It Never Rains On Jerry West

Once upon a time, Jerry West was the General Manager of a 39 win Lakers team. He had plans…. This is how you build. You take one piece at a time. You risk that piece because you are a tough man. You are a courageous man. You have a long and short memory. You marry…

Wilt, Russell, Greatness and Greatness

When it comes to defining a great player, or the greatest player, the definition comes in layers. There is no one overarching or defining element to one’s game that propels a player into the pantheon of greatness. Disparate leagues and era-specific styles change the definition every decade and with every generation of new players. In…

Kobe and Wilt: Performances for the Ages

When Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006, he did more than just exhilarate the Staples Center crowd.  Bryant also managed the highest point total since Wilt Chamberlain’s record-setting 100 for the Philadelphia Warriors on March 2, 1962. Chamberlain was a center often described as a man among boys…

Game 82: Cali is the Big Winner

Extract all the pomp and circumstance and hype, what’s being celebrated tonight is the year 1996. That’s when a team won 72 games and was celebrated as the best ever. That’s when a 17 year old was traded to his favorite team and stayed 20 years and won 5 titles for them. April 13th, 2016…

Warriors Can’t Erase Chicago Bulls Love

Because the original is always better than the copy, the Warriors are second best to a generation they don’t impress. To that particular crew, the Warriors can’t tilt the definition of great to their side, regardless of 73 wins. Nor can they change what has already been done. The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls left their extraordinary…

Lakers vs. 76ers: The Iverson Game

Every now and then extraordinary things happen in ordinary time. Such was the case on June 6th 2001 when Allen Iverson arrived in L.A. to play the defending champion Lakers who were 11-0 in the playoffs. It was supposed to be a NBA Finals rout. The Lakers incentivized dominance. Teams feared the Shaq-Kobe duo, the…