Thursday, June 29, 2017
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

The Warriors’ first order of business this off-season: Boycott the White House Visit.

Citizenry take note: If he’s not going to play by the rules and traditions—written or unwritten—you don’t have to either. By Andrew J. Pridgen On the eve of the tip off of the 2017 N.B.A. Finals, news broke that LeBron James’ Los Angeles home was vandalized. An unknown vandal spelled out the only two-syllable word he likely knew, the N–word, onto James’...

The N.B.A. will do everything in its power to keep the Warriors from closing out the Cavs Monday night

The ratings numbers from Friday night’s game are in ...and what’s great for the league doesn’t bode well for Golden State. By Andrew J. Pridgen Warriors fans maybe shouldn’t put that champagne on ice just yet. Friday night’s Game 4 of the N.B.A. Finals averaged a total live audience of 19 million viewers on ABC. The total live viewership for the...

Three-on-Three Olympics Basketball: Let’s Think of Some Lineups

Three-on-three hoops is coming to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. It’s my new favorite sport. Written by Kyle Magin On Friday, we found out 3x3 basketball is coming to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. This a cause for celebration. Three-on-three basketball is the sport at its most… something. Cerebral: Maybe—you’re playing chess all game long as opposed to the checkers’...

2017 N.B.A. Finals Game 4: Off-key and no rhythm

N.B.A. refs decide to blow their whistles rather than let the Warriors blow their horns. By Andrew J. Pridgen Imagine for a moment that the Warriors are one of the great Jazz quartets ever assembled, it isn’t hard to do: Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Coltrane, Satchmo, Monk and Ella Fitzgerald. Basie, Mingus, Hancock and Brubeck....

2017 NBA Finals Game 3: The First Kiss

Cleveland would have to re-write history (again) to come back from 0-3 in an NBA Finals. Golden State has a chance to make it going 16-0 in a playoff Friday night. Which will it be? By Andrew J. Pridgen Ever been on a date when things are just clicking? You meet up and share an embrace, but it’s not forced or awkward...

2017 NBA Finals Game 2: Video Games

Game 2 was sloppier and more physical. Not quite the complete game the Warriors wanted to stitch together for the return of head coach Steve Kerr, but emblematic nonetheless. By Andrew J. Pridgen You ever get invited over to the older neighbor kid’s house for an afternoon?  Remember looking through all his stuff? A bigger baseball mitt, more suggestive posters, dirty...

Will it be the dawning of a ‘Dray Day’ this NBA Finals?

There is only one narrative worth paying attention to in the 2017 NBA Finals and it comes straight out of Saginaw waving his arms, flapping his gums... and, most recently, knowing when enough is enough. By Andrew J. Pridgen The storylines of the 2017 NBA finals are few and less than creative. It basically boils down to a familiar trio of: This...

All the NBA World is a Stage for the 2017 Warriors

Greatest of all time? Maybe. Greatest for now? Unequivocally.  By Andrew J. Pridgen Sport does not stand still, it evolves. Today’s superstar is tomorrow's never was. Yesterday’s innovation is today’s warm-up drill. I try to avoid comparing a team’s or individual athletes’ accomplishments across generations because it’s not a safe bet to make. Case in point, with his casual attitude, off-the-field antics,...

How do I cheer for the Warriors when Gregg Popovich is my spirit animal?

The Spurs head coach speaks his mind on the state of America ...and it is the most rare, most precious and most beautiful thing in professional sport today. By Andrew J. Pridgen Gregg Popovich is a revelation to his sport, to all professional sport really. Without making matters overly complicated, sport is the nation’s biggest distractor deployed by the corporate state...

It is physically impossible for me to get excited about Warriors vs. Spurs

...And I actually grew up rooting for one of these teams and respecting the other. By Andrew J. Pridgen Are Warriors fans jaded? Do they take too much for granted? Has a half-decade of unparalleled success and offseason breaks going their way erased four decades of futility and players like these? I guess. I remarked early in these playoffs that it’d...

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