You Beat the Lakers, Congratulations. Now, You’re Fired

The carousel keeps turning in Minnesota. This time, the Lakers were witnesses. A poor performance in a matinee game by the Lakers kids created unintended drama, absent from the game and outcome. In the game, the Lakers were manhandled pretty easily by Minnesota but not because of Minnesota. The Lakers aren’t very good without a…

DeMar DeRozan and Klay Thompson

DeMar DeRozan had the first 50 point game of his career on New Years Day. It was the first 50 points ever in Toronto Raptors history. DeRozan was having a career year already for the Raptors. His 52 points in overtime against the Milwaukee Bucks only added to his All-Star case. He said, “Trying to…

All’s Good in Wade County (For Now)

Because Heat coach Eric Spoelstra has implicit trust in his star player Dwyane Wade, no one was surprised when Spoelstra gave the three time champion the green light to save the season for the Miami Heat by doing Wade things. Whatever friction that sort of behavior might cause with Goran Dragic was temporarily shelved under…

The Worst Missed Call in Playoff History?

It got crazy at the end, crazy enough to make you forget how abysmally boring these playoffs have been. Not in San Antonio. Not on a Monday night. Not after a game one beat down. But of course, if you have been watching NBA basketball long enough you knew the Thunder were going to come…

The Path is Clear For Wade

Late last year Dwyane Wade found himself at the Miami Heat training facility. It was dark outside. He had popped in to do some restorative work on his body. Expecting to be alone, he was startled by the presence of someone else soaking in the tub. Kobe Bryant had been let in the building by…

Clippers Playoff Preview: All Eyes On Chris

It’s no longer the elephant in the room. No longer is anyone shy; everyone talks about it openly and with a lot of emphasis on the word choke. Everyone questions the sheer ridiculousness of it in one breath and then uses it to de-legitimize Chris Paul in the other. The greatest point guard of his generation,…

How Much $$$ is DeMar DeRozan Willing to Turn Down?

In the summer of 2014, Raptors GM Masai Ujiri, had one of the biggest coups of his career when he beat back Pat Riley and the Miami Heat and convinced Kyle Lowry to accept a salary of $12 million per year to stay in Toronto. That’s chump change right about now, particularly with the cap…