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Friday, November 9

What Brown Couldn't Do: Rotation, D Justified Firing

by Kevin Pelton

The Lakers may have decided to fire Mike Brown before he got a full chance to coach their new, star-studded roster, but Brown's baffling rotations and inability to coax an average defensive performance out of the team justified the early move.

Premium Article Around the Rim: Crean Doesn't Mind the Hype

by John Perrotto

Indiana starts the NCAA season tonight ranked No. 1 behind the top returning player in the country, sophomore center Cody Zeller. Hoosiers coach Tom Crean doesn't feel those external expectations affect his program.

Premium Article A Look Back: Mehmet Okur

by Kevin Pelton

On Thursday, longtime Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur, now out of the league, announced his retirement from professional basketball. Okur leaves a legacy as arguably the greatest stretch five in NBA history.

Premium Article The Replacements: Counting Down the Lakers' Coaching Candidates

by Bradford Doolittle

In an ESPN Insider story, Bradford says the Lakers fired Mike Brown too late, not too early, and lists the pros and cons of some possible replacements. Some obvious, others not.

Thursday, November 8

Premium Article Stuckey's Slump: A Historically Slow Start

by Kevin Pelton

Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey made just one of his first 23 shots this season and is still struggling from the field. The math shows just how unlikely Stuckey's poor shooting has been.

Premium Article Hornets: Should Anthony Davis Play the Three?

by Bradford Doolittle

In ESPN Insider piece, Bradford examines the idea of whether playing this season's rookie on the wing might help his long-term development.

Premium Article Big Man Barometer: Week Ending 11/6/12

by Bradford Doolittle

In a weekly ESPN Insider feature, Bradford highlights the top performance by NBA big men for the season's first full week and projects the top performances for the week to come. He also looks at which teams are playing the smallest and the biggest lineups according to his "true position" system.

Wednesday, November 7

Calling the Race: The Reliability of Early Returns

by Kevin Pelton

Just like our political peers, NBA analysts must separate misleading early results from ones that herald meaningful results. How quickly can we do so at the team level?

Tuesday, November 6

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Unextended

by Kevin Pelton

Wrapping up a series on last Wednesday's deadline for business related to rookie contracts, a look at the key fourth-year players who did not see their contracts extended and what comes next for player and team.

Monday, November 5

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Rookie Options

by Kevin Pelton

Teams had to decide by last Wednesday whether to pick up their options on the third and fourth seasons of players' rookie contracts. A surprising number of 2010 first-round picks will now become unrestricted free agents next summer.

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