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Andrew Wiggins Must Be Dealt for Cleveland Cavaliers to Win with LeBron James

Andrew Wiggins must go in order for LeBron James to win titles in Cleveland.<p>It's a sad reality for Cleveland Cavaliers fans. Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, has unmeasurable upside. He's an athletic wing who can score outside on one possession and throw down a rim-rocker the …

Breaking Down Dwyane Wade's Unenviable Decision

Based on the direction Dwyane Wade decides to go in with his two-year contract option, someone is going to lose.<p>That much is all but inevitable.<p>Wade is currently faced with three potential choices as the Heat head into the 2014-15 offseason:<p>He could exercise his current contract option, in which …

The science of LeBron's cramping

With a touch more than four minutes left in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals, LeBron James crossed over Boris Diaw, drove hard to …

A Brief History of LeBron James in the NBA Finals

Having dispatched the Indiana Pacers in six games, LeBron James punched a ticket to his fifth NBA Finals, and this one is going to count for more than any that have come before it.<p>That's because James' history in the league's championship round has been something of a mixed bag. Two early failures …

Paul George Would Rather Guard LeBron James Than Kevin Durant

At first blush, it might seem like Paul George committed NBA blasphemy by naming Kevin Durant—and not LeBron James—as his most difficult NBA matchup.<p>Per Scott Agness of Pacers.com:<p>Following the Pacers’ 118-94 loss in Oklahoma City, George told reporters that Durant is his toughest cover in the …

Basketball

The Newest Version of LeBron James Proves He's Still Getting Better

How is this possible?<p>The best player in the world isn't supposed to keep getting better, yet that's exactly what LeBron James is doing during the 2013-14 season. It's just not fair.<p>Through the first 11 games, LeBron is averaging 26.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks per …

Comparing the Stars of the LeBron Age to the Jordan Era's Legends

The NBA is a fluid beast, one that replaces declining superstars with up-and-coming young guns every year. There's never a lack of superstars, but that doesn't diminish the historical significance of the former studs.<p>As soon as a Hall of Famer is done, players will inevitably attempt to replace …

How Miami Heat Can Ensure Big Three Stay Together After Next Season

We knew this day would come. We just didn't expect it to arrive so quickly.<p>Since acquiring LeBron James and Chris Bosh, among others, to play alongside Dwyane Wade in the summer of 2010, the Miami Heat have dominated every angle of the NBA landscape; from their constant exposure as a team that …

NBA

North Carolina Basketball: Breaking Down Tar Heels' Future at Every Position

Relatively speaking, North Carolina basketball has been on a bit of a downswing since its last title in 2009. There was the NIT of 2010, the transfers, the injuries of 2012 and last season was a recovery period after UNC lost four premier starters to the NBA.<p>Tar Heel fans can finally breathe a sigh …

The promise and danger of Kyrie Irving's maturation for the Cavaliers

Kyrie Irving says he's maturing into the leader the Cavaliers need him to be. What does that mean for his future in Cleveland?<p>Before we get started, …

Kobe Bryant Thinks LeBron James Joining Lakers in 2014 Isn't a 'Stretch'

Count on Kobe Bryant to believe LeBron James would join the Los Angeles Lakers.<p>With the Black Mamba still recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon and Dwight Howard and James Harden attempting to grow matching beards in Houston, the Lakers are officially all about 2014, though they'll never admit …

NBA Playoffs 2013: Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard Hold the Key for San Antonio Spurs

The fate of the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals rests on the play of Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard.<p>Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will demand the most attention from the fans and media, but it will be the play of the two forwards that will be the most pivotal for the Spurs …

2013 NBA Playoffs: Will the Dominance of LeBron James Be Enough Against Spurs?

While it was marred by an anti-climactic Game 7—won by the Miami Heat 99-76 Monday night—the series between the Heat and the Indiana Pacers was indeed one for the ages.<p>The Pacers presented the Heat with the type of problem that frustrates them the most: size. Their dominant duo of Roy Hibbert and …

San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat: Who Has the Edge at Every Position?

After surviving their seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers, the Miami Heat take on the well-rested San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals.<p>This series is chock-full of intriguing matchups.<p>When the title round tips off Thursday evening, elite stopper Kawhi Leonard will have the challenge of …

NBA

Dispelling the Biggest Myths Surrounding LeBron James' Perceived Weaknesses

On his way to leading the Miami Heat on three straight trips to the NBA Finals, LeBron James has improved many aspects of his overall game.<p>Much of this improvement has worked to dispel myths surrounding James' perceived weaknesses.<p>When he used to pull up in front of the defense for a three-point …

Tony Parker Talks Difference in Playing Against 2007 LeBron and 2013 LeBron

After defeating the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat are going to the NBA Finals for the third year in a row.<p>This is what LeBron James envisioned when he left Cleveland for Miami: the opportunity to win multiple championships. His Miami Heat will now face the San …

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat Fine After All

LeBron James has now led the Miami Heat to their third NBA Finals in three consecutive seasons. Is this enough to call the 2012-13 Miami Heat season a success?<p>Enough is never enough. The house is great, but it can always be bigger. A job is great but it could always pay better. You love your wife, …