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Jabari Parker's March Madness Performance Will Decide No. 1 Pick in NBA Draft

Status as the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft is there for Duke's Jabari Parker to grasp. Of the three candidates for the top selection, Parker has the least bust potential, but he also has the lowest ceiling. Basketball Insiders...Show More Summary

NBA Draft Notebook: Can Andrew Wiggins Erase Doubts with Strong NCAA Postseason?

It's been a productive freshman season for Kansas' Andrew Wiggins, who came in with expectations higher than any other prospect. It's hard to argue 16 points a game for a title contender against the toughest schedule in the country. But...Show More Summary

Is Jerry West onto Something by Questioning 2014 NBA Draft Class?

Call him a realist, a pessimist or just a tough judge of talent, Jerry West isn't down with this projected 2014 NBA draft class. “And everyone is talking about an incredible draft class this year, I think it’s just the opposite, I think it’s a poor one myself," Jerry West told Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Rusillo on ESPN Radio. Show More Summary

Lionel Hollins Says He Was 'Wronged' by Memphis Grizzlies

Former coach Lionel Hollins just isn't over last offseason's nasty breakup with the Memphis Grizzlies. Hollins' contract wasn't renewed after reaching the Western Conference Finals and winning 56 games in the regular season. He was coming off of back-to-back seasons with winning percentages of.600 or better. Show More Summary

Omer Asik Trade Imminent as Houston Rockets Reportedly Find Deal They Like

Hear that? It's the pitter -patter of Omer Asik dancing in the privacy of his own home, as he miraculously recovers from a hip "injury" upon learning his time with the Houston Rockets is nearly over. Sources told the Houston Chronicle's...Show More Summary

Rockets May Be Trying to Trade Jeremy Lin

This is both weird and not so weird. The Houston Rockets are known to be shopping disgruntled center Omer Asik, but according to ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s and MSG Networks’ Alan Hahn, they may also be gauging value for Jeremy Lin as well. Audio of what Hahn said can be found here while a [...]

Drive & Kick, Episode 2: The Philadelphia story

The 76ers aren't terrible. What's up with that? Paul Flannery talks to CSN Philly's John Gonzalez about the Sixers, Sam Hinkie's plan, what went wrong with Doug Collins and failed congressional runs. This week, we're talking about the Philadelphia 76ers with CSN Philly's John Gonzalez, a fine wordsmith and failed politician. Show More Summary

Lessons Learned (and Forgotten) from the NBA's Darkest Hour

The NBA has never experienced a darker hour than the one that took place in The Palace of Auburn Hills on Nov. 19, 2004. Kermit Washington and Rudy Tomjanovic came close. So did the drug problems of the 1980s, as have multiple otherShow More Summary

Drive & Kick, Episode 1: What's ailing the New York Knicks?

In the inaugural episode of the SB Nation NBA podcast, Paul Flannery talks to Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal about the Knicks. Why is there so much dysfunction? What could fix all that? Plus: do beat writers really influence the decision-making of the teams they cover? Get excited, kids. Show More Summary

Can Notorious Control Freak Kobe Bryant Finally Let Go?

Kobe Bryant has been the Los Angeles Lakers' dominant personality throughout most of his career, and it is fair to wonder if he can accept anything less. The former league MVP suffered an Achilles tear late in the 2012-13 campaign and was expected to miss somewhere between six and nine months. Show More Summary

NBA Podcast: 2013-14 Dallas Mavericks Season Preview

After a busy offseason, the Dallas Mavericks feel like a brand new team. Again. Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis are the third new backcourt Dirk Nowitzki has had in as many years. Ditto for Samuel Dalembert at center. DeJuan Blair, Devin...Show More Summary

NBA Podcast: 2013-14 Toronto Raptors Season Preview

The Toronto Raptors have long been an NBA afterthought. Can this be the year their talented, athletic core becomes more than just a novelty item? Bolstering the bench with newcomers like D.J. Augustin, Tyler Hansbrough, Steve Novak,Show More Summary

NBA Podcast: 2013-14 Indiana Pacers Season Preview

The Indiana Pacers have stared down the Miami Heat for two straight regular and postseasons. Yet they've been the ones to blink both times. Still, the young Pacers keep stepping up for more. Their fabulously cohesive starting five welcomes back a now-healthy near-star: Danny Granger. Show More Summary

NBA Podcast: 2013-14 Minnesota Timberwolves Season Preview

The Minnesota Timberwolves are poised to be entertaining, deep and (finally) pretty darn good. But can they stay healthy enough to actually win? As the team banks on better medical luck for Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic and, basically, the entire roster, it also added much-needed shooting with the signing of Kevin Martin. Show More Summary

NBA Podcast: 2013-14 Boston Celtics Season Preview

The Boston Celtics are entering a new era, but how long will it take to get back to the good old days? Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and all remnants of the contending days are gone. Rajon Rondo is still there, but is he the...Show More Summary

NBA Podcast: 2013-14 Detroit Pistons Season Preview

The Detroit Pistons are more talented than they've been in years, but will it translate to a long-awaited playoff return? Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings have put up gaudy, yet relatively inefficient and meaningless statistics throughout their young careers. Show More Summary

NBA Podcast: 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers Season Preview

The Philadelphia 76ers are going to be bad this year. But will they be bad enough? It's no secret what the Sixers are up to. New general manager Sam Hinkie is tearing an edifice of mediocrity to the ground, attempting to rebuild from...Show More Summary

NBA Podcast: 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs Season Preview

One win, one shot and a few moments away from their fifth NBA title, the San Antonio Spurs fell that far short. So they kept their offseason typically quiet. Swapping Gary Neal for Marco Belinelli is as big as the changes got. San Antonio...Show More Summary

NBA Podcast: 2013-14 Atlanta Hawks Season Preview

Among the busiest offseason teams for yet another year, the Atlanta Hawks finally hope to fly out of limbo and into a brighter future. Long a team that had stars but struggled for an identity, this Hawks crew feels grittier than normal, replacing Josh Smith with Paul Millsap. Show More Summary

NBA Podcast: 2013-14 Cleveland Cavaliers Season Preview

Are the Cleveland Cavaliers finally ready to be relevant again? Sure, third-year star Kyrie Irving has been fun to watch since he landed, but the team's recent additions of No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett, former star Andrew Bynum and super-sub Jarrett Jack portend big things. Show More Summary

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