It Never Rains On Jerry West

Once upon a time, Jerry West was the General Manager of a 39 win Lakers team. He had plans…. This is how you build. You take one piece at a time. You risk that piece because you are a tough man. You are a courageous man. You have a long and short memory. You marry…

Jersey Retirement Completes the Shaq Trifecta

When the Heat announced last winter they were retiring Shaquille O’Neal’s No. 32 jersey (in a celebration to be held sometime during the 2016-17 season), it was a jaw dropping say what? moment. The way it ended with O’Neal and Pat Riley, open flesh wounds, the bridge still burning, embers still hanging in the wind,…

Shaq and A.I. Together Again

When Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson are shoulder to shoulder tonight, when they are inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame as the most extraordinary and iconic players of their generation, and after their numbers are reduced to a sum, there they will stand, two brilliant NBA scorers who, once upon a time, were the…

Will Dirk Pass Shaq Tonight?

In the spring of 1998 when Dirk Nowitzki of Germany was drafted with the 9th pick by the Milwaukee Bucks and then traded to the Dallas Mavericks, no one in the room every thought to say: “Someday Dirk will pass Shaquille O’Neal on the all-time scoring list”. That sort of thinking would have been laughed…

Lakers vs. 76ers: The Iverson Game

Every now and then extraordinary things happen in ordinary time. Such was the case on June 6th 2001 when Allen Iverson arrived in L.A. to play the defending champion Lakers who were 11-0 in the playoffs. It was supposed to be a NBA Finals rout. The Lakers incentivized dominance. Teams feared the Shaq-Kobe duo, the…