L.A. Is In Search of Toughness

Former Laker Caron Butler had a nickname given to him during his time at a Milwaukee juvenile institution.  Tough Juice. It encapsulated the Butler career and made him a fan favorite at all his NBA stops. Fans naturally align themselves to the hardest worker and the grittiest player, the one who doesn’t care about stats…

Nerlens Noel Just Wasted 2017-18

I don’t know who is up for the job, maybe a big man whisperer. Maybe Iyanla Vanzant has a version of Fix My Basketball Life. This much is clear. Nerlens Noel has issues. But they are issues the Dallas Mavs care nothing about because Noel has just been suspended for taking a banned substance (allegedly marijuana)…

LeBron Helping Himself To Harden’s MVP

James Harden is having a monster year and is the front runner for MVP. Last year, James Harden had a monster year and was the front runner for MVP. Two seasons before that, James Harden was having a monster season and was front runner for MVP. If it feels as if we have been here…

Yes, 7 Footers Do Shrink

When the Lakers traded Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn for Brook Lopez, after the hallelujah chorus got over themselves and rational thought prevailed, the trade was penciled in as an upgrade. Similar to Cleveland, Mozgov didn’t fit the Lakers style. The Lakers want to run and Mozgov was plodding and slow in his one year with…

The Basketball Gods Rescue Bledsoe

After botching their summer flip of Eric Bledsoe, and then botching it again by not playing Eric Bledsoe in November so his value was diminished, the Phoenix Suns have finally exiled Eric Bledsoe. The disgruntled guard has been traded to the other conference. The Suns won’t have to deal with him. In return, they received…