The United States of Russ Is Starting To Crack

Three years ago when he was abandoned, Russell Westbrook was the victim, and like all victims, he had his sympathizers, apologists, constituents, fans, and cheering section. A vulnerable Russell Westbrook was familiar. All of us have been, at some point, left by somebody we didn’t expect to leave us. We touch the wound.  Russell Westbrook…

Utah Jazz Are A Little Late

Perhaps if Gail Miller had issued her homily a month earlier during Black History Month when she wasn’t in public relations mode, perhaps then she really would be heroic, as many in the media are making her out to be. But the Jazz owner responded to an ugly incident that is hardly much different than…

Russ the (Not) Best Player

It was nice while it lasted, two years of Russell Westbrook doing just about everything except mopping up the Chesapeake Energy Arena floor in the absence of an elite player. But that it is over. Paul George has arrived and has filled in the Kevin Durant hole. George isn’t Durant. He is not. But he…

Who to Watch, Who to Diss Opening Week

The NBA gets PR. They now how to milk a season and get great expectation/anticipation out of something that hasn’t even happened. They are selling an experience eight weeks before the experience happens. They leak the schedule in August to generate buzz and discussion. They want everyone excited about what is about to happen in…

March Madness Is Suddenly A NBA Thing

March Madness is here and not just college basketball. The NBA has their own version of insanity as teams are hustling to the finish line.  It’s a relief. The 82 game schedule can be mind numbing, like when Orlando is playing Brooklyn.  The season being a gatekeeper for the playoffs is a false but common…

Old-School Russ Ended the Loyalty Debate

Who knew that one defection would alter the career trajectory of Russell Westbrook. Whereas he was happy to be the Kevin Durant partner two seasons ago, Westbrook is now the triple double machine, the I stir the drink in OKC, and I just got paid. Westbrook was offered and accepted the largest contract in NBA…