Thursday, August 24, 2017
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

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...

The 40 worst Warriors of the 40-year championship drought

The Golden State Warriors, hoisters of their first Larry O’Brien trophy in 40 years Tuesday, advanced to the playoffs just eight times during the four-decade reign of futility and never came close to sniffing the jock of a finals berth. Whether through wasted lottery picks, ill-advised trades, bloated contracts or simply awful coaching and bungled front office management, the...

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...

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...

Are professional sports players getting so good that it’s boring?

Homogeneousness the result of specialization, analytics and refinement at an early age means it’s difficult today to tell one superstar athlete from another. The question is, are we still entertained? By Andrew J. Pridgen Major League Baseball quietly entered a new era over the last half decade. It is the era of the long ball, the strikeout, the disposable starter, the...

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’...

Requiem for a dream season

The Warriors are poised to send Cleveland some champagne and a note on Sunday. “You just had more.” It would read. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Warrior faithful are holding on to memories. Memories of a near-perfect regular season which already seems like it was a season ago. Memories of a Western Conference Finals comeback the likes of which had not...

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,...

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...

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:...

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