No One To Fear

For the first time in fifteen years, the Eastern Conference will have an opening night without LeBron James as a member. No Cleveland Cavaliers chalk toss. No Miami Heat grin and shrug. No also-rans East contenders to constantly look over their shoulder to see what LBJ is doing and, frankly, to not be scared of…

A Knee Crises

Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose were 24 years old when knee injuries readjusted everything. Rose in 2012 was driving to the rim for a meaningless score in a playoff game that was already decided when he tore his ACL and limped off while the city of Chicago held a collective gasp. True sorrow is for…

Getting the Klay Thompson 2011 Draft Right

It usually takes four to six seasons to finally understand everything a player can do. Can he score? Rebound? Can he absorb pressure? Is he a contact player, tough at the rim? Can he take physical punishment and still score? How is he built mentally? Does he shy away from moments of consequence or attack…

Kyrie For Kawhi Is A Discussion Worth Having

When Kyrie Irving is healthy again (2018-19) it will be the last year of his contract before an opt-out. When Kawhi Leonard is healthy again (2018-19) it will be the last year of his contract before an opt-out. Both players are NBA stars with multiple All-Star exhibition games on the resume and both have a…

Kyrie-Isaiah Trade: Paradise Lost

When Kyrie Irving emphatically shocked his employer, the Cleveland Cavaliers, with his insistence to run away from LeBron James, something no one has ever publicly said they wanted to do, it turned the NBA world [and the Cavaliers] upside down. First, it erased a myth that players would sell their soul to draw a gasp…

The Death of Honor

On July 10, 2014, Kyrie Irving signed a max extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The next day, LeBron James announced his intention to return home, blowing to smithereens the Kyrie as star narrative.  Almost four years later, a lot of backwards and forwards leads to revisionist history. What if? Had the Miami Heat not been…

Someone is Missing the “Kid”

The Cavaliers miss Kyrie Irving. They miss the scorer playmaker who could do things off the dribble. They miss his arrogance in the fourth quarter mixed in with his three point shot making. They miss his slicing and dicing talent and how young he is. They miss the whole Kyrie Irving package, dagger threes, playmaking,…

So, What Were They Thinking in 2017?

NBA GM’s:  Charlotte, Detroit, Miami, Portland, Chicago, Milwaukee, Indiana, Atlanta, OKC, Brooklyn, Toronto, Utah, Orlando, all of them missed out on Kyle Kuzma. And that’s for slots in the draft after 10. Kuzma was drafted 27th by the Nets and traded to the Lakers in the Brook Lopez deal. Kuzma is one of the leaders…