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14 Teams that would have made the NBA Finals enjoyable

The NBA Finals were a lot like a layered cake. Except that layer cake, with its vanilla frosting and piles of fluffy pastry, turned out to be a layered, bologna cake. The Cleveland Cavaliers kept up best appearances in Game 1 but the series’ finish left a bad aftertaste – back-to-back championships for the Golden State Warriors shifted the NBA narrative immediately to free agency, … Continue reading 14 Teams that would have made the NBA Finals enjoyable

Fetty Wap returns to 2015 with Bruce Wayne – Review

If ever there was a project that had the disclaimer “play this only at your cookout/summertime event” Bruce Wayne is it. Fetty Wap, progenitor of a stream of 2014-15 singles that culminated in a self-titled debut album returns with Bruce Wayne, a mixtape stylized in his image three years ago. The 11-track outing pays homage to Batman’s daily persona, though the reference is largely in name only … Continue reading Fetty Wap returns to 2015 with Bruce Wayne – Review

Clint Capela’s free agency isn’t “one size fits all”

This article was originally published at ShawSports. To view the original, click here. The off-season is a much-needed respite for the NBA’s beleaguered souls. The three or so months between seasons has its own types of stresses, sure, but summertime is a portal between what was, and what’s to come. In recent years the off-season has given way to some of the most magnificent player … Continue reading Clint Capela’s free agency isn’t “one size fits all”

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The BIG3 League grows its brand with the Young3 program

This article was originally published at Shaw Sports and includes an interview I held with NBA veteran and President of the Young3, Jerome Williams. View the original here. As the NBA gears up for its last regular season hurrah in the form of the Finals, basketball as a whole is hitting its second wind. With the NBA Awards and Draft waiting in the wings and … Continue reading The BIG3 League grows its brand with the Young3 program

Sugi Dakks The Business

Sugi Dakks flaunts his range on his debut, The Business

Jazz and hip-hop have been linked for the duration of the latter’s lifespan. Artists pay homage to hip-hop’s origins in a multitude of ways – where Mick Jenkins reveled with his forefathers on his 2014 mixtape The Waters, Kendrick Lamar channeled addiction, depression and politics into a jazz-funk-rap medley for 2015s To Pimp a Butterfly. Sample flips have come to define the gateway between the … Continue reading Sugi Dakks flaunts his range on his debut, The Business

Derrick Favors lifts Utah While Minnesota searches for KAT – NBA Playoffs Recap 4/18

The NBA Playoffs are five days in and have provided plenty of highlights to dissect. From Utah splitting the series with Oklahoma City to Karl-Anthony Towns’ offensive woes, here are some takeaways from the playoffs’ fifth night. Bully Ball Returns On April 9, Utah Jazz Forward Derrick Favors had a tough question to answer. Speaking with The Salt Lake Tribune, Favors commented on his future … Continue reading Derrick Favors lifts Utah While Minnesota searches for KAT – NBA Playoffs Recap 4/18

Quinn Cook, then and now

Quinn Cook’s rise to Golden State Warriors fame

This was originally published at Shaw Sports. Read the original here. Quinn Cook’s life changed in eight days. Four days before he scored his first bucket in a Golden State Warriors jersey on October 21, Quinn Cook’s name was making headlines. As part of the NBA’s new two-way contract system, Cook joined the Warriors, alongside fellow two-way-er Chris Boucher. Four days before his signing with … Continue reading Quinn Cook’s rise to Golden State Warriors fame

Lebron James and Ben Simmons Cavs at Sixers

Almost-playoff LeBron masks Cleveland’s missing defense against Philadelphia

Don’t let the Philadelphia endgame score fool you – the Cleveland Cavaliers defense is atrocious. Yes, the 76ers victory came down to LeBron drawing a 3-point foul and missing 1-of-3 shots, but the journey to that clutch ending is riddled with open lanes and mouths ajar. The mythos of playoff LeBron is real. If not for his 44-point triple double, the Cavs may as well … Continue reading Almost-playoff LeBron masks Cleveland’s missing defense against Philadelphia

Kali Uchis trades in her pastels for watercolor on Isolation – Review

Settling should be a deal breaker for debut albums. For Kali Uchis and Isolation, her go-getter mentality manifests itself in the realization on her second track, “Miami”: “Why would I be Kim? I can be Kanye”. Released on April 6, Uchis’ debut album cements her musical existence as the focal point, even when her focus gets interrupted by breezy dreams and pesky emotions. For her … Continue reading Kali Uchis trades in her pastels for watercolor on Isolation – Review