March Injuries Shake Up the Two Tier System

Scratch the whole two team race thing. Or the playoff rich and the playoff middle class model.  Injuries are making everyone vulnerable. It is at a point where the better question to ask is not who is hurt but who is not on the sidelines in a suit. Klay Thompson and Steph Curry are out.…

Steph’s Ankles Could Blow This Thing Up

The Warriors dominance the past few years has been marinated in a whole lot of injury luck. None of their key players had injuries that would change the season or playoffs.  For the most part, Steph and Co. played together as a unit which enabled their chemistry to take off. Adversity never knocked on the…

Brandon Jennings Is Back and He’s Humble

When the Detroit Pistons traded Brandon Jennings to Orlando at the trade deadline, Jennings was coming off of an Achilles injury and no longer fit in Detroit. He was replaced by Reggie Jackson. It was hard to imagine the free agent to be landing somewhere relevant. The book on Jennings was he was a good point…

Rose Voted Back On the Island (For 15 games)

Tom Thibodeau saved a drowning man. He did what no other NBA GM was willing to do. He rescued Derrick Rose. He offered Derrick Rose a contract for the rest of the season and for the T-Wolves that is 15 games. The same number of games Isaiah Thomas played for the Cavs, Derrick Rose will…

Who Is Mark Cuban Really?

Everything we thought we knew about Mark Cuban has changed, even as the reputation of Mark Cuban is still in tact. He is still a billonaire owner of a basketball team, an effervescent participant on the sidelines of games. He still is the driving energy behind the television show Shark Tank and a model for…

LeBron Billboard Game Is Weak

Following the lead of the 76ers and then the Cavs, a Lakers season ticket holder purchased four billboards with his LeBron James love splashed across it. The delusional hope is that, like water, it seeks its own level, as James is in town over the weekend to play the Clippers (Fri) and Lakers (Sun). Whereas…

Kobe Retirement: An Oscar. MJ Retirement: The Lottery.

Kobe Bryant won an Oscar on Sunday Night for Dear Basketball,  an animated retelling of his basketball thank you letter originally published in The Players Tribune.The combination of Bryant and masterful animators turned his words into a romantic fable, complimented by a John Williams score. Bryant played his last NBA game 23 months ago which…

The Tanking 8 Hoping For the Dream

Despite Adam Silver’s empty threat to punish teams tanking for a top-3 lottery pick, teams are still tanking and there is nothing Adam Silver can do. It’s easy. Just put a lineup on the court that is overmatched and overhelmed. Rest key players with knee or groin tightness and then watch your team lose. Of…