You know what it smells like? Victory. Victory for the owners. And you know what else? Some day, this war is gonna end. When it does, all 30 teams, from the champs to the chumps, will have limited time to find the answers to their most burning questions in what will be an extremely abbreviated offseason activity period. So let’s look at those questions, along with some answers. ATLANTA: Is one ball enough? It says here that the Hawks should dump either Jamal Crawford through
The NBA lockout has me in the cuckoo’s nest, but boy have I been enjoying the first couple nights of the 2011-12 season. You couldn’t have asked for a better Opening Night doubleheader Tuesday on TNT, when the Bulls visited the defending champion Mavs, followed by the shootout between young gun Kevin Durant and old hand Kobe Bryant. On Wednesday, we got a taste of the resuscitated rivalry between the Knicks and Heat, which only figures to get better over the next couple of
If you were Sam Presti, would you trade Kendrick Perkins, James Harden, Eric Maynor and your best available first-round pick for Dwight Howard? Don’t worry, Thunder fans. It’s a trick question. Dwight Howard’s not going to Oklahoma City. He’s not going to Memphis for Marc Gasol and O.J. Mayo. Or to Indiana for Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert. Or to the Los Angeles Clippers for Chris Kaman and Eric Gordon. But Howard is going somewhere, that’s for sure. In the summer, Howard – who can
By Chris Bernucca This NBA lockout is a 12-inch stupid sandwich. The owners have been stupid in believing they could get back in one negotiation everything they have given away over the last 12 years. The players have been stupid in underestimating the backlash from a fickle fan base hit hard by a nationwide economic malaise. And both sides have been extremely stupid in coming close enough to shake hands, then refusing to with the childish insistence of “You first!” It is another in
By Chris Bernucca Today, Oct. 12, is International Moment of Frustration Scream Day. Really. At 12:00 Greenwich Mean Time (which translates to 7 a.m. EDT for all of us infrequent flyers), all people were encouraged to go outside and scream for 30 seconds to release any deep-seated frustration. Seems like as good a day as any. Personally, I’ve had some deep-seated frustration for about 103 days.
By Chris Bernucca We all remember last year’s free agency extravapalooza – LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh heating up South Beach, Amar’e Stoudemire making the Knicks relevant, Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce making career commitments to their teams and Joe Johnson landing the biggest contract of them all. Next year could be a quality sequel, with a star-studded cast that includes Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Ray Allen, Jason Terry, possibly Jameer Nelson and Gerald Wallace, and oldies but goodies Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and Steve
By Chris Bernucca I would prefer not to bring politics into basketball, but I have to wonder if John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell somehow sneaked into the recent NBA labor negotiations and presented the amnesty clause as another one of their magical job-creating proposals. Those proposals always seem to start with legislation that assures companies and individuals who already have lots of money will either (a) keep all of their money or (b) be given more money. And they always
By Chris Bernucca “There’s a lot of woofing going on in the league. Guys do a lot of talking. What I would like to see, since television seems to be promoting everything, is an off-season boxing tournament for NBA players. Let them put on 16-ounce gloves and fight three two-minute rounds. One thing it would do … it would stop a lot of the woofing going on.” – “Pistol” Pete Maravich, in a 1977 Sports Illustrated article My son plays AAU basketball. He’s not