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The 5 top basketball players since 1996

Rebbekka Wolton

In 1996, to honor the 50th anniversary of the NBA, players, media, and coaches were asked to vote ...

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NBA and college players who thrived overseas

Emily Alex

Every year there are plenty of college players and former NBA stars who end up in foreign jerseys. ...

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The NBA “All Underrated” Team

Robert Kemp

The NBA is a league that’s centered around its All Stars. It’s really the only sport in which the ...

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Top 5 most important point guards of all time

Layla Odin

For many, the point guard position in basketball is more important than any other. The point guard ...

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The biggest comebacks in NBA history

Adam Benton

For a sport that’s so end to end, it's amazing how many huge deficits basketball teams can lose by. ...

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The biggest World Series upsets of all time

Adam Benton

The World Series is the final set of games to declare the best baseball team in the United States ...

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Participation in high school sports has dropped for the first time in 30 years – here’s what that means

Reshef Mashraky

The world of sports is consistently fueled by the development of younger generations. Without ...

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Who is the greatest NBA player of all time?

Hannah Downey

We can’t escape it, as much as we try time after time again. That fateful question, the end-all ...

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NBA legends that never won a ring

Adam Benton

Not everyone can become an NBA champion, it took LeBron James nearly a decade to win his first ring ...

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Athletes with a real sense of humor

Rebbekka Wolton

Athletes come in all shapes and sizes, both physically and in terms of their personalities. While ...

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How exactly was basketball invented?

Izak Tareb

Basketball is one of the most-loved sports in the world thanks to its end-to-end action. The game ...

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Why we love watching the NCAA

Reshef Mashraky

Whether you love football, basketball, or any other major sport, the NCAA provides fans across the ...

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The worst NBA #1 draft picks of all time

Izak Tareb

Being picked first in the NBA draft is a huge honor and shows that your services are in demand. ...

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Most promising NBA careers that ended early

Layla Odin

When it comes to draft time, every NBA team looks forward to having the next big star on their ...

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Sport psychologists’ secret tips for success on and off the court

Reshef Mashraky

When it comes to being successful in life, there are various factors that must come together in ...

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Why Hasheem Thabeet is eyeing an NBA return – and why it might happen

Reshef Mashraky

The NBA has seen its fair share of flops over the years. Highly promoted prospects who come into ...

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When will the East challenge the West in the NBA?

Rebbekka Wolton

It’s no secret that the NBA’s Western conference is far superior than the Eastern conference, and ...

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Eat like LeBron James

Izak Tareb

LeBron James has been destroying the NBA for over a decade and has been the league’s MVP four times ...

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The NBA’s top scorers of all time

Lauren Fazack

Basketball is a fast-paced and frenetic sport. There can be huge score lines at the end of each ...

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How would Larry Bird fare in today’s NBA?

Reshef Mashraky

Sports fans love to bring up hypothetical questions when it comes to their favorite sports players ...

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How the Indiana Pacers scored eight points in 9 seconds

Adam Benton

The drama involved in sport is something that few other things in the world can replicate. There is ...

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The sad story of Carmelo Anthony’s inglorious NBA exit

Moran Shannon

It wasn’t that long ago that Carmelo Anthony was considered one of the best basketball players in ...

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The NBA’s transition from marketing superstars to super teams

Ohad Moser

The landscape of the NBA has taken a dramatic turn over the last decade. Throughout the history of ...

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The superstars who almost weren’t – NBA stars who almost didn’t make it

Elvin Reed

You've probably heard before that failure is a part of life. Every successful person, regardless of ...

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The biggest comebacks in team sports

Elvin Reed

It isn’t over until it’s over, and some of these sports teams were inspired to victory despite ...

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The best college basketball programs of all time

Adam Benton

College basketball is where the future stars of tomorrow go to learn how to make it in the NBA. ...

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The rivalry between Michael Jordan and Larry Bird

Elvin Reed

Professional sports can invoke our tribal instincts, we think our team is better than the other ...

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The best NBA coaches of all time

Lauren Fazack

Basketball is a fast-paced and frantic game, but to build a successful team a coach needs to be ...

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The greatest quotes pro athletes ever said

Adam Benton

Some of the greatest athletes of all time are an inspiration to millions of people all over the ...

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Should the NBA playoff format be changed?

Elvin Reed

For quite some time now, there’s been talk amongst NBA circles of changing the way the playoffs are ...

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Why it’s silly to compare different eras in the NBA

Adam Benton

It’s a question many of us ask, how would the stars of yesteryear do in the NBA now? Would Jordan ...

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The best NBA draft class of all time

Izak Tareb

There have been some incredibly talented players come through the draft system over the past 40 ...

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Projected top five players in the NBA in 2025

Elvin Reed

There’s nothing quite as fun as predicting the NBA’s future top players. Granted, year 2025 isn’t ...

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How sports are jumping on the crypto-currency bandwagon

Reshef Mashraky

The hype surrounding cryptocurrencies over the past decade is undeniable. Blockchain technology is ...

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The best players-turned-GMs in pro sports history

Reshef Mashraky

As the professional careers of many professional athletes begin to unwind, many often contemplate ...

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How Steph Curry changed the NBA

Reshef Mashraky

Back in the summer of 2009, when Steph Curry was drafted by the Golden State Warriors, nobody knew ...

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Why we love watching the NCAA

Reshef Mashraky

Whether you love football, basketball, or any other major sport, the NCAA provides fans across the ...

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The NBA’s transition from marketing superstars to super teams

Maya Penn

The landscape of the NBA has taken a dramatic turn over the last decade. Throughout the history of ...

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Top young basketball players to keep an eye on, towards upcoming draft

Adam Benton

Basketball doesn’t stand still for very long, and if you aren’t getting better as a player, there’s ...

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Everything you need to know about Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy

Adam Benton

For two decades Kobe Bryant played in the NBA with the LA Lakers, becoming an icon in the process. ...

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Who were the best NBA players of the 50s?

Elvin Reed

The NBA was founded in the 1940s but it really only took off during the ‘50s. Today we have stars ...

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NBA stars who succeeded as players and coaches

Connor Doyle

It’s not always the case that the best players make the best coaches later in life. Experience has ...

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Richard Petruska, who won the NBA championship and ruined the trophy in his only season

Connor Doyle

Not every basketball player is fortunate or talented enough to stick around the NBA for as long as ...

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Why we love to hate LeBron James

Adam Benton

LeBron James has put himself in the conversation for one of the best players of all time, and ...

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TV sports analysts are there to entertain more than to enlighten

Moran Shannon

Do you listen to TV sports analysts and wonder if they know what they’re talking about? You’ve been ...

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Who are the best dunkers of all time?

Rebbekka Wolton

Dunking in basketball has been the surest way to score points for your team for decades. The NBA ...

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The history of goggles in the NBA

Izak Tareb

Before contact lenses or corrective eye surgery was a thing, players had to wear glasses to help ...

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Load management: The smart decisions of Kawhi Leonard

Reshef Mashraky

The Toronto Raptors' recent championship run was clearly highlighted by the incredibly high level ...

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The incredible true story behind Hoosiers

Lee Cress

For some sports fans, the 1986 film Hoosiers is one of the greatest basketball stories ever told. ...

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Team USA basketball should prioritize younger generation of players

Lauren Fazack

The U.S. men’s basketball team has been dominating global competitions for a long time. Ever since ...

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Most dramatic NBA playoff comebacks of all time

Adam Benton

In the NBA playoffs, you can never guarantee a series is over until one team runs out of games to ...

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NBA players who had the longest careers

Reshef Mashraky

Many players have had very good careers, which were cut short for various reasons. Some had ...

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The greatest NBA Finals performances of all time

Reshef Mashraky

What makes a player truly great, is the ability to play his absolute best on the biggest stage. ...

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The quiet greatness of Kawhi Leonard

Reshef Mashraky

Anyone who has followed Kawhi Leonard knows he is not much of a talker. He tends to be quiet, and ...

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Canada is slowly turning into a basketball-loving country

Reshef Mashraky

When it comes to sports, most Canadians will tell you that they live and breathe hockey. The ...

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Biggest draft steals in NBA history

Lauren Fazack

The draft is pretty much a lottery when it comes to the NBA. You know the listed players are ...

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24 years later, where are the stars of Hoop Dreams now?

Adam Benton

In 1994 Steve James wanted to tell the story of two African-American high school students as they ...

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The top five most entertaining sports to watch

Emily Alex

Sports are entertaining, that’s why so many people watch and play them. Some are more exciting than ...

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How important is college? The NBA stars drafted right out of high school

Jill Josefov

For a decade or so between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s, there were a whole bunch of basketball ...

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Ranking the best NBA MVPs of all time

Robert Kemp

The MVP in the NBA is the best player over the regular season who made the biggest difference to ...

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How teams in bigger markets have an edge over their opponents

Rebbekka Wolton

Sports teams will try anything to get an advantage over their competition, but are there some ...

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The evolution of the NBA player

Reba Manning

Since basketball was invented over 120 years ago, it has constantly developed. The game was played ...

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How to shoot threes like Steph Curry

Maya Penn

Steph Curry will most likely be remembered as one of the greatest shooters in the history of ...

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Trent Tucker – the man, the play, the rule change

Robert Kemp

Basketball is a game of fine margins, and the smallest things can change the course of the game. ...

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NBA players who changed the rules of the game

Robert Kemp

There are certain names that will forever go down in NBA basketball history. Michael Jordan comes ...

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Just how good at basketball were the original cast of Space Jam?

Adam Benton

For a certain generation, there is no better sports movie than the unforgettable Space Jam. The ...

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The most retroactively boneheaded moves in NBA history

Robert Kemp

Let’s be honest, we’ve all been there. We make some silly, horribly embarrassing mistake, only to ...

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Officiating in the NBA: Consistency is the key

Elvin Reed

In his autobiographical book titled “The Last Season,” legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson spent a ...

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The future of positionless basketball in the NBA

Elvin Reed

The NBA is changing rapidly. Everyone can see it, from the frequent three point shooter hoisting ...

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NBA talk: playing ‘with purpose’ vs. playing ‘with a purpose’

Elvin Reed

Ben Golliver, a sports columnist for the Washington Post and former writer for Sports Illustrated, ...

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Top 5 most influential NBA players of all time

Emily Alex

The NBA has been going for 70 years, and there have been many influential players over that time. ...

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What will it take for small-market NBA teams to be heard?

Elvin Reed

As much as we’d like to sit here and pretend that all NBA teams are given the same opportunities, ...

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Everything you thought you knew – but didn’t – about Jordan’s ‘Flu Game’

Lauren Fazack

Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball star of all time. Jordan was rarely seen as an ...

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The best second-generation NBA players ever

Elvin Reed

Many athletes aim to do well in life, so their kids don’t have to struggle for anything, but ...

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Will LeBron James really be considered better than Michael Jordan?

Connor Doyle

LeBron James still has a few years left in him, but should he already be considered the greatest ...

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What the NBA should do about its regular season overload

Emily Alex

Just recently, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver once again proved that he has a finger on the pulse of ...

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Top NBA draft classes of all time

Elvin Reed

There’s something exhilarating about the NBA draft. The playoffs are over, a championship has been ...

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Is Zion Williamson the next LeBron James?

Lauren Fazack

In professional sports, many fans and experts are always looking to the future. Sure we can ...

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Reflecting on the prolific career of Dwyane Wade

Elvin Reed

In the 2003 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat selected Dwyane Wade out of Marquette University. He was the ...

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How Dirk Nowitzki revolutionized the NBA

Elvin Reed

Dwane Casey, former assistant coach of the Dallas Mavericks, called Dirk, “One of the most ...

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Is tanking in the NBA finally a thing of the past?

Adam Benton

If you’re having a bad season in the NBA, sometimes you just need to cut your losses and accept the ...

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The biggest NBA playoff upsets of all time

Reba Manning

One of the best things about sport is that you can't count anybody out until the game is over. ...

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Why is the NBA more popular now than it’s ever been?

Lee Cress

Back in the ‘90s, the NBA was one of the most watched leagues in the world. The stars were spilling ...

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The greatest NBA dynasties of all time

Rebbekka Wolton

The goal for any basketball franchise is to build a dynasty that fans and experts will be talking ...

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Is basketball still a big man’s game?

Elvin Reed

It seems silly to ask this question, because the answer seems obvious - but that’s what makes it so ...

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Are we overhyping Zion Williamson?

Elvin Reed

Let me begin this segment by clarifying that I love Zion just as much as anyone else. I think his ...

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The top 5 greatest Lakers of all time

Elvin Reed

When it comes to a franchise like the Los Angeles Lakers, the amount of star power is staggering. ...

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How the three-point shot took over the NBA

Elvin Reed

Young basketball fans growing up today are no longer fantasizing about themselves performing a ...

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The case for, and against, promotion and relegation in American pro leagues

Merav Savir

On May 2nd, 2016, Tottenham and Chelsea FC tied 2-2 at Stamford Bridge. When the final whistle blew ...

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These guys want to help basketball players perfect their shot

Merav Savir

There are no identical shots in basketball. Once the ball leaves a shooter’s hands, it is difficult ...

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Where does legacy factor into the success of a sports team?

Elvin Reed

The New York Yankees. The New England Patriots. The Boston Celtics. The Los Angeles Lakers. What do ...

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These athletes were drafted by the MLB but played in different leagues

Merav Savir

It's safe to say that if you have athletic ability, it's easier for you to excel at other sports ...

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Will we ever see a female NBA head coach?

Elvin Reed

Seeing that headline, many will probably wonder why an NBA franchise should hire a woman to the ...

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The 30 greatest players turned coaches

Merav Savir

Coaches are perhaps one of the most important people on any team. Like a commander commanding his ...

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Brawling in sports: Toeing the line between entertainment and discipline

Elvin Reed

On October 21st, 2018, the world watched as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets squared ...

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These are the most entertaining mascots in US sports

Layla Odin

They are high-flying pranksters who do not have to utter a single word to get a crowd going. For ...

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Athletes who changed their sports

Izak Tareb

Sometimes, great athletes have more than one great skill. There can be no finer accolade in sports ...

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27 reasons why nobody will ever top Michael Jordan

Merav Savir

Michael Jordan is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, player to step onto an NBA court (we ...

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Fear the Deer – does Milwaukee have a chance of keeping the Greek Freak?

Robert Kemp

Giannis Antetokounmpo has quite a mouthful for a name, so just call him the “Greek Freak.” Everyone ...

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Weighing up the pros and cons of the new NBA All-Star Game format

Adam Benton

The NBA All-Star Game is one of the most anticipated events of the basketball calendar. Fans get to ...

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The most popular sports franchises of all time

Emily Alex

People love to get behind a sporting franchise as it allows them to closely follow the sport they ...

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Always the bridesmaids: these NBA legends never won a ring

Merav Savir

Not everyone can become an NBA champion, it took LeBron James nearly a decade to win his first ring ...

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Biggest what if stories in sports history

Adam Benton

Some big moments in sports history have left us wondering what if things had played out ...

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How an 18 year old may change basketball forever

Robert Kemp

Darius Bazley is just your ordinary 18-year-old high school graduate from Ohio… If your ordinary ...

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These are the 34 greatest foreign-born NBA players

Merav Savir

Basketball is the quintessential all American sport. Created in an unused gym in Springfield, ...

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Move over, Luka – the best rookie campaigns in NBA history

Adam Benton

For some rookie players, stepping out onto the NBA court in their first season is all about not ...

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The year that was in sports bloopers

Layla Odin

Every moment in sport has the potential to be memorable, but for every great action, there are ...

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The rise of Jayson Tatum

Reshef Mashraky

When the NBA playoffs began, not many people gave the Boston Celtics much of a chance. They were ...

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Where will the NBA free agents go?

Sam Schlesinger

Free agency is that magical time during every offseason when players whose contracts are up get to ...

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What should the Charlotte Hornets do with Kemba Walker?

Reshef Mashraky

Kemba Walker is still just 28 years old. Slated to become a free agent following the upcoming ...

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Jimmy Butler to the Lakers Next Year? 

Travis Pulver

Current Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler is one of the better players at his position in ...

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5 most pivotal players in the western conference

David Schwartz

We’re only a few games into the NBA season, and the league is still sorting itself out. An ...

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Five NBA teams looking for redemption this season

Travis Pulver

Some would argue that every team that didn’t make the playoffs should be looking or redemption. ...

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The Jordan vs LeBron debate

Sam Schlesinger

In the wide world of sports, the main thing we like to do is argue. Everyone has an opinion of how ...

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Five of the Best Benches in the NBA in the 2018-19 Season

Travis Pulver

No one knows their names. They don’t get mobbed for autographs in public. The don’t make millions ...

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10 Most Pivotal Players In The Eastern Conference

David Schwartz

The NBA shuffled itself up quite a bit over the offseason. Between trades, free agency, players ...

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Do the Oklahoma City Thunder Need to be worried About Russell Westbrook’s Health?

Travis Pulver

The last thing that fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder wanted to hear as the 2018-19 season draws ...

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Marvin Bagley III has set an insanely high goal for next season, can he reach it?

Travis Pulver

Marvin Bagley III is a confident person. You can’t be a shy, reserved 18-year old kid and average ...

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Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens Will Have a Good Problem on His Hands This Season

Travis Pulver

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has dealt with plenty of problems during his short time as ...

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Who Will Be This Year’s Victor Oladipo?

Travis Pulver

The Indiana Pacers were widely criticized last year when they traded Paul George for Victor Oladipo ...

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The Chicago Bulls are Suddenly Loaded with Young Talent

Reshef Mashraky

It has certainly been an interesting offseason so far in the Windy City. A city once the center of ...

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Kyrie Irving to the New York Knicks is a definite possibility

Travis Pulver

It may sound crazy, but training camp for NBA teams isn’t that far away. It will be nice for the ...

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OKC Thunder defense can catapult them to top team in the West

Reshef Mashraky

The current landscape of the NBA’s Western Conference is extremely competitive. Knocking down the ...

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Which version of Josh Jackson will the Suns get next season?

Reshef Mashraky

The Phoenix Suns have transformed their roster over the past couple of years. The team is now ...

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Will Carmelo return to form with the Houston Rockets?

Reshef Mashraky

Carmelo Anthony recently signed a one-year, $2.4 million contract with the Houston Rockets. Melo ...

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Is Vince Carter a future Hall of Famer?

Sam Schlesinger

Growing up in the late 1990s and early 2000s, there was no player I was more excited to watch on TV ...

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The Denver Nuggets are extremely underrated heading into 2018-19 season

Reshef Mashraky

The 2017-18 season was bittersweet for the Denver Nuggets. They just barely missed out on the the ...

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What can we expect from Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors?

Reshef Mashraky

In case you haven’t heard yet, Kawhi Leonard has finally found his way out of San Antonio. In a ...

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Why the Cavs will make the playoffs next season

Reshef Mashraky

It’s a new era in Cleveland basketball. LeBron James left town to the bright lights of Los Angeles, ...

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NBA free agency recap: who’s better, who’s worse?

David Schwartz

It seems safe to say we’re through the bulk of the NBA offseason. Occasionally there are late ...

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Hyped up college basketball stars who flopped in the NBA

Elvin Reed

Hype is curious thing. When we watch basketball, it can be exciting and wonderful, dramatic and ...

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Impressions from NBA Summer League

David Schwartz

In 2012, the MVP honors at the NBA’s Las Vegas summer league were shared by Damian Lillard and Josh ...

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The 20 best NBA centers of all time

Elvin Reed

Who in your opinion are the best NBA centers of all time? There are a number of players that are ...

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Look out for the Phoenix Suns

Sam Schlesinger

The Phoenix Suns have been in the cellar of the Western Conference for eight years. They’ve had a ...

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The 20 best NBA duos of all time

Elvin Reed

Just like Batman would be nothing without Robin, every NBA star needs a sidekick to thrive. Now, we ...

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Who to watch in the 2018 NBA Summer League

Sam Schlesinger

The 2018 NBA Summer League is our first chance to catch a glimpse of the incoming rookie class ...

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An irrational Laker fan’s reaction to LeBron’s arrival

Elvin Reed

Disclaimer: most of what you’re about to read may sound completely irrational. Also: the surreal ...

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NBA free agency period could be a colossal bore this year

Travis Pulver

There were times during the NBA season where it seemed like the pending offseason was getting as ...

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Ranking the top 20 Lakers of all time

Elvin Reed

You know how they say that your problems aren’t that bad when you’re debating whether to eat a ...

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Winners & losers from the 2018 NBA Draft

David Schwartz

Another NBA Draft is in the books. Thursday night wasn’t quite as wild as some expected - which is ...

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NBA Draft Preview Part V: the lottery mock draft

David Schwartz

We’ve reached the most exciting night of the NBA’s offseason. In a matter of hours, fans, media ...

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NBA players that were seriously undervalued on draft night

Elvin Reed

When a general manager of an NBA team sits down to project which player he wants to draft, how does ...

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NBA Draft Preview Part IV: teams that should deal on draft night

David Schwartz

For Part IV of our running NBA Draft Preview, it’s time to talk about trades. Multiple analysts ...

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The days of Cavaliers vs. Warriors in the Finals are likely over

Sam Schlesinger

The 2018 NBA Finals was a dud. We’ve seen the same matchup for four years in a row now, and ...

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NBA Playoffs: role player stock round-up

David Schwartz

We talk almost exclusively about stars during the NBA playoffs. There are brief asides to ...

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Is LeBron James worth the trouble?

Travis Pulver

Leading up to and during the NBA season, speculation has run rampant on what the future holds for ...

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Ranking the 20 greatest players in NBA history

Reshef Mashraky

Throughout the history of the NBA, there have been many incredible players. Some have been great ...

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NBA Finals takeaways and fallout

David Schwartz

There is no exact definition of a dynasty in sports. But we can go ahead and start calling the ...

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Georgetown basketball could turn things around in 2018-19

David Schwartz

The last few years have not been kind to Georgetown men’s basketball. Despite the program’s ...

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NBA Draft Preview Part III: the best possible fits

David Schwartz

In Part III of our running NBA Draft Preview, I’m going to take a look at some of the best possible ...

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The worst lottery draft picks in NBA history

Reshef Mashraky

Each year, the NBA Draft brings excitement and renewed hope for many teams. When a team has a poor ...

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Are the Celtics the favorites to take the East in 2019?

Reshef Mashraky

NBA GM's beware - Do not make a trade with Danny Ainge. The Celtics GM has managed to transform the ...

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Ranking Michael Jordan’s best Bulls teammates

Reshef Mashraky

Michael Jordan is widely viewed as the greatest basketball player of all-time. MJ changed the game ...

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NBA Finals preview: Cavs-Dubs IV

David Schwartz

Well, here we go again. 1,353 games have been played since the 2017 Finals, and we’re down to ...

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The worst NBA trades of all time

Elvin Reed

One of the most exciting things about the NBA are the wheelings and dealings that take place behind ...

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Where do the Detroit Pistons go from here?

Reshef Mashraky

It is a tumultuous time right now for the Detroit Pistons. Several weeks have gone by since the ...

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Can David Fizdale lure LeBron to New York?

David Schwartz

Imagine for a moment that one morning this summer New Yorkers passing through Times Square look up ...

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Are the conference finals blowouts over?

Sam Schlesinger

To NBA fans who don’t have allegiance to the Warriors, Rockets, Cavaliers, or Celtics, the NBA ...

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Donovan Mitchell’s heroics give Jazz hope for future

Reshef Mashraky

When the NBA playoffs got underway last month, not many people realized just how good Donovan ...

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Can the Memphis Grizzlies put an end to their draft woes?

Sam Schlesinger

The NBA draft is no friend to the Memphis Grizzlies. Year after year, Memphis fans are forced to ...

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Four reasons to watch the EuroLeague Final Four

Merav Savir

The EuroLeague Final Four begins tomorrow night, and it’s a must watch for any basketball fan. ...

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How different could the Sixers look next season?

David Schwartz

The Philadelphia 76ers finished the season on a roll, and looked like a juggernaut in a decisive ...

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The WNBA needs more teams

Merav Savir

The WNBA season is about to tip off, though I’m willing to bet that many, if not most, people ...

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NBA Draft preview part II: potential steals after the lottery

David Schwartz

In Part I of Sports Retriever's running NBA Draft preview, I took a look at some of the year's most ...

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Time for the Toronto Raptors to blow up the roster?

Travis Pulver

The stage appeared to be set for the Toronto Raptors to break through this season and make it to ...

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How should the Celtics manage their loaded roster?

Sam Schlesinger

Lebron James, in his 15th year in the league, has dominated the 2018 NBA playoffs so far. He’s had ...

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Victor Oladipo and the new Pacers on the block

Elvin Reed

The funny thing about heated NBA debates is that people are very good at covering their tracks. ...

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The Lakers have taken some big steps, but are they close to being ‘back’?

Travis Pulver

It hasn’t looked like it in a few years, but the Los Angeles Lakers are one of the premier ...

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NBA Draft preview part I: the most pro-ready lottery prospects

David Schwartz

This year’s NBA Draft is on June 21st. Between now and then we’ll be running a series of previews ...

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How the Cavs can keep LeBron James in Cleveland

Reshef Mashraky

  The Cleveland Cavaliers will have one goal this offseason - keeping LeBron James in ...

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Do the Pelicans need DeMarcus Cousins to be considered serious contenders?

Travis Pulver

When the New Orleans Pelicans pulled off the trade for DeMarcus Cousins last season, there was a ...

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Russell Westbrook went down swinging

David Schwartz

Friday night marked a pivotal moment in the history of the Oklahoma City Thunder. After a furious ...

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Sports Retriever’s 2018 NBA Awards

Reshef Mashraky

The NBA regular season is over, and we're now glued to playoff drama to see which team will be ...

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Prime Giannis is incubating

David Schwartz

Throughout the ludicrously prolonged ultra-prime of LeBron James, we’ve seen various potential ...

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What would an NBA play-in tournament have looked like in 2018?

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For a while now there’s been buzz about the idea of a play-in tournament for the NBA playoffs. The ...

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At some points during this San Antonio Spurs season, their empire seemed closer to the brink of ...

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The NBA community may never have decided upon a Rookie of the Year winner as quickly as it seemed ...

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Sports Santa is once again gifting us with five NBA games on Christmas Day. And as has become ...

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Had Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens won Coach of the Year last season, no one would have ...

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NBA fans take it for granted that Tom Thibodeau is a defensive mastermind. He’s earned the ...

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