The D’Angelo Russell We Know

When the Lakers bypassed a big man for a point guard in last June’s draft, the expectations of a Magic Johnson-like playmaker became the presumption and fueled the frenzied hopes of the masses of Lakers optimists who have been drowning in epic sorrows for the past three years. That’s how far the franchise has fallen, banking…

Let’s Talk Rookie of the Year for Brandon Ingram

Brandon Ingram’s debut was pretty close to what was expected. His 7-3 wingspan caused nightmares for the Pelicans front court. His mid-range shooting fit within his skill level and reminded everyone there was a reason Ingram could have been the number one pick in last month’s draft. There was one play that made the Las…

Harrison Barnes and the $95 Million Gut Check

If a player’s status is dependent upon his achievement in the NBA playoffs, then Harrison Barnes was an abject failure in 2015-16. Barnes June swoon of a performance has attached labels to him of overrated, soft and not a max player. Shrugging the criticism off like unnecessary dirt on his suit, is Mark Cuban. He…

Deron Williams Homecoming: One and Done?

Deron Williams has decided to opt-out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. The last time Deron Williams was an unrestricted free agent he was pursued from coast to coast with all sentences beginning with 100 million. Those days are long past for the Dallas point guard who has not played a 70…

Ibaka Out, Oladipo In, Durant…????

It was a win-win strategical move for Sam Presti and the OKC Thunder. After a 7 year run that netted zero titles, the Thunder moved Serge Ibaka down south and brought in shooting guard, Victor Oladipo. It did three things at the same time. The Thunder now have a scoring backcourt. Oladipo has to be…

All Eyes On Me

He has been here before. But not like this. He has played in a Game 7 before. But not with such a large burden upon his shoulders. He has been dominant in the Finals before. But not dominant like this; he may win the MVP even if he loses. His legacy has been debated before,…

Harrison Barnes Where Art Thou?

If the Warriors lose Game 7, if their NBA Finals dream goes up in a smoke thicker than the Santa Ana winds, if the Warriors don’t repeat as champions and if their 73 win historic season becomes nothing more than a regular season footnote without a dramatic ending, then you can point to Harrison Barnes.…

The Cavs Very Ugly Game 6 History

For the fourth time in seven years, the Cleveland Cavaliers will play in a game 6 to save their season. Three straight times they have lost. They lost on the road in 2009 to Orlando in the Eastern Conference Finals as they had no answer for Dwight Howard. They lost the next year in Boston…

An Olympic Gold Medal Is on Shaky Ground

Chris Paul was the first to withdraw. Then Steph Curry. Then Russell Westbrook. Then James Harden. Then LaMarcus Aldridge. That’s five of the Western Conference 2016 All-Stars. 41% of the team that was in Toronto in February have said no thank you, I want my summer back. Paul, Curry, and Westbrook are the top three…