Ty Lawson Not Walking the Walk

There’s something to be said for humility. It is the preferred response when you’ve had off-court issues and your former boss implies you were drunk in practice. There’s something to be said for backing up what you say. If you’re bold, then you better make sure your game cashes your checks. In late summer, after…

Houston, We Had a Problem?

After one of the league’s most inauspicious starts to the new season, it turns out the sky might not be falling in Houston after all. With hopes high, and expectations even higher following last year’s trip to the Western Conference Finals, the Houston Rockets proceeded to fall flat on their faces in their first three…

Is Anthony Davis Part of the Problem?

Anthony Davis is struggling to put his team on his back. While he is not the entire source of blame for New Orleans 0-6 start, shouldn’t a superstar like Davis be able to prevent his team from starting the season with six consecutive losses? He puts the blame on injuries which is by no means a desperate…

Lance Stephenson: A Lame Duck in L.A.

The Los Angeles Clippers had gotten off to a strong start, winning their first four games before falling just short at Golden State, and at home against Houston. For the most part, the starting lineup has performed well: Blake Griffin is putting up 29 points per game, Chris Paul is averaging 8 assists, JJ Redick is hitting threes, and…

A Focused Blake Griffin is MVP Blake Griffin

Remember when the strategy was to play off of Blake Griffin because he couldn’t shoot for his life? Well those days are long gone. Every season Griffin adds a new element to his game to make him better, and this year he has gotten off to a tremendous start. The 6 foot 10 forward came into this…

Gerald Green Illness Secrecy

In an age where everything is public and leaked to the media, what happened to Gerald Green this week in Miami remains confidential. Because no one is talking, the mystery of what happened to Gerald Green feeds off of the rumor vine, leaving his medical “crises” open to interpretation and speculation and gossip and even consumption. It’s symbolic of the conundrum:  the…

Byron Scott ‘Keeping It Real’

Byron Scott, in his version of keeping things real, had a week that was tremendous. No, the Lakers didn’t win. That ship sailed when Jim Buss took over the franchise and hired Scott in the first place. Scott is a dinosaur still living in the past but no matter how hard he wants it to…

Josh Smith: A Flawed but Useful Veteran

Josh Smith signed a NBA contract with his fourth team over the summer, agreeing to a one-year deal after spending last year with Detroit and Houston. It’s a bit jarring to see him as a nomad since his career began with Atlanta and he spent nine seasons there. Then again, this is a guy who has…

Replacing Paul Pierce

Although Paul Pierce was only in Washington for one season, he became known as the leader of the team. John Wall was the unquestioned best player on the squad, but it was Pierce who the Wizards went to when the game was on the line. It was also Pierce who became the most prominent voice…