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…

Brandon Jennings Is Back and He’s Humble

When the Detroit Pistons traded Brandon Jennings to Orlando at the trade deadline, Jennings was coming off of an Achilles injury and no longer fit in Detroit. He was replaced by Reggie Jackson. It was hard to imagine the free agent to be landing somewhere relevant. The book on Jennings was he was a good point…

Rose Voted Back On the Island (For 15 games)

Tom Thibodeau saved a drowning man. He did what no other NBA GM was willing to do. He rescued Derrick Rose. He offered Derrick Rose a contract for the rest of the season and for the T-Wolves that is 15 games. The same number of games Isaiah Thomas played for the Cavs, Derrick Rose will…

Someone Is Trying To Steal James Harden’s MVP

If you believe the hype, the MVP trophy is signed, sealed and already delivered in a box to Mr. James Harden of the Houston Rockets. Once again, Harden is asserting himself as the best offensive shooting guard since Kobe Bryant. He’s leading the league in scoring. He’s third in assists. He is second in Real…

The Basketball Gods Hate Boogie

If you are the kind of person that believes in karma, then perhaps the injury to DeMarcus Cousins on Friday night, as devastating as it is, Achilles rehab for a year, is the consequence for whatever is in Boogie’s past the Basketball God’s just don’t like. His past makes me think Cousins was born on…

Mirotic Is Ruining Everything

This year’s draft has a dominant top three. There is Luka Doncic, the thrilling 18 year old Slovenian who is his own personal highlight reel currently ruling Spain. There is DeAndre Ayton, the big man from Arizona, and Marvin Bagley III, the big man from Duke. Philly has shown the NBA what happens when you…