Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

Rearranging the deckchairs aboard ESPN

The Network is sinking and parent company Disney is hoping to tap a ‘90s business model—and audience—to fix it. By Andrew J. Pridgen ESPN, the ubiquitous hotel-lobby-bar-on-mute sports delivery juggernaut that used to buoy Disney’s media empire is now a once-venerable anchor dragging the Mouse down. As subscribers continue to cut the cord, ESPN finds itself bereft of a viable business...

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...

The Warriors’ first order of business this off-season: Boycott the White House Visit.

Citizenry take note: If he’s not going to play by the rules and traditions—written or unwritten—you don’t have to either. By Andrew J. Pridgen On the eve of the tip off of the 2017 N.B.A. Finals, news broke that LeBron James’ Los Angeles home was vandalized. An unknown vandal spelled out the only two-syllable word he likely knew, the N–word, onto James’...

The N.B.A. will do everything in its power to keep the Warriors from closing out the Cavs Monday night

The ratings numbers from Friday night’s game are in ...and what’s great for the league doesn’t bode well for Golden State. By Andrew J. Pridgen Warriors fans maybe shouldn’t put that champagne on ice just yet. Friday night’s Game 4 of the N.B.A. Finals averaged a total live audience of 19 million viewers on ABC. The total live viewership for the...

Three-on-Three Olympics Basketball: Let’s Think of Some Lineups

Three-on-three hoops is coming to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. It’s my new favorite sport. Written by Kyle Magin On Friday, we found out 3x3 basketball is coming to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. This a cause for celebration. Three-on-three basketball is the sport at its most… something. Cerebral: Maybe—you’re playing chess all game long as opposed to the checkers’...

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....

2017 NBA Finals Game 3: The First Kiss

Cleveland would have to re-write history (again) to come back from 0-3 in an NBA Finals. Golden State has a chance to make it going 16-0 in a playoff Friday night. Which will it be? By Andrew J. Pridgen Ever been on a date when things are just clicking? You meet up and share an embrace, but it’s not forced or awkward...

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...

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...

All the NBA World is a Stage for the 2017 Warriors

Greatest of all time? Maybe. Greatest for now? Unequivocally.  By Andrew J. Pridgen Sport does not stand still, it evolves. Today’s superstar is tomorrow's never was. Yesterday’s innovation is today’s warm-up drill. I try to avoid comparing a team’s or individual athletes’ accomplishments across generations because it’s not a safe bet to make. Case in point, with his casual attitude, off-the-field antics,...

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