Friday, July 21, 2017
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

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...

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...

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...

Like looking back on a failed relationship, the Warriors only have themselves to blame for Game 5

Sometimes the hardest thing to admit is that failing has everything to do with you. By Andrew J. Pridgen In the fall of 2000, I went to a Halloween party in North Beach. A couple friends had rented a bar and there was a good cross-section of people I’d known from growing up and from college — along with a number...

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...

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...

The greatest gift of 2015: Kobe Bryant’s retirement poem

Has Kobe Bryant found a new career as a writer? Surprisingly, maybe. By Andrew Pridgen I have much to be thankful for when reflecting on the year that was in sports: The collapse of the dreaded Santa Clara 49ers and the faithful waking up to the York family boondoggle. The continued marketing juggernaut the San Francisco Giants have become and how...

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...

Ushering in the era of the Lacob Curse

The Warriors will not advance to the N.B.A. Finals. And that's OK...there are much bigger problems at hand—and an overcompensating VC guy is just the beginning. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Golden State Warriors’ 2015-’16 season is over. There will be no sports miracle. No Gibson limping and arm pumping around the bases, no Hail Flutie, no Kerri Strug sticking it...

How Jerry West was driven out of Golden State by owner Joe Lacob’s hubris

..The Logo, The Kingmaker just couldn’t stand the VC owner anymore. Why his “my work is done here” explanation for leaving is only half the story. By Andrew J. Pridgen There was a cutaway just moments after the Warriors, courtesy Kevin Durant, netted their second N.B.A championship in three years. In the hallway of Oracle Arena among the throng of...

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