Phil Jax Has Failed Is Not Fake News

It’s both easy and hard to judge Phil Jackson’s tenure as President of the NY Knicks. If you look at the record he has accumulated, you can say with a straight face he has failed. The Knicks have not been to the playoffs in his tenure. But, the Knicks have also been hamstrung by a…

The Andrew Bogut Revenge Fantasy Is Off The Table

Call it unlucky. Call it karma. Call it beware of what you ask for. It took less than two minutes for Andrew Bogut to start and stop the tour that would take him [eventually] back to Oracle and the NBA Finals. The fantasy of cutting down the nets as the Oakland faithful watched on in…

Buss On Buss Crime: Jeanie Wins Round 1

Black Tuesday-the entire Lakers front office blown to pieces while Magic Johnson restored order-feels anticlimactic compared to Friday when they had their Jeanie Buss firewall tested. Ruthlessly ousted Jim Buss meted out phase one of his revenge. With one of his brothers [Johnny] at his side and the only ally in this Battle of Shiloh…

The Great Chase: The Wiz Eyeing #2 Seed

Remember when the Wizards were a miserable product to watch? Remember when they blew big leads at home? Remember when John Wall couldn’t shoot in the clutch? Remember when Wall turned the ball over in key moments? Remember when the Wiz failed on the court? Remember when more Laker fans showed up than Wizard fans?…

D’Antoni Talking Toughness, Morey Talking Threes

After the home loss to the Pacers on Monday night, normally even tempered and often relaxed Mike D’Antoni ripped into his team calling them soft, which, on the face of it, considering the messenger, seemed out of place. Toughness has never been what D’Antoni teams have been about, particularly physical toughness. But perhaps, D’Antoni wasn’t…

They Failed the Free Agent Test

Anticipation was the name of the game in July when free agents signed contracts with new teams; perhaps there was even hope. Nearly eight months later there has been resignation, shock and awe, and whispers about damaged goods. All free agents are not good free agents. This is the Vampire Squid list. Vampire Squids are…

Shaq and Warriors In JaVale McGee Beef

One of the most entertaining pieces of television is Shaqtin’ A Fool. With full fledged commentary by Shaquille O’Neal, it highlights NBA players, millionaires many times over, as they make hilarious on the court mistakes you often see third graders make. It is hilarious when the ball bounces off of someone’s head or when a…

The Quick Exile of the Ordinary Son

…he left a gigantic shadow for all sports. It would be ridiculous to say he’s the greatest owner we ever had but he was… he’s going to be missed. He’s really going to be missed. (Jerry West ) This isn’t a movie. The hero isn’t exonerated. The hero doesn’t slay his oppressor. Nor is it…

Mitch Kupchak At The End of the World

Jerry West announced his retirement from the Lakers in the summer of 2000. Directly responsible for the first post-Showtime title, the timing was perfect. Look at what he had done. He brought Kobe Bryant to Los Angeles in a trade. He signed Shaquille O’Neal as a free agent. He traded for Robert Horry after Horry…