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Golden State's Kevin Durant question

espn.go.com — 8:05 AM ET Zach LoweESPN Senior Writer It's a cruel irony for Thunder fans that perhaps the best parallel to the momentous choice looming in Golden State -- whether to bust up an all-time team and pursue Kevin Durant in free agency -- is Oklahoma City's decision to deal James Harden.

Never underestimate trade deadline chaos

espn.go.com — Feb 17, 2016 Zach LoweESPN Senior Writer We should take two lessons from last season's trade deadline, which started quietly before descending into madness over those frantic final 45 minutes. The strange brew of shorter contracts and an unprecedented cap spike brings real incentives to stand pat -- "Why trade for this dude when he's about to hit free agency and we have cap space?"

Cavs stars tackled accountability issue in players-only meeting

espn.go.com — 12:15 PM ET Close ESPN Senior Writer ESPN.com NBA writer since 2010 Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years Author of two books Close ESPN Senior Writer Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) is a senior writer for ESPN Digital and Print.

Dallas keeps striking out on free agents, but that doesn't seem to matter in the standings

espn.go.com — Zach Lowe, ESPN Senior Writer In one of their first healthy practices, the Dallas Mavericks were running through a set when Zaza Pachulia noticed the few holdover players from last year's Mavs seemed confused. "I started making fun of them," Pachulia told ESPN.com. "I was like, 'You ran this last year, right?'

Sam Hinkie stands by his past as Philly looks to jump start its future

espn.go.com — Dec 11, 2015 Zach LoweESPN Senior Writer Sam Hinkie, the Sixers' besieged general manager, wonders how the past six weeks might have unfolded had Kendall Marshall been healthy -- whether Philly would have won more games, stayed off TMZ and avoided a shocking, league-brokered internal shake-up.

Running around the league as the NBA hits the quarter mark

espn.go.com — Zach Lowe, ESPN Senior Writer In a league of shorter contracts and constant roster turnover, it can take half a season for a team to understand basic things about itself -- such as which players should share the floor. As we blow past the quarter pole of the NBA season, let's bounce around some teams searching for lineup magic.

How much patience will Sixer fans and the NBA have for 'The Process'?

espn.go.com — Nope. Twelve teams voted with the Sixers, enough to derail the proposal. The Thunder led a a behind-the-scenes lobbying effort from small-market teams who feared the revamped lottery would erase their best path toward acquiring a star: tanking for a high draft pick.

After a lost decade or so, the Knicks find themselves on the right path

espn.go.com — Zach Lowe, ESPN Senior Writer Carmelo Anthony was at the Knicks practice facility, rehabbing from knee surgery, when a skinny teenager from Latvia arrived for a pre-draft workout. Anthony watched Kristaps Porzingis shoot, and turned to Steve Mills, the Knicks GM, with a question, Mills recalled in a chat with ESPN.com last week: "Do you think we may draft this kid?"

Is the small-ball dominance of Golden State a blip or a trend?

espn.go.com — Zach Lowe, ESPN Senior Writer In the first game of the season, with the Hawks down big in the fourth quarter, coach Mike Budenholzer juiced the offense by going as small as he dares: Paul Millsap at center with Mike Scott at power forward. And it worked!

Kemba Walker on the legacy of his rookie year, dunking, dancing and Big Al's jeans

espn.go.com — Zach Lowe, ESPN Senior Writer Kemba Walker has faced a lot of the NBA's harshest realities over his first five seasons in Charlotte. He was drafted into a lockout, and once that ordeal ended, he suited up for perhaps the worst single-season in NBA history -- the tanktastic 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats, who finished 7-59.
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May 01, 2016

Sad end to a really nice season for CHA. Whiteside and Dragic were outstanding today. Whiteside totally in CHA's head on defense.Sad end to a really nice season for CHA. Whiteside and Dragic were outstanding today. Whiteside totally in CHA's head on defense.

May 01, 2016

@NateDuncanNBA @kpelton Alas, I'm behind. Helps that POR has zero post-up threats, basically.

May 01, 2016

Their transition defense was so bad, and so confused, it was almost shocking. Can't give away games at this stage. twitter.com/anthonyVslater…

May 01, 2016

@goofykidproblem Lots of people have been talking about this. It's not really original to anyone.

May 01, 2016

Was watching film of Dame vs GSW, and Ws were mostly OK switching Draymond onto him. Can switch 1-5 w/ that group. Also didn't trap like LACWas watching film of Dame vs GSW, and Ws were mostly OK switching Draymond onto him. Can switch 1-5 w/ that group. Also didn't trap like LAC

May 01, 2016

Agree w/ @kpelton here: new super-sized version of GSW death lineup could be a huge, big-minutes weapon vs POR insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/st…

Apr 30, 2016

Hopefully the basketball gods repay us tomorrow.Hopefully the basketball gods repay us tomorrow.

Apr 30, 2016

@TVsJerry Yes, commenting on the issue of cross-matching is just classic sensationalist sports journalism.

Apr 30, 2016

It's like the Thunder have never encountered the concept of cross-matching, and what it means for transition defense.It's like the Thunder have never encountered the concept of cross-matching, and what it means for transition defense.

Apr 30, 2016

@Kountry_K Thanks. Picking series is hard. You're going to be wrong a lot.


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