Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

Without David Griffin, What's Next For Cavs Happens On Dan Gilbert's Terms

by Colin McGowan

Jun 20, 2017 6:05 PM

Losing David Griffin doesn't mean LeBron James is going to leave Cleveland next summer, but step one was getting rid of an executive who made sure the Cavs were as talented as they could possibly be every year. Read more »

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Golden State's Decadent Superiority

by Colin McGowan

Jun 13, 2017 11:15 AM

There are a lot of ways to explain the why and how of the Warriors' dominance, but the most striking thing about them, as they occasionally toiled but mostly calmly outgunned the Cavaliers, was the wearying totality of their talent. Read more »

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Golden State Did Not Consciously Become Death But Here We Are

by Colin McGowan

Jun 6, 2017 6:59 PM

The Warriors put themselves on a cross, then clambered down and picked up a machine gun. They don't cut the figure they think they do, but nor do they care. Read more »

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LeBron's Persistent Desire To Construct Himself For Us

by Colin McGowan

LeBron thinks he should have the strongest word on who LeBron is and what he stands for. Unfortunately, the subject can't control history and the celebrity can't marshall the minds of the contemporary masses. Read more »
The Future Of The Spurs In The Golden State Age

by Colin McGowan

The Spurs have an exceedingly tricky balance to strike- keeping Kawhi's faith and remaining competitive while also not doing anything too rash that might sink the possibility of a Kawhi-centric contender in 2021. Read more »
Washington's Future Pushing Against Their Own Limitations

by Colin McGowan

The Wizards were miserable to start the season, unleashed some of the best basketball in the league over the winter, then settled into acceptable Pretty Goodness the rest of the way. Read more »
Appreciating The NBA For More Than Its Champion-Crowning Exercise

by Colin McGowan

The inevitability of it is only a problem in the run-up to the actual event: Golden State and Cleveland are the two best teams in the league, which is what we want in a Finals, right? And they often draw exquisite basketball out of each other. Read more »
Some Fundamental, Putrid Clippers-ness Always Arrived

by Colin McGowan

A team that's so talented and capable of producing basketball that's both aesthetically heady and nerd-pleasingly efficient shouldn't be defined by what's depressing about them, but at the conclusion of each successive season, the Clippers bow out as an ever-deepening bummer. Read more »
The Peculiar Art Of Wearing You Out

by Colin McGowan

What the Grizzlies have sketched out over these past seven years is more significant than any title may have been. They have delineated a beautifully realistic model for living by giving meaning to the words Grit & Grind. Read more »
The Sudden, Before Expected Rise Of Giannis

by Colin McGowan

Giannis Antetokounmpo is about as good as we ever get, in terms of living up to the visions in our heads, in part because he's taken off before we could get too clear a picture. Read more »
Cavs As Doomed-Seeming Favorites Of The East

by Colin McGowan

We have always known the Cavs are sort of screwed up- or, put another way, that they're more excellent than optimized. Predicting their path is folly; they're defined by their inability to hew to any set course for long. Read more »
A Simple Defense Of The Triple-Double

by Colin McGowan

The points-rebounds-assists construction lacks many descriptive elements, but what it lacks in nuance it makes up for with a kind of beautifully crude legibility. Besides, Westbrook's six-month immolation of the NBA has primarily been about the joy and terror it has produced. Read more »
Preparing Ourselves To Wring Meaning Out Of The First Round

by Colin McGowan

There's a strong chance the lower seeds will be swiftly decapitated by their betters and we don't think about them again until the offseason. But the amount of basketball we have left no longer seems infinite and we should treasure what remains. Read more »
No One Can Take Our MVP Debates From Us

by Colin McGowan

If you can get beyond the bromides of the rudimentary who-ya-got MVP discussions that abound, there is the democratic nature of them. Read more »
Player Rest And Needlessly Caring About The NBA As A Saleable Good

by Colin McGowan

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 »
Larry Sanders' Comeback On His Own Terms

by Colin McGowan

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 »
When Reggie Jackson Realizes What He Can't Do

by Colin McGowan

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 »
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 »