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breaking down the nba's best big men: tier 5
Published On: Thu, Jul 22

Tier 5: 1). Carl Landry, 6-9, 26 years old, (Sacramento) – Sacramento has found itself an unknown gem in Landry. The former second-round pick was widely unregarded coming out of Wisconsin, but has shown tremendous strides and become a legitim...
free agency mayhem -- absolute insanity
Published On: Thu, Jul 15

(“My name is Amar'e: All I ever do is dunk. But thanks to the Knicks - gulp - and Steve Nash - I just got $100 million richer!”) With all the talk of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement set to be in place next season, and with all t...
lebron's circus act must end
Published On: Thu, Jul 08

Michael Jordan would've never done this. Larry Bird wouldn't have. Neither would Magic Johnson. The circus that LeBron James has created over the past few weeks has been nothing short of ridiculous. Forget the incessant reports by ESPN or the nonstop ...
Breaking Down The NBA's Best Big Men: Tier 4
Published On: Tue, Jun 01

This is a fine group of players who could potentially climb the ladder and, in time, find themselves among the top bigs in the NBA. What’s striking about these seven bigs is that not one has under-achieved or failed to live up to expectations. ...
Dwight Howard's rough afternoon
Published On: Mon, May 17

When asked about his defensive strategies against Carmelo Anthony or the Lakers' big men during Utah's postseason run, Jerry Sloan routinely pointed out that it's impossible for a defense to focus disproportionate attention to a specific player or a...
TrueHoop is five years old today
Published On: Sat, May 15

The first post was May 15, 2005 , and included talk from the Suns' newish coach, Mike D'Antoni, and the Sonics' Nate McMillan. Many thanks to the zillion people who have helped this thing stick around this long, and I'm hoping we're just getting...
Woodson's tenure unusual 'til the end
Published On: Fri, May 14

By John Hollinger There was a certain irony to the postgame eulogies after the Orlando Magic put the Hawks out of their misery Monday night. On the hand, you had Joe Johnson, knowing the team wanted him to stay but hinting that he was probab...
You can't spell "King" without KG
Published On: Fri, May 14

NBAE/Getty Images Everything on Thursday was so LeBroncentric that you probably didn’t even see Kevin Garnett when he and LeBron James hugged after the Cavaliers tumbled out of the playoffs. You might have seen Garnett, but you didn...
The game plan doesn't change in a day
Published On: Fri, May 14

Elsa/NBAE/Getty Images The summer of 2010 was always about finding the team with the best vision of the future. Everything about LeBron James' free agency plan changed as the Cavaliers were eliminated by the Celtics: No way he'd head back t...
Offense the offender in Cavs' finale
Published On: Fri, May 14

For five games, it was Cleveland's inability to guard Boston that was the primary problem, culminating in the 120-point thrashing they suffered in Game 5. On Thursday, however, the Cavs actually defended well. Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo still ...
On the criticism of LeBron James
Published On: Fri, May 14

TrueHoop reader David e-mails: You rarely see any athlete take the kind of criticism LeBron has over the past few days. I'm having trouble thinking of another instance where someone has had such a brilliant start to his career and had every part ...
What happened to LeBron James?
Published On: Wed, May 12

Both the practical and symbolic significance of Game 5 between Cleveland and Boston couldn't be overstated. The rest of the NBA's elite made quick work of their conference semifinal opponents. Meanwhile, the 61-win Cavaliers were struggling with a C...
Mikhail Prokhorov, just in time
Published On: Tue, May 11

On the day that Mark Cuban is battling the notion that his Mavericks are barely solvent , Mikhail Prokhorov arrives on the scene to compete for the title of owner NBA fans most dream of becoming. Prokhorov is not just one of the richest owners...
The big disappointment
Published On: Tue, May 11

People in San Antonio, Dallas and Portland have taken significant time out of their busy days to skewer me, over the last couple of days, for naming Dirk Nowitzki, Brandon Roy and Tim Duncan as the most disappointing players of the NBA postseason....
Taking a balut for the team
Published On: Tue, May 11

Don't watch this if you're about to eat, or are squeamish. Huge thanks to Lucas Jansen for producing that video. There are a lot of ways this could have gone differently. But this is how it happened: Noah Galuten, a food blogger at Man...
The second round in the Smackdown
Published On: Tue, May 11

Has the second round of the playoffs started yet? It's like somebody sneezed and three of the NBA's powerhouse teams of 2009-2010 -- the Jazz, Spurs and Hawks -- have all just been eliminated. Now there's just the annual Celtic thrill ride left b...
The Slovenian view of Goran Dragic
Published On: Tue, May 11

The Suns' Slovenian backup point guard sent shockwaves through the NBA by almost single-handedly destroying the Spurs in the fourth quarter of Game 3. On Valley of the Suns, Erik Vidmar describes playing youth basketball in Slovenia with Goran "Gog...
Guarding Rajon Rondo at all would be a start
Published On: Mon, May 10

Gregory Shamus, Getty Images Sport The tactic has been to give Rajon Rondo room. In Game 4, that was a costly mistake. After Rajon Rondo's Game 4 explosion (29 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and one series-changing victory) LeB...
A Supreme Court nominee, scrapping
Published On: Mon, May 10

In The New York Times, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Katharine Q. Seelye and Lisa W. Foderaro profile Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan , and wouldn't you know it, basketball's part of the politics story once again: She went on to win two plum clerkships,...
Summer Plans For Lottery Teams
Published On: Sat, May 08

The NBA Playoffs are well underway, and by now you’ve pretty much heard all of the postseason story lines of every team: Charlotte’s Stephen Jackson on “the brawl,” Dwight Howard and Orlando’s constant whining about fouls,...
Woodson speaks on lame-duck status
Published On: Sat, May 08

ATLANTA -- Unlike his lame-duck counterpart still coaching in the Western Conference playoffs, Mike Woodson does not know if ownership will want him back next season. His two-year contract expires in June, and there's a distinct possibility Woodson ...
Has Tim Duncan become a defensive liability?
Published On: Fri, May 07

When you consider that in the closing minutes of Game 2, the Suns repeatedly chose to attack Duncan with Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire in a pick-and-roll situation, it's a fair question to ask. The Nash-Stoudemire high screen action is one of t...
"24"-second clock: Which NBA teams deserve silent treatment?
Published On: Fri, May 07

By J.A. Adande **SPOILER ALERT** Contains references to the most recent episode of “24” in addition to key plot points from seasons past. When Dana Walsh, this season’s CTU mole-du-jour on “24”, finally got what...
Off to eat balut
Published On: Fri, May 07

As described the other day, I made a friendly wager that the Blazers would beat the Suns in the first round. As loser, I have to eat balut . It's no so easy to find balut, it turns out! But today is that day. I'm hopping in the car to head...
From wrongly convicted to rightly rewarded
Published On: Thu, May 06

He has been locked up for 29 years for a rape that, DNA evidence now shows, he did not commit. The judge who set him free cried on the bench when faced with Ray Towler , who loves to paint and says he may move to Cincinnati. He also may be in line ...
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