The Warriors Messing With People’s Minds

The last time Blazers-Warriors was remotely interesting was last February [2016] when the Warriors strolled into Portland after the All-Star break and they couldn’t do anything right. Oakland native Damian Lillard dropped 51, outplaying Steph Curry, and the Blazers won. For one small second it made you think that with the best backcourts in the…

Tragedy on I-5

Death be not proud, though some have called thee (John Donne) Chyna Thomas, a student at the Tacoma School of the Arts, died Saturday morning when her car veered off I-5 in the state of Washington. According to witnesses, she wasn’t speeding. The 22 year old sister of Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas lost control of…

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…

Shaq Built Staples, He Gets His Statue Tonight

No one deserves a Staples Center statue more than Shaquille O’Neal. His free agent signing in the summer of 1996 guaranteed the Lakers would be a dominant NBA force for the next 16 years. He was the reason the Lakers were able to move from Inglewood to downtown Los Angeles. In Staples inaugural season, 1999-2000,…

How Is Lou Williams Working Out?

When Lou Williams was traded from the Lakers to Houston many looked at the deal as Daryl Morey fleecing neophyte Magic Johnson by giving him a late round pick for the Lakers leading scorer. Williams was having a career year with the Lakers, his second year on a dreadful team with Williams being mature, consistent…

Pay Dion Waiters?

Dion Waiters was the 4th pick in the 2012 NBA draft. Five years later he is having the best season of his career which is timely because Waiters is a free agent expecting a raise much larger than his current $2.8 million dollar salary. The amount the Heat want to pay will either attach them…

Passing the Magic Johnson Test

It’s been a tough 48 hours for D’Angelo Russell. Against the 76ers, he tripped out of bounds as the ball bounced into never never land, an image tweeted and retweeted hundreds of times with the usual Russell shade. Then late in the game he didn’t know the clock after a timeout and launched a desperation…

The Lonzo Ball Father Baggage

As entertaining as the father of Lonzo Ball is, he is becoming a distraction. Every week Lavar Ball is in the news. Either Steph Curry isn’t as good as his son. Or, his son is going to the Lakers. Or, UCLA is winning the NCAA title even though UCLA couldn’t get to the Pac-12 championship…

Team Durant Lacking a Plan B

Summer superlatives are old news. It feels out of place right about now. Whatever glory and destiny that was bandied about as a possible paper dynasty was created has been temporarily suppressed. Still, the Warriors were pretty much as advertised. No one expected them to get anywhere close to last year’s exceptionalism. On the plus…