Bernucca: Picking The All-Star Reserves


This week, while NBA coaches pick the All-Star reserves, the NBA will pick the All-Star coaches. Neither task is as easy. David Blatt’s dismissal as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers has added a bizarre twist to next month’s All-Star Game in Toronto. The Cavs have the best record in the Eastern Conference, which means their staff was on track to coach the East All-Stars. But Blatt has been replaced by Tyronn Lue, who will coach just five games before the deadline of


Three-Man Weave: Should Kobe Bryant Be An All-Star?

Kobe Smile

We are back with a long-overdue edition of the Three-Man Weave, taking a look at the NBA All-Star Game starters. What did the fans get right? What did they get wrong? Should Kobe Bryant be part of the All-Star Game? And what does John Malkovich have to do with all of this? Let’s get right to it. 1. Which Eastern Conference player should have been an All-Star starter? [Read more…]


PODCAST: The curious case of the Miami Heat


Dwyane Wade scored 2 points last night in a lopsided loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, only the third time that has happened to him in 973 career games. Tyler Johnson started at point guard and shot 0-for-6. The Heat shot a season-low 36.5 percent and failed to break 80 points for the second straight game. As a team, the Heat totaled 13 assists. Was this “rock bottom,” as Michael Wallace of asked? Is there any way Pat Riley can fix this


Bernucca: Doc Rivers the GM Keeps Doc Rivers the Coach Busy


Over the last two weeks, Doc Rivers the coach has done a fantastic job of covering for Doc Rivers the GM. The Los Angeles Clippers have won nine straight games, the last eight without superstar forward Blake Griffin, who – in case you hadn’t noticed over the past couple of seasons – has overtaken Chris Paul as the team’s best player. When Griffin got hurt, the Clippers appeared to be in trouble. They had just lost three straight games to San Antonio,


Tweet of the Night: Dwyane Wade puts his season in perspective with fans

Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

After sitting out at least a quarter of the season for the past two years due to knee issues, Dwyane Wade finally appears to be healthy and has missed just one game through the first 35 games. At 33 years of age, Wade should be showing signs of slowing down and he has in some ways. The guard is shooting just 46.6 percent from the field – the lowest mark since his rookie season – and is scoring nearly three points


Sprung: What Has Gone Right and Wrong for Eastern Conference Contenders


For the first time in roughly two decades, the Eastern Conference is better than the Western Conference from top to bottom. Nine East teams are at .500 or better – nearly twice as many teams as last season, when sixth-seeded Milwaukee finished 41-41. And the East actually has a winning record against the West this season at 100-98 What changed so quickly from last season, when articles were written about how there was the greatest disparity in conference strength in recent memory? “I