Identity and the Golden State Warriors

We talk a lot about identity in sports, how the greatest teams over time, as a collective, develop a specific identity all their own. The Detroit Bad Boy Pistons of the late 1980s had a clear-cut identity.  If you drove Continue reading

2016 NBA Free Agency Winners and Losers

If we’ve learned anything from this wet, hot free agency summer, it’s that neither Hassan Whiteside nor his great, great grandchildren will ever go hungry.  That’s because the Miami Heat will pay him $98 million over the next four years.  Continue reading

Calling for the four-peat: My personal challenge to the Golden State Warriors

Well, we’re at the NBA All-Star break and this just in: The Golden State Warriors are really good.  They are 48-4.  No, that is not a typo. In late January, over a five-game stretch, the defending champions beat the Cavs, Continue reading

The NBA coaching carousel redux

About a month ago, I wrote (but didn’t publish) this piece on David Blatt, head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.  With LeBron James out due to injury, the Eastern Conference favorites had lost nine of ten ball games.  There were Continue reading

A tale of two cities

Argentinians took to the streets of Miami this week in celebration of their World Cup semifinals victory over the Netherlands.  Blue and white shirts and flags adorned the streets of South Beach with every last Argentine partying until last call Continue reading

A fever-inspired, sports world turned upside-down Chumpservations, Vol. 32

I’ve been bed-ridden lately with a pretty nasty fever so I apologize for not contributing my usual batch of internet clutter.  The good news is that my doctor has ruled out mono, halitosis, gingivitis and chronic tardiness so I got Continue reading

Underestimating the San Antonio Spurs

I feel an apology is in order. As a hardcore, self-professed basketball jones, of all people, I should know better than to underestimate the always underestimated San Antonio Spurs.  Somehow, once again, I fell victim to doing so.  I know Continue reading

Chumpservations, Vol. 31: NBA post-season edition

Mom.V.P. I’ve got a mom. For better or for worse, I’m the kind of man I am today because of her. Apparently Kevin Durant is too. In perhaps one of the most moving MVP Award acceptance speeches we’ve ever heard, Continue reading

LeBron and Mario. Brothers?

“There’s this incident that occurs with Michael Jordan and Steve Kerr on a basketball practice floor, where there’s a little tension between them, and eventually Michael reacts to it and hits Steve.  And at that point there’s a turning point Continue reading