Why Tom Crean Could Be the Perfect Candidate to Coach Louisville

Back in 2008, Indiana University’s men’s basketball program was in a dark place. Head Coach Kelvin Sampson had been forced to resign following massive NCAA violations, and the school had not been past the second round of March Madness since the Bob Knight era in 1994. The once-famed Hoosiers had been dormant for decades, with a lengthy past and immediate future seemingly as sparse and bare as the state they inhabit. It seemed a rebuild from the ground up was all that was possible. Enter Tom Cre

Understanding the Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks may be the most unassuming franchise in the NBA. Sharing a city with the NFL’s Cowboys, they are always competing locally for second fiddle, and despite only two seasons without playoffs since the turn of the century, they also garner little national media exposure. In any other state, they would be revered royalty, but General Manager Donnie Nelson’s airtight operation is still only second-best when it comes to Texas basketball. Combine this with 20 years of leadership by

Brandon Ingram May Not Become a Superstar, but Why Can’t He Be?

“The next Kevin Durant." Those were the words on everyone’s lips throughout 2016, Brandon Ingram’s one and only year at Duke University. That year, he shot to the top of draft boards across the country. The Los Angeles Lakers were in the desirable position of the second overall draft choice that year. All they had to do was pick whoever the Philadelphia 76ers did not, out of Ingram and Ben Simmons. They got Ingram, and "Showtime" was revived. Those of us with slightly more sense than excitabil

Anthony Bennett revelations show some NBA front offices are not doing their job properly

On Wednesday, The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd published online an excerpt from his new book, The Blueprint: LeBron James, Cleveland’s Deliverance, and the Making of the Modern NBA. The excerpt detailed how Anthony Bennett, once a solid but unspectacular freshman at UNLV, became the number one pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, and subsequently the biggest draft bust in basketball history, perhaps in all of sports. “The issue with Anthony was, and we had no way of knowing it at the time, the kid had no des

As Phoenix Enters a Tumultuous and Uncertain Rebuild, Is It Time to Take a Leaf out of Philadelphia’s Book?

The walls around the Phoenix Suns’ organization crashed down last week, when they started the 2017-18 NBA season 0-3 with two 40-point losses, and the firing of Head Coach Earl Watson. The team also shut down and are attempting to trade star point guard Eric Bledsoe after he cryptically tweeted, “I don’t want to be here” just hours before Watson’s firing was announced. The search now begins for both a new Head Coach, and a trade partner for Bledsoe. While the latter offers a chance to advance

Kyrie Irving’s Defection Signals What We All Search For

Much has been made of Kyrie Irving’s defection from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics. Fans love to attempt to understand the motives of athletes making against-the-grain decisions. While he certainly landed on a good team he has helped make great, Irving’s departure from Cleveland certainly raised its fair share of eyebrows. Irving left the team he won his first NBA championship with. A team featuring the world’s best player, LeBron James. A team whose fate is annually and inextri

We All Secretly Love LaVar Ball

Admit it. You love LaVar Ball. The NBA would be a less interesting place without him. I’ve known for quite a while now. It started when I thought to myself, “Why do I hate this guy so much?” It was a question I thought I’d be able to answer easily. Why, there are so many things to hate about the Ballfather! As recently claimed by his company, Big Baller Brand, Ball has been tweeted about over 2.5 million times in 11 months, since he first garnered any sort of attention, suggesting his son Lon

Home Is Where the Heart Is, and Isaiah Thomas Is Still Searching

Home and family are two of the most important factors in identity. They are two of the most important facets in life. In the space of five months, Isaiah Thomas lost both. On April 14, Thomas’ younger sister Chyna died in a car crash in their hometown of Tacoma, Washington. The very next day, Thomas starred with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds in his Boston Celtics’ Game 1 loss to the Chicago Bulls in the First Round of the Playoffs. Boston would come back from 2-0 down to win the ser

Is This the Most Intriguing NBA Season…Ever?

As I, along with many NBA fans and writers, wait with bated breath for the start of the season (17 days for those counting), something struck me. Last year, I was not counting at all. This time last year, I was counting the days until the next offseason. Laid out ahead of us was a snooze-worthy sixth months of basketball with scarce excitement unless you rooted for the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors. Even then, all that confronted you was a waiting game until the playoffs starte

Free from Egos, Do These New York Knicks Finally Have a Shot?

Last week, new Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony laughed in the face of a journalist who had dared to utter, “Come off the bench,” in his presence. It said all that needed to be known about Anthony. According to the former Denver Nugget and New York Knick, if you’re not playing your way, and looking good doing it, what’s the point of playing at all? It didn’t take much to realize when Phil Jackson entered Carmelo’s House in 2014, there was going to be issues. Jackson, a former play

NBA Shows Where Its Target Market Is, and It’s Not You

I’d been suspecting for a while that I’m now in the older demographic of NBA fans, despite not exactly being old. This week, the League confirmed my suspicions, announcing they had made big changes to the All-Star Game format. For the first time in 67 years—the first time ever, actually—the Eastern Conference will not be playing the Western Conference. The NBA has traded in perhaps its oldest tradition for a millennial-driven social experiment, where two “captains” (the two highest vote-poller

What 'Tweetgate' Reveals about Kevin Durant, and Why He Is so Different to Other NBA Superstars

Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant was recently found hiding online behind multiple social media accounts on multiple platforms. It makes you wonder how many athletes do the same. Surely Durant is not alone, right? It also offers us a glimpse into what fans have always claimed they want from athletes, but often cannot handle—complete honesty. KD was able to give us this anonymously, until he accidentally outed himself by forgetting to switch accounts when tweeting. Durant inadverte

Jerry West Best Signing the Los Angeles Clippers Have Made in Years

The 2017-18 season is going to be interesting for the Los Angeles Clippers, as they embark on the uncertainty of the post-Chris Paul era. No one is quite sure where Los Angeles is headed; they still have front court duo Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and have finally filled the void at small forward with hot-scoring Danilo Gallinari. Also heading to LA via CSKA Moscow is Milos Teodosic, the man they’ve called "the Serbian Steve Nash," and "Lights Out Lou" Williams, both providing backcourt
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Could a Kyrie Irving trade mean anything for the Philadelphia 76ers?

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Moneyball: The Utah Jazz are built for something like this to happen

Around the turn of the 21st century, the phrase “moneyball” became invariably popular in sports. A system of contract and roster control and manipulation pioneered and popularised by MLB’s 2002 Oakland Athletics, and given a name by Michael Lewis, who wrote a book on the team, every team in every sport either thought they were, or wanted to be, playing “moneyball”. The ambiguous and enigmatic sports buzzword again reared its head around the start of this decade upon the release of the film adap
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Dario Saric has to start for the Philadelphia 76ers

The other day, we wrote on why Dario Saric has to come off the bench for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2017-18 NBA season. Today, we will be making the case for why he should be starting. There are plenty of good reasons to like Saric off the bench. Owen Nelson laid out a handful of reasons in his piece yesterday, and Christopher Kline offered up some wisdom last month. However, I find that Saric is just too valuable to be playing with the second unit. Of course, this is not a knock on those w
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Four NBA Contracts That Will Age Terribly –

Four NBA Contracts That Will Age Terribly The NBA offseason is notorious for teams tossing ludicrous contracts at players. While not all of these contracts are from this offseason, they will inevitably not age well. This year’s NBA silly season has not nearly been as bad as last year’s. Now that general managers and front offices around the league have settled into the salary cap status quo, the handing out of ridiculous contracts seems to have been reeled in a little bit. Still, there is more
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A Retrospective of Every Trade for the Number One Pick

As you’ll be aware, less than a week before the 2017 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics traded their number 1 overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for their number 3 overall pick. In the process, Boston passed up on the opportunity to select transcendent point guard talent Markelle Fultz. The move was rained down on with hate by Celtics fans; preemptive Fultz jerseys were burned. Boston’s general manager Danny Ainge was lambasted as a fool, too full of his own ego. Through it all, Ainge was adama
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Addressing The New Orleans Pelicans’ Offseason Priorities

In my first post for 16 Wins A Ring, I discussed how the Sacramento Kings have benefited from the DeMarcus Cousins trade, despite seemingly trying as hard as they possibly could not to. Now, we’re going to explore the other side of that trade — the New Orleans Pelicans. For those of you who are not up to speed: this February, Cousins and Omri Casspi were traded from Sacramento to New Orleans for Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, Buddy Hield and two draft picks. The move was widely considered a f
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