The Hook

The trade deadline in peril


Restrictions on trades don't just make the deadline less exciting. They could also damage the advantage teams like the Spurs have used over the years to properly manage their salary cap.

Meet the repeater tax


The Hook introduces you to the new villain slashing hopes and dreams at the deadline. It's the repeater tax. Hide the children.

Is Josh Smith worth it?


There is a growing consensus that Josh Smith will be traded by the Thursday deadline. The team that wins the sweepstakes will be giving up a lot in the trade and to sign him in July. Is he worth it?

How much would KG help the Clips?


The Hook looks at a potential Kevin Garnett trade to the Clippers in terms of what would be gained and lost for L.A. Plus, the All-Star Game's second best line and more.

Basketball Hall of Fame needs transparency


More fans would be interested in the Basketball Hall of Fame if the voting process and criteria for inclusion weren't so bizarre and confusing.

No age limit


The top college prospect in the nation, Kentucky center Nerlens Noel, went down with what looks to be a devastating knee injury on Tuesday. He should be in the NBA getting paid. Why aren't players...

On the rise


If the Wizards' top three players can stay healthy, the core is strong enough to produce a good team next season. That and much more in Tuesday's Hook.


Are the Knicks getting shy from deep?

In Monday's Hook we look at whether the Knicks have gotten too gun-shy from beyond the arc, James Harden's defensive flub that may have cost the Rockets a game and the Lakers' lucky stars.

Blame Saint Steve, too

Dwight Howard isn't the only Laker star who has been a massive disappointment. And, unlike Steve Nash, Dwight isn't calling out teammates for being injured.


Houston is rescuing West Coast basketball

West Coast basketball used to be more beautiful than all other flavors, with high-octane offense ruling the day. It's back, thanks largely to the Rockets.

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