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The Curse is Broken!

After 52 years without a major professional sports title*, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won the NBA championship. [more inside]
posted by miguelcervantes on Jun 19, 2016 - 156 comments

NBA players swat little kids' shots

NBA Players Swatting Little Kids' Shots
posted by ardgedee on Jun 18, 2016 - 49 comments

I Can Do All Things

This NBA season was overtaken by Stephen "Steph" Curry. After winning it all last season, this year he led the Golden State Warriors to the best regular-season record in the history of the league. Rising from relative obscurity in his early years, Curry won a second MVP award on the strength of his otherworldly play, and as he began to regularly surpass superstar Lebron James, his team seemed easily headed for more glory. But tonight Steph's team faces elimination from the NBA playoffs, brought on by an Oklahoma City Thunder team few thought would compete for a championship with a first-year coach and a star player possibly leaving the team after this year. Here is how it is happening.
posted by cashman on May 26, 2016 - 74 comments

How do I stay

In his documentary "the Drew", about a summer basketball league in South Central Los Angeles, 2-time NBA all star Baron Davis uses a basketball league to convey the compassion and the loyalty that allowed him to go from South Central to an exclusive Los Angeles high school to U.C.L.A. and the N.B.A. without leaving home.

“It is a ’hood story and it’s a positive ’hood story,” Davis said in a recent interview. “There’s good stuff in our neighborhood: good people, good leaders, good mentors. That was the beauty of the film.
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 3, 2016 - 3 comments

*DUNK* Ohhhhhhhhhhh *DUNK* Ohhhhhhhhhhhh *DUNK* Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

“You don’t know what you just saw, but when you see it in slow motion you’ll know what you just saw.” The NBA released a mix-tape of last weekend’s All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest. The highlight of the weekend was Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon's Slam Dunk Duel but even the All-Star's kids got in on the action. For the greatest of all time, there's the Ultimate Slam Dunk Contest Mixtape. You can also view it in 360 FreeD Angles. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Feb 20, 2016 - 24 comments

"Stop wearing Keith Haring shirts."

Vince Staples (previously) reviews NBA stars' fashion choices.
posted by Navelgazer on Jan 27, 2016 - 14 comments

The Surreal Story of StubHub Screwing Over a Kobe Fan

Remember back in late November when Kobe Bryant announced he was planning to retire at the end of the current NBA season? Perhaps not surprisingly, this caused a major spike in ticket prices to Lakers games on the secondary ticket market. Luckily for Kobe fan Jesse Sandler, he anticipated ahead of time that this might be Kobe's final season, and on November 11th (18 days before the official announcement) purchased (4) tickets for him and some friends to attend the final Lakers home game of the season at a cost of $195 per ticket as opposed to the nearly $1500 per ticket that comparable seats were going for following the announcement. Or so he thought. As it turned out, Sandler was to later learn that "NO TICKETS YOU EVER BUY ON STUBHUB – EVER –ARE ACTUALLY YOUR TICKETS." Through their twitter account, Stubhub acknowledged, "We shot an air ball on this one."
posted by The Gooch on Jan 7, 2016 - 50 comments

Sports Turkeys 2015

In honor of Thanksgiving, Sports Illustrated presents their 2015 Turkeys of the Year slideshow.
posted by The Gooch on Nov 26, 2015 - 8 comments

Move or die

Don't feel like using Nate Silver's new statistical prediction model CARMELO to figure out if your NBA team will be any good this season? Maybe this fact will help instead: The most important contribution an NBA basketball player can make to their team is no longer thought to be scoring points. Like, at all. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 14, 2015 - 49 comments

"At the very least it should have been a major sports story. "

The silence over the Thabo Sefolosha trial is deafening...and mystifying. [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Oct 13, 2015 - 29 comments

"It’s almost like a parallel government structure has been created."

Who's Funding Kevin Johnson's Secret Government? — Deadspin's detailed report on a developing scandal involving Sacramento, California mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson's alleged misuse of the power of his office to benefit for-profit charter schools. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Sep 19, 2015 - 53 comments

Dr. Dunkenstein. Sir Slam. Lovetron. Chocolate Thunder.

One of the most influential sports figures you've never heard of, Darryl Dawkins has passed at the age of 58. Dawkins was an NBA star in the flashy, no-defense, pre-Michael Jordan days, an early Nike-splashed icon, with multiple self-styled nicknames, although "Chocolate Thunder," was bestowed on him by Stevie Wonder. Think of the image of a basketball player shattering the backboard glass. You're thinking of Dawkins.
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Aug 27, 2015 - 27 comments

Sports Illustrated on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"11 books, including memoir, history, detective fiction and juvenile novels; magazine articles published in everything from the socialist Jacobin to the resolutely Main Street Rotarian; a gig commenting on current events for TIME following a run as a pop culture columnist for The Huffington Post; two films about his life, including HBO’s forthcoming Kareem: A Minority of One; and appearances on shows such as Meet the Press, where he’ll pose questions such as, 'Why must peaceful Muslims like myself answer for violent perversions of that religion while their counterparts in other faiths get a pass?' After years of trying to break back into the NBA as a full-time assistant coach, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 68, has found both comfort and a calling as a man of letters and a public intellectual."
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jul 20, 2015 - 9 comments

What’s It Like To Be a Teenager in the NBA?

Being a teenager can be tough, even if you’re just an average kid dealing with everyday issues and trying to blend in at high school. Being a teenager who is constantly under the microscope and has a ridiculous amount of money, fame and temptations can be quite the experience – good and bad – as well.
posted by ellieBOA on Jun 26, 2015 - 6 comments

A Fraction of a Death

TEN YEARS TO MIDNIGHT. Jon Bois (previously) follows up on last year's agonizing, slow death of the NBA with its perfect, beautiful opposite. [more inside]
posted by creade on Apr 28, 2015 - 14 comments

If they don't allow this to happen, the players, it doesn't happen.

An oral history of the 2009-10 Kentucky basketball season. Before those guys, the narrative on "one-and-done" basketball players was almost always the same. The kids were selfish and egotistical, using college only as a place to pad their stats before inevitably departing for the NBA. They didn't care about their team or their school, or class at all; heck, the commonly held belief was that most kids stopped attending classes after the first semester (if they went at all). As it turned out, one-and-done players could come to a school, play hard, work as a team, go to class and win big.
posted by T.D. Strange on Mar 9, 2015 - 25 comments

Bowling ball shoulders

Anthony Mason, iconic Knicks player, dead at 48. Daily Beast: Soul of the 90's. Where are they now in Sports? video interview.
posted by bq on Mar 1, 2015 - 7 comments

They evolved. They rebelled. There are many copies. And they have a plan

The Philadelphia 76ers are currently the worst team in basketball, but in terms of expected value, they are crushing. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 16, 2015 - 108 comments

Wolf on the Rock

"Great athletes sometimes find themselves in these clarifying final acts. Shaq retired in a cloud of chummy nonchalance. Jordan went out on a play that completed the perfection of his all-important legacy (and then came back to screw it up, in a move that told us just as much about what drove him). Most of the time, though, careers wind down in ways that mean nothing except that time is passing. Remember Karl Malone in Los Angeles? This season is the distillation of the go-it-alone challenge Kobe set for himself back when O’Neal and Phil Jackson left L.A., or even sooner — Kobe, remember, is the star player who invited none of his teammates to his wedding. (It’s a wonder he invited his wife.) He can’t win, a fact that has no apparent bearing on the fury with which he is trying. We’re seeing Kobe stripped of everything except the will to succeed, a will that persists despite being hopeless. We’re seeing him face his doom with a fearlessness that is ludicrous, profane, and maybe slightly inspiring. We’re seeing the existential Kobe Bryant." Grantland's Brian Phillips on Kobe Bryant. [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee on Jan 8, 2015 - 23 comments

Merry Dunkmas

There will be several NBA games on TV this Christmas day. But they just don't make the basketball like they used to, do they? Perhaps you would be more interested in that Old Timey Basketball instead. For that we have the NBA On Youtube Google Doc. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 25, 2014 - 31 comments

Cookies!

Just in time for the new season, it's The NBA Fan’s Guide to Talking Trash During Pickup Basketball
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 29, 2014 - 20 comments

Some people are so poor

When I knew the Clippers were drafting me, the first thing I did was type Donald Sterling’s name into Google. The first hit that came up was “Donald Sterling is a racist.” I read an article on how he didn’t want minorities to live in his apartment buildings. My first thought was, Wow this guy is really, really a racist … how is he an owner of an NBA team? My second thought was, Wow, these articles are from 2003 and 2008. I guess everybody already knows about this stuff and just doesn’t care. As players, we’re not supposed to really care about anything but basketball. We’re just supposed to perform. To be honest, I didn’t ever really think about bringing up Sterling’s past. What was I supposed to do? Just picture me at the press conference my rookie year. “Uh … hey, guys, before we talk about today’s game, did you happen to see that investigative report on my owner?” -- The Boss. An Essay about working for the NBA, by Blake Griffin. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 16, 2014 - 33 comments

This Woman Just Shattered One of Pro Sports’ Most Enduring Glass Ceiling

Becky Hammon becomes first woman (assistant) coach in the NBA. With the San Antonio Spurs
posted by edgeways on Aug 6, 2014 - 27 comments

Let the rain wash away

After weeks of speculation, angst, and predictions from odd places, the world's best basketball player has announced he is returning to the team he started with, in the state where he grew up. The reactions, and bits, have just started to roll in. Meanwhile, in Cleveland...
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 11, 2014 - 86 comments

The Faded Smile: The Life and Death of Eddie Griffin

Grantland's longform piece on former Philadelphia high school basketball superstar Eddie Griffin, whose brief career and life ended in 2007 when he crashed his SUV into a train. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 21, 2014 - 3 comments

Game of Zones: Championship Is Coming

Ever felt as though the ups and downs of the NBA playoffs and the chase for a ring is like an epic tale? Game of Thrones, NBA edition, part 1. [YouTube, 2:03] & Game of Thrones, NBA edition, part 2. [YouTube, 2:11]
posted by cashman on Jun 13, 2014 - 10 comments

Do you hear the echoes of Carlos Boozer?

All is lost. Jon Bois (previously) bears witness to the slow, miserable death of the NBA.
posted by creade on Jun 3, 2014 - 29 comments

The Last Shot, 20 Years On

Amos Barshad of Grantland talks to Darcy Frey and the basketball players featured in the classic book The Last Shot 20 years after the book's release.
posted by reenum on May 15, 2014 - 1 comment

All the Kings’ Men

Hack-a-Shaq, inconsistent officiating, poisoned room service, and the road to the last NBA three-peat: Grantland's oral history of the 2002 Western Conference finals. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 8, 2014 - 11 comments

Who knew Beeftank was a two sport athlete?

The Return of Beeftank Football legend Clarence Beeftank gives basketball a try.
posted by drezdn on May 2, 2014 - 40 comments

Dorkiness fits the narrative

The NBA season has ended, and the playoffs have begun, causing a figurative ton of internet ink to be spilled on predictions and power rankings. But one word in particular seems to keep popping up in articles to describe white players like Steve Novak, Cody Zeller, Mason Plumlee, Andrew Bogut, and Josh McRoberts: "Dorky." And the writers that use it are inevitably white. Triangle Offense's Khalid Saalam (previously) thinks they should probably cut that out.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 22, 2014 - 43 comments

He is tremendously tall and has a wonderful haircut.

It's been over a month since our last Jon Bois post, and longer then that since the end of Breaking Madden, so feast your eyeballs on his newest series, NBA Y2K. In this first installment, he aspires to take the Philadelphia '76ers to an 0-82 season.
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 9, 2014 - 29 comments

there's no reason to have a boat on a basketball court

Inspired by video games such as NBA 2K14, SBNation's sports blogger Jon Bois decided to create a sports video game of his very own. It went terribly.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 28, 2014 - 30 comments

Can you dig it?!

Shaqzine. What is Shaqzine? A zine about Shaq. A weird, supernatural, timely, informative zine full of truthiness. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Feb 17, 2014 - 12 comments

The economy of movement

Databall. With an ocean of new statistical information available, the NBA could be on the verge of understanding the value of every single movement on the court.
posted by antonymous on Feb 8, 2014 - 44 comments

Giving You Oral

Don't fight it. It's the year of the oral history. If there hasn't yet been an oral history on your favorite pop culture phenomenon, it won't be long. In the meantime, for your reading pleasure, how about starting with an oral history of Captain Marvel: The Series? Or perhaps you'd rather read about The Telluride Bluegrass Festival? If your taste runs more toward technology, check out an oral history of Apple design. More reading inside! [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jan 13, 2014 - 24 comments

When Logos Go Wrong

Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth discusses poorly designed sports team logos throughout history.
posted by reenum on Nov 6, 2013 - 55 comments

20-years on the bench pays off

As the 2013-14 NBA season approaches, the last year of the reign of Commissioner David Stern, Sports Business Journal takes an in-depth look at his successor, New Media enthusiast, marathon runner, and fan of competitive balance, Adam Silver. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 22, 2013 - 39 comments

Back To The Buzz

The Charlotte Hornets are back! This may signal a return to the iconic teal and purple color scheme made so popular by Starter jackets
posted by reenum on Jul 19, 2013 - 31 comments

Hall of Famer Ralph Sampson: among the NBA's biggest busts?

Whatever you think about Sampson...may say more about you than about him. The Washington Post's Kathy Orton tracks the rise and fade of Basketball Hall of Famer Ralph Sampson. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 21, 2013 - 35 comments

Cameras, Cartography and Competition

PITCHF/x and SportVU data analysis shows... [more inside]
posted by Groundhog Week on May 18, 2013 - 7 comments

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."

Jason Collins, a veteran NBA center currently playing for the Washington Wizards, is now the first active player in major league American sports to openly declare he is gay.
posted by mightygodking on Apr 29, 2013 - 224 comments

The Bobcat in Winter

Michael Jordan Has Not Left The Building. Wright Thompson of ESPN: The Magazine profiles Michael Jordan as he turns 50 and finds himself in a world where his body may age, but his obsessive drive to compete never goes away.
posted by workingdankoch on Feb 18, 2013 - 38 comments

Showtime is over.

RIP Jerry Buss, self-made man, well-liked poker player, and owner of the LA Lakers for 34 years.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 18, 2013 - 11 comments

The All-Star NY Knicks Logo That Should Have Been

In the 1990's, Michael Doret was tasked with creating a new logo for the New York Knicks. Here is the story of how his ideas were scaled back to create the logo the team uses to this day.
posted by reenum on Jan 1, 2013 - 25 comments

Let's Eliminate Sports Welfare

Let's Eliminate Sports Welfare
posted by no regrets, coyote on Dec 12, 2012 - 85 comments

What you are about to read..is fucking awesome

ESPN NBA blog The Hardwood Paroxysm has released a 2012-2013 Season Preview Guide [PDF] full of clever, opinionated (or sometimes data-driven) previews of each team and star player. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 24, 2012 - 29 comments

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat.

The Difference Between Boston's Big 3 And Miami's Big 3 (SLYT).
posted by ericb on Jun 9, 2012 - 45 comments

Jack Twyman, NBA Star Known for Off-Court Assist, Dies at 78

In the 1950s, Maurice Stokes was a superstar basketball player for the Rochester (later Cincinnati) Royals. Stokes was Rookie of the Year and an NBA All-Star in each of his three seasons, trailing only Bill Russell and Oscar Robertson in scoring. But at age 24, a brain injury sustained in the last game of the 1958 season left him almost completely paralyzed. With his teammate alone in an unfamiliar city, Jack Twyman became his guardian and advocate. Stokes died in 1970, after years of care and friendship with the Twyman family; Jack Twyman [NYT] died yesterday. [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 1, 2012 - 10 comments

You gotta crawl before you ball.

Grandpa Was A Baller The weird, wonderful tales of an early NBA player, who happens to be my grandfather.
posted by porn in the woods on May 7, 2012 - 4 comments

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