Bradley Beal and Tristan Thompson: Still Waiting

Not to be overly dramatic, but it may be coming to an end for Bradley Beal in Washington and Tristan Thompson in Cleveland. The cities that drafted them are taking hardline approaches to contract talks that might drive the two lottery picks out of town despite this season being one in which both players may…

Deron Williams Back Where It Started

In his last game of the 2014-15 season, Deron Williams fluctuated between looking ordinary and being ordinary. The invisibility of his game was a striking contrast to what he used to be. On this night there was no hint of the Olympian and the All-Star. He was just an average player trying to keep his…

The Rising Career of Jabari Brown: From D-League to the Lakers

In North American baseball and hockey, the minor leagues have been a fact of life for many decades. In these sports, teams draft or sign talent, then, allow the talent to develop in one of various levels of feeder organizations.  However, the modern NBA didn’t have an official minor league system until 2001 when the NBA Development League…

Kawhi Leonard Wants the Regular Season MVP

The most unselfish man in the NBA is not so unselfish after all. Kawhi Leonard, who just signed a five year max deal with the Spurs, has laid out his plans for the upcoming season. He wants to be the regular season MVP and he wants to be an All-Star. Like 90% of the NBA,…

Dirk Nowitzki to Surpass Shaq (and Other NBA Milestones)

The 2015-16 NBA season begins in 64 days. It will, on cue, provide the usual dramatics and injuries and disappointments and surprises. A handful of bad teams will struggle early, particularly when they have to go out west. A select few will start hot out the gate. New acquisitions will take a while to mesh…

Does Anyone Want Carlos Boozer?

As the free agency class dwindles down to just about nothing, Carlos Boozer is waiting for a phone call. The optics are against him. His best days are long behind him both on offense and defense. At best, he is a backup power forward that can log about twenty minutes, score about 14 points and…

J.R. Smith Gives Himself A Pay Cut

As expected, J.R. Smith re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers and as expected, J. R. Smith screwed himself out of some money. He was expected to make $6.3 million dollars in 2015-16 but he opted out of his deal and lost a million dollars in the process. So J.R. Smith achieved what no amount of bank…

It Just Got Real For LaMarcus Aldridge

The spectacular circus is gone. Whereas LaMarcus Aldridge was once serenaded with glitz and glamour, arriving at one meeting after another meeting, one city after another city, it is quiet now. For the select few, free agency had always been a game of proportion detailing who can offer what and how much. It was also…

It’s Getting Weird In Chicago

In a game that felt like bad root canal surgery, the Chicago Bulls left the NBA stage in late May, unceremoniously whipped into dust. As a reward, the NBA is allowing the Bulls to begin the new year in grand style by kicking off the NBA season and hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 27th.…