What Kyrie Isn’t Saying

Ten days or so before the NBA season is set to begin, Kyrie Irving took matters into his own hands. He told the flat earth he planed to re-sign with the Celtics next summer if he opts-out and becomes an unrestricted free agent. On cue, Celtic fans were relieved and overjoyed. No Kevin Durant like…

Wall and Beal Are Not Elite

The annual GM survey is a rite of passage of the pre-season and carries with it a lot of weight. GM’s have a thankless job of moving the chess pieces around, building teams, and when necessary (Sixers, Suns), burning the house down. They have to reorganize on the fly when a superstar wants out. Because…

Jahlil Okafor Is Not Misunderstood

Of course, in his first preseason game Jahlil Okafor would get injured. You can’t even blame his bust of a career on karma. Okafor hasn’t done enough of anything for karma to have its hooks in him. He just has been awful. Awful in Philadelphia. Awful in Brooklyn. Now in New Orleans more Jahlil Okafor…

L.A. Is In Search of Toughness

Former Laker Caron Butler had a nickname given to him during his time at a Milwaukee juvenile institution.  Tough Juice. It encapsulated the Butler career and made him a fan favorite at all his NBA stops. Fans naturally align themselves to the hardest worker and the grittiest player, the one who doesn’t care about stats…

No One To Fear

For the first time in fifteen years, the Eastern Conference will have an opening night without LeBron James as a member. No Cleveland Cavaliers chalk toss. No Miami Heat grin and shrug. No also-rans East contenders to constantly look over their shoulder to see what LBJ is doing and, frankly, to not be scared of…

Give The Timberwolves An F

The first rule of business negotiation is to never overvalue your product. The second rule of business is that if you are going to lie  make sure your life feels like the truth. On both counts, the Timberwolves have failed. Punched in the face by the Jimmy Butler trade demand, they are the blind leading…

They Won 60 Games and Failed. Where Are They Now?

Three years ago, the Atlanta Hawks did something that had never been done in franchise history. They won 60 games. They accomplished this rare feat without one player scoring more than 16 points. It was the most wins in franchise history and the Hawks sent three players to the All-Star game (Al Horford, Jeff, Teague,…

Pat Riley Doing Some Things?

I hope Pat Riley and the Miami Heat do pull off the Jimmy Butler trade. The East needs some star power and Jimmy Butler’s brand of toughness, grit and in your face bravado is a near perfect match for what the Heat have built culture-wise after LeBron James divorced them. In the Heat locker room,…

For LeBron, The Struggle Is For Real

Because LeBron James has appeared in every NBA Finals since The Decision broke the NBA earth, expectations followed his move to the west coast. Most of the time, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Except for this one teeny tiny thing messing it all up. The team LeBron joined is inexperienced and…

Warriors 3-Peat is On

Because haters are everywhere, there is still discussion on whether the Golden State Warriors are a dynasty. Winning multiple rings doesn’t seem to satisfy the non-believers. Nor does having the best regular season record in NBA history and the best postseason record in NBA history. The doubters attribute the Warriors success to the era they…