The Phil Jax Black Cloud Has Returned

Last December, in a moment of extreme frustration,  Carmelo Anthony likened Phil Jackson to a dark cloud. He said, “I feel like we are playing good basketball and to have a temporary black cloud over our heads….” Phil as a black cloud is a piercing but wholly inaccurate metaphor because as Carmelo alluded to, a…

Reality Bites For Luke Walton

The team that was responsible for Luke Walton getting his Lakers job, the Warriors and their 24 wins in a row streak, is moving on as if Walton was never there. They are doing typical Warrior things while Luke Walton and the Lakers are doing typical Laker things. It is hard to believe that it…

Rookie of the Year: Anyone But Embiid

After a long wait, Joel Embiid made his NBA debut on October 26th, a home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He didn’t shoot particularly well and can be forgiven for that but he had 7 rebounds, he made a three showing off his range, he went to the line 8 times, he had 2…

Cavs Looking Ugly and Bored

Not wanting a fine that comes with criticizing the refs, not wanting to talk about a phantom six foul on LeBron James, not wanting to talk about a disastrous loss and their accountability, the Cleveland Cavaliers bite their collective tongues and bear the mediocrity (and losing).  The axis tilting from greatness to just hanging on…

All-NBA: Who’s In, Who Loses Big $$$, Who Gets Snubbed

Last year, Anthony Davis could have made $24 million in one day. But he didn’t. Davis was due a bonus if things skewed the right way. The bonus is called the Derrick Rose Rule. Derrick Rose was the only player on his rookie contract who received such a gigantic bonus because the threshold is a…

Russ Ties Oscar But the Haters Tho…

Russell Westbrook became the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple double. We discuss.  Finish this sentence. Russell Westbrook’s history making season was…. C.J. Hampshire: Tremendous. The first player to average a triple double since Oscar. Just think about this. 55 seasons have come and gone and no one has ever done this.…

Politics Forced Sage Steele Off NBA Countdown

In January of 2016, ESPN circulated an inter-office memo in which they insisted verbal discipline was the new normal. Avoid the subject of Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton. Keep the discourse sports related. It was, seemingly, at odds with the ESPN narrative of free expression without boundaries. By default, that one memo peeled…

Yes, They Passed on Steph Curry

Steph Curry was the 7th pick in the 2009 NBA draft. The #1 pick that year was Blake Griffin. The #3 pick was James Harden. Picks #2, #4,  and #6? They never were All-Stars. They played in 4 playoff games, 0 playoff wins. One was Rookie of the Year. Two are no longer in the…

Jim Buss Has Left The Building

It is the exit. Finally.  The last attempt by Jim Buss to save his fledgling basketball career has failed. He was unable to cut his sister out of the family executive coffers and put himself in.  He has been removed as a trustee and his younger sister Janie has taken his place.  He has no…

Feasting on the Tanking Vibe In the Pacific

Three teams in the Pacific Division, the Kings, Lakers and Suns, have shed off their pretender status or the illusion of trying to win games and all three have embraced losing for winning. They have either traded gifted players (Kings), sat down veterans (Lakers), or embraced a 70 point performance in a losing effort, happily…