Four Years After The King: Mediocrity in Miami

When LeBron James opted to leave the Miami Heat in free agency to go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014, the Heat were left to rebuild. They had average players on the roster, and everyone expected the Heat to fall to the bottom of the conference like the Cavaliers did in 2010-11 after James…

Melo, His Money and The Hate

As expected, Carmelo Anthony opted in to the last year of his deal and will make just a little shy of $30 million dollars in the 2018-19 season, the 16th of his career. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that this is the last of the Melo grand paydays. From here on…

Basketball Gods: Dwight to the Warriors Please.

For all the hindsight accompanying another Dwight Howard failure, this is unique sledding for Howard, who has found a way to mess up another opportunity. In his illustrious, often soap opera-ish career, he has never been bought out after a trade. Dwight Howard has never been told, go away and yeah we will pay you…

What The %&@* Happened to Small Ball?

Three years ago when Steph Curry burst on the scene in a big way and he won the NBA title in Cleveland, albeit with a not memorable performance,  the immediate overreaction was that the NBA game, after 60 years of big men running things, had changed. It was all about the backcourt and size didn’t…

Will You Miss Andrew Wiggins if Jimmy Butler Gets His Way?

Someone Wake Up Andrew Wiggins For much of 2017-18 Andrew Wiggins gladly took a back seat to Jimmy Butler’s alpha male dominance, seemingly happy to be an afterthought while Butler led with force and intensity. Wiggins is talented but registers low on the intensity meter and his work habits are questionable. This year was what…

Getting the Klay Thompson 2011 Draft Right

It usually takes four to six seasons to finally understand everything a player can do. Can he score? Rebound? Can he absorb pressure? Is he a contact player, tough at the rim? Can he take physical punishment and still score? How is he built mentally? Does he shy away from moments of consequence or attack…