Mario Chalmers to Grizzlies Will Not Save Them

Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo Sports is reporting on a finalized deal to send Mario Chalmers (Miami) to Memphis for Beno Udrih. It is remarkable what the Memphis Grizzlies have pulled off these last few years as they tried to be the outlier. They won 56 games in 2012-13 and went to the Western Conference Finals, losing…

Blake Griffin as Invisible Man

Where were you on December 25th 2011? The Los Angeles Clippers were in Oakland playing the first game of the season. The season was seven weeks late in starting because the NBA lockout had dragged on until finally the players caved. A 66 game schedule was ready to begin which was how the Clippers landed…

Jeff Teague’s Clinic in South Beach

Hawks 98, Heat 92 No one really appreciates the Atlanta Hawks. They say they do. They rave about the Hawks unselfish offense where it seems everyone touches the ball. They compliment Paul Millsap at 6-9 and tough as nails, expanding his game to perimeter shooting and being the leader of the team. They admire Al…

Michael Jordan’s Hornets Still Can’t Score

Hawks 94, Hornets 92 The Charlotte Hornets were one of the busier franchises this summer. Because they were a top-10 defensive team last year but couldn’t put the ball in the hole, and because Michael Jordan is intent on making the playoffs, Jordan jettisoned familiar players across the country and brought new players in. It all had a…

Thabo Sefolosha Returns to Manhattan

Thabo Sefolosha was back in New York City but for the right reasons this time. The Atlanta Hawks were in town to play the New York Knicks. This time there was no nightclub stabbing, police altercation, broken leg for Sefolosha, arrest, trial, enduring pain. There was just the Atlanta Hawks decimation of the local team…

Knicks: The Team Phil Jackson Built Off to a Good Start

The New York Knicks, rebuilding while they have a superstar, leaned upon Phil Jackson to plug up a lot of holes after a dismal season and if their first night was any indication, Jackson still knows how basketball players fit. He drafted Kristaps Porzingas who everyone belittled on draft night. Porzingas, the first Knicks rookie…

Derrick Rose: 22 Shots In New Offense

(Chicago 97, Cleveland 95) Shortly after his first preseason game, Derrick Rose was effusive in his commentary about the new Bulls offense instituted by rookie head coach Fred Hoiberg who, like the rest of us, was bored to tears by the offense under defensive guru Tom Thibodeau. Specifically, Rose felt stifled by the deliberate sets…