Kawhi: Sooner Rather Than Later

It feels like a lifetime ago when ESPN released their pre-season annual ranking of players. In September of 2017,  Kawhi Leonard was ranked third behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant. In describing Leonard ESPN remarked, “Only three players-Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant- have averaged 25 PPG and been named first-team All-Defense at a…

Mike D’Antoni Is Why Coaches Matter

The Western Conference has dominated the NBA for the last two decades. Of the past 21 NBA champions, 13 have come from the West (Spurs, ’99; Lakers, ’00-’02; Spurs, ’03,’05, 07, Lakers’09-’10; Mavericks, ’11; Spurs, ’14; Warriors ’15, ’17). Part of the reason Western teams have dominated is because of generational talent replacing generational talent.…

Is James Harden A Top 5 Player?

On a Las Vegas stage in July of 2015, James Harden accepted an award that validated the year he had just completed. He was awarded a trophy as the Players MVP, finally able to bask in some sort of glow for carrying the Rockets when no one else could, when Dwight Howard was injured and…

Renting Paul George Was Worth It, Even if He Ducks Out

Sam Presti, the Gambler, pulled a shocker in the summer of 2017 as NBA free agency re-shaped the Western Conference with another All-Star to make the conference that much tougher to get through. The GM who drafted Russell Westbrook as a surprise number four pick in the 2008 draft (Westbrook averaged 13 points a game…

Sexual Harrassment in Cuban Country: Did He Enable Sexual Predators?

A bombshell investigation from Sports Illustrated reveals a feral and misogynistic culture of molestation, toxicity, abuse and traumatization of Dallas Mavericks female employess that lasted for years. Absent any intervention by celebrity owner Mark Cuban, the abuse continued in its rawest form. Comments. Inuendoes. Unwanted touching. Harrassment.  It is a devastating portrait of toxic male…

The Night Paul Pierce Was Stabbed

If you don’t believe in miracles, you probably haven’t been stabbed 11 times and lived to remember it. Eighteen years ago, Paul Pierce thought he was dying. His 11 stab wounds, one seven inches deep into his sternum, shocked the then 22 year old who was not yet a star. For a 24 hour period…

Larry Nance Jr. Is Rising

Once Larry Nance Jr. finishes his final piece of artistry in the Slam Dunk Contest, he will have concluded a whirlwind of a basketball life. Traded. Moving back home. Teammate to LeBron. NBA Finals a possibility. A month ago, Nance Jr. was a member of a developmental team who, at best, are two years away…

Don’t Tell Chris Bosh His Career Is Over

In the summer of 2014, the year LeBron James went home, an euphoric Chris Bosh signed a max deal with the Miami Heat for $120 million dollars.  That singular moment for Bosh seems like a moment frozen in time, put in a capsule and tossed out to sea. Bosh has played 0 regular season games…