MVP or Not-LeBron James Still Runs the NBA

I know you haven’t heard from me in a few weeks now. You can look at this in one of two ways. A) You can be resentful and annoyed or B) You can be grateful that you didn’t have to suffer through whatever tantrum I would’ve thrown over the last two games of the Rockets/Spurs series. But c’mon man. If you’re Houston, how do you manage lose a game in overtime in which you lead the entire game while the other team’s best player rode the bench throughout the whole overtime period? If that wasn’t sad enough for Houston…okay okay I’m done. In a few days from now, all basketball fans will gather ‘round their televisions to watch the most anticipated NBA finals of my lifetime. Going into the preseason, both the Warriors and the Cavaliers had an 80% chance to reach the finals according to the Westgate Las Vegas Sports Book, which were the best combined preseason odds in league history. People are always talking about how intriguing the all-star game would be if it actually meant something to the winning conference. Well, I can promise this 7 game series won’t be too far off from that dream scenario. Between LeBron, Kyrie, Love, Richard Jefferson, Deron Williams, Steph, Durant, Draymond, Iggy and Klay, there are 10 players who were All-NBA caliber at one point or another in their career, with the majority of them being probable hall of famers. No need to worry. I’m not here to bore you to sleep with another finals preview. This might be the first time in NBA history where the team names... read more

Deadline Day: What Makes a Good or Bad Trade?

For a basketball fan, there are few more fun days than today, the NBA trade deadline.  If your team wants to add a piece better than a 10th man, it has to be done today by 3:00.  Twitter will likely be abuzz with rumored deals, completed deals, and rapid developments.  Amidst the craze, fans tend to want their team to be involved in the rumors – to do SOMETHING to get better.  Human instinct kicks in, and fans want to be apart of the craze.   Nevertheless, what fans – and sometimes teams – forget, is that when the dust settles after a transaction done under the pressure of time, you are left with are the assets or players you traded for, and lack those which you dealt away.  And if what you dealt is better to have around than what you acquired, you ultimately have hurt your organization.   Do teams need to try to get better at the deadline?  Without a doubt.  Outside of June 23-July 15 (or thereabouts), the deadline is the only time to make significant roster moves.  However, teams also need to be prudent, and avoid making moves that can be harmful down the line – no matter how tempting they may be.   So, looking back at deals past, what are some hallmarks of good and bad transactions?     1: Teams Make Bad Decisions When They Feel That They “HAVE TO” Do Something:   Example: 2015 Suns   The 2015 Suns put together an awesome trio of point guards in Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic, and Eric Bledsoe, in a league where point... read more

About Hoops Critic

Brian Geltzeiler’s true passion is the NBA. He grew up in a basketball family. His father, Burt was an elite college basketball player for Newark-Rutgers University in the late 1940’s and was drafted by the Tri-City Hawks (now Atlanta Hawks) in 1950 by their then GM, Red Auerbach.

Brian is a regular host on SiriusXM’s NBA Radio and gets his money’s worth from his NBA League Pass. He lives in Livingston, NJ with his wife and four children.