Friday, June 22, 2018
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

2017 N.B.A. Finals Game 4: Off-key and no rhythm

N.B.A. refs decide to blow their whistles rather than let the Warriors blow their horns. By Andrew J. Pridgen Imagine for a moment that the Warriors are one of the great Jazz quartets ever assembled, it isn’t hard to do: Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Coltrane, Satchmo, Monk and Ella Fitzgerald. Basie, Mingus, Hancock and Brubeck....

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...

Curry might not be bigger than the Olympics, but he certainly appears to be better

Good guys like Steph Curry needn’t bother tarnishing their image by putting it next to an Olympic banner. By Andrew J. Pridgen The 2016 Summer Olympics is orbiting really, really, really close to Earth somewhere in the same stratosphere as — say — the release of Ride Along 2. Sure, some people may have been looking forward to it. Some people...

Iggy’s House

Andre Iguodala’s signing was critical for the Golden State Warriors. He is not the piece they need as much as they need him to not be that piece for anyone else. By Andrew J. Pridgen Andre Iguodala will earn almost $50 million in guaranteed money over the next and perhaps final three years of his career. He will be turning...

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 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:...

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...

Forces of (human) nature

Reluctantly, the reasons why the Warriors are going to lose Game 7 boil down to one thing: calculated human error. By Andrew J. Pridgen I can hardly believe there’s a game seven this N.B.A. Finals. The Warriors are the better team, period. Cleveland, in spite of playing mostly lackluster ball all year, finished a respectable 57-25, which is more commentary of...

Hello Cleveland!

The Cavs improved to 8-0 at home in the playoffs as Golden State struggles to find its way to the main stage. By Andrew J. Pridgen It is almost as if the Golden State Warriors were hustled. Maybe Cleveland simply sent cardboard cutouts to Oakland for games one and two of the N.B.A. Finals while the #realcavs hung back to tweet and...

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...