So What Does $128 Million Get You? A 7th Seed Tie

The three highest payrolls in the NBA are the Golden State Warriors ($137 mil), the Cleveland Cavaliers ($137 mil), and the Oklahoma City Thunder ($134 mil). There is no cogent argument to be made that the past two NBA champions should not have the highest payroll. The Thunder who have the reigning MVP get the…

DeAndre Who? (No Whiteside Love)

Hassan Whiteside has no love for DeAndre Jordan nor his game. Whiteside threw some serious shade at Jordan when he said all Jordan does is dunk and catch lobs, implying that what he, Whiteside, does is so much more. But here is the truth of all of it. What Hassan Whiteside does in a game…

They Rejected the Lakers, But What If…?

Before the Lakers could even start free agency, the phone rang with a bunch of no thank-you’s, we are not interested. The players the Lakers had their eye on, who they wanted to bring in to fill the Kobe Bryant (Mamba) hole were DeMar DeRozan, the local kid, Mike Conley, the tough defensive point guard,…

Most Valuable Center: Al Horford or Hassan Whiteside?

Al Horford and Hassan Whiteside are both centers, but their careers are a study in contrasts.  Horford was born in the Dominican Republic before moving to Michigan and playing college ball at Florida.  However, he was considered a major prospect and Atlanta drafted him third overall in 2007.  Whiteside grew up in North Carolina, attended…

Miami Heat: Strong on D, But Is That Enough?

The Miami Heat boast the league’s second best defense in terms of points allowed per game.  San Antonio leads by far, but giving up 95.6 per contest is an admirable achievement.  Even their 43.7% on field goals allowed is good for sixth in the NBA and 32.9% on opposition three-pointers is fourth.  In terms of blocked…

Miami Heat Can’t Rebound So They Won’t Win

Cleveland 102, Miami 92 Pat Riley’s famous phrase, no rebounds no rings, should be splashed in red paint all over the Miami Heat’s locker room. Or, maybe: history repeats itself. The Heat were an awful rebounding team last year: last in total rebounding, next to last in offensive rebounding and 28th in defensive rebounding. Their…