Ty Lue’s Boss Move

The easiest way to get fired is to clash with your boss. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in, that is the sure way to get pushed out the door. But what if you want to get fired? What if you see it’s the Titanic and want to jump ship before the whole thing…

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…

Jordan Clarkson Regression

In the playoffs for the first time in his very young career, Jordan Clarkson, who was a Lakers second round pick (the Lakers purchased the pick for cash from the Washington Wizards in 2014), looks eerily like a second round pick in the playoffs. He appears lost, confused and a little bit in awe of…

J.R. Smith Not Having a Good Second Season

Earl Joseph Smith III is having a forgettable post-season and that was before he had the brain freeze at the end of NBA Finals Game 1.  J.R., as he is affectionately known, is already a NBA champion. He has played in important games. But the knock on J.R. is that he drifts in and out…

Someone Explain the Review Rule to Ty Lue

After Game 1 of the NBA Finals, a game in which LeBron James had a career playoff high 51 points and the most isolation plays in the past three years, a game in which the Cavaliers should have won but didn’t, Ty Lue was naturally despondent post-game. He fixated on one reason for the loss…

Be Tough or Go Home Without Kevin Love

In January, Kevin Love broke his hand. In May, Kevin Love hurt his brain. Whereas the January injury was just a temporary glitch, the Kevin Love concussion has a far greater impact as this Cleveland team is trying to do something special without Kyrie Irving. LeBron James needs a second scorer and so far it’s…

Someone is Missing the “Kid”

The Cavaliers miss Kyrie Irving. They miss the scorer playmaker who could do things off the dribble. They miss his arrogance in the fourth quarter mixed in with his three point shot making. They miss his slicing and dicing talent and how young he is. They miss the whole Kyrie Irving package, dagger threes, playmaking,…