Saturday, June 24, 2017
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

Warriors put on a clinic in Sunday hangover basketball at Staples

Looks like another perfect day... By Andrew J. Pridgen Nobody looks good playing hungover. And the weary road Warriors, who’ve only tipped off twice in the confines of the Coliseum since February 9 (think of it this way, Prince has had more appearances on their home court in that time) looked every bit the team who’d forgotten to take a pre-emptive...

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...

7 ways LBJ will end up in LA

LeBron James in a Lakers uniform next season? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. By Andrew Pridgen LeBron James thought he’d be able to bring a title to Cleveland in one year. ...And he wasn’t far off, two games to be exact. With a healthy Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, it’s conceivable the Cavs, not the Warriors, would have hoisted the Larry...

Make your children watch Warriors vs. Spurs Monday Night

They may regret it...you won't. By Andrew J. Pridgen Once upon a time the best NBA teams played team basketball. Auerbach’s Celtics, the Showtime Lakers, the Jordan Bulls, the Motor City Bad Boys—all had one thing in common: They won as a team. Golden-era late 20th century professional basketball featured Russell and Bird and Magic and Jordan—guys so good they took the...

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...

Potential Jersey Advertising Matches for the Philadelphia 76ers

Now that there's a two-and-a-half-inch square up on the Sixers' Airbnb for rent, we've got a couple suggestions on how it can be used. By Andrew J. Pridgen The 76ers announced Monday morning that StubHub will place its logo on the team's jerseys starting in the 2017-18 season, when the NBA's three-year pilot program will start. Sources say the team sold all...

Like looking back on a failed relationship, the Warriors only have themselves to blame for Game 5

Sometimes the hardest thing to admit is that failing has everything to do with you. By Andrew J. Pridgen In the fall of 2000, I went to a Halloween party in North Beach. A couple friends had rented a bar and there was a good cross-section of people I’d known from growing up and from college — along with a number...

#staycurry America

...Steph is the best ever. Jordan and all the other people who throw the orange ball through the ring—pfft. By Andrew J. Pridgen The N.B.A. blessed everyone at work today with a mixtape of Steph Curry to honor his second straight MVP/being the league’s first unanimous choice. I don’t know what living in Bloomington in 1987 and winning Bon Jovi tickets...

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...

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....

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