originally posted 6/19/19
photo by Charmeljun Gallardo
The Lakers had no choice. This had to be done.
originally posted 6/14/19
After getting swept aside in the 2018 Eastern Conference Semifinals, Toronto GM Masai Ujiri had had enough.
“The problem we’re trying to solve is that there are rich teams and there are poor teams. Then there’s fifty feet of crap, and then there’s us.” -Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) in Moneyball
After seeing two altercations in the NBA that involved the fans, I have to ask, since when is being a jerk a badge of honor?
To use poker vernacular, the Los Angeles Lakers have pushed all their chips into the pot hoping to eek out a gut-shot straight. And the odds aren't in their favor.
photo by Charmeljun Gallardo
Isn't it odd on this Election Day that when a coach gets a "vote of confidence," it usually means the opposite?
The Ballad of Kawhi Leonard has come to an end...for now. San Antonio traded their unhappy All-Star forward along with Danny Green to Toronto for All-Star Demarr DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick.
Los Angeles has always been about the art of the Big Deal. Big companies, big mergers, big movies. And big time L.A. basketball is no different.
When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat in 2010, I hated it. I hated everything about it from the ill conceived "decision" with Jim Gray to the nausea-inducing first press conference in Miami. For those four years, I had two favorite NBA teams: the Lakers and the other team playing the Heat.
"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more"
Henry V, Act III, Scene I
Step aside, sonny. It's time for the old guys to shine.
The youth of the NBA made sure did make some headlines early this postseason. Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Donovan Mitchell all had great moments this postseason and their futures are bright. But it's not a coincidence that of the four teams left in the playoffs, three of them (Golden State, Cleveland, and Houston) have the oldest rosters in the league.
The last three NBA seasons have been a bit of a fait accompli with Golden State and Cleveland creating a Star Wars like trilogy. But with a rash of injuries, the return of a few key players, and roster upheavals, the road to the Larry O'Brien trophy is seemingly up for grabs.
When I first decided to write this column with this topic, I thought this was going to be a piece of cake...and then I did the research. Wow.
There are so many great players that never got to add "champion" to their resumes. And in most cases, it wasn't from a lack of trying, talent, or desire. It was just the way it went. Fate is a cruel mistress and these athletes probably know that better than most.
Hang tight Lakers fans. I don't think this means what you think it means...
I've never been a Clippers fan.