Monday, December 18, 2017
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

What OKC fans were really saying when they chanted ‘Cupcake’ at Kevin Durant

Dog whistle racism was heard loud and clear far beyond the confines of Chesapeake Energy Arena Saturday night. By Andrew J. Pridgen I wasn’t the only one offended watching Saturday night’s NBA marquee match-up as the Golden State Warriors visited enemy territory in Oklahoma City. My phone buzzed to low battery life with texts that read “Are you watching this?”, “What’s...

What’s better Draymond’s game on the court or Iguodala’s on the bench?

...Or has Cleveland just #givenup? By Andrew J Pridgen In a text exchange last night with a couple buddies, one mentioned that if he didn’t know better he’d think judging by the performance of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers Game 2 that Vegas got a hold of them and they were rolling over in exchange for one of those giant...

Ushering in the era of the Lacob Curse

The Warriors will not advance to the N.B.A. Finals. And that's OK...there are much bigger problems at hand—and an overcompensating VC guy is just the beginning. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Golden State Warriors’ 2015-’16 season is over. There will be no sports miracle. No Gibson limping and arm pumping around the bases, no Hail Flutie, no Kerri Strug sticking it...

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...

7 ways LBJ will end up in LA

LeBron James in a Lakers uniform next season? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. By Andrew Pridgen LeBron James thought he’d be able to bring a title to Cleveland in one year. ...And he wasn’t far off, two games to be exact. With a healthy Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, it’s conceivable the Cavs, not the Warriors, would have hoisted the Larry...

Forces of (human) nature

Reluctantly, the reasons why the Warriors are going to lose Game 7 boil down to one thing: calculated human error. By Andrew J. Pridgen I can hardly believe there’s a game seven this N.B.A. Finals. The Warriors are the better team, period. Cleveland, in spite of playing mostly lackluster ball all year, finished a respectable 57-25, which is more commentary of...

Draymond Green hit where it hurts most with Game 5 suspension

But did the N.B.A.’s punishment fit the crime(s)? By Andrew J. Pridgen Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green, a presumptive candidate for the N.B.A. Finals’ MVP should the Warriors go on to win, is suspended for Game 5 in Oakland Monday night after he was assessed a flagrant foul 1 by the league for his actions in Game 4. With...

Requiem for a dream season

The Warriors are poised to send Cleveland some champagne and a note on Sunday. “You just had more.” It would read. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Warrior faithful are holding on to memories. Memories of a near-perfect regular season which already seems like it was a season ago. Memories of a Western Conference Finals comeback the likes of which had not...

SuperSonics fans finally have their revenge with KD’s exit from OKC

Till Seattle gets an expansion franchise (hint: sometime before 2020) they can laugh their asses off at OKC owner Clayton Bennett and the collapse of the Thunder. Quid pro quo mofo. By Andrew J. Pridgen Radio Sports Talk Guy will spend the week abusing the question “will he get his touches?” as if Kevin Durant is Roman Polanski at a...

The Warriors’ Bench Warrant

Game plans aren’t the only thing Steve Kerr can break. By Andrew J. Pridgen Neither Warriors head coach Steve Kerr or his Cleveland counterpart, Tyronn Lue, planned on smashing up the game plan Thursday evening in Oakland during game 1 of the N.B.A. Finals. ...Otherwise they would have brought extra supplies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrnsB3ERwTk Imagine the Cavs’ starting five’s faces were Lue to have drawn up...