Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

On 'The Heresy of Zone Defense' 23 Years Later

by Colin McGowan

Jul 31, 2018 4:01 PM

Rules should always help a game become more like itself, more true to its spirit, which in basketball's case is to facilitate a peculiarly muscular, skillful, balletic kind of beauty. Read more »

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The Stakes For Carmelo Anthony With The Rockets

by Colin McGowan

Jul 25, 2018 6:03 PM

It would be wonderful, especially for folks who defended Carmelo in his prime, if he could find a way to make it work in Houston. He's a generational talent who hasn't totally gotten his due. Read more »

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Jabari Parker Returns Home For Redemption

by Colin McGowan

Jul 17, 2018 10:05 PM

Hardly anything up to this point in his NBA career has been Jabari Parker's fault. He was a ballyhooed second overall pick because he was awesome in college, and he hasn't panned out because his left knee hasn't held up its end of the bargain. Read more »

Tags: Jabari Parker, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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Clint Capela's Uniquely Shallow Free Agent Market

by Colin McGowan

Clint Capela's problem, obviously, is that he's a free agent at this very moment. It's lousy luck, because he's a very good player who's had a remarkable rise. Read more »
Golden State's Gravity Even Now Hitting The NBA Offseason

by Colin McGowan

No LeBron-led superteam has (yet) been built to stop them. Paul George has committed to a franchise that can't touch them. They eve have Boogie now, in top form or otherwise. Read more »
Hurrying Up To Wait For The NBA Offseason

by Colin McGowan

At this stage of free agency (unofficial, but in at least partial swing), people are talking to people about scheduling meetings, hurrying up to wait, weighing the abstract. Read more »
Dwight Howard's Long, Multi-Stop Journey Into Irrelevance

by Colin McGowan

Dwight Howard's personal peevishness and immaturity aside, the back half of his career has been a long, agonizing decline for someone who was a bona fide star not so long ago. Read more »
La Decision: A Marketing Strategy Made Out Of Flesh

by Colin McGowan

The reason people hated The Decision and why they're immensely annoyed with Antoine Griezmann's version is that it takes attention-as-currency to its logical, nauseating conclusion. Read more »
Golden State's Broad Margin For Error

by Colin McGowan

It's possible many non-partisans no longer feel much of anything at all about the Warriors. You eat the same dinner enough evenings in a row and your taste for it deadens. Read more »
All Of The Near Misses For James Harden, Chris Paul, Mike D'Antoni

by Colin McGowan

In the aftermath of the Western Conference Finals, all you can hope for the principals is that it wasn't also their last, best shot. Read more »
Blowout Fatigue In The Conference Finals

by Colin McGowan

These Conference Finals have been, while not wholly uncompetitive in a macro sense, dull on a game-by-game basis. It would be nice if they stopped, one at a time, trading impressive efforts, and played well simultaneously. Read more »
These Celtics Are An All-Time Pain In The Ass Squad

by Colin McGowan

The Celts are astonishingly good at making you forget their predicament and instead focus your attention on what they do well, which is to say they're persistent and don't make many mistakes. Read more »
The Grim Enterprise Of What's Next For The Raptors

by Colin McGowan

It certainly feels like the end of an aspirational era the city of Toronto has been enjoying and suffering, dreaming and cringing through. After everything that's happened, after emptying the tank down 0-2 in a Game 3 and losing on an instantly iconic shot from your perennial tormentor, all optimism disintegrates. Read more »
Rumble Or Don't, Just Stop Bothering The Rest Of Us

by Colin McGowan

There are many places on this earth you can visit if you're interested in seeing guys posture and yap. There are exceedingly few human beings who can do what Draymond Green does on a basketball court, or what Charles Barkley used to be able to do. Read more »
A Playoff Evening With LeBron & Russ On The Brink

by Colin McGowan

This is the time of year when LeBron and Russ are at their most put-upon, and beneath that strain, they retreat into their minds and emerge with an old friend. They find themselves. Read more »
When You Haven't Been Constructing A Switch To Flip

by Colin McGowan

This is a strange thing to say about a stat-chaser who believes strongly in the persuasive power of regular season numbers, but perhaps no star in the league believes less in the utility of November and January and March basketball as a means of fine-tuning what will need to work perfectly in the playoffs. Read more »
The Pacers' Ascent And How Our Opinions Are Always Late

by Colin McGowan

The Pacers are more legitimate than they were a week ago and in decent position to upset the Cavs, which is remarkable considering the consensus preseason expectations. Read more »
Toronto Versus A Vulnerable East And Their Own Playoff History

by Colin McGowan

The Raptors have convinced no one south of Ontario that this is the year they're making a Finals run because that's not something they can do with even an immensely impressive regular season. Read more »
The Machine That Makes Legacies

by Colin McGowan

We've granted the playoffs argument-settling powers. What transpires during them takes on a hyper-truthful quality. Read more »
The Ground Floor With Dennis Smith Jr.

by Colin McGowan

Dennis Smith's rookie year stands out for how typical it is- considerable promise, encouraging developments, lots of tightening and polishing to be done- against the spectacular seasons Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell are having. Read more »