Ariel Plevan - Jun 16, 2022

The Golden State Warriors are back, and are your 2022 NBA finals champions! The Warriors beat the Celtics in Game 6, clinching the franchise’s seventh NBA championship, and the fourth since 2015. The victory in Boston was headlined by Stephen Curry, who put up a team-high 34 points. Draymond Green played an important role, with […]

NBA Trade Deadline Rumors headed by James Harden
Ariel Plevan - Feb 8, 2022

With last year being one of the busiest in league history, this year’s NBA trade deadline could be one of the most eventful in recent history. Many players with star potential and team-altering capabilities could be on the move. Every year we hear rumors of the next star to demand a trade, but this year […]

Japanese men’s basketball traditionally does not have many players make the NBA. In the history of the NBA, there have only been five players to make the league and one of them played only four games in the NBA. The Five Best NBA Players from Japan 5. Yuta Tabuse (2004) and 4. J.R. Henderson (now […]

Danush Sivarajan - Aug 23, 2021

It is apparent that Ben Simmons is ready and willing to move on from the Philadelphia 76ers. It’s unclear if the feeling is mutual, however, it is the right move for both parties. Simmons had a horrific playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks and the fit just isn’t the greatest. Simmons took 10 3-pointers this […]

The Basketball Tournament (TBT) Aaron Craft

The Basketball Tournament (TBT) is back for its eighth run. As is typical, the rosters are loaded this year, more so than ever before. Interestingly enough, one of the stalwarts, Overseas Elite, who won four consecutive titles will not be playing. Since it is a 64 team tournament and many teams only have one or […]

Kevin Durant of USA Men's Basketball

The Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony is just around the corner. As usual, the United States are massive favorites to win both the men’s and women’s gold medals. Before any exhibition games were played, the men were -2000 favorites, meaning you would need to bet $2,000 to win $100. However, the men’s USA basketball team is […]

Daniel Noronha - Jul 12, 2021

The Milwaukee Bucks did exactly what they needed to in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Milwaukee managed to play with desperation without looking desperate. Hustling after every ball and still maintaining composure when needed. And that’s what Game 3 came down to. One team who kept their composure against a team that lost their […]

Chase Gage - Jul 6, 2021

Every championship won in the history of the NBA was earned. Full stop. There is no such thing as putting an asterisk beside a championship in the record books. Headcannon is great — especially when surrounding a property that self-imploded like Game of Thrones — but it has no real place in sports history. Saying the […]

Daniel Noronha - Jul 2, 2021

Kawhi Leonard re-signed with the Los Angles Clippers on Saturday. The exact terms of the deal are still being finalized between the two parties. Kawhi Leonard Re-Signs with the (Full Team Name) Over his 10-year NBA career, Leonard has played for the San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, and Los Angeles Clippers. He has put up […]

name, image, likeness (NIL)

With the start of July comes a changing NCAA landscape. For years now, we have heard about name, image, and likeness (NIL) rights for student-athletes. Essentially, this means athletes want the money that universities are making off of them. For example, an autograph from Luka Garza at an Iowa event would all go to Iowa. […]

Chase Gage - Jun 28, 2021

Small-market teams having success is not bad for the NBA. Having a fresh set of stars on the main stage is good for the NBA. Arguing that the lack of familiar teams and faces makes the 2021 NBA Playoffs “boring” is a bad take. Using NBA television ratings as a metric of entertainment value in […]

Daniel Noronha - Jun 27, 2021

Once again, Masai Ujiri has worked his magic. When the trade deadline passed without Kyle Lowry being moved, it was viewed as a major loss. However, all the teams that decided to not pull the trigger on the Lowry trade were victims of early exits. With numerous teams looking for that one extra piece to […]

NBA Champion
Last Word Staff - Jun 16, 2021

There will be a new NBA Champion this season, no matter which team hoists the Larry O’Brien trophy at season’s end. With NBA Finals usual suspects LeBron James and Stephen Curry out of the picture, the race to the top of the NBA is wide open. Between the teams remaining in the 2021 NBA Playoffs, […]

Thomas J. Brown - May 25, 2021

The NBA Play-In Tournament has been the subject of a lot of debate over the last 30 days. Owners like Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks and players like Luka Doncic and LeBron James have all weighed in on the matter. This week, Commissioner Adam Silver publicly stated that he’d like to see the play-in […]

The NBA playoffs are finally here. This week’s play-in tournament will determine the seventh and eighth seeds in each conference. We have some great matchups to look forward to this week. Let’s take a deeper look at these Eastern Conference Play-In Predictions. Eastern Conference Play-In Predictions Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana Pacers The first game of […]

The NBA is one of the most progressive leagues in professional sports. Players have more power than ever, and Commisioner Adam Silver has shown he’s not afraid to try new things. Just in the past year, the NBA had the playoff bubble, as well as a G-League bubble, introduced a challenge system, and a Play-In […]

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Tre Rowbotham - May 4, 2021

The Los Angeles Lakers have been living in mediocrity once again this season. Since winning the NBA Finals in the Orlando bubble, the Lakers have been mired by injuries to a slew of stars and role players alike. This season has been no different. LeBron James has taken it upon himself to carry the team. […]

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons meet again
Adeniyi Pelumijoel - May 4, 2021

This is going to be interesting! The upcoming Wednesday night clash between two major powerhouses in the Eastern Conferences is gathering a great deal of attention. And now—for some memorable reasons—is already termed to be more than just a match-up. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will be creating the extra storyline when Brooklyn Nets and […]

Chris Paul is getting back to himself as Devin Booker is healing up for the Phoenix Suns
Tre Rowbotham - May 4, 2021

Something has been brewing in Phoenix over the past few months. Ever since the Mavericks blasted the Suns in an embarrassing game seven display, Phoenix hasn’t looked quite right. Jae Crowder demanded a trade, Deandre Ayton tried to leave in free agency, and Devin Booker, Cam Johnson, and Chris Paul have been sidelined for extended […]

Rui Hachimura headed to the Los Angeles Lakers
Jordan Pagkalinawan - May 4, 2021

After months of speculation, it finally happened. The Los Angeles Lakers made an in-season trade for someone that is not a 6’3” guard. LA is finalizing a deal to send point guard Kendrick Nunn and three future second-round picks to the Washington Wizards in exchange for forward Rui Hachimura, as first reported by Shams Charania. […]

Tre Rowbotham - May 4, 2021

After a 10-13 start to the season, the New York Knicks were staring down the barrel of another losing season. Since then, the Knicks have gone 15-8 and are looking like sudden playoff contenders in the Eastern Conference. What changed? Julius Randle decided to start playing like an All-Star again. Julius Randle’s All-Star Play Has […]

Jon Lee - May 4, 2021

The LA Clippers fell 126-103 to the Utah Jazz, placing them in the 8th seed. Superstar wings Kawhi Leonard and Paul George did not suit up as it was the second leg of a back-to-back. The team has dropped eight of its last nine. And with a little under half the season remaining, it does […]

Rex Foster - May 4, 2021

For the second consecutive year, the Denver Nuggets fell short of their postseason expectations. After reaching the conference finals during a historic run in the 2020 bubble, Denver’s past two seasons have been plagued by injury. Cornerstone point guard Jamal Murray tore his ACL a few games before the 2021 playoffs resulting in a missed […]

Domantas Sabonis and De'Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings
Tre Rowbotham - May 4, 2021

The Sacramento Kings have been the laughingstock of the NBA for nearly two decades. With their last playoff appearance coming in the 2005-06 season, Kings fans have had little to celebrate over the last 16 seasons. That narrative is changing this season. Are the Sacramento Kings Playoff-Bound? The Kings Boast the NBA’s Best Offense Sacramento […]