When LeBron Lands In A Kobe Town

LeBron in Los Angeles is still hard to grasp despite the visuals of a signed contract, a grinning LeBron, and a hilarious Brandon Ingram photoshop.  Over the years, the fans of Jerry Buss’ team were conditioned to dismiss anything positive about the LeBron James career, including the King himself. James wasn’t an enemy per se,…

LeBron Trusts Magic

On June 1, 2018, the LeBron James era officially ended in Cleveland. James chose to sign a four-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, ending a four-year Finals run with the Cavs. The move to LA was expected, as the Lakers led the betting odds to acquire James for many weeks ahead of…

The Spurs Leverage Losing Steam

The Spurs melodrama is treading water. Sooner or later someone is going to drown. It happens in trades when a superstar is hostile towards his employer and can’t seem to find a middle ground. Paris is burning. The house of cards falls down. San Antonio, welcome to the club. But it feels strange. Melodrama has…

The Lonzo Future Not On Solid Ground

The moment Rajon Rondo inked a deal to play with LeBron James was the moment Lonzo Ball’s Lakers future was in doubt. Rest assured, Rajon Rondo is going after that Lakers starting point guard position with everything he can muster. He will be Patrick Beverley and Tony Allen and Chris Paul all rolled into one.…

Warriors Rejected Howard, Wiz Did Not

Dwight Howard and Donald Trump have something in common other than that their first names start with the same letter. They now live in the same city. When he clears waivers, Dwight will be signed as a Washington Wizard, the big man the Wizards need to replace Marcin Gortat. Howard will be an upgrade from…

The Superstar Squeeze

If you are a good player like Julius Randle, the idea of playing with a superstar is exciting. You get to see close up their habits and rituals and how they prepare. They can teach you something. But what you don’t really think about is the business of playing with a superstar. They take up…

Cleveland This Is Us

Ten years ago, the Los Angeles Lakers executed a trade that hand delivered them Pau Gasol. It would lead to two more titles that would cement the legacy of Kobe Bryant. Timing in the NBA and in life is everything. But maneuvering by a front office doesn’t always translate into extreme excellence. John Wooden used…

LeBron to L.A. is a Jerry Buss Move

The chemist who purchased the Lakers from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979 was a big thinker and dreamer and years ahead of the culture. He believed in entertainment and that sports, for the fan, was about the pleasure principle. He catered to the rich, never forgot about the poor, turned a Dodgers town into a…