Thoughts on the NBA Playoffs Post-Round One

That was a pretty uninspiring first-round of playoff basketball. The biggest story was the unusually high amount of injured star players and how it will affect teams in later rounds. On the bright side the Western Conference Playoffs will be infinitely more exciting this round, especially the Spurs-Thunder. On the downside, the Eastern Conference still…

NBA Playoff Predictions

I’ve had a pretty bad year prognosticating sports. My fantasy football team started Melvin Gordon almost half the season and my first-round draft pick was Dez Bryant. My March Madness bracket was so bad I cringe every time I think about it. I almost didn’t write a NBA playoffs predictions column because I didn’t want…

April NBA Power Rankings

In a lot of ways the controversy over who LeBron James does and doesn’t follow on social media was the height of comedy. I mean, has there ever been a more heated discussion about whom a 31 year-old man follows on social media? I doubt it, but it’s not out-of-place with the way American media…

March NBA Power Rankings

Somebody should do a totally serious TV mini-series featuring grouchy old-school players complaining about how easy players have it today. Really, it would be high comedy to watch Oscar Robertson complain about how Stephen Curry can’t actually shoot and watch other old-school players moan about how LeBron couldn’t have averaged twenty ppg thirty years ago.…

NBA Trade Grades

Goodbye NBA trade season, it was moderately fun while you lasted. As per usual some teams made some shrewd moves, some made trades that left fans completely befuddled, and most stood pat. So, let’s look back on some of these deals and evaluate the six most important ones. If there is one motif in these NBA…

February NBA Power Rankings

It’s getting closer to the All-Star Break, which means we have a large enough sample size to start making biased cases for who should win various NBA awards. So, without further ado I present the first annual “Chris Linnan’s Imaginary Mid-season NBA MVP, ROY, and COY Ballot.” MVP 1) Stephen Curry- Let’s not try to…

3 Thoughts on David Blatt’s Firing

A few weeks ago I wrote about how LeBron had become a quasi-player/coach/GM and yesterday we saw some of his power as his “coach,” David Blatt was fired. Now that Tyronn Lue has a new three-year contract, the Cavaliers are paying two former head coaches, Blatt and Mike Brown, to not coach in addition to…