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.
Forbes says that the average NBA Team is worth a record $1.1 billion. Are they guilty of valuing the franchises too high? The NBA might think so. Our esteemed court room takes up the case.
Guest writer Tim Adkins joined me for an impromptu email exchange for some random observations about the first month of the 2014-15 NBA Season. Topics included best shooting guard, franchise players and the improved Eastern Conference.
Tim Adkins: Completely unrelated–but because I’m seeing your recent People’s Court post on the right of the screen–I was meaning to ask if y’all had started including Jimmy Butler in the best two-way two-guard conversations. I think it was last Thursday he put in work on the first half of a national doubleheader before Klay Thompson rec’d all the fawning in the second game. Made for an interesting juxtaposition.
Lamont Peoples: We’ve not had any discussions on best two-way shooting guard. Though Butler has certainly added himself to that very short list. Thompson got off to such a hot start that he got all that attention. I don’t think he can play at that high of a level for the whole season. Butler seems to be taking advantage of the opportunities given to him by a roster that’s loaded offensively. His defense is all-galaxy. If we do a segment on this would you care to weigh in? Continue reading
Every season, there are only a handful of teams that affect the championship landscape. Find out which teams matter for 2014-15.
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)
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.
I take it that you’re all settled into the big chair now. You’re probably still winding down from the tornado that is All-Star Weekend, but I figured now is as good a time as any to make our acquaintance. He likely didn’t mention me, but that other commissioner, David Stern, listened to my opinions from time to time and I’m hoping that you’ll do the same. I know you’ve been inundated with suggestions on how to the improve the NBA so I’ll limit this to one topic. You’ve said that you want to look into speeding the game up and I’ve got a few simple ideas on how you can do this: Continue reading
We asked two important questions this week: What kind of star is Blake Griffin, and how will Jonathan Martin’s bullying case affect the closeted gay player? We also took a look at players primed for the leap into stardom, and our Performances and Embarrassments of the Week.
- 00:00 – Opening
- 03:15 – Woes in Clipperdom
- 05:40 – What kind of star is Blake Griffin?
- 15:25 – Stars in the making: Anthony Davis, Nic Vucevic, Eric Bledsoe
- 24:00 – Bullying in the locker room: will it affect closeted players?
- 41:25 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
- 46:00 – Fantasy update
Glenn “Doc” Rivers is more than just a husband, father and head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. The man is a visionary, a progressive and ahead of his time. Apparently it was him who came up with the novel idea to cover up all 16 championship banners and retired jerseys hung by the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Instead banners of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and others will be used as cover whenever it’s a Clippers’ home game. This news didn’t sit well with many Lakers’ fans and guard Nick Young. Many mocked the idea and Young called it “disrespectful“. Continue reading