Yes, Rivalries Matter

There is something perfectly beautiful about the Philadelphia 76ers going into Boston to start a series for no other reason than to jolt the mind. I guess past is prologue. With both sides loving themselves and their game and what they have accomplished this year, the ones who remember how it used to be want…

The 1st Round and What We Learned

Russ Leadership Still In Flux: Russell Westbrook averaged almost 30 points a game but he took 27 shots and was pretty bad at the shooting part of basketball, 39% fg. Last year, Russ avaraged 37 points in the playoffs, took 30 shots and shot 38%. There is a theme here that the Thunder and Billy…

No Way To Sugarcoat This Westbrook Failure

In a game 6 playoff loss, Russell Westbrook confirmed everything his critics say about him. Westbrook was reckless, angry, selfish, relentless, motivated. He was full on Russ, the beauty and the beast. It’s the most unsettling thing about the gifted, talented Westbrook who a year ago won the MVP. He can’t get out of his…

Too Good To Be True Usually Is

The Victor Oladipo is just as good as Paul George myth has taken a nosedive as Oladipo’s game has cratered to the lowest common denominator and Paul George is doing his level best to shake off Russ Westbrook’s selfishness, something Oladipo experienced last year. It’s more fantasy than reality that a superstar player who has…

Without Kawhi, A Dream Deferred

It feels peculiar that the most stable organization in the NBA finished a season that can only be graded as incomplete. Because player personnel problems in San Antonio are a rarity for a franchise that puts a lot of faith on character evaluation, I kept waiting for a magical turnaround to occur, for the Spurs…

Rubio Breaking the Revolving Door Curse

The Utah Jazz point guards should wear name tags. One leaves in April. Another takes his place in October. Every opening night for the past 8 years the same thing. Who is running our sets? Oh, the new guy. The new guy is often the reason the Jazz underperform. Lacking consistency in the backcourt is…

The Pat Riley Shaky Decision Meter

It was an exceptional day for Pat Riley on July 1, 2016. He was smiling, his face nearly breaking because of it. The reason he was giddy was his prized free agent Hassan Whiteside had just inked a max deal that would pay him $22 million, $23 million this year, $25 million in 2018-19 and a…

The Chris Paul-NOLA Chapter Slammed Shut

A decade ago, the New Orleans Hornets beat the Dallas Mavericks and advanced to the Western Conference Semi’s losing in seven games to the San Antonio Spurs. 23 year old Chris Paul, a baby in the league, led the way during that playoff run, averaging 24 points and 11 assists. His partner in crime was…