LeBron and Steph: Year Three

Hello Trilogy It feels like Steph fatigue and LeBron is back to the best of everything. Has the perception of both players changed in year three? C.J. Hampshire:  Let me quote my girl, Judge Judy. Don’t pee on my leg and say it’s raining.  We all saw it. LeBron had that block and Steph had…

Put Some Respect On KD’s Name

The best team in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors, had zero players on first team All-NBA. It’s a riddle, for sure. How can the Warriors have the best record in the NBA, be the front runners to win the title without one member on the first team? Lack of respect, perhaps, or just haterade?…

Who Is Feeling the Playoff Pressure?

Sports, if nothing else, is performance under pressure and anxiety. In the specific, who can rise to the occasion and distinguish themselves? Can they fight through adversity and come out the winner? The 2017 playoffs will ask and answer those questions. Who has the most to lose by a bad playoffs? The usual suspects. Paul…

Team Durant Lacking a Plan B

Summer superlatives are old news. It feels out of place right about now. Whatever glory and destiny that was bandied about as a possible paper dynasty was created has been temporarily suppressed. Still, the Warriors were pretty much as advertised. No one expected them to get anywhere close to last year’s exceptionalism. On the plus…

The Beautiful and the Ugly: NBA Lottery Edition

The Beauty (2005-11) 2005. Chris Paul. 4th pick. Pre-draft everyone loved Chris Paul. They saw in him a throwback point who could lead a team and score when he needed to, plus a great leader. His only disappointment has been some playoff brain freezes and an inability to get to the Western Conference Finals. He…

Note To Cuban: the Numbers Say Westbrook Is the MVP

Mark Cuban’s talent for verbal expression has put him at odds with nearly most of the NBA who look upon Russell Westbrook’s season as amazing and transcendent.  Last year, Cuban said Westbrook wasn’t a superstar. This year Cuban’s knife was pointed at the back of Russell Westbrook again, at his historic season. Forget Cuban for…

Bold Second Half Predictions

The Houston Rockets will be the second seed in the West and James Harden will win the MVP by less than a 10 vote margin. Mike D’Antoni will win Coach of the Year and redeem his legacy after disastrous turns in New York and Los Angeles. The Spurs will knock off the Rockets in the…

What We Learned in the First Half

The Houston Rockets are the most improved team in the NBA, winning 73% of their games, up a whopping 23%. In the off-season, they added Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon and then turned the offense over to Mike D’Antoni who has revolutionized James Harden. The Rockets are a legitimate contender to knock off the Golden…

MVP: Who You Got (Other than LeBron James)?

Kevin Durant (2-1): Despite all the Durant has no heart memes and hate Durant slurs, guess what? He is still Kevin Durant. He is still a former MVP. He didn’t just forget how to hit threes, rebound and drive to the rim because he left OKC like his house was on fire. Three games. Back…

The Kevin Durant Black Mark

OKC had a Big Three before anyone else. They let it slip away. They gave another team in their conference leverage. James Harden didn’t want to leave OKC in the fall of 2012. It was a money hang up but there was some room for negotiation. Other teams find a way to keep their stars…