The Pat Riley Shaky Decision Meter

It was an exceptional day for Pat Riley on July 1, 2016. He was smiling, his face nearly breaking because of it. The reason he was giddy¬†was his prized free agent Hassan Whiteside had just inked a max deal that would pay him $22 million, $23 million this year, $25 million in 2018-19 and a…

The Chris Paul-NOLA Chapter Slammed Shut

A decade ago, the New Orleans Hornets beat the Dallas Mavericks and advanced to the Western Conference Semi’s losing in seven games to the San Antonio Spurs. 23 year old Chris Paul, a baby in the league, led the way during that playoff run, averaging 24 points and 11 assists. His partner in crime was…

Rick Pitino’s Kids Doing Things

Rick Pitino may not have a coaching job anymore but his tenacity, toughness and edge are in the NBA playoffs by way of the two players he mentored, 24 year old Terry Rozier and 21 year old Donovan Mitchell. Rozier played for Pitino and Louisville for two years (2013-15) before declaring for the NBA draft.…

Eric Bledsoe’s Disappearing Act

Three years ago, Eric Bledsoe held the Phoenix Suns hostage until they paid him a max deal. It was a familiar negotiation. You know me so what are you going to pay me? Maybe the Suns hesitated for so long because they had a clue that in 2018 in the playoffs Bledsoe’s PER would be…

Oladipo Doesn’t Care About You Trashing His Chances

A stranger to the casual NBA fan who only tunes in once the playoffs start, Victor Oladipo was the best player on the floor on a Sunday afternoon in Cleveland. For someone with a limited playoff resume and no playoff resume as¬†the man,¬†Oladipo¬†pretty much shut everyone up who said his regular season was just the…

There Will Be No Trading of Klay Thompson…Ever

Game one: 27 points. +22. 84%. 83% from three. 36 minutes. 1 turnover. As rumors go, the trading of Klay Thompson was one of those imaginary what-ifs that fell flat on its ridiculous face over the 2017 summer. But several years ago. Jerry West, somewhat of a Thompson apologist, nixed a deal that would have…

Rudy Gay Mind Over Matter

Before they play their first NBA game, a select group of rookies are sold as potential talents. Then the waiting game starts in earnest. Year one, show a spark. Year two, build on experience. Year three, break out. At some point, the waiting becomes tiresome, a burden, and so everyone just quits. Then it changes…

Coaches and Dwight Howard: Here’s the Math

Dwight Howard has this legacy attached him. Apart from caring only about money. Apart from hating shooting guards. Apart from his mouth moving and not knowing if he is lying or if he is um…lying. Apart from his 1980’s game that hasn’t left the decade of Iran/Contra where big men parked in the lane and…