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NBA Radio Host and Senior Writer, Bleacher Report
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Bleacher Report (Sirius 93/XM 208) and NBA (Sirius 207/XM 86) radio host, B/R senior writer and video analyst, occasional NBA sideline reporter.

NBA Insider: Hawks Built to Win Now, but Can They Succeed in Playoffs, Too?

bleacherreport.com — Atlanta isn't merely the home to Ludacris, boiled peanuts and a hundred intersecting streets named Peachtree. Now it's also a petri dish to determine if the championship hybrid developed by the San Antonio Spurs can grow somewhere other than the Alamo City.

With Rose Back to Help Offense, Bulls Find Surprising New Source of Stress

bleacherreport.com — The health of a certain All-Star's left knee could very well be the linchpin to the Chicago Bulls' hopes of reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since Michael Jordan hung that wrist nearly 17 years ago in Salt Lake City. It's just not the one belonging to Derrick Rose.

Losing with a Star Isn't Easy but Can Pay off Later for Those Caught in Middle

bleacherreport.com — Every now and then a team, despite having a superstar, struggles. Mightily struggles. Either the star is past his prime, ancillary pieces are missing or the two simply don't fit. There's an awkwardness about it all, as if some unwritten basketball code is being violated before our very eyes, the kind that makes you avert your gaze or stare in morbid fascination.

NBA Insider: The Fine Art of Tanking and of How the Commissioner Talks About It

bleacherreport.com — NBA commissioner Adam Silver is a dancer, especially when it comes to language. Case in point: his answer about whether or not tanking, or purposely losing games, as a rebuilding strategy exists in his league. "I absolutely don't think any team is trying to lose," he said in a recent TV interview with ESPN.

From Brooklyn to the Bucks, Jason Kidd Reveals He Has No Regrets over Move

bleacherreport.com — Jason Kidd's first year as a head coach, with the Brooklyn Nets, made a lot of headlines, most of them far different than the ones he inspired as one of the league's all-time premier point guards over 19 seasons. The Nets assembled both the oldest and highest-priced roster in the league with the hope of becoming instant champions.

NBA Insider: Criticism of Mark Jackson May Not Be Simply a Matter of X's and O's

bleacherreport.com — Rocky Widner/Getty Images A friend who played in the NBA and still works in the league called the other day, incensed as much about the relative silence surrounding Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob's latest shots at former Warriors coach Mark Jackson as the shots themselves.

Has LeBron James Lost a Step in His Return to the Cavs? History Says It's Likely

bleacherreport.com — Gregory Shamus/Getty Images LeBron James was going home eventually. Most everyone around the NBA expected him to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers at some point before his career ended; after all, he'd never fully severed ties with the area and being viewed as a traitor where he grew up didn't seem like something James wanted to face for the rest of his life.

Meet the Real DeMarcus Cousins: Strong-Willed, Maturing, Misunderstood

bleacherreport.com — 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

bleacherreport.com — 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

bleacherreport.com — 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.
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Jan 26, 2015

Around The NBA w/me returns today, 5-7 pm ET. Newly minted All Star @KLow7 joins me on @SiriusXMNBA radio (Sirius207XM86) at 2:30 PT/5:30ET.

Jan 26, 2015

Thoughts and prayers going out to the great Nate Thurmond, an NBA legend and gentleman to the core, who is battling health issues.

Jan 22, 2015

Make The Call is coming up now! Greatest game in radio. For you! Call 844-277-2346. Prizes! Fun! Hysterics! (No more ! Promise!)

Jan 22, 2015

Pats ran 5th-most plays/game but had FEWEST giveaways. Top 4 running more plays (NYG/NO/Indy/Phi) were 1st/3rd/5th/8th in MOST giveaways.

Jan 22, 2015

The kind of thing that makes you go, "Hmmmm…" (see next tweet)

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