Thursday, September 21, 2017
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

The NBA Finals: Warriors came out to plaaaaayaaay Game 4

When one text can change the course of an evening...and maybe a series. By Andrew Pridgen It’s always fun to know a super-fan, especially if they’re from a city not used to winning. Born in the Bronx and raised in pinstripes? You get treated to a Yankees contender at least every third year, plus all those Seinfeld references. Some teenage Patriots faithful...

Luke Walton’s burst into bloom

After the final buzzer of the Golden State Warriors’ record 16th-straight victory to start the NBA season Tuesday, interim head coach Luke Walton went and hugged Lakers guard emeritus and former teammate Kobe Bryant. The embrace was appropriate and real. Luke rubbed Kobe’s head on the dismount and they exchanged a grin as if the following exchange had occurred:...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

Steph in Memphis

Hunter S. Thompson once wrote, “all these things have happened, and probably they will happen again” but I don’t think he meant within the span of two minutes. By Andrew Pridgen With fewer than 180 seconds to go in the third against Memphis Wednesday, Steph Curry, the guy who decides what music to play for the Golden State Warriors and how...

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