The One Thing Magic Johnson Forgot to Talk About

Magic Johnson stepped down as the President of the Los Angeles Lakers. He called an abrupt news conference in the bowels of the Staples Center Tuesday night. The NBA is a reality TV show that never stops providing new scripts. He cited his trepidation of firing Luke Walton who his owner and best bud Jeanie Buss loved very much. Of course Magic Johnson was instrumental in luring LeBron James into LaLa Land away from Cleveland, although it doesn’t seem like it was a hard sell as LeBron appears to have strategically made his mind up to do so for some […]

James Dolan’s PR nightmare in New York

James Dolan is losing the PR battle. Well, he lost that battle long ago, but now it’s just basically over. Saturday a video taken from a fan’s cell phone shows the owner walking towards the tunnel after another Knicks loss. A fan yells “Sell the team”. Dolan confronts the fans and tells him he might enjoy watching the Knicks on TV instead of coming to MSG. Then tells his macho men to kick the guy out of the arena. After a loss? Either way, Dolan is losing the battle of public relations, which in turn devalues the franchise which he […]

Why Rick Pitino to UCLA will never happen

    There’s been a little talk, mostly in the New York market ironically, that Rick Pitino could possibly end up at UCLA. Sounds impossible? It really is. According to reports, certain UCLA boosters were wanting to bring in the former Louisville coach. There are quite a few reasons why Rick Pitino won’t be the next head coach at UCLA and probably elsewhere in Division-I basketball. Currently, he’s coaching Panathinaikos in Greece Pro Hoops. Earlier this year when plotting a return to basketball he told ESPN,  “I love teaching basketball and am more passionate than ever.” Too often it appeared that Pitino grossly […]

Contrary to popular belief, the Warriors still have it

This was to be the season of doom and reality for the Golden State Warriors, a few early season losses. A disagreement between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. They should be fine. Tuesday’s 142 output against the Denver Nuggets says as much about the Warriors as it does the current state of defense in the NBA. In the 142-111 win, the Warriors made an NBA record 10 three-pointers in the first quarter and 21  for the game, shooting at a 60-percent clip.  The trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant scored 89 combined points. The Warriors hold the No. […]

No. 1 Duke goes down

 It was a quiet mid-January ACC game, a game that Duke and Syracuse faithful will be keenly aware of for the duration of the winter and one that will be fodder during the annual bracket debates. No. 1 Duke (14-2) lost at home to the unranked Syracuse Orange (12-5) 95-91 Monday night in overtime.  Duke lost freshman Cameron Reddish before the game to the flu, then fellow freshman Tre Jones went down with a shoulder sprain in the first half. Jones is expected to miss several games. Duke is now perennially super young. It’s the fab five every year. Freshman everywhere. Syracuse […]

What if I told you the Cleveland Cavs are the best team in the East?

LeBron James has found his grove. It’s igniting the Michael Jordan comparisons and even some of the strongest opinions in favor of His Airness are leaning towards a more equal comparisons between the King and No. 23. After two games LeBron James has scored 69 points, 43 of which came last night against the No. 1 seed Toronto Raptors. LeBron also threw in 16 assists and eight boards in a game that wasn’t close. Suddenly with the Cavs up 2-0 going home, they just need to win 2 of the next five possible games against Toronto to advance to the […]

Cavs-Pacers: A Game 7 test fit for a King

As the Pacers and the Cavs enter Game 7 this Sunday in Cleveland, the common refrain is that the Pacers will need to shock the world in order to dethrone the King, LeBron James. In fact LeBron has never lost a first-round series as an NBA player. Embed from Getty Images   Victor Oladipo, the Pacers star, announced at the beginning of this season that he wanted to go “Shock the World”. In many ways Oladipo and his crew have shocked the local fans in Indiana, finishing fifth in the East and giving LeBron everything they had. The problem with […]

Maybe it’s not the coach. Jeff Hornacek, Frank Vogel and Steve Clifford fired

Jeff Hornacek walked into a losing situation. Frank Vogel never got the talent, either did Steve Clifford. All were fired this week by their respective NBA franchises the Knicks, Magic and Hornets. Steve Clifford had a good run, five years with the Charlotte Hornets, but a new general manager will likely be in place in Charlotte and so will a be new head coach after the team announced Friday it had parted ways with Clifford. Sympathy should be the dominant feeling for Hornacek because well the Knicks have been a pure dumpster fire. Where was the talent on the team. […]

The pressure is still on Lonzo Ball, sort of

Lakers President Magic Johson told Lonzo Ball during exit interviews this week that he needs to get stronger physically after the 20 year-old rookie missed 30 games this season due to injury. Johnson also told Ball that this summer will be the biggest summer of his life.  Pressure? Ball doesn’t exactly quiver and shake. He’s grown accustomed to the media spotlight and it doesn’t seem to phase him-at least not publicly. “He pretty much does what he does and I do what I do,” Ball told assembled media Thursday when asked for about the 400th time in the last year about […]