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Past articles by Danny:

The Internet’s First NBA Draft Nerds

Long before big boards, draft guides, or even Wi-Fi, the Usenet Mock Draft was the go-to place to geek out about the next class of rookies entering the NBA → Read More

Welcome to Russell Westbrook’s New Reality

After 11 years in Oklahoma City, Westbrook faced off against the Thunder for the first time. Russ was still Russ, but his role on the court will take fans, the Rockets, and Westbrook himself some time to get used to. → Read More

The Clippers—Yes, the Clippers—Are the Team of Today

The title hopes of L.A.’s other team were built in the most dramatic fashion, around the quintessential no-drama superstar. For better or worse, Kawhi Leonard and the new-look Clips are the avatar for the NBA in 2019-20. → Read More

Chau Down: A Montreal Food Diary

Our food correspondent navigates around billion-dollar road repairs to sample wood-fired bagels, Vietnamese and Senegalese delicacies en Français, and more from a food city worlds apart from nearby Toronto → Read More

Why the Fried Chicken Sandwich Is the Perfect Hot-Button Issue

Popeyes’ new sandwich sparked nationwide debate. It’s not the first—or last—time feathers will get ruffled over who serves the best bunned bird. → Read More

The Lakers’ Title Quest Is Getting Harder Two Months Before It Actually Begins

The loss of Boogie Cousins and the front office’s reported interest in retreads like Dwight Howard amplify questions about the Lakers’ ability to survive the regular-season slog → Read More

Are We Sure … Karl-Anthony Towns Isn’t the Best Big Man in the NBA?

The Wolves center dominated down the stretch last season. Could he hit an even higher level now that the team is building around him instead of Jimmy Butler? → Read More

Are We Sure … the Nuggets Have Another Level to Hit?

While several West teams loaded up on superstars, Denver, the 2-seed last season, stayed the course. Do the Nugs have enough young talent around Nikola Jokic to keep up? → Read More

D’Angelo Russell Only Highlights the Warriors’ Uncertain Future

Golden State will recoup some of its losses from Kevin Durant’s departure in a sign-and-trade for the dynamic young guard. The Warriors may have landed an All-Star, but his presence doesn’t exactly answer the team’s toughest questions. → Read More

The Biggest Unanswered Questions on Draft Day

How high will Darius Garland rise? Will the Pelicans deal no. 4 to get Zion immediate help? That and more of the most pressing questions ahead of the 2019 NBA draft. → Read More

The Nets Aren’t Waiting to Be Major Players Any Longer

Two weeks out from having full control over its first-rounder for the first time in six years, Brooklyn traded its pick—and more—to open up space for two max contracts and go full-bore into the NBA’s offseason arms race → Read More

Steph Curry Doesn’t Need a Finals MVP to Define His Value

Yes, the Warriors’ franchise cornerstone has one award missing from his packed trophy cabinet of the NBA’s greatest honors. But to see it as a stain on his legacy might be missing the point. → Read More

The Warriors Are Taking It Back to 2015, and the Blazers Can’t Do Anything to Stop It

On the backs of vintage performances from Steph Curry and Draymond Green, the Warriors stole a game they seemed destined to lose by doing what they’ve always done: break games open with huge scoring runs → Read More

With One Shot, Kawhi Leonard Erases Toronto’s NBA Playoff Demons

Leonard’s miracle buzzer-beater to win Game 7 pushed the Raptors to the Eastern Conference finals and helped their city move on from a disappointing postseason past → Read More

NBA Podium Guys: The New Class

All the usual stars have come out for the postseason—well, except LeBron—but the first round has also ushered in a new wave of impact players. We run down the six biggest playoff breakthroughs thus far. → Read More

Five Questions, Skipping Ahead in the NBA Playoffs

Plenty of things can change in the second leg of a best-of-seven, but with most of the front-runners established in each respective series, perhaps it’s time to ponder what’s on the horizon for the teams in position to advance to the second round (and beyond) → Read More

Seven Takeaways From the NBA Playoffs’ Opening-Weekend Bonanza

The obstacles facing the Sixers and Raptors after ugly Game 1 losses, what the Warriors can do with Playoff Boogie, and much, much more → Read More

Ralph Lawler, the Voice of the Clippers, Signs Off

After 40 years in the booth, Ralph Lawler will call his final regular-season game this week. His retirement marks the end of an era in Los Angeles sports, but perhaps the dawn of a new one for the city’s other NBA team. → Read More

Two for One: Should Giannis Win MVP and DPOY?

The Bucks unicorn is the best player on the best team with the best offense and the best defense. Could he be the first player in 25 years to win both awards? → Read More

How to Watch March Madness When All You Care About Is the NBA Draft

Ten(ish) questions to ponder during the NCAA tournament, assuming you’re an NBA fan who doesn’t have a team in the race, and also doesn’t believe in betting on the hopes and dreams of America’s youth → Read More