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Rob Mahoney

  1. On the pseudo-campaigning for LeBron James as Defensive Player of the Year

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:12 PM EST

    LeBron James

    The media megaphone gives NBA players, coaches, front office officials, and owners a chance to call and respond. We’ve seen players poke at one another both jokingly and pointedly, coaches attempt to jar their players, opponents take shots from across the wall, and almost every conceivable combination of parties make comments of every ilk. In…

  2. Rashad McCants’ future with the Legends still uncertain

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:38 PM EST

    Rashad McCants

    Nothing is ever easy with Rashad McCants. After spending last season outside the NBA looking in, McCants signed a non-guaranteed contract with Dallas late in the preseason, and was cut almost immediately after. From a media perspective, the Mavericks’ intentions seemed rather obvious. However, McCants reportedly was told he would have a chance to make…

  3. A 200-word summation of Michael Beasley, by Kevin Love

    Nov 3, 2010, 2:55 PM EST

    Michael Beasley

    Kevin Love, cult icon, borderline religious figure, and rebounding savant, has begun blogging for GQ. These are exciting times. In Love’s second post, he introduces those surely to be blog regulars: his teammates. Jonny Flynn, Darko Milicic, and Wesley Johnson area all introduced to Love’s audience, but his true masterwork as a writer to date…

  4. Checking in with the new Richard Jefferson

    Nov 1, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    Richard Jefferson

    Though Tiago Splitter was San Antonio’s big off-season addition, it’s an improved Richard Jefferson that could really give the ’10-’11 Spurs some teeth. San Antonio was a fine team last season, but with Splitter bolstering the Spurs’ depth and Jefferson revamping his approach, Duncan and company could conceivably improve enough to sniff the West’s top…

  5. Al Horford’s in for Atlanta, but who’s out?

    Nov 1, 2010, 6:07 PM EST

    Al Horford

    Al Horford and the Hawks agreed on a contract extension that will keep Horford in Atlanta for five more seasons, but the Hawks’ long-term problems are far from solved. Losing Horford should never have been an option, but the money he’ll be owed over the next five seasons is thrown on top of the substantial…

  6. What to expect from Tiago Splitter’s NBA debut

    Nov 1, 2010, 4:23 PM EST

    Tiago Splitter

    Tiago Splitter’s NBA career officially begins tonight, as the Brazilian star will likely take to the court for limited minutes against the Clippers. It’s been a long time coming, and for the Spurs, perhaps a long time needed. San Antonio has tried all kinds of stopgap solutions alongside Tim Duncan over the years, and perhaps…

  7. Reno’s selection of Nick Fazekas to kick off tonight’s D-League draft

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:34 PM EST

    Nick Fazekas

    Tonight’s D-League draft features a deeper talent pool than ever, and according to Scott Schroeder of NBA FanHouse, former Mavericks second round pick Nick Fazekas will be the first player selected overall. The Reno Bighorns, coached by former NBAer Eric Musselman, own the No. 1 pick, and will add Fazekas to an already talented group…

  8. The season has just begun, but the clock’s already ticking for the Utah Jazz

    Oct 29, 2010, 5:14 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    The Utah Jazz are struggling. Most thought they would. They’re incorporating all kinds of new pieces (the most notable of which is star big man Al Jefferson), missing a pretty prominent rotation player due to injury, and trying to make it all work in one of the league’s more deliberate and complicated offenses. We knew…

  9. Tyrus Thomas plays DDR, makes your wildest dreams come true

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:10 PM EST

    Tyrus Thomas

    You don’t know this, but you and I have been having the same recurring dream for the better part of the last five years. I don’t want to give away too much, but let’s just say it involves you, me, Tyrus Thomas, a Dance Dance Revolution machine, and a hilarious night of wacky misadventures. Strange…

  10. If Derrick Rose is an MVP candidate, what does that make Russell Westbrook?

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook

    Derrick Rose has made it clear that he intends to produce at an MVP level this season, but he’s off to a bit of a rough start. In total, Rose’s numbers against the Thunder were nice: 28 points, six assists, four rebounds, and only two turnovers. That’s enough to get Rose into the discussion, if…

  11. Larry Brown benches Stephen Jackson. Anyone care to read the tea leaves?

    Oct 28, 2010, 8:41 AM EST

    Larry Brown

    Stephen Jackson was clearly item 1A on the Dallas Mavericks’ scouting report for last night’s game. The Mavs assigned Jason Kidd, the top perimeter defender in Dallas’ starting lineup, to Jackson duty, and threw double teams Jackson’s way almost every time he touched the ball. It was an effective strategy for a spell, but eventually…

  12. Armon Johnson puts on a rather quiet show

    Oct 27, 2010, 2:43 PM EST

    Armon Johnson, Channing Frye

    Box score watchers will see Armon Johnson’s six-point, three-assist outing against the Phoenix Suns as a marginal contribution, yet it was anything but. Almost all of the Blazer regulars put on a show, but Johnson, a second round pick partially responsible for picking up some of the minutes left behind by Jerryd Bayless, stood out…

  13. Phoenix starts the season with an impressively atrocious rebounding performance

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:25 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Portland Trail Blazers

    The Phoenix Suns’ start to the season was certainly memorable, if not all that successful. Steve Nash  had roughly one bajillion turnovers in his efforts to keep the Suns’ offense up to snuff, but Phoenix completely fell apart in the fourth while the Blazers attacked from all angles. Hedo Turkoglu was even worse defensively than…

  14. Milwaukee Bucks cut Brian Skinner, open door for the Brockness Monster

    Oct 26, 2010, 3:35 PM EST

    Jon Brockman

    The Milwaukee Bucks released 12-year NBA veteran Brian Skinner in their final round of training camp cuts, and it’s probably for the best. Skinner hasn’t been all that productive for a majority of those 12 years, and when your primary contribution to the league is measured in facial hair, it might be time to hang…

  15. Keith Bogans is, somehow, the Bulls’ starting shooting guard

    Oct 26, 2010, 3:28 PM EST

    Keith Bogans, Derrick Rose

    Ronnie Brewer was among the summer’s less glamorous free agent acquisitions, but the Chicago Bulls were nonetheless fortunate to procure his services at a reasonable cost. He may be lacking in flash and shooting ability, but Brewer is a solid wing defender, a nice complementary talent, and a smart offensive player who rarely steps outside…

  16. Mavs should have Chandler for opener, but not Beaubois

    Oct 26, 2010, 2:53 PM EST

    Tyson Chandler

    The Dallas Mavericks, who struck out in their pursuit of a top-level free agent this summer and subsequently passed on a potential move to acquire Al Jefferson, have but a few ways to improveme this season. Tyson Chandler, the Mavs’ most significant off-season addition, is the most obvious avenue through which to do so. Beyond…

  17. Nike unveils new LeBron James spot, knocks one out of the park

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:54 PM EST

    LeBron James commercial

    Nike Basketball’s track record has few blemishes. Their TV spots have taken form as commercial art since Jordan’s rise, and regardless of the player featured, manage to write new, meaningful lines to that player’s mythology. The newest player spotlighted in the Nike commercial catalog is no stranger to ad space, but still portrayed in a…

  18. Knicks cut Patrick Ewing Jr., keep Shawne Williams

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:27 PM EST

    Patrick Ewing Jr.

    Through a combination of obvious familial ties, a tour at a big-name college, and links to the NBA team in the biggest media market on the planet, Patrick Ewing Jr. has a startlingly high profile for a fringe NBA candidate. So much so that those not looking too closely were troubled by the Knicks’ decision…

  19. Allen Iverson to sign deal with Besiktas Cola Turka

    Oct 24, 2010, 11:12 PM EST

    Allen Iverson

    Last we heard, our dear friend Allen Iverson was negotiating a potential contract with Besiktas Cola Turka, an Istanbul-based team of the Turkish Basketball League. “Penalties” embedded in the contract were the reported hang-up between Iverson and Turka but something had to give for A.I. to play basketball in Europe next season, and give it…

  20. Suns commit to Robin Lopez, things get awkward for Earl Clark

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:14 PM EST

    Earl Clark

    The option deadline is typically a series of no-brainer announcements, in which NBA teams declare what everyone already knows: that many of their recent draft picks are useful, and worthy of keeping on an economical rookie-scale salary, either on the basis of production or potential. It also gets just a little bit awkward for those…

  21. Mavericks tab Rashad McCants, Sean Williams for their D-League affiliate

    Oct 22, 2010, 1:24 PM EST

    Sean Williams

    Last month, the NBA and D-League announced a new affiliate allocation rule, through which NBA teams are able to pick up the D-League rights of up to three of their last training camp cuts for their D-League affiliates. Effectively, it allows NBA squads to keep an even closer eye on the prospects that interested them…

  22. Michael Redd, the same as he ever was

    Oct 21, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

    MRedd

    Michael Redd used to be the center of all things Milwaukee Bucks, but those days are long gone. Injury after injury and rehab after rehab rendered his fully functional return a pipe dream, while his bloated salary handicapped a franchise on the rebuild. Fair or unfair, many among the Bucks faithful hold Redd’s health against…

  23. See Blake Griffin dunk.

    Oct 20, 2010, 6:13 PM EST

    Blake Griffin

    In honor of the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective’s correlative study linking winning and dunking — and in honor of everything that is good and awesome in this world — we have a special treat for you today. Few players in the league have been on-highlight-par with Blake Griffin throughout the preseason, and the NBA was…

  24. Another look at ESPN’s Marvel Comics-themed season preview, featuring the Miami Heat

    Oct 19, 2010, 7:48 PM EST

    E-110110_092

    A little more than a week ago, ESPN and Marvel Comics announced their plans to release an NBA season preview issue of ESPN the Magazine featuring the characters and iconography of the Marvel universe. The first two images released featured Kobe Bryant and a number of other NBA stars, and this latest image, provided by…

  25. Where have you gone, Ricky Davis? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:57 PM EST

    Ricky Davis

    In these troubled times, it’s a comfort to have a white knight, a hero of value and high moral fiber that represents everything we hold dear and everything we aspire to be. The closest thing the NBA has ever had to such a resilient role model wasn’t in the NBA at all last season, and…

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