Best Served Cold
You know what they say about revenge, don’t you? Well, there’s a group of basketball players who’ve been know to hoist a few shots in Oakland who can vouch, after Wednesday night’s game, that the old saying is very, very true.
And they have Kevin Durant for playing the Master Chef and serving up a frosty platter to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of Game 3.
Kevin Durant: Golden State’s Master Chef of revenge
And make no mistake: after the Cavs knifed the Warriors in the back in last year’s Game 7, that win Wednesday night was not just revenge in the form of a return stabbing — it was more like KD took a chainsaw and carved up the James gang like a Texas maniac. Continue reading Best Served Cold
OK Spurs, Here’s Your Chance
This is the thing that has loomed over the Golden State Warriors’ inevitable march to the championship from day one–the one thing that could really and truly make it not inevitable: a major injury,
KD, meet a bad knee: no more soaring for you
Kevin Durant will be bye-bye for more than a month with his sprained and bruised knee, which would appear to leave the door open for quite a few of the other Western Conference teams. But let’s be serious: this is really all about the San Antonio Spurs now. Continue reading OK Spurs, Here’s Your Chance
We’ve witnessed an interesting dynamic surrounding the Golden State Warriors since the signing of Kevin Durant this past summer.
Immediately after the signing, many people hyperventilated that the Dubs might go 82-0, win everything in sight–not just the NBA title, but maybe the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, and the Pillsbury Bake-Off, too–and go down as the greatest team in the history of history.
Then came the backlash. Supposedly cooler heads warned that the Warriors would need time to gel, might struggle out of the gate, and, indeed, it might not actually work out at all. Too many shooters, not enough size, the departed will be missed, etc. etc. etc.
So–what does tonight’s Warriors game against the Boston Celtics tell us, in light of these opposing viewpoints? From here it looks like the hyperventilators, if they weren’t entirely right, they were at least closer to the mark than the skeptics. The rest of the NBA should be very worried.
An Anthem And A Message
It would be almost irresponsible to let the Colin Kaepernick situation go by without some kind of comment–although to be fair, I’m not sure there’s really a comment to be made.
Colin Kaepernick: taking a stand by standing might be a better play.
As the NFL itself has pointed out, Kaepernick is under no obligation to stand for the national anthem. Nor is he an intractable villain for engaging in his protest, any more than Tommie Smith and John Carlos were in Mexico City in 1968. It’s quite simple: there’s a situation, a situation that Kaepernick feels deserves some attention, he chooses not to stand during the anthem to generate that attention–so be it. He has that right, so let’s demonstrate that we understand what it means to be an American by respecting that right.
I would point out that, in fact, Kaepernick could conceivably make an even stronger statement of his position by actually reversing course and standing and saluting during the anthem. And the proof of that could be seen during the just completed Rio Olympics.