The NBA Needs An Elite Player Bonus

Karl-Anthony Towns is going to be in the same financial stratosphere as Finals MVP Kevin Durant. At first glance, Towns salary extension makes it seem as if the NBA is a socialist business model. It is not. It is capitalism all the way which means it’s not Towns fault he is getting what the system…

2018-19: The Overpaid and Still Waiting to Be Paid

106 days have come and gone since the Golden State Warriors repeated as NBA champions. As another season is about to begin with training camp, media interviews, scrimmages and five on five, players on vacation are now players who have to work. The business of basketball is about enormous salaries and who can possibly live…

The Billionaire Boys Club Gets a Win

Two days after the NBA concluded their investigation of the Dallas Mavericks and found a culture that harmed women, created fear and trauma, and was in many instances predatory and corrupt, the focus is on NBA training camp, LeBron James in Los Angeles, and Dirk Nowitzki’s last year. The NBA has neatly closed a chapter…

Jimmy Butler Crash and Burn

The 30th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft is attempting a palace coup. Except Jimmy Butler wants out of the palace. Trying to manipulate where Tom Thibodeau sends him by giving him a list of three teams he will sign an extension with is NBA star 101. It’s how the game is played. The agent…

The Jimmy Butler Way: Teammates Not Friends

Take the best teams of all time. You will find more teammates who didn’t hang out together and didn’t party together and didn’t spend birthdays together and didn’t have family vacations together than you will find best friends. Friends are hard to come by in any walk of life and most of the time your…

Boston Ugliness

His name matters less than what he did and who he plays for and how that team- the Boston Celtics- have to pay Jabari Bird a little bit more than a million dollars. The Celtics drafted a player who tried to kill someone. It is that simple. It is also a cold dose of reality…

David Fizdale and the Culture

Once again, the New York Knicks are starting from scratch as their newly hired head coach, David Fizdale, is about to embark on the most important job of his career. Coaching the Knicks, regardless of the state of the roster and the projections and who and what they don’t have still makes the earth turn. …

Mike Conley: The $153 Million Gamble That Failed

There’s a French proverb that says gambling is the son of avarice and the father of despair. Meaning that gamblers are either greedy or crying. The Memphis Grizzlies are less the former and more the latter. They signed Mike Conley to what was at the time the richest deal in NBA history, $153 million. In…

Andrew Bynum Wants Back In

As if he was never here, hardly a mention of his name echoes. Reduced to the irrelevant, he is to some, those who gloss over his presence, a trivia question: name the Lakers starting center in their epic 2010 NBA Finals Game 7? In that still talked about, still reminisced game, there are a lot of…