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  1. The Modern Goon: Denver's Jusuf Nurkic Bludgeons His Way Int...

    Ben Detrick

    It's tough being a goon in the modern NBA. A willingness to be ejected for 'bowing an opponent in the windpipe doesn't naturally coincide with increasingly necessary tasks like protecting the rim, chasing lithe forwards...

    Blog | February 03, 2015
  2. Don't Forget About Jerami Grant!

    Ben Detrick

    You've heard more than enough about this cohort of collegiate freshmen, whose potential greatness has convinced the NBA's lottery-oriented general managers to infect their own players with West Nile virus. But the sophomore class has a few guys with ...

    Blog | December 16, 2013
  3. Carmelo Anthony's Legacy Is on the Line

    Ben Detrick

    At the Knicks' anticlimactic last game of the season Wednesday night, a ⅓-filled Madison Square Garden was treated to a meaningless victory over the Hawks, which featured a 1-for-11 shooting night from recent signee Quentin Richardson. The nigh...

    Blog | April 19, 2013
  4. We Went There: The Battle for New York

    Ben Detrick

    Going into last night's mondo-hyped inter-borough showdown, the Brooklyn Nets boasted an 8-4 record — an admirable start for any team, but especially impressive for one that finished 22-44 last season. Nevertheless, the New York Knicks have cap...

    Blog | November 27, 2012
  5. '70s Babies: Breaking Down the Red-Hot New York Knicks

    Ben Detrick

    Heading into tonight's game against Orlando, New York is the only undefeated team in the NBA. Save the pillowcase–of–snow globes thumping inflicted by the Miami Heat in the playoffs, the Knicks have gone 22-6 under the glowering tenure of...

    Blog | November 13, 2012
  6. We Went There: Sixers-Knicks in the Carrier Dome

    Ben Detrick

    Last night, Carmelo Anthony finally heard chants of "MVP." It was not in Madison Square Garden, where there is desperate hope that he will make the Knicks a contender this season, but in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University. It was here that he wo...

    Blog | October 23, 2012
  7. Revere the Beard: Efficiency Metrics and the Actual Value of Jame...

    Ben Detrick

    By the time the buzzer mercifully sounded in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the narrative for the Oklahoma City Thunder had already shifted. Previously a litter of precocious cubs, they are now full-fanged predators, expected to hunt down the ultimate pre...

    Blog | September 19, 2012
  8. What kind of sports fan is Drake?

    Ben Detrick

    When it comes to sports, rappers are a bit like politicians: Their allegiances are malleable, conveniently tailored to dovetail with the winning side. Drake is especially flip-floppy. Not only is the Toronto native prone to breaking the cardinal rule...

    Blog | September 19, 2012
  9. Andrew Bynum Starts Philadelphia's New Age of Ambition

    Ben Detrick

    Philadelphia sports fans are regarded as a nasty bunch — jeerers of Santa Claus, cheerers of paralysis, heavers of battery acid at toddlers — but the only venom produced this week was a half-hearted "Beat L.A." chant. Instead, Wednesday's...

    Blog | August 17, 2012
  10. Steve Nash and the NBA Relocation Program

    Ben Detrick

    On the first day of free agency, officials from the Toronto Raptors embarked from Nanookian lodges by snowplow to ambush Steve Nash at his annual charity event in New York City's Chinatown. Undistracted by the aroma of pork and chives wafting out of ...

    Blog | July 24, 2012
  11. NBA Offseason Mergers and Acquisitions: Northwest Division

    Ben Detrick

    Life moves pretty fast in the NBA offseason. Lucky for you, Ben Detrick is here to analyze, summarize, and euthanize all the head-scratching, cap-busting, Bird-righting free agency and draft moves. He'll be checking on all the teams, division by divi...

    Blog | July 16, 2012
  12. No Love for the Brooklyn Nets Logo

    Ben Detrick

    A few days ago, photos surfaced of Jay-Z in a shirt emblazoned with the new logo for the Brooklyn Nets. Despite his very public ownership of a very small stake in the NBA franchise, there was reason for skepticism: mostly, the insignia appeared as if...

    Blog | May 03, 2012
  13. Can the Sixers' Middle-Class Dream Be Saved?

    Ben Detrick

    Tuesday night, in a boring game few people watched in person or on television, the 76ers battered the Nets by 19 points. With minimal coordination, both teams could have left the arena at halftime and enjoyed Skinnygirl margaritas in the Prudential C...

    Blog | April 11, 2012
  14. Homer Series: Syracuse Orange

    Ben Detrick

    It's a depressing time for people who love interesting basketball. Last week, Ricky Rubio, the blossoming Spaniard who treated us to pinpoint passes and a haircut befitting every SXSW musician plinking a vintage Moog, was lost for the season with...

    Blog | March 15, 2012
  15. Stop the Linsanity?

    Ben Detrick

    Back in the summer of 2008, when Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain named an inexperienced Alaskan governor as his running mate, the nation was collectively stunned. But while pundits on the left regarded the move as a desperate at...

    Blog | March 05, 2012
  16. And You Will Know Us by Our D-Leaguers: The Staying Power of the ...

    Ben Detrick

    If you thumbed on ESPN last night to catch some of the nationally televised matchup between two of the NBA's finest teams, you might have seen these formidable names simultaneously on the floor for the Spurs: Anderson, Bonner, Green, Neal and Splitte...

    Blog | March 01, 2012