Immediately after this happened, everyone wanted to know this dude’s identity (and, if you’re Jeff Van Gundy, why Westbrook wasn’t allowed to go into the stands and beat the hell out of him). As it turns out, Philly.com learned that this Sixers fan is named Richard Harkaway, and when he’s not trying to get a rise out of All-NBA guards, he’s a urologist in Philadelphia. In this instance, after standing up to boo and being provoked by Russell Westbrook calling attention to my being overweight, my action in response was clearly inexcusable and I am embarrassed.
Through three quarters, the 2016-17 NBA season opener between the Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards was a nip-and-tuck battle, a knock-down drag-out affair featuring 14 ties, 17 lead changes and plenty of dueling runs that left just one point separating the two clubs entering the fourth and final frame. Over a seven-minute span, though, the Hawks hit the gas and left the Wizards in the dust, offering hope for continued success despite major changes in the starting lineup. After a jumper by new Wizards big man Jason Smith gave Washington an 82-81 lead with 11:18 to go in regulation, the Hawks utterly dismantled Washington, ripping off a 24-4 run that turned a hard-fought contest into a laugher.
The off-guard spot is the weakest position in college basketball this season. For comparison’s sake, the No. 20 lead guard in the list we released yesterday was Davidson’s Jack Gibbs, who ranked 62nd in our top 100 players list. For off-guards, only 16 were ranked in our top 100, meaning the final four in this list didn’t crack that list. Why is this the case? Is it because the best scoring guards in basketball are trying to mold themselves after the likes of Russell Westbrook, John Wall and Derrick Rose as opposed to, say, Kobe? Is it because the emphasis on court-spacing has turned the off-guard spot into a spot-up shooter’s role? Or is this just a random year where the two-guards just aren’t