Earl Watson Out, Eric Bledsoe Is Next

In the spring of 2016, it was good to be an unemployed NBA coach. Tom Thibodeau was the glamour free agent that everyone was gravitating towards and talking about. Next on the list was Jeff Van Gundy. Scott Brooks was on the short list because Brooks, many thought, had the inside track to Kevin Durant. But…

Kevin Garnett Was the Real Truth

It’s difficult to put into context the legendary career of Kevin Garnett because there isn’t one piece of evidence you can point to as the definitive testimony to his superlative career. Not his 15 All-Star appearances. Not his regular season MVP as a member of the Timberwolves. Not his Celtics Finals MVP that saw Boston…

The Hawks Have a Perception Problem

Two years ago, the Hawks were sitting pretty as the best team with the best record in the Eastern Conference. The only thing to ruffle their feathers was the Thabo Sefolosha broken leg by cop injury. And the collective media shout that no way, no how, hell would have to freeze over before they beat…

Dirk and Retirement? Not So Fast

The Achilles tendon bothered two of the greatest scorers in NBA history. Kobe Bryant never fully recovered from his torn Achilles and Dirk Nowitzki dealt with Achilles pain early in the season last year.  No matter. Nowitzki will return to the court for his 20th year and possibly, if he feels like it, his 21st.…

Who Is Kyle Lowry Going to Say No To?

A day after it was rumored by “sources” that Kyle Lowry had zero interest in returning to Toronto, Lowry set the record straight. Don’t believe anything until you hear it from him. Masai Ujiri basically followed that up with “Lowry told me he wants to be here.”  Ujiri, the Raptors GM, hopes so, and even…

Don’t Lie To Us Phil, Are the Knicks Rebuilding?

Knicks Free Agents : Derrick Rose. Sasha Vujacic. Justin Holiday. Ron Baker. 2016-17 Knicks Weaknesses: 29th: Shooting Guard Scoring. 28th: Free Throw Attempts. 26th: Defensive Rating. 25th: Bench Points, Backcourt Points. 24th: Fast Break Points. 23rd: Field Goal Percentage, Opponent Points, Center Scoring. 21st: Three Point Percentage, Three Point Attempts. 2016-17 Knicks Strengths: 3rd: Offensive Rebounding. 4th: Blocks, Small Forward Scoring. 5th: Total Rebounding. 7th: 3-Point Defense,. Power Forward Scoring. 8th: Frontcourt Points. 10th: Free Throw Percentage, Starters…

(Haters) What Do You Think About John Wall Now

There is a scene in the movie Creed where Sylvester Stallone demands his young pupil to look in the mirror. Michael B. Jordan, the student, obeys; he looks. He is solemn and a little sweaty from vigorous training, boxing all day long. Jordan has a look of wry confusion as he stares at his reflection. He…

A Few NBA Teams In Salary Cap Hell: 2017-18

The salary cap projection figures for next year’s NBA season have been released. The good news is that the salary cap [tentatively] goes up $7 million to $101 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. The tax level will rise $8 million whereas if you spend north of $121 million you have to pay…

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…