Last year, the Oklahoma City Thunder played its guts out all season long. Led by Kevin Durant’s superfluous scoring, Russell Westbrook’s manic energy and James Harden’s facial hair, the Thunder took the Miami Heat to the limit, eventually losing the NBA finals in five games to the loaded and star-studded dream team. It was a huge relief for the Heat, but most importantly for LeBron James, who got the veritable monkey off his back and also managed to make his “not one, not two, not three…” prediction not only plausible, but probable.
Over the last ten years, the correlation between success in college basketball and in the NBA itself has been all over the map. Think of the most recognizable collegiate players, like Tyler Hansbrough, Adam Morrison, JJ Redick, John Wall and Derrick Rose. Among that list, some players have flashed brilliance, some have shown true greatness and the rest have been “meh”. Hansbrough, Morrison and Redick seem to typify this player: incredible in college, but just another body in the hyper-competitive NBA.
What exactly separates Bob Knight from Mike Rice? For the uninformed, Mike Rice is essentially a playground bully masquerading as a collegiate basketball coach. Leaked… Continue Reading »
Recently, every sport that I’ve watched has seemed to have an NBA Jam-style “on-fire” team, streaking through the season towards the league title. Take the Chicago Blackhawks, Miami Heat or Real Madrid, all guaranteed to walk away champions, right? No.