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  1. Tank Week reflections

    Henry Abbott

    This week, HoopIdea has been going hard on tanking. There's a reason for that. We expect the upcoming season to be tremendous, with a fine collection of contenders spread across two conferences, a pipeline of emerging and returning stars, and a leagu...

    Blog | September 06, 2013
  2. Tanking pollutes competition

    Henry Abbott

    Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Competitors doing everything they can to win make sports great. It's a wonderful time for the NBA, with young stars all over the league, an impressive collection of contenders and fascinating storylines from coast to coast....

    Blog | September 03, 2013
  3. George Karl: Thunder, Spurs only contenders

    Henry Abbott

    Nuggets coach George Karl was on SiriusXM's Beyond the Brink Tuesday morning, saying he expects somebody will beat the Heat: I think all season long everybody in basketball thought Oklahoma City was the best team in the west, but were they mature en...

    Blog | May 15, 2012
  4. TrueHoop TV: Hollinger on contenders

    Henry Abbott


    Blog | April 09, 2012
  5. Sixers contenders? Time to decide

    Henry Abbott

    Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images Another big win, this time against some of the NBA's best. Justin Kubatko, of Basketball-Reference, doesn't mess around with numbers. He doesn't get all excited about things that don't matter. And the other day...

    Blog | February 02, 2012
  6. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News: "The Mavericks officially have the Los Angeles Lakers' attention. And the rest of the NBA's, too. Announcing themselves as serious championship contenders, the Mavericks took down the Lakers for the second time...

    Blog | May 05, 2011
  7. Hawks' beef wears down Celtics

    Henry Abbott

    By John Hollinger ATLANTA -- Rookie coach Larry Drew has taken a lot of heat for his stewardship of the Atlanta Hawks this season, but for the second straight game he had all the right answers as the Hawks beat an Eastern Conference contender. ...

    Blog | April 01, 2011
  8. Wednesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Charlie from Roundball Mining Company on the (undefeated!) post-Melo Nuggets: "Just a few days ago, this was a zombie team hardly recognizable as the former contenders they once were. The only thing driving them was the undead rumor mill of Melo spec...

    Blog | February 23, 2011
  9. If not rings for the Celtics, then what?

    Henry Abbott

    David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty Images Kevin Garnett and Boston aren't looking like contenders. Zach Lowe of CelticsHub has been wrestling with the Celtics' performance this season: In late January, when the C's were in the middle of a 4-7 stretch, I t...

    Blog | March 15, 2010
  10. Stephen Jackson's Get Out of Golden State Card

    Henry Abbott

    by Chad Ford Golden State Warriors swingman Stephen Jackson has been openly pining for a trade for weeks. He's tried to force the Warriors to dump him by publicly demanding a trade to a contender, skirmishing with coach Don Nelson (and being suspe...

    Blog | November 09, 2009
  11. Shorthanded Nuggets overmatched in Atlanta

    Henry Abbott

    By John Hollinger ATLANTA - This is the difference between the Nuggets and most of the other contenders: Depth. Teams like Orlando and the Lakers can shrug off the loss of a starter or two and still claw their way to victories, as they've done in ...

    Blog | November 07, 2009
  12. Eurobasket 2009 Day 2 Recap

    Henry Abbott

    The Painted Area is following every second of action of Eurobasket 2009 in Poland, and has this report on Day 2's action: GROUP A: Greece 76, Croatia 68 In a battle of Group A heavyweights (and medal contenders), Greece's near flawless fir...

    Blog | September 09, 2009
  13. Paul Millsap Takes Over

    Henry Abbott

    Posted by Kevin Arnovitz One telling attribute of a contender is the ability to persevere when one of its best players is on the shelf. While beating the Clippers twice in 72 hours is no crowning achievement, the Jazz have looked strong during ...

    Blog | November 04, 2008
  14. Tinges of Regret in Memphis

    Henry Abbott

    Memphis owner Michael Heisley talked to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski about the trade of Pau Gasol (which Heisley has previously said was his own doing) that made the Lakers into title contenders: When much of the league was determined to make a seriou...

    Blog | June 03, 2008
  15. That Rare Trade-Free Career

    Henry Abbott

    Allen Iverson and Kevin Garnett had been leading contenders to pull it off. If Garnett really does get traded--as seems increasingly likely--you'd have to put your money on Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, and Dwyane Wade as most likely. The Painted Ar...

    Blog | December 22, 2006
  16. Worst NBA Headshot Ever

    Henry Abbott

    Erin (whose blog has a nice running tally at the top right of Rasheed's technicals this season) has a feeling there are two primary contenders. (Where was this on Halloween?) Chris Jeffries looks 10% like Malcolm Gladwell: And Ratko Varda lo...

    Blog | November 03, 2006