Has Kevin Durant Changed?

How do you like this Kevin Durant? C.J. Hampshire: Not loving it. There’s a part of him that feels broke to me. Like he doesn’t seem to know that in the league, he is in a category of seven: Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki. Finals MVP’s. He’s already…

Harrison Barnes: Has He Been Worth It?

A little more than three years ago when Harrison Barnes played on Christmas Day, his stat line of 12 points on 38% shooting but 13 rebounds was a perfect illustration of Barnes as a player. There was always going to be some ying and yang, pluses and minuses.  It was hard to wrap your arms…

Wait…the T-Wolves Might Miss The Playoffs?

Minnesota hasn’t been to the NBA playoffs since George W. Bush was running for re-election in 2004. The late Flip Saunders was their coach and they went to the Western Conference Finals only to lose to the last hurrah version of Shaq and Kobe. It left a bitter taste for a team that nearly won…

Comparing the Lawsuits: ESPN, the Atlanta Hawks

Both ESPN and the Atlanta Hawks are being sued by ex-employees, both of whom are women. Both lawsuits either claim sexual harrassment or racial discrimination. Both lawsuits allege behavior, that for the most part, originates with men. Both women expect damages to soothe their suffering. But can they prove it? As a famous laywer once…

Begging Kawhi Is The Latest Strategy

Well this much is true. Kawhi Leonard can’t be swayed with emotion and pleas and doors closed and voices raised. The transactional persuasions on behalf of the San Antonio Spurs were futile and time wasted. Urgently, because what other hand is there left to play, the Spurs tried their best emotive version of a basketball…

When Cries Of “Stop Killing Us” and the NBA Collide

On Sunday night in the Meadowview neighborhood, two Sacramento police officers entered a backyard. They encountered the man they had been chasing, Stephon Clark, a father of two. They shot him 20 times, and discovered the “weapon” they feared. It was an iPhone. Minutes before chaos ensued, one of the officers yelled at Clark in…