Does Steve Kerr have what it takes to keep Golden State in place as an annual Western Conference contender?

Golden State and Oklahoma City, Part II: The Differences

The Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder share a number of similarities. Some of them exist independent of other machinations and movements in the larger theater of the NBA. Some similarities are more particular to this offseason and the aftermath of NBA free agency. Several of these connections are explored here. In this piece, […]

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Golden State And Oklahoma City, Part I: The Similarities

In the wake of the free-agent frenzy we witnessed over this Fourth of July weekend — the Houston Rockets’ red glare at the San Antonio Spurs, the Woj bombs bursting in air — it’s worth noting both the similarities and differences between two of the top contenders in the 2015-2016 Western Conference. The Spurs are […]

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DeAndre Jordan To Dallas: The Los Angeles Clippers Are Literally Mad Men

Straight from the Mad Men era, in 1960, singer Brenda Lee said the words DeAndre Jordan carried inside himself these past few weeks: What is free agency, in any sport, other than a very public revelation of a basic emotional reality? Like politicians, athletes also carry the Brenda Lee verse as their personal anthem: “I […]

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DeMarre Carroll doesn’t just bring skill to Toronto; he brings relevance

Earlier this week when the news broke that LaMarcus Aldridge was going to meet with the Toronto Raptors as part of his free agency tour, it was easy to scoff at the notion that he would actually consider a pitch from such an off-the-board organization. Toronto, a perenially anonymous franchise playing in an outpost city […]

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CC – The Podcast: Off-season Preview #7; Clippers & Nuggets

In the seventh and final part of CC – The Podcast’s Off-season Preview series, Sean Woodley is joined by Joe Manganiello to chat about the Clippers pivotal off-season and Tony Xypteras stops by to discuss the Denver Nuggets. Listen at the Soundcloud link below, subscribe on iTunes and stay tuned for all sorts of free […]

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Warriors Show Fans They’ve Got It, Thanks

Trust. It’s an important part of any relationship, whether between people, corporate partners, or a company and its customers. Falling into that last category would be the relationship between a sports team and the people who follow, care about, and ultimately fund the team. I’m sure there were basketball fans around the country who were […]

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Monta Ellis snag puts Pacers back in title-chasin’ pack

Hit us up on Twitter @CrossoverNBA The 2015 NBA free agent pool was a little polluted or at worst, someone tinkled in the deep end and didn’t tell anyone. If it was missing one thing in particular, it was a host of “go get it” guys. The Indiana Pacers may have just scored the best […]

PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 27:  LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives the ball against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on November 27, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 120-106.  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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Can the Suns steal LaMarcus Aldridge from the Spurs?

San Antonio pulled way out in front of the LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes before most people had eaten lunch on the East Coast Wednesday. It’s something we all expected. The Spurs quickly came to terms with Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, then agreed to trade Tiago Splitter to a willing participant (San Antonio’s lil bro, Atlanta) in order to […]

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NBA Free Agency: Day 1 Report

That was a lot to take in. The first full day of NBA free agency was a 24-hour festival of pure lunacy. Here’s a look back at some of the transactions. LOLakers  Ok, I’m not starting off with non moves, and as a New York Knicks fan, I shouldn’t laugh at other teams, but this […]

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Five years after The Decision, we had it all wrong

Hit us up on Twitter @CrossoverNBA I was one of them. Probably one of you, which, I apologize even lumping you into such a group. It was after The Decision, and the end of the NBA was nigh. Sure, in the short term, the league would win … because the Miami Heat were now some […]

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 18:  (L-R) Chandler Parsons #25, Dirk Nowitzki #41, J.J. Barea #5 and Tyson Chandler #6 of the Dallas Mavericks react to a play late in the game during Game One in the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 18, 2015 at the Toyota Center 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)

Badly Broken: Mavericks Must Take Long Hard Look in the Mirror

One of my favorite moments in Breaking Bad is a plant-and-payoff that took more than three years to square. (Mild spoilers to follow.) Upon learning his cancer was in remission, Walter White — worn out from being trapped in the arid New Mexican dessert for days on end — excuses himself to the hospital bathroom. He had lied, […]

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With Kevin Love Retained, The Cavs Can Take Care Of LeBron

The notion of “taking care of a player” most commonly refers to a generous financial package. It also refers to the attempt to surround him with the right players. In the case of LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers have taken care of him in a third way: They’ve put themselves in position to make LeBron’s […]

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Danny Green Takes The Andre Iguodala Path

If you’re good enough to be a main-rotation player in any professional team sport, you might arrive at one of the most defining intersections of your life: the place where personal aspiration and personal security cross paths. It’s true that pro athletes make a heckuva lotta money compared to the rest of us, but given […]

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THE SPURS ARE COMING

Leave it to Bill Simmons to perfectly sum up the feeling around the NBA just 12 hours into the free agency. As Bryan Gibberman wrote in the wee hours on Wednesday, the Spurs moved quickly on an agreement with their top free agent Kawhi Leonard. At $90 million over five years, Leonard’s new deal would […]

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