Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Basketball: N.B.A.

Basketball: N.B.A.

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...

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...

#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...

The Warriors don’t need to win tonight, not really. OK, maybe a little. Yeah. Um, the Warriors really need to f*cking win tonight.

...They at least need to play with as much intensity as Radiohead. By Andrew J. Pridgen The campus radio station has been playing a lot of Dinosaur Jr. lately which means either I’m really cool or I’m really fucking old. Speaking of really cool and really old, the new Radiohead sounds like either getting a cigarette burn when you’re wearing a...

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....

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....

How long exactly have you been a Warriors fan?

One fan recalls highlights from a quarter century of living in NBA oblivion By Andrew J. Pridgen As the lead crept past 30 during the early fourth quarter of the Warriors’ game 5 dismantling of the Houston Rockets last night my girlfriend felt around her area of the couch for the remote. She was itching to scroll through the guide to find...

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...

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...

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...

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