By Kelly Scaletta

Spent 4.5 years in the USAF before attending University of Minnesota, Bible college in Anaheim and 15 years in youth ministry. Basketball blogger-turned-NBA Featured Columnist with Bleacher Report, BBallBreakdown, Fansided, The Step Back, Hoops Habit, SportsNet, Vantage Sports, Dime and FanRag, among others, accumulating over 25 million views. Former full-time NBA Assistant Editor at FanRag (2016-18). An NBA Twitter staple: Well-connected and respected among today’s finest basketball writers.

Turns Out Warriors Are Elite With or Without Kevin Durant

During the pregame conversation of Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers, ESPN’s crew discussed whether the Warriors were “better” without injured superstar Kevin Durant. The discussion was kind of moot as it missed the most salient point: The Warriors are better than the Blazers with or without Durant. After falling…

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Despite Win, Houston Rockets Are at History’s Mercy

The Houston Rockets aren’t dead yet. Yet. They won their second-round Game 3 tilt against the Golden State Warriors, but barely. They plunged early to a nine-point deficit, but then crawled back and then over, gradually building a double-digit lead. They stayed out in front for most of the second and third quarters. In the…

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NBA’s Rules Are the Real Problem with ‘Ref-Gate’

The Houston Rockets feel they are being wronged by the NBA’s referees. They feel that way so much they commissioned a report of last season’s Game 7 loss to the Golden State Warriors so as to list out their grievances, according to Sam Amick of the Athletic. Game 1 of this year’s postseason battle between…

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Be Careful About Your Favorite NBA Playoffs Argument

We’re in the playoffs, and that isn’t just the highlight of the NBA season, it’s peak fallacy season as well. The heightened meaning of each game’s outcome means more attention is put on every play, with results-driven narratives dominating the conversation. Context matters even more in the playoffs, however. Yet, nuance, rather than being the…

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Who Should Be NBA’s Glue Guy of the Year?

There’s an expression, “Jack of all trades, master of none” that people sometimes use to throw a little shade. But the full saying goes “Jack of all trades, master of none, though oftentimes better than master of one.” Nothing could better illustrate the “glue guy.” There are loosely three classifications of players in the NBA: Stars…

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James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo Define MVP Debate

The NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award has always been hard to pin down. What does “valuable” even mean? It’s oft-debated and rarely identified, in part because even the concept of “value” is transient. Google defines it as “the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.” But there you…

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Are Houston Rockets Still a Western Conference Threat?

Last season, the Houston Rockets came within a game of defeating the defending champion Golden State Warriors and going to the NBA Finals. But after key departures from Trevor Ariza and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute last summer, their improved defense took a hit, and the chances of getting back to the Western Conference Finals—much…

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On the Strained Relationship Between NBA Stars and Media

One of the more difficult challenges as an NBA analyst or reporter is trying to find the right balance between reporting or commenting on “rumors.” There are two extremes: Report or comment on absolutely nothing until it actually happens. Run with every rumor that comes out, even if it’s completely unrealistic. I think most people…

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The NBA’s 8 Eras and Their Effect on Today’s Game

Have you ever been watching a game and heard an announcer talk about the “way the game was meant to be played” or speculated on how some star from today would fare in yesteryear or vice versa? Have you ever seen a debate raging on Twitter when someone weighs in, stipulating: “You can’t compare players…

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The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and NBA GMs

If you ever want to talk to the perfect NBA General Manager—the one who knows everything and has yet to ever make a mistake—just ask Twitter. It’s filled with them. It’s an easy job to do when it’s not yours, it seems. As Anthony Davis news swirls, and trades happen faster than we can keep…

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