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  1. Say Hello to the Jay Z Rule: The New NBA Cap Is on Ownership

    Zach Lowe

    Call it the Jay Z rule. At its last major meeting, the NBA's Board of Governors quietly passed a rule mandating that teams have 25 or fewer individual owners -- and that every such owner must own at least 1 percent of the team, per...

    Blog | January 29, 2015
  2. Our NBA All-Star Team

    Zach Lowe

    It's that time again -- time to overthink 24 roster spots for a concert featuring a "basketball game" at intermission. A brief reminder of the ground rules: * I proceed as if the fan vote never happened. It&am...

    Blog | January 27, 2015
  3. The Arrival of John Henson

    Zach Lowe

    Just a month ago, John Henson was an NBA curiosity -- a long-armed mystery lost amid a crowded Milwaukee big-man rotation, the sort of player smart NBA teams try to swipe on the cheap. The predators were circling. And then, since this is Milwaukee...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  4. Milwaukee’s Makeover: How the Bucks Decided to Buckle Down ...

    Zach Lowe

    There is a sense of peace in Milwaukee - a feeling that after years of lurching around NBA purgatory, the Bucks have stumbled upon a long-term path they're happy to stroll. The Bucks think they have two franchise playe...

    Blog | December 09, 2014
  5. Searching for Balance: The NBA’s Lopsided Conference Proble...

    Zach Lowe

    It's time for the NBA to take a serious look at scrapping the East-West conference system, and several league sources say that discussion is now happening in some infant stage. The schedule, both its makeup and length, represents the heavie...

    Blog | December 02, 2014
  6. 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
  7. What the NBA’s Partnership With Brazil Means for the Future...

    Zach Lowe

    The NBA has struck a groundbreaking partnership with Brazil's top domestic basketball league in which the two will share best practices, marketing strategies, and player development techniques, per sources familiar with the situation. Th...

    Blog | October 27, 2014
  8. In Search of the Elusive Makeup Call

    Zach Lowe

    The makeup call is an infuriating piece of NBA folklore. We assume it exists, rolling our eyes as officials compensate for one mistake by piling on another. But it takes work to prove something is real, and the NBA will fight like hell against any su...

    Blog | October 24, 2014
  9. NBA Windows: The Cavs Have All the Makings of a Title Contender

    Zach Lowe

    This year, more than any in recent memory, the NBA is about windows of opportunity. As we gear up for what could be a classic season, Grantland will take a close look at the ones that matter. *** He has lived thr...

    Blog | October 07, 2014
  10. How the NBA’s New TV Deal Could Blow Up the Salary Cap

    Zach Lowe

    This is a huge moment for the NBA and Adam Silver - perhaps an even bigger test than the Donald Sterling fiasco, though certainly not as viscerally interesting. It's a massive victory, of course. The NBA's current nat...

    Blog | October 06, 2014
  11. K.J. McDaniels and How the NBA Dumps the Forgotten Lower Class

    Zach Lowe

    The funky new contract K.J. McDaniels signed with the Sixers this week makes it official: We just finished the summer of weird NBA contract doings, with minutiae like trigger dates, guaranteed amounts, and wink-wink draft deals getting some limelight...

    Blog | October 03, 2014
  12. NBA Windows: The Rockets’ Missing Third Superstar and the N...

    Zach Lowe

    The NBA has always been about opportunity: When one team's window opens, another's often closes. This year, more than any in recent memory, is all about these windows: superstars in new cities, icons nearing retirement, general manager...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  13. The Kemba Conundrum: What Should the Hornets Do With Their &lsquo...

    Zach Lowe

    Happiness and continuity can carry an extra price in the NBA, and the teams most willing to pay it are often those that have known the deepest misery. Charlotte sunk into depths of misery no one even knew existed, both on the court and in the prof...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  14. Hitting the NBA Paywall: Six Intriguing Extension Candidates

    Zach Lowe

    Get your tweeting thumbs and TV-watching ass muscles ready, because the NBA doldrums are about over. Players are trickling back, and team higher-ups are in the muck of one of the thorniest challenges they've ever faced: negotiating contract...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  15. 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
  16. Wingspan and a Prayer: Trying to Decipher the Massive Promise of ...

    Zach Lowe

    Tyson Chandler has improbably become an archetypal NBA player. There have always been dirty-work big men in the NBA -- seven-footers with zero offensive game expected to block shots, rebound, and stay out of the way on offense. Defense comprised almo...

    Blog | September 03, 2014