The trade deadline is the most giving time of year for NBA fans. Not only do contenders receive talented pieces on their way to a playoff push, but super stars are handed a new lease on life when they leave their hell hole of a franchise behind, all thanks to the teams looking to blow things up more than Tyler Durden during Project Mayhem in Fight Club. It’s a gut wrenching feeling seeing capable players leave your franchise for the prospect of a better future, but it provides one thing: hope.
The Sacramento Kings finally traded away DeMarcus Cousins — which is still a shocker to hear. Year after year, this drama became a story of the “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” because the organization kept flip-flopping on their stance. Even more shocking about the trade is that the Kings didn’t get as much back as they should have. What really has me spinning, however, is why these three playoff contenders didn’t pull the trigger on Boogie:
Over the last month, the New York Islanders have revived a season that seemed absolutely doomed. The team has a 9–2–2 record over their last 13 games, starting with a 4–0 win in Boston which would prove to be Jack Capuano’s last game behind the bench with the team.
Each year, we get a highlight that resonates in our brains for years to come. No, it’s not that one play that may change the game, or even move a team on all the way to a title. It’s the moment where somebody reaches their boiling point, and leaves us with a memory to last a lifetime.
There’s an old saying that goes, “If a tree falls in the forest, and nobody's around to hear it, does it make a sound?” It’s strange how a saying like this can apply to the NBA Playoffs, but in fact it does. This isn’t a story about the Knicks taking stadium sounds out to make the game more authentic, or another player not responding to the always active Twitter fingers around the league. It’s about a player putting on memorable performance night after night while everyone’s attention is elsewhere, as if he’s playing in an arena all by himself.
With Kevin Durant slated to return right before the playoffs while teams are disrespecting the Celtics to the point where they’re being crowned the worst top seed of all time, people already have their minds made up on how the playoffs will go. LeBron and company will rally together like some sort of underdog team in a mildly entertaining sports movie while the stage is set for the Spurs and the Warriors to give us a bloodbath of a Western Conference Finals. Fast forward to June, skip the spring, and get on with it.