Laker Kids Distracted By the Wrong Thing

When Magic Johnson took over the Lakers, he was very transparent. He was looking to bring superstars back. He was on board with development but only if he could flip young talent for proven stars. Whether you agree or not, Magic had a plan he was willing to stake his reputation on. He crossed the…

Mirotic Is Ruining Everything

This year’s draft has a dominant top three. There is Luka Doncic, the thrilling 18 year old Slovenian who is his own personal highlight reel currently ruling Spain. There is DeAndre Ayton, the big man from Arizona, and Marvin Bagley III, the big man from Duke. Philly has shown the NBA what happens when you…

Tom Brady-ing the NBA

Conspiracy theorists love the NBA and for good reason. The structure of the game- fans being so close to the players, the players so public about their grievances, the refs reactions, the quick pace- make it prime for overreaction and skepticism. Hidden subtext about the product, particularly endings, are open for far flung theories that…

Joe Smith is Forgotten

When Joe Smith was the number one pick in the 1995 draft, selected by the Golden State Warriors, it was a moment of expected rapture for Smith who was the AP Player of the Year, the Naismith Player of the Year, the UPI Player of the Year, and the ACC Player of the Year. Smith,…

So, What Were They Thinking in 2017?

NBA GM’s:  Charlotte, Detroit, Miami, Portland, Chicago, Milwaukee, Indiana, Atlanta, OKC, Brooklyn, Toronto, Utah, Orlando, all of them missed out on Kyle Kuzma. And that’s for slots in the draft after 10. Kuzma was drafted 27th by the Nets and traded to the Lakers in the Brook Lopez deal. Kuzma is one of the leaders…

So What Does $128 Million Get You? A 7th Seed Tie

The three highest payrolls in the NBA are the Golden State Warriors ($137 mil), the Cleveland Cavaliers ($137 mil), and the Oklahoma City Thunder ($134 mil). There is no cogent argument to be made that the past two NBA champions should not have the highest payroll. The Thunder who have the reigning MVP get the…

Lou Williams Is No Longer Houston’s Problem

At the 2017 trade deadline, Lou Williams was rescued by the Houston Rockets. The Rockets needed a backup scorer to help in D’Antoni ball. Williams left a last place team (Lakers) where he was a backup guard but their leading shot maker. The point of Lou Williams in Houston was to stack the deck, adding…

Save the Season? The Grizzlies Can’t Save Themselves

Only one team in the West is worse than the Memphis Grizzlies. The Dallas Mavericks are keeping the Grizzlies from being in the West cellar.  But Chris Wallace, the Grizzlies GM, is blind to binary calculations, or he’s living in fantasy land, or he’s not paying attention. Wallace, laughingly said after he fired David Fitzdale,…

LeBron Helping Himself To Harden’s MVP

James Harden is having a monster year and is the front runner for MVP. Last year, James Harden had a monster year and was the front runner for MVP. Two seasons before that, James Harden was having a monster season and was front runner for MVP. If it feels as if we have been here…