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Checklist for Blake Griffin to Overcome NBA Playoff Demons

In keeping consistent with his dominance on the court, Blake Griffin will need a strong playoff performance to exorcise his playoff demons. Enjoying a career season, Griffin has catapulted himself into the league’s elite. With season...Show More Summary

Mike D'Antoni's Inevitable Firing Will Conclude Tenure Doomed from the Start

Mike D'Antoni never had a chance. There were All-Stars, living legends and the breathtaking city of Los Angeles, sure. But from the moment D'Antoni was handed the keys to the Los Angeles Lakers' kingdom, it's been predestined that the...Show More Summary

Ranking the 2013-14 NBA Season's Best Rivalries

The 2013-14 NBA season has provided a little bit of everything that us hoop heads live for: highlight finishes, buzzer-beaters, yo-yo handles, no-look dimes and, yes, even rivalries. Remember those things? The bitter battles that basketball...Show More Summary

Dikembe Mutombo Shoots Down Urban Legend of How He Picked Up Females

When athletes go on ESPN's Highly Questionable, they need to be ready to answer any type of question. Host Dan Le Batard and Papi are never afraid to pry into anyone's personal life. NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo 's recent appearance on the show got a little crazy when he was asked about an urban legend involving him. Show More Summary

Ric Bucher Courtside: None of Today's Stars Would Be on a Real NBA Mt. Rushmore

The debate started, as seemingly all of them in the NBA do these days, with LeBron James. And it was flawed from the start, as seemingly most of them are. For those who missed it, James was asked in an interview with former guard Steve Smith to name his Mt. Show More Summary

Report: LA Lakers Lean Towards Firing Mike D'Antoni at Season's End

To fire Mike D'Antoni, to not fire Mike D'Antoni or to continue waffling back and forth between firing and not firing Mike D'Antoni ? That's the question for the Los Angeles Lakers. As of now, it's one that the Lakers maybe, quite possibly...Show More Summary

Kevin Durant Credits UConn Coach Kevin Ollie for Helping OKC Thunder Be Winners

Current coach of the Connecticut Huskies —and, as of Monday night, a national champion —Kevin Ollie played 25 games of his 13-year NBA career with the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to MVP front-runner Kevin Durant, that was all the...Show More Summary

Good morning, let's hope Dion Waiters doesn't hate us

Dion Waiters has the quote of the year and much more. SIGN UP FOR OUR NBA NEWSLETTER Get news, links and Ziller's #hottakes in your inbox every weekday morning. Email Good morning. The score for today's newsletter is a 30-minute loop of Phil Collins' drum fill from "In the Air Tonight," via Metafilter. Show More Summary

Why NY Knicks Should Resist Temptation to Make John Calipari Their Next Coach

Whispers that the New York Knicks and new Czar of Everything Phil Jackson will look to replace Mike Woodson next year should not catch anybody off guard. Woodson could have been fired six different times this year and nobody would have been shocked. Show More Summary

NBA's Most Misunderstood Players

A half-century ago, Nina Simone first sang a song whose chorus would come to perfectly describe so many who'd set foot in the NBA: "But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh Lord! Please don't let me be misunderstood." In some ways, our understanding of who NBA players are and what their intentions are is worse than it's ever been. Show More Summary

Hawks' Paul Millsap Takes Fierce Groin Shot from Pacers' Lance Stephenson's Leg

The Atlanta Hawks' Paul Millsap wanted to block a shot from the Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson on Sunday, but he should be happy that he was able to walk away from the play without too much pain. Stephenson used a fierce "stiff-leg" to keep the Hawks forward from contesting the shot. Show More Summary

Good morning, the Pacers have gone completely off the rails

It can't get worse for Indiana... can it? SIGN UP FOR OUR NBA NEWSLETTER Get news, links and Ziller's #hottakes in your inbox every weekday morning. Email Good morning. Let's basketball. A SEASON WORTH CELEBRATING: Paul Flannery's final epic Sunday Shootaround of the season looks at all of the great things this season has given us... Show More Summary

Is Kevin Durant the Greatest Perimeter Scorer Since Michael Jordan?

Kevin Durant’s scoring prowess has reached the point where we must wonder whether he is the best wing scorer since Michael Jordan. In order to figure out whom his main competitors are, we will look at perimeter players who have won multiple...Show More Summary

How Bright Is the NBA Future for UConn Star Shabazz Napier?

Dynamic point guard Shabazz Napier has led Connecticut to the brink of another NCAA title, and at the same time, he's approaching the threshold of his NBA career. In just a couple of months, he'll officially become a professional, as most scouts and experts are in agreement that he'll be a late first- or early second-round draft pick. Show More Summary

Report: Toronto Raptors President Met with Vince Carter During Dallas Mavs Visit

In the 19-year existence of the Toronto Raptors, no player has become more synonymous with the NBA's lone franchise north of the border than Vince Carter. Interestingly enough, Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri recently said in anShow More Summary

Timberwolves Players Flop 3 Times in a Single Heat Possession

Something tells me that the NBA is going to be handing out fines from this game. With time winding down in regulation between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat on Friday night, the Timberwolves flopped three different times on a single possession for the Heat. Show More Summary

How Can the Phoenix Suns Maximize Gerald Green's Skills in the NBA Playoffs?

With a flurry of outside jumpers and his usual dose of explosiveness, Gerald Green scored 32 points off the bench to help the Phoenix Suns earn a road win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. He scored 14 of his 32 in the fourth quarter, helping his squad turn a one-point lead into a 109-93 rout. Show More Summary

Toronto Raptors Fan Creatively Uses Prizes to Propose to Girlfriend During Game

Some guys like to propose to their girlfriends by taking them out to dinner. This guy had a different idea. During Friday night's Toronto Raptors game against the Indiana Pacers, one contestant was picked to spin a wheel and get a prize or choose the mystery box. It's good thing she didn't choose the prize, as there was an engagement ring in the box. Show More Summary

Patrick Beverley Thinks He's NBA All-Defensive Team Material

Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley has made headlines (and a fair share of enemies) this season, thanks to his intensity on the defensive end. And Beverley hopes that his dogged perimeter defense should be taken into consideration...Show More Summary

Chicago Bulls' Late Surge Is Still Masking Major Concerns

The Chicago Bulls have been making a run to close the season, and in doing so they have generated a good deal of excitement as spoilers. But, under the surface of that winning, there are cracks in the foundation that could just as easily ruin their postseason. With such things, it can seem there is a contradiction where none exists. Show More Summary

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