1. Friday NBA Roundup: Are Lakers or Sixers Better Off in Rebuilding Process?

    The last time D'Angelo Russell and Joel Embiid were spotted on the same court, they were buried on the depth chart together at Montverde Academy in Florida. "Our coach had guys in front of us," Russell told CSNPhilly...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 79,033 reads 189 comments

  2. Why Haven't the Portland Trail Blazers Taken That Next Step?

    LOS ANGELES — There's no place like home, especially after a long road trip. So many of the problems that plagued the Portland Trail Blazers through four straight losses ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 10,770 reads 26 comments

  3. LA Clippers Still Trying to Rediscover Early-Season Swagger

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers scratched and clawed their way to a 121-120 win over the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night—and broke Lawler's Law along the way—but it was Blake Griffin who bore the brunt of the abuse...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 5,350 reads 11 comments

  4. 2016-17 NBA Superstar Rankings: The Top 25 Players in the Association Right Now

    The NBA is flooded with talent like never before, and the circumstances of the 2016-17 season have put so much of it on brilliant display...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 74,935 reads 176 comments

  5. Slumping Los Angeles Clippers Have Many Complaints, Few Answers

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Marreese Speights ambled into the Clippers ' training facility, decked out in sweatpants and a self-referential "I Got 5 On It" shirt, looking every ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 9,409 reads 11 comments

  6. NBA Rookie Report Cards: How the Top 10 Shake out at 2016-17 Quarter-Season Mark

    What have the NBA 's rookies been up to since we last checked in before Thanksgiving ? Joel Embiid's still balling out for the Philadelphia 76ers, as is fellow 2014 draftee Dario Saric...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 36,197 reads 54 comments

  7. NBA Teams Entering Make-or-Break Stretches at 2016-17 Quarter-Season Mark

    There's no real pressure during the NBA regular season, right? Certainly not before Christmas Day, with the playoffs still four months away...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 23,025 reads 44 comments

  8. Friday NBA Roundup: Is Cavaliers' Coasting Cause for Concern?

    To paraphrase Frank Sinatra, what a difference a year makes. In a vacuum, the Cleveland Cavaliers' 111-104 loss to the Chicago Bulls looks bad. That it extends the team's losing streak to three games only worsens the optics for LeBron James and Co...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 20,325 reads 58 comments

  9. Clippers and Cavaliers Wouldn't Have Today's Stars Without Long-Forgotten Trade

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers —who face off at Quicken Loans Arena Thursday night—can each trace their rise into the NBA 's elite to a single twist of fate...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 12,877 reads 7 comments

  10. Friday NBA Roundup: Warriors Can't Slow Down Now That They Finally Own 1st Place

    The Golden State Warriors were practically anointed NBA champions back in July, but it took them a month of the 2016-17 season to scale the standings...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 63,948 reads 146 comments

  11. NBA Rookie Report Cards: Grading the Class' Top 10 So Far

    It would be easy to spend the next 10 slides ragging on the NBA 's current rookie class. So far, the 2016 draft crew has looked as weak as advertised, especially with Ben Simmons still sidelined for the Philadelphia 76ers...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 128,902 reads 179 comments

  12. Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade Have Chicago Bulls Blowing Away Expectations

    LOS ANGELES — Jimmy Butler knew what he had to do. He usually does these days. "Coach," he told Fred Hoiberg before the Chicago Bulls faced the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, "I'm going for 40 tonight...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 54,375 reads 62 comments

  13. Biggest Red Flags of the 2016-17 NBA Season So Far

    Have you seen the "Panic Button" recently? Perhaps it's somewhere near Kevin Garnett 's " Cuss Button ." Wherever it is, we would all do well to let it be for a bit—at least as far as the NBA is concerned...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 41,387 reads 49 comments

  14. It's Only November, but LA Clippers Look Like NBA's Best Team out of the Gate

    LOS ANGELES — "I'm going to tell you straight up: It means absolutely nothing," Chris Paul said. Doc Rivers would've preferred that nobody brought it up. "I hate stats," he said...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 23,563 reads 129 comments

  15. Friday NBA Roundup: DeMar DeRozan Has Raptors Looking Like Cavs' Biggest Threat

    DeMar DeRozan is playing like a man on a mission. That mission? To cement the Toronto Raptors as a serious threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 42,272 reads 103 comments

  16. 2016-17 NBA Rookie Ladder: Early Progress Reports and Rankings

    In a year of the unpredictable becoming commonplace, at least one prognostication has held true: The 2016 NBA draft was lamented for a lack of top-tier talent and depth...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 6,430 reads 2 comments

  17. Chris Paul on LA Clippers' Dominant Defense: 'Why Didn't We Do This Last Year?'

    LOS ANGELES — Monday evening, Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris drove by Blake Griffin for a layup. After the ball fell through the net, Griffin grabbed it and spiked it, upset to be giving up a basket...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 4,625 reads 3 comments

  18. Devin Booker's Rise to Phoenix Suns Star: 'I Always Knew I Was Capable of This'

    Mere minutes into his first Las Vegas Summer League practice with the Phoenix Suns in 2015, Earl Watson, then a newly hired development coach, was fluttering around the gym...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 26,342 reads 24 comments

  19. Derrick Rose, New York Knicks Finding Their Form and Friday NBA Takeaways

    On the same day the Chicago Cubs brought the World Series pennant back to the Windy City for the first time in 108 years, the town’s NBA team hosted a much more awkward homecoming at the United Center...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 48,301 reads 112 comments

  20. A Family Affair: Trail Blazers' Evan Turner Discusses Real Cubs Love

    Twenty-eight-year old former No. 2 pick (2010) Evan Turner grew up in Chicago watching Cubs games with his great-grandmother, Vater Mae Fite, between outdoor summer hoop sessions...

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  21. Why Blake Griffin Isn't a Flight Risk for Los Angeles Clippers

    LOS ANGELES — Back in August, when The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Russell Westbrook 's extension, he buried this tidbit about Blake Griffin becoming the ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 12,703 reads 11 comments

  22. Golden State Warriors Must Get Defensive and Friday NBA Takeaways

    It was better than a 29-point opening-night home drubbing, but the Golden State Warriors ' 122-114 win over the New Orleans Pelicans left the NBA championship favorites with plenty of room for improvement...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 52,370 reads 105 comments

  23. This Is Chris Paul's Last Chance to Win on His Own Terms

    LOS ANGELES — The start of the 2016-17 season will be like all the others of Chris Paul 's NBA career. No ring ceremony. No banner raised. No spotlight on opening night...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 38,382 reads 75 comments

  24. Predicting Every Major NBA Award Winner for the 2016-17 Season

    Rarely, if ever, has there been less suspense surrounding the eventual NBA champion than 2016-17. The Cleveland Cavaliers, last year's title winner, once again look like prohibitive favorites in the East...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 42,061 reads 102 comments

  25. NBA Rookie Stock Watch: How the Top-20 Stack Up Heading into 2016-17 Season

    Putting much stock in NBA preseason results tends to be a fool's errand. But when it comes to evaluating an incoming rookie class at this point in the year, it's the best evidence available...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 3,953 reads 1 comments