On Christmas day, The New York Times published an editorial in which it asked some of its sportswriters who the NBA’s best player of the decade was and the nod went to Stephen Curry. While the Times conceded the only other possibility was LeBron James, Curry won “in a landslide.”
In some ways, it feels like the NBA offseason is becoming more exciting than the actual season.
It was March when a Sports Illustrated article declared the NBA season done, that June’s champion already a foregone conclusion:
There’s no need for a preamble. Let’s just say it: Scottie Pippen was fucking great. Not good. Not really good. Not very good. Great. Great great.
“You say ‘LeBron’s playing well,’ and then you look at the stat sheet and say, ‘Oh my goodness’…LeBron James is at a level that’s just impossible to achieve. Only a few guys have gotten there or will ever get there. We should stop taking him for granted.” — Kevin McHale
If there was a single basketball game to determine the fate of the world, who is the starting five?
2016 was my first full year with my own site. Not coincidentally it is also the first year since 2012 in which I did not publish a book.
They are the NBA’s version of the Super Friends.
Kevin Durant, deputy publisher of The Players Tribune, who has averaged 27 points and 7 rebounds per game in his second career as a member of the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder, announced his decision to join the Golden State Warriors today.
There will be countless essays and analysis on the 2016 NBA Finals, so here are my quick-hit thoughts: