The Great Chase: The Wiz Eyeing #2 Seed

Remember when the Wizards were a miserable product to watch? Remember when they blew big leads at home? Remember when John Wall couldn’t shoot in the clutch? Remember when Wall turned the ball over in key moments? Remember when the Wiz failed on the court? Remember when more Laker fans showed up than Wizard fans?…

D’Antoni Talking Toughness, Morey Talking Threes

After the home loss to the Pacers on Monday night, normally even tempered and often relaxed Mike D’Antoni ripped into his team calling them soft, which, on the face of it, considering the messenger, seemed out of place. Toughness has never been what D’Antoni teams have been about, particularly physical toughness. But perhaps, D’Antoni wasn’t…

They Failed the Free Agent Test

Anticipation was the name of the game in July when free agents signed contracts with new teams; perhaps there was even hope. Nearly eight months later there has been resignation, shock and awe, and whispers about damaged goods. All free agents are not good free agents. This is the Vampire Squid list. Vampire Squids are…

Shaq and Warriors In JaVale McGee Beef

One of the most entertaining pieces of television is Shaqtin’ A Fool. With full fledged commentary by Shaquille O’Neal, it highlights NBA players, millionaires many times over, as they make hilarious on the court mistakes you often see third graders make. It is hilarious when the ball bounces off of someone’s head or when a…

The Quick Exile of the Ordinary Son

…he left a gigantic shadow for all sports. It would be ridiculous to say he’s the greatest owner we ever had but he was… he’s going to be missed. He’s really going to be missed. (Jerry West ) This isn’t a movie. The hero isn’t exonerated. The hero doesn’t slay his oppressor. Nor is it…

Mitch Kupchak At The End of the World

Jerry West announced his retirement from the Lakers in the summer of 2000. Directly responsible for the first post-Showtime title, the timing was perfect. Look at what he had done. He brought Kobe Bryant to Los Angeles in a trade. He signed Shaquille O’Neal as a free agent. He traded for Robert Horry after Horry…

Jimmer Fredette Has A Choice to Make

It was the perfect ending to an imperfect professional career. After all the ups and downs, the back and forths, the starts and stops, after all the shade about his defense and his quickness, Jimmer Fredette was here, in Madison Square Garden, in a Knicks uniform. The kid from upstate finally bequeathed redemption and a…

LeBron Goes Low and Keeps On Going

LeBron James has never been a candid post-game reflector. Notoriously passive-aggressive, James communicates by inference and nuance and subtlety. He has never been a flame thrower. He has always been careful about his reputation, about being a good person, about kids wanting to follow him and be like him, about his place in history. LeBron…