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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

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

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

Ben Simmons’ infectious play is the guiding light for the Philadelphia 76ers

If you have even a halfway developed perspective on NBA basketball you already know Ben Simmons is something special. It’s like that time McDonald’s debuted the Reese’s McFlurry; no matter how skeptical you were, every time you pulled up to the drive-thru and saw the orange and brown mix-ins on the menu, you smiled, and your heart was at ease. You already know Simmons has … Continue reading Ben Simmons’ infectious play is the guiding light for the Philadelphia 76ers

Three outstanding outcomes from DeRozan, Ibaka and Casey’s ejections

The best thing to happen to the Toronto Raptors this season are their 52 wins. But not for the reason you’d think. Sure, 52 wins have clinched the Raptors a playoff spot. It’s even the second-highest mark in team history, and there are still 12 games left. The real reason winning in Toronto is great however, is it lets you fly off the handle when … Continue reading Three outstanding outcomes from DeRozan, Ibaka and Casey’s ejections

Chris Paul has legendarily sticky fingers and no one seems to care

The NBA is a brotherhood. Players are quick to shout-out others successes, as evidenced by Josh Richardson’s levitating after a Rodney McGruder three.    Levitate levitate levitate… A post shared by Brandon Johnson (@bjtripleot) on Mar 15, 2018 at 3:10pm PDT Surprisingly, that same brotherhood has seemed to ignore a career milestone for one of the league’s most vocal players: Chris Paul. During Thursday’s game … Continue reading Chris Paul has legendarily sticky fingers and no one seems to care

Jamal Murray reinsipres Lakers' bloodlust

Jamal Murray re-inspired bloodlust in 20,000 Los Angelenos

Visitors to the Staples Center haven’t had much to cheer for since April 13, 2016. Kobe Bryant’s final game set in motion a new era in Los Angeles, one guided by youth and rebuilding that is taking years to manifest into a winning product. Little did they know, Jamal Murray was to become a local fan favorite. Three months ago in Denver, Murray nonchalantly dribbled … Continue reading Jamal Murray re-inspired bloodlust in 20,000 Los Angelenos