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  1. Could the Jazz Be This Year's Suns?

    Brett Koremenos

    As the NBA season draws near, Grantland's NBA staff will be asking and attempting to answer a series of 20 pressing questions facing players, teams, and coaches. The top and bottom of the NBA are relatively predictable. We have...

    Blog | October 27, 2014
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. How to Survive Bad Basketball

    netw3rk

    The NBA season is 82 games long, and for fans of many teams, to watch those games is to enter an endless, Kafkaesque hellscape that lives outside of time. Non-fans simply avoid the sight of such teams unless some other interest-inducing factor compel...

    Blog | December 18, 2013
  5. I Watched Jazz-Bulls and Lived to Tell the Tale

    Danny Chau

    Destiny, Thy Name Is Boozer Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng combined for more than half of the Bulls' field goal attempts, which makes sense. When your best offensive weapon goes down, you look to the next-best options. To a degree, it worked. But the J...

    Blog | November 26, 2013
  6. About Last Night: King James's Productive Reign

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy trying to figure out if the Xbox One is a prequel to the original Xbox, here's what you missed in sports on Monday: LeBron James scored an extraordinarily efficient 35 points on 14 shots as the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix S...

    Blog | November 26, 2013
  7. NBA Betting Lines: The Horrors of the Atlantic City Bus

    Jay Caspian Kang

    Today's installment of NBA Betting Lines comes to you from a Greyhound parked outside the Atlantic City hospital. It's 9:14 on a Sunday morning. A dense, acrid fog sits over the boardwalk and everything smells like fish guts in the sun. For reasons u...

    Blog | November 18, 2013
  8. A Fate Worse Than Death: Nuggets vs. Jazz

    Rafe Bartholomew

    Connoisseurs of basketball misery, pour out a sip of your MD 20/20: For the first time in history, Grantland's Fate Worse than Death column will not open a new NBA season with a Washington Wizards game. This year, Randy Wittman and the Verizon Center...

    Blog | November 12, 2013
  9. Catching Up With Derrick Favors

    Zach Lowe

    It has been a whirlwind first few years in the NBA for Derrick Favors, who was barely 19 years old when he made his on-court debut. His short career has included being drafted no. 3 overall by the New Joisey Nets; spending his entire rookie year as a...

    Blog | November 06, 2013
  10. About Last Night: Break Up the Sixers!

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy coming around to the idea that Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is just the sort of guy who sometimes has to be yelled at, here's what you missed in sports on Wednesday: In what may prove to be the biggest upset of the entire...

    Blog | October 31, 2013
  11. The Utah Plan: What Derrick Favors's Extension Means for the Jazz...

    Zach Lowe

    Rookie-scale contracts have given teams time to assess talent, but they still have to make bets on very young players, often committing borderline star money to guys who have never worked as anything close to primary options — or who have perha...

    Blog | October 21, 2013
  12. 12-Day NBA Warning: The Most Valuable Gordon

    Danny Chau

    If you gave me 20 minutes to create a player in NBA 2K13, my finished product would basically be Gordon Hayward. He'd be a tall and athletic wing capable of doing a little bit of everything — solid perimeter shooting, posting up against smaller...

    Blog | October 17, 2013
  13. B.S. Report: Jalen and Bill Talk the Four Worst Teams in the NBA

    Bill Simmons

    Giving the people what they want, in podcast form: Here are the first four of Bill and Jalen's NBA Previews. Listen to the podcast here. Subscribe to the B.S. Report on iTunes, and check out our podcasts page. To watch Bill and Jalen's NBA prev...

    Blog | October 03, 2013
  14. Bill and Jalen's NBA Preview: Utah Jazz

    Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose

    Bill and Jalen take a studied look at the Utah Jazz and break down the growth of Gordon Hayward, an important season for Derrick Favors, and the work of one of the NBA's most underappreciated mascots, Jazz Bear. Check out the video, below. Mor...

    Blog | October 03, 2013
  15. Q&A: New Phoenix Head Coach Jeff Hornacek on the Rebuilding Suns ...

    Zach Lowe

    The Suns, by any measure besides championship banners, are one of the most successful franchises in NBA history. They missed the playoffs just seven times from 1975-76 through 2009-10, with 19 50-win seasons in that span. But they've missed the playo...

    Blog | July 17, 2013
  16. Dispatches From NBA Summer League in Orlando, Day 5

    Brett Koremenos

    Trying to Find a Balance To say Trey Burke has struggled during his first few games as a pro might be putting it mildly. Though it's obviously just a short stretch of games, all the aspects of Burke's game that have brought concern — specifi...

    Blog | July 12, 2013