Will Kyrie Follow the Kobe More Rings Template?

It takes two to tango but only one to request a trade that changes the course of a potential NBA dynasty. In the case of Kobe Bryant and Kyrie Irving, ditching their lead partner gave them a new lease on their NBA lives. Toxic situations like that of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles…

Kyrie Expectations

Celtics New Faces: Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum (R), Marcus Morris, Shane Larkin, Aron Baynes, Abdel Nader 2016-17 Regular Season Record: 53-29 2016-17 Celtics Weaknesses: 28th: Two Point Attempts. 27th: Total Rebounding. 23rd: Blocks.  22nd: Offensive Rebounding, Defensive Rebouding. 2016-17 Celtics Strengths:  2nd: 3-Point Percentage (Defense). 3rd: 3-Pointers Made, 3-Pointers Attempted, Free Throw Percentage.  4th: Assists. 7th: Points.   8th: Two-Point Percentage, Offensive Rating.   9th: Field Goal Percentage (Defense). 10th: Free Throws…

Divorce On: LeBron and Kyrie Are Over

Kyrie wanted out and  now he is out. LeBron wanted him gone and now he is gone. So goes the soap opera that was unthinkable 14 months ago but this is how quickly the NBA version of a telenovela can turn for the worst. The victims here aren’t James or Irving. Both will get paid…

The Sensitivity of Damian Lillard

It’s not that surprising that Damian Lillard bristles at being compared to Kyrie Irving as an example of a non-MVP player leading a team. The comparison was made by ESPN writer Tom Haberstroh and Lillard didn’t find it complimentary. Haberstroh was trying to make the argument that Kyrie leaving a championship team to go solo…

Kyrie Thinking About Kyrie (Again)

That Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland may be shocking news to some since no one in their right mind willingly gives up the LeBron James gift, but not only is Irving ready to part ways with all things King James, he is willing to leave millions on the table to do it. Kyrie is…

The Kobe System: Teach (Kyrie, Gordon, Isaiah) Don’t Preach

The toughest, most brilliant moment on a Sunday evening in June came down to a couple of dribbles followed by the biggest shot of Kyrie Irving’s career that ended a 89-89 tie and thrust the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time in their history into the NBA record books as champions. After the hugging and…

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…

The Top 10 Stories of 2016

1. History Anyone?: The Cleveland Cavaliers, down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, on the brink of elimination and sending LeBron James to his fifth NBA Finals loss, got a break when Draymond Green was suspended in Game 5. The Cavs soared in a must win game behind 82 points courtesy of Kryie Irving and LeBron…

Greg Oden is No Anthony Bennett

Greg Oden recently declared he was the “biggest bust” in NBA history. Yes, perhaps, if you forget there was such a person as Anthony Bennett. In 2013, the Cleveland Cavaliers had the number one pick in the NBA Draft. They chose Anthony Bennett. To say that Bennett shouldn’t have been a number one pick on…

Defense Ain’t My Game: Being Kyrie Irving and James Harden

It’s so easy to credit players for their outstanding offense that fans often forget about the importance of defense in basketball. Two stars with equally terrible defensive reputations are Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Both players are crucial on offense but liabilities on defense. Kyrie Irving is considered one of the worst point guards defensively,…