Friday, July 21, 2017
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

How Jerry West was driven out of Golden State by owner Joe Lacob’s hubris

..The Logo, The Kingmaker just couldn’t stand the VC owner anymore. Why his “my work is done here” explanation for leaving is only half the story. By Andrew J. Pridgen There was a cutaway just moments after the Warriors, courtesy Kevin Durant, netted their second N.B.A championship in three years. In the hallway of Oracle Arena among the throng of...

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...

The 40 worst Warriors of the 40-year championship drought

The Golden State Warriors, hoisters of their first Larry O’Brien trophy in 40 years Tuesday, advanced to the playoffs just eight times during the four-decade reign of futility and never came close to sniffing the jock of a finals berth. Whether through wasted lottery picks, ill-advised trades, bloated contracts or simply awful coaching and bungled front office management, the...

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...

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...

Why the three-point competition is the new slam dunk contest

Just in case you were wondering whether the three-pointer has supplanted the dunk as the shot of choice, check Kevin Hart/Draymond Green’s heated twitter battle. By Andrew J. Pridgen Remember Jordan vs. Dominique? Kenny “Sky” Walker’s ball through spandex’d legs in the air? Spud Webb frozen in time like thirty feet over the hardwood (all five foot seven of him)...

The diminished allure of the Los Angeles Lakers is all of us

Once a symbol of manifest destiny, West Coast dreams coming true and a time and a place more hopeful and civilized, now the Lakers don't shine so bright ...and that's sad—for everyone. By Andrew J. Pridgen Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ current president of basketball operations, will likely land somewhere between Magic Johnson talk show host and Magic Johnson delivering Starbucks and...

How long will Luke Walton’s LA honeymoon last?

The not-so-prodigal son's return looks better than a 36-month lease with no money down. But Is LA a fail-safe move for Luke Walton? Not by a longshot. By Andrew J. Pridgen Luke Walton won’t have much of a commute from his Manhattan Beach home to Staples. The only hope is he doesn’t try to Uber it to the Gold Line....

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...

The NBA Finals: Harrison Barnes, you did not just drop another video from the plane on us

Harrison Barnes is Zapruder with three bars; Kubrick with a boarding pass; John Huston with a handheld; Fellini with an iPhone. The Golden State Warriors’ third-year small forward has captured the best-of the Dubs flying first-class-coach all season…and the team’s charter flight back from Cleveland Wednesday with Larry O’Brien’s trophy riding center seat business class was no exception. Scored to team...

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