Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

Thirty Histories: New Orleans Pelicans

by Colin McGowan

The Pelicans' situation has been unstable ever since the franchise relocated from Charlotte in 2002, and especially since Katrina. This excruciating state of limbo unfortunately defines the Pelicans. It's difficult to say where they belong. Read more »
Thirty Histories: Philadelphia 76ers

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Thirty Histories: Houston Rockets

by Colin McGowan

You get the sense Ralph Sampson, if he had been designed by NASA engineers rather than a cruel god, still would have ended up as one of the great Yeah, But guys of his generation: an immensely gifted, lightly snakebitten antecedent to Vince Carter and Chris Webber. Read more »
Thirty Histories: Miami Heat

by Colin McGowan

If you look at Pat Riley's first few years in Miami, you can resolve his contradictions pretty easily. The luxury is the ideal and the crushing work is the method. Read more »
Thirty Histories: Indiana Pacers

by Colin McGowan

Reggie Miller was determined to become a hero for people who didn't know they wanted him. He took that premise as far as it could go, right up into the rafters. Read more »
Thirty Histories: Memphis Grizzlies

by Colin McGowan

Hubie Brown continues to have the requisite spirit to call thirty-odd contests per year. Nobody explains the game- nobody so clearly relishes explaining the game- like he does. Read more »
Thirty Histories: New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets

by Colin McGowan

The Nets' Rocket Pop uniforms were very 1990, a time which was itself a historical nowhere, appropriate trappings for teams that were terrible for one year, then various forms of just-okay for the next several. Read more »
Thirty Histories: Phoenix Suns

by Colin McGowan

Jason Kidd is one of the most beautifully intelligent basketball players who has ever lived. He also has repeatedly undermined the people around him. Read more »
Thirty Histories: Oklahoma City Thunder (Seattle Supersonics)

by Colin McGowan

The end of the Sonics was, like the end of many things that matter to people, confusing and wildly sad. In the decade-plus since, there have been only wet gray winters and no NBA basketball in Seattle. Read more »
Thirty Histories: Orlando Magic

by Colin McGowan

Where most stars enjoy four or five distinct phases of their career, T-Mac got about two-and-a-half, and bad luck followed him around like a slasher villain. Read more »
Thirty Histories: Dallas Mavericks

by Colin McGowan

For a solid decade, the Mavericks looked in vain for a starting center. They almost never found a suitable one. Until they did and they won a ring, and then he was gone. Read more »
Thirty Histories: Milwaukee Bucks

by Colin McGowan

The reason Ray Allen is still making insinuations about the referees and the league office all these years later is not that he had an NBA title taken away from him but that he remembers the sensation of his agency slipping away in the most unpleasant manner. Read more »
Russell Westbrook's Full-Blown Conundrum

by Colin McGowan

Russell Westbrook can either rage against the minor humbling he's been due his entire career, or he makes a few changes to his approach and we see how far the Rockets can go with everybody on the same page. Read more »
Jimmy Butler Gets To Do What He Wants In Miami

by Colin McGowan

Regardless of the mental machinations involved, South Beach Jimmy does seem a purer expression of Jimmy Butler's values. He wants to win, but he also wants status and credit and the ball. Read more »
Chris Paul In Exile

by Colin McGowan

After burning through two franchises in three years, Chris Paul is now what other people make of him, and not the other way around, as he's so strongly insisted over all these years. Read more »
Has The NBA Transactional Game Fulfilled Any Of You?

by Colin McGowan

You get the sense that for some people, sports are at their purest when the athletic spectacle drops all the way out of the picture, and they can track everything else. Read more »
D'Angelo Russell's Weird NBA Journey Now Has Him In Limbo

by Colin McGowan

The Player Empowerment Era looks a little different for D'Angelo Russell: where a guy can get dumped by the team that drafted him, make the best of his new surroundings, and then get shipped to a third franchise that doesn't even want him. Read more »
The NBA Yeoman's Plight

by Colin McGowan

Playing meaningful minutes in games that matter is a new thing for Kent Bazemore, one he's toiled hard for and inarguably earned. Bazemore has taken an indirect route to this moment, but that is the way it always goes for players like him. Read more »
Sports Are Way More Interesting Than Overdone NBA Draft Coverage

by Colin McGowan

The draft is a fine thing to ponder, but if you let it, it can easily carry you pretty far away from the core of why we're here in the first place and leave you GM-brained. Read more »
Toronto Became Inevitable The Way Golden State Previously Felt Preordained

by Colin McGowan

The Warriors may have run out of bodies, but the Raptors were, the whole time, failing to inspire the typical condescending adjectives we lend to underdogs. They were killers. Read more »