OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19:  LeBron James #23 and Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

A Very Early 2016/17 NBA Eastern Conference Preview

  Just two years ago, the free agency period in the NBA wrought seismic changes to the Eastern Conference. I tried to figure out how things would shake out and I didn’t do too badly. The team I missed on was actually my Milwaukee Bucks who rode Jared Dudley and Zaza Pachulia to a surprising […]

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Book Review: The Only Rule Is It Has to Work

I don’t really consider myself aligned with any school of thought. I try to be open minded, which I guess makes me liberal (which is a freighted term). My Facebook profile does not provide much information either (although my political allegiance, it says, is to DILLYGAF). Were I to label myself, I would proudly wear […]

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 07:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors poses with his new jersey during the press conference where he was introduced as a member of the Golden State Warriors after they signed him as a free agent on July 7, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Durant To The Warriors: See No Evil

  Here we go again: a player leaves a team as a free agent and the common thought seems to be that he has betrayed not just his former team, but everyone. The reasoning seems to be that the best players owe their teams loyalty for now and for always. LeBron James deceived Cleveland four […]

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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19:  LeBron James #23 and Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

2016 NBA Finals: Does It Get Any Better?

  Why do I watch sports? There have been times over the past couple of years that I have asked myself that (as you know). I could be doing so many other things with my time, but I continue to return to basketball. If I ever need to ask myself that question again, I can […]

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 24: A view of the Stanley Cup is shown following the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Save 5% on Finals Tickets with Promo Code “TSD5”

A week from now both the NBA and NHL seasons may very well be over and a champion crowned.  But as of today, there are games to be played which means you still have a chance to catch some of the action live!  Finals tickets never come cheap, but today we’ve got a promo code that […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shakes hands with Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors after the Warriors defeated the Cavs 105 to 97 to win Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

NBA Finals Ticket Prices Up for Warriors, Down for Cavaliers

Leading up to the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers have breezed their way through the playoffs, sweeping their opponents in the first and second rounds, and beating the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals in six games. In the West, the Golden State Warriors, who were down three games to one to the Oklahoma […]

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 08:  A ping pong ball is pictured on the table during day one of the ITTF World Team Cup at the Al Nasr Sports Club on January 8, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images for Falcon)

2016 Lottery Night Mock Draft (a few days late)

  A tradition like no other: it is the lottery night mock draft from Missner’s Manifesto. Of course, every tradition is like every other and I am a few days late from lottery night. Sadly, my schedule did not allow me to start typing on Tuesday evening after the ping pong balls were drawn. I […]

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 21: (L-R) James Harden #13, Serge Ibaka #9, Kevin Durant #35, Kendrick Perkins #5 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder stand on court against the Miami Heat  in Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 21, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Best Three Year Draft Runs in NBA History

  A few weeks ago, I wrote about the incredible success that the Oklahoma City Thunder have had in the NBA draft. The team’s three-year run of drafting from 2007 to 2009 with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, and James Harden should be the blueprint for all teams. However, I began to wonder if […]

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Book Review: Chasing Perfection

  One of the first podcasts I listened to was an early version of the ESPN college basketball show with Andy Katz and Andy Glockner. I was neither here nor there about Katz, but I liked Glockner. He had a sense of humor and he loved the numbers. I was sad when he left ESPN, […]

DURHAM, NC - DECEMBER 15:  Brandon Ingram #14 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play during their game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 15, 2015 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Skinny of Draft Prognostication

  Draft prognostication is an inexact science. There are so many things that can go right or wrong for a player that even the experts are just guessing. One theory that I have long held is that skinny players from college should be avoided. This theory will once again be tested in 2016 because Brandon […]

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after Harrison Barnes #40 made a three-point basket late in the fourth quarter of their game against the Chicago Bulls at ORACLE Arena on November 20, 2015 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Go for the Record with our NBA Regular Season Quiz

The 2015-16 NBA regular season is in the books! While this year’s playoffs promise to be legendary, there’s no denying that the regular season was full of excitement as well.  We saw records shattered, crazy off and on-the-court hi-jinks, and said hello and goodbye to a number of entertaining personalities.  How well were you paying […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers takes a shot from the bench prior to the game against the Utah Jazz on October 30, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

How To Build a Team (Starring the Thunder – Not the 76ers)

  In the early days of Missner’s Manifesto, one of my greatest targets was the Philadelphia 76ers and their attempt to game the NBA draft process by losing intentionally over multiple seasons. I thought this was an inane way to build a team and I was a bit ahead of the curve in disparaging Sam […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 5: Daniel Ochefu #23 of the Villanova Wildcats attempts a shot as L.J. Peak #0 of the Georgetown Hoyas defends during the second half in an NCAA college basketball game on March 5, 2016 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Villanova defeated Georgetown 84-71. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

2016 Final Four Live Blog

Final Four Saturday is quickly becoming one of my favorite days. It generally features two great games back-to-back and I get to shoo away any other responsibilities and just watch (and type). I’ll be doing another live blog on Saturday evening and you can follow along, if you like. I am much more interested in […]

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