‘He’s a different breed’: Rookie of the year frontrunner LaMelo Ball has NBA, Hornets buzzing

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball has dished out more than 200 assists in his rookie season in the NBA. But one particular assist stood out. It was early in the first quarter of a March 1 game between the Hornets and Trail Blazers in Portland. Ball was pushing the ball up the court on a … [Read more…]

Furious Five 2021: OMFB ranks the world’s 5 best basketball players

Each year OneManFastBreak.net ranks the five best players in the NBA. Let’s call it the “OMFB Furious Five.” It’s paying homage to the five styles of Chinese martial arts: snake, crane, monkey, praying mantis, and tiger. The ranking system is based on one man’s opinion and does not follow or conform to any standard format, … [Read more…]

Steve Nash, Brooklyn Nets excited to have James Harden. But how long will honeymoon last?

James Harden finally got his wish. He got traded to his preferred destination. For weeks the Houston Rockets tried to make the Harden marriage work, but in the end they had to cut the cord. The Rockets sent their superstar shooting guard to the Brooklyn Nets, joining his good friend and former teammate Kevin Durant … [Read more…]

2021 NBA forecast: LeBron’s Lakers reload for another title run, Giannis bucks trend

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are arguably the two best players in the NBA. LeBron is the reigning NBA Finals MVP, while Antetokounmpo has won the regular season MVP two years in a row. Statistically, they check nearly all the boxes. LeBron is entering his 18th season, while Antetokounmpo is entering his eighth. What LeBron has and what Antetokounmpo … [Read more…]

Missing rings: NBA most valuable players without a championship

James Harden is one of the most gifted scorers in NBA history, combining great skill with a touch of crafty. He averaged 36 points and 7.5 assists per game during the 2018-19 season. He powered the Rockets to 65 wins in 2018 and 53 wins in 2019. Harden’s Rockets came extremely close to knocking off … [Read more…]

Why LaMelo Ball is top prospect in 2020 NBA draft

Memo to rebuilding NBA franchises. When evaluating LaMelo Ball, let your eyes dictate. Ignore the noise. If you’re an NBA scout or executive, don’t judge LaMelo because of what you’ve read or heard about him. Don’t let your disdain for his outspoken father, LaVar Ball, influence your decision.  Don’t listen to the noise from pundits … [Read more…]

LeBron James wants his ‘damn respect’ after winning his fourth NBA championship

Haters are gonna hate. Those are the words of the great American lyricist Taylor Swift. LeBron James has been so historically great that we tend to overlook or even dismiss his greatness. His resume is about as complete as any legendary hooper. His legacy is set. He doesn’t need to prove anything. However, no matter … [Read more…]

2020 NBA Finals: How LeBron’s Lakers handled Butler’s pesky Heat to win the title

NBA Hall of Famer and current NBA TV analyst Isiah Thomas offered the simplest and candid commentary on the 2020 NBA Finals matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat. “The Lakers are bigger. They’re faster. And they’re stronger,” Thomas said. “When the player is bigger than you, he’s faster than you and he’s stronger … [Read more…]

Anthony Davis joins list of memorable playoff buzzer-beaters in L.A. Lakers history

Anthony Davis yelled “Kobe” after hitting the biggest shot of his young NBA career. He sprinted down the sideline and jumped into a swarm of teammates who were eager to mob him. Davis’ special shoutout was an obvious homage to the late great Kobe Bryant — the legendary Los Angeles Laker who had a habit … [Read more…]

Mike D’Antoni’s microball experiment in Houston fails after second-round playoff exit

The Houston Rockets were eliminated from the NBA playoff bubble, and it is safe to say the microball experiment was an epic failure. The Los Angeles Lakers, a team loaded with length and size, bounced the undersized Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals. The five-game series revealed what most basketball pundits wondered out loud. Could … [Read more…]