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]
Why Isn't Delonte West in the NBA?
David Haglund takes a detailed look at the treatment and perception of mental illness and "crazy" behavior in the NBA and in the sports world at large. [more inside]
All is lost.
Jon Bois (previously
) bears witness to the slow, miserable death of the NBA.
The Los Angeles Clippers will be sold
to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. The sale -- forced by the NBA's kicking out current owner
(and racist slumlord
) Donald Sterling -- will be formally conducted by the Sterling Family Trust, which technically owns the team. The Trust is currently controlled solely by Sterling's wife Shelly, who had her husband declared mentally incompetent
after a month of him declaring that he would never sell and that Magic Johnson is a bad role model. [more inside]
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.
The idea of a Bull's thigh muscle
so freaks the other young ladies at the table that one of Miss Johnson's shrimps falls out of its cocktail sauce and Miss Mendoza holds her hand over her own mouth and screams.
"This muscle right here," says Miss Boyd. "Right above the knee. My God! That's my downfall."
The Return of Beeftank
Football legend Clarence Beeftank gives basketball a try.
Bill Simmons, Grantland boss and 30 for 30 executive producer, went from a little known Boston blogger to one of the most successful sports writers in the history of American media. Rolling Stone's Rob Tannenbaum took a deeper look at Simmons
), owner of the Clippers, recently had a conversation with his girlfriend
, where he complained about the photo she posted to Instagram of her with a black man, who happened to be Magic Johnson. Reaction from players, former players, and coaches has been strong. From the owners? Not so much
. The league? They want to wait and see
. [more inside]
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.
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.
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.
"What you’re about to see are hundreds of men across two sports not merely tolerating a gay player because he’s a peer in their league, but actually accepting him because he’s their friend."
Former NFL linebacker, current sports analyst, and long-time equal rights proponent Scott Fujita
writes about 'Michael Sam, Jason Collins paving the way for a better workplace, world'
. 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.
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]
After a weekend in which tight end Rob Gronkowski and safety Tyrann Mathieu both sustained season-ending tears to their anterior cruciate ligaments
, many NFL fans are wondering why there seem to be more such injuries this season than in seasons past. Grantland looks at the dreaded ACL tear
and tries to solve the puzzle. [more inside]
Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth discusses poorly designed sports team logos
"I’ve been waiting 10 years for someone to ask about his life, not his death"
. The amazing life — and mysterious death — of former NBA player Bison Dele.
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]
data analysis shows... [more inside]
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.
Sheed and Stack in the Big Apple
is a new piece by Grantland's Jonathan Abrams
about the NBA veterans Rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse
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.
is a professional American basketball player who suffers from general anxiety disorder
. Though he was considered one of the best talents in last year's NBA draft, he was not selected until the 16th pick, due to concerns over his mental health and his avowed reluctance to fly. Although the NBA season is only a couple of weeks old, White and his team, the Houston Rockets, are already having difficulty
determining how to manage his health while meeting the professional demands of the NBA. LINKS: Documentary highlighting White's anxiety
// Highlights of White while at Iowa State
// White's Twitter account
(where he is currently tweeting about his situation)
From Paul Lukas of Uni Watch
, a list of the 25 best uniforms
in the four major North American professional sports. [more inside]
of rumors and frustration, it appears that Dwight Howard has been traded
to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team trade. Here
is Bill Simmons rapid reaction.
With the 2012 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder starting tonight, it's a great time to see where the Heat and Thunder hit their shots
When we got to the gym
, there was this balcony [overlooking] the gym, so we didn't walk right in. It was almost, like, suspenseful. We look down and we see Barkley dunking. We see Michael stealing from somebody and doing one of his things where he takes off from outside the lane and double-pumps under the rim. We're like, "Wow, they do this in practice, too?"
Some great insights to the original Dream Team
in '92. [more inside]
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]
Grandpa Was A Baller The weird, wonderful tales of an early NBA player, who happens to be my grandfather.
Finally, Gilbert Arenas reveals the whole story
behind the infamous Washington Wizards guns in the locker room incident.
One song was synonymous with NBA Basketball throughout the 1990s: Roundball Rock
by John Tesh [more inside]