The Night Paul Pierce Was Stabbed

If you don’t believe in miracles, you probably haven’t been stabbed 11 times and lived to remember it. Eighteen years ago, Paul Pierce thought he was dying. His 11 stab wounds, one seven inches deep into his sternum, shocked the then 22 year old who was not yet a star. For a 24 hour period…

Larry Nance Jr. Is Rising

Once Larry Nance Jr. finishes his final piece of artistry in the Slam Dunk Contest, he will have concluded a whirlwind of a basketball life. Traded. Moving back home. Teammate to LeBron. NBA Finals a possibility. A month ago, Nance Jr. was a member of a developmental team who, at best, are two years away…

D-Lo In A Lonzo World

A year ago, Magic Johnson made the decision that he would rather have D’Angelo Russell playing somewhere else. He chose Lonzo Ball as the face of the Lakers franchise and at the same time very directly slapped D-Lo as he was going out the door, saying he wasn’t a leader, while embracing Ball as if…

The Phoenix Plan C Is Fantasyland

The Phoenix Suns had a workable plan to usher the organization past the Steve Nash Years: go small, be explosive and fast. Stay entertaining. They hired tough minded former NBA guard Jeff Hornacek. They maxed out Eric Bledsoe and were willing to do the same with Goran Dragic. They snatched Isaiah Thomas off the restricted…

Austin Rivers Prefers Arrogance Over Grace

A year and a half ago,  Austin Rivers gave the uninitiated a peek into the private world he inhabits with his coach/father. It was effective as a strategy to change the perception of him as spoiled, entitled and immature. Perhaps inadvertently, Austin let slip that he and his father’s relationship is basketball only. It doesn’t…

Chris Paul’s Fake Fight Club

The end of last night’s Rockets game is destined to become an urban legend NBA story only because cameras and cell phone video were absent, leaving us to do the old fashion thing, interpertation based on imagination and what we want to believe. It is comfirmation bias 101. If you believe Chris Paul is the…

The LeBron James Rule

The LeBron James Rule. In the LeBron James 15 years of greatness career there has been one rookie to play in the All-Star game and it wasn’t James and technically it wasn’t even a rookie. In 2011 Blake Griffin made the All-Star team but it was really Griffin’s second year. He busted his knee before…

Lakers Basketball Is The Opposite of Joy

It was almost two years ago when Luke Walton wanted us to believe that basketball was joy. He had yet to coach a game for the Lakers and appeared before the media with his loving take on the game. But that was in the golden hour, nothing had been accomplished. He had yet to be…