The NBA has become a point guard-dominated league over the past few years. With athleticism, speed and showmanship taking over, point guards shine in the spotlight just a little more as of late. Playmaking and passing has become more creative than ever, and a team’s success relies heavily on the point guard position. Read More »
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The NBA made its glorious return this past week, and this season looks like it will be a special one. A few things that stood out to me after week one: the Nets showed they can compete with the Heat; James Harden and Dwight Howard are already developing chemistry; the Magic, Suns and 76ers don’t want you to know they really are tanking (who would have thought those teams would have the same or better records than the Heat after week one?); and the Pelicans not only unveiled a very creepy mascot, but Jrue Holiday forgot he was traded. Read More »
Before a freak collision with Patrick Beverley knocked Russell Westbrook out of basketball action for the remainder of the 2013 playoffs, he had never missed a basketball game on any level in his career: high school, college, and in the NBA. After missing the Thunder’s first two games of the season — and following various reports he’d be out for the first month of the season, at least — he returned tonight to help the Thunder get the victory. Read More »
With the regular season kicking off, it’s that time of the year where most of the fans attention won’t be on the actual play, but what they put on their feet (see: Ray Allen and LeBron James Tuesday night). With signature shoes like the LeBron XI, KD VI, D Rose 4 and the D Howard 4 already being revealed beforehand, it leaves Kobe Bryant‘s latest installment as the last of the major sneaker releases. Read More »
You know, it was only a few weeks ago that everyone was still questioning Derrick Rose. Would he be the same? Was he scared to play? Was he mentally tough enough? His nearly flawless preseason — and the Bulls were flawless by the way, going 8-0 — that saw Rose average 20.7 points on 48 percent shooting from the floor, with 3.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.7 threes and 1.3 steals in just 27 minutes a game answered every question. The dude is back. Read More »
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 Thunder team waiting for Russell’s return. Read More »
If there’s any genre of music that relates directly to the sport of basketball, it’s hip-hop. Like hip-hop, basketball is predominantly ruled by African-Americans, its legends often come from having nothing before eventually reaching superstardom, and it’s most popular in the inner cities of America. And just like rappers, there are great NBA players, bad ones, overrated ones, underrated ones, controversial ones, and plenty of others. Read More »
As the season approaches, and it’s ever so close now, some teams –- or more accurately their marketing department –- might be putting together the theme song that’ll encompass the mission of their season. Odds are political correctness or merchandizing rights will play a factor, so your humble columnist (Humble? Good one) has thrown in his own suggestions. Here’s a Jay-Z anthem, for six key teams. 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 »
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 »