Basketball Analysis

Suspended Indefinitely: Josh Smith Pulls Up

by Colin McGowan

May 28, 2020 12:52 PM

Josh Smith was damn good, all things considered, but so frequently and heavily lamented that he became more closely associated with his poor decisions than his broad range of talents. Read more »

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, NBA

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Basketball's Grandest Ballad: The Utah Jazz

by John Wilmes

May 27, 2020 1:11 PM

Averaged out over a fifteen-year period, the contributions of Karl Malone and John Stockton were greater than anyone else's, but at no point during that time were they good enough to beat everyone. Read more »

Tags: Utah Jazz, NBA

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Prospect Report: Cole Anthony Of North Carolina

by Rafael Uehara

May 26, 2020 12:54 PM

While Cole Anthony certainly lost status compared to how he was viewed entering his freshman year, his season was by no means a disaster. Read more »

Tags: Cole Anthony, North Carolina Tar Heels, NCAA, NBA

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Suspended Indefinitely: Jermaine O'Neal Spins Baseline, Into The Abyss

by Colin McGowan

Jermaine O'Neal's career, viewed in hindsight, takes on the shape of a slasher film. He got the rawest cosmic deal of his generation. He sat in Portland, flourished in Indiana, and suffered through an aborted phantom season that could have seen him realize new heights. Then he started to get hurt all the time. Read more »
On Michael Jordan, LeBron James, And Time Machines

by John Wilmes

With the nation on lockdown during a pandemic, turning somewhere nostalgic with "The Last Dance" for their sports fix, this plague of cognitive dissonance is thriving more than it ever has. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Jason Kidd Solves The Sport

by Colin McGowan

Jason Kidd in his prime was a visceral experience, doubly impressive for the fact that it was also so intellectual: like math rendered miraculously athletic and cool, a peculiar brand of superstardom, manifested in a peculiar venue, at a peculiar time. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Bob Sura Breaks Out

by Colin McGowan

Most of us are, by definition, no more than average, but that doesn't mean we're average all the time, or average the same way everybody else is. Read more »
The Long Path To Michael Jordan's Humanity

by John Wilmes

Jordaniacs galore have dived gleefully into the cracks of his veneer, reveling in the hidden humanity of the man with the perfect smile and the unparalleled on-court artistry, presented to them for so long as not-real. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Eric Snow Sticks Around

by Colin McGowan

It was hard to tell if Eric Snow's steadiness was real or invented. You are, especially in your work, as much what others believe about you as anything else. Read more »
Prospect Report: Obi Toppin Of Dayton

by Rafael Uehara

Obi Toppin is viewed as one of those big men who might be special enough to escape the devaluing of the position, especially of those who probably need another big man with them in the lineup to anchor the defense. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Steve Francis Flames Out

by Colin McGowan

It was a miracle that Steve Francis made it to the NBA, and that miracle was primarily self-delivered. In retrospect, Francis was fighting against a lot more than his id. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Antonio McDyess Comes Down Hard

by Colin McGowan

Vintage, high-flying Antonio McDyess in a Conference Final would have been a sight. But time gets away from us, decisions create consequences more permanent than we'd initially imagined. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Allan Houston Punches The Clock

by Colin McGowan

For nine years, New York tried to figure out what to make of Allan Houston and unhappily reached the non-conclusion you arrive at when you've traversed enough of the whaling history parts of Moby Dick. Read more »
Building New Habits And Communal Experiences In Real Time

by Yu Miyagawa

If asked to close out the season under the context of Las Vegas isolation, individuals would be flattened to one dimension to fulfill the single purpose of playing games: they are entertainers. We are the audience. The roles are explicit. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: J.R. Rider Misses The Bus

by Colin McGowan

You could glimpse something spectacular in his sporadic effort, his brief spells of best behavior. Defenders couldn't contain him, he couldn't contain himself. An entire league of bosses, teachers, and allies couldn't hold him. Read more »
Basketball Storytelling Under Lockdown: Smartphones As Modern Empathy Machines

by Yu Miyagawa

How will our relationship with players change when the game returns, now that they shared with us their most vulnerable moments? When are we allowed to care about the scoreboard and standings? Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Kevin Garnett Makes The Leap

by Colin McGowan

Kevin Garnett skipped college partially out of necessity, but also perhaps because he realized that it was just an extra, intermediate step toward his ultimate goal. Convention was the only thing holding him back, and when you're as gifted as young K.G. was, that's not much of an impediment. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Larry Bird Works The Whiteboard

by Colin McGowan

It remains potently strange that Larry Bird, three-time MVP and something like the sixth-best player of all-time, breezed through Indiana, organized one of the best teams in the league, and then quietly walked away from a profession nobody knew he would be good at or even wanted to pursue in the first place. Read more »
Prospect Report: Onyeka Okongwu Of USC

by Rafael Uehara

Onyeka Okongwu has emerged due to his impact around the rim on both ends. His combination of coordination and smoothness moving around the floor offers hope he could someday be about as good out in space as well. Read more »
Sports, And What Won't Come Back

by Colin McGowan

Sports are a resilient, lucrative business. It has room to fail, but millions of us will be suffering worse than before. Read more »