Five years ago, Austin Kent published an open letter addressed to Greg Oden’s neck beard. Five years later he exhibits a glaring lack of development both in terms of maturity and the quality of his content. No matter, sometimes we can tell a lot about an individual by the way they choose to wear their hair. Sometimes it’s the only thing holding them back.
Let’s talk Larry Hughes, and I mean let’s really talk Larry Hughes, from the beginning to the end and everywhere in between. Hughes may not have ever ended up being the next Michael Jordan, or even an NBA superstar by most definitions, but that doesn’t mean his story isn’t still one of the most inspiring of our generation. You just have to tell it in reverse.
Never mind the fact that we spent 45 unsuccessful minutes trying to accurately describe his jump shot, or that he hails from a Canadian suburb known more for being misinterpreted as the birthplace of Wayne Gretzky than anything significant, Tristan Thompson has spent the past two months emerging as an NBA star. That’s right, star.
Andre Drummond is a bloody fascinating figure. Sometimes though, as we get older, it gets harder and harder to express the appreciation we have for our favorite athletes. Austin Kent takes a therapeutic look at his relationship with the first-year Pistons big man, what exactly Dre means for the Detroit franchise, and – perhaps most importantly – how to actually root for a professional athlete like a full-fledged adult.
Jerry Stackhouse is an aspiring NBA coach nearing the end of a long and eventful career. Will it be his experience playing with a young Allen Iverson, spearheading a revolution with the Detroit Pistons, sharing time on the wing with an aging Michael Jordan or playing in the NBA Finals with the Dallas Mavericks that will help him most as he transitions from on the court to the sidelines? The man’s got history.
Chase Headley calls himself a “Saved by the Bell” trivia whiz. Fitting, since his Step by Step progression and marked Home Improvement has allowed him to finally shed his Growing Pains and Blossom as a rising star in San Diego. Who’s The Boss now?
Lost somewhere in the accusations of Josh Smith’s inability to co-exist with a coach, stop shooting three pointers or provide any sort of valuable on-court contribution to a legitimate contender is the fact that he’s been the best player on one of the most surprising teams of the past half-decade. And he’s actually a really cool guy. Maybe give him a chance?
The Toronto Raptors haven’t exactly put together a 2011-12 campaign for the ages, but that doesn’t mean it was all a wash. As the regular season draws to a close fans are left scratching their heads when the club competes for critical wins down the stretch. Any victories, of course, only reduce the franchise’s NBA Draft odds. Are late season wins harmful for lottery-bound teams? Spoiler alert: no.
Is it better to have personally and emotionally invested in the prospective success of an unorthodoxly generational hero and lost than to have never done so at all? We take a good hard look at the cultural impact Yi Jianlian has had on the NBA this month. Wait, that doesn’t sound right.
Josh Hamilton spoke solemnly about the recent setback on his road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction on Friday. One theme that has emerged over the course of his success has been a strong, public faith in religion. Does the 30-year-old former MVP not give himself enough credit for his success? We explore God’s role in 21st century sport.