FIBA’s happy ending

When we last left our not-so-merry band of American underachievers, they were finishing seventh overall in a basketball tournament held around the globe. Hosting these games in China did all red-blooded American basketball fans a favor by sparing us the Continue reading

One more free agency post can’t hurt…

Kawhi Leonard is a Los Angeles Clipper.  In case you missed it, Paul George is too. In the biggest clandestine operation of the summer, the two west coast kids from Los Angeles County, who are pretty darn good at basketball, Continue reading

Book Review: KD: Kevin Durant’s Relentless Pursuit to Be the Greatest by Marcus Thompson II

Kevin Durant is a fascinating, NBA character study.  His story is not entirely unique, unless you consider the fact that everything that happened to him happened to arguably the best basketball player on the planet.  His life’s story, like so Continue reading

Ten pressing questions about today’s (and tomorrow’s) NBA

1… Was the Toronto Raptors winning the title good for the league? In a word, yes.  Just as Golden State three-peating would have been good for the league, introducing new blood is never a bad thing.  The league and its Continue reading

Warriors, Rockets, Whistles and Refs

“It’s kind of disheartening.  The talk over the last few days was nothing about basketball and everything about foul calls.  Is that what this game is coming to?” –       Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors It’s finally upon us. No disrespect Continue reading

Kevin Durant, James Harden behind in All-Star voting… and rightfully so

The latest NBA All-Star voting shows Kevin Durant and James Harden, two perennial league favorites, on the outside of that starting lineup looking in. Shocked?  You shouldn’t be because this year, that can only mean that fans are finally paying Continue reading

The most meaningless stat of them all

Numbers are lifeblood to the history of sports.  They help us compare one player to another and one generation to the next.  Quite often, they signify greatness:  714.  .400.  16-0.   These numbers all hold meaning. But statistics can also be Continue reading

Houston Hopes Handsome Harden Handshake Doesn’t Humiliate

Let’s talk about James Harden for a moment. On Saturday evening, the Rockets announced that they had signed James Harden to the richest contract ever awarded an NBA player.  Harden’s “supermax” extension will pay him $228 million through 2023.  If Continue reading

Two times it’s okay to lose a wager

When it comes to losing money, I do it with flair. Don’t get me wrong.  I’d much rather win all my wagers, kick back in the Caribbean sipping rum drinks out of pineapples and freely pilot my Learjet to Las Continue reading