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  1. Can Hollins forge a new path for Nets?

    Beckley Mason

    At this time last year, the question in Brooklyn was whether the Nets' old roster could stay healthy enough to make an impact in the postseason. Not whether they'd make it, mind you. That seemed a foregone conclusion after the team mortgaged its futu...

    Blog | October 21, 2014
  2. Why Kyrie Irving won the NBA offseason

    Beckley Mason

    "The third year is a big year for a person in my position -- kind of on the cusp, on the fence between being good and great." That's Kyrie Irving, just before his disappointing 2013-14 season. Like just about everyone else, Irving saw himself in t...

    Blog | September 25, 2014
  3. We Went There: Shooting 3s With Steph Curry

    Beckley Mason

    In a massive Manhattan gym, on the other side of a curtain partition from where I'm idly dribbling, Walt "Clyde" Frazier is romping around with several dozen summer campers; their ecstatic squeals ricochet off the rafter...

    Blog | August 13, 2014
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Twitter on Bulls' hard fouls

    Beckley Mason

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

    Blog | March 28, 2013