Bleacher Report Sirius 93/XM 208 radio host, B/R NBA senior writer and video analyst, occasional NBA sideline reporter.

Meet the Real DeMarcus Cousins: Strong-Willed, Maturing, Misunderstood — It is a challenge faced by anyone who is rocketed from one social stratum to another: How do you adapt to your new environment without abandoning the principles of your old one? For some, that isn't a problem. Either their principles translate or they don't mind adapting them.

Choice to Hand out Max Contracts in the NBA Is About More Than the Numbers — It's a barbershop question sure to spark heated debate as neck hairs are shorn and shaving cream is slathered: Is Player X a "max" player? As in, is he worthy of being signed to the maximum salary allowed by the NBA's collective bargaining agreement?

Dwight Howard May Have Flaws, but Critics Unfairly Finding He Can Do No Right — Whatever territory exists between the clichés "Beating a dead horse" and "Shooting fish in a barrel" now appears to be occupied by "Crapping all over Dwight Howard." No NBA player has been more uniformly disparaged over the last three years than Howard and a case can be made that over most of that time, no player did more to deserve it.

Kevin Durant Injury Opens Door for Russell Westbrook to Realize MVP Dream — Only Russell Westbrook knows what he put on his to-do list for the season other than get engaged to longtime girlfriend Nina Earl, but at least some familiar with the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard believe he included being named MVP.

Big Men of Today Are Playing a Different Game Than Those of the NBA's Past — When did big men in the NBA turn into a legion of seven-foot softies? If DeMarcus Cousins isn't stomping to the bench as if he's been denied dessert, Roy Hibbert is standing under the basket like the world's tallest third-grader who just had his lunch money stolen.

NBA Players Bothered by Hawks' Situation, but Not Unanimous in Condemnation — Carmelo Anthony speaks for some NBA players when it comes to the Atlanta Hawks. Just not all of them. The New York Knicks small forward said last weekend that free agents would not consider signing with the Atlanta franchise after an email came to light in which managing partner Bruce Levenson discussed ways of attracting more white fans.

Kobe Bryant Helped Team USA Basketball Regain Its Dominance with Single Game — Jae C. Hong/Associated Press Have you noticed? The world just doesn't seem to hate the U.S. men's national basketball team quite the way it once did. It's understandable, seeing as our demeanor isn't as hate-inspiring.

Rajon Rondo, Celtics Playing Nice for Now, but Divorce May Be Inevitable — Alex Trautwig/Getty Images Is Rajon Rondo soon to be on the move...or isn't he? Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has repeatedly dismissed trade rumors involving Rondo. Yet practically every NBA executive outside of Boston I've spoken to says Ainge has made Rondo available to them.

With Steve Ballmer in Place, Clips Need Doc Rivers to Focus on Job He Does Best — Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Now that the dour cloud that was Donald Sterling has been lifted from the Los Angeles Clippers and replaced with Steve Ballmer, the comparative equivalent of stadium lights, there's one element still missing to assure the 17 th banner raised in the Staples Center belongs to them: A bona fide general manager.

Warriors' Pursuit of Kevin Love Leaves Scars with Klay Thompson, David Lee — There is no column in an NBA box score for playing through an injury, just as there are no bonus clauses in contracts based on defensive assignments accepted to cover a teammate's ass. It's why such players, especially ones whose place or paycheck in the league already is secure, are to be treasured.
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Nov 22, 2014

@esphaych Season is a long way from over (making my prediction a long way from being proved right) but #Respect for the early mea culpa.

Nov 20, 2014

RT @br_radio: Send us your #FantasyFootball questions now! Coming up at 11:40amET, Bob Harris (@footballdiehard) joins @nicolezaloumis & @R…

Nov 19, 2014

Hardcore Bengals' fan @garyowencomedy joins me & @NicoleZaloumis at 8 am PT on Sirius 93/XM208. Nicole is terrified. Find out why in 40min.

Nov 17, 2014

Bucher Buzz: The Soaring Draft Stock of Emmanuel Mudiay… via @bleacherreport

Nov 17, 2014

@br_radio: #TheBRSpotlight w/ @nicolezaloumis & @RicBucher asks: Which QB would you want to win a game today, Tom Brady or Andrew Luck? #NFL

Nov 14, 2014

RT @BR_NBA: VIDEO: @RicBucher and @HowardBeck reveal their surprises and disappointments of the early NBA season

Nov 14, 2014

@MarkJackson13 on now, Sirius 93/XM 208 talking Warriors, Derrick Rose, LeBron, etc.

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