/ Oct 22, 2013 / 3:00 pm
Last season, a spate of injuries to some of the league’s biggest stars left an indelible mark on the NBA landscape. While certain injuries had dramatic effects on a team’s championship aspirations (Russell Westbrook), others mercifully helped to hasten the inevitable (Kobe Bryant).
Thanks to advances in sports science and medical technologies, players are recovering faster than ever before, but unrealistic expectations are often the unfortunate byproduct of these marvelous innovations. We live in a culture of now, and just as recovery times have dwindled, so too have our attention spans and our collective patience. We want things to happen instantaneously, and when they don’t, we occupy ourselves by making Internet memes out of once-beloved players (Derrick Rose). Read More »
If I’ve learned anything about writing in sports, it’s that it’s never too early to make predictions.
In this installment of way-too-early predictions, I offer a take on who will end up representing the Eastern and Western Conferences in the 2014 All-Star Game that is not scheduled to take place until February of next year. 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 8, 2013 / 1:00 pm
Every year, diehard NBA fans look forward to a few things that surround the upcoming year other than the season itself.
We as fans have always looked forward to the national TV Schedule, Christmas games, our favorite team’s opening night matchups, when certain players or teams come to our town, when traded players or free agents who jumped ship travel back to the city they were on the year prior, the release of video games and the superstars and rookies’ ratings in them, fantasy drafts and so on and so on. Read More »
/ Oct 4, 2013 / 5:00 pm
Ever since Kris Humphries joined the Celtics as part of the blockbuster trade sending Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn, we’ve been wondering about the perceived beef between Rajon Rondo and Humphries after last fall. We’re not the only ones it seems since their teammates have started a voting board to answer who would win if they ever fought again. Read More »
We all do it: lie to ourselves to make us feel better about our favorite team. This cognitive dissonance is most readily apparent with sports fans — especially the long-suffering kind. Perhaps it’s most egregious in basketball where only a handful of teams exist as title contenders and the winner of that group ultimately decides which franchise will be hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy in June. But NBA fans (I include myself) continue to tell ourselves otherwise. Read More »
/ Oct 2, 2013 / 4:30 pm
The NBA season is less than a month away, and training camps are now open around the country. Preseason games will start soon, and media day has come and gone. It lacks the star power that could be on the move next year, but the 2013 offseason did feature several teams attempting to climb their way to the ranks of the elite, while others traded down in hopes of rebuilding and starting anew. Read More »
/ Sep 25, 2013 / 12:15 pm
Point guard is the most important position in basketball; this player is essentially the coach on the court, or the NBA-version of the quarterback. Just like the quarterback, middle-to-good quality point guards can score a fat contract if they can put together a strong season or two. Read More »
/ Sep 19, 2013 / 5:00 pm
Ballhandling is one of the most essential attributes in basketball. Everything from the crossover to the Euro Step is valuable and used by a variety of different players in the NBA. Ballhandling is sort of like poetry in motion, from the way the ballhandlers dribble in-between their legs to the deceptive no-look passes to fake defense out. Regardless how you look at it, if you can handle the rock, you don’t need anyone to get you a shot… and if you don’t need anyone else to get you a shot, then that’s going to make you pretty good. Read More »
/ Sep 19, 2013 / 12:15 pm
Let’s establish this first: the NBA isn’t always given its fair due in regards to tough athletes. In an era where flopping has become such a frequent occurrence that fines have been instituted to eradicate them completely, the NBA’s reputation is slowly gaining traction again. Plays like Chris Bosh flopping like a sack of soggy potatoes after a Carlos Boozer post move, or Manu Ginobili flailing through the paint to draw imaginary fouls are indeed terrible, but could start dwindling now that players’ pockets are being attacked. Read More »