KAT Fading Into Softness

The NBA can be cruel to the weak hearted and the thin skinned. Charles Oakley famously repeated, “No Boys Allowed.” This past season, Karl-Anthony Towns played a man’s game and was skilled and confident at it. He was an All-Star for the first time in his career. if you believe gossip, then KAT is a…

Lou Williams Is No Longer Houston’s Problem

At the 2017 trade deadline, Lou Williams was rescued by the Houston Rockets. The Rockets needed a backup scorer to help in D’Antoni ball. Williams left a last place team (Lakers) where he was a backup guard but their leading shot maker. The point of Lou Williams in Houston was to stack the deck, adding…

Embiid Making the Sixers Must See

Eleven months before Joel Embiid’s historic night at Staples Center,  Embiid had a 33 point, 10 rebound performance against Brooklyn. Though no one knew it last December, 18 games into his pro career was just a scratching of the Embiid surface more than it was a watershed moment. Fully healthy, the outgoing, reactive, highly skilled…

The Win-Now Pistons Not Looking In the Mirror

I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways. (Michael Jackson) Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy has alerted all comers that the Detroit Pistons are about winning and not about development. According to reports, they are willing to trade their lottery pick for veteran help. They want to get…

The Long and Hot Hawks Summer

The Hawks new GM, Travis Schlenk, has a full plate and a lot to consume. The first item on the agenda is Paul Millsap. Millsap has opted out his contract and will be on the wish list just for his toughness alone. But his 2016-17 season, Millsap’s first playing with Dwight Howard, was a mixed…

Kevin Durant vs. the Greats

Quiet as it’s been kept, Kevin Durant is having a career year (including the playoffs) in this most controversial season. He is better than he has ever been. In the regular season, his performance was under the radar because of what his former teammate Russell Westbrook did without him, and what his former teammate James…

De’Aaron Fox, Not Lonzo Ball

While Lonzo Ball (and his outrageous father) were the recipients of extraordinary attention during the NCAA tournament, the point guard at Kentucky was primarily ignored by the collective media and not because of his game. De’Aaron Fox has top of the lottery talent but at Kentucky John Calipari is the blinding light. Fox, a John…

Rudy Gay To The…Desperate?

Every summer, the Rudy Gay will make your team better or the Rudy Gay will make your team more efficient once he’s off your roster marches across the NBA as teams try to fill holes in the roster with athleticism and shooters. Rudy Gay checks the box. He is athletic. And he can shoot. But the…