Imagine, for a moment, that you’re Duncan Robinson. I know it’s odd, but Indulge me. Put yourself in Robinson’s shoes on a given day in the NBA. You’re a 6’7 shooting guard with a beautiful jumper and league-average defensive mobility. And while we’re speaking in hypotheticals, let’s imagine that you’re playing in a COVID-free world, and as a result the entire Miami Heat roster is healthy and not sitting due to contact tracing regulations. You’re at practice the day before the Heat are scheduled to play the Brooklyn Nets. You’re running through your normal shooting drills, attempting your 500th 3-pointer…

“An utterly commanding second act centered on a series of disclosures and epiphanies,” raves Mallory Rubin, Co-host of the Binge Mode podcast and Editor-In-Chief of theringer.com. Out of context, one could assume this analysis might be in response to a piece of Victorian-era classic literature or a Shakespearian tragedy — a piece of art worthy of the excruciating attention to detail. This is the typical level of passion that Rubin and her co-host, Jason Concepcion, pour into every episode of their popular Ringer podcast. …

The Golden State Warriors took care of business at home in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, defeating the Houston Rockets in a 126–85 blowout.

Steph Curry broke out of his shooting slump, leading his team with 35 points on 13–23 shooting, including 5–12 from 3-point range.

Curry started off slow, carrying over from games 1 and 2, in which he was only a combined 2–13 from deep. However as the Warriors went on their routine 3rd quarter run, Steph began to find his shot. He initially found the basket by cutting off the ball, getting easy backdoor layups…

Consider for a moment the concept of a tree. Now, subtract every nature-based feature of that tree (wood, leaves, sap, roots) while maintaining its basic structure. Then replace those natural features with keystones of modern human industrialism; metal, plastic, electricity and software. Essentially, modernize this tree. What you are picturing is SQUAREDSF.

SQUAREDSF is a three-dimensional art sculpture that has just been installed at Patricia’s Green, a park in Hayes Valley that was converted from a freeway on-ramp into a lively communal area full of shops and restaurants. SQUARED is a 50-foot tall black-metal tree with hundreds (768 to be…

LeBron James’ 2018 free agency is a perplexing thought exercise, largely because there really is no perfect destination.

His Cavaliers, whom he is currently being forced to carry through the postseason, have no clear path to improving other than praying that their Brooklyn Nets’ pick (the only asset remaining from the Kyrie Irving trade) turns into a franchise player that can immediately contribute.

If James were to leave, each of his options would be accompanied by various pros and cons. The Houston Rockets would have to do some serious maneuvering in order to create the cap space necessary to sign…

The NBA’s media and fans were up in arms the day that Pacers General Manager and newly instated President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard traded All-Star forward Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

“This is some rabbit-out-of-a-hat stuff from Presti. Holy crap,” said ESPN’s NBA insider Zach Lowe via Twitter, referring to OKC’s General Manager Sam Presti.

George was coming off an individually impressive season in which he led his Pacers to the playoffs, only to be swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Following the loss, George announced to his team that…

With the NBA playoffs in full swing and Avengers: Infinity War just days away, it bares noting the similarities between the two forms of superheroes that dominate today’s popular culture. So, without further ado, here are the Marvel Cinematic Universe equivalents to today’s NBA superstars.

LeBron James — Captain America

Cap and the King have quite a lot in common. They’re both nearly invincible, regenerative, and unnaturally ripped (to be clear, I am in no way implying that LeBron uses or has ever used PEDs or Super Soldier Serum; it’s just hard to believe how insanely jacked that dude is…

G: Damian Lillard

G: James Harden

F: LeBron James

F: Giannis Antetokounmpo

C: Anthony Davis

The name on this list that seems the most unlike the others is obviously Damian Lillard. He is the only player on this list to have never finished higher than 8th in MVP voting in his career. But Lillard has elevated his play this season. His Blazers are currently the 3rd seed in the Western conference and sport a 4.7 net rating with him on the floor, per NBA.com. Lillard has quietly had a generic-brand version of James Harden’s insane MVP season. His 59.3% true…

[Written on 2/28/18. All stats accurate as of that date]

As DeMarcus Cousins was helped off the floor on January 26th, wincing in pain from what would soon be diagnosed as a torn ACL, all seemed lost in New Orleans.

The Pelicans, in the midst of a brutal 10 team playoff race in the Western Conference, just lost their all-star center for the rest of season. Before going down, Cousins was playing the best basketball of his career, posting career-highs in rebounding (12.9 per game) and true shooting percentage (58.3%), per NBA.com. As unconventional as they seemed in the modern…

Mason Bissada

writer, journalist. SFSU Journalism 2020 Warriors stories for the Martinez Tribune: https://martineztribune.com/tag/mason-bissada/

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