Saturday, February 17, 2018
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

What OKC fans were really saying when they chanted ‘Cupcake’ at Kevin Durant

Dog whistle racism was heard loud and clear far beyond the confines of Chesapeake Energy Arena Saturday night. By Andrew J. Pridgen I wasn’t the only one offended watching Saturday night’s NBA marquee match-up as the Golden State Warriors visited enemy territory in Oklahoma City. My phone buzzed to low battery life with texts that read “Are you watching this?”, “What’s...

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...

Draymond Green is a top-10 player in the N.B.A. but not for the reasons you’ve been told

...Here’s what Draymond did during game 2 vs. Portland to set him on a path to greatness. By Andrew J. Pridgen Draymond Green is a strange kind of budding superstar in a league that has defined itself over the past three decades as a cohort of superstars. Reason being: Draymond Green may be the first superstar role player of all time....

The NBA Finals: Regardless of what happens Game 6 Harrison Barnes’ video of the Dubs charter flight is the highlight of the season

Premiered in February, this video of the Warriors gambling and singing along to Big Sean’s Blessings got 4 million hits in its first 18 minutes on the line mostly because it’s the most amazing portrayal of a professional athlete’s life in the middle of a historic run since Corbin Bersen played the hot corner and Charile Sheen had triangles...

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 Warriors are right, Salt Lake City does suck — but not for the reasons they mentioned

I have lived in Oakland. I have lived in Salt Lake. Even though Oakland is a bit self-aggrandizing and sleeve-tatted with a skyline full of AT-ATs, Salt Lake City is an easy target with terrible air, improperly stored beer and an early curfew. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Golden State Warriors took a few swipes at Salt Lake City prior...

The NBA Finals: How Game 5 showed this one’s going the distance

“I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world. Simple.” — LeBron James after Cleveland’s 104-91 loss to Golden State to go down 3-2 in the 2015 NBA Finals By Andrew Pridgen When LeBron James deadpans he’s the best player in the world while wearing a leather Cavaliers hat that looks like it should’ve been on Michael Bivins’ head...

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...

The NBA Finals: Warriors came out to plaaaaayaaay Game 4

When one text can change the course of an evening...and maybe a series. By Andrew Pridgen It’s always fun to know a super-fan, especially if they’re from a city not used to winning. Born in the Bronx and raised in pinstripes? You get treated to a Yankees contender at least every third year, plus all those Seinfeld references. Some teenage Patriots faithful...

The Warriors are gassed—and that’s when the great ones rise

They’ve proven they’re good. They’ve shown greatness. But are they legendary? By Andrew J. Pridgen It seems a little bit over for the Golden State Warriors. The rage, frustration, resentment, if not despair, can be seen in the eyes of the starting five. Eighty-two regular season games taking each team in the league’s best shot like Foreman before his grills, one...