during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. 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.

50 Questions for 2015-16: Who guards LeBron James for the Atlanta Hawks?

Long before Atlanta wrapped its hands around the neck of the Eastern Conference, winning 60 games and ascending to the East Finals, the Hawks were just 5-4 and playing without DeMarre Carroll in Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland revved its engine and flew past Atlanta, scoring 41 points in the first quarter, and leading 71-43 at […]


Way-Too-Early NBA Predictions: Wildly Guessing the Major Award Winners, Part 1

Can’t wait for the 2015-’16 season to start? We neither. Now that most of the off-season’s major moves are complete, we’ll dive into some ludicrously premature predictions for next season. Last week we wrapped up our projected standings for the 2015-’16 season. For the next few weeks, we’ll dive into some predictions for this seasons […]


5 Big Storylines For The 2015-2016 Season

The NBA season is still two months away, but after the draft, free agency, and the slowest month on the NBA calendar, we’re not too far from the resumption of activity in preparation for another 82-game odyssey. One month from now, preseason basketball will be discussed. You’ll obviously get a much deeper examination of these […]

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2015-2016 NBA Schedule: The Worst Road Trip For Each Team

Documentation of a new NBA schedule isn’t complete without documenting road trips, their durations, and their opponents. I am personally more interested in the numbers of back-to-backs and 4-in-5s. I am also more concerned about the ways in which weekend back-to-backs are handled. Those three issues stand out because there is either an emphasis on […]

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5 winners in the 2015-2016 NBA schedule

On Aug. 29, we gave you the five foremost losers in the 2015-2016 NBA schedule. We now give you the five teams which benefited the most from the complexion of the schedule — not so much in terms of the arrangement of teams (that’s in many ways a separate point of focus), but the logistical […]


5 Losers In the 2015-2016 NBA Schedule

The 2015-2016 NBA schedule produced some very clear winners, which we’ll get to soon enough, but today, let’s start with the equally clear losers. For background which informs this piece — and enables you to make your own judgments — consult this compilation of 30 quick facts about the NBA schedule. As you can see, the […]


The 5 Best NBA Finals Performances

Individual games are one thing, full series quite another. Matthew Dellavedova discovered this truth in the 2015 NBA Finals. He had a moment in Game 2. He enjoyed a magnificent Game 3. The full series, however, caught up with him and the rest of a shorthanded Cleveland Cavalier crew. Andre Iguodala, on the other hand, […]

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CC – The Pod: We are All Swamp Rabbits

Sean Woodley is joined by CC writer Joe “Magneto” Manganiello to discuss Swamp Rabbits, Mad Ants, and other bizarre sports team names before addressing Sean’s predictions for seeds 6-15 in the West and Joe’s Top-5 NBA teams to never win a title. Listen at the Soundcloud link below and subscribe on iTunes!


Jim Buss continues to say some crazy things, but at what cost?

The Los Angeles Lakers are something, right? Not only from a historical perspective, but in the sense that we always expect them to bounce back from disastrous seasons and develop a roster with at least a few stars roaming the hardwood. Then again, all of those thoughts subconsciously placed into our craniums over the years […]


The 1980s Los Angeles Lakers represent the NBA’s ultimate creation story

The Book of Genesis, the first book of the Holy Bible, is the most famous creation story known to humankind, since human beings began to write letters on paper. Other cultures and civilizations have their own revered texts and shared origin stories. A lucky few are present at the creation of something vast, remarkable, formidable, […]

1988: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls rests on the court during a game. 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. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2001 NBAE Mandatory Credit:  Mike Powelll/Allsport

The 5 Greatest NBA Players of All-Time

We’ve been busy taking a look at the greatest championship and non-title teams, the best players at every position, and the greatest never to win a title — among other rankings — this summer. Today, I tackle the holy grail of basketball questions: Who are the greatest players to ever play the game? There’s no […]

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 29:  Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates after hitting a shot late in the game against the Detroit Pistons in Game three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2005 NBA Playoffs at Wachovia Center on April 29, 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  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 Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The 5 Greatest NBA Players Without a Ring

I wrote on Wednesday about the greatest non-title NBA teams of all-time, and Matt Zemek offered his take on what made the 1990s Utah Jazz so remarkable. Today, let’s discuss the best NBA players without a ring. Whether we’re talking about Gary Payton, John Stockton and Karl Malone, Reggie Miller or Charles Barkley, the Basketball Hall […]

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The 5 Greatest NBA Non-Title Teams

NBA immortality is typically measured in rings. There are non-title teams that leave such a permanent mark on the sport, however, that their significance transcends counting championships. As Matt Zemek and I have discussed throughout the month, most of the greatest teams are spearheaded by the sport’s greatest players — elite talent makes elite teams. There […]


The Utah Jazz almost toppled Michael Jordan… which offers no comfort

Almost. The word often speaks to excellence, but it ultimately weighs down the heart and the soul of any competitor. Spill your guts in a four-hour tennis match, gain match point, and almost win. Play the heavy favorite into overtime in an NFL playoff game… and almost pull off the upset. Take Michael Jordan to […]