Friday, April 28, 2017
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

How long will Luke Walton’s LA honeymoon last?

The not-so-prodigal son's return looks better than a 36-month lease with no money down. But Is LA a fail-safe move for Luke Walton? Not by a longshot. By Andrew J. Pridgen Luke Walton won’t have much of a commute from his Manhattan Beach home to Staples. The only hope is he doesn’t try to Uber it to the Gold Line....

How long exactly have you been a Warriors fan?

One fan recalls highlights from a quarter century of living in NBA oblivion By Andrew J. Pridgen As the lead crept past 30 during the early fourth quarter of the Warriors’ game 5 dismantling of the Houston Rockets last night my girlfriend felt around her area of the couch for the remote. She was itching to scroll through the guide to find...

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...

Cleveland v. Detroit: The only N.B.A. Playoffs match-up with a needle exchange program

Surprise, surprise—this is AJ, not Kyle—writing about Detroit. By Andrew J. Pridgen Apologies at the onset for forgoing my usual beat which is anywhere within a hundred-mile radius of a kimchi taco truck that features a line of guys wearing #manscarves in 78-degree weather; but there is a method to this drill. ...It’s basically to bring Kyle Magin up to date on...

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...

Why 73 means everything…and nothing for the Warriors

Win or lose it will be behind them on Wednesday...then their season starts. By Andrew J. Pridgen Using the word history in the context of the Warriors’ probable eclipsing of the most NBA regular-season wins on the last game of the season Wednesday is a misnomer. It’s not that the event doesn’t carry more weight than a CrossFitter believes he...

Warriors put on a clinic in Sunday hangover basketball at Staples

Looks like another perfect day... By Andrew J. Pridgen Nobody looks good playing hungover. And the weary road Warriors, who’ve only tipped off twice in the confines of the Coliseum since February 9 (think of it this way, Prince has had more appearances on their home court in that time) looked every bit the team who’d forgotten to take a pre-emptive...

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...

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 Joy of Steph

I’m waaaaay up, I feel #Steph By Andrew J. Pridgen Steph Curry is becoming transcendent. A virtuoso. McConaughey behind the wheel. To compare him to Russell in ‘62 or Bird in ‘84 or Magic in ‘87 or Jordan in ‘91 seems perfunctory. Prologue even. Curry isn’t playing basketball like any of those guys. He’s not even playing like any of those guys...

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