STO Roundtable 20: The Scramble for Last Place, and Jeremy Lin’s Second Shot

Welcome to the Squeeze the Orange roundtable, a weekly feature where select writers from our website chime in on the hot-button topics in the NBA. This week’s roundtable includes the following writers:   Daniel Rowell @YearofDan Cole Hartley  @ColeFartley Casey Sherman @Shermham William Lou @william_lou 1. One game in the…

On the Rebound: An Examination of the “Effort-Stat Fallacy”, Dwight Howard Support Groups, Personal Ibakas, and Big Bottoms

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The system of basketball techniques, ideals, and philosophies can almost always lead us to some inexorable truth about life.  Often the nomenclature can be used interchangeably between hoops and life.  By way of example, the term “rebound” is used in the context of bouncing back from adversity, emotional or otherwise. …

Fundamentals Breed Buckets: The Pacers’ Rub Play

I often think back to when I was in my prime – my 3rd grade YMCA basketball days. Between flask-swig-breaks, volunteer coaches would spend hours of Monday night practices trying to teach us the simple concept of back screens. It really was a basic play that probably would have helped…

STO Roundtable 19: Phil Jackson, Russell Westbrook, and the non-LeBron/KD MVP

Welcome to the Squeeze the Orange roundtable, a weekly feature where select writers from our website chime in on the hot-button topics in the NBA. This week’s roundtable includes the following writers: Kevin Cronan @KevCronan Cole Hartley  @ColeFartley Casey Sherman @Shermham William Lou @william_lou Shant Keskinyan @skeskinyan   1. Earlier this week,…

Un-Slumping: A Heat vs Cavs Preview

LeBron James is once again playing at an other-worldly level.  A debatable 1st/2nd place in MVP voting, he is once again shooting a career high from the field, a feat he has continued to top for 7 straight seasons.  He is averaging 25.8 points per game along with 6.7 rebounds…

Should I Stay or Should I Go?: Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, and Joel Embiid

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Before the 2013-2014 NCAA season began, the only thing everyone could talk about was Andrew Wiggins. The youngin’ from Canada had taken the internet by storm thanks to this totally awesome mixtape. He was already being touted as a lock for the number one overall pick. He was supposed to…

Jimmermania, Win Streaks, and Triple Doubles

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The Bulls are winning, it’s just that simple. No matter what the Bulls have to go through, whether it be injuries (Derrick Rose) or trades (Luol Deng), they seem to find a way, and it’s damn impressive. They’ve won 10 out of 12 and 22 of 31, and have scored 100 points in 6 out of 8 games. While the former statistic is undoubtedly impressive, the latter is the key to…

STO Roundtable 18: LeBron versus KD, The Chicago Bulls, and The Most Improved Player

Welcome to the Squeeze the Orange roundtable, a weekly feature where select writers from our website chime in on the hot-button topics in the NBA. This week’s roundtable includes the following writers: Kevin Cronan @KevCronan Cole Hartley  @ColeFartley Nick Amodeo @nick_amodeo Daniel Rowell @YearOfDan William Lou @william_lou   1. So…LeBron might be…

STO Roundtable 17: The Trade Deadline, Buyouts, and the Houston Rockets

Welcome to the Squeeze the Orange roundtable, a weekly feature where select writers from our website chime in on the hot-button topics in the NBA. This week’s roundtable includes the following writers: Kevin Cronan @KevCronan Cole Hartley  @ColeFartley Casey Sherman @shermham Chris Barnes @ChrisBarnes41 William Lou @william_lou   1. This…

Adrift in the Atlantic

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Just about everyone knows the Eastern Conference is pretty dreadful this year. Those who don’t are simply more polite and instead say the conference is  “statistically inferior” or “the second best conference.” No matter how you look at it, there’s no denying that the balance of power in the NBA…

How to be a Commissioner (for Dummies)

Adam Silver had his first opportunity to lay down the law and set the tone for his commissioning reign on Feb 4th. This was the day after Joakim Noah hilariously distributed a verbal “fuck you” to every referee on the Sacramento Kings’ court as he made his timely departure following…

Discussing the Trade Deadline

Dan: All right guys. It is that time of the year again. We all had a wishlist. And all we got were ill fitting sweaters, back up point guards, and years of bitter remorse. Nope, it’s not Christmas at Grandma’s its the NBA Trade Deadline. Update #1: I don’t know how…

Cleveland Against the World

The frequently vocal, comic Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert (@CavsDan) broke his silence last Thursday to fire GM Chris Grant following an embarrassing loss to the Lakers. Since then, the Cavaliers are 6-0, Anthony Bennett had his first (and second) career double, the Cavalier’s own the Championship Belt, Dion Waiters…

A Guide to Watching Bad Basketball

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I’m going to be honest with myself for a minute. This NBA season is not great.  I’m quickly discovering that the amount of fun I have between November and June is directly proportional to how well the Celtics perform.  Don’t get me wrong. I love the rest of the NBA…

STO Roundtable 16: The New Dunk Contest, Late Playoff Pushes, and The Trade Deadline

Welcome to the Squeeze the Orange roundtable, a weekly feature where select writers from our website chime in on the hot-button topics in the NBA. This week’s roundtable includes the following writers: Kevin Cronan @KevCronan Cole Hartley  @ColeFartley Casey Sherman @shermham William Lou @william_lou Shant Keskinyan @skeskinyan   1. I might…