Fellow basketball snob Tim Adkins joined The Court to wax poetic about the 2014-15 NBA playoff picture. Have the Cleveland Cavaliers finally turned the corner? Who will win out in the 3 team race for the #8 seed in the Western Conference? Can the Los Angeles Clippers finally breakthrough this May and make it to the Finals? And finally, will the Chicago Bulls find some consistency down the stretch? We do our best to answer all of those questions. You’re welcome.
The first third of the NBA season has been filled with tons of excitement. Join our trio of hosts as they discuss the recent firing of Sacramento Kings head coach Mike Malone, Rajon Rondo has a new home in Dallas, we give out grades to new faces in new places and hand out some early awards.
For part 2 of our Hoops Exchange series, Andthefoul.com’s Jhony Gutierrez joined me for a quick Q & A. Topics included rule changes, Magic Johnson’s tanking comments and our early season MVP.
Here’s my first question – which of these commercials do you think is funnier?
Both of them are great, especially if you know the NBA and the reputations, real or perceived, of the players involved. They won’t get me into a Foot Locker anytime soon, but I laugh every time I’ve seen them and can’t decide which is funnier. I am leaning towards the Harden one.
I thought Foot Locker did a great job tapping into humor stemming from well-known NBA storylines, and as a result, it reached its target audience: hoop heads on social media.
NBA athletes are continually benefitting from the exposure that social media allows for. No longer do they have to be a star in a major market, they can now pull off sponsorship deals that resonate from anywhere in the states (not that Houston and S.A. are small markets per se), which creates great opportunities for video content like Foot Locker created. Continue reading
In the wake of grand jury decisions not to indict police offers Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo in the shootings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, NBA players including Derrick Rose, Lebron James and Kobe have spoken out by wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirts during pre-game warmups. We decided to speak out too.
This week special guest host Jason McAdams joined us to discuss our reactions from Game 1 of the NBA Finals, our predictions on how the rest of the series will play out, and the fall out from LeBron James’ muscle cramps in the 4th quarter. Enjoy.
This week we took a look at the many questions facing the Indiana Pacers following their playoff exit, the sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, and a potential Finals rematch between the Heat and Spurs.
Previewing the Conference Finals, calling into question Chris Paul’s leadership ability and #pointgod status, and discussing how race impacts coaching in the NBA.
- Tom Ziller on the NBA’s race problem for coaches (SB Nation)
- Scott Ostler: Is there a different standard for black coaches? (SFGate)
- Marcus Thompson: Warriors, Mark Jackson and the question of race (Mercury News)
In the latest edition of The Peoples Court, we revisited the Donald Sterling saga, discussed the second round of the playoffs, and named our Performances and Embarrassments of the Week.
History was made this week: an owner got banned for life, the weekend will play host to a record-breaking five Game 7s, and one of our own took a hard stance against the league.
Come found out what our panel thinks about the first round of the playoffs – Can the Thunder make a comeback? What happened to the Pacers? – and Donald Sterling’s latest racist comments.