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Rob Mahoney

  1. Inside ‘Dream Team': A Conversation with Jack McCallum

    Jul 10, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

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    There exist books on most every subject written from most every angle imaginable. There are do-it-yourself guides to construct your vessel to the afterlife. There is a definitive handbook on colloquial speech on the high seas. There are memoirs filled with irredeemable drivel, helpful travel guides written in anapestic tetrameter, and dizzying, sprawling novels drowned…

  2. Sixers edge Celtics with (surprise!) balanced offense

    May 19, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Jrue Holiday

    The Philadelphia 76ers’ 92-83 Game 4 win over the Boston Celtics may be remembered for many things: altogether brutal offensive play, defensive flurries, or even a pair of huge Andre Iguodala makes in the closing minutes of a game where points were precious. Or, more realistically, this is exactly the kind of game that might…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Hawks take Game 1, scoff at the notion of unsustainable offense

    Apr 29, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    After years of watching the Atlanta Hawks operate within a zone of improbability, you’d think we might be better prepared to see them again best a sure favorite. Yet here we are, as dumbstruck as the now 0-1 Boston Celtics. Atlanta didn’t stumble into a revelation of efficiency or make a crucial late-season addition. They…

  4. Danny Ainge is still waiting for the Celtics’ identity to emerge

    Feb 27, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    This we know of the 2011-2012 Boston Celtics: They’re inconsistent as hell, and “inconsistent as hell,” doesn’t quite work against the likes of the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls. Boston has a long way to go before their championship prospects are treated with any kind of legitimacy, and the first step in that process is…

  5. There they stay: Framework in place to keep Kings in Sacramento

    Feb 27, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

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    Much regarding the basketball future of the Sacramento Kings remains up in the air, but this particular Monday brought an unequaled security to the franchise, its city, and the Kings’ legions of ardent fans. According to Sam Amick of SI.com, the Monday meeting held to discuss arena funding plans in Sacramento has produced the “framework…

  6. Blazers release Armon Johnson to clear roster spot for Joel Przybilla

    Feb 27, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    The team on the cusp of contention with a full roster is typically a bad omen for some deep-reserve player or another; in their efforts to improve via trade or free agency, teams almost inevitably have to release players as a space-creating endeavor, getting nothing in return but the freedom to go about their transaction…

  7. Reggie Miller, Don Nelson, and Bernard King among 2012 Hall of Fame candidates

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

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    Enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is a distinct honor to many in the basketball world, no matter how ridiculous and arbitrary the criteria for inclusion seem to be. With that in mind, here are the candidates for the Hall of Fame class of 2012, as announced by press conference on Friday:…

  8. Fan voting will weigh into Hall of Fame selections beginning in 2013

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

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    Here’s a curveball for you: Beginning with the Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2013, fans around the world will be able to take part in the Hall of Fame selection process. That’s a pretty significant step for any Hall of Fame body, much less one with a history of controversial, closed-door decision making. According…

  9. Derrick Rose ruled out for Sunday’s game against Boston

    Feb 12, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    Derrick Rose may be able to quietly slink to the bench prior to a Friday night game against the Charlotte Bobcats without much notice, but ducking out of the lineup due to injury before a nationally televised Sunday matinee against the kind-of-rival Boston Celtics? That’s another matter entirely. Chicago’s recent blowouts of the Nets and…

  10. Spurs decline third-year option on James Anderson

    Jan 28, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    DeJuan Blair, James Anderson

    Although the final public analysis of any NBA roster move is usually distilled to a few lines of explanation, every single decision that an NBA front office makes is a complicated one. Salary, fit, production, potential, age, redundancy, personality, character, experience, flexibility — all of these factors — and more — come into play, and…

  11. Detroit second rounder Kyle Singler content with decision to stay overseas

    Jan 28, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kyle Singler, Joe Dumars

    It’s rare for a player selected in the second round of the NBA to have much immediate career affirmation. After all, many second rounders never even make the final cut of an NBA roster, and those that do typically warm the bench and play out unguaranteed contracts as practice filler. Duke forward Kyle Singler appears…

  12. Baron Davis returns to practice, but can his ailing back bear New York’s wildest expectations?

    Jan 23, 2012, 4:38 PM EDT

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    Abandon all expectations ye who enter here: alleged Knicks savior Baron Davis is officially playing basketball again. Davis underwent a full practice for the first time since signing with New York in December, and according to the Associated Press, the team hopes he’ll be available for his regular season debut at some point during the…

  13. Yi Jianlian recalled by Mavericks, solving all their problems

    Jan 9, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Yi Jianlian

    The Dallas Mavericks don’t just want one low-cost project big man to fill out their rotation. They want all of them. Dallas’ signing of Ian Mahinmi last summer has paid off nicely this year, and in an effort to find a similarly successful player on an equally affordable salary, the Mavs signed former lottery pick…

  14. Do the Heat need another point guard?

    Jan 9, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers

    The Miami Heat may not have the most complete roster in the league in conventional terms, but thus far they’ve indisputably boasted the league’s most effective one. Miami is sitting awfully pretty with an 8-1 record, the NBA’s fifth-ranked offense, and its second best defense. But even those on top of the world have their…

  15. Courtesy of a technical difficulty: A brief, precious symphony of basketball

    Jan 4, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Every Tuesday, Turner Sports allows NBA fans worldwide to decide which game will be broadcast — in glorious high definition — nation-wide on their basketball-only network, NBA TV. “Fan Night” is the channel’s most overt catering to the game’s faithful, and a nice treat for basketball fans that, for whatever reason, opt not to invest…

  16. Jeremy Lin is eager to prove himself as more than a piece of NBA trivia

    Dec 29, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

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    A little known fact about Jeremy Lin, who was recently claimed off waivers by the New York Knicks: he actually has a pretty solid all-around game. He’s a big guard, racks up steals at an incredible rate, and is — at the very least — a solid straight-line driver. A better-known fact about Jeremy Lin:…

  17. You’re Never Alone: Appreciating TNT’s magnificent ‘NBA Forever’

    Dec 26, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    NBA Forever

    The NBA kicked off its season in predictably insane style on Sunday, but Opening Day’s pièce de résistance may have come prior to the official commencement of the new basketball year. As a lead-up to the season’s first game, the masterminds at TNT dimmed the lights and unveiled their latest promotional wonder: a jaw-dropping video…

  18. The Nets overpaid Kris Humphries, but so what?

    Dec 21, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

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    Kris Humphries is set to return to the New Jersey Nets on a one-year, $7+ million deal, and the nation raises a collective eyebrow. That’s a pretty hefty salary for a strong rebounder with otherwise unremarkable offensive and defensive skills, so much so that in a strict d0llar-for-production framework, one could certainly argue that Humphries, for…

  19. Winderman: Unveiling the key deadlines of the lockout-shortened schedule

    Dec 19, 2011, 9:11 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    The traditional NBA calendar? About as useful these days as those 82-game schedules put out by the league in July. So we made a call, since, frankly, there has been no formal word from the NBA regarding many of the annual key dates. And this is what we have come up with, with some of…

  20. Can the Dallas Mavericks repeat as NBA champions?

    Dec 16, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    After a trying, decade-long run that consistently placed them along the title’s periphery, the Dallas Mavericks finally claimed their first ever NBA championship last June. The fact that Dirk and the Mavs are the reigning champs still seems like a hazy dream — a vision almost too similar to a storybook to be real, and an…

  21. NBA Season Preview: Boston Celtics

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:50 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Last season: 56-26 and a tough out by the hand of LeBron James. Head Coach: The perennially fantastic Doc Rivers. He may not have the mystique of Gregg Popovich or the cult appeal of Stan Van Gundy, but Rivers consistently does a great job of balancing the personalities on Boston’s roster while drawing up highly…

  22. NBA Season Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:45 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Jrue Holiday

    Last season: 41-41, resulting in a competitively uncompetitive first-round loss to the Miami Heat. Head Coach: Doug Collins, who still wants to be your friend. Need a ride to the airport, Thaddeus? He’s your guy. Need someone to help you move, Elton? Please, you don’t even have to ask. Dog-sitting? His pleasure! Creating a stable…

  23. NBA Season Preview: New York Knicks

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:30 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    Last season: 42-40 — good enough for a middling playoff seed and a first round sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics. Head Coach: Mike D’Antoni, who has an intriguing roster but will have to step out of his comfort zone. As a playmaker, Toney Douglas isn’t Steve Nash…or Raymond Felton…or Chauncey Billups. As…

  24. NBA Season Preview: New Jersey Nets

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:05 AM EDT

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    Last season: 24-58, a better-than-last-year mark that reminds us all just how terrible bad teams can be. Head Coach: Avery Johnson, who still has a lot to prove. We know he can yell at teams filled with veterans until they win 60+ games, but how effectively can he groom young talent? How does his system…

  25. NBA Season Preview: Toronto Raptors

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:45 AM EDT

    dwane Casey

    Last season: 22-60. It was even uglier than it sounds. Head Coach: Dwane Casey, who will finally get another crack at a head coaching gig. Casey seemed to be unfairly typecast as an assistant over the last few seasons, but the Raptors have brought him in on the strength of a championship-worthy defensive system. Casey’s…

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