No One To Fear

For the first time in fifteen years, the Eastern Conference will have an opening night without LeBron James as a member. No Cleveland Cavaliers chalk toss. No Miami Heat grin and shrug. No also-rans East contenders to constantly look over their shoulder to see what LBJ is doing and, frankly, to not be scared of…

The Raptors Will Win The East- Bet On It

People have forgotten how good Kawhi Leonard is. He is an NBA Champion, a Finals MVP, and a top-3 player in the league when healthy. He carried the Spurs to the Western Conference Finals in 2017 and had his team up by 20 points in Game 1 against the star-studded Golden State Warriors before going…

Kawhi Wanted Out But Not Out of the Country

The Kawhi Leonard drama is nearly at the end of the line. He asked and he has received. It’s almost Biblical.  But like Biblical hurricanes and floods, Kawhi Leonard the San Antonio Spur has been washed away except for the the Defensive Player of the Year(s), the Finals MVP awards. San Antonio did what Kawhi…

Lakers Passing On Kawhi Because of the Kids

For now, there is no Kawhi Leonard era in the Los Angeles Lakers present. A month ago, the Lakers were willing to trade Brandon Ingram and draft picks for Leonard. Then, LeBron James rocked their world.  And then, the Spurs were greedy. They asked for Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, and draft picks. They wanted…

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…

Kyrie For Kawhi Is A Discussion Worth Having

When Kyrie Irving is healthy again (2018-19) it will be the last year of his contract before an opt-out. When Kawhi Leonard is healthy again (2018-19) it will be the last year of his contract before an opt-out. Both players are NBA stars with multiple All-Star exhibition games on the resume and both have a…

Kawhi-Spurs Marriage Long Way From Divorce

In marital dissolution terms, Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs are still hanging on to their marriage. Neither side is willing to push all the chips forward and announce the ultimate break. Call this interlude a legal separation with both sides beginning mediation in the summer. For the Spurs, there is a glimmer of…

Without Kawhi, A Dream Deferred

It feels peculiar that the most stable organization in the NBA finished a season that can only be graded as incomplete. Because player personnel problems in San Antonio are a rarity for a franchise that puts a lot of faith on character evaluation, I kept waiting for a magical turnaround to occur, for the Spurs…