Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

Player Rest And Needlessly Caring About The NBA As A Saleable Good

by Colin McGowan

Mar 21, 2017 11:27 PM

This rest predicament is a compelling argument for capitalism's counterproductiveness. The NBA could be more enjoyable to watch, but it will choose to be more profitable instead. Read more »

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Larry Sanders' Comeback On His Own Terms

by Colin McGowan

Mar 14, 2017 2:16 PM

Building his life around basketball was hurting Larry Sanders. Like a lot of tall, springy dudes, he was recruited into the sport because of his natural gifts, not because he spent his adolescence dreaming of becoming David Robinson. Read more »

Tags: Larry Sanders, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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When Reggie Jackson Realizes What He Can't Do

by Colin McGowan

Mar 7, 2017 6:59 PM

Reggie Jackson is excellent at nothing and deficient enough as a shooter that good defenses can smother him. He's fine, in other words- a member of the fraternal order of point guards whose teams are always open to replacing them. Read more »

Tags: Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, NBA

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The Accidental Gift Of JaVale McGee

by Colin McGowan

Whether JaVale continues to draw Shaq's guffawing ire or not, he will go on playing in his blunted, unwieldy, long-limbed way, producing anti-highlights for the ages. It's not an argument or a performance or even particularly conscious. It is just what he does. Read more »
Magic Johnson's Belief In Laker Exceptionalism When It Matters Less

by Colin McGowan

A return to some imagined essential Lakers-ness will not save the Lakers: competence will. Read more »
Boogie's Liberation From The Chaos Of Sacramento

by Colin McGowan

Even if the relationship was difficult at times, the Kings made a lot of money off DeMarcus Cousins. That franchise value ticks ever-upward. Boogie, meanwhile, suffered in a hell that was mostly the Kings' creation. Read more »
Russell Westbrook's Beautifully Useless Masterpiece Against KD's Decision

by Colin McGowan

The moment where Russell Westbrook shouted at Kevin Durant with the Thunder down 18 points perfectly explains his season. He's overmatched, brilliant, pushing too hard, and permanently incensed. Read more »
The Low-Stakes Gift Of The NBA Regular Season

by Colin McGowan

The Wizards played beautifully and very nearly beat the Cavs. They learned what they needed to learn about themselves. What they provided in the process was wonderful to watch and about as purely useful as sports get. Read more »
LeBron James Finally Doesn't Seem To Care

by Colin McGowan

LeBron doesn't forget himself around journalists, and one of the first words in his outburst was legacy, but it's confirmation that being LeBron James is as constantly aggravating as it looks from a distance. Read more »
Carmelo Anthony Need Not Heed Our Desires

by Colin McGowan

Athletes do what's best for themselves and we deal with the consequences of those decisions. We get Carmelo Anthony wasting his supreme, waning talent on a spiraling Knicks team, alternately engaged and checked out, relishing crunchtime duty and the off-court benefits of his job. Read more »
Here's To The NBA's Big, Vibrant And Fascinating Middle Class

by Colin McGowan

Splendidly and unexpectedly, this season has been characterized by a jubilant disregard for the facts and nearly the entire league giving themselves over to the joy of figuring out just how good they can be, no matter if that's good enough. Read more »
A Future For Derrick Rose If He Realizes His Own Limitations

by Colin McGowan

If there's one thing we understand about Derrick Rose after all he's been through-and put us through-it's that he doesn't see himself the way the rest of the world does. But he can't get away with that for much longer. Read more »
The Final NBA Days Of Rajon Rondo

by Colin McGowan

All that's left from when Rajon Rondo was dominating games in ways that weren't totally comprehensible is his ego and his rage, and he's in some sense defined by that. Read more »
Enduring The Holidays With The NBA's Best Rivalry

by Colin McGowan

There's the impenetrable small talk of the holidays and there's the pleasure of two great basketball teams pushing each other, a game-winning fadeaway jumper from the elbow as the clock ticks down, a tense bungled last-second out-of-bounds set. Read more »
Orlando's Many-Intentioned Mess

by Colin McGowan

To be fair to Rob Hennigan, he hasn't had much draft luck and the problem with building through the draft is when it doesn't take, GMs tend to scramble for their jobs in ways that set the franchise back even further. Read more »
The Battered Grizzlies Are As Close To Perfection As They've Ever Been

by Colin McGowan

Isn't it fitting and beautiful that during this Mike Conley-less spell, one of the only franchises in the league that's had a fixed identity over the past decade is refining its aesthetic in the extreme, and that it's working? Read more »
The Limitations Of A Double-Threat Backcourt

by Colin McGowan

Destroying the rest of the league with speed and finesse has an enduring appeal. But despite the success of the Warriors and Raptors, it remains exceedingly difficult to build a winner through the backcourt as the Blazers and Wizards are finding this season. Read more »
Kevin Durant's Smooth Road To Contentment With Golden State

by Colin McGowan

Talent usually overcomes all else in the NBA, but not at first and not all at once. Kevin Durant with the Warriors has been different as we're watching a transcendent talent quickly self-actualize. Read more »
Mavs Finally Reach The Season Where It Stopped Working

by Colin McGowan

It's all going to hell for the Mavs in that unceremonious way it used to go to hell in the age before franchises started writing off entire seasons in July: a few guys are a year too old, a few guys are injured, and most opponents run them off the floor. They aimed to compete for a playoff spot and ended up buried in under a month. Read more »
How The Cavs & Clippers Are Improving Their Old Familiar Selves

by Colin McGowan

In the Cavs and the Clippers, we're watching two squads who know they're good but also know they're going to have to be even better this season if they want to challenge the Warriors. All signs are positive so far and perhaps it's due to their continuity. Read more »