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  1. Let Melo walk

    Beckley Mason

    Since they won 54 games in 2012-13, every attempt at improvement by the New York Knicks has backfired. They reupped with J.R. Smith, who proceeded to have the worst season of his career. They made space for Metta World Peace and Andrea Bargnani, but ...

    Blog | June 18, 2014
  2. Phase 1 of the Phil Plan: Complete

    Beckley Mason

    The New York Knicks' leadership articulated a strategy and successfully acted upon it. Phil Jackson hired Derek Fisher. Fisher may not have been Jackson's first choice, but on some level, that small victory is heartening for an organization that ...

    Blog | June 10, 2014
  3. Mike Woodson's long goodbye

    Beckley Mason

    After two and a half tumultuous years, Mike Woodson's term as New York Knicks head coach came to a close Monday morning. His dismissal ends what was, even by the Knicks' standards, a strange chapter in recent NBA history. Woodson's coaching reput...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  4. Better off Brook-less?

    Beckley Mason

    Despite going 33-15 since Jan. 1, the Brooklyn Nets will end the 2013-14 season with a worse record than they had last season. Still, these Nets were a success. If this season's team couldn't fully overcome a disastrous 10-21 start, it did accomplish...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  5. While you weren't sleeping

    Beckley Mason

    During his heyday, Michael Jordan reportedly slept only a few hours a night. It's a fact that's often used as evidence to prove Jordan was something other than human. While what he did on such little sleep was of course incredible, but the fact Jorda...

    Blog | March 04, 2014
  6. The hot hand punches back

    Beckley Mason

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- For more than 40 years, the hot-hand debate hasn't been much of a debate to those who have seriously studied the phenomenon. Researchers have repeatedly proven it just doesn't exist despite the full-throated protests from anyone (...

    Blog | February 28, 2014
  7. Thinking outside the box score

    Beckley Mason

    When the first Sloan Conference took place eight years ago, it was held in unused classrooms at MIT. But after partnering with big businesses -- and yes, ESPN -- Sloan gained purchase in the broader hoops consciousness for its critiques of traditiona...

    Blog | February 28, 2014
  8. Splitting the difference

    Beckley Mason

    Almost seven years removed from the catastrophic knee injury that could have led to amputation, Shaun Livingston's admirable, arduous transition from young phenom to wizened role player is the feel-good story of the Brooklyn Nets' season. Yet his bri...

    Blog | February 13, 2014
  9. Brooklyn's brand management

    Beckley Mason

    It's a Tuesday night at Barclays Center and Nets emcee David Diamante has his work cut out for him. The listless, ragged home team is once again being bludgeoned to a pulp, this time by the speed and energy of the Denver Nuggets. The crowd is disinte...

    Blog | December 05, 2013
  10. Jason Kidd on how Mavericks won it all

    Henry Abbott

    Jason Kidd has an interesting basketball mind, with which he is making an interesting basketball point. In an interview with Beckley Mason in The New York Times, the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets has a theory you haven't heard before about h...

    Blog | July 03, 2013
  11. TrueHoop TV Live: Playoff Preview

    Tune in at 3:30 p.m. ET for TrueHoop TV Live: Playoff Preview! We'll be chatting with NBA Insider Kevin Pelton and ESPN.com's Israel Gutierrez to break down all the biggest stories heading into the first round of the playoffs....

    Blog | April 19, 2013
  12. Nets Deron Williams playing injured not always advantageous to Br...

    Beckley Mason

    In ESPN The Magazine, Beckley Mason writes that the curious season of Deron Williams raises the question: Is a busted-up superstar better than no superstar at all?

    Story | Conversation | April 05, 2013
  13. Twitter on Bulls' hard fouls

    Beckley Mason

    [View the story "Hard fouls getting out of hand?" on Storify]...

    Blog | March 28, 2013
  14. Not the Bulls defense you've heard about

    Beckley Mason

    Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images Joakim Noah anchors the NBA's fifth-best defense, but it has been nothing like as effective lately. You may have heard something about the Miami Heat's win streak, which has lasted since February 3. As the Bulls pr...

    Blog | March 27, 2013
  15. Stephen Curry and the foul that never had to be

    Beckley Mason

    Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images Stephen Curry was yanked to the ground and had to leave the game. Stephen Curry was leading the Warriors on a 3-on-1 fastbreak as the Wizards scrambled to get back. Advantage: Golden State. Until Cartier Martin, tr...

    Blog | March 25, 2013
  16. Does the league still care about flopping?

    Beckley Mason

    Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images Chris Paul, a candidate for MVP of flopping, hasn't been punished. The NBA began the season with a new rule against flopping, and the early indications were it made a difference. Since 2013 began, however, the NBA h...

    Blog | March 21, 2013