Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

Suspended Indefinitely: Josh Howard Tells A Joke

by Colin McGowan

When Josh Howard was caught on camera making a tossed-off remark about the national anthem in 2008, the reaction was lazy umbrage-taking and recrimination. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Shawn Kemp Blows Up

by Colin McGowan

Shawn Kemp obviously delighted in throwing down dunks, but he was wary of the perception that he was a one-dimensional player. The depressing aspect of this is that he truly was more than a dunker. You only had to watch his games to discover as much. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Andris Biedrins Loses It

by Colin McGowan

You could do a lot worse than Andris Biedrins at the five. For a time, anyway, before he became a mental wreck and literally forgot how to pick up a ball and toss it in the general direction of the rim. Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Josh Smith Pulls Up

by Colin McGowan

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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Fleeting Comfort Of The NBA Actually Suspending Play

by Colin McGowan

We have to take what we can get in late capitalism. The NBA's decision to suspend the season represent what should be the bare minimum. Read more »
Caris LeVert's Exploration Of An Impossible Future

by Colin McGowan

Caris LeVert's going to be the player who is most radically displaced as the Nets pivot toward more ambitious goals. He knows that, and he's probably as anxious as anybody to get down to serious work after nearly four seasons of purgatorial basketball. Read more »
The Unquantifiable Benefits Of Stephen Curry's Relaxed Return

by Colin McGowan

This was always going to be a fallback year for the Warriors and Steph Curry's broken hand gave him his own siesta. And now he will soon begin something like the basketball equivalent of throwing 60 pitches for a minor league affiliate. Read more »
The Clippers Are Embodying Their Enigmatic Second Star

by Colin McGowan

Paul George has had a career of surges and false starts. He's someone everybody respects but nobody totally trusts. Read more »
John Beilein's Disappointing Stint As NBA Clipboarder-In-Chief

by Colin McGowan

You can already hear the grumbling from John Beilein's brothers in the college ranks that you can't teach NBA players. Except that's so obviously not true. Read more »