Nathaniel Friedman, GQ

Nathaniel Friedman

GQ

Portland, OR, United States

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Recent:
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Past:
  • GQ
  • The Guardian
  • Tablet Magazine

Past articles by Nathaniel:

GQ

It's Impossible to Overstate How Good Prime Shaq Was

Nathaniel Friedman looks back on Shaquille O'Neal at his peak. → Read More

GQ

DeMarcus Cousins's Injury: The Universe Has It Out for Boogie

Nathaniel Friedman on Boogie's bad luck and how we try to make sense of it. → Read More

GQ

The Cult of the NBA General Manager

For a long time, GMs worked quietly in the background, but a new generation of GMs like Sam Presti and Danny Ainge are being discussed as much as All-Stars. Nathaniel Friedman on the rise of the superstar GM and what it means for the league. → Read More

GQ

Kevin Durant and the Sudden Arrival of the Brooklyn Nets

Nathaniel Friedman on KD teaming up with Kyrie Irving and the illusion of building a team the Right Way. → Read More

GQ

The Raptors Won a Championship and the Rest of the NBA Is in Chaos

Nathaniel Friedman on the uncertainty the league suddenly finds itself in. → Read More

GQ

Can the Golden State Warriors Reclaim What Made Them So Terrifying in the First Place?

We always knew the end would come. As inextricable as the Warriors’ stranglehold on the league has felt for the past three seasons, there was always an expiration date on it. With Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson hitting free agency in 2019 (and Draymond Green on schedule to do so the following summer), there simply wouldn’t be enough money to go around. This was the light at the end of the… → Read More

GQ

The Raptors Are Real

Nathaniel Friedman on the rise of the perennially underestimated Toronto Raptors. → Read More

GQ

Even Without Durant, the Warriors Are Destroyers of Worlds

Nathaniel Friedman on Golden State's ability to flourish and dominate even without its best player. → Read More

GQ

The Revelations of Kawhi Leonard and C.J. McCollum

Nathaniel Friedman on two incredible and career-defining Game 7s. → Read More

GQ

How Valuable Is Kawhi Leonard?

Nathaniel Friedman on Kawhi's playoff run with Toronto, and just how good he's been. → Read More

GQ

Damian Lillard Broke the Math

Nathaniel Friedman on the Blazers star and what made his series-winner against the Thunder so special. → Read More

GQ

Kyrie Irving Is Taking the Celtics to a New Level

And he's leading the team his way. → Read More

GQ

The Brooklyn Nets Are Doing It Their Way

Nathaniel Friedman on how Brooklyn transformed a team lacking lottery picks and roster flexibility into one of the coolest—and most fun—rosters to watch in the league. And that they did it without resorting to "The Process" is even more fascinating. → Read More

GQ

The NBA Playoffs Aren't What They Used to Be

Nathaniel Friedman on the playoff race and why next year could be a whole different league. → Read More

GQ

You Can't Be Mad at Magic Johnson

Nathaniel Friedman on the latest mess in Lakerland. → Read More

How Stephen A Smith went from visionary pundit to ESPN's $10m hot-take machine

The broadcaster’s shouter-in-chief is about to become the richest man in sports media after nearly washing out chasing a vision that was ahead of its time → Read More

GQ

Russell Westbrook and the Power Dynamics of Heckling

Nathaniel Friedman on the OKC star's run-in with a Utah fan, and what players actually get to have agency. → Read More

GQ

The Gravity of LeBron James

Nathaniel Friedman on the Lakers situation and who is best positioned to be the next "best." → Read More

GQ

Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson Open Up About the Coolest Clippers Team There Ever Was

The two old friends reunite for 'Knuckleheads,' a new podcast that casual fans and NBA nerds will love. → Read More

GQ

The NBA Trade Deadline Made the Old School New Again

How the Warriors' utter dominance made patient, incremental roster-building all the rage. → Read More