/ Dec 3, 2013 / 1:30 pm
This is a few years overdue, but I need to make a promise to myself. Right here, right now, I have to swear that I won’t ever again doubt the San Antonio Spurs, at least not until I have legitimate reason to.
Why am I making this pact? Because, when I make my annual preseason predictions for the Western Conference, I pick several teams over the Spurs, year in and year out. And, especially over the past few seasons, the Spurs have consistently outperformed my expectations. Read More »
The Spurs — even after their agonizing loss in last season’s NBA Finals — are sitting atop the league standings with Indiana at 12-1 to start the season. Last night, they beat the Cavs by 30 points and they dominated a whole lot more than even that lopsided score would indicate. That left plenty of time for Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker to prank Tim Duncan as he was getting subbed out of the game. Read More »
/ Oct 28, 2013 / 7:30 pm
With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.
Next up, a San Antonio Spurs team still reeling from coming so close to winning the 2013 NBA Finals. Read More »
/ Oct 28, 2013 / 2:45 pm
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” – Michael Jordan
There is an important lesson in that quote: physical skills get a player so far, but the mental aspect of the game takes the player to the finish line and beyond. Basketball IQ cannot be measured, and it doesn’t show up in a stat sheet. Yet the value of a player’s basketball IQ is endless and is the most powerful intangible in basketball. Read More »
Being a second-round pick in the NBA comes with no cheering, not much love, and no glory. Most times when someone is drafted in the second round, it’s the first time the NBA world is hearing their names. There’s a much higher percentage to become a player that records DNPs on a nightly basis than someone who becomes a role player, solid contributor, or even a star in the second round. Read More »
/ Oct 9, 2013 / 2:00 pm
When a typical fan thinks of bold sports predictions or guarantees, nothing is bigger than Joe Namath’s prediction that the Jets would upset the Colts in Super Bowl III. I’ve only had two such moments in my life: First, I predicted that the Huskies of the University of Connecticut would upset the Duke Blue Devils for the NCAA Title before the NCAAA Tournament began in 1999. Then in 2004, I called a Detroit Pistons defeat of the Los Angeles Lakers in five games prior to the start of the NBA Finals. Read More »
/ Oct 2, 2013 / 3:00 pm
The engine and brains of an NBA starting lineup rest with the point guard — the orchestrator — and the complementary role often belongs to the shooting guard. When the two talents fit, an NBA backcourt is a bad place to get caught up against on either end of the floor.
With the season right around the corner, and after dropping knowledge on the 15 best frontcourts in the NBA, let’s take a look at a few backcourts that will rank at the top of the league. Read More »
/ Oct 1, 2013 / 1:45 pm
When I watched the video of Kevin Durant proclaiming James Harden should replace Dwyane Wade in Sports Illustrated’s top 10 NBA players list, a few things processed through my head, in this order:
1. Sweet! This is exactly what the NBA needs: two of its biggest superstars having beef with each other, especially superstars who play on two of the league’s very best teams.
2. Wait, this is clearly fake, right? I mean, Wade and Durant did that awesome Gatorade commercial together last year, and Durant’s tone of voice doesn’t sound very convincing. This has to be some setup for another commercial or advertisement.
3. Well, even if it isn’t real, I think I agree with Durant. Wade’s getting older and Harden is really growing into a true superstar. Read More »
/ Sep 24, 2013 / 12:15 pm
Unlike the East, teams in the Western Conference better be able to maintain a legitimate winning record if there is any sliver of hope for a postseason berth. Anything less than .500 in the West equals a lottery pick. This is the NBA’s juggernaut conference. Read More »
Nothing was more predictable this spring than Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Nothing. After just 10 field goals and 30 points through the series’ first four games, anyone who watched a lick of basketball over the past decade knew what was coming: Manu Ginobili. Four-straight duds. Read More »