The Trifecta For Utah: Defense, More Defense, Great Defense

Ever since Quin Snyder took over as head coach of the Utah Jazz in 2014-15, the team has experienced continual improvement, both offensively and defensively. Unsurprisingly, this has also resulted in continual improvement in the area that matters most: wins and losses. Utah Jazz Improvement Under Quin Snyder Season Head Coach Off Rtg Rank Def…

Ben Simmons Not Lonzo for ROY

NBA General Managers believe the 2018 Rookie of the Year will be the Lonzo Ball prize. Their case for Lonzo, who is not a scorer but a playmaker, would make more sense if he was on a team of experienced finishers who he had to set up for double digit assists. But the Lakers core…

More Joe Lacob Decisions

Warriors owner Joe Lacob had to be talked into giving Steph Curry the supermax contract of $200 million. Implied in the Lacob talking to by GM Bob Myers is the Lacob paradox. Outwardly, he finds every opportunity to spike the football in everyone else’s face while behind the scenes he has doubts about his golden…

Will “The Process” Reap A Playoff Reward?

Trust the Process. This phrase has rung in the ears of NBA fans throughout the offseason. While superteams formed elsewhere, a core of young, talented players stayed put in Philadelphia. This offseason signaled the end of the tanking years for the Philadelphia 76ers. They possess one of the most exciting young cores in the league,…

All-Star Game Shake Up Won’t Really Matter

The NBA All-Star game is an exhibition game. There have been some compelling moments.  Shaq posterizing David Robinson (1996). Wilt’s 42 points and 24 rebounds in a loss; the winning team scored 196 points (1962). Jerry West’s game winner over Walt Frazier (1972). Jordan dropping 40 in Chicago (1988).  Magic Johnson’s return after he was…

Transcendent and Talented: Nikola Jokic

On February 4, 2017, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic posted 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in a 121-117 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. In honor of his performance, Nuggets head coach Mike Malone bestowed Jokic with the game ball. In return, Malone received an appreciative hug from his 6’10”, 250-pound, Serbian big man.…