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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

Delonte West's Via Dolorosa and Mental Illness in the NBA

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]
posted by sallybrown on Jun 6, 2014 - 12 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

Racism Award: $2B

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]
posted by Etrigan on May 30, 2014 - 180 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

Risk and Romance Among NBA Groupies

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."
posted by the young rope-rider on May 8, 2014 - 32 comments

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

Bill Simmons' Big Score

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.
posted by reenum on May 1, 2014 - 14 comments

Donald Sterling has no place in our league.

Donald Sterling (previously), 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]
posted by Ghidorah on Apr 27, 2014 - 279 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

We “tolerate” mosquitoes. But we should accept people.

"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'.
posted by komara on Feb 26, 2014 - 11 comments

Jason Collins signs a 10 day contract with Brooklyn Nets

He played last night in a 108-102 win against the LA Lakers. After a 10 month hiatus from playing in the NBA, Collins became the first openly gay athlete to compete in any of the US's 4 major team sports. [more inside]
posted by Groundhog Week on Feb 24, 2014 - 37 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

The Nastiest Injury in Sports

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]
posted by savetheclocktower on Dec 11, 2013 - 34 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

Lost Soul

"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.
posted by no regrets, coyote on Oct 23, 2013 - 19 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

Sheed and Stack in the Big Apple

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
posted by Cloud King on Jan 10, 2013 - 6 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

Royce White

Royce White 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)
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Nov 14, 2012 - 46 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

The Top 25 NHL, NBA, MLB, and NFL Sports Uniforms

From Paul Lukas of Uni Watch, a list of the 25 best uniforms in the four major North American professional sports. [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Aug 24, 2012 - 71 comments

Dwight Howard to the Lakers

After months 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.
posted by Cloud King on Aug 10, 2012 - 47 comments

Rocket Capital!

Will the Houston Rockets' Investment in Jeremy Lin Pay Off?
posted by Renoroc on Jul 19, 2012 - 59 comments

The 2012 NBA draft fashion superlatives

A look at the fashion and flair from last night's NBA Draft
posted by reenum on Jun 29, 2012 - 32 comments

Where the Heat and Thunder hit their shots

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
posted by Cloud King on Jun 12, 2012 - 49 comments

The Dream Team of Dream Teams

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]
posted by chitown on Jun 12, 2012 - 45 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

Undercover Bosses

The Heat could've been so beautiful. Instead, they're a team for their time.
posted by Cloud King on May 31, 2012 - 74 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

Agent Zero Is Dead

Finally, Gilbert Arenas reveals the whole story behind the infamous Washington Wizards guns in the locker room incident.
posted by reenum on Apr 14, 2012 - 37 comments

Everything we know about basketball is a lot

"Ever wondered why there are only 5 positions in basketball or how a player’s position is determined?" Maybe not. But analytics are becoming more and more important in basketball, to the point where some are questioning some fundamental 'facts' about the game. After the MIT Sloan Sports conference this year specifically addressed the role of analytics in basketball, there has been a bit of a backlash against the practice among commentators, coaches and fans. Yet the projects just keep coming, including this recently updated web project using some amazing mapping analysis: Courtvision [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 14, 2012 - 16 comments

DA DA DA DA DA DAAA DA DA - Roundball Rock, The Theme of the NBA in the 1990s

One song was synonymous with NBA Basketball throughout the 1990s: Roundball Rock by John Tesh [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Apr 9, 2012 - 22 comments

2012 NBA Playoff bandwagon rankings

2012 NBA Playoff bandwagon rankings
posted by Cloud King on Apr 3, 2012 - 24 comments

We have zillions of security plans for the Palace, for all kinds of things. But none included a player going up in the stands

An oral history of one of the NBA's most infamous moments - The Malice in The Palace
posted by thecjm on Feb 29, 2012 - 37 comments

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