Shopping Ryan Anderson And Hitting Paydirt

They say a sucker is born every minute. Maybe not every minute in the NBA but just wait and you’ll see water turned into wine. Or, whine. Ryan Anderson of the ridiculous contract has been traded to Phoenix for Marquise Chriss and Brandon Knight, of the ridiculous contract. The Suns hated lottery-average Knight which was easy…

The Tony Parker Ghost

There is a riddle that isn’t really funny but riddles aren’t supposed to be funny, they are supposed to hit you with a sober truth. Who was a bigger ghost in San Antonio in 2017-18, Tony Parker or Kawhi Leonard? The reason this is a riddle instead of a question is that Parker was active…

These Spurs are a Mystery

With the Manu Ginobli retirement, the San Antonio Spurs are facing an overhaul of their basketball world. It is not quite a rebuild and credit them for Paris not burning. They have DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge. But for the first time since David Robinson was drafted in 1987, the Spurs lack a generational talent,…

4 Reasons the Lakers Will Fail

LeBron James is a Los Angeles Laker. Just think about that statement, and how strange it will be to see James put on that purple and gold uniform on opening night. It’s almost a storybook ending,  as most of the all-time greats to play basketball played for the Lakers — Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille…

Swaggy In Handcuffs?

NBA champion Nick Young does not have a team and it is late August so it makes sense to wonder if and when it will happen, or if Nick Young will be in China this fall. Swaggy is 33 years old and has been in the league since 2007. He has played for (5) NBA…

D’Angelo Russell Sink or Swim Time

Nets New Faces: Kenneth Faried, Dzanan Musa (R), Shabazz Napier, Rodions Kurucs (R), Jared Dudley, Ed Davis, Treveon Graham Nets 2017-18  Ugly:  30th: Steals. 29th: Field Goal Percentage, Two-Point Attempts. 28th: Points Allowed. 25th: Turnovers. 23rd: 3-Point Defense. 22nd: Defensive Rating. 21st: Offensive Rating. 20th: 3-Point Percentage. Nets 2017-18 Beauty: 6th: Pace. 9th: Defensive Rebounding, Total Rebounding, Assists. Nets Leading Scorer 2017-18: D’Angelo Russell, 15.5 ppg Nets Leading Defensive Rating 2017-18: Jarrett…

Quiet, Please

Paul George openly talked about playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic Johnson openly talked about Paul George playing for the Lakers. One year later, the perfect storm isn’t so perfect but it is a storm.  There is messiness being peddled, smugness and hurt feelings. Let’s start with super salesman Magic Johnson.  Allegedly, he is…

The Klay Contract Tightrope

If Klay Thompson is a businessman, he will say no thank you to a Warriors extension and wait for free agency in 2019 when he can take advantage of a mother of all contract that lands on his agent’s desk. It’s exactly what Jimmy Butler did earlier in the summer. But Butler has a wandering…

Donovan and Crew Will Surprise Everyone

In almost any other NBA season, Donovan Mitchell would have been the Rookie of the Year. He shocked the world as the 13th pick in the 2017 Draft, leading a Utah Jazz team that were expected to fall out of the playoff race. They had lost their sole superstar in Gordon Hayward, but Mitchell took…

Because It’s the Suns, Does Ayton Even Matter?

Suns New Faces: DeAndre Ayton (R), Trevor Ariza, Mikal Bridges (R),  Richaun Holmes, Suns 2017-18 Regular Season Record: 21-61 Suns 2017-18 Weaknesses: 30th: 3-Point Percentage, Offensive Rating, Defensive Rating, Opponents Points. 29th: Assists. 28th: Field Goal Percentage.  27th: Steals. 26th: 3-Point Percentage Defense, Field Goal Percentage Defense Suns 2017-18 Strengths: 3rd: Pace. 6th: Free Throw Attempts. 8th: Offensive Rebounding. Leading Scorer: Devin Booker, 24.9  Best Defensive Rating:…