Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

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 »
Andre Drummond's Continual Cycle Of Optimism And Discouragement

by Colin McGowan

There's something about Andre Drummond. We wouldn't have bothered keeping up with his growth for this long if there wasn't. But what are its precise dimensions? Read more »
The New, Modest, Not Altogether Easily Achievable Goal For Andrew Wiggins

by Colin McGowan

A big part of how Andrew Wiggins is perceived is his salary, but it's also the fact that watching him is a uniquely discouraging experience. He's like a fighter jet made out of styrofoam. Read more »
The Pleasures Of Chris Paul Playing For Low Stakes

by Colin McGowan

Chris Paul might have been happy for the opportunity to compete for titles in Los Angeles and Houston, but he was miserable throughout every game. Read more »
Game, Fame, Myth, Death: The Legacies Of Kobe Bryant

by Colin McGowan

Kobe Bryant conceived of himself as an artist, with all the pretension and vanity that suggests. He appreciated the mythic dimension of his life and sought to control the shape of it. Read more »
The Myth Of The Injury That Can't Get Worse

by Colin McGowan

The idea that an injury can't get worse, which coaches, trainers, and sometimes even players claim with infuriating regularity, is disingenuous bunk. Read more »
The NBA All-Star Vote's Peaking Absurdity

by Colin McGowan

The All-Star Game once had a faint purpose, but that was before League Pass, and well before the omnipresence of social media. The goofy campaigns of Alex Caruso and Tacko Fall are attempts to make it mean something by turning it into a farce. Read more »
The Existential Struggle Of Dion Waiters

by Colin McGowan

Dion Waiters has always been a scoring bench guard who thinks he's a star. Those types are pretty abundant, and most of them don't have Dion's baggage. Read more »
Everything In The NBA Is Optimized Even When Nothing's Happening At All

by Colin McGowan

Everybody involved in Andre Iguodala's suspended animation season is acting rationally and reasonably, but there a depressing valence to this. Read more »
Kyrie Irving Will Always Be His Often Wonderful, Sometimes Difficult Self

by Colin McGowan

Kyrie Irving is more annoyance than malignancy, but he is a volume annoyer, impressed with his Wikipedian knowledge of philosophy and art while confusing personality defects with genius. Read more »
The Real Possibility Kevin Love Might Be Stuck

by Colin McGowan

It's been five-plus oddly frictionless years in Cleveland, where Kevin Love has not been a leader or standout performer. Fine and less than fine, are the points between which he's vacillated. Read more »
The Sudden, Premature Breakout Of Luka Doncic

by Colin McGowan

Luka Doncic's unfairness is myriad, but that is perhaps the most unfair thing about him. It's so early for him to be so great, and of course he doesn't seem to notice. Read more »
It's The Fleeting Stuff That You Need To Write Down

by Colin McGowan

If, a decade from now, we curiously look back on this week in time, the record doesn't need to state that Luka Doncic was awesome. Carmelo Anthony temporarily channeling his younger self is more notable. Read more »