Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

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...

So it happened on Saturday. The Warriors became a team for the ages.

They were great going in and they’ll be great again tomorrow, or the next day. And likely in May and June when it matters. But for now, nothing rivals Saturday in Oklahoma City. By Andrew J. Pridgen Saturday started as an off night. Think getting a flat on the way to a first date and then arriving to find you...

Rearranging the deckchairs aboard ESPN

The Network is sinking and parent company Disney is hoping to tap a ‘90s business model—and audience—to fix it. By Andrew J. Pridgen ESPN, the ubiquitous hotel-lobby-bar-on-mute sports delivery juggernaut that used to buoy Disney’s media empire is now a once-venerable anchor dragging the Mouse down. As subscribers continue to cut the cord, ESPN finds itself bereft of a viable business...

Potential Jersey Advertising Matches for the Philadelphia 76ers

Now that there's a two-and-a-half-inch square up on the Sixers' Airbnb for rent, we've got a couple suggestions on how it can be used. By Andrew J. Pridgen The 76ers announced Monday morning that StubHub will place its logo on the team's jerseys starting in the 2017-18 season, when the NBA's three-year pilot program will start. Sources say the team sold all...

Steph Curry could do better than Under Armour

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s decision to abandon Trump’s manufacturing council in the wake of the president’s inability to rebuke his white nationalist base was a move of self-preservation, not taking the moral high ground. As a result, Steph Curry should reassess his stake in the brand. By Andrew J. Pridgen In 2014, emerging N.B.A. superstar Steph Curry inked a Jordan-esque...

Have no fear, Klay and the Gang is here

Steph Curry could be out for much of the remainder of the Warriors playoff run. And you know what, they may start playing even better. By Andrew J. Pridgen After a fairly quiet first half January 23 in Oakland against the Sacramento Kings, Klay Thompson came out of the locker room and hit a three to start off the third...

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’...

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...

Kobe’s swan song included 28 missed shots, a third-person reference and an actual mic drop—all harrowing reminders of the ISO-era N.B.A. Dark Ages

…Oh, and Adam Levine was there too. By Andrew J. Pridgen Before taking center court at Staples postgame Wednesday and treating #Lakernation to a third-person nickname reference and a (literal) mic drop, Kobe Bryant turned in a final performance that can most aptly be described as subpar for the ages. In the context of his final three seasons, the finale was actually...