No Answer for Pau Gasol in Border War

Pau Gasol and Spain will play in the Olympics in 2016. Credit the Spaniard for carrying his nation to the finish line. His country needed him and Gasol delivered with a 40 point, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks performance in the EuroBasket 2015 tournament that qualified Spain for the Olympic Games. That was the goal. But beating France in…

Steve Nash the Tutor

Retired future Hall of Famer Steve Nash will be joining the Golden State Warriors as a part-time player development consultant. Nash has close ties to several Warriors coaches and top brass from his Phoenix days, who, when push came to shove, were able to put the full court press on and convince Nash to join…

Miami Heat All-In as End of Wade Era Looms

Over the course of the last twelve years the Miami Heat, as an organization, has undergone constant change. But one staple throughout has been Dwayne Wade. From the young upstart squad which included Lamar Odom and Caron Butler, to the blockbuster Shaquille O’Neal trade which brought the big man to South Beach, to the big three era,…

Enes Kanter: A Panic Move for the Thunder

Enes Kanter spent three and a half seasons in Utah before the Jazz dealt him to Oklahoma City last February. The Turkish center’s strengths include post scoring and rebounding. His Player Efficiency Rating (PER) last season ranked 36th among all NBA players which seemed to justify general manager Sam Presti pulling the trigger on the…

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…

Moses Malone, the Best Offensive Rebounder in NBA History

The enduring image of Moses Malone happened over thirty years ago when he played for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Finals and was responsible for the on court destruction of the Los Angeles Lakers. Malone was crowned champion and his prophecy came true. Before the playoffs started he said, “Fo…Fo…Fo..”, a signature phrase that…

What To Expect From Jeremy Lin?

With training camp on the horizon, it is another new start for Jeremy Lin, another new city, another round of Linsanity questions. It is another look at the most misunderstood NBA player who by his own admission has not lived up to his own standards. But what to make of another Jeremy Lin resurrection, he of…

Sam Mitchell Replaces Flip Saunders As T-Wolves Coach

(this article was first written before Flip Saunders died of cancer. It has been updated). When Flip Saunders announced he was battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer that originates in the white blood cells, cancer survivors were skeptical he’d be back on the sidelines in eight weeks. Chemotherapy, which was a significant part of Saunders wellness…

Thabo Sefolosha vs. the NYPD

Last spring, the ordinary life of Thabo Sefolosha took a gruesome turn for the worse, all of it documented on video. The world was horrified but not shocked by the dramatic images of a helpless Sefolosha buried on the ground with police officers tyrannizing him. It served to regurgitate a familiar storyline: man beaten by…