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 […]

9 Feb 1997:  Seattle Supersonics forward Shawn Kemp (right) and guard Gary Payton confer during the NBA All-Star game in Cleveland, Ohio.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/Allsport

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 […]


30 Quick Facts About The 2015-2016 NBA Schedule

We’ve analyzed various components of the 2015-2016 NBA schedule here at Crossover Chronicles over the past few weeks. Weekend back-to-backs. Overall back-to-backs. 4-in-5s. Day games. The three-game lottery. Scheduling successes and scheduling errors. We’ve covered a lot of ground. From our research, without any added editorializing or explanations, here are 30 facts to take away […]


Hornets Give a Smart Extension to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

There was a time when many considered Michael Kidd-Gilchrist the player least likely to be a bust from the 2012 NBA Draft. That was part of the reason few batted an eye when the (then) Charlotte Bobcats selected him with the second overall pick in the draft. Fast-forward a few years (and a name change) […]


Way-Too-Early NBA Predictions: The West’s Worst

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. In the coming days and weeks we’ll attempt to project the standings in each conference, five teams at a time, before trying to lock down […]


Weekend Back-To-Back Overview, Part II: Home-Road Splits And Competing Factors

We have arrived at the final installment of our extended series on weekend back-to-backs in the NBA. This issue came to our attention when we noticed the disparities in day games (almost exclusively on weekends, of course) on the new schedule. We defined the parameters of a weekend back-to-back, establishing what represented a properly-handled or […]


Weekend Back-To-Back Overview, Part I: Quantity and Fairness

The past week, we’ve broken down the number of weekend back-to-backs (defined as Saturday-Sunday or Sunday-Monday) for all 30 NBA teams, separating our research by division. We’re almost at the end of this project, but we have two more installments left. We shift into an overview of this topic, split into two parts. In part […]


The Hubie Brown Collection: Pro Basketball’s Best Analyst

I thought for multiple days how I was going to write this article, and when sitting down to compile a few video clips and links to supplement my writing, the amount of material I came across was so substantial that I was ambushed. I was ambushed by the realization that I didn’t have to write […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 31:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers look for a rebound at Staples Center on March 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.   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 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Weekend Back-To-Backs: Pacific Division

We’ve covered five NBA divisions, so here’s the last one. Our survey of weekend back-to-backs arrives at its final divisional installment, as we look at the Pacific Division. We’ll continue to have more on this subject, but we’ll present accumulated totals and big-picture observations on a league-wide scale. For now, let’s examine the Pacific Division, […]


The Smartest NBA Players Of All Time Have Not Performed Well On TV

No one more intuitively understood the movements of basketball players within the live flow of the game more than Earvin “Magic” Johnson. No more more completely grasped everything it takes to win a championship than Bill Russell. No player married longevity with quality better than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Producing substantially as a core member of a […]

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Weekend Back-To-Backs: Southwest Division

There’s no better or deeper division in the NBA than the Southwest, although the Central at least deserves a place in the conversation. (If the Pacers can join the Bulls, Cavs and Bucks in the playoff parade, that discussion will intensify next spring.) Our survey of weekend back-to-backs has revealed so many fascinating differences between […]


Philadelphia 76ers: 2015-2016 Schedule Analysis

I’ve looked at the Sixers’ newly released schedule quite often since it was released last Wednesday. It’s a fairly typical schedule, with only a few things worth noting. Here are the things I picked out to analyze: The Sixers have zero nationally televised games this season. However, they play twice on NBA TV. Those games […]