Greg Monroe’s Irrelevant Career

Greg Monroe is 28 years old. He is in the prime of his career. He is 6-11. He has NBA experience. But he could only wrestle a one year contract out of the Toronto Raptors, a paltry $2.2 million. Three years ago, a free agent Greg Monroe signed a max contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.…

Mike in Milwaukee

In the 2014-15 NBA season, the Atlanta Hawks put on a basketball clinic, finishing with 60 wins and the first seed in the Eastern Conference. This team was different, however, than most historically great teams, as no player on that roster averaged over 17 points per game. They had no specific first option, no superstar…

A Knee Crises

Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose were 24 years old when knee injuries readjusted everything. Rose in 2012 was driving to the rim for a meaningless score in a playoff game that was already decided when he tore his ACL and limped off while the city of Chicago held a collective gasp. True sorrow is for…

The Jordan Clarkson Odds

The Lakers drafted two players in 2014, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. Randle was the sure thing and Clarkson was the question mark. Four years later, Clarkson was a non-factor in the NBA Finals and a teammate of LeBron James.  Randle, after a good year, signed a two year average salary ($17 million) to play…

The Kyle Lowry Problem

Philly through and through, Kyle Lowry embodies everything that Philly is. Strong. Tough. Chip on his shoulder. Emotional. Dug in. It is the dug in part that has the Toronto Raptors on pause. Lowry isn’t giving anything up, not yet.  No one knows what Lowry is feeling because he hasn’t really said what he is…

July Winners and Losers

The most important month of the NBA season when the NBA is not in season is July. That is when talent leaves one team, joins another. That is when dreams soak franchises with joy and potential to be great- or at the very least-better than they were three months ago. July moves make an average…

LeBron Beats MJ

LeBron James already is the greatest player of his generation but the climb is an uphill one to pass Micheal Jordan just for the fact that Michael never lost a NBA Finals and Michael never left the team that drafted him when he was in his prime and Michael dealt with being punked by the…

Nuggets Defensive Issues Make Them Vulnerable

The last time the Denver Nuggets made the playoffs, it was 2013. LeBron James and the Miami Heat had beaten Tim Duncan’s Spurs. The New York Knicks were the 2nd seed in the East. Kevin Durant was leading the charge for his Oklahoma City Thunder. Damian Lillard was the Rookie of the Year. Now entering…

DeMar DeRozan and Klay Thompson

DeMar DeRozan had the first 50 point game of his career on New Years Day. It was the first 50 points ever in Toronto Raptors history. DeRozan was having a career year already for the Raptors. His 52 points in overtime against the Milwaukee Bucks only added to his All-Star case. He said, “Trying to…