Serge and the Raptors Coming to the Playoffs Near You

Serge Ibaka will play for his third team in less than 12 months. Traded from Oklahoma City to the Orlando Magic in June of 2016, Ibaka now is a member of the Toronto Raptors who were desperately seeking help in the front court, particularly a stretch four who could score and rebound. Additionally, Ibaka can…

Waiting is Nothing New For Luol Deng

When he was a boy, the country of Luol Deng’s birth was desecrated by the Second Sudanese Civil War, a war that lasted 22 years and killed close to two million civilians because of starvation and drought and disease. Four million refugees sought life somewhere else. The death toll was the largest of any war…

Mike Dunleavy Not Feeling the ATL, Hawks Playing Hard Ball

Mike Dunleavy was traded over the weekend to the Atlanta Hawks. Naturally he was bummed. He left the prohibitive favorite Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James who makes everyone’s life easier and has to settle for the Hawks who have had an up and down season-currently they are in the up part. But the Hawks have…

Paul Millsap Wants Atlanta But Do They Want Him?

On Sunday, the Atlanta Hawks went out of their way to make it public that Paul Millsap was on the trading block and they were taking offers. The Hawks justified this by saying they didn’t think they could sign their toughest player and emotional team leader once he opts-outs of his $21 million dollar deal…

The Half-Redemption of Byron Scott

Nine months after he coached his last game for the Los Angeles Lakers, Byron Scott is an elusive figure. He is part of the Lakers past but rarely mentioned because his accomplishments were small by design. Scott had a difficult task.  Get young players on the NBA professionalism program and then exit quietly. Though the…

Wade Has Been Great but the Bulls Still Need to Make A Trade

Dwayne Wade is not the best player on the Chicago Bulls but he is the most important player. His leadership, professionalism and championship experience, not to mention his other side of the pillow coolness is a necessary compliment to Jimmy Butler who is the Bulls best player but is inexperienced in playoff basketball. The Butler/Wade…

Doc Rivers and the Bumpy, Clippers Ride

Regardless of how the Los Angeles Clippers have come out the gate like that thoroughbred horse that is streaking to the finish line, Glenn “Doc” Rivers is on the sidelines with a quiet burden buried deep beneath the bone. It won’t go away because it can’t. Losing in the most important game of your career…

The Most Powerful Cavalier is…Not LeBron James

LeBron James is getting increasingly frustrated by the no contract status of J.R. Smith. Smith, an important piece to the Cavs regular season and championship run, is lingering out there in no-man’s land, not in training camp, not involved in two-a-days, not basking in the limelight of being a NBA champion with his other NBA…