Mike Conley: The $153 Million Gamble That Failed

There’s a French proverb that says gambling is the son of avarice and the father of despair. Meaning that gamblers are either greedy or crying. The Memphis Grizzlies are less the former and more the latter. They signed Mike Conley to what was at the time the richest deal in NBA history, $153 million. In…

Hawks Don’t Have To Explain: They’ll Be Tanking by December

Hawks New Faces: Jaylen Adams (R), Justin Anderson, Vince Carter, Jeremy Lin, Trae Young, Omari Spellman (R), Thomas Robinson, Alex Poythress, Alex Len, Kevin Huerter (R), Daniel Hamilton, 2017-18 Hawks Weaknesses:  28th: 3-Point (Defense). 27th: Turnovers. 26th: Offensive Rating. 25th: Field Goal Percentage, Total Rebounding, Points Scored. 24th: Field Goal Percentage (Defense). 23rd:Free Throw Attempts, Defensive Rebounding, Blocks, Opponent Points. 22nd: Offensive Rebounding. 21st: Defensive Rating.…

Imperfect Melo Returns, Give Him Some Love

Carmelo Anthony returns as a visitor to Madison Square Garden and he should be cheered. He loved New York. He didn’t force his way out of town, never disrespected the fanbase, and he gave it everything. He even looked the other way when Phil Jackson waged his private war. Multiple times Carmelo could have thrown…

Dwight Howard Not Making Friends Shocks No One

Luck has never been on Dwight Howard’s side particularly when Howard picks up stakes and moves to another team and city hoping for redemption.  In 2012, Howard was traded from the Magic to the Lakers. His first season in L.A. the Lakers were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Spurs and…

Otto Porter Be Careful What You Ask For

“I’ve always wanted to be an All-Star type player. I feel like I don’t have a ceiling. I can only get better from here on in.” Otto Porter The most surprising thing about the Washington Wizards 2016-17 season was not John Wall. It was not Wall’s comeback from knee surgery and his emergence as someone…

Nurkic Has the Blazers Watching Their $$$

The NBA is a fragile ecosystem. Mediocre today. Things looking up tomorrow. Exhibit A: Rip City. The Blazers were irrelevant for much of the past season. Yes, they had a superstar point (Damian Lillard) who was dynamic, and an extraordinary shooting guard (C.J. McCollum) who was efficient. They had the second best back court in…

Dion Waiters Loving Himself, His Game and His Money

In the 2012 NBA Draft, Bradley Beal, the one year player out of Florida, was selected before Dion Waiters. Waiters had a successful career at Syracuse, was known nationally because of the coverage Syracuse gets and was thought to be the better pro just from the eye test. Beal was selected number three by the…

Seriously Knicks? Derrick Rose?

Repeating history, the Knicks are running in circles. This is the same place they were last year, wondering how to fix this mess they are trapped in. They have no relief, no savior coming. They have a max player that can no longer win games for them on his own. Carmelo Anthony may be a…

LeBron Playing With House Money

It has been a decade since the Finals of 2007.  LeBron James is a different player. He is not just older and he is not just smarter and he is not just more resilient and he is not just efficient but he is more cautious. He hesitates more than he used to when answering questions…