Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

The Cavaliers Have One Unhappy Star And Three Options

by Colin McGowan

Jul 25, 2017 2:20 PM

The Cavaliers have few not-so-straightforward solutions available. There's a way out of this Kyrie Irving mess, even if it's only theoretical. Read more »

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Carmelo Anthony's Third Act

by Colin McGowan

Jul 18, 2017 8:50 PM

The way we think now, Carmelo Anthony is a remarkable talent whose best years were squandered primarily on unremarkable teams. But turn that logic over in your head and let it settle into a fresh orientation: is beauty, rare as it is, ever really wasted? Read more »

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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The Knicks Could Choose Not To Knick Their Way To Decadent Mediocrity

by Colin McGowan

Jul 11, 2017 1:36 PM

New York would hypothetically be a place good players would want to play if the franchise wasn't trapped in a perpetual cycle of erecting waterfalls and speeding over the edge of them. Read more »

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA

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Tom Thibodeau's Shot At Getting The Exec-Coach Hybrid Right

by Colin McGowan

The executive-coach hybrid experiment has yet to work out in the modern NBA, but the Wolves are on the right track so far with a roster good enough to win-now and also pursue grander ambitions down the road. Read more »
Danny Ainge Is High On His Own Supply But He Still Knows What He's Doing

by Colin McGowan

If there's been a legitimate recent critique of Danny Ainge, it's that he's trigger-shy and seems to fetishize his own value-multiplying trade wizardry in lieu of assembling an actual team. Read more »
There's Nowhere For Chris Paul To Go

by Colin McGowan

The very best athletes can let us down while also playing all the way up to their lofty standards. The opportunity doesn't exist, but if Chris Paul could make the same kind of choice Kevin Durant did last summer, would he? Read more »
Without David Griffin, What's Next For Cavs Happens On Dan Gilbert's Terms

by Colin McGowan

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 »
Golden State's Decadent Superiority

by Colin McGowan

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 »
Golden State Did Not Consciously Become Death But Here We Are

by Colin McGowan

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 »
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 »