There comes a time in every person’s life where multiple paths are laid out and must be narrowed to one. For some, the traditional path is the one most obviously trodden; others may find themselves, as Robert Frost once did, on a road not taken.
In the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference panel “10,000 Hours vs. The Sports Gene,” authors Malcolm Gladwell and David Epstein debated myriad ways in which an athlete transitions from who they can be to the athlete they were meant to be.
We've seen players from the 1996 come and go in this league, and while some have arguably had more successful careers, no one's persistence is quite as surprising as Derek Fisher's.
In the past, the Oklahoma City Thunder have struggled without Russell Westbrook in their lineup, which doesn't come as a huge surprise seeing as he's a top five player in the league when healthy. However, ever since he went under the knife again before the New Year, the Thunder have been one of the NBA's hottest teams, posting a 20-8 record over a two month period which has helped hold their position at the top of a crowded Western Conference.
I may love the movie "Beginners" way, way too much.
Kevin Durant is pretty awesome.
With no all-encompassing narrative, no 27-game winning streaks, no villains to concoct new heroes, the NBA fell into a rut, as all things with a circadian rhythm are wont to do. Late January, most teams suiting up for game 45 of 82; doldrums are an expectation— maybe it's because of the stark contrast to last season, they just feel a little more pronounced. Then Kevin Durant happened.
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From day one, it's been evident that Kevin Durant is really gifted. By really I mean, unfairly-stupidly-ridiculously-damn-gifted. Because of his
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The Hawks led by eight entering the fourth quarter against the Thunder on Monday night and by as
Rejoice! One has come to save us from this tedious season!
For Memphis, the Courtney Lee-for-Jerryd Bayless swap (yes, Ryan Gomes was involved, too) might seem like a move for this year, but the future was an equally important consideration.