GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 07: Head coach Jack Capuano of the New York Islanders looks on from the bench during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 7, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

Coach Jack Capuano goes off on disappointing New York Islanders

The last time the Florida Panthers visited Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, on April 24, the New York Islanders clinched their first playoff series win in 23 years. Things were looking up. The Brooklyn crowd reached a fever pitch, bringing a playoff atmosphere fans did not think would travel well from the hallowed grounds of Uniondale’s Nassau Coliseum. […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 23:  Thabo Sefolosha #25, Paul Millsap #4 and Dwight Howard #8 of the Atlanta Hawks celebrates a win against the Indiana Pacers on November 23, 2016 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Atlanta Hawks “pushing forward” after Paul Millsap rumors, Kyle Korver trade

The Atlanta Hawks have decided against trading star Paul Millsap, instead focusing on making a playoff run with their current core. A sense of relief flowed through the Atlanta Hawks locker room Tuesday night after All-Star forward Paul Millsap was told by management that he would not be traded, just days after veteran sharpshooter Kyle […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 3: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Wells Fargo Center on January 3, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Joel Embiid has the Sixers finally believing in The Process

Can the Philadelphia 76ers really make the playoffs behind Joel Embiid? In the moments following a 105-95 win on Sunday over the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center, hundreds, if not thousands, of Philadelphia 76ers fans lingered to chant “Trust the process” and “MVP” to rookie wunderkind center Joel Embiid, a 22-year-old who’s helping this franchise […]

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Donatas Motiejunas #20 of the Houston Rockets boxes out against the Los Angeles Clippers on December 19, 2015 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

Can Donatas Motiejunas make New Orleans Pelicans a playoff team?

The New Orleans Pelicans are slowly improving in their quest to not waste the prime years of Anthony Davis’ standout career. Davis, still just 23, has made the playoffs just once in his first four full NBA seasons, which is essentially a basketball crime for a player who has an identical career Player Efficiency Rating […]

PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 28: Evan Turner #1 of the Portland Trail Blazers looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on December 28, 2016 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Despite NBA’s worst defense, Blazers still have time for season turnaround

Will the calendar turning to January bring some relief for the Trail Blazers? Wednesday night’s win over Sacramento brought a brief respite to what’s been a nightmarish December for the Portland Trail Blazers. The 102-89 victory, accomplished without injured All-Star point guard Damian Lillard, snapped a six-game losing streak and raised Portland’s record to a sorely […]

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after scoring in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The 10 Best NBA Moments of 2016

The past year was a pretty crappy one in the world as a whole. But 2016 was a pretty memorable year for the NBA. Here are our the biggest stories in the league from the past 12 months, in what was one of the best years for the NBA in a long time. 1) The 2016 […]

Windsor Locks, CT - August 2, 2016 - Bradley Airport Sheraton: Portrait of Adam Amin during the 2016 College Football Seminar
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ESPN’s Adam Amin caps off eventful 2016 with Christmas Day NBA broadcast

2016 has been a pretty good year for ESPN broadcaster Adam Amin. It was his first year doing play-by-play on television for the network’s Major League Baseball coverage and his first season as ESPN Radio’s lead announcer for its weekly national NFL broadcasts. Just six days after his 30th birthday, Amin will cap off the year […]


Coach Luke Walton challenges his “mentally weak” Lakers team

Luke Walton is not used to losing. After two championships as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers and a title (nearly two) as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors, the first-year Lakers coach took his team to task after a 107-97 road loss to the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night, the team’s eighth […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - NOVEMBER 21: Greg Monroe #15 of the Milwaukee Bucks works against Serge Ibaka #7 of the Orlando Magic during a game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on November 21, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee defeated Orlando 93-89. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Bucks’ Greg Monroe remains positive despite current bench role in Milwaukee

Just 17 months after signing a three-year, $50 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, center Greg Monroe is now the Eastern Conference’s highest-paid player who hasn’t started a single game this season. Averaging just 18.6 minutes per contest as we hit the quarter-pole of the NBA regular season, Monroe told The Comeback how he’s been handling his new role […]

SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 8: Rudy Gay #8 of the Sacramento Kings looks on during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on November 8, 2016 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.  (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kings’ Rudy Gay tries to ignore trade rumors in contract year

Despite a prominent September report that Rudy Gay would likely not be playing professional basketball for the Sacramento Kings beyond the current 2016-17 season, the 11th-year forward is trying his best to ignore the outside noise and lead Sacramento to its first playoff appearance in 11 years. “I’m not the first person to have a contract […]

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30:  Chris Davis #11 of the Auburn Tigers returns a missed field goal for the winning touchdown in their 34 to 28 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Oral History Of The Kick Six

Since they first played each other in the winter of 1893, and annually since 1948, the fierce Alabama-Auburn rivalry has become known as the biggest and most passionate in all of college football. Of the 80 Iron Bowl meetings between these two storied programs, their matchup on Nov. 30, 2013 has gone down as one […]

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 28: Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Charlotte Hornets at American Airlines Arena on October 28, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Without Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Miami Heat struggle to find identity

Five days after Dwyane Wade returned to Miami for the first time since he left the Heat, which he led for 13 seasons and three career-defining championships, the franchise is beginning to realize that the road to respectability will be far more arduous than it had imagined. After Monday’s 94-90 road loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Miami is 2-7, […]

James Harden

James Harden is putting up historic offensive numbers, but at what cost?

We thought it could happen when the Houston Rockets hired Mike D’Antoni as head coach. We knew it would happen when D’Antoni announced in September that James Harden would become a full-time point guard for the 2016-17 season. And when incumbent starter Patrick Beverley went down with a knee injury the week before the regular […]

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 25: Auston Matthews #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at the Air Canada Centre on October 25, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images)

Auston Matthews looks forward to McDavid matchup, dealing with minor struggles

It was inevitable for a team relying so heavily on young players like 19-year-old wunderkind Auston Matthews, but the Toronto Maple Leafs have endured some struggles over the last week, leading to a matchup with the Edmonton Oilers that’s sure to make the NHL giddy with anticipation. After a four-goal debut and 10 points recorded […]

MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 24: of the Montreal Canadiens of the Philadelphia Flyers  in the NHL game at the Bell Centre on October 24, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Shea Weber leads another fast Montreal Canadiens start

Just minutes after ripping a blistering slap-shot past New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss for the game-winning power play goal with 2:57 left in regulation, Montreal Canadiens superstar defenseman Shea Weber stood in front of his locker at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center with no discernible expression on his face. Thanks in large part to Weber’s stellar […]

Preseason favorite Warriors

5 top NBA storylines to watch going into 2016-17 season

As fans of the NBA, we’re really lucky to be witnessing one of the most exciting and interesting periods of time in the history of the league. We have superstars and incredible young players, accessibility to games, highlights, GIFs, Vines and viral memes on so many different platforms (even weekly game broadcasts in virtual reality!) — […]

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13:  Luis Scola #4 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts during the first half of the game against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center on October 13, 2016 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

5 NBA teams headed for a fall during the 2016-2017 season

We’re finally about a week away from the start of the 2016-17 NBA regular season, so it’s about time for some previews at The Comeback. Earlier, we looked at five teams on the rise and follow up with the five teams taking a step back. Each NBA season brings has a yin and a yang. As some teams improve, […]

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics celebrates after a basket against the New York Knicks during the second half of their preseason game at Madison Square Garden on October 15, 2016 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Al Horford discusses helping make Boston Celtics contender again

On a fall Friday in Manhattan, Al Horford practiced jump shots on a side court during the Boston Celtics’ midday practice. You wouldn’t be able to tell by his understated manner, but Horford is Boston’s biggest free agent signing in recent memory. He’s centerpiece of a well-executed offseason plan which catapulted the Celtics from ascendant […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on December 18, 2015 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

5 NBA teams set to get better during 2016-17 season

We’re finally about a week away from the start of the 2016-17 NBA regular season, so it’s about time for some previews at The Comeback. Our look at the upcoming season begins with five teams on the rise. Now “on the rise” is always a relative term in the NBA, because teams are on different timetables […]

TORONTO, CANADA - December 6: Jerry Stackhouse of the Toronto Raptors participates in an open practice on December 6, 2015 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

Comeback Q&A: Jerry Stackhouse discusses NBA career, Raptors 905 coaching job

After an 18-year NBA career, including two All-Star selections, Jerry Stackhouse knew that he didn’t want to fully leave the game of basketball. He spent one year as a television analyst with the Detroit Pistons before joining Dwane Casey’s staff with the Toronto Raptors last season. Toronto reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season, and team […]

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 4:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics drives the ball against Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs on April 4, 2012 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kevin Garnett was an amazing power forward, but Tim Duncan was even better

The basketball universe has been celebrating Kevin Garnett’s incredible career ever since he announced his retirement on Friday after 21 NBA seasons with Minnesota, Boston and Brooklyn. He was known for his hallmark intensity, his fearless defense and athleticism, and being the pioneer of the renewed high school entry trend of the late-90s and early aughts. […]

DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Jeff Hornacek of the Phoenix Suns leads his team against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on February 25, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

5 NBA coaches who could be on the hot seat this season

In our modern sports and social media landscape, we’re always looking for the next domino to fall. NBA training camps begin next week, but prediction season is already in full swing. With player salaries increasing at record rates, coaches in the league have become all the more expendable. It’s difficult to say which NBA coaches will […]

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Zach LaVine #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest as part of the 2015 NBA Allstar Weekend at Barclays Center on February 14, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Zach LaVine, Dennis Schröder lead NBA breakout players for 2016-17 season

Every year in every sport, players who finally get an opportunity to be successful turn out unexpectedly fantastic seasons and begin to gain recognition as rising stars. In the NBA last year, Portland guard C.J. McCollum got an increase in playing time, turned into a scoring machine and won the league’s Most Improved Player award. […]