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…

The Magic Show Is Not What You Think

Just as he intended, Magic Johnson’s tirade against his head coach (Luke Walton) was exhaustively reported, dissected, praised or dissed. His nuclear meltdown about the Lakers offense and their inability to  resemble anything close to a half court team as they are running and gunning and racking up points struck a Magic nerve. Yes, he…

Lonzo’s Adult Game

Today is Lonzo Ball’s 21st birthday. Legally he can drink in the state of California.  As a reward for his play in the absence of Rajon Rondo, Luke Walton is keeping Ball as the Lakers starting point guard and sending Rondo to the bench. Another birthday gift via his teammate LeBron James: he made the…

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…

No One To Fear

For the first time in fifteen years, the Eastern Conference will have an opening night without LeBron James as a member. No Cleveland Cavaliers chalk toss. No Miami Heat grin and shrug. No also-rans East contenders to constantly look over their shoulder to see what LBJ is doing and, frankly, to not be scared of…

Warriors 3-Peat is On

Because haters are everywhere, there is still discussion on whether the Golden State Warriors are a dynasty. Winning multiple rings doesn’t seem to satisfy the non-believers. Nor does having the best regular season record in NBA history and the best postseason record in NBA history. The doubters attribute the Warriors success to the era they…

Jimmy Butler Crash and Burn

The 30th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft is attempting a palace coup. Except Jimmy Butler wants out of the palace. Trying to manipulate where Tom Thibodeau sends him by giving him a list of three teams he will sign an extension with is NBA star 101. It’s how the game is played. The agent…

The Tony Parker Ghost

There is a riddle that isn’t really funny but riddles aren’t supposed to be funny, they are supposed to hit you with a sober truth. Who was a bigger ghost in San Antonio in 2017-18, Tony Parker or Kawhi Leonard? The reason this is a riddle instead of a question is that Parker was active…

Quiet, Please

Paul George openly talked about playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic Johnson openly talked about Paul George playing for the Lakers. One year later, the perfect storm isn’t so perfect but it is a storm.  There is messiness being peddled, smugness and hurt feelings. Let’s start with super salesman Magic Johnson.  Allegedly, he is…