The John Wall Moment: Second Best In the East

John Wall is at his best when he has a chip on his shoulder. In Wall’s case, a mad player is not a bad player. Wall’s current level of angst is being excluded from the NBA’s marketing, touting a new season There are the usual suspects. There¬† is Steph and Durant and LeBron and Kyrie.…

Hayward Ugly Injury Changes the East

Five minutes into the NBA season and the NBA season was changed. It can happen that fast in sports. You think you have done everything right. You have fleeced a ridiculously naive owner into draft picks. You trade down for a scorer. You pull off a trade for someone who won the NBA Finals on…

The Warriors Are The Favorites But They Can Be Tripped Up

Lets sum up the NBA. The Cleveland Cavaliers possess a series of aging stars. The Houston Rockets lack a strong frontcourt. The biggest addition for the Oklahoma City Thunder looks to join the Lakers during his free agency next year. The Spurs possess just one All-Star caliber player. The Celtics are lacking a league-wide top…

The Cavs Backcourt: Questions and Questions

Fresh off a gentleman’s sweep in last year‚Äôs Finals, the Cavs retooled their roster and rebooted their style of play with the additions of Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, and Dwyane Wade. With 17 All-Star appearance between the three, 12 by Wade, it would appear that the Cavs can once again stand toe to toe with…

More Valuable: Kawhi or Draymond?

Three years ago, Kawhi Leonard beat out Draymond Green to win Defensive Player of the Year. But Draymond Green won the NBA championship.¬† In 2015-16, Kawhi Leonard won Defensive Player of the Year again. But history didn’t repeat itself. Draymond Green lost the NBA championship.¬† Last June, Dray pulled off the doube-double: a title and…

There Is Nothing Sad About Anthony Bennett

In a Darwinian survival of the fittest chess move- or survival of the most talented to be more accurate- beleaguered Anthony Bennett was waived by the Phoenix Suns. He was trying to make a comeback after a career that has flailed, been broken, rarely showed glimpses of special, taken him to the east and west…

Otto Porter’s $24 Million Is A Pressure Cooker

Wizards New Faces: Mike Scott, Jodie Meeks, Tim Frazier, Donald Sloan, Carrick Felix Wizards 2016-17 Weaknesses: ¬†30th:¬†Center Points.¬†29th:¬†Bench Points. 25th:¬†Points in the Paint.¬†24th:¬†Defensive Rebounding, Blocks, Field Goal Percentage Defense. ¬†23rd:¬†Frontcourt Points.¬†¬†22nd: ¬†Total Rebounding, Free Throw Attempts.¬†21st: Opponent Points.¬†¬†20th:¬†3-Point Attempts, 3-Point Defense, Defensive Rating. Wizards 2016-17 Strengths: ¬†2nd:¬†Steals.¬†3rd:¬†Field Goal Percentage, Non-Paint Points, Starters Points. ¬†4th: Fast…

Rockets: All Hype or The Real Deal?

The pairing of Chris Paul and James Harden has re-stimulated Rockets fans excitement, so much so, that on opening night against the Warriors expectations are very high. The trade for Chris Paul, as well as reeling in various other pieces including PJ Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute, has prompted a large number of experts…

Will Kyrie Follow the Kobe More Rings Template?

It takes two to tango but only one to request a trade that changes the course of a potential NBA dynasty. In the case of Kobe Bryant and Kyrie Irving, ditching their lead partner gave them a new lease on their NBA lives. Toxic situations like that of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles…