Lakers Blood?

To the horror of hematologists everywhere, Jim Buss, Lakers Vice-President of Basketball Operations, thinks there is something called Lakers blood. Apparently, it’s that thick soupy things that runs through your veins if you have been a Laker sometime during your playing career, preferably in those glory days of Showtime. As an example, Buss said Byron…

Jim Buss Pushing Kobe Out The Door

So now we know. Jim Buss, Lakers Executive Vice-President of Basketball Operations, made it clear where he stands on Kobe Bryant’s 20th season. He sees it as Kobe’s final farewell, a swan song, a serenade. Good for him. But, getting Kobe to agree to Buss’ grand exit see you later plan however is a whole…

Kyrie Irving Out For Awhile

It was supposed to be a three or four month recovery. But Kyrie Irving’s injury (broken kneecap) sustained in game one of the NBA Finals will have him out longer than most expected and he may not see game time until the beginning of next year, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. It will be two…

Before Kobe and LeBron there was Chocolate Thunder

One of the great entertainers in NBA history died today. Darryl Dawkins, at the age of 58, passed way in Pennsylvania because of a heart attack. Simply put, Dawkins was the most outrageous, entertaining, fun loving, arrogant-confident, crowd pleaser, look-at-me-y’all NBA player in the era before Magic and Bird rebranded the league. He was crazy…

Kobe and Shaq: Truth and Reconciliation

Eleven years since their very bitter divorce, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal have taken their private relationship public. Appearing on Shaq’s podcast which airs on Monday, Kobe reflects on being Shaq’s teammate in those wonder years. It’s a reminder that the past is never quite past, and that the line is thin between selfless and…

Clippers Chemistry A Question Mark

ESPN took a hard look at the Clippers roster and considered the moving pieces volatile enough to blow up. They ranked the Clippers 5th in their team turmoil poll, the only contender in the top 5. Perception is reality here; things can go awry with Lance Stephenson on deck. His moodiness and temper and irascible…

Kawhi Leonard Wants the Regular Season MVP

The most unselfish man in the NBA is not so unselfish after all. Kawhi Leonard, who just signed a five year max deal with the Spurs, has laid out his plans for the upcoming season. He wants to be the regular season MVP and he wants to be an All-Star. Like 90% of the NBA,…

Dirk Nowitzki to Surpass Shaq (and Other NBA Milestones)

The 2015-16 NBA season begins in 64 days. It will, on cue, provide the usual dramatics and injuries and disappointments and surprises. A handful of bad teams will struggle early, particularly when they have to go out west. A select few will start hot out the gate. New acquisitions will take a while to mesh…

Kobe’s Birthday and He’s Shooting Again

On his 37th birthday, Kobe Bryant is in the gym taking shots for the first time in seven months. The last time he made a shot in a game he was in New Orleans and it was January 21st. Since then, rotator cuff surgery and a repaired shoulder has led to a long rehabilitation season…