NBA Meta: When Draymond Green Shakes Everything Up

We’ve established that the NBA is a copycat league. In fact, not only from a strategic sense does mimicry run rampant, but the movement of players, coaches and front offices highlights the NBA’s incredibly incestuous hiring practices. Strategies spread because they are demonstrated to be successful and the people who practice them pollinate the league …

Ricky Rubio Is Here to (Sort Of) Save the Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz are in the midst of a less-than-stellar offseason, one highlighted by several notable departures from their 51-win roster: sole All-star Gordon Hayward, starting point guard George Hill and avid outdoorsman Boris Diaw. In general, losing a player of Hayward’s caliber can be a death blow—but not always. Enter Ricky Rubio. Offensive Gains …

Is Utah Jazz Forward Derrick Favors Ready to Bounce Back?

Have you ever tried playing basketball on one leg? Derrick Favors says he did that for the entire 2016-17 season. Explaining why a player posted the worst numbers of his career can sometimes be difficult and convoluted. Layers unfold concerning a new team environment, offensive system, role or personal situation. Sometimes that layer is simply …

Hardwood Knocks – Episode 75 – NBA Offseason Winners and Losers and Holy Moly the OKC Thunder

iTunes | BlogTalkRadio | Stitcher | Google Play (coming soon) Guess what? No, seriously, guess. Hurry up. You’re taking too long. Screw it, we’ll just tell you: The NBA offseason is old enough for us to—wait for it—pass judgement from the comfort of our lavish (read: regular) recording studios (read: respective living rooms)! In the latest edition of …