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

Basketball: N.B.A.

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 growing legion of Curry haters leave statistics out of their arguments

Gary Payton is the latest to join the ship of graying fools to decry Steph Curry’s unanimous MVP decision—basing their arguments on strange emotions and warped recollections of history. By Andrew J. Pridgen It started this week with Bernie Lincicome’s column in the Chicago Tribune (yes, the Trib still exists and Lincicome’s bubble pic looks like he’s in pre-op for his...

The NBA Finals: How Game 5 showed this one’s going the distance

“I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world. Simple.” — LeBron James after Cleveland’s 104-91 loss to Golden State to go down 3-2 in the 2015 NBA Finals By Andrew Pridgen When LeBron James deadpans he’s the best player in the world while wearing a leather Cavaliers hat that looks like it should’ve been on Michael Bivins’ head...

Draymond Green is a top-10 player in the N.B.A. but not for the reasons you’ve been told

...Here’s what Draymond did during game 2 vs. Portland to set him on a path to greatness. By Andrew J. Pridgen Draymond Green is a strange kind of budding superstar in a league that has defined itself over the past three decades as a cohort of superstars. Reason being: Draymond Green may be the first superstar role player of all time....

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...

Why 21 is a magic number for the Warriors

From 1998-2002, the Warriors won no more than 21 games in a single season. Here's to passing that mark in early December. By Andrew Pridgen For those of us who choose to remember the late-’90s, we recall a number of things that in hindsight seem like guilty pleasures: Britney Spears and Christina Aguliera as pre-op jail bait. A poster of Lance...

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...

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...

Do Not Pay the Pistons to Move Downtown

Tom Gores is a rich guy who is starting to sound like he wants some free money for you to help him move his team downtown. Don’t give him a cent. Written by Kyle Magin Detroit is a city with a ton of assets and needs right now. In order to turn into the city it could be—an affordable, safe metropolis...

The Warriors are gassed—and that’s when the great ones rise

They’ve proven they’re good. They’ve shown greatness. But are they legendary? By Andrew J. Pridgen It seems a little bit over for the Golden State Warriors. The rage, frustration, resentment, if not despair, can be seen in the eyes of the starting five. Eighty-two regular season games taking each team in the league’s best shot like Foreman before his grills, one...