There Will Be Blood. Sort of. Not Really.

True to predictions, the Lakers were grossly undisciplined in a moment that mattered but the optics were all wrong. Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson were not agitators but bystanders (Beasley), or peacemakers (Stephenson). It was left to the immature, the veteran and the aggrieved to make LeBron James home debut a farce that will undoubtedly…

Not Much Has Changed For Rockets Melo

At first sight, Rockets Melo doesn’t look that much different than Thunder Melo or Knicks Melo. He waits at the perimeter. He rarely dribbles to the rim. He is an afterthought, recognizable by his headband and the same tired game that he has owned these last few Carmelo purgatory years. Blame us. Expecting different results when…

Earning LeBron’s Trust

What we knew in July is still true. LeBron James is surrounded by a bunch of average shooters. The only way for him to have success this season is for him to be off ball. But to be off ball he has to give up the rock. To give up the rock, he has to…

The Re-Invention of San Antonio

Tonight as San Antonio hosts the dysfunctional Timberwolves, there will be no Tim Duncan on the court. No Manu Ginobli. No Tony Parker. No Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs glory years are over,  shutting closed with the Leonard trade and Ginobli retirement. All the chess pieces are gone, only Parker is still playing NBA games but…

A Perfect Oakland Ending Is In Kevin Durant’s Hands

The Oakland…I mean Golden State Warriors are ending their romance with the city that has been home for 47 years. They are scheduled to return to their San Francisco roots in the 2019-20 NBA season.  The Warriors departure is bittersweet for the city of Oakland that currently has a crappy football team and a little…

The Thibodeau Lie Up Close and Personal

In the 2010-11 season, the Chicago Bulls won 62 games, had the best record in the Eastern Conference, had the league MVP on their team, the youngest MVP in NBA  history, and were on track for the NBA Finals. Coached by Tom Thibodeau, the defensive guru of the 2008 Celtics championship team, and led by…

Butler Going Rogue Is a Not So Veiled Threat

So Jimmy Butler went to his job today. He showed up in Minnesota and participated in a scrimmage and not surprisingly was less than professional. His unhappiness at still being on the Timberwolves roster had disastrous consequences for the organization in what was supposed to be a tune up for the upcoming season. On the…

The Most Improved (Point Guard) Conundrum

This time last year, days before the NBA season was set to start, no one in Vegas or anywhere else penciled in Victor Oladipo as an All-Star and Most Improved Player awardee. Up to that point, Oladipo had been an above average shooting guard whose consistency ebbed and flowed. Playing next to Russell Westbrook  in…