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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.

The Aftermath of Carmelo’s Decision — It's harder than it should be to get excited about Carmelo Anthony returning to the New York Knicks on a massive five-year contract, working the triangle within a revamped roster that carries the promise of max-level cap room next summer. This decision, spelled with a lowercase D, will send ripples across the league.
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Nov 27, 2014

@KrizErick Not the case nearly all the time. Including last night.

Nov 27, 2014

@MaxStone32 That's short-term thinking. They can afford bigger-picture thinking now. Wrong playoff matchup, you need JV urgently.

Nov 27, 2014

@ekoreen By the way, which early season game was it when KL posted up a lot, joked he hadn't done so that much since he was a kid?

Nov 27, 2014

@ekoreen He's ready. Again, I get DC's reluctance/trust. But you're 13-2, wins banked, can play long game in select matchups at least

Nov 27, 2014

@cing18 It's not just small-ball matchups. Last night wasn't. He rarely plays in crunch time 4Q, dating to multiple seasons.

Nov 27, 2014

@HoopPlusTheHarm I believe Valanciunas is last among all rotation Raps in non-garbage 4Q minutes. It's a multi-season trend.

Nov 27, 2014

@ekoreen Yeah, it's a multi season trend, and I do get it to a degree. But they can start playing a long game w/ various things now

Nov 27, 2014

@AaronBiderman It's not just last two games. He barely plays in 4Q all season

Nov 27, 2014

@SwHTown20 Record is great. They'll need JV to get crunch time reps at some point. Record isn't everything at this stage.

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