Monday, May 29, 2017
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

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 the Jazz can still beat the Warri- ah, f*ck it who cares… there’s a vintage Warriors Thunder mascot clip that will blow your mind if you click though

Down 1-0 Utah could still be the only NBA team (including Cleveland) standing in the way of the Golden State’s second NBA title in three years. By Andrew J. Pridgen San Antonio has the coach, the stars and the experience, Oklahoma City has the point guard in revenge mode and Cleveland has a chance to repeat and ELO in the...

The Warriors are right, Salt Lake City does suck — but not for the reasons they mentioned

I have lived in Oakland. I have lived in Salt Lake. Even though Oakland is a bit self-aggrandizing and sleeve-tatted with a skyline full of AT-ATs, Salt Lake City is an easy target with terrible air, improperly stored beer and an early curfew. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Golden State Warriors took a few swipes at Salt Lake City prior...

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 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...

The NBA Finals: There is only one reasonable reaction to Warriors fans paying $60 to watch TV at Oracle Tuesday…

There are three possible reactions to the news that the Warriors Monday sold out Oracle Arena to watch Tuesday’s game six on the Jumbotron: Outrage: $15 per seat, $5 parking, full-price concessions to watch TV and not be able to change the channel, pee while watching the game in the bathroom mirror or fast forward through those pesky Trainwreck ads. Dismay:...

Why 73 means everything…and nothing for the Warriors

Win or lose it will be behind them on Wednesday...then their season starts. By Andrew J. Pridgen Using the word history in the context of the Warriors’ probable eclipsing of the most NBA regular-season wins on the last game of the season Wednesday is a misnomer. It’s not that the event doesn’t carry more weight than a CrossFitter believes he...

The Case for Better Expansion

MLB, NHL and NFL expansion teams fail more often than not and even teams that break even are often mired in the loss column for decades. How a gradual, multi-season approach leading up to the first pitch, puck drop or kick off would ensure the growth of a fan base and the maturation of a team  Written by Kyle Magin When...

Derrick Rose Has Never Been Able to Play like a Mortal

Derrick Rose was a revelation. Playing like anything else never suited him. Written by Kyle Magin Derrick Rose played NBA basketball for four campaigns before I realized he was a relatively pedestrian 6’3” (listed). I remembered Rose slashing into the paint time and again, sometimes deking a defender by  sticking a hip out like he’d post up before elevating off two...

Welcome to the age of willful ignorance…and no defense

...Welcome to NBA All-Star Weekend 2017 By Andrew J. Pridgen I’m the guilty party here. For whatever reason, I’ve given people the benefit of the doubt pretty much my whole life when it comes to knowing and accepting and proven facts...as facts: Crayons are made of paraffin wax and color pigments, ABBA getting back together may be an abomination but it...

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