The Re-Invention of San Antonio

Tonight as San Antonio hosts the dysfunctional Timberwolves, there will be no Tim Duncan on the court. No Manu Ginobli. No Tony Parker. No Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs glory years are over,  shutting closed with the Leonard trade and Ginobli retirement. All the chess pieces are gone, only Parker is still playing NBA games but…

A Perfect Oakland Ending Is In Kevin Durant’s Hands

The Oakland…I mean Golden State Warriors are ending their romance with the city that has been home for 47 years. They are scheduled to return to their San Francisco roots in the 2019-20 NBA season.  The Warriors departure is bittersweet for the city of Oakland that currently has a crappy football team and a little…

Joel Embiid and the MVP Chase

The celebrated African proverb if you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together should be sandblasted into the Sixers practice facility drywall. It is their truth after years of mediocrity, helplessness and cover your eyes atrocity. But they hung in there, grabbed two elite players in Joel Embiid…

The Thibodeau Lie Up Close and Personal

In the 2010-11 season, the Chicago Bulls won 62 games, had the best record in the Eastern Conference, had the league MVP on their team, the youngest MVP in NBA  history, and were on track for the NBA Finals. Coached by Tom Thibodeau, the defensive guru of the 2008 Celtics championship team, and led by…

Butler Going Rogue Is a Not So Veiled Threat

So Jimmy Butler went to his job today. He showed up in Minnesota and participated in a scrimmage and not surprisingly was less than professional. His unhappiness at still being on the Timberwolves roster had disastrous consequences for the organization in what was supposed to be a tune up for the upcoming season. On the…

The Most Improved (Point Guard) Conundrum

This time last year, days before the NBA season was set to start, no one in Vegas or anywhere else penciled in Victor Oladipo as an All-Star and Most Improved Player awardee. Up to that point, Oladipo had been an above average shooting guard whose consistency ebbed and flowed. Playing next to Russell Westbrook  in…

Suns Messy Right on Cue

A week before the NBA season is set to begin, the Phoenix Suns fired their General Manager Ryan McDonough. He was fired by owner Robert Sarver over the telephone. The scouting department and much of the front office were dismissed as well. There were  a lot of Donald Trump-esque You’re Fired phone calls. On Indigenous People’s…