What if Colin Kaepernick Played in the NBA?

NBA Twitter’s been in a bit of a tizzy today after former commissioner David Stern said that embattled quarterback Colin Kaepernick “would still have a job” if he played basketball instead of football or, along the same lines, if the NFL were as progressive as the NBA. Former NBA commissioner David Stern singes the NFL, saying that Kaepernick would still have a job if he played basketball instead of football. https://t.co/H4vNxHg50o via @novy_williams @soshnick — Nick Turner (@NewsyNick) February 14, 2019 Which…well, Stern is right…and Stern is wrong. I’m going to do my best here to try and make the …

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Dell Dumpster Fire: Pelicans Finally Unload Dell Demps

The New Orleans Pelicans finally, like a woman going to divorce court after a bad marriage where the love was gone ages ago, parted ways with embattled general manager Dell Demps. And across the Big Easy, someone’s bound to set “Ding Dong the Wicked Witch is Dead” to a Louis Armstrong trumpet. Let’s have something clearly understood. Demps was one of the biggest reasons the Pelicans were completely unable to build a positive environment around superstar Anthony Davis, and it doesn’t take a genius to connect the dots to the massive Demps-ter fire that resulted when Davis, LeBron James, agent …

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The NBA Has a Drama Problem

by Zach d’Arbeloff On January 28th, Anthony Davis informed the New Orleans Pelicans that he would not sign his Designated Veteran Player Extension – also known as the supermax – and his agent, Rich Paul from Klutch Sports, officially informed the team that Davis “wanted to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship.” This marked the biggest fish to land in the trade market since Kevin Garnett in 2007, and arguably, in terms of player value due to Davis’ age, the biggest player to hit the trade market since …

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National NBA Media Are Idiots, But It’s Not Our Fault

As an Indiana Pacers fan, I’ve had the pleasure of watching the national NBA media cover Indiana basketball with such complete lack of foreknowledge about the team that you’d be forgiven for thinking that nobody on national television was aware that Indiana even had a team until about Game 5 of last year’s first round of the playoffs. Hastily assembled hot takes rooted mainly in “quick scan of Basketball Reference or NBA.com in order to find out who’s kinda sorta good” were and are de rigueur, and if anyone who wasn’t already a Magic or Thunder fan before 2017 knew …

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No, the Indiana Pacers Are Not Lost Without Victor Oladipo

Throughout the 2018-19 season, the Indiana Pacers have built a 31-15 record largely on the strength of having the deepest team in the league. It’s not just that the Pacers can’t find space in the rotation for the likes of Aaron Holiday, Edmond Sumner, and Alize Johnson. Rookies have never fared well under “veterans’ coach” guys like Nate McMillan and Gregg Popovich no matter where in the league they’ve played. No, it’s that the Pacers can’t find space in the rotation for a legit NBA backup center like Kyle O’Quinn. Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis are so good that O’Quinn …

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We Can’t Talk About NBA Defense. That’s a Problem.

There was an offhand remark in a recent Zach Lowe column on ESPN that pointed out Klay Thompson‘s positive attributes as a wing defender, and Thompson enjoys a reputation as one of the premier stoppers in the league whenever he’s got a man in front of him. Anyone who watches Warriors games can see it. But on the other hand, Thompson’s advanced defensive metrics range from “mediocre” to “utterly putrid, like among the worst in the league” when you look him up on Basketball Reference, his 112 Defensive Rating, minus-2.2 Defensive Box Plus-Minus, and that stat’s subsequent drag on his …

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Bradley Beal Trade Rumors Are Getting Ridiculous

Sometimes you get a real gem of a made-up trade on Twitter that’s so far beyond-Thunderdome ludicrous that you’ve just got to roll your eyes, shake your head, and if you’ve got a national NBA column, write about it. Because this one’s a doozy: Who says no? (Poll following tweet) pic.twitter.com/AQ46UV0lJc — NBA Best Matchups (@NBABestMatchups) January 21, 2019 With all due respect to one of NBA Twitter’s more entertaining accounts, go home, you’re drunk. A rumor of Bradley Beal to the Sixers for Furkan Korkmaz, Wilson Chandler, Markelle Fultz, a second-rounder (2019), and a future first (2021) is silly …

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De’Aaron Fox Is Most Improved Player And It’s Not Close

My namesake in Sacramento, De’Aaron Fox, came into the league fifth overall in the 2017 NBA draft, and at the time, I told anyone who would listen that he’d be the steal of the draft class, taking more than a few digs at the Lakers in the process for drafting the guy Fox clowned in college, Lonzo Ball. Well, Ball still sucks (although he’s evolving as a defender, all that makes him is a cross between Russell Westbrook and Tony Allen, but nowhere near as good as either at Westbrook’s stat sheet stuffing or Allen’s ability to lock down his …

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Not All Stars, but All-Stars: The Guys-Fox-Likes Team

I like to think of myself as a reasonably objective observer of the sport of basketball. Sure, I have my biases—I am an unrepentant stan for the Pacers and a believer in the Bill Simmons school of sportswriting where it’s OK to root for your team in national media—but for the most part, Sheed’s Law is the first rule of my writing here. But let’s face it. Basketball isn’t any fun without the ability to watch it as a fan, to root for guys, to make certain League Pass choices based not on what national trends say makes the best …

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2018-19 Might Just Be the Best NBA Season Ever

The NBA hasn’t been this entertaining in decades, as a full 14 years have passed since the last time the league added even one expansion team, and the dilution of talent that triggered the Dark Ages was so long ago that when the Raptors played their first NBA game in October of 1995 (a 94-79 win over the Nets!), it was just three months after Dave Grohl released the first album from Foo Fighters. Which, in turn, means that for the first time in ages, the level of talent in the league is stacked when compared to the number of …

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