by Matt Tolnick / June 28, 2011
Rather than fight about how to distribute basketball related income, the NBA should be open and creative about new ways to generate money. Read more

[ E T A N . T H O M A S ]
United we stand
by Etan Thomas / June 27, 2011
Hawks center Etan Thomas, one of the most active players at the NBPA, talks about the current state of labor talks. Read more

[ T R A D E S ]
Talking draft day moves
by Charley Rosen / June 25, 2011
Old faces went to new places Thursday. Charley Rosen discusses how they will fit in.
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[ D R A F T ]
Cleveland, Minnesota among perceived winners
by Marc Narducci / June 24, 2011
The teams with the worst records in the NBA had a winning evening on draft night. Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Why Miami lost
by Eddie Johnson / June 14, 2011
LeBron James flamed out in the Finals, but Dwyane Wade and Erik Spoelstra are also very responsible for Miami's defeat, according to Eddie Johnson.
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[ F I N A L S ]
Why the Mavs won
by Chris Tomasson / June 12, 2011
The Mavericks are NBA champions for the first time in franchise history. Much credit goes to Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry, who redeemed themselves from the 2006 failure, but there's plenty of blame to go around – both among their teammates and the opposing team. Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Nowitzki is not enough
by Eddie Johnson / June 6, 2011
Miami would be closing in on a sweep if not for Dirk Nowitzki, says Eddie Johnson. His Dallas teammates need to step up. Read more

[ S H A Q U I L L E ..O ' N E A L ]
For Shaq, life was first
by Nima Zarrabi / June 2, 2011
Shaquille O'Neal looked to enjoy every minute rather than trying to become the best basketball player he could be. Can't blame him for that. Read more

[ H E A T - M A V E R I C K S ]
A dream Finals
by Eddie Johnson / May 28, 2011
Lots of stories, awesome players, balanced teams... Eddie Johnson is pumped about this year's Finals.
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[ M I K E ..B R O W N ]
Lakers' turnover
by Charlie Rosen / May 26, 2011
The Lakers are making a big mistake in choosing Mike Brown to replace Phil Jackson, according to Charley Rosen. Read more

[ M A V E R I C K S .- .T H U N D E R ]
Mavs are outsmarting Thunder
by Eddie Johnson / May 24, 2011
The Thunder's immaturity, both on the players' and coaches' side, is showing against the veteran Mavericks, Eddie Johnson says. Read more

[ M A V E R I C K S .- .T H U N D E R ]
Vets vs. young guns
by Eddie Johnson / May 16, 2011
Oklahoma City has the advantage in terms of athleticism, but the Mavs' experience and superior bench could put them over the top. Read more

[ B U L L S .- .H E A T ]
Too much for Rose to handle?
by Eddie Johnson / May 14, 2011
Miami has been so good in the playoffs that Chicago, the best team in the regular season, goes into the Conference Finals with the underdog status, says Eddie Johnson.
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[ L A K E R S ]
Champs lose their fight
by Eddie Johnson / May 9, 2011
The Lakers went down with no effort and little class, says Eddie Johnson. An ugly ending for the best NBA coach of all time. Read more

[ H E A T - C E L T I C S ]
Matchups that matter
by Ethan J. Skolnick / May 8, 2011
Four key "matchups" will define the outcome of the Heat-Celtics series, says Ethan J. Skolnick. Read more

[ H E A T ]
Unsung defense lifting Miami
by Marc Narducci / April 28, 2011
They have three offensive players that can match any team’s trio, but the Miami Heat were more impressive on defense in their first-round win against a stubborn Philadelphia 76ers team. Read more

[ L A B O R ..T A L K S ]
Ideas to improve the D-League
by Matt Tolnick / April 24, 2011
The NBADL has been a success story, but the NBA could a lot more to make it even better.
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[ P L A Y O F F S ]
First round rumblings
by Eddie Johnson / April 22, 2011
Eddie Johnson dishes on the best and worst in the playoffs so far. Read more

[ P L A Y E R S ]
The brand new Top 25
by Eddie Johnson / April 13, 2011
Eddie Johnson ranks his Top 25 players again – with a change at No. 1. Read more

[ L A B O R ..T A L K S ]
Franchise tags: a better system
by Matt Tolnick / March 28, 2011
Sports attorney Matt Tolnick comes up with ideas for a franchise tag system that would work both for players and small-market teams. Read more

[ L A B O R ..T A L K S ]
Franchise tags: The players' and league's perspective
by Matt Tolnick / March 20, 2011
While the franchise tag system could work for some teams, in the end it would be detrimental to both the players and the league. Read more

[ L A B O R ..T A L K S ]
Franchise tags: The teams' perspective
by Matt Tolnick / March 19, 2011
The franchise tag system the NFL uses might make sense for NBA teams. Read more

[ L A B O R .T A L K S ]
Scaling back existing salaries: A two-way street
by Matt Tolnick / February 27, 2011
If the NBA wants to reduce contracts that have already been signed, some concessions are in order. Read more

[ T R A D E S ]
The mother of all trade deadlines
by Ethan J. Skolnick / February 25, 2011
The Thunder and Nets were the biggest winners. The Grizzlies and Baron Davis were among the losers. All in all, it was impressive. Read more

[ T R A D E ]
Melo, Knicks win
by Eddie Johnson / February 23, 2011
Had the Knicks played their cards better, they would have kept Danilo Gallinari or Raymond Felton. Still, it's a win-win for New York and Carmelo Anthony. Read more

[ J A Z Z ]
Sloan was ready to move on
by Marc Narducci / February 10, 2011
Jerry Sloan's frustration was apparent well before his sudden resignation as coach of the Utah Jazz. Read more

[ T R A D E S ]
Melo setting an example on how to handle rumors
by Eddie Johnson / February 8, 2011
Are you an NBA player whose name is mentioned in trade rumors? Suck it up and do like Carmelo Anthony, says Eddie Johnson. Read more

[ L A B O R . T A L K S ]
Toxic contracts: Preventing a costly arms race
by Matt Tolnick / February 5, 2011
Matt Tolnick of Kauffman Sports has creative solutions to prevent teams from hurting themselves so much with bad contracts. Read more

[ A L L - S T A R ]
West selections lack consistency
by Ethan J. Skolnick / February 4, 2011
The coaches got it right with the Eastern Conference reserves, but what was exactly the criteria for the West All-Stars? Read more

[ C L I P P E R S ]
Sterling will let Griffin down
by Nima Zarrabi / January 14, 2011
With Blake Griffin on board, the Clippers' future looks bright. But that has been the case many times before...
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[ G A M B L I N G ]
Mayo and Allen broke a rule
by Eddie Johnson / January 9, 2011
Don't make all players pay because two of them acted dumb, says Eddie Johnson.
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[ P L A Y E R S ]
The Top 10 disappointments (again)
by Eddie Johnson / January 1, 2011
Eddie Johnson ranks the players that have let him down the most so far this season.
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[ I N J U R I E S ]
Love for the game will heal Yao and Oden
by Eddie Johnson / December 21, 2010
Getting injured is always tough for a player. More so if you're a big man, according to Eddie Johnson.
Read more

[ T H U N D E R ]
Durant's obstacles bringing out the best in others?
by Tracy Graven / December 8, 2010
Russell Westbrook is taking care of business for the Thunder. Is this a disruption for Kevin Durant and company?
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[ S P U R S ]
My apologies to San Antonio
by Eddie Johnson / November 25, 2010
The Spurs were once overlooked at the beginning of the season. What a mistake, Eddie Johnson says.
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[ T R A I L . B L A Z E R S ]
What to do with Greg Oden?
by Ben Golliver / November 21, 2010
Mixed messages from Blazers front office cloud Greg Oden's future in Portland.
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[ L E B R O N . J A M E S ]
Check his stats
by Ethan J. Skolnick / November 15, 2010
LeBron James has taken heat for hurting Miami's offense by holding onto the ball too much. Yet numbers prove that criticism wrong.
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[ S E A S O N ]
The early surprises
by Eddie Johnson / November 10, 2010
Hornets, Warriors, Cavs and Knicks are shocking Eddie Johnson so far.
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[ C E L T I C S ]
Shaqqy Green brings his tired act to Boston
by Dennis Hans / October 18, 2010
Shaquille O'Neal is more of a comedian than hoopster these days, so a nickname with comic appeal will divert attention from his diminished game.
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[ P L A Y E R S ]
The Top 25 revisited
by Eddie Johnson / October 14, 2010
Eddie Johnson once again ranks the Top 25 players in the NBA – with some changes at the top.
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[ H E A T ]
Give me a break
by Eddie Johnson / September 21, 2010
Eddie Johnson is tired of the criticism directed at LeBron James, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat.
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[ W O R L D . C H A M P I O N S H I P ]
Why Team USA won
by Peter May / September 12, 2010
Kevin Durant is the first to blame, but Coach K and a watered-down competition helped a big deal. Read more

[ N U G G E T S ]
Melo just seeking happiness
by Eddie Johnson / August 23, 2010
Passing on $65 million may not be the smartest business decision for Carmelo Anthony. "So what?" Eddie Johnson says. Read more

[ M E D I A ]
Finally a chance to hit back
by Eddie Johnson / August 11, 2010
Players in the NBA and other sports can now use the social media networks to defend themselves. That's wonderful news, according to Eddie Johnson. Read more

[ F R E E . A G E N C Y ]
Shaq in unfamiliar territory
by Eddie Johnson / August 3, 2010
Shaquille O'Neal is probably having a tough time accepting his new reality. And that's totally understandable, according to Eddie Johnson. Read more

[ T E A M . U S A ]
World beaters?
by Peter May / July 28, 2010
With a roster full of B-listers, Team USA may struggle once again at the World Championship. Read more

[ H O R N E T S ]
Chris Paul (still) available
by Mark Heisler / July 24, 2010
Looks like Mark Heisler was right at the beginning of the season and Chris Paul could have played his last game as a Hornet. After all, no star will stick around without a chance of winning. Read more

[ H E A T ]
The King has spoken
by Eddie Johnson / July 9, 2010
So LeBron James chose Miami. Respect the decision and expect greatness, says Eddie Johnson. Read more

[ F R E E . A G E N C Y ]
After Amare, Knicks still need help
by Peter May / July 7, 2010
Knicks signing Amare Stoudemire is a great move for New York. It may not be such a good one for Stoudemire if he doesn't get much better company.
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[ F R E E . A G E N C Y ]
Fisher, Blake and Redick: The rise of the character guys?
by Roland Lazenby / July 4, 2010
Steve Blake and JJ Redick will make good money in free agency. That should also be the case for Derek Fisher.
Read more

[ F R E E . A G E N C Y ]
Dream Team can work
by Peter May / June 30, 2010
Could Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh play together and be successful? The answer is a resounding yes, according to Peter May. Read more

[ F R E E . A G E N C Y ]
The Top 25 free agents
by Eddie Johnson / June 26, 2010
Who should be the most sought after players this summer? Eddie Johnson answers. Read more

[ D R A F T ]
Wizards improve with draft, trade
by Marc Narducci / June 25, 2010
The Washington Wizards, not surprisingly, appear to be the biggest winners following the NBA draft.
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[ F I N A L S ]
Why L.A. won

by Eddie Johnson / June 17, 2010
The Los Angeles Lakers are celebrating championship number 16 after beating the Boston Celtics 83-79 in an absolutely epic Game 7. How did they get there? Former NBA player Eddie Johnson breaks down the ending of a series that has become an instant classic. Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
We have a classic
by Eddie Johnson / June 16, 2010
The Celtics did nothing to prevent these Finals from going to a Game 7. Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Remember 2008?
by Eddie Johnson / June 14, 2010
Bad news for the Lakers: These Finals look a lot like the ones we saw two years ago. Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
A gift for the fans
by Mark Heisler / June 11, 2010
David Stern has to be smiling the way the Finals are going so far. Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Uglyball is back
by Eddie Johnson / June 9, 2010
This Lakers-Celtics series is bringing up memories of the Rockets-Knicks Finals of 1994, according to Eddie Johnson. Read more

[ C A V A L I E R S ]
Ohio story: LeBron's team
by Roland Lazenby / June 6, 2010
Who are the men behind the man everybody is talking about? Roland Lazenby has some answers. Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Here we go again (sigh)
by Eddie Johnson / June 3, 2010
Eddie Johnson expects a brutal and ugly Finals between the two teams he hates the most. Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
How Boston has made Hollywood pay
by Roland Lazenby / May 31, 2010
The Lakers have a long history of failures against Boston. Roland Lazenby goes deep into it. Read more

[ F R E E . A G E N C Y ]
Jax and LeBron: True love or silly infatuation?
by Roland Lazenby / May 26, 2010
Pairing LeBron James and Phil Jackson may be a far-fetched proposition, but it would make a lot of sense.
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[ P L A Y O F F S ]
Anybody seen Rashard?
by Peter May / May 22, 2010
Rashard Lewis must give the Magic a lot more for his team to seriously challenge the Celtics. Read more

[ P L A Y O F F S ]
Don't underestimate the power of the Suns
by Eddie Johnson / May 17, 2010
The Lakers are heavily favored by everybody to beat the Suns, but Eddie Johnson doesn't understand why.
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[ C A V A L I E R S ]
Protest mode? The LeBron mystery deepens
by Roland Lazenby / May 14, 2010
LeBron James could look terrible if he leaves Cleveland after the flame-out vs. the Boston Celtics. Read more

[ L A W S ]
Viva los Suns
by Peter May / May 5, 2010
The Suns' condemnation of the Arizona immigration law not only is a courageous move, but also a rare one in the NBA. Read more

[ H E A T ]
What's in Wade's head?
by Peter May / April 27, 2010
It's going to be an offseason full of questions for Heat superstar guard Dwyane Wade. Read more

[ K O B E . B R Y A N T ]
The slow death of a competitor
by Roland Lazenby / April 25, 2010
Even though still great, we have already seen the best of Kobe Bryant. Read more

[ T H U N D E R ]
Durant, listen up
by Eddie Johnson / April 19, 2010
Eddie Johnson has five pieces of advice for Kevin Durant and the Thunder to even up the series vs. the Lakers.
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[ P L A Y E R S ]
The new Top 25
by Eddie Johnson / April 16, 2010
Who are the best 25 players in the NBA? Eddie Johnson updated his much-debated list. Read more

[ W A R R I O R S ]
Ya gotta love that Nellie
by Roland Lazenby / April 8, 2010
Don Nelson just became the all-time winningest coach, but is he one of the all-time greats?
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[ T E A M . U S A ]
No LeBron is not the end of Worlds
by Mark Heisler / April 5, 2010
Even if LeBron James isn't there, Jerry Colangelo will field a competitive team for the World Championships. And, most importantly, one people don't have to feel embarrassed about.
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[ R A P T O R S ]
Has Bosh checked out?
by Jeff Fox / March 30, 2010
Fans in Toronto are getting suspicious about Chris Bosh's play late in the regular season. With good cause?
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[ D E F E N S E ]
The dunk takes precedence
by Eddie Johnson / March 28, 2010
More and more players are not contesting dunks for fear of being embarrassed. Does that make sense?
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[ P L A Y E R S ]
Too much love
by Eddie Johnson / March 19, 2010
All the fraternizing between players on the court is making Eddie Johnson sick. More Larry Birds are needed.
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[ C L I P P E R S ]
The Sports Guy can't do it worse
by Peter May / March 13, 2010
There's not much downside to the Clippers making an outside-the-box hire like Bill Simmons for GM. After all, how much lower can they go? Read more

[ M A V E R I C K S ]
Cuban turns team back around
by Mark Heisler / March 10, 2010
After all these years, there's no ring to show. But Mark Cuban has been a great owner for the Mavericks, now a real threat to the Lakers out West. Read more

[ T H U N D E R ]
Durant is an offensive machine
by Eddie Johnson / March 8, 2010
Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant has the tools to become one of the Top 5 scorers in NBA history, according to Eddie Johnson.
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[ C A V A L I E R S ]
No Shaq, no problem
by Peter May / March 3, 2010
The Cavaliers can do without Shaquille O'Neal for the rest of the regular season. And in the playoffs too, says Peter May. Read more

[ H A L L . O F . F A M E ]
The enshrinement that will never happen
by Peter May / February 24, 2010
Dennis Rodman is Hall of Fame material, but he will probably never be in Springfiled – just like a few other deserving basketball legends.
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[ T R A D E S ]
Landscape just got better for Cleveland
by Eddie Johnson / February 19, 2010
The Cavs' addition of Antawn Jamison must have scared the rest of contenders, according to Eddie Johnson.
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[ S U N S ]
Cavs should go for it
by Mark Heisler / February 17, 2010
With the rumors of an imminent Amare Stoudemire trade, you can now say the summer of 2010 has started in February.
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[ C E L T I C S ]
See you in June?
by Peter May / January 31, 2010
Sunday's game may be a preview of the NBA Finals, but the Celtics will need to address several issues to get there.
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[ A L L - S T A R ]
The all-time snub list
by Jeff Fox / January 30, 2010
Chauncey Billups was left off the All-Star Game this year, but at least he has played it four times. Some very good players never made it at all. Which are the best of them?
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[ W I Z A R D S ]
Free Gilbert Arenas
by Mark Heisler / January 28, 2010
Even if it everyone had fun trashing him, this farce has run long enough, and then some.
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[ L A K E R S ]
Gasol an All-Star?
by Roland Lazenby / January 24, 2010
After suffering hamstring injuries, the Lakers coaching and medical staffs wouldn't mind if Pau Gasol gets some rest instead of going to the All-Star Game, writes Roland Lazenby.
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[ P L A Y E R S ]
The Top 10 disappointments
by Eddie Johnson / January 16, 2010
Eddie Johnson ranks the players that have disappointed him the most this season. As usual, he pulls no punches. Read more

[ G I L B E R T . A R E N A S ]
This is not G
by Julius Hodge / January 5, 2010
Former NBA player Julius Hodge, a victim of gun violence, gives his two cents on the Arenas-Crittenton incident.
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[ R O C K E T S ]
McGrady let Adelman off the hook
by Eddie Johnson / January 1, 2010
Tracy McGrady's trade request has made life a lot easier for Rockets head coach Rick Adelman. Now where can T-Mac relaunch his career? Read more

[ D E C A D E ]
The All-International teams
by Peter May / December 30, 2009
Drazen Petrovic and Arvydas Sabonis led the way in the 90's. Now it's the Nowitzkis and Gasols. Who were the other best foreigner players of the decade? Read more

[ A W A R D S ]
And the Rookie of the Year is… Who cares?
by Mark Heisler / December 29, 2009
Rookie accolades are nice, but they don't matter at all in the end. Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
What Jerry Buss didn't say
by Roland Lazenby / December 21, 2009
Phil Jackson's latest remarks on his coaching future are just another episode of the power struggle in Lakerland, according to Roland Lazenby. Read more

[ L E G.E N D S ]
2000-2009: Best of the best
by Roland Lazenby / December 14, 2009
Which have been the top players of the first decade of the century? Roland Lazenby puts down the list.
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[ C E L T I C S ]
Allen should be a keeper
by Peter May / December 5, 2009
Think the Celtics should break up the Big Three before the season is over? Think twice. Read more

[ A L L L E N . I V E R S O N ]
Say it ain't so
by Eddie Johnson / November 26, 2009
Allen Iverson still has a lot to offer and by no means should retire at this point, according to Eddie Johnson.
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[ W I Z A R D S ]
Coping with potential free agency
by Marc Narducci / November 26, 2009
Impending free agency could have an impact on a team, but the ability to remain healthy remains the key to success in the NBA or any league. Read more

[ K N I C K S ]
Fire might burn past 2010
by Eddie Johnson / November 23, 2009
The Knicks' current state, combined with the potential negativity in NYC and Mike D'Antoni's stubbornness, could scare LeBron James and Dwyane Wade away from the Big Apple, according to Eddie Johnson.
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[ G R I Z Z L I E S ]
Iverson still doesn't get it
by Roland Lazenby / November 8, 2009
As big a talent as he is, Allen Iverson still doesn’t get the idea of team. And he's running out of time.
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[ H O R N E T S ]
Chris Paul, anyone?
by Mark Heisler / November 4, 2009
If Hornets guard Chris Paul is frustrated, he has every reason to feel that way. Time may be coming to move on. Read more

[ B U L L S ]
Rose getting to the point
by Marc Narducci / October 31, 2009
After winning Rookie of the Year, Derrick Rose looks to make his place among the NBA’s top point guards.
Read more

[ P R E S E A S O N ]
Nightmares of training camps past
by Eddie Johnson / October 1, 2009
Current NBA players have it very good in training camp compared to how it used to be, according to Eddie Johnson. Read more

[ O F F I C I A L S ]
As usual, the referees are out there alone
by Mark Heisler / September 21, 2009
The referees have become victims of David Stern's posturing in advance of the CBA negotiations with the players. Read more

[ P L A Y E R S ]
The updated Top 25
by Eddie Johnson / September 10, 2009
Eddie Johnson ranks the best 25 players in the NBA before the season begins. Guess who's on top?
Read more

[ L E G E N D S ]
Russell up there with MJ
by Peter May / September 11, 2009
Michael Jordan is the greatest player of his time. But if you have to talk about the best player of all time, Bill Russell has to come into the discussion, according to Peter May. Read more

[ M I C H A E L . J O R D A N ]
Celebrate MJ going into the Hall of Fame? Forget that
by Roland Lazenby / September 10, 2009
Michael Jordan once said he wouldn't comprehend his impact on the game until long after he had finished playing. But now we know. The game still isn't the same without him. Read more

[ G R I Z Z L I E S ]
Iverson humbled
by Eddie Johnson / September 10, 2009
Allen Iverson finally had to settle with the lowly Grizzlies instead of joining a contender. It was all Iverson's fault for refusing to become a role player, according to Eddie Johnson. Read more

[ T I M B E R W O L V E S ]
The Rubio blunder
by Peter May / September 3, 2009
Ricky Rubio's decision to stay in Spain hurts the Timberwolves. It may end up hurting Rubio too.
Read more

[ T I M B E R W O L V E S ]
Kurt Rambis in the Frozen Tundra

by Mark Heisler / August 14, 2009
Kurt Rambis wanted to be the head coach again after bombing in his debut ten years ago. In Minneapolis everybody is excited about his decision, says Mark Heisler. Read more

[ S T E R O I D S ]
Believe Lewis

by Peter May / August 7, 2009
Rashard Lewis' word is one you should believe looking at his fine track record in the NBA. Read more

[ F I B A . B A S K E T B A L L ]
The pros and cons of offseason tournaments

by Marc Narducci / August 6, 2009
A recent injury to Spurs guard Tony Parker again sparks the debate of the merits of competing in international tournaments for NBA players. Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
Odom keeps L.A. on top

by Eddie Johnson / August 2, 2009
Lamar Odom did the right thing in re-signing with the Lakers, who look like the clear favorites once again, according to Eddie Johnson. Read more

[ N E W . M E D I A ]
Steph overload

by Mark Heisler / July 28, 2009
NBA players are starting to avoid the media filter with tools like Twitter. But, as Stephon Marbury is proving, that has a great downside too. Read more

[ T R A I L . B L A Z E R S ]
Miller a solid addition in Portland

by Marc Narducci / July 25, 2009
Andre Miller’s veteran leadership is exactly what the young Portland Trail Blazers need. Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
Artest will star in L.A.

by Eddie Johnson / June 26, 2009
Count Eddie Johnson among those who think Ron Artest will be a hit in Los Angeles. Read more

[ C L I P P E R S ]
Don't hold out hope

by Peter May / June 26, 2009
It's a sunny day for Blake Griffin and the Clippers. Just don't think there will be many more ahead for them.
Read more

[ D R A F T ]
What's the best class ever?

by Chris Tomasson / June 22, 2009
This year's draft class doesn't look very impressive. Can't say the same about those in 1970, 1984, 1996 or 2003. Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Why the Lakers won

by Eddie Johnson / June 15, 2009
Orlando had more talent, but experience was on the Lakers' side. That was a huge factor no matter what Stan Van Gundy says. Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
L.A. back on top

by Chris Tomasson / June 14, 2009
The Los Angeles Lakers won their 15th NBA title and Kobe Bryant, MVP of the Finals, got his first championship ring without Shaquille O'Neal. What were the main reasons for LA's great success? An impressive frontline, an opponent that choked in crunch time and, most of all, Bryant's superstar play. Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Choking again?

by Chris Tomasson / June 13, 2009
Three years ago, the Lakers were also 3-1 in a playoff series and they blew it. Could it happen one more time?
Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
The to-do list

by Eddie Johnson / June 8, 2009
What do the Lakers need to finish the series off? What must Orlando do to rebound? Eddie Johnson speaks his mind about that and more. Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
It's that old Zen again

by Roland Lazenby / June 7, 2009
The triangle offense of Tex Winter and Phil Jackson has reached a special level for the first time in years.
Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
It's Orlando's year

by Eddie Johnson / June 3, 2009
Eddie Johnson is expecting greatness from Dwight Howard at the Finals. That could mean a title for Orlando.
Read more

[ P L A Y O F F S ]
The best/worst postseason in NBA history

by Mark Heisler / May 31, 2009
Playoffs are boffo with great series every round – in between T's, flagrants, upgrades, downgrades and suspensions. Read more

[ C A V A L I E R S ]
Brown looking for answers

by Peter May / May 28, 2009
Orlando has proved to be an incredibly tough matchup for Cleveland. Mike Brown better figure things out soon. Read more

[ T I M . F L O Y D ]
A man of character

by Paul Shirley / May 26, 2009
Former Bulls head coach Tim Floyd is now in the midst of the OJ Mayo scandal at USC. Paul Shirley, who played for him at Iowa State, just wants you to give the man the benefit of the doubt. Read more

[ C H U C K . D A L Y ]
A genuine guy

by Mark Heisler / May 9, 2009
Chuck Daly had to pay his dues to get to the top of his profession, but he didn't change one bit.
Read more

[ R O C K E T S ]
Crossroads ahead

by Eddie Johnson / May 1, 2009
The Rockets finally made it to the second round and it was without Tracy McGrady. What does that say about the team and T-Mac's future? Read more

[ P L A Y O F F S ]
Does it really have to end?

by Peter May / April 29, 2009
Boston and Chicago are giving us one of the most exciting playoff series ever. Too bad it will soon come down to a conclusion. Read more

[ P L A Y O F F S ]
Game 1 thoughts

by Eddie Johnson / April 20, 2009
Eddie Johnson speaks his mind about the first games of this year's playoffs.
Read more

[ P I S T O N S ]
Is Iverson running out of answers?

by Marc Narducci / April 4, 2009
After being derailed by a sore back, Allen Iverson has posed more questions than answers about his future.
Read more

[ C A V A L I E R S ]
The team to beat

by Eddie Johnson / March 28, 2009
Cleveland is Eddie Johnson's pick to win the NBA title this year and it's not only because of LeBron.
Read more

[ A W A R D S ]
Rose leads rookie hunt

by Marc Narducci / March 24, 2009
Chicago’s Derrick Rose, the top pick in the 2008 draft, is the leading Rookie of the Year contender.
Read more

[ C O A C H E S ]
The season of the interim coach

by Chris Tomasson / March 21, 2009
Interim coaches are usually in the tough position of trying to make bad teams look good. But that sometimes leads to nice head coaching careers.
Read more

[ A W A R D S ]
MVP race not a two-man show

by Eddie Johnson / March 17, 2009
Dwyane Wade is not the top player in the NBA to Eddie Johnson, but he thinks the Heat's All-Star guard should be the MVP this year. Read more

[ B O B C A T S ]
Brown does it again

by Mark Heisler / March 15, 2009
Larry Brown is rebounding from the Knicks' disaster by making the Bobcats relevant for the first time.
Read more

[ W E S T ]
Challenging Lakerland

by Peter May / March 7, 2009
The Lakers appear to be head and shoulders ahead of the competition in the Western Conference. But wait for the playoffs. Read more

[ S U N S ]
Return to Seven Seconds or Less

by Eddie Johnson / February 27, 2009
The Suns are back playing the type of basketball they most enjoy. How far will that take them?
Read more

[ T R A D E S ]
Yawn day

by Eddie Johnson / February 20, 2009
As is often the case, the trade deadline went by without anything major happening. Eddie Johnson is disappointed. Read more

[ S P U R S ]
One more parade?

by Marc Narducci / February 16, 2009
After a poor start, the San Antonio Spurs are up to their old dominating ways. The Spurs are expected to contend for an NBA title, but can they win one?
Read more

[ T R A D E S ]
Will Stoudemire have a new home?

by Marc Narducci / February 12, 2009
As the Feb. 19 trade deadline approaches, Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire is one of many big names who could be changing addresses.
Read more

[ P L A Y E R S ]
The Top 25 (again)

by Eddie Johnson / February 7, 2009
Eddie Johnson gives us his updated list with the Top 25 players in the NBA. Read more

[ P H I L . J A C K S O N ]
Zen? How about rapture?

by Roland Lazenby / January 27, 2009
Phil Jackson retiring in 2010? Take that one with a grain of salt, says Roland Lazenby.
Read more

[ D A N N Y . G R A N G E R ]
Old Man Moves

by Eddie Johnson / January 24, 2009
Pacers forward Danny Granger could be flashy, but chose to be effective. That's one of the reasons why Eddie Johnson loves him so much.
Read more

[ R O C K E T S ]
Best team no one ever saw?

by Mark Heisler / January 17, 2009
The Houston Rockets have a major issue and it's not togetherness. Their most pressing decision is what to do with Tracy McGrady, says Mark Heisler. Read more

[ M A G I C ]
Drawing attention

by Eddie Johnson/ January 14, 2009
Everyone’s attention is centered on the great starts of the Lakers, Cavaliers and Celtics, but Eddie Johnson loves to watch the Orlando Magic. Read more

[ D I S A P P O I N T M E N T S ]
Lowered expectations

by Marc Narducci/ January 12, 2009
A surprising number of well-known players have gotten off to disappointing starts this year, says Marc Narducci.
Read more

[ C E L T I C S ]
Take the gamble

by Peter May / January 3, 2009
There's not much downside to the Celtics signing Stephon Marbury, so why not take a flier on him?
Read more

[ G U N S ]
Why pack heat?

by Eddie Johnson / December 31, 2008
It makes some sense for athletes to carry guns if it's truly for protection. Although nothing protects you better than common sense, Eddie Johnson says.
Read more

[ A W A R D S ]
James the early MVP frontrunner

by Marc Narducci / December 30, 2008
Cleveland’s LeBron James leads an impressive and lengthy list of NBA candidates through the first 30 games.
Read more

[ S U N S ]
Breaking the fun machine in Phoenix

by Roland Lazenby / December 19, 2008
Steve Kerr's Suns are no longer fun to watch and it's a painful transition now. But is it a transition to something good?
Read more

[ M A G I C ]
What Dwight can learn from Tiger

by Dennis Hans / December 18, 2008
A common flaw among lousy golfers illuminates Dwight Howard’s inability to progress as a shooter.
Read more

[ 7 6 E R S ]
Underachieving team looking to regroup

by Marc Narducci / December 15, 2008
The 76ers have fired coach Maurice Cheeks and still hope to salvage what has been a highly disappointing season. Read more

[ P I S T O N S ]
Still a bright future

by Peter May / December 9, 2008
The Iverson stimulus plan is not working in Detroit. No big deal, says Peter May.
Read more

[ K N I C K S ]
Another mishandled situation

by Peter May / November 30, 2008
The Knicks could have easily saved themselves from the embarrassment of more Marbury moments, according to Peter May.
Read more

[ M A V E R I C K S ]
Being Mark

by Mark Heisler / November 23, 2008
The Mavs have gone from awesome to average in just a couple of years. Mark Cuban has options, but they may not be all that intriguing.
Read more

[ K N I C K S ]
Breaking ties is inevitable for Knicks and Marbury
by Marc Narducci / November 2, 2008
Once the face of the franchise, Stephon Marbury is no longer a part of the Knicks present or future.
Read more

[ P I S T O N S ]
Jury is out on Iverson trade
by Eddie Johnson / October 28, 2008
Dealing for Allen Iverson makes sense on a couple of levels, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to work out for well Detroit.
Read more

[ W A R R I O R S ]
In Nellie we trust?
by Roland Lazenby / November 3, 2008
It looks like a stormy season ahead for the Warriors. Can veteran head coach Don Nelson right the ship?
Read more

[ P L A Y E R S ]
The Top 25
by Eddie Johnson / October 28, 2008
Eddie Johnson ranks the best 25 players in the NBA.
Read more

[ D R A F T ]
About the dough
by Peter May / October 26, 2008
NBA commissioner David Stern wants age limits. But the central issue is not age... It's money.
Read more

[ D E P R E S S I O N ]
Coming out a hard thing to do
by Sam Smith / October 19, 2008
Delonte West is the last one on a long list of players dealing with depression while in their prime. Being in the NBA doesn't make the problem any easier, says Sam Smith.
Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
The Lakers and Lamar, a basketball lament
by Roland Lazenby / October 3, 2008
Lakers' camp began with controversy surrounding Lamar Odom. Roland Lazenby gives his point of view.
Read more

[ C L I P P E R S ]
Back to the old days
by Mark Heisler / September 25, 2008

The Clippers' golden era lasted just one season and may not be back soon. Not even with Baron Davis on board. Read more

[ K N I C K S ]
Lipstick on a pig
by Peter May / September 21, 2008

The Knicks of 2008-09 are not very different to the Knicks of 2007-08. Thinking long term, that may not be such a bad thing. Read more

[ B U L L S ]
Take the money, Ben
by Sam Smith / September 18, 2008

Ben Gordon should understand he's getting no Luol Deng money and take what the Bulls have to offer, says Sam Smith. Read more

[ E L E C T I O N S ]
Players getting in the game
by Sam Smith / September 10, 2008

Pro athletes usually stay away from politics. Why is that changing a little bit this election year?
Read more

[ D A N N Y . A I N G E ]
The risk taker
by Peter May / August 29, 2008

Celtics honcho Danny Ainge doesn't mind taking gambles. And who can blame him? Read more

[ O L Y M P I C S ]
Humble team conquered gold (and hearts)
by Mark Heisler / August 25, 2008

With the Ugly American act out of the door, Team USA's impressive play in Beijing was even more enjoyable to watch. Read more

[ R O C K E T S ]
Artest worth the headache?

by Mark Heisler / July 31, 2008

The Rockets will acquire a great talent in Ron Artest. But maybe also a chemistry-killer. Read more

[ O L Y M P I C S ]
Future looks golden

by Peter May / July 3, 2008

With better preparation than in previous tournaments and the greatest amount of talent in many years, Team USA is looking to put past failures behind. Read more

[ E U R O P E ]
The great escape

by Sam Smith / July 22, 2008

The day is coming when a true NBA star will decide to leave the NBA for Europe, according to Sam Smith. Read more

[ 7 6 E R S ]
Philly moves to the front

by Eddie Johnson / July 11, 2008

Are the Sixers now good enough to challenge the big dogs in the East? Eddie Johnson thinks so.
Read more

[ D R A F T ]
The dwindling international star

by Peter May / June 28, 2008

International players now seem to lack the enormous appeal they once had. Not enough stars. Not enough defense. Read more

[ L A K E R S ]
Standing pat?

by Mark Heisler / June 22, 2008

The Lakers look good enough to make a championship run again next season, but that doesn't mean there will no be changes. Lamar Odom anyone? Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Why the Celtics won

by Eddie Johnson / June 18, 2008

Eddie Johnson breaks down the reasons why Boston got the ring. Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Champs again

by Sam Smith / June 17, 2008

The 17th title banner is finally going to Boston 22 years later. What did the trick for the Celtics? Great harmony among the Big Three and a team concept all players adhered to. Not much the softer, less experienced Lakers could do against that. Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Thoughts on Game 5
by Eddie Johnson / June 16, 2008
The Lakers' Big Three finally delivered in Game 5 and will get a chance to return to Boston. They will likely play just one more game there though, Eddie Johnson says.
Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Thoughts on Game 4
by Eddie Johnson / June 13, 2008
The Lakers' bench has bombed real bad in the Finals and that's costing L.A. big time.
Read more

[ O S C A R . R O B E R T S O N ]
Blackballed
by Sam Smith / June 12, 2008
Unlike most other legends of the game, Oscar Robertson never got a chance to coach or manage an NBA team. And that's just sad, Sam Smith says.
Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Thoughts on Game 3
by Eddie Johnson / June 11, 2008
Kobe Bryant and Sasha Vujacic saved the day for the Lakers, but the Celtics remain favored to win the title.
Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Thoughts on Game 2
by Eddie Johnson / June 9, 2008
The Celtics played great lock-down defense on every Laker and the bench stepped up again... A 3-0 lead in the making?
Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Wilt fixes Finals for Lakers
by Dennis Hans / June 8, 2008
Towering hoop god decreed in 1999 a ringless future for any coach who ruins a game with off-the-ball intentional fouls – which is bad news for Doc Rivers.
Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Thoughts on Game 1
by Eddie Johnson / June 6, 2008
Paul Pierce's heroics were one of the main factors for Boston's win in the first game of the Finals. But there were many others.
Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Bryant on a mission for another ring
by Marc Narducci / June 3, 2008
Arguably enjoying his finest postseason, Kobe Bryant looks to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to their fourth NBA title this decade.
Read more

[ F I N A L S ]
Six reasons will reveal winner
by Eddie Johnson / June 3, 2008
Eddie Johnson breaks down the NBA Finals. Expect a long series!
Read more

[ D.R U G S ]
Booze, not pot, the real problem
by Sam Smith / May 27, 2008
It's players caught with marijuana that make the headlines, but alcohol is probably a much bigger issue in the NBA. Read more

[ P L A Y O F F S ]
Pierce delivers
by Eddie Johnson / May 19, 2008
Eddie Johnson has a lot of praise for Paul Pierce. But he also cuts Ray Allen some slack.
Read more

[ P L A Y O F F S ]
West will prevail
by Sam Smith / May 16, 2008
Just by watching the Eastern Conference playoffs, you know the NBA champion is going to come from the other side of the country.
Read more

[ C E L T I C S ]
Road woes confounding the experts
by Marc Narducci / May 13, 2008
After having the best road record in the regular season, Boston has struggled mightily away from TD Banknorth Garden during the postseason.
Read more

[ M A R K . C U B A N ]
Time to go?
by Sam Smith / May 6, 2008
With the Mavs' future looking bleak, Sam Smith thinks the timing is perfect for Mark Cuban to sell the team and finally get into baseball.
Read more

[ P L A Y O F F S ]
First round ramblings
by Eddie Johnson / April 30, 2008
Suns and Mavs out in five? Sixers and Hawks giving a fight? Eddie Johnson didn't see this coming.
Read more

[ P L A Y O F F S ]
Still warming up
by Sam Smith / April 24, 2008
No much drama going on in the playoffs so far. But stay tuned, says Sam Smith. Read more

[ P L A Y O F F S ]
Predictions!
by Eddie Johnson / April 18, 2008
Former NBA player Eddie Johnson expects three upsets and no sweeps in the first round of the playoffs.
Read more

[ R O C K E T S ]
Against the odds
by Sam Smith / March 18, 2008
The Rockets were a mess in December, and now they rule the Western Conference. How could this happen? Sam Smith has some answers.
Read more

[ A W A R D S ]
My surprise pick for MVP
by Eddie Johnson / March 17, 2008
So who's Eddie Johnson's choice for Most Valuable Player
this season? Read more

[ C O A C H E S ]
It's about time
by Sam Smith / March 5, 2008
Jerry Sloan has never been Coach of the Year despite having 18 winning seasons in the NBA. Maybe it's time to give him some love.
Read more

[ B U Y O U T S ]
Worth the fuss?
by Jorge Sierra / March 1, 2008
Several vetera
ns got buyouts and made headlines this week for the interest they are drawing among playoff teams. But are these in-season additions paying off for the contenders?
Read more

[ R O C K E T S ]
Big T-Mac attack
by Dee Brown / February 27, 2008
The Rockets are not done without Yao, says former NBA player Dee Brown. Wat
ch out for a great Tracy McGrady now. Read more

[ M I C H A E L . J O R D A N ]
Life upstairs
by Sam Smith / February 23, 2008
Sam Smith makes his HoopsHype.com debut talking about the player he became famous covering.
Read more

[ T R A D E S ]
Cavs better, but still will not beat Boston or Detroit