When discussing the four MVP candidates in the NBA this year, LeBron James is becoming the odd man out. I explored this in a piece for PRESS Basketball: how narrative is imperative in swaying votes, and how LeBron fatigue may be blinding people to his best season in five years. Really enjoyed writing this one — check it out online.
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The Denver Nuggets have gone from nothing to everything this season, and they recognize their opportunity. In this piece for PRESS Basketball, I explore Nikola Jokic's explosion, the mindset of general manager Tim Connelly, and what opportunities the Nuggets have to acquire a superstar in the near future.
The supersized trade of DeMarcus Cousins from Sacramento to New Orleans represented a power shift in the Western Conference's race for the eighth seed. While it hasn't played to script for the Pelicans, I reviewed the early impact of the trade, and how Denver might still surprise all of us. It's over on PRESS Basketball.
In the vein of dudes I used to cheer for, I wrote about Phil Jackson this much. The Knicks are a tire fire right now, and much of that can be traced back to Phil's apathy and... unique approach to basketball operations. I wrote about how his belief system helped him achieve coaching greatness, and how the same beliefs have the Knicks floundering today. It's on PRESS Basketball.
At the peak of the Bulls dysfunction, I attempted to dissect what's gone wrong with the team, who's at fault, and how to fix everything. Of course, there are no easy answers. That's part of what I explored in this feature for PRESS Basketball.
At PRESS Basketball, our writers have started a series called "No Country For Old Men", a kind of memorandum for NBA vets and alumni who changed the game. My first contribution is on one of my weird childhood heroes, Dennis Rodman.
I (attempted to) write about the moments that fascinated me, how his eccentricities subverted his basketball life, and continued into retirement. You can read the piece at PRESS Basketball.
I'm still a little green on PRESS Basketball -- the site has only been up a couple months -- but already, I'm enjoying the process of writing about the NBA in different contexts. Last month, I wrote about how the league could change under a Donald Trump presidency. Of course, the conversation involves the outgoing President, who is probably the closest the White House will have to a real baller. I also discussed exclusion, and what will happen to those famous White House trips. You can read the piece at PRESS Basketball.
Also, if you're here and you haven't dived into our other works at PRESS -- do me a solid and spend five minutes looking around. I know it's not there on the surface, but we're hard at work building something truly different. Hopefully you like what you see.