RealClearSports
Advertisement

RealClearSports NBA

Thunder Risk More Than Losing Series

Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical

Breaking Up Clippers No Easy Task

Sean Deveney, Sporting News

Warriors' Theme: No Curry, No Worry

Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News

Lakers Won't Regret Hiring Walton

Mark Heisler, Los Angeles Daily News

Twenty-four months ago, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibakathreatened everything here. Twenty-four months ago, they were too explosive, too athletic, too specta...(full article)

There will be an asterisk next to this one, and that could be what saves the Clippers as we know them. It’s the fifth straight year of Chris Paul-Blake Griffin-DeAndre Jordan...(full article)

Well, yes, the Warriors can win playoff games and playoff rounds without Stephen Curry and now they know precisely how to do it.   They're kind of getting used to it -- and ...(full article)

This column was originally about my favorites in the Laker coaching searchamong Luke Walton, Jeff Van Gundy, Kevin Ollie, Ettore Messina, David Blatt, John Calipari, Jay Wright, R...(full article)

Boston goes home, but make no mistake: The real work begins now. The Celtics’ reinvention has been masterful, but if the transition from rebuilding team to playoff contender is d...(full article)

More Recent Articles

How Walton Romanced the Lakers

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers’ magic was in the air again, and it was electric. For more than six hours Thursday, three men who love the Lakers huddled, bonded and belie...

How to Deal With Flopping: Ignore It

My pal Charlie’s father-in-law, George, often was pestered by his wife to see a doctor. “I don’t like the way you look,” she would say. To that, George would respond, “Th...

Lakers Go Back to Future With Walton

A chant from the past has become a cry for the future.   "Luuuuuuuke."   A smart, selfless benchwarmer with two championship rings as a player has returned to that bench,...

Thunder Turn to New Taste Treat

In the middle of every Oklahoma City road game, David Howarth’s phone buzzes in his pocket. The Thunder’s athletic performance coordinator excuses himself from the bench and es...

Kawhi Ready to Rumble With Durant

To understand how far Kawhi Leonard has come in such a short time, one only needs to pull up the fledgling superstar's statistics from two seasons ago.  In his third year in the l...

NBA Without Curry? Let's Take a Pass

Dear Journal, for the past 18 months, all everyone’s told me is, ‘You have got to watch Steph Curry’—as if it’s this mandatory human experience, like ...

Towns Stealing Future From Davis

Anthony Davis has been the proclaimed future of the NBA for the past few years, and for good reason. Davis is an absolute freak of nature, seemingly created in a lab to be a perf...

Top 10 Most Devastating Playoff Injuries

What was one of the most exciting NBA regular seasons in recent memory has turned sour with injuries hitting teams hard in the playoffs. First it was Stephen Curry's sprained MCL, ...

Brainy Moves by NBA Playoff Coaches

In the playoffs, everyone has to step up their game, and this includes the coach. With seven consecutive games against the same opponent, and usually some time before the series to...

Lakers Forced to Speed Up Firing

The Lakers wanted to ease into their decision on Byron Scott, let the emotions subside from a scarred season before plunging into whether he would stay or leave as their coach. The...

Clips Get Reversal of Fortune Whiplash

It’s virtually impossible for a team’s fortunes to flip harder and faster than what the Clippers experienced on Monday night. One day after Warriors guard Stephen Curry suffere...

Dirk Dealt Another Mavs Failure

OKLAHOMA CITY -- With one minute and 24 seconds left on the clock, Dirk Nowitzki's shoulders slumped. His eyes fell downwards. His competitive spirit, as fierce as anyone's, crushe...

Time for Jeanie Buss to Boot Her Brother

Jeanie Buss went on the The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Tuesday and didn’t hold back when asked about the Los Angeles Lakers. Buss, who is the president and part-owner of the ...

Kerr's Award Shatters Conventional Wisdom

So you don’t have to look this up (because I know you will), Steve Kerr is not the first Coach Of The Year to not coach an entire season. His victory in this baffling category, t...

Warriors Wish They Had Durant

Of course, there is no guaranteed way for a team to remain at mach-speed after the loss of a superstar like Stephen Curry or Chris Paul in the middle of the playoffs.   Is t...

Once Star-Laden, Clippers Now Star-Crossed

In one of the more devastating basketball-only press releases in recent NBA history, the Los Angeles Clippers announced on Tuesday that Blake Griffin will be out for the rest o...

Warriors Were Right to Go for Win No. 73

This is exactly why Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and the rest of the Golden State Warriors were thoroughly justified in their lust to all-out chase those mythical, magical 73 wins...

Sager Strong an Understatement

For a long time you probably just knew him for the clothes, bold threads connecting a colorful life. Boys at Batavia (Ill.) High were required to wear black or navy blazers for the...

Suddenly, NBA Playoffs Thrown Wide Open

This is the sound of Adam Silver and his television friends gathering around a large mahogany desk and banging their heads against the tops to see who actually makes a visible in...

Lakers Should Unify Behind Walton

There was a temptation for Jim Buss and MitchKupchak to keep Byron Scott on as head coach. At least it would've projected some semblance of stability for the proud Los Angeles La...

Lakers Begin Fumigation, Fire Scott

The Los Angeles Lakers fired coach Byron Scott, league sources told The Vertical. Scott had two team options left on his contract, but the Lakers told Scott on Sunday that he won't...

Durant's Good-Guy Image Taking a Hit

Whatever happened to the sweet, lovable, personable and sportsmanlike Kevin Durant? He's still in there somewhere, perhaps, but Saturday brought further evidence that Durant has ...

Victory More Bitter Than Sweet

The dream season comes down to an MRI. After a record 73 wins, after another MVP season by Stephen Curry, the Warriors' back-to-back title hopes are riding on the resilie...

NBA Draft Full of High Risk/Reward Players

Each year, the NBA draft is littered with players who are labeled as “boom or bust” prospects. Simply put, depending on how they develop over the course of their career, these ...

Are Cavs Wearing Out Their Big 3?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are just one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, although it's been far from an easy ride. Following a 101-91 Game 3 win over the ...

Barkley Yaps, Rockets Melt Down

The Rockets beat the Golden State Warriors, 97-96, Thursday night in Game 3 of their NBA playoffs first-round bout, giving Houston one more win than many pundits and fans thought i...

Wizards Still Not on Durant's Radar

Scott Brooks has accepted the Washington Wizards' head-coaching job, and you know what's coming next. For weeks Brooks has been perceived as Kevin Durant bait, the ex-coach with th...

Knicks Becoming Phil's Folly

Past, present, and future continue to flicker around the consciousness of Knicks fans as they eagerly await any news on the search for the team's next head coach. Team president Ph...

Dull? Spurs Are Anything But

The San Antonio Spurs are too methodical. They’re boring. Their head coach is a grouch. They win too much. They’re not likable.  NBA fans have noted all of these g...

LeBron Doesn't Take Out Trash Like MJ

Grant Long, a 15-year NBA veteran who was part of the original Miami expansion team, once shared a little story about Michael Jordan. In the 1990-91 season, Jordan was under the we...

Thibodeau Has Been Doing Homework

Tom Thibodeau spent his year on coaching sabbatical on a learning quest. Sure, he took in a bunch of movies (he’s a filmophile) and he did some analyst stints on television, but ...

NBA Puts North Carolina on Notice

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game is slated to take place in Charlotte, N.C., but commissioner Adam Silver said that will change if the state's new anti-LGBT laws are not altered.   In r...

Lakers Dawdle, Wolves Grab Thibodeau

Tom Thibodeau always believed he could lure free agents to the Los Angeles Lakers, that the proper structure and vision still makes that franchise the ultimate superstar destinatio...

Each Sport's Next Big Thing

Joe DiMaggio was irreplaceable. Well, until Mickey Mantle came along, and the Mick even played for the same team as the Yankee Clipper. No way any future quarterback for the Green ...

For Will McDonough, All 3 Sons Shine

Before Ryan McDonough's press conference three years ago to announce his hiring as Suns general manager, Phoenix president Lon Babby introduced all three McDonough brothers in atte...

Thunder Grew Up With Their Stars

When an NBA team was ripped out of Seattle and plopped into the middle of a city that never before had a major league franchise, it was one of the more extraordinary developments i...

Too Many NBA Stars Are Sitting

The Warriors won 73 games this year while the Spurs won 67 (including 40–1 at home), and here is a theory that helps explain why: All the superstars are on the wrong teams.  The...

Walton's Best Option: Nix the Knicks

Sprint 180 degrees in the other direction, as rapidly as your oversized sneakers allow. Pivot and flee, putting as much distance between you and any conversation about coaching the...

So How Long Should Curry Sit Out?

When the time finally came to make the tough call after days of uncertainty, there was no tough call. It was just Stephen Curry aborting warmups on the court after only about fiv...

Basketball Over, But Kobe Just Starting

Kobe Bryant wants to talk about what comes after death. It's been 16 hours since he scored 60 points in his final NBA game. His back hurts and his shoulder is sore from 20 years ...

Warriors' Pompousness Starts at the Top

Stephen Curry is not humble. He may look the part of gentle, thankful man due to his abiding faith, his focus on family and his general inclination to be soft-spoken. But the on-...

Durant's Stinker Lets Mavericks Tie Series

With an "uncharacteristic" off shooting night, Kevin Durant tied Michael Jordan for the most misses in a postseason game since 1997 with 26 on Monday night. Durant finished wit...

Thibodeau, T'wolves: All or Nothing

Tom Thibodeau is pursuing the Minnesota Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations and coaching job because of his determination to have full control of an organization, l...

Heat Have What It Takes to Scare Cavs

This was the Miami Heat team that excites fans, intrigues analysts and perhaps frightens potential playoff foes. Its 123-91 series-opening victory over the sixth-seededCharlotte ...

Leaving Often Harder Than Excelling

He didn't wave to the crowd. He didn't bow, shake anyone's hand, or tip his cap. There was no spotlight. In fact, said those who were there, in the last moment of the most mythical...

Rivers' Message: Celts Rondo's Team

Nine games into the 2011-12 season, on the heels of a less-than-inspiring loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Celtics coach Doc Rivers gave us one of the earliest hints that his team now...

Lakers Switching to Princeton Offense

Kobe Bryant has been searching for spacing and freedom and flow on offense, for a way to counter defenses bent on sagging and suffocating him on the floor. Even before the Los An...

Lillard, Selby Summer League MVPs

Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard saw his already sky-high expectations elevate even higher Sunday, when he was named co-MVP of the Las Vegas Summer League.  Lillard, ...

Howard Trade in Holding Pattern

The Cleveland Cavaliers are eager partners in the three-way blockbuster trade talks to send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, but won’t proceed until the Lakers grant ...

Kidd Nabbed for DWI in Hamptons

This isn't the kind of driving the Knicks had in mind. An allegedly impaired Jason Kidd slammed his car into a light pole, leading to his arrest in the Hamptons this morning, pol...

Sorting Out Magic's Best Options

The Dwight Howard stay-or-go saga continues to drag on and on and on. At this point, the only certainty in this soap opera is that it will feature more uncertainty. Each day see...

Watson to Back Up Nets' Williams

C.J. Watson could have played somewhere else for more money. But a personal sales pitch from Deron Williams and Nets coach Avery Johnson, plus the opportunity to be a part of the...

Pacers' Hibbert Match a No-Brainer

Roy Hibbert’s return is not official yet, but it will be in due time. The Indiana Pacers will match the Portland Trail Blazers’ free agent offer sheet, according to my ...

Knicks Get Camby, Re-Sign Novak

The Knicks made two moves Monday to build their roster in hopes of contending for an N.B.A. title. They acquired 38-year-old Marcus Camby in a sign-and-trade deal with the Houston ...

Hinrich Set to Return to Bulls

The notion began on the June 2010 draft night the Bulls traded Kirk Hinrich to the Wizards for additional salary cap space in their attempt to go all in for LeBron James, Dwyane ...

Nash Brings Out Best in Teammates

The Phoenix Suns won 29 games in 2003-04. The next season they won 62. One man cannot make that much difference, you say, and you are right. When you get Steve Nash, you get ever...

Nets' Move Leaves Howard Hanging

Dwight Howard might need to revise his wish list. Although Howard has informed the Orlando Magic he wants a trade to the Brooklyn Nets, the Nets decided they couldn't wait for him...

Pacers' Move Obvious: Pay Hibbert

OK, some names: Baron Davis, Andre Iguodala, Manu Ginobili, Marc Gasol. What do they have in common? All four made in the area of $14 million last season. Now, Roy Hibbert is in ...

9 Assured of U.S. Olympic Berths

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Monday nine of the 12 spots for the U.S. Olympic basketball team are secured and there will be competition later this week to determi...

Celtics Hopeful on Allen, Green

At last February’s trade deadline, Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge sounded like he was ready to break up the team’s vaunted Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce...

Sources: Lakers in Mix for Howard

The Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic have had preliminary contact about a possible deal for All-Star center Dwight Howard, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Orlando official...

Celts Feel Lucky to Get Sullinger

Jared Sullinger made a strong first impression on Doc Rivers and it hasn’t changed. Rivers first saw Sullinger, who was one of the top high-school recruits in the class of 2...

Impact of Free Agency to Be Limited

This is a free-agent class of experience, to put it kindly. When the contracts expire Sunday, there will be one All-NBA star who is approaching his peak. His name is Deron Willia...

Beal Perfect Complement to Wall

Great shooters, like great hitters, are born rather than made. Reggie Miller. Larry Bird. Ray Allen. Jeff Hornacek. Glen Rice. Mitch Richmond. Dirk Nowitzki. Michael Jordan. Thro...

A Draft of Educated Guesses

Unless you're with the New Orleans Hornets and you watched Anthony Davis put on your team's cap, you couldn't begin to know what to make of this draft. Everything that happened a...

Suns Draft PG; Nash Era Likely Over

The Suns insisted they got the guy they wanted all along in Thursday's NBA draft after selecting North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall with the 13th pick of the first round...

Kings Lucky to Grab Robinson

Sometimes, it happens. In recent NBA drafts, it happens a lot. A few of the league's top executives believe they're a little smarter than everyone else – or more daring, at...

Assessing Winners, Losers

New Orleans -- First, the Hornets grab the draft's lone transcendent talent in Anthony Davis, a defensive menace who will terrorize dribble penetrators for years. After an offsea...

Is NBA Done Drafting Internationally?

It all started in the summer of 1992. That's the line you'll hear from most everyone — scouts, players, coaches both foreign and domestic — whenever you ask for the mo...

Scariest Prospects, Boldest Opinions

The NBA Draft is a day away, and the 2012 Draft gives us as strong a class as we've had in years -- but with just enough uncertainty to have us all totally confused. Who's the seco...

Bobcats' Pick Has Major Ramifications

For the moment, Charlotte has the NBA’s full attention. Holding the No. 2 pick in Thursday’s draft, the Bobcats control the fates of a handful of potential future All-...

3 Potential Busts

Andre Drummond (7’0” center, Connecticut): He could be the second best player in this draft and could be a franchise type big. If. Nobody questions his physical tools ...

Heat's Title Unites Community

South Florida gathered to celebrate the most powerful basketball team on the planet, but it was the power of sports that was on full display Monday in downtown Miami. They called...

Hawks Improve With New GM Ferry

Three cheers for the Atlanta Hawks, and not just puny “hip, hips,” either. Make these full-throated “hoorays.” A franchise that has chosen wrong so often ...

Allen, Heat Have Mutual Interest

The celebration isn’t done yet, but the Miami Heat’s plans for the future are under way. All champions want to repeat, and of course, the Heat already have expectatio...

'Not a Chance' Howard a Rocket

Amid a report that stated the Houston Rockets are hoping to amass enough trade assets to make a deal with the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard–even though Howard would only ...

New GM Ferry Will Help Hawks

There will be a blur of issues for the Hawks’ new architect to deal with, but all that really matters today is the organization seems to have the right guy in charge. The H...

Top Targets in Free Agency

The bulk of the attention will be on Deron Williams, who is expected to either re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets or be wooed by his hometown Dallas Mavericks. Beyond Williams, there...

Magic's New GM Rides Fast Track

People who watched new Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan play basketball in high school and in college remember him as an excellent outside shooter. But those closest to...

Bobcats Rely on High-Tech Tools

The Charlotte Bobcats’ new database scouting system has over 50,000 web pages. You can instantly look up year-by-year statistics for Boston Celtics great Bill Russell &helli...

Kentucky Should Dominate Draft

By the end of the week, University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari is going to have a new, powerful recruiting pitch. Barring any surprises in Thursday nig...

Durant Can Learn From LeBron

When the final buzzer sounded, long after the Thunder had waved the white flag in Thursday’s Game 5 clincher in the NBA Finals, series MVP LeBron James sought out Thunder sta...

Title Boosts James' All-Time Rank

For all those who argued that LeBron James would never be considered an all-time great because his fingers were all empty, well, I've got some news for you. James just capped off ...

James-Durant Rivalry Just Beginning

For years, the LeBron/Kobe rivalry was the most compelling one in basketball, but we never truly got to see it play out on the court. Sure, their teams would play each other twic...

Durant in Tears After Defeat

Kevin Durant walked off the court and into his mom's arms. He stood there, all 6-foot-whatever of him seemingly folded in half, sobbing in the embrace of his parents as the Miami...

Aching Miller Surprising Hero

This was going to hurt. But then again, it hurt all season. What was one more night? So Mike Miller lifted his body off the bench, then hoisted the Heat onto his aching back, nai...

Keys to a Heat Repeat in 2013

The Miami Heat just won the 2012 NBA Championship. But this club wasn't built to win one championship -- LeBron James told us that himself. It was built to win multiple champions...

Give Coach Spoelstra His Due

Wasn’t it just yesterday that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was all but out of a job, that he was being berated by Heat star Dwyane Wade, and that he was being vastly outcoache...

Let's Admire LeBron's Talent

I’d been quietly pulling for the Miami Heat to win the title since April -- and not because I find LeBron James to be sympathetic, or because I like the Heat’s brand ...

LeBron, Heat Can Rejoice

As a boy, LeBron James pretended he won an NBA championship. By the time he was a teenager, a title was a foregone conclusion. But for James the pro superstar, an NBA title has bee...

How Thunder Can Still Win Title

Kevin Durant, fourth-quarter Superman. After Game 1, it looked as though Durant might well have the best-player-in-the-league torch passed to him. Durant scored 36 points in tha...

LeBron Ready to Be a Champion

Forget for a moment the painful grimace on the face of LeBron James. When he was carried off the court late Tuesday by teammate Juwan Howard and trainer Jay Sabol, isn't that how...

Despite Odds, Thunder Believe

A 3-1 series hole hung over the Thunder's head like the blanket of clouds that have swept in and stolen South Beach's scenic nature the past two days. History says this team is ...

Heat Tougher, More Resourceful

Dwyane Wade landed on his tailbone. Given Wade’s vertical leap, it’s a long way down to the hardwood. He grimaced, clutched his lower back, rolled on the floor. It didn...

Scores and Schedule

Top NBA Sites

NBA Power Rankings