The Golden State Warriors are the 2018 NBA Champions and the Whole Country Should Celebrate

Full disclosure here; I’ve been a Warriors fan since I first moved to San Francisco in 2008. As a basketball lover form an Upstate New York cow town, having an NBA team just a train ride away who always had affordable nosebleed seats available meant that I was hooked and pulling for the Dubs. It didn’t matter to me that they sucked. And boy did they suck.

Now, after winning their third NBA championship in four years, people are talking about this Warriors team as one of the best NBA squads ever assembled. They are deserving of the high praise. What they are able to do on the court is special, a joy to watch for anybody who loves the game of basketball. But what strikes me more, and is the most deserving of praise, is the attitude they entire team maintains to their own success.  Continue reading “The Golden State Warriors are the 2018 NBA Champions and the Whole Country Should Celebrate”

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NBA Finals 2018: Is Lebron the MVP?

Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers face elimination tonight in game four of the NBA Finals. Thus far the series has looked a lot like the 2007 Finals, with James carrying the load for an overachieving Cavs team against a powerhouse stocked with future Hall of Fame talent. That year the Cavs were swept by San Antonio Spurs and Tony Parker was awarded the Finals MVP award. This year it looks like James and company will be swept by the Golden State Warriors. But this year the MVP award may go to King James.

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Philly Beats L.A., Proves Process is Working

Steve Kerr recently crowned the Boston Celtics Eastern Conference team of the future. But if I may quote former Slam Dunk Champion Brent Barry, I’ll say there are a few people in Philadelphia that may disagree with Kerr’s prediction.

So I guess that’s less of a quote, and more a paraphrase. Either way, Brent Barry is right about Philadelphia. When discussing the rising suns in the east, while the shadow of Lebron still looms large, there are a few bright spots, players that could burst into superstars, superstars that could explode into supernovas and carry their team to the championship. Right now it’s hard to know which team will come rise after the sunset of Cleveland. Anything can happen in the NBA. Players get hurt. Players start to dislike each other. Players start a modeling career than lose their jump shot. Iggy Azalea. Sorry Nick young. (I thought for a second that Nick Young had had a 50 point game, but no. Only 43 in 2011.) Continue reading “Philly Beats L.A., Proves Process is Working”

March Madness 2012: Anthony Davis and 15 Great Stat-Stuffers in NCAA History

Anthony Davis, who just celebrated his 19th birthday this March, has already been called one of the greatest shot-blockers of all time.

Not bad for a guy who’s only just been able to buy tickets to R-rated movies.

But he does more than that. The 6’10” center for the nation’s top-ranked team and Final Four favorite Kentucky Wildcats also leads the squad in scoring and rebounding.

With that sort of skill in the middle, it’s championship or bust for Kentucky, who advanced to the Sweet 16 yesterday, where they will meet the Indiana Hoosiers.

But is Davis really one of the best to play college basketball?

This slideshow will look at some of the best stat-stuffing big men from the last 25 years of college hoops, and how each one fared in March.

By the end, you can decide for yourself if Davis belongs in such talented company.

From the 2010 through the 2012 seasons, I wrote as a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report covering the NBA, and The Golden State Warriors beat. Read the full article here.

NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest 2012: Why It Was the Worst Ever

NBA All-Star Weekend wrapped up with a game worth remembering as Kobe Bryant officially became the greatest All-Star game scorer of all-time, after passing Michael Jordan’s 262-point mark.

Fans needed to witness a milestone like that on Sunday night as Saturday night will surely be remembered for another, less prestigious one—the worst Dunk Contest of all-time.

From the 2010 through the 2012 seasons, I wrote as a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report covering the NBA, and The Golden State Warriors beat. Read the full article here.

Jeremy Lin: What Linsanity Teaches About American Media

Have you heard about this guy Jeremy Lin? He is the point guard for the New York Knicks and he’s supposed to be quite the basketball player.

With all the attention he’s been getting in the past weeks, he must be. Lately, it seems like anybody with half a brain and a working knowledge of the English alphabet has been writing about what Lin does, what Lin means, and what Lin says about the American dream.

Well, I’ve got half a brain and fancy myself a writer, so that makes it my duty—and my pleasure, really—to contribute to what Janet Malcolm called that old, uncanny zeitgeist, by commenting on the latest flavor.

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Chris Paul Trade: Why the Clippers Are No Longer the “Other” Los Angeles Team

It’s been said youth is wasted on the young. But in the case of the Los Angeles Clippers, with the addition of All-Star point guard Chris Paul, youth will be about as wasteful as a winning lottery ticket.

In gaining Paul, 26, from the New Orleans Hornets for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu, the Clippers add a proven leader and superstar to a starting line that includes reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin, 22, and ever-improving center DeAndre Jordan, 23.

The addition of veterans Chauncey Billups and Caron Butler as well provides the kind of stable levelheadedness the Clippers need to balance their explosive young talent and keep the team working towards their ultimate goal, which at this point has to be home-court advantage in Round 1 of the playoffs.

From the 2010 through the 2012 seasons, I wrote as a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report covering the NBA, and The Golden State Warriors beat. Read the full article here.