Saturday, April 21, 2018
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

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,...

It is physically impossible for me to get excited about Warriors vs. Spurs

...And I actually grew up rooting for one of these teams and respecting the other. By Andrew J. Pridgen Are Warriors fans jaded? Do they take too much for granted? Has a half-decade of unparalleled success and offseason breaks going their way erased four decades of futility and players like these? I guess. I remarked early in these playoffs that it’d...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...