Friday Q&A: Silicon Valley Takes on Pac-12 Football

Friday Q&A: Silicon Valley Takes on Pac-12 Football

A key component of the Pac-12's branding emphasizes its regional ties to Silicon Valley and Hollywood. The conference spotlights these ties at the beginning of each football season with media days at a major film studio lot, and at the end with the Championship Game held in Santa Clara. Ahead of the 2017 college football…

Throwback Thursday: The Evolution of NBA Summer League

Throwback Thursday: The Evolution of NBA Summer League

Immediately following the final session of 2016 Pac-12 football media days, a friend packed into my Toyota Prius and we hit the road for Las Vegas. We're no rookies to the Southern California-to-Las Vegas drive, but this was the first expedition we were making specifically to see rookies. Basketball replaced the usual Sin City M.O.…

Tour De Pharmacy Shows Why We Need More Mockumentaries

Tour De Pharmacy Shows Why We Need More Mockumentaries

Tour De Pharmacy, the latest mockumentary from Andy Samberg, Murray Miller and Jake Szmanski, debuted Saturday night on HBO. And like it's predecessor 7 Days In Hell, a Wimbledon spoof, this look at doping in the world of cycling was hilariously ridiculous and raunchy. It's the second installment of their Legends of Sport series and…

Chris Paul and Mike D’Antoni, Kindred Spirits

Chris Paul and Mike D’Antoni, Kindred Spirits

Chris Paul's trade to the Houston Rockets pairs one of the great point guards of this or any NBA generation with Mike D'Antoni; a head coach who finds his muse in point guards of Paul's ilk. The two are a fitting pair beyond the exciting possibility of Paul operating in D'Antoni's wide-open offense, or fro…

2017 NBA Draft is Full of Hidden Gems

2017 NBA Draft is Full of Hidden Gems

NBA draft buzz hovers around the lottery names, which is to be expected. However, team success in the NBA is often the result of unearthing hidden gems from the latter-half of the first round, into the second round. The San Antonio Spurs built around such prospects, drafting Tony Parker No. 28; Manu Ginobili No. 57;…

Wrong NBA Draft Takes of Yesteryear

Wrong NBA Draft Takes of Yesteryear

Each NBA draft brings with it a tidal wave of speculation, assertions and #TAKES of all shapes and sizes. The 2017 edition of this annual event is just a day away, and perhaps this year more than ever, the deluge of opinions has been overwhelming. Is an athletically gifted talent from a 2-16 Pac-12 team…

The Phoenix Suns Inauspicious NBA Draft History

The Phoenix Suns Inauspicious NBA Draft History

Utter the words "coin flip" around NBA fans in the state of Arizona, and you may as well risk blindness washing your mouth out with soap. The next NBA season marks the 50th anniversary of the Phoenix Suns, and they'll celebrate their half-centennial with the still-lingering question of how things might be different had the…

How Good Can Lonzo Ball Be in the NBA?

How Good Can Lonzo Ball Be in the NBA?

Barring something completely unforeseen in the next six weeks, Lonzo Ball will be one of the first two prospects selected in the 2017 NBA draft. This is hardly a revelatory statement; neither is the suggestion that a layer of uncertainty shrouds Ball's pro basketball future. Such is the case for all draftees, though a player…

Big Baller Brand Shoes Are Not Revolutionary

Big Baller Brand Shoes Are Not Revolutionary

LaVar Ball's dream of a Big Baller Brand signature shoe has come to fruition. Lonzo Ball will apparently sport the ZO2 in his rookie NBA season, without backing from any of the dominant brands: Nike, Adidas and Under Armour all reportedly balked at licensing the Big Baller Brand name. Alright — so Ball went it…

My Personal Trauma Seeing “He Got Game”

My Personal Trauma Seeing “He Got Game”

He Got Game first hit movie theaters this week 19 years ago, and the Spike Lee-directed, Ray Allen-starred film remains a wholly unique offering in the sports genre. Yes, plenty of R-rated sports movie came before and since. The '90s alone produced The Program, Any Given Sunday, Varsity Blues and Above The Rim. He Got…

A Three-Point Plan for the NBA Playoffs

A Three-Point Plan for the NBA Playoffs

The 2016-'17 NBA regular season concludes today, and the weekend brings the Association's second season. And, no, "second season is not just a folksy way of describing the NBA Playoffs. From Game 1 of the opening rounds to a hypothetical Game 7 of the Finals, the NBA Playoffs occupy two full months of the calendar…