The Good Mother, The Faithful Son

Washington Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks didn’t have much in the way of material possessions growing up in Lathrop, CA. The youngest of seven siblings, his father left his mother, Lee, when Brooks was just a toddler. Brooks recalls, “You worked every day to earn what’s on the table, literally. It was a week-to-week thing.…

With The Rookies, It’s More Art Than Science

The NBA Draft is a tricky business. It is an imperfect process that exposes human frailty under the brightest of spotlights. More art than science. More theory than fact. More misses than hits. A draft pick (particularly a lottery pick) is the most valuable, yet unpredictable commodity in the NBA. That’s an uneasy reality for…

Blame Jason Kidd? The Bucks Report Card Says Yes

Going into the 2017-18 season, the Milwaukee Bucks, coached by Jason Kidd, placed a premium on continuity, bringing back players who accounted for 93% of their 2016-17 minutes, second only to the Portland Trail Blazers (96%). 12 games into the season both clubs find themselves at 7-6. For Milwaukee, a slightly above .500 start belies…

The Trifecta For Utah: Defense, More Defense, Great Defense

Ever since Quin Snyder took over as head coach of the Utah Jazz in 2014-15, the team has experienced continual improvement, both offensively and defensively. Unsurprisingly, this has also resulted in continual improvement in the area that matters most: wins and losses. Utah Jazz Improvement Under Quin Snyder Season Head Coach Off Rtg Rank Def…

Transcendent and Talented: Nikola Jokic

On February 4, 2017, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic posted 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in a 121-117 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. In honor of his performance, Nuggets head coach Mike Malone bestowed Jokic with the game ball. In return, Malone received an appreciative hug from his 6’10”, 250-pound, Serbian big man.…

Kevin Durant Knows About Sacrifice But Do the T-Wolves?

Recently, Kevin Durant went on The Bill Simmons Podcast and among other basketball-related topics, spoke about the Minnesota Timberwolves and their revamped roster that now includes Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford. Part of the Durant/Simmons dialogue is excerpted below. Durant: So let’s go down the line with that. Now Teague. Can’t…

When Analytics Fails

While analytics continues to reshape the NBA, the irony is it’s creating more questions than answers. NBA teams want black and white, but increasingly, gray is the result. The holy grail of objective player analysis is replaced by the reality of more and more subjective opinions, often overconfidently backed by an array of statistics. Pity…