What Steve Kerr and the Warriors Teach Us About Leadership

Steve Kerr let his Warriors players coach themselves in a game on national television (NBA TV) Monday night. It was exactly the kind of game where shaking things up a bit might prevent a disastrous Trap Game loss against a far weaker opponent. It worked. Golden State beat the Phoenix Suns 129-83. It also caused an uproar on Twitter and on the NBA TV broadcast itself. In particular, former Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell took umbrage at the “disrespect” shown to the Suns: Steve Kerr let the @warriors players coach tonight. @CaseyStern, @SamMitchellNBA and @steve21smith broke it down. #FastBreak pic.twitter.com/sT0PhDNiC1 — …

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Breakfast Special: That Ain’t No Devastated Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo was “devastated” when the Milwaukee Bucks fired Jason Kidd last week. But let’s face it; they’re 4-0 since the move, playing great basketball, and got their first win over a quality opponent in that mini-winning-streak when they beat the 76ers at home 107-95 Monday night. Giannis had 31 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, and contributed to a defensive effort that held Philly to just 2-of-26 (7.7 percent!) shooting on threes. The Bucks also turned the ball over just nine times (Nine times? Niiine tiiimes.) Oh, and just to rub it in, Milwaukee hit 20-of-22 from the free throw …

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Breakfast Special: The TNT Double Digit Comeback Spectacular

The Philadelphia 76ers blew a double-digit fourth-quarter lead, turning an 88-74 with 11:11 to go into a 93-88 deficit less than five minutes later. The weirdest part of that 19-point run? It wasn’t even the biggest comeback in the NBA Thursday…on national television. That’s right, because the Boston Celtics came back from 26 down in the second quarter to win a game in which the Houston Rockets did not trail in the first 47 minutes and 57 seconds of play. James Harden committed two offensive fouls on Houston’s final two possessions, and Al Horford had the wildest finish an individual …

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How Good NBA Teams Lose And Bad Teams Win

There are, at present, three NBA teams that are indisputably good in the sense that they win at least 75 percent of the time, the bar a team needs to clear to go 62-20 or better; the Boston Celtics (18-3), Houston Rockets (15-4), and Golden State Warriors (15-5). There are also three teams in the Association that are so utterly putrid that they are on pace to win 20 games or fewer over an 82-game season; the 3-14 Chicago Bulls, 4-16 Atlanta Hawks, and 5-15 Dallas Mavericks. But if the best teams always won and the worst teams always lost, …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Kyrie Irving’s Pancake World

Flat earth jokes may get old, but breakfast puns are forever, especially when the subject, Kyrie Irving, goes for 47 points, keeping the Boston Celtics from losing for the first time in 16 games against one of the league’s worst teams. Yes, it took overtime to beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-102, but when Kyrie gets a super-efficient 16-of-22 shooting performance, throws in 5-of-7 beyond the arc, then cans 10-of-11 from the free throw line? Boston was not losing that game. Your Rookie of the Year Jayson Tatum went for 15 points on 6-of-11 and a plus-15 while grabbing nine rebounds; …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe Problem

So, as would inevitably be the case, Lonzo Ball got himself a triple double, scoring 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, dishing 13 assists, and pulling down 12 rebounds in a loss to the Bucks on Saturday. He became the youngest in NBA history to do it, at 20 years and 15 days, surpassing LeBron James. But have you noticed that Ball has had exactly two good games this season, and both involved his being guarded by Eric Bledsoe? After making Ball look like Russell Westbrook twice, you have to wonder if Bledsoe isn’t either washed up or else so disengaged …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Jeff Van Gundy Is A National Treasure

Jeff Van Gundy, national treasure, got assigned to a game that was competitive for about two quarters before the Golden State Warriors ran away with it in the second half to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 125-101. The game was dull, a mismatch, an exposure of Minnesota’s greatest weakness—their Letter League-quality defense. Luckily, this gave the Notorious JVG a chance to take a good swipe at the Ball family; LiAngelo Ball got busted for petty theft in China, and that…well, see it for yourself: Jeff Van Gundy and Dave Pasch discussing the UCLA incident in China, and also college athletics. pic.twitter.com/llrdhqt1vs …

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Larry Bird vs. LeBron James At Age 30: Who Was Really Better?

This graphic has been making the rounds on Facebook. It’s a collection of cherry-picked counting stats without context about Larry Bird and LeBron James. In case that’s not showing up in detail on your mobile device: Bird: 28.1 pts/9.2 reb/7.6 ast/52.2 FG%/26.4 PER. LeBron: 25.3 pts/6.0 reb/7.4 ast/48.8 FG%/25.8 PER. The moral of the story, such as it seems to be, is that Bird soundly beats LeBron, and if you go by counting stats, at age 30 that’s absolutely the case. Things fall apart in a hurry when you start into Advanced Stats 101. We begin by breaking down those …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Dub Nation Defense

The Golden State Warriors are good at defense. Everyone always forgets this. Dub Nation got to see a slugfest at the Oracle Arena Monday night, as the Warriors beat Miami 97-80, dominating the boards 51-44 including a 13-7 edge on the offensive glass. They held the Heat to just 36.1 percent shooting from the field and limited Hassan Whiteside to only three points and six rebounds. Nobody on Golden State made more than five shots; all of their Big 4 made that many, but Stephen Curry missed 14 shots, Klay Thompson missed ten, Kevin Durant whiffed on eight, and Draymond …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Brad Stevens, Coach of the Year

Let us for a moment examine the Boston Celtics, a team that lost two of its best defensive players over the offseason, and let a couple of Pace and Space emeritus have their say: After the win against the Spurs, the #Celtics now rank 1st in defensive rating and 4th in D-rebounding %. Who would've predicted that? — Brad Winter (@BradWinter12) October 31, 2017 "Who is going to defend without Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder???!!!" https://t.co/6Yvoofn8ek — Zach d'Arbeloff (@swarbleflop) October 31, 2017 The Spurs have had a Halloween hayride this week, first losing to Indiana and now getting smacked …

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