The Beautiful and the Ugly: NBA Lottery Edition

The Beauty (2005-11) 2005. Chris Paul. 4th pick. Pre-draft everyone loved Chris Paul. They saw in him a throwback point who could lead a team and score when he needed to, plus a great leader. His only disappointment has been some playoff brain freezes and an inability to get to the Western Conference Finals. He…

Who Are the Lottery Picks?

Why are college one-and-done players so anxious to get to a team (minus the Celtics) that are probably going to lose between 30-50 games? Money? Fame? The Dream? All of it and none of it. With the tournament taking shape this weekend here are the best of the best,  a few of the 2017 lottery…

Ty Lawson Can’t Escape Ty Lawson

Ty Lawson has a perception problem. The 29 year old tested positive for alcohol on three separate occasions, according to the Denver Post. Before his private life became public one more time, Lawson was thought of as an alcohol abuser not smart enough to get a designated driver, and perhaps, Lawson was a straight up…

Note To Cuban: the Numbers Say Westbrook Is the MVP

Mark Cuban’s talent for verbal expression has put him at odds with nearly most of the NBA who look upon Russell Westbrook’s season as amazing and transcendent.  Last year, Cuban said Westbrook wasn’t a superstar. This year Cuban’s knife was pointed at the back of Russell Westbrook again, at his historic season. Forget Cuban for…

Sorry Dubs, Matt Barnes Is Not the Answer

For the first time in their two plus year title run, the Golden State Warriors have to deal with what the rest of the league has to deal with as a matter of routine: bad luck. In a freakish circumstance, as if bit by the karma flu because he didn’t want to sign with the…

In A Warriors World Does Chris Paul Matter?

Chris Paul has been medically cleared and may return tonight at Oracle against the Warriors after missing a ton of time because of a torn ligament in his hand. As he ages in this era of skilled point guards who can dribble, penetrate, score and drain the three, Chris Paul’s relevancy is diminishing. He is…

Rob Pelinka Is More Than Kobe’s Agent

If you are old enough to remember the University of Michigan Fab Five then you may have glimpsed the white guy surrounded by Jalen Rose, Chris Webber and Juwan Howard. He was the co-captain in 1992-93 and the joke was that Rob Pelinka had a grade point average that rivaled his scoring average. His famous…

Lou Williams and D’Antoni: It’s Magic

It didn’t take Magic Johnson long to execute his first deal after burning down the Lakers front office house and inserting himself and Rob Pelinka in charge. He traded professional scorer Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for a 2017 first round draft pick. He also picked up Corey Brewer, whose contract was a near…

Masai Ujiri Is At The Head of the Class

Masai Ujiri pulled off another coup by landing Serge Ibaka as a way to fix the Raptors horrible front court. Ibaka gives the Raptors credibility in the midrange. He scores. He rebounds. He is a ball mover. Now can the Raptors keep the ball out of the backcourt to allow Ibaka to do what he…