The Student Is Still The Student

The Kyrie Irving apology is an example of humility, self-promotion, and you do better when you know better. The moment Kyrie Irving was drafted number one, he was filled with his own superstar dreams. Then he and LeBron James collided in a student-teacher way. The relationship had highs and lows, a championship, Kyrie biting his…

Luke Walton Matters (Even In A LeBron James Universe)

Luke Walton has his share of detractors who take issue with his substitutions patterns, his seemingly indifference to LeBron James as the default coach, his teams pathetic free throw percentage, his placid expression coupled with his mediocre after timeout plays. Who has really developed under Luke Walton? Brandon Ingram hasn’t. Lonzo Ball hasn’t.   There…

The Klay Blues Is Only the Beginning

Klay Thompson is having a historically wretched season when compared to the Klay Thompson standards. For the first time in his career, he is not draining 40% of his threes. He is taking the most shots he has taken in his seven years as a NBA shooter, but is less efficient. His assists are down,…

Sacramento Should Be Playing on Xmas Day

The Xmas Day games highlight glamour markets, elite players, grudges, supposed May or June matchups, huge ratings, players that sell jerseys, shoes, sodas, cars, iconic shotmakers, experienced coaches. In other words, the small market young on the way up players and teams are at home on Xmas. That’s not a bad thing. They get to…

Even LeBron Knows Kyle Kuzma Isn’t A #2

The Lakers don’t have a number two, a Robin to LeBron James Batman, a 1A, a destroyer LeBron can trust. The consequence of having average to above average young talent and pretending they are more than they have proven to be wastes everything LeBron James is and does on a night to night basis. Practically,…

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…

Doc Rivers Redemption

With Lob City buried so deep into the ground the dirt is turning yellow, Doc Rivers is in a place he hasn’t been since he coached an unremarkable Orlando Magic team to 41-41 (1999-00) and they missed the playoffs on the last day of the season. Rivers has had better teams, better players, he has…

Strength In Numbers? Not So Much

When the marketing department of the Golden State Warriors came up with the slogan Strength In Numbers it was a seamless fit. The Warriors synergy was a socialist’s fantasy, each man as valuable as the next. Absent an upper or lower class, as a whole the Warriors were no greater than the sum of their…