Rockets Fire Kevin McHale, but Deeper Problems Remain

On Tuesday November 17, the Houston Rockets relieved Kevin McHale of his coaching duties, after a slow 4-7 start to the 2015-2016 season. The move came as a surprise.  Coming off a 54-28 season, McHale got a contract extension in December of 2014.  Then, the Rockets went 56-26 and reached the Western Conference finals, where their series against the NBA champion Warriors was competitive on a game in, game out basis despite the 4-1 score. …

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How Phil Jackson Made the Knicks Normal

Since 2000, the only New York Knicks we have known have been dysfunctional.  The quick splash and sale of false promises, and the back page, have always mattered more than building methodically and astutely: that’s just boring. Allow Patrick Ewing to expire to open flexibility? Allowing floatsam in 2003 to expire to open flexibility? Let’s bring in Stephon Marbury and a bunch of big names and see how it works!  Some thought normalcy came in …

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Durant Justifies Not Giving Beal a Contract Extension

The Washington Wizards have been criticized in some circles for declining to give Bradley Beal a contract extension prior to the Halloween deadline.  But their reason is obvious, and it only requires 2 words: Kevin Durant.  Beal is a very good player, but the Wizards made the right decision here. It has become trendy to criticize teams for going all in for a superstar in free agency.  What makes you think he will be yours?  …

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Week 1: Early Observations

The long wait for the NBA season is over.  And we are now one week through the season. As any smart NBA fan knows, it can be dangerous to put too much stock into small sample sizes.  Just because a team’s defense looks good over five games, does not mean the team has turned a corner defensively.  And on the flip side, if a team or player is struggling over a short stretch of games, …

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