Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

One more for immortality

The Warriors are one away from their second straight title and the completion of the greatest basketball season of all time. Can LeBron and his Cavs find enough to bring it back to Cleveland? By Andrew J. Pridgen For the first time in nine games this playoffs, the Cavs lost at home. After being up by eight early in the...

The growing legion of Curry haters leave statistics out of their arguments

Gary Payton is the latest to join the ship of graying fools to decry Steph Curry’s unanimous MVP decision—basing their arguments on strange emotions and warped recollections of history. By Andrew J. Pridgen It started this week with Bernie Lincicome’s column in the Chicago Tribune (yes, the Trib still exists and Lincicome’s bubble pic looks like he’s in pre-op for his...

Steph Curry could do better than Under Armour

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s decision to abandon Trump’s manufacturing council in the wake of the president’s inability to rebuke his white nationalist base was a move of self-preservation, not taking the moral high ground. As a result, Steph Curry should reassess his stake in the brand. By Andrew J. Pridgen In 2014, emerging N.B.A. superstar Steph Curry inked a Jordan-esque...

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...

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...

Steph in Memphis

Hunter S. Thompson once wrote, “all these things have happened, and probably they will happen again” but I don’t think he meant within the span of two minutes. By Andrew Pridgen With fewer than 180 seconds to go in the third against Memphis Wednesday, Steph Curry, the guy who decides what music to play for the Golden State Warriors and how...

A new day in LA is a new day in America.

With one simple but unexpected decision yesterday, America felt the end of one of its most oppressive eras By Andrew Pridgen Did you hear the news? Did you see it? Did you feel it? Yesterday, the banner of oppression innocuously floated down from the rafters and the flag of equality was draped over the shoulders of all who’d fought so hard and loved...

Luke Walton’s burst into bloom

After the final buzzer of the Golden State Warriors’ record 16th-straight victory to start the NBA season Tuesday, interim head coach Luke Walton went and hugged Lakers guard emeritus and former teammate Kobe Bryant. The embrace was appropriate and real. Luke rubbed Kobe’s head on the dismount and they exchanged a grin as if the following exchange had occurred:...

Hello Cleveland!

The Cavs improved to 8-0 at home in the playoffs as Golden State struggles to find its way to the main stage. By Andrew J. Pridgen It is almost as if the Golden State Warriors were hustled. Maybe Cleveland simply sent cardboard cutouts to Oakland for games one and two of the N.B.A. Finals while the #realcavs hung back to tweet and...

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...