LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 05: Louis Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers waits for a free throw during the second half of a 107-101 Utah Jazz win at Staples Center on December 5, 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 conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Lou Williams continues to shoulder the offensive workload for Lakers

This week, has been an amazing week of basketball for Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Lou Williams. Williams, who is the Lakers’ sixth man coming off the bench, has been tasked with the duty of shouldering the offensive workload for a team without Jose Caledron, D’Angelo Russell, and Nick Young. Without Russell, the Lakers are […]

ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 09: Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls reacts after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 9, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. 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. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Jimmy Butler Powers Chicago Bulls with Huge 40-Point Game vs. Lakers

Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls came into the 2016-17 NBA season with many question marks surrounding the makeup of their team. Some thought that they would be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, while others didn’t think that the Bulls had a good roster makeup. After the first 14 games of […]

Summer League: Watch D’Angelo Russell hit game winner

The NBA Playoffs are over, the draft is in the books, the major wheeling and dealing of free agency is over. Now it’s time for summer league where we watch young players try to hone their craft and make an impression. D’Angelo Russell was the star last night as he led his team to victory […]

DURHAM, NC – DECEMBER 15: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play during their game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 15, 2015 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers select Brandon Ingram with second pick of 2016 NBA Draft

After the Philadelphia 76ers selected Ben Simmons, it was the logical choice for the Los Angeles Lakers to select Duke forward Brandon Ingram. Ingram averaged 17.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 2.0 assists per game in his only season at Duke. We got our guy, LA!! The Lakers select Brandon Ingram with the second pick in […]

May 26, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; A general view of Oracle Arena after the Golden State Warriors win game five of the Western conference finals of the NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Warriors won 120-111. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The 2016 NBA Playoffs illustrate the value of a short memory

The NBA playoffs almost always reward resilience. Only in a few rare cases does a champion not have to deal with some degree of turbulence in the postseason. One example is the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers, who swept two series and won a third in five games after leading 3-0. The ’83 Sixers, however, represent the […]

The 5 worst conference finals since the start of the Magic-Bird era

The Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the injured yet still scuffling Toronto Raptors are drawing very little reaction from #BasketballTwitter… and really, who can blame folks for not having much to say about this series? Say this much for Cavs-Raptors, though: At least one team’s playing well. Sometimes, neither team does. You […]

NBA Mock Draft: predicting the first 5 picks

With the NBA playoffs in full swing, it’s time for the teams who didn’t make it this far to turn their focus to the upcoming NBA draft. In this segment, I’ll focus on the top five picks in the 2016 NBA Draft. This isn’t an exceptionally strong draft, but there is still some serious talent […]

Joerger to Sacramento: The Phoenix Suns can’t be happy

Dave Joerger is now the head coach of the Sacramento Kings, which leaves Phoenix Suns fans in a state of clinical depression on Monday afternoon. Joerger essentially fired himself from the head coaching spot in Memphis, and as soon as he left the Grizzlies, he and the Kings rushed to the altar to get married. […]

Alamo immolation: The Spurs torch OKC, which needs Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Hey, wait a minute — why did Kareem Abdul-Jabbar make his way into the headline for an article about Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference semifinal series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder? Shouldn’t we be talking about the Spurs shooting 69 percent in the first half of Game 1 […]

Byron Scott’s coaching career was a story of timing… and decline

It is virtually impossible — on Monday, April 25, 2016 — to sit in front of a keyboard or any other place on this planet and declare that Byron Scott is a coach other NBA organizations should want. Given the way Scott completely mis-coached the Los Angeles Lakers — who necessarily fired him Sunday night […]

Congratulations to Kobe… and no, it was hardly the perfect ending

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 — it was a “Where were you when?” sports night, and for most American sports fans, Kobe Bryant made it that kind of night. Is that a fact in the same way that 2 + 2 = 4? No. Nevertheless, in judging from Twitter and morning-after output by media outlets, Kobe’s […]

Showstopper: Bill Russell created the best ending to an NBA playing career

On the night Kobe Bryant plays his last NBA game, keep in mind that Bill Russell engineered the best farewell of any especially great NBA player. It is an art, orchestrating the perfect NBA walk-off. Being able to create the perfect exit from an all-time career requires an exquisite sense of timing, but the attempt […]

April Autopsy: Los Angeles Lakers

For the Los Angeles Lakers, no one problem overshadows the franchise… because there are too many problems to count. As we conduct an April Autopsy of the Purple and Gold’s NBA season, the D’Angelo Russell-Nick Young mess is not the Lakers’ foremost problem. The culture which created it — rooted in ownership, but evident in […]