Ghosts of 40 years ago turn on the Golden State Warriors

This is a column I’ve dreaded having to write for this whole season, especially since the Golden State Warriors went down 3-1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In case you’re just putting yourself together this Monday morning or you’re reading this in the year 2056, the Warriors just became the first team in NBA history […]

Frank Vogel in Orlando is the right coach for the right team at the right time

Fun. That’s the most important part of all of this. Frank Vogel was introduced as the Orlando Magic’s 12th coach in franchise history Monday, and that’s what he talked about. “We’re going to win and we’re going to have fun winning,” he told the assembled media. “We’re going to win and we’re going to have […]

Five NBA Draft Lottery Thoughts, 2016 style

The NBA’s version of Socialism meets Luck took place again, the always entertaining-but-you-never-really-know-why Draft Lottery. The Philadelphia 76ers “won,” which, thanks to Dikembe Mutumbo, had all the drama of fence paint drying on a 90-degree day. This is a landmark date, though, on the NBA calendar. One player can shift the fortunes of a franchise […]

during game one of the NBA Western Conference Final at ORACLE Arena on May 16, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

NBA admits a travel should have been called on Russell Westbrook

Taking a page out of young George Washington’s book, the NBA snitched on itself for a missed traveling violation that should’ve been called on Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook late in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals versus the Golden State Warriors last night. Occurring with the Thunder leading by three, the no-call prevented the Thunder from ever […]

Nate McMillan a good hire no one seemingly wants to admit

Dropping hints of breaking news that could be done anytime, but choosing a Saturday night to do so, is the equivalent of trying to climb the tree to your bedroom window hoping your parents sleeping on the couch don’t realize you’re sneaking in at 3 a.m. when they saw you last go to bed at […]

Scott Brooks wants to focus on the Wizards, not Kevin Durant

In his first press conference as coach of the Washington Wizards, Scott Brooks had to get an early question about soon-to-be free agent Kevin Durant, right? Wrong. Fifteen minutes went by before someone finally asked the question that needed to be asked. “Let’s get this out of the way: Are you going to bring Kevin Durant […]

Pacers primed for playoffs with wins over foes riding out the string

If you’re the sort of person who believes in karma … good for you. I mean, if someone says anything mean about you believing in it, you assume something bad’s going to happen to them, so I’ve got to stay positive here. You also probably think the Indiana Pacers had this coming this year. After […]

Pacers may need wholesale changes, and soon

The Chicago Bulls were dead to rights Tuesday night. Losers of four straight, including two to the languishing Knicks and one to the perpetually awful Orlando Magic, they trailed the Indiana Pacers in their home gym late in spite of easily putting in more physical effort over the course of the game. At three games […]

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Chandler Parsons’ injury means the smart play is to opt in with Dallas this summer

The mediocre road paved with cheap pea gravel at the bottom of the Western Conference just turn to hot coals for the Dallas Mavericks and became a little less jagged for everyone else with Tuesday’s announcement of a season ending meniscus tear for forward Chandler Parsons. Parsons was hitting the Renaissance portion of his comeback […]

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry sits on the bench during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 87-79. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Warriors-Spurs II: Both get what they need, but not what they want

The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs came into Saturday night’s game under very different circumstances. Accordingly, they had different needs and wants. The Spurs have been rolling, were as healthy as they’ve been all year, and were playing at home. They had Friday off, and had enjoyed a blowout win on Thursday night […]

Kyrie Irving LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 10: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers gueards Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a 120-108 Cavaliers win at Staples Center on March 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving ready to step up…because Kobe Bryant told him to

Following Kobe Bryant’s final game with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, he gave reporters his opinion on the state of the first-place Cavs, who have been dealing with more inner-conflict than one might think that a team on pace for a 60-win season would have. “You have to have that inner conflict,” Bryant said. “You have to […]

Can Anthony Bennett’s career be saved?

Anthony Bennett was the number one overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. You could make the argument that he’s been the worst No. 1 draft pick in the history of the NBA. It is pretty tough to top Greg Oden and Kwame Brown, but Bennett is in the process of earning this dubious distinction. […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 7: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball against Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers in the first half of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 7, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Spurs can’t gain on the Warriors: In June, two days in March might loom large

It felt at times like a weekly golf league where you draw the guy who’s a +25 and you have to give him strokes on every hole, but so long as you don’t intentionally start hitting them in the ravine, you should win the match. Then, you go on jacking 3-foot tap in putts, shank […]