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Rob Mahoney

  1. Brandon Bass' polite, tasteful frustration

    Feb 11, 2010, 11:51 AM EDT

    This past off-season, Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith wanted it all. He wanted a talented, versatile swingman to work the offense in place of Hedo Turkoglu, so he traded for Vince Carter. He wanted another big, sweet-shooting forward to plug in at the 4, so he demanded the inclusion of Ryan Anderson in the Carter…

  2. Kwame Brown continues to drift into irrelevancy

    Feb 11, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Kwame Brown, former #1 overall pick and legitimate candidate for the unenviable ‘Biggest Bust of All-Time’ distinction, is a shining example of the power of the Los Angeles Lakers. Not two seasons ago, Brown was an occasional starter on an upstart Lakers team that had taken the West by storm, and he averaged over 22…

  3. Amar'e Stoudemire: the most popular girl at the dance

    Feb 10, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    Don’t athletic, 6’10” big men just make you go weak in the knees? Doesn’t every athletic finish make you sit and daydream about what could be? Oh, Amar’e. The motivational issues, lackluster rebounding effort, and lazy defense — nothing could stand between us and our grand future together. Even if you’re not interested, it seems…

  4. Team USA roster a 'Who's Who' of the next decade

    Feb 10, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    2008’s “Redeem Team” took Beijing by storm, and if the newly announced Team USA roster is any indication, 2010-2012 should be no different. The 2008 Olympics in Beijing were terrific for Team USA in terms of publicity and camaraderie, but the 2010 FIBA World Championships provide just as much of a challenge, if not the…

  5. J.J. Hickson is at the center of everything

    Feb 10, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    The Cleveland Cavaliers, as is, are among the best teams in basketball. That much is undeniable. And with how they’ve started the new year, they’re playing at a higher level than any other team in the league. So naturally, Cleveland has been linked in all kinds of trade rumors, with targets ranging from Antawn Jamison…

  6. Tyson Chandler is no Nazr Mohammed

    Feb 9, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    As Matt Moore mentioned yesterday, the Bobcats are in a bit of a bind. On one hand, Tyson Chandler is the most talented center on the roster, regardless of his nonexistent offensive game. He’s being payed a pretty penny to man the middle for Charlotte, which he hasn’t done all that often or effectively this…

  7. Don't forget about the big bad luxury tax

    Feb 9, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    With the trade deadline looming and the rumors aflutter, the natural inclination is to evaluate potential trades based on two criteria: Does this trade make Team A better? Team B better? Does this trade clear 2010 cap space for Team A? Team B? But believe it or not, not all NBA transactions are predicated upon…

  8. Breaking news: playing for the Nets is not fun

    Feb 9, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    The Nets have a legitimate shot at taking the “Worst Team in NBA History” crown, despite a fair amount of intriguing young talent. They stand at an abysmal 4-46, which no matter how you dress it up, still looks and feels like 4-46. Losing that much would destroy just about any team’s culture, and if…

  9. What losing really means for the Heat

    Feb 9, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

    Teams that have great chemistry win games. Or is it teams that win have great chemistry? Everything’s all well and good when you’re riding the wave of a big win streak, but what happens when people stop being polite and start getting REAL? Fingers are pointed in a particularly angry fashion, feelings are hurt, and…

  10. Josh Howard may not be so expendable after all

    Feb 9, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Josh Howard isn’t making things easy for the Mavs. For two months Howard struggled mightily on offense, turning in horrid, high-volume shooting displays at a point in the season where the Mavs’ offense looked especially vulnerable. With each jumper clanking off the rim, Howard looked closer and closer to a future in another NBA city;…

  11. Meet the Mavs' new back-up point guard

    Feb 8, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    For the entirety of the regular season to date, the Dallas Mavericks’ point guard rotation has been fairly cut and dry: future Hall-of-Famer Jason Kidd provides on-court leadership and gets most of the minutes, and lightning-quick reserve J.J. Barea would counter Kidd’s pass-first approach with his more aggressive scoring game. No longer. Barea has officially…

  12. The Boston Celtics you once knew are gone

    Feb 8, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    When the Boston Celtics won the NBA championship in 2008, they were a team built and based on chemistry. “Ubuntu” was the word of the day, and a team that entered the season with plenty of talent (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen) but also plenty of questions (Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins) shrugged off every…

  13. LeBron, Dwight remake a classic commercial

    Feb 8, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Creating the perfect television commercial is, at best, an imperfect science. At worst? It’s a ‘throw it to the wall and see what sticks’ proposition, with little indication of what the adoring public will cling on to. Is the tagline catchy enough? The punchline funny enough? Are the stars likable enough? Oh, and is the…

  14. Adonal Foyle and the NBA Players' Association get their rallying cry

    Feb 8, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Adonal Foyle has not played a single minute of NBA action all season, but he may very well be one of the most important players in the league. Not only is Foyle something of a Renaissance man, but he’s also the first vice president of the NBA Players’ Association (NBAPA). On a day-to-day, game-to-game basis,…

  15. Hurt feelings sparked Del Harris' departure from New Jersey

    Feb 8, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Del Harris has a long and storied career as a coach in the NBA. He has a career win percentage of 54.9% in over 1,000 games as a head coach in the pros, not to mention his years of experience as a top assistant. So when New Jersey Nets’ President Rod Thorn reportedly scoffed at…

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