Memphis Grizzlies New Orleans Pelicans top 2 Western Conference

Zion Williamson (l.) and Ja MorantImage: Getty Images The Golden State Warriors lost again last night. On Tuesday, the Phoenix Suns dropped a game to the lowly Houston Rockets for the second time this month. Those two wins account for 22.2 percent of the Rockets’ victories this season. The Denver Nuggets have a decent grip … Read more

Derrick Rose mentoring Miles McBride despite Knicks benching

CHICAGO — Derrick Rose made a promise to Miles McBride and those closest to him over Thanksgiving dinner a year ago.  “It’s my job to steer him in the right direction, which I told his mom and his family,” the veteran guard recalled. “It’s bigger than basketball.”  That didn’t change when the young guard replaced … Read more

Could Knicks trade Cam Reddish?

Cam ReddishPhoto: Getty Images As the trade market heats up as the NBA’s Dec. 15 moratorium nears, allowing players who signed new contracts this league year to be traded, the Knicks are expected to be active on the trade market. During this cycle, they’re on the other side of the Cam Reddish sweepstakes. Before the … Read more

Brooklyn Nets are improved, but still a risky bet

Kyrie Irving and Kevin DurantPhoto: Getty Images After so much turmoil to start the 2022 campaign, the Brooklyn Nets have finally begun to look like the contenders many expected. The Nets have had two different four-game win streaks since Nov. 27, winning eight of their last nine. Suddenly Brooklyn is five games over .500 (17-12) … Read more

Hey Adam Silver, glossy new trophies won’t fix the NBA’s regular season

Two pretty good basketball playersPhoto: Getty Images They say millennials are obsessed with trophies, but our elders have been expanding the ones propping up that industry. Commissioner Adam Silver’s quest to revitalize the regular season’s infrastructure has been his pet project for almost his entire eight-year stint. One day after Kawhi Leonard expressed his apathy … Read more

Golden State Warriors gross revenue topped $800 million last year

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, a team that makes lots of moneyPhoto: Getty Images This Golden State Warriors in San Francisco thing will never sit right with me. The young Ninja Turtle pajama-wearing version of myself was introduced to the franchise through the classic ABC TGIF program, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. At that … Read more

Michael Jordan trophy: NBA renames MVP award after Michael Jordan

The NBA has renamed its coveted most valuable player award after Michael Jordan – widely considered to be the best basketball player to ever hit the hardwood. The NBA announced the new Jordan trophy as part of six newly designed trophies named after the league’s legends. The 24-inch tall bronze trophy commemorating the basketball icon … Read more

Chris Paul is going to lose any argument that’s anti Zion Williamson dunking

Zion in winter.Image: Getty Images The NBA season is nearly one-third over, and the team with the best record in the Western Conference is… the New Orleans Pelicans. They have the highest average point differential of any team in the conference by almost two points, outscoring teams by 7.1 points per outing. The team with … Read more

The Golden State Warriors are clutch test-takers

When you forget to study but ace the exam.Image: Getty Images Boston’s league-leading winning percentage meant nothing once Golden State decides to ascend to a higher plane of basketball nirvana. Golden State’s geezers might sprint out the gates as quickly as they did in year’s past, but when they need to hit the thrusters, they … Read more

Croatia takes down tournament-favorite Brazil

Messi-ah!Image: Getty Images As extra time started, neither Brazil or Croatia showed any urgency. The weight of a FIFA World Cup quarterfinal entering the additional 30 minutes-plus after going scoreless in the contest’s original time could’ve been swapped for the rhythm of a Tuesday exhibition. World Cups are how every country judges its soccer/football/futbol for … Read more