‘Greatest power forward’ retires after 19 seasons with Spurs

When Tim Duncan announced his retirement from basketball, there were no journals in the Players’ Tribune or made-for-TV specials or farewell tours. He revealed his decision in a one-page press release. His final game turned out to be a loss in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference semifinals at Oklahoma City. When the final … [Read more…]

Kevin Durant slammed for ‘weak’ decision to join Warriors

When you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That was the prevailing thought in the basketball world when Kevin Durant, the 2014 NBA most valuable player and considered by many as the third-best player in the world behind Stephen Curry and LeBron James, announced on the Players’ Tribune that he was leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder … [Read more…]

‘The Block’ ends Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought

The story of Cleveland’s sports history has been well chronicled and often mocked. For five decades, Northeast Ohio has suffered through some of the worst moments. The Drive. The Fumble. The Shot Over Ehlo. The Blown Save. The Decision. Well, Clevelanders. You can finally stop hoping and praying for the city’s 52-year professional sports team … [Read more…]

Warriors All-Star Draymond Green needs to clean up his dirty act

President George W. Bush famously said, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me, can’t get fooled again.” When Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green “accidentally” kicked Oklahoma City Thunder Steven Adams in the groin during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, most of us gave Draymond a pass. So did the NBA. Green … [Read more…]

NBA Finals: Cavs in for a war against battle-tested Warriors

The Oklahoma City Thunder had the Golden State Warriors on the ropes but couldn’t apply the knockout punch. Facing elimination on the road in Game 6, the Warriors showed their championship mettle and stunned the Thunder with a performance for the ages. Klay Thompson lit up the Thunder for a playoff record 11 3-pointers, with … [Read more…]

Missing rings: NBA most valuable players without a championship

Kevin Durant has a basketball resume fit for the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass, but he seems to find himself finishing in second place at the big moments. He was the second-rated player coming out of high school behind Greg Oden. His Texas Longhorns lost in the second round of the 2007 NCAA tournament. … [Read more…]

Kobe Bryant will always be part of my family

Kobe Bryant played his last NBA game on April 13, 2016. It was the conclusion of a 20-year career — all with the Los Angeles Lakers — that included five championships, two Finals MVPs, two Olympic gold medals, 18 All-Star Game appearances, and one 81-point game. The Black Mamba may have said goodbye to basketball, but … [Read more…]

Furious Five: Ranking the 5 best players in the NBA

Each year OneManFastBreak.net ranks the five best players in the NBA. Let’s call it the “OMFB Furious Five” in order to earn some style points from the cool kids and pay homage to the five styles of Chinese martial arts: snake, crane, monkey, praying mantis, and tiger. The ranking system is based on one man’s … [Read more…]

NBA legend says Stephen Curry is changing the game

When it comes to basketball savants, few can compare to Jerry West. The “logo” won a championship as a player and executive, building two dynasties in Los Angeles. The 77-year-old Hall-of-Famer is without peer in terms of player evaluations. It took him just 20 minutes in a pre-draft workout in L.A. to figure out that an … [Read more…]