Anything Else, Your Highness?

Anything Else, Your Highness?

“We need a (expletive) playmaker,” said the so-called “king”.  Do you think that when the Chicago Bulls dropped 5 of 8 games in January of 1993 Michael Jordan took it upon himself to publicly proclaim that the champions of ‘92 needed to revamp their roster if they planned on defending their crown? No. Jordan actually came out recently and praised Russell Westbrook for his loyalty to the Thunder. Subtle shots fired? Most likely. LeBron has been to the last 6 NBA finals, but when was the last time he did it without another 19 ppg scorer on the roster? That would be in 2007 against the Spurs in the only 4-0 NBA finals in the last decade. Unfortunately for basketball fans, LeBron’s recent words cannot better describe what the NBA has come to. I understand that it’s a business. Players typically care for two things when it comes to signing with a team: winning and money. An athlete’s legacy in every sport is becoming more and more defined by the amount of rings they earned during their playing career. This isn’t to say we don’t look at guys like Allen Iverson and Patrick Ewing as two of the best to ever step on the court, but current players know that when its all said and done, the amount of times they’ve held up that Larry O’Brien trophy will partly define the ultimate “success” of their time in the league. There is a fine line between a player’s desire to chase a ring and the claims LeBron has made this year. If you’re Anthony Davis in your prime, playing basketball...
Why Westbrook’s All-Star Snub Is Being Overanalyzed

Why Westbrook’s All-Star Snub Is Being Overanalyzed

It won’t be long until someone claims that Putin and the Russian government hacked the NBA All-Star voting polls as well. That, or Kevin Durant sat by his computer one night and casted a few million fan ballots without Westbrook’s name on one of them, just ‘cause. This could very well go down as one of the biggest all-star snubs in the history of sports. Not only does Russell Westbrook lead the league in scoring, ranks second in assists, and is the only guard to rank in the top 15 in the league in rebounds, but the MVP caliber performance that he displays on a nightly basis is consistent enough to go down as one of the best statistical seasons this league has ever seen. This isn’t to say that we aren’t impressed with Steph’s ability to shoot the three ball the last couple years or that Wilt Chamberlain’s rebounding ability will ever be matched, but no one in the last 50 years has managed to succeed with flying colors in all aspects of the game like we have seen Westbrook do this year. He is on pace to average a triple double, something that the NBA has yet to see since Oscar Robertson’s historical season in 1962. Westbrook had 18 triple doubles all of last season. So far this season, he’s racked up 21. The 10 all-star starters combined? Only 19 (13 of which belong to James Harden), but you are way off if you think I’m about to sit here and argue for five paragraphs on why this is such a big deal, because truth be told,...
Don’t Forget About Us, Other Stars Having Career Years

Don’t Forget About Us, Other Stars Having Career Years

It’s easy to get lost in story lines of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, the two clear leaders for the MVP award based on their individual accolades this season.  Their numbers are ridiculous and unheard of in today’s NBA, Harden (28.7 ppg, 11.7 ast, 8.3 reb) and Westbrook (30.7 ppg, 10.3 ast, 10.5 reb).  However, there are some other NBA players putting up their own incredible stat lines and dominating the sport that need recognition too. Anthony Davis We start off our list with arguably the best big man in the league (just don’t tell that to Lebron James, Draymond Green and the man they fancy, DeMarcus Cousins).  Anthony Davis has improved year after year but this season, through 39 games, he is averaging career best in points per game, rebounds per game and steals per game. Unfortunately, the Pelicans don’t provide much support for this super star and that is why he is flying under the radar this season despite putting up close to 30-12 every night with 2.5 blocks and 1.3 steals. Isaiah Thomas The Boston Celtics were highly touted coming in to this season with the acquisition of Al Horford.  But what really makes this Boston Celtics team go is the 5’9” point guard, Isaiah Thomas.  Since coming to Boston from Phoenix after Danny Ainge hoodwinked his old associate Ryan McDonough, he has been one of the best scorers in the league.  He has improved each season and is shooting a career best 45.9% from the field and 90.7% from the charity stripe.  He is averaging a career high 28.4 points per game and leads the...
The Rockets Appear to Be Ready for Liftoff

The Rockets Appear to Be Ready for Liftoff

Houston, we do not have a problem. However, the rest of the Western Conference most definitely does. What exactly is this problem, you might ask? It happens to be the team that squeaked their way into the playoffs last year on the last day of the season only to get slaughtered by the eventual conference champion Warriors in the first round. Yes, I’m talking about the 30-9 Houston Rockets, a team that didn’t get their 30th win until March 2nd last season. The Rockets are 19-2 in their last 21 games, the best record in the league over that span and show absolutely no signs of slowing down. This pack of shooters is led by the current favorite for MVP, James Harden. Unfortunately for Harden’s publicity, there happens to be a guy in Oklahoma City having a season for the ages. Unfortunately for Westbrook, at the end of the day, people care about winning and that’s what James has continued to do so successfully this year. There are plenty of superstars in this league who would be opposed to changing their style of play for a new coach’s system *cough cough LeBron*, but not Harden. He has added on to his ability to score at will and has morphed into one of the games premier passers. Sure, he still averages nearly 30 points per game and he remains the guy that the Rockets want shooting the ball in the clutch, but he has managed to successfully add a new regimen to his game that allows him to play at such a high level. He is able to lead the...
New Year’s Resolutions: Eastern Conference

New Year’s Resolutions: Eastern Conference

The holidays are just passed us as we look towards a new year. This time of year people get really excited for a new beginning or maybe just their next chapter. Well, NBA teams also get excited for the New Year. A new year brings the trade deadline closer, the NFL ending it’s season, the NBA All Star weekend, and the time we all look forward to, the playoffs. Below we will run through new years resolutions for all 30 NBA teams. Eastern Conference Philadelphia 76ers This was the perfect team to lead off because they have to just keep taking it a day at a time. Many didn’t like the Hinkie process but Joel Embiid has been showing fans and media all season long to Trust the Process. We haven’t even seen Ben Simmons on the court yet. The most impressive aspect of this rebuild for the 76ers is their assets (Philly owns the Kings 2019 first round pick and right to swap in 2017). They will most likely move one of their big men (Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor) for so much needed guard help. Ben Simmons will be an excellent guard in the league but they will need some help. Their resolution is to get good value in Noel/Okafor and acquire a young guard who has potential. Brooklyn Nets Trade. They have to move Brook Lopez for a package of picks and prospects. He’s averaging more points per 36 minutes than he ever has. On top of this, he established a three-point game. The Nets are an older team and they only have eight wins. It’s...