Dame’s Got a Message for ‘Bron On Opening Night

Damian Lillard is in the familiar place NBA superstar players find themselves. 28 years old. All-Star. Top-10 talent. Face of the franchise. Missing a conference final. It’s the Chris Paul trajectory and the challenge about this part of the Dame career is the “more” part of the bio. He wants more than an easy out…

A Knee Crises

Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose were 24 years old when knee injuries readjusted everything. Rose in 2012 was driving to the rim for a meaningless score in a playoff game that was already decided when he tore his ACL and limped off while the city of Chicago held a collective gasp. True sorrow is for…

The Jordan Clarkson Odds

The Lakers drafted two players in 2014, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. Randle was the sure thing and Clarkson was the question mark. Four years later, Clarkson was a non-factor in the NBA Finals and a teammate of LeBron James.  Randle, after a good year, signed a two year average salary ($17 million) to play…

DeMar (And Everyone Else) Giving the Raptors Shade

DeMar DeRozan needed a minute to work through his shock, disappointment, sadness and anger. But now he is settling in to the second half of his NBA career, nurtured by Gregg Popovich. DeRozan has had time to sort through things and the conclusion hasn’t changed. He loves Toronto, the city. The Raptors organization lied. The…

Lakers Passing On Kawhi Because of the Kids

For now, there is no Kawhi Leonard era in the Los Angeles Lakers present. A month ago, the Lakers were willing to trade Brandon Ingram and draft picks for Leonard. Then, LeBron James rocked their world.  And then, the Spurs were greedy. They asked for Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, and draft picks. They wanted…

Jeremy Lin and Team Number Five (In Six Years)

While everyone was sleeping, Jeremy Lin was traded on Friday the 13th which makes all the sense in the world for the Lin career post Linsanity. He has repeatedly found himself on the glass is half empty wrong end of things. The latest version of Lin is in Atlanta, a team that has taken on…

The Lonzo Future Not On Solid Ground

The moment Rajon Rondo inked a deal to play with LeBron James was the moment Lonzo Ball’s Lakers future was in doubt. Rest assured, Rajon Rondo is going after that Lakers starting point guard position with everything he can muster. He will be Patrick Beverley and Tony Allen and Chris Paul all rolled into one.…

LeBron to L.A. is a Jerry Buss Move

The chemist who purchased the Lakers from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979 was a big thinker and dreamer and years ahead of the culture. He believed in entertainment and that sports, for the fan, was about the pleasure principle. He catered to the rich, never forgot about the poor, turned a Dodgers town into a…