James Harden showing the world just how horrible he plays defense

James Harden is not known for defense. No for real, his defense is absolutely, positively, horrific!

And now that he is playing with Team USA, Harden gets to show the entire world that he has no clue what defense means.

Seriously, someone give him a lesson on defense. Check it out!

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Team USA’s flaws exposed in win over Turkey

This was never a perfect edition of the U.S. Senior National Team. The superstars of the NBA opted to skip the trip to Spain and left the task of defending their World Championship to a group of young, unproven stars and a still-recovering Derrick Rose. There was a lot of 3-point shooting, not a lot […]

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Cavs tickets are just a wee bit pricey

Cleveland won the offseason by signing LeBron James, and acquiring Kevin Love which pretty much propels the Cavs to the top of the heap in the East. But if any fans in Cleveland want to see this new chapter in Cavs history this upcoming season, they’re going to have to dig a bit deeper in […]

Robbie Hummel, rap superstar

Not even the Minnesota Timberwolves could believe what they were seeing when third-year player Robbie Hummel posted on Instagram he was working on his rap album:

“Excited to announce that I’ve been in the studio grinding and have finally finished my first hip hop studio album, ROB: Road to Redemption. Look for it in stores and on iTunes this fall. #getmysnareup #turnmyheadphonesup!!!”

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The next step for Andre Drummond

You would be excused for djoing something of a double take. Stan Van Gundy happened to pick the one team that is most poised to remake the most successful team of his coaching career. Sure, there is still some cleaning up to do (thank you, job security of being president of basketball operations). Josh Smith, […]

The 3-point magic number

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“If we were trying to get a sense for how stable three point percentage is after 100 attempts, a simple way to do it would be to randomly split the 100 shots into two samples of 50 and compare the percentage made in both samples. If it were stable, the percentage of makes in each sample should be similar. A better method would be to split the 100 shots into every permutation of two sample pairs of 50 and calculate the average correlation between the two pairs. This is what the Kuder-Richardson Formula 21 calculates. From here on I will refer to this number as the reliability. To find the point at which three-point shooting stabilizes we need to find out when the reliability crosses a certain threshold. A reliability of 0.7 seems to be the standard threshold used. After this point, the skill aspect will outweigh the noise.

“To gather a big enough sample of players with a sufficient number of attempts, I used the past seven season’s worth of three-point shooting data from NBA.com and I found that after roughly 750 attempts the reliability crosses the 0.7 threshold.”

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Glen Taylor fires back at Kevin Love. Why?

Divorces are always nasty, even when they are necessary. Kevin Love has been largely quiet even as everyone knew he wanted out of Minnesota or that his talent needed to escape the wasteland that has become the Timberwolves — no Playoff appearances in the last decade speaks for itself. It was time for both the […]

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Learning the basketball. . . literally

When you are a new NBA player there are a lot of things to be concerned about. Can you handle the travel and pressure of the top level of basketball? Can you handle . . . the basketball? That is a serious question. Do you know what an actual, Spalding, official game-issue basketball feels like? […]

What’s the latest with the Spurs?

Bloguin’s own Project Spurs recently had a roundtable to discuss some of the bigger topics surrounding the NBA champs?

What about the hire and impact of Becky Hammon now an assistant coach? Will it be a distraction?

Boris Diaw Tiago Splitter and Aron Baynes are playing at the 2014 FIBA World Cup and should fans be worried about a possible injury?

The Spurs also have one roster spot left. What will they do with that open seat?

Check out Project Spurs as they break it all down for Spurs fans.

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NBA video game wars are back on

You may not have noticed last year, but EA Sports’ NBA Live series did come back. Kyrie Irving was the cover athlete. It is OK if you did not notice. It was the first edition in NBA Live since the failed NBA Live 10 with Dwight Howard on the cover. The supposedly revolutionary NBA Elite […]

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Ricky Rubio is hunting for the max

Ricky Rubio should be feeling pretty excited right now with the athletes coming onto what we can essentially call his team. The Spanish wunderkind too his sweet time getting to the United States, lighting up YouTube with great ball-handling and impressive passes. Teamed up with Kevin Love, he helped make plenty of highlights but not […]

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The summer of Klay Thompson

Stephen Curry deserves your attention. He is a great shooter — maybe the best shooter in the league. The Warriors have been feverishly trying to figure out how best to take advantage of Curry and his talents. Mark Jackson helped transform the Warriors into a solid defensive team with his deadly outside shooting, sometimes hiding […]

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Team USA makes final cuts

After Friday night’s blowout win over Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden, Mike Krzyzewski and his coaching staff reportedly sat in a room to make a final decision of their 12-man roster before heading to Spain for one last friendly (against Slovenia on Tuesday) and then the beginning of the FIBA World Cup one week […]

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Mitch McGary makes his long road back

There was a dunk contest when the rookie got together a few weeks ago for their trading card photo shoots and rookie transition program. Each one challenged the next on Twitter to top their dunks. You had Andrew Wiggins challenging Zach LaVine challenging Aaron Gordon challenging Jabari Parker. The video was pretty entertaining and exciting […]

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