Greg Oden is No Anthony Bennett

Greg Oden recently declared he was the “biggest bust” in NBA history. Yes, perhaps, if you forget there was such a person as Anthony Bennett. In 2013, the Cleveland Cavaliers had the number one pick in the NBA Draft. They chose Anthony Bennett. To say that Bennett shouldn’t have been a number one pick on…

Pat Riley and the Post LeBron Facelift

Let’s go back to a year ago when the Miami Heat’s 2014 offseason was marked most notably with the departure of superstar LeBron James and the haphazard scrambling which followed it. With little notice or forewarning of the four-time MVP’s impending hometown reunion, Miami Heat president Pat Riley was forced to fill the vacuous black…

Don’t Count Out Patrick Beverley

When the Houston Rockets made the deal this summer for Ty Lawson they were, by default, making a judgment on the merits of Patrick Beverly as a starting point guard on a championship level team. Beverley, a defensive annoyance with a tough as nails grit and resolve on par with Tony Allen of the Memphis…

NBA Coaches on the Hot Seat (Western Conference)

Because incompetence trickles down from the top, certain coaches in this league have to sweat the season. They are expected to look the other way or they are expected to take a hellish roster and do something with it.  It’s a hell of a job when you are asked to cover someone else’s mistakes and at the same time not…

The Summer Did Not Humble Ty Lawson

Give Ty Lawson credit for doing the arrogant, not humble thing. Ordinarily, if you were arrested for the second time in six months for driving under the influence and then you topped it off with a stint in rehab, followed by a trade where the big boss of your team said you came to practice a…

Hassan Whiteside’s Facts Only

Oh, the doldrums of summer in the NBA. The draft has long since passed, free agency has dried up, and fans sit waiting in restless anticipation for that glorious opening tip of the new season on October 27th. However, it appears fans aren’t the only ones anxious for the start of the season, as Heat…

Suns Talking The Talk But Can They Back It Up?

As if nothing went wrong with their summer, there is this from the Phoenix Suns. They have adopted a strategy of head in the sand with their pissed off power forward Markieff Morris. Morris has publicly stated he has no intention of playing for the Suns ever again because the Suns traded his twin brother…

Lakers Blood?

To the horror of hematologists everywhere, Jim Buss, Lakers Vice-President of Basketball Operations, thinks there is something called Lakers blood. Apparently, it’s that thick soupy things that runs through your veins if you have been a Laker sometime during your playing career, preferably in those glory days of Showtime. As an example, Buss said Byron…

Jim Buss Pushing Kobe Out The Door

So now we know. Jim Buss, Lakers Executive Vice-President of Basketball Operations, made it clear where he stands on Kobe Bryant’s 20th season. He sees it as Kobe’s final farewell, a swan song, a serenade. Good for him. But, getting Kobe to agree to Buss’ grand exit see you later plan however is a whole…

Clippers Chemistry A Question Mark

ESPN took a hard look at the Clippers roster and considered the moving pieces volatile enough to blow up. They ranked the Clippers 5th in their team turmoil poll, the only contender in the top 5. Perception is reality here; things can go awry with Lance Stephenson on deck. His moodiness and temper and irascible…