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Revising Kevin Durant's #NBArank
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Amin Elhassan and Henry Abbott discuss how surgery affects the likely production of Kevin Durant this season.

Breaking (very) bad in Boston
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There are many ways to be a good basketball team, and probably more ways to be a bad one. There is the bloated badness of too many of the wrong kinds of players on the wrong kinds of contracts; the callow badness of youngsters fumbling their way through professional basketball; and, of course, the timeless, quotidian badness of absent talent, of poorly constructed teams made of poorly equipped players.

NBA's new replay center will help game
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SECAUCUS, N.J. -- “I love this,” said Joe Borgia, the NBA’s senior vice president of replay and referee operations.Borgia and his team devised a true-false quiz on the NBA rulebook for a group of journalists and we were bricking question after question.

First Cup: Friday
Scott Agness of VigilantSports.com: And for the life of me (and NBA minds much, much smarter than I am), I still can’t process why Stephenson signed a deal with a team option in year three.

Pistons building a future around Drummond
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It took about six games for Andre Drummond to debunk the reasonable -- albeit vague -- reasons that eight teams passed on him in the 2012 NBA draft.All the talk about his poor conditioning, a lack of motor -- all of it melted away when you saw the supremely talented teen with the body of a player 10 years his senior put up 22 points and eight rebounds on the reigning Western Conference champs in 21 minutes, mostly through sheer effort.

First Cup: Thursday
Chris Haynes of The Plain Dealer: Though Kevin Love has still found ways to be productive for the Cavaliers, after the 96-92 loss preseason finale loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, he told Northeast Ohio Media Group that he needs more looks inside to get his game back.

First Cup: Wednesday
Joe Freeman of The Oregonian: Chris Kaman endured a bizarre injury Tuesday night that would be fitting for his reality web series. The Trail Blazers' backup big man suffered a head laceration when Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov inadvertently gnawed on it during the Blazers' 93-75 victory at Coors Events Center.

Can Hollins forge a new path for Nets?
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At this time last year, the question in Brooklyn was whether the Nets’ old roster could stay healthy enough to make an impact in the postseason. Not whether they’d make it, mind you.

Are the Grizzlies better than ever?
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While much of the NBA’s offseason fracas centered around free agents and player movement, down in Memphis, Tennessee, the Grizzlies are recovering from a third consecutive summer of front-office tumult.

Kyrie Irving's challenge
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Kyrie Irving has far better teammates this season, but will he get the ball enough to do what he does best? Amin Elhassan and Henry Abbott discuss.

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