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The Definitive NBA Court Design Power Rankings — 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, every piece of flair takes on an outsize meaning - the mascots, announcers, arena structures, and dysfunction of League Pass Broadband.

The NBA’s Bigs Problem — How the evolving nature of the frontcourt has created confusion about the value of players like Greg Monroe, Tristan Thompson, and Kenneth Faried As we fly toward the Halloween deadline for players entering their fourth season to sign contract extensions, two guys are especially intriguing: Kenneth Faried and Tristan Thompson.

Kyle Korver: An Offense Unto Himself — How the Hawks sharpshooter became one of the most uniquely valuable players in the NBA As the second round of the 2003 draft puttered along, the Nets watched as teams ahead of them plucked every player in which New Jersey had interest.

The Kings of Confusion — Sacramento's delicate balance between rebuilding and winning now has left many wondering what its plan actually is It was probably the most-asked question among team executives, agents, and coaches at the NBA summer league in Las Vegas earlier this month: "So, um, does anyone have any idea what the Sacramento Kings are doing?"

Lance Blows Town: The Hornets’ Gamble, the Pacers’ Loss, and the Wide-Open Eastern Conference — A few weeks ago, it would have been unthinkable to suggest that the Charlotte Hornets might be a better team next season than the Indiana Pacers. But they had nearly identical records and point differentials over the final 50 games of last season, and the Bobcats were better by a mile after February 1 - a span of nearly 40 games.

NBA Lottery Reform Is Coming — The NBA submitted an official proposal to reform the lottery this week at competition committee meetings in Las Vegas, pushing aside the Wheel idea in favor of a revised weighting system that shifts each team's odds of getting the top pick, per several sources who have seen and reviewed the league's proposal.

Free Agency Winners and Losers — While slow to start, the NBA's silly season is rolling with plenty of teams declaring victory or accepting defeat Free agency isn't over, with big names like Greg Monroe, Eric Bledsoe, and Lance Stephenson untouched in the market, and a heap of minimum-level guys waiting to fill out rosters.

The Decision 2.0: OK, What’s Next? — The discourse around LeBron James has never been all that rational. It was stupid four years ago to build a one-hour television show around one sentence, and it revealed a baffling cluelessness from LeBron and his team about how "The Decision" would torture the NBA's saddest fan base.

R.I.P., Brooklyn Knight: 2012-2014 — It has been a trying year for the league's mascot community. It started when the Raptor, one of the three or four best mascots in the league, tore his Achilles performing a trick at a team event. Toronto thought he would miss the whole season, and commissioned a dinosaur friend, Stripes, to fill the Raptor's void.
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Oct 30, 2014

@jmo11 I did not. You could, you know, probably look it up in, I dunno, 2 minutes before coming at the wrong person? I know, that's work.

Oct 30, 2014

@jmo11 Except I didn't make that prediction. Is it that hard, before being snarky, to determine which human being said a thing?

Oct 30, 2014

Long season, people. Long season. Let's wait at least 15 games before going nuts about anything.

Oct 30, 2014

@Joey_Wilson3 I did not predict that for this season. Also, generally unwise to read much into one game. Do we really need to say that?

Oct 30, 2014

@grinder881 You don't think the Knicks had anything to do with that?

Oct 30, 2014

@edwardmcphee11 What's to elaborate? If you think one team determines the outcome of an entire game, you don't understand bball

Oct 30, 2014

@GarretJustOneT NYK had something to do with the turnovers. It's never one thing or the other. Always both .

Oct 30, 2014

All the focus will be on the Cavs, but that's a hell of a win for the Knicks. Really sound defense most of the game.

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