Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer

Paolo Uggetti

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Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Paolo:

The State of the G League Ignite, One Year In

Last season, the NBA’s development league launched a new team designed around prospects who wanted an alternative to the NCAA route. This year, the league has even bigger goals for the team—and for basketball at large. → Read More

The Ben Simmons–Sixers Situation Is Past Tenuous. But What’s the Solution?

Through trade rumors and viral video clips, Simmons has been the talk of the NBA offseason. But it’s unclear whether he’ll enter this fall still with the Sixers—or where else he would be a good fit. → Read More

The Lakers Are Betting Big on Experience—and Familiarity

After trading for Russell Westbrook last month, L.A. added four former Lakers (including Kent Bazemore and Dwight Howard) to round out the roster. The moves raised questions about the team’s age and stamina, while answering others about its direction. → Read More

The 2021 Postseason Is Rewriting the Narratives of the 2018 NBA Draft

The playoff runs by the Sun and Hawks are putting into new perspective the draft selections of Deandre Ayton and Trae Young—and how much patience and team building goes into molding a successful NBA star → Read More

How Damian Lillard Turned a Clutch Shot Into Dame Time

Damian Lillard has been hitting buzzer-beaters since he was 13. But becoming the NBA’s preeminent clutch scorer has taken more than just skill. Lillard, along with past and present teammates and coaches, explains what goes into Dame Time, and how it’s evolved. → Read More

Is Malik Monk an NBA Development Exception or a New Kind of Rule?

Monk’s career didn’t get off to the best start in Charlotte. But after some time and space, both he and the Hornets are reaping the rewards of their partnership. Could that encourage other franchises to keep their former lottery picks around longer? → Read More

How Much Are Fans—or a Lack Thereof—Affecting NBA Games This Season?

Fourteen NBA teams are currently allowing fans to attend games, and some evidence suggests that it’s having an impact on home-court advantage. Yet as some focus on the competitive aspect of bringing fans in, others remain wary of the health risks. → Read More

Zach LaVine Is More Than Ready to Be an All-Star

The Bulls guard may not have made the starting lineup on Thursday, but based on the season he’s having and the leap he’s taken, this may finally be the year he gets his shot → Read More

The Shifting Expectations of the Heat and Mavericks

Miami and Dallas came into this season with big goals and aspirations of making deep playoff runs. But now, a month into the season, they’re just trying to get—and keep—their players healthy. → Read More

The Rise of LaMelo Ball Is Fueling—and Changing—the Hornets

The no. 3 pick from this year’s draft has quickly made a name for himself in Charlotte. And as he improves, so does the rest of the team. → Read More

How Did Rookies Adjust to the NBA During the Shortest Offseason in League History?

Throughout the shortest offseason in league history, teams did all they could to help their new players learn and get comfortable. But all will tell you there’s still a long way to go. → Read More

The NBA Is About to Start a New Season. But Are Players and Coaches Ready?

After a little more than two months away, the NBA is starting up again. But this time, there will be travel, fan-less arenas, and extra protocols. Players and coaches spoke recently about what they expect—and everything that’s still unknown. → Read More

The Winners and Losers of NBA Free Agency

The Lakers-Clippers rivalry intensifies, the Bucks’ ceiling gets capped, and Fred VanVleet gets the bag. That and more from a whirlwind weekend of NBA free agency. → Read More

The NBA May Be Back Much Sooner Than Anyone Thought

Basketball could be home for Christmas, which could be a gift for a well-rested team like the Warriors and hellish for teams that lasted in the bubble for months, like the Lakers → Read More

Doc Is Out. Is the Clippers’ Next Coach Already on Their Bench?

Rivers’s tenure in Los Angeles is over after seven seasons and two blown 3-1 leads. Steve Ballmer’s choice to replace him will shape the franchise for years to come. → Read More

Marcus Smart’s Controlled Chaos Is Powering the Celtics

When Gordon Hayward went down in the first round of the playoffs with an ankle injury, things looked bleak for Boston. But instead of folding, the team inserted its sixth man into the starting lineup and hasn’t looked back. → Read More

Families and Friends Have Entered the NBA Bubble

At the beginning of the second round of the playoffs, players could choose whether to bring their loved ones into the bubble. Those who did say it’s been rewarding—though also challenging, given the basketball-centric environment. → Read More

The NBA Has Returned to Action, but the Players Know They Still Have Leverage

The Bucks’ strike was a monumental moment, one that temporarily shut down the league and caused team owners to commit to change. But even as players return to the court, they remember what they’re fighting for. → Read More

What’s NBA Bubble Life Like for the Players Who Aren’t Playing?

While most NBA players flocked to Orlando to return to play, some went to continue rehabbing or warm the bench. But active or not, their bubble experience has been telling too. → Read More

It’s Never Easy, but the Blazers’ Experience Keeps Winning Out

Behind massive games from Jusuf Nurkic and CJ McCollum, and clutch late-game antics from Carmelo Anthony, Portland is moving on to the playoffs. Next up: LeBron and the Lakers. → Read More