HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 18:  HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER18:  Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans waits on the court during their game against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on December18, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Pelicans browing out gracefully

New Orleans wasn’t supposed to make the playoffs. The West didn’t appear to have any playoff vacancies, and if an outsider did crack the conference’s Top 8 slots, the best odds belonged to the Suns, not the Pelicans, considering that Phoenix missed the postseason with 48 wins a season ago. Yes, the Pelicans have Anthony […]

CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 8: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shots over Ryan Kelly #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on February 8, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Kevin Love

Faux Feud: Kevin Love vs. LeBron James

The hottest topic on every sports show the past few days has been Kevin Love and his views on LeBron James. This week Kevin Love appeared on Mike & Mike and when questioned about teammate LeBron James had this to say: “You know, we’re not best friends, we’re not hanging out every day, but we […]

DENVER, CO - MARCH 13:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors supports his teammates from the bench against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on March 13, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Is the Western Conference overrated?

In last season’s triumphant Western Conference, 13 wins separated first-place San Antonio (62-20) from eighth-place Dallas (49-33), and ninth-place Phoenix, who won 48 games, missed the playoffs despite being, theoretically, better than all but two East teams. As of Tuesday, 17 wins separate the first-place Warriors (57 wins) and the eighth-place Thunder (40), and the Pelicans, in tenth-place […]

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06:  Jason Smith #14 and Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks walk off the court after the game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on February 6, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.The Brooklyn Nets defeated the New York Knicks 92-88. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Knicks and Lakers are looking ahead to a possibly bright future

The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are undoubtedly two of the NBA’s most popular franchises, which probably has something to do with them being based in the United States’ two biggest cities. However, even as Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center continue to fill up to capacity, the respective product on the […]

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 29:  The Florida Gators celebrate with the trophy after defeating the Dayton Flyers 62-52 in the south regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the FedExForum on March 29, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Enter this contest to win a Slingbox and more

The playoff race in the NBA is heating up and that means that the pretenders and non-contenders are looking forward to the NBA Draft. Of course, that also means those teams are looking toward March Madness in the college ranks to get a feel for who they want to draft. While there are plenty of […]

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Top 4 Potential Coaching Vacancies, Who Fills Them

Thus far in the 2014-2015 NBA season three head coaches have lost their jobs. Mike Malone, formerly the Kings head coach, led the way followed by Orlando’s release of Jacque Vaughn, and most recently Brian Shaw in Denver. George Karl quickly filled the Kings’ coaching hole, but Orlando and Denver stay committed to their interim […]

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17:  Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs in action against Langston Galloway #2 of the New York Knicks during their game at Madison Square Garden on March 17, 2015 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Kawhi you gotta be so rude?

Here’s some things you already know. The Spurs, the defending NBA champions, are a contender. The Hawks, the top seed in the East, are heavily influenced by San Antonio — in the front office, on the court, and at head coach, where Mike Budenholzer and Greg Popovich have an elaborate history. And last night’s 114-95 […]

PHOENIX - JUNE 1:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns applaudes the fans after losing to the San Antonio Spurs in Game five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2005 NBA Playoffs at America West Arena on June 1, 2005 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Spurs defeated the Suns 101-95, winning the series 4-1 and will advance to the NBA Finals.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Great Gatsby: Steve Nash Officially Calls it a Career

In a piece published in The Players’ Tribune, 18-year NBA veteran Steve Nash announced his retirement from the NBA months after being ruled out for the season due to a back injury. But Steve Nash, the encapsulating point guard fans will remember forever, has been gone for some time now. The dastardly, undefeated entity that […]

JACKSONVILLE, FL - MARCH 19:  Rico Gathers #2 of the Baylor Bears dunks against the Georgia State Panthers during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 19, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Prospect look ahead: Rico Gathers

Many considered the Big 12 the best conference in the country this season. I wouldn’t disagree. While previewing the conference for USA Today Sports this fall, I looked at team after team — Iowa State to Oklahoma State to West Virginia — and thought “Wow, the Big 12 may get eight teams in the Big […]

SPRINGFIELD, MA - AUGUST 8:  Alonzo Mourning, inductee, leaves the podium after speaking during the 2014 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Symphony Hall on August 8, 2014 in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Alonzo Mourning Stirs the Pot in Interview with SLAM Online

Former Miami Heat great Alonzo Mourning recently did an interview with Adam Figman of SLAM Online that elicited some very interesting, and possibly controversial, opinions about former Heatle LeBron James and current Cleveland Cavalier Kevin Love. Here’s the Q & A portion that included a discussion on LeBron and the Miami Heat culture Pat Riley […]

DENVER, CO - MARCH 13:  Interim head coach Melvin Hunt of the Denver Nuggets leads Jameer Nelson #28, Randy Foye #4, Jusuf Nurkic #23, Kenneth Faried #35 and Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Denver Nuggets against the Golden State Warriors at Pepsi Center on March 13, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Warriors 114-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Crossover Clicks 3/18/15: Starring Melvin Hunt, Serge Ibaka and More

Here is CC’s morning NBA daily reading recommendations. Enjoy.  “Adam Silver calls concerns on possible 2017 work stoppage ‘premature’” by Candace Buckner of the Indy Star. Analysis: Although it seems likelier by the day that the NBA is headed for a work stoppage in 2017, Adam Silver isn’t so sure and thinks those kinds of […]

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 27: Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers unveils the new Crazy Light Boost at the adidas BOOST Basketball Launch inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on July 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for adidas)

Adidas Will Not Seek Contract Extension with NBA in 2017

After the 2017 NBA season, the 11-year, $400 million partnership between the No. 3 sports brand in the world and the NBA will be over as Adidas has announced they will not bid to continue to supply uniforms for the League once their contract expires. This is great news. While NBA franchise values have soared in recent […]

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 5: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz dunks during their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at EnergySolutions Arena on November 5, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

Why NBA fans love Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz

The NBA is full of fantastic mini-barometers used to measure just how closely one person is following along or not. Unlike following a popular TV show, where “I’m not caught up yet” is a permissible excuse for abbreviating any discussion (i.e. every dinner/coffee/party conversation in my proximity that ventures near Breaking Bad), sports fans are expected to […]

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - NOVEMBER 3:  Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder pauses during the game against the Phoenix Suns November 3, 2013 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Thunder defeated the Suns 103-96. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Will the Thunder Make the Playoffs Without Serge Ibaka?

Oklahoma City’s season has been complicated by injuries from the beginning. Kevin Durant has missed approximately half the season with foot/ankle injuries, and MVP candidate Russell Westbrook has missed 16 games with various injuries. Now, forward Serge Ibaka is out indefinitely with knee soreness. It’s unclear how many games Ibaka will miss, but with Durant […]

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