Roy Hibbert Wanted His Money

Roy Hibbert wanted his money. He wanted his money more than he wanted a spot in the rotation. He wanted his money more than he wanted the coach’s approval. He wanted his money more than he wanted the boos to stop in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Larry Bird positioned Hibbert between a rock and a hard…

The Night DeAndre Jordan Destroyed Mark Cuban

After a whirlwind of events that caused a ripple through two organizations, DeAndre Jordan reneged on his verbal committment to join the Dallas Mavericks hours before he was set to sign his contract. Like a nervous groom just before his wedding day, Jordan’s cold feet caused a chain reaction. It was euphoria for the Clippers…

Yes, 7 Footers Do Shrink

When the Lakers traded Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn for Brook Lopez, after the hallelujah chorus got over themselves and rational thought prevailed, the trade was penciled in as an upgrade. Similar to Cleveland, Mozgov didn’t fit the Lakers style. The Lakers want to run and Mozgov was plodding and slow in his one year with…

The Charlotte Truth: We Are What Our Record Says We Are

The 1996-97 Charlotte Hornets were 54-28. To date, it’s the best single-season record in franchise history. Unfortunately, it resulted in an unimpressive 4th place finish in the Central Division, a playoff 6-seed and ultimately, a first round sweep courtesy of the New York Knicks. The narrative is telling. Try as they might, the Hornets have…

Larry Bird Start Over

When Paul George went down with an injury in the summer of 2014, Larry Bird looked at what was in front of him and saw a slow team trying to compete when all around him was quickness and three point shooting. In a twist of irony, the Paul George injury was the best thing that…

Jim Buss Has Left The Building

It is the exit. Finally.  The last attempt by Jim Buss to save his fledgling basketball career has failed. He was unable to cut his sister out of the family executive coffers and put himself in.  He has been removed as a trustee and his younger sister Janie has taken his place.  He has no…

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,…

Kemba and the Promised Land

New Faces: Roy Hibbert, Ramon Sessions, Brian Roberts, Marco Belinelli, Christian Wood, 2015-16 Regular Season Record: 48-34 2015-16 Regular Season Achievements: 4th: Defensive Rebounding. 5th: Free Throw Percentage. 8th: 3-Point Percentage, Defensive Raiting. 9th: Offensive Rating. Leading Scorer: Kemba Walker: 20.9 Leading Rebounder(s): Al Jefferson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams: 6.4 In response to their 28th ranked offense and missing out on…

Vogel’s Vengeance

On May 12, 2016, the Orlando Magic were thrown for a huge loop: their first year head coach, Scott Skiles, suddenly resigned.  It was especially odd, considering that Skiles had just guided the Magic to a 35-47 record, a 10 win improvement from the previous season.  Now what were the Magic to do?  Luckily for…