Russell Westbrook and the Elusive Happy Ending

We talk all things Russell Westbrook, including trading him….. How surprised are you that Kevin Durant didn’t clue Westbrook in on his leaving, that Russ was blindsided by his “friend”? C.J. Hampshire: Was he blindsided? Or was he betrayed? I don’t mean that in terms of leaving the Thunder. Durant is a grown man. He…

The Short Goodbye

Kevin Durant leaves OKC for a team OKC should have beaten in the playoffs. We discuss… OKC is now part of the I left you club. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks lost transformational players to teams on a coast. LeBron, Shaq and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar left the teams that drafted them for California…

All Eyes On the Prize: The Kevin Durant 6

Free Agency for Kevin Durant is almost here. We discuss…. Kevin Durant has identified the six teams he will interview with.  According to Adrian Wojnarwoski of the Vertical, they are the Thunder, Spurs, Warriors, Celtics, Clippers and Heat. Who is the big surprise? C.J. Hampshire: The Clippers. There has always been talk of a seamless…

41 and 2: Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love

Kyrie being brilliant and Kevin Love disappearing has us talking…. Kyrie was spectacular tonight and Kevin Love was…what word would you use to describe his performance? Mallory Stith-Wheat:  Ghastly. Or should it be ghostly? Was he even at the game? Did he hang out with Draymond next door? He played 32 minutes and had two…

LaMarcus Aldridge, Not Ready For Prime Time?

Discussing LaMarcus Aldridge’s freshman year in San Antonio…. It’s been a week of LaMarcus Aldridge being pretty average after a week of him being very dominant. The best thing you can say is he was inconsistent against the Thunder. But is he overrated as a max player? Is that taking the narrative too far? C.J.…

LaMarcus Aldridge: Size Him Up For the Ring?

Talking all things LaMarcus Aldridge…. Last season, Aldridge averaged 23 and 10. This season he averaged 18 and almost 9, in five less minutes. He had career highs in field goal percentage, free throw percentage and a career low in turnovers.  Does he have to win a ring to validate this year? Brendan Gillespie: No.…

D’Angelo Russell: So What Do You Think of Him Now?

Our basketball writers reevaluate the short career of D’Angelo Russell At times, it has felt like D’Angelo Russell’s second pick in the draft bio was more a curse than a blessing as the expectations for him to get out the gate fast were enormous. He could never live up to the hype. Lately, he has…

LeBron Winning In Oakland?

Our Basketball Panel Talks Christmas Day Games Is Warriors-Cavs going to be worth the hype as a Finals rematch? C.J. Hampshire: The Warriors haven’t lost at home. They have their hyper-kinetic style of play. The Cavs are now at full strength even if Kyrie Isn’t 100%. The Cavs want this more than the Warriors. The…