Going on to lose the game is hardly heinous, knowing that a road date in Oklahoma City is no gimme, but Friday’s home loss to Sacramento still stings, given that the Wolves wasted Zach LaVine’s first 40-point game. If only it helped in the standings when we hear that the Wolves are the first team in NBA history to feature three players under the age of 22 (LaVine, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins) to each post a 40-point game in one season.
After an absence of 14 games, Dirk Nowitzki is back at last for the Mavericks, who are also reveling in some strong recent contributions from Deron Williams and the first game-winning bucket of Harrison Barnes’ career. Dallas is by no means whole, with Andrew Bogut still sidelined and J.J. Barea not quite back yet, but some within the Big D sports populace — when they’re not wrapped up in what’s happening with the Cowboys — are starting to worry that the Mavs are poised to start winning more regularly and thus endanger local dreams of a high lottery pick.
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The Mitchell report glossed over the sportâ€™s institutional failures and didnâ€™t touch on the specific decisions made by those in power. Mitchell picked out those 86 players, rather than acknowledging that over a period of more than two decades, it was likely that thousands and thousands of players in the majors and minors used performance-enhancing drugs.
Selig was elected to the Hall of Fame earlier this month, sparking some writers to say that if Selig is a Hall of Famer — Bud Selig, the commissioner of the sport during the steroid era — well, then just let in all the cheats, because Selig enabled the problem. Selig was a big part of the problem. Selig was a source of the problem.
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This line of thinking is as unfair and ridiculous as the Mitchell report: Context means everything. Context matters.