“We Got Rings” Greed

The Golden State Warriors are finished with the pretenders. Their title defense begins tonight in Houston as they face the team that was structured to defeat them. The classic rule about team building is you build your team to beat the best team in the conference. Daryl Morey obeyed that edict. He has shot makers…

DeMar DeRozan Owes Us Some Money

DeMar DeRozan isn’t a star. But he is the best player on his team. He is an All-Star and when the pressure is off he can drop 25 points a game. But a star takes the pressure and flicks it over his shoulder. A star delivers in the playoffs, not necesarily a win all the…

No Way To Sugarcoat This Westbrook Failure

In a game 6 playoff loss, Russell Westbrook confirmed everything his critics say about him. Westbrook was reckless, angry, selfish, relentless, motivated. He was full on Russ, the beauty and the beast. It’s the most unsettling thing about the gifted, talented Westbrook who a year ago won the MVP. He can’t get out of his…

There Will Be No Trading of Klay Thompson…Ever

Game one: 27 points. +22. 84%. 83% from three. 36 minutes. 1 turnover. As rumors go, the trading of Klay Thompson was one of those imaginary what-ifs that fell flat on its ridiculous face over the 2017 summer. But several years ago. Jerry West, somewhat of a Thompson apologist, nixed a deal that would have…

Kupchak Doing Kupchak Things: Firing Coaches

New GM hire Mitch Kupchak has gotten off to a very aggressive start in the new job and good for Mitch doing Mitch things. Firing coaches is something he is particularly good at. Hiring bad coaches is his particular talent, coaches that don’t fit the personnel but who “interview well.” That was the reason behind…

Lob City DeAndre May Be Out The Door For Good

On the first Saturday in April, DeAndre Jordan was denied a playoff run. The last time he missed the playoffs was in 2011. It is a strange set of circumstances for Jordan, who is the lone remaining member of Lob City. On the day Jordan was eliminated from making the playoffs, Chris Paul’s team lost…