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  1. Kobe’s Beautiful Madness: Understanding the Lakers’ A...

    Zach Lowe

    Watching the Lakers right now is honestly unlike anything I can remember in my NBA life. They have transcended basketball and become some meta public art piece that we can all enjoy. Watching them play, and in particular watching Kobe Bryant play...

    Blog | November 24, 2014
  2. The Tiers of the NBA: Ranking the Teams From Top to Bottom

    Zach Lowe

    It's that time again. I hope you spent the weekend and Monday night hugging your loved ones, sipping nice wines, renting the movies that have been languishing on your personal backlog, and savoring the fleeting touch of the autumn sunshine...

    Blog | October 28, 2014
  3. 33 Crazy Predictions for the NBA Season

    Zach Lowe

    Kevin Durant's injury is the latest reminder that preseason predictions are folly. Too many unknowns will emerge between now and June -- injuries, ownership changes, firings, inexplicable slumps, and X-rated Twitter escapades. Prediction...

    Blog | October 14, 2014
  4. The Definitive NBA Court Design Power Rankings

    Zach Lowe

    Welcome to what might become an annual tradition in these parts: using the doldrums of August and September to evaluate one of those bits of style that define the sensory experience of the NBA. When you're living and breathing the league, e...

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  5. Kobe's Latest Ailment Puts the Lakers in an Awkward Holding Patte...

    Zach Lowe

    Kobe Bryant's knee injury is a major NBA event, because he is a transcendent modern superstar, he plays for the Lakers, and it was wonderful to see him hit some big shots against Memphis — even after suffering the injury, it turned out. But it ...

    Blog | December 20, 2013
  6. The True Hollywood Story of Kobe's Crippling Contract

    Zach Lowe

    There are trades and contracts that require cold, calculating analysis about whether the logic of particular transactions accomplishes the clear goals of the franchises involved. Kobe Bryant's two-year, $48 million contract extension is not reall...

    Blog | November 25, 2013
  7. The C-Webb Rabbit Hole: 17 Stray Thoughts From the Chris Webber E...

    Zach Lowe

    I spent a considerable part of the last week living in the NBA of the 1990s and early 2000s, preparing what I hope will be a lasting contribution to the discussion of Chris Webber's place in basketball history. Everyone about my age — I just tu...

    Blog | September 18, 2013
  8. Q&A: Steve Nash on Trying Out for Inter Milan, the Dwight Howard ...

    Zach Lowe

    You may have heard about Steve Nash "trying out" for Inter Milan, the Italian soccer powerhouse competing, along with seven other teams, in the Guinness International Champions Cup starting next week. The tryout, which isn't a real tryout, is among m...

    Blog | July 31, 2013
  9. Kobe Bryant's Selfish Unselfishness and the Lakers' Best Hope for...

    Zach Lowe

    As with everything related to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, there is the tendency to make a giant deal out of every game-to-game adjustment Bryant makes. Kobe finished with 11 assists last night, reigniting the debate over whether the Lakers are "bette...

    Blog | April 03, 2013
  10. An Open Letter to Kobe Bryant About His Defense

    Zach Lowe

    Dear Kobe Bryant, In the middle of a playoff chase that has you clinging tenaciously to the no. 8 seed and yapping about how you have to take more control of the team's defensive strategy, why are you doing this? In the 71st game of your 17...

    Blog | March 26, 2013
  11. The Big Sieve: Analyzing Dwight Howard's Defensive Woes This Seas...

    Zach Lowe

    The Thunder are still two and a half games behind the Spurs in the standings, but they're favorites to make the Finals again, regardless of whether Tony Parker's injury allows them to slide into the no. 1 spot — where there's about a 50-50 chan...

    Blog | March 06, 2013
  12. A Brief Tale of Two Giants: LeBron James and Dwight Howard Moving...

    Zach Lowe

    At the end of the 2010-11 season, LeBron James and Dwight Howard were the two best players in the NBA. James was the clear top dog, and it wasn't all that close, but Howard had established himself as a legitimate MVP candidate and a monstrous two-way...

    Blog | February 12, 2013
  13. Here's Why the Lakers Have Been So Terrible

    Zach Lowe

    It's a refrain we're hearing now from Mike D'Antoni's harshest critics: The Lakers are banged up, yes, but any team with Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant should be better than 9-13. Even worse, they're 4-8 since D'Antoni took over on the bench. The...

    Blog | December 12, 2012
  14. Mike D'Antoni May Be Second-Best, But He Can Lead the Lakers

    Zach Lowe

    Shawn Marion, fiercely proud and a little defensive, was fond of telling reporters during the height of the Seven Seconds or Less Era in Phoenix that players made "genius" coaches like Mike D'Antoni look good. Marion is obviously oversimplifying. ...

    Blog | November 12, 2012
  15. Mike Brown's Firing Is Lunacy, But Here's Why It Happened

    Zach Lowe

    Some thoughts on the Lakers' firing of Mike Brown before I head to Madison Square Garden to watch two teams that are actually good at basketball in the present day play a basketball game against each other: * This is a ludicrous move, and one...

    Blog | November 09, 2012
  16. Stray Shots: Flop Warnings, Nets Style Watch, and the Truth About...

    Zach Lowe

    * Jarrett Jack got a bit of publicity when he tweeted earlier in the week that the league warned him about flopping in a preseason game as part of its new anti-flop crackdown. But he's far from the only one. A league source tells Grantland the N...

    Blog | October 19, 2012