About a month into the season, we’re past the point of Wacky Fun, Power Rankings Style (THE SIXERS ARE 3-0! BEST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE!) but not quite to the point where teams in the NBA’s middle class start separating themselves or merit full buy-in’s whether positive (Portland) or catastrophic (New York, Brooklyn). Still, a few things are abundantly clear. First, the Eastern Conference is a dumpster fire that will burn until nothing but Indiana, Miami, and a heap of ashes remain. Second,
There is a temptation to put Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker on this list after what we all witnessed last night in Chicago. Think about it: Every NBA team – great, good or bad – had scouts and player personnel in attendance at the State Farm Classic, where Wiggins’ second half-heroics for Kansas outshined Parker’s 27-point effort for a Duke team that apparently has hired Andris Biedrins as its free throw shooting coach. Even the most diehard NBA fans couldn’t help
(Folks, the news of Russell Westbrook being out for a couple months after knee surgery calls for an Oct. 1 revision. We published on Sept. 29, and should have known better. Something big happens early in ever October-CS). The beat brought us to East Rutherford N.J. this past week, where the Nets still have a practice facility (and yes, they still use it, making for a particularly brutal two-river crossing to get to the BK). Jason Kidd was the featured speaker,
The beat brought us to East Rutherford N.J. this past week, where the Nets still have a practice facility (and yes, they still use it, making for a particularly brutal two-river crossing to get to the BK). Jason Kidd was the featured speaker, and he spoke not in black and white – the team’s new colors – but in pink and vanilla.
Quite a month it was, eh? Remember back on July 1 when the moratorium began, there was hope in Lakerland, Metta World Peace was not contemplating another name change and the Bobcats were doomed to hold down the No. 30 spot in these rankings for all eternity? Yes, things have changed. And they will keep changing in August … and then in September when we can get rolling on all the Rajon Rondo and Pau Gasol trade rumors that will keep us
Tonight at midnight, like I do every year at this time, I will face East, toward Springfield, Mass., and give a prayer of Thanksgiving. Thank heavens that’s over! I mean to tell you, it was a long season out here in the place I named Lakerdom – or actually stole from Lester Hayes, the great cornerback and quote machine who made up Raiderdom. Of course, Lakerdom now vies for its very existence with Clipper Nation, which used to put in rare appearances, like
So, we now know that the Miami Heat will get the chance to experience springtime in Milwaukee. Except for the fact that springtime in Milwaukee typically lasts about two days. Then winter returns. Then summer magically appears out of the blue. And there’s no telling from year to year whether those two days will be in April, May or June. True story: While covering the Eastern Conference finals in 2001, it was May 31 and the Bucks had just finished practice and