A Durant Statue? Yeah, Right.

The highest honor for the face of a franchise- a superstar-is for that franchise to commission a statue of his likeness. A sculpted bronze rendering in front of an arena is a personal shrine to history. It says: you did this. You were here over time and excelled.  A statue is greater than a retired…

When J.R. Smith Is Your Savior

J.R. Smith is being considered in Houston as a fix for everything tragic in H-town. They are contemplating J.R. the impulsive or J.R. the streaky. While the Rockets need a lot of things, J.R.is hardly a player who will stop the bleeding, even as his talent to jack up shots early in the shot clock…

Swaggy Is Back But Not Where He Should Be

Nick Young is back in the NBA and the NBA is better for it. Young, a jovial presence, signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Denver Nuggets and it’s a good fit because all Swaggy is being asked to do is score the ball which is what he loves. The Nuggets have built their team around…

It’s Awkward in Embiid Land

In Philly, they are talking the “C” word. Chemistry has suddenly reared its head like a bad dream the Sixers can’t escape. Chemistry to a basketball team is like love to a marriage. When you have it, there’s nothing to obsess over. But when you don’t, everything is sideways. NBA chemistry is that one thing…

Gritty Kyle Lowry Has a Long Memory

He plays basketball the right way. He gives it his all, you know. And I’m so used to it. And you know he has a good heart. And I know that I haven’t done anything wrong to him. I didn’t trade him. (Masai Ujiri) Almost everything is straight in the Kyle Lowry universe. His team, the…

Andrew the Confused

Andrew Wiggins was the number one pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and then dumped by them when free agent LeBron James didn’t want to deal with rookie growing pains. Unfazed, Wiggins won Rookie of the Year and immediately afterwards was declared a wing superstar in the making, a deadly…

Replacing Phil Math: 10 Victims and Counting

Since the Bulls and Phil Jackson parted ways in 1998, the Bulls have had ten head coaches. There was the forgettable, miserable and simply unwatchable Tim Floyd days. Bill Berry had a short two game coaching tryout before Bill Cartwright took over. Cartwright lasted longer than most thought he would. He survived a training camp…