The Porzingis Recipe: Brotherhood and Loyalty

Run DMC, 50 Cent, Notorious B.I.G, and Kristaps Porzingis are all millionaires who have called New York their home during their heyday. The latter entry on that list has a lot to prove in his early career, but much like his New York counterparts, Kristaps Porzingis hasn’t gotten this far on his own. Born August…

Believe in Orlando’s Resurrection? Numbers Don’t Lie

The Orlando Magic, who were projected to finish 13th in the conference by Sports Illustrated, are leading the Eastern Conference, the first time they have done that since their NBA Finals season when Dwight Howard was running through, over, and dunking his way to the best in the East. After a long, long torturous playoff…

The Mystery of Eric Gordon is Over

If such a thing exists as a fall from grace then the professional life of Eric Gordon has tragically encompassed the essence of it: exceptionalism followed by bad luck, injury, fate and suffering. The one and done player  from Indiana University, the All-Star in training, the prolific perimeter scorer, suddenly became known as the answer…

The Genius of Erik Spoelstra

Rare is the team that can win 30 games in the latter half of the season and not make the playoffs. It hadn’t happened until last season when the Miami Heat reversed their fortunes after having a 11-30 record at the midway mark of the season. While their incredible run ultimately didn’t conclude with a…

Will Year 6 Be Magic?

Excluding the magical early 90’s with Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway, and the Dwight Howard NBA Finals year, Orlando has been anything but the happiest place on earth.  Players incapable of carrying a franchise like their predecessors were drafted. Orlando is such a small market, nailing the draft is an essential part of their rebuild.…

Giannis Making Kobe Look Like A Prophet

In August, when Kobe Bryant was passing out challenges like Donald Trump was passing out twitter disses, he challenged Kendrick Lamar, DeMar DeRozan, Richard Sherman and Isaiah Thomas. When Bucks phenom Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t on the receiving end of a Bryant expectation he felt left out and wanted his.  Giannis did a what about me?…

Earl Watson Out, Eric Bledsoe Is Next

In the spring of 2016, it was good to be an unemployed NBA coach. Tom Thibodeau was the glamour free agent that everyone was gravitating towards and talking about. Next on the list was Jeff Van Gundy. Scott Brooks was on the short list because Brooks, many thought, had the inside track to Kevin Durant. But…

Pat Beverley’s Los Angeles Takeover

Los Angeles is a pretty bland basketball town now that Chris Paul has left. Blake Griffin is as quiet as mouse and most of his teammates are chill dudes who don’t make waves. Across town, the Lakers biggest personality is not even a player but the father of a player. It’s a perfect storm for…