Thomas J. Brown

Thomas J. Brown is a published author and avid basketball fan, whose articles can be found at and Having played the game at the semi-pro level and having years of AAU coaching experience under his belt, writing about the game is a natural passion. His unique perspective is often funny and insightful in addition to always being informed and original.

Steps the Chicago Bulls must take to reach the playoffs in 2021

The Chicago Bulls haven’t made the NBA playoffs since 2017. Here are the steps they must take next year to return to the postseason. The year was 2017. Migos’ Bad and Boujee was still atop the charts and the last episode of the popular crime drama, Bones, had aired in March. The Windy City was abuzz because their beloved Chicago Bulls were on the verge of pulling off a monumental upset. Having entered the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, they had shocked the basketball wor

Milwaukee Bucks: 5 steps they must take to reach the NBA Finals

Last season the Milwaukee Bucks had championship aspirations. Here’s what they must do to reach the NBA Finals next year. Entering the postseason, Milwaukee Bucks fans were optimistic that the franchise would bring home their first NBA championship since 1971. Their franchise player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, was considered the favorite to win both the defensive player of the year and the league MVP. Equipped with the league’s best record for the second consecutive season, many expected Milwaukee

It's Time The San Antonio Spurs Rebuild

This has been an NBA season unlike any other. The entire season was put into a four-month-long hiatus due to a once-in-a-century global pandemic. There was the loss of an iconic player to an unexpected tragedy and the passing of the greatest commissioner in the history of sports. Although those are the headlines we will all remember for the rest of our lives, something else epic happened this season too: The San Antonio Spurs missed the playoffs for the first time in over twenty years. Before d

Deontay Wilder Must Avenge His Loss To Tyson Fury

There was a hush over the crowd and a buzz in the air. Deontay Wilder, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion, had just gone the distance with the man many considered the lineal champion, Tyson Fury. Although Tyson Fury outpointed Deontay Wilder for much of the fight, two knockdowns at the hands of the reigning champion threatened to swing the scorecard against him. After hugging the reigning champion as a sign of respect, Fury waited in the middle of the ring to hear the results from the judges

Chicago Bulls: 5 goals for Zach LaVine going into the 2020-21 season

Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine came close to being named an NBA All-Star in 2020. Here are the things he must do to become an All-Star in 2021. One night after launching himself from the free throw line to capture his second consecutive Slam Dunk championship, Michael Jordan dominated the 1988 NBA All-Star game. Scoring 40 points on a blistering 17 for 23 from the field, Jordan was his usual unstoppable self. What made that night all the more special though, is that the game was held in the old

Doc Rivers' Keys to Success as Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach

On October 1st, Doc Rivers signed a five-year deal to become the new head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Just three days after being fired by the Los Angeles Clippers for failing to take a team that acquired two All-Stars in the off-season to the NBA Finals, Rivers inherits a team that has had high expectations each of the last few years but has failed to make those dreams a reality. Having won both an NBA Coach of the Year Award and an NBA title, Doc Rivers has a track record of success. How

Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton must make the leap to superstar

Khris Middleton must make the leap from All-Star to superstar for the Milwaukee Bucks to become championship contenders next season With over ten minutes left in the second quarter, the team’s best player rolls his ankle and collapses to the hardwood in pain. Grimacing, he grabs his ankle and the entire franchise gasps. After team doctors look, they quickly decide the best course of action is to help the superstar back to the locker room. His night is over. It can reasonably be assumed that th

Kristaps Porzingis is Back to All-Star Form

Through the first half of 2018, Kristaps Porzingis was having a breakout NBA season. In just his third year in the league, the kid from Latvia was averaging almost 23 points per game. At 7’3”, with the ability to shoot from the outside, post up smaller defenders, or even take it off the dribble, he was beginning to look like a nearly impossible match-up. This unique combination of skills earned him the nickname “The Unicorn” from Kevin Durant. And then, on the night of February 6th, it all came

Cleveland Indians: Why the ‘Tribe’ should keep Francisco Lindor at all costs

Even after signing Francisco Lindor to an extension to avoid arbitration on Friday, many believe the Cleveland Indians will still end up trading him. Let’s take a look at why going against conventional wisdom and keeping Lindor for all of 2020 could serve Cleveland well. Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians avoided salary arbitration on Friday when they agreed to a one year deal worth $17.5 million. The common thought around the league is that the Indians won’t be able to afford Lindor on

Detroit Pistons: How effective are Griffin and Drummond together?

Can the Washington Wizards afford to keep Davis Bertans next season? by Matthew Hallett Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond form a frontcourt duo that is most effective in the paint. Can this style of basketball still thrive in the modern NBA? Amidst all the questions surrounding the evolution of basketball, the position that seems to have undergone the most consistent change is the power forward. The term stretch four is used by broadcasters during nearly every game, and forwards are now common