The NBA’s Boycott For Racial Justice

Last night was a historical night in the National Basketball Association. In an already unprecedented situation with a worldwide pandemic and hesitation to play in “the bubble” due to racial tensions across the country, NBA teams – led by Wisconsin’s Milwaukee Bucks – boycotted playing basketball last night. The NBA postponed all games last night and are expected to for Thursday night as well and it’s been reported by Shams Charania of the Athletic/Stadium that both the Lakers and Clippers voted not to continue with the NBA season.

Rockets vs. Warriors Is About More Than Who Advances

For most NBA fans, Rockets vs. Warriors is about who will advance to the Western Conference Finals and, according to most experts, who will be the next NBA champion.  But in reality, Rockets vs. Warriors is about much, much more.  This series will decide the future and ultimately the fate of the NBA as a whole. This is not a shocking revelation: The NBA is a copycat league.  It always has been.  Teams always try and copy the success stories of the league and replicate the same formula.  One could argue that the Warriors are a sort of copycat of the monster LeBron created with the “super team” era beginning in Miami (though it’s not really true: Golden State won 73 games in 2015-2016 and their three stars were all drafted).

The Growing Skepticism About the Trio of Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, & Lauri Markkanen

When the Bulls traded Jimmy Butler for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the rights to Lauri Markkanen, the Bulls said they were going in a new direction and it was clear that the Bulls were beginning a rebuild.  The Bulls said they chose a direction and the haul they got for the disgruntled Jimmy Butler was impressive.  Many fans had been enamored by the athleticism and potential of Zach Lavine.  His highlight reel dunks and obvious scoring ability, combined with his youth, made him the perfect face of this rebuild.  The Chicago Tribune’s KC Johnson has used the term “cornerstone of the Bulls rebuild” several times to describe LaVine, meaning he is the most important piece.