Could Kevin Durant wind up in Portland?

Kevin Durantphoto: Getty Images Kevin Durant is under contract for one more year with the Brooklyn Nets, but based on the bevy of reports and leaks on the extremely fluid Kyrie melodrama and its potential fallout, his employment is volatile. That uncertainty has spawned a multitude of options for Durant, but only the Portland Trailblazers … Read more

Where should Kyrie Irving land?

Image: shutterstock (Getty Images) Is there a current NBA player who invokes more disgust, loathing, and aversion than Kyrie Irving? The Brooklyn Nets guard is on his way to imploding his third team. First, he demanded out of Cleveland after tiring playing second fiddle to LeBron James. Then he aggressively bounced out of Boston, creating … Read more

The death of the NBA superteam (for now)

The Warriors, built over time.Image: Getty Images The Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors Finals was one of the most engaging championship fights of recent memory. The Celtics were on a Cinderella tear on their way to facing a retooled, post-Kevin Durant Warriors. Both teams had organically built the backbone of their roster through adept … Read more

Jolly St. Perk, fashion faux pas, and more from NBA Draft night

Paolo Banchero (L), Mark Williams (C), and Malaki Branham (R) pose for photos.Image: Getty Images I had the ESPN broadcast of last night’s NBA Draft on while cooking dinner, and even with my hands occupied by a pot of mac and a large spoon instead of my phone and internet, I knew Kendrick Perkins was … Read more

The plan in is place and the pieces are set — now the Pelicans just have to execute

Pelicans President of Basketball Operations David Griffin (l.) and GM Trajan Langdonphoto: Getty Images The New Orleans Pelicans blueprint was on display in the 2022 NBA Finals. The Boston Celtics may have finished two wins from completing the dream of winning their 18th title but their future serves at what the Pelicans have brewing. Eight … Read more

The Detroit Pistons won the NBA draft

The Pistons got their man in Purdue’s Jaden Ivey.Image: AP There might be some fans at the gigantic Little Caesars arena, because the Detroit Pistons took some serious steps towards solidifying a young nucleus for the future of their franchise. It all began on Wednesday with them trading Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers … Read more

It’s Kyrie Irving’s world and the rest of the NBA is just living in it

Kyrie does not suffer from a lack of nerve.Image: Getty Images He who has the gold, or in this case, the ability to dribble past his way through a cluttered paint, makes all the rules. By conventional wisdom, Kyrie Irving is a poor employee. He wants all of the authority to make key decisions, but … Read more

Riding the Chet Holmgren overhype train

Chet Holmgren isn’t as NBA-ready as you think.Image: Getty Images The 2022 NBA Draft is just hours away, and the top three seem to be locked among Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga), Jabari Smith (Auburn), and Paolo Banchero (Duke). Some talking heads and experts think it’s a toss-up as to which player will be selected No. 1. … Read more

ESPN’s new 30 for 30 ‘Dream On’ looks at the gold-or-bust women’s USA Basketball teams

USA Basketball’s 1996 women’s dream Getty Images The great Reese Bobby admitted that he didn’t think through the only advice that he ever gave his son in Talladega Nights the Ballad of Ricky Bobby. “If you ain’t first, you’re last,” doesn’t even make sense. As Reese said after getting thrown out of Applebees, “you … Read more

Back to school

Image: Getty Images The Chet Holmgren vs. Paolo Banchero vs. Jabari Smith debates as to who will be the first player taken in tomorrow’s NBA Draft has been the talk of the entire season (and offseason). Three one-and-dones from great schools representing the way it’s been done for decades, two of them not yet 20 … Read more