Author Bio & Stories

  • Alonzo Mourning is not necessarily the most hip-hop NBA player of his era, or in general. But he's got a great and punny name, so 'Zo's got a solid two-decade footprint in hip-hop history.

  • It's difficult to relate to a dominant NBA big man, but it's weirdly easy to feel a kinship with a terrified, overmatched 7-footer. It's complicated, but it mostly comes down to recognizing how strange it is to be a human at that size.

  • In which we welcome our robot overlords, wonder when the Arizona Diamondbacks will secede, digress in defense of digressive broadcasters and so on. Also Dan Shaughnessey.

  • The Mets may not win a lot of games this year, but they've already won a few in dramatic fashion. What those games have proven, more than anything else, is that John Buck is likely to kill a teammate in a postgame celebration, quite possibly before the All-Star break.

  • The Brooklyn Nets are a mediocre, tacky, over-branded and mostly heart-free basketball team that's no fun to watch. But give them time and they'll become something else, despite everything.

  • Crowdsourcing the answer to one of the more vexing questions for any writer. With a helpful infographic.

  • Chris Broussard is famous, and ESPN gives him a large megaphone; Tim Brando is less so. But their shared brand of cheap, not-all-that-righteous righteousness is entirely too dim, lazy and small to mean anything, no matter how easy it is hear their voices.

  • Coaches wearing mittens, Jeffrey Loria in a series of can't-miss television pilots, the Houston Astros in first place, and other April Baseball Things.

  • In The Paint, an exhibition of basketball art produced by a lively, supportive community of artists, was supposed to open in Cambridge on Friday. With the city locked down and in fear, that's currently in doubt. But whenever it opens, In The Paint will be a good thing, and a reminder of some other good things in turn.

  • Joe Karas works in a laboratory in Boston and doesn't watch much college basketball. But he knew enough to dominate this year's Classical Bracket Achievers contest. Get to know your college hoops overlord.