The Classical: Articles http://theclassical.org/articles en The Orlando Summer League Is A Waking Dream http://theclassical.org/articles/the-orlando-summer-league-is-a-waking-dream <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> David Ramil </div> </div> </div> <p> The Orlando Summer League is the lowest-wattage of the NBA&#39;s three summer leagues, playing in front of an industry-only crowd in a city that mostly doesn&#39;t care. And yet, because it&#39;s basketball, it still works.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/the-orlando-summer-league-is-a-waking-dream" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-orlando-summer-league-is-a-waking-dream#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:46:20 +0000 2600 at http://theclassical.org The Anti-Stylist http://theclassical.org/articles/the-anti-stylist <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Colin McGowan </div> </div> </div> <p> Tim Duncan was a tall gentleman who was staggeringly great at basketball. But what else was he?</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/the-anti-stylist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-anti-stylist#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:14:47 +0000 mcgowan 2599 at http://theclassical.org Brother Versus Brother Versus Everything: The Batshit Beauty Of "The Final Deletion" http://theclassical.org/articles/brother-versus-brother-versus-everything-the-batshit-beauty-of-the-final-deletion <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blake Murphy </div> </div> </div> <p> Half a decade ago, the Hardy Boyz were a hot property for WWE. Today, they&#39;re working out their Cain and Abel complex in a bizarre, cinematic, totally goofy feud on TNA. It&#39;s a win, even if it doesn&#39;t sound like one.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/brother-versus-brother-versus-everything-the-batshit-beauty-of-the-final-deletion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/brother-versus-brother-versus-everything-the-batshit-beauty-of-the-final-deletion#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2016 05:28:53 +0000 David Roth 2597 at http://theclassical.org Will Kevin Durant Do To The Thunder What Shaq Did To The Magic? http://theclassical.org/articles/will-kevin-durant-do-to-the-thunder-what-shaq-did-to-the-magic <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jonathan Griggs </div> </div> </div> <p> Like the Thunder, the Orlando Magic once looked like a rising dynasty powered by a duo of young stars. Then one of the stars bolted, and things fell apart for more than a decade. The parallel might be too close for Thunder fans&#39; comfort.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/will-kevin-durant-do-to-the-thunder-what-shaq-did-to-the-magic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/will-kevin-durant-do-to-the-thunder-what-shaq-did-to-the-magic#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:36:31 +0000 David Roth 2595 at http://theclassical.org Letters From The Brink, Or A Cubs Fan Considers The Impossible, In June http://theclassical.org/articles/letters-from-the-brink-or-a-cubs-fan-considers-the-impossible-in-june <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brett Max Kaufman </div> </div> </div> <p> The Chicago Cubs sure seem like a team that could, maybe even should, win the World Series. They&#39;re also the Cubs. For those more accustomed to dealing with the latter than the former, it&#39;s all pretty complicated.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/letters-from-the-brink-or-a-cubs-fan-considers-the-impossible-in-june" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/letters-from-the-brink-or-a-cubs-fan-considers-the-impossible-in-june#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:31:19 +0000 David Roth 2588 at http://theclassical.org The One Hole in Dirk's Career http://theclassical.org/articles/the-one-hole-in-dirks-career <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kevin Nickoloff </div> </div> </div> <p> Moments after disappearing from the camera&rsquo;s sight, Dirk picked up a trashcan found in the visitors&rsquo; hallway of Oracle Arena, and in a failed attempt to exorcise the burden of defeat that hung on his shoulders, hurled it against a sheetrock wall.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/the-one-hole-in-dirks-career" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-one-hole-in-dirks-career#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:06:43 +0000 wendt 2584 at http://theclassical.org Better Living Through Kyrie Irving http://theclassical.org/articles/better-living-through-kyrie-irving <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Colin McGowan </div> </div> </div> <p> Kyrie Irving brought the <i>sdnobfwevg!</i> on Monday night against the Warriors. This is just what some of us needed.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/better-living-through-kyrie-irving" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/better-living-through-kyrie-irving#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:53:33 +0000 mcgowan 2593 at http://theclassical.org Gareth Bale, Unchained Dragon http://theclassical.org/articles/gareth-bale-unchained-dragon <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Matt Ramirez </div> </div> </div> <p> If Bale can&#39;t please every last Madridista, Euro 2016 is at least an opportunity for him to flaunt his greatness for his undermanned national team.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/gareth-bale-unchained-dragon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/gareth-bale-unchained-dragon#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:35:21 +0000 mcgowan 2592 at http://theclassical.org Breaking Down The MLB Draft's Top Prospects http://theclassical.org/articles/breaking-down-the-mlb-drafts-top-prospects <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Craig Goldstein </div> <div class="field-item even"> David Roth </div> </div> </div> <p> The only guide you need to the most important names in Major League Baseball&#39;s June Draft.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/breaking-down-the-mlb-drafts-top-prospects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/breaking-down-the-mlb-drafts-top-prospects#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2016 20:39:47 +0000 David Roth 2591 at http://theclassical.org The Butterfly And The Effect: Four Memories Of Muhammad Ali http://theclassical.org/articles/the-butterfly-and-the-effect-four-memories-of-muhammad-ali <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brin-Jonathan Butler </div> </div> </div> <p> Muhammad Ali lived a life that was bigger, in every way, than any athlete of his era. These are the memories of four people who knew him&mdash;author Thomas Hauser, <em>When We Were Kings</em>filmmaker Leon Gast, HBO&#39;s Jim Lampley, and trainer Freddie Roach&mdash;of meeting him at various points along that journey.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/the-butterfly-and-the-effect-four-memories-of-muhammad-ali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-butterfly-and-the-effect-four-memories-of-muhammad-ali#comments Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:26:33 +0000 David Roth 2590 at http://theclassical.org The Superlucidity of Luis Salom http://theclassical.org/articles/the-superlucidity-of-luis-salom <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Patrick Masterson </div> </div> </div> <p> There&rsquo;s Hemingway&rsquo;s old bit about bullfighting and car racing, of course, but bikes are an even more perverse extension&mdash;totally exposed humans at ever-increasing speeds somehow allowed to continue racing one another from a very young age amid perpetual political bickering over safety, economic and environmental concerns.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/the-superlucidity-of-luis-salom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-superlucidity-of-luis-salom#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2016 18:20:14 +0000 wendt 2586 at http://theclassical.org The Friends Of Muhammad Ali, Now And Then http://theclassical.org/articles/the-friends-of-muhammad-ali-now-and-then <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Andrew Tobolowsky </div> </div> </div> <p> Muhammad Ali was more than a champion, and more than a fighter. He championed revolutionary ideas, in revolutionary ways. Let&#39;s remember that, before history and expedience smooths it out.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/the-friends-of-muhammad-ali-now-and-then" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-friends-of-muhammad-ali-now-and-then#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:53:54 +0000 David Roth 2587 at http://theclassical.org Ball Don't Lie, NBA Fiction: Stephen A. Smith And The Trade Rumor Machine http://theclassical.org/articles/ball-dont-lie-nba-fiction-stephen-a-smith-and-the-trade-rumor-machine <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Katie Heindl </div> </div> </div> <p> In which a coffee-related mishap in a secret basketball bunker leads to two idiots coming up with every insane thing that happened in the NBA this year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/ball-dont-lie-nba-fiction-stephen-a-smith-and-the-trade-rumor-machine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/ball-dont-lie-nba-fiction-stephen-a-smith-and-the-trade-rumor-machine#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:30:30 +0000 David Roth 2582 at http://theclassical.org Kevin Durant Is Living, And Thriving, In The Moment http://theclassical.org/articles/kevin-durant-is-living-and-thriving-in-the-moment <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Evans Clinchy </div> </div> </div> <p> For much of the last year, the story of Kevin Durant has been about where he might go as a free agent. He&#39;s telling a different story on the court right now, and a much more entertaining one.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/kevin-durant-is-living-and-thriving-in-the-moment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/kevin-durant-is-living-and-thriving-in-the-moment#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 19:20:06 +0000 David Roth 2583 at http://theclassical.org Tanking, Seeking, Basketball, And What We Can Learn About Things We Can't Change http://theclassical.org/articles/tanking-seeking-basketball-and-what-we-can-learn-about-things-we-cant-change <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Andrew Tobolowsky </div> </div> </div> <p> Advanced statistics give us a new lens on basketball, and help us see things in new ways. This is good, but we shouldn&#39;t confuse all that new knowledge with understanding.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/tanking-seeking-basketball-and-what-we-can-learn-about-things-we-cant-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/tanking-seeking-basketball-and-what-we-can-learn-about-things-we-cant-change#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 18:03:44 +0000 David Roth 2577 at http://theclassical.org A conversation with Yago Colas about Ball Don't Lie, his book on basketball http://theclassical.org/articles/a-conversation-with-yago-colas-about-ball-dont-lie-his-book-on-basketball <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bryan Harvey </div> </div> </div> <p> <img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Ball Don't Lie.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 895px;" /></p> <p> Above all else, basketball a game of movement. In his book <em>Ball Don&rsquo;t Lie: Myth, Genealogy, and Invention in the Cultures of Basketball, </em>Yago Col&agrave;s reminds NBA consumers that the future of basketball might not always be what the game is now and that the game did not always have to be what it is now. The sport, like the ball itself, is fluid.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/a-conversation-with-yago-colas-about-ball-dont-lie-his-book-on-basketball" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/a-conversation-with-yago-colas-about-ball-dont-lie-his-book-on-basketball#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 04:48:09 +0000 piellucci 2580 at http://theclassical.org A Modest Proposal On Seattle Sports http://theclassical.org/articles/a-modest-proposal-on-seattle-sports <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sam Wilkinson </div> </div> </div> <p> When Seattle&#39;s City Council voted not to spend millions of dollars on an arena without a team to put in it, a shitlord faction of Seattle sports fans directed a torrent of gross gendered ugliness at the women who voted against it. Here are some sanctions that might set things right.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/a-modest-proposal-on-seattle-sports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/a-modest-proposal-on-seattle-sports#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 19:44:05 +0000 David Roth 2578 at http://theclassical.org Baseball Has A Joy Problem http://theclassical.org/articles/baseball-has-a-joy-problem <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reetae </div> </div> </div> <p> The chain of events that led to Rougned Odor socking Jose Bautista in the face began last fall, but all comes back to a game that&#39;s caught up in its own unwritten rules.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/baseball-has-a-joy-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/baseball-has-a-joy-problem#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 16:00:40 +0000 David Roth 2575 at http://theclassical.org Bronson Arroyo Sings the Hits http://theclassical.org/articles/bronson-arroyo-sings-the-hits <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Macyk </div> </div> </div> <p> While Bronson Arroyo&#39;s &quot;Covering the Bases&quot; retrospective rock album is seemingly just a collection of dude rock anthems, what this presupposes is: What if it isn&#39;t?</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/bronson-arroyo-sings-the-hits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/bronson-arroyo-sings-the-hits#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 16:22:12 +0000 Nick Bond 2576 at http://theclassical.org The Life And Legend Of Tyler Crisps http://theclassical.org/articles/the-life-and-legend-of-tyler-crisps <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Trevor Strunk </div> </div> </div> <p> There&#39;s more to the 100% real and actually existing quarterback prospect Tyler Crisps than Texas. But to understand him, Texas is a good place to start.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/the-life-and-legend-of-tyler-crisps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-life-and-legend-of-tyler-crisps#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 13:19:45 +0000 David Roth 2574 at http://theclassical.org James Harden And Pinhead's Puzzlebox http://theclassical.org/articles/james-harden-and-pinheads-puzzlebox <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sam Wilkinson </div> </div> </div> <p> In which Frank Cotton, sybaritic criminal victim of the Cenobites in &quot;Hellraiser,&quot; finally gets his shot at a NBA coaching job.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/james-harden-and-pinheads-puzzlebox" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/james-harden-and-pinheads-puzzlebox#comments Thu, 05 May 2016 16:20:17 +0000 David Roth 2571 at http://theclassical.org The JR Smith/Dion Waiters Power Rankings: Cat Scratch Effect http://theclassical.org/articles/the-jr-smithdion-waiters-power-rankings-cat-scratch-effect <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Siquig </div> <div class="field-item even"> Jonny Auping </div> </div> </div> <p> Our latest ranking finds our heroes each playing prominent roles in the postseason, but only one of them fully in character. Also there&#39;s a lot of stuff about cats and cat-ownership in here.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/the-jr-smithdion-waiters-power-rankings-cat-scratch-effect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-jr-smithdion-waiters-power-rankings-cat-scratch-effect#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 16:03:27 +0000 David Roth 2572 at http://theclassical.org Players, Fans, The Human Element, And The NBA Playoffs http://theclassical.org/articles/players-fans-the-human-element-and-the-nba-playoffs <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wes Goldberg </div> </div> </div> <p> It can be easy to forget that NBA players are also fans, in all the irrational, overexuberant, delirious, and human ways that can be defined. In the playoffs, that&#39;s unmistakable.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/players-fans-the-human-element-and-the-nba-playoffs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/players-fans-the-human-element-and-the-nba-playoffs#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 17:22:00 +0000 David Roth 2570 at http://theclassical.org Guys Like Us http://theclassical.org/articles/guys-like-us <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dani Fleischer </div> </div> </div> <p> The 90s Knicks were ugly and flawed, even as they were great. For some families, that was worth holding onto.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/guys-like-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/guys-like-us#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 06:23:22 +0000 piellucci 2567 at http://theclassical.org Meet The Nopers: State Farm's Rejected "Long Lost Basketball Siblings" http://theclassical.org/articles/meet-the-nopers-state-farms-rejected-long-lost-basketball-siblings <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ben Johnson </div> <div class="field-item even"> Alex Siquig </div> </div> </div> <p> From the non-fictional Zeke Randolph to dapper Detective Maurice Cole to Mason &quot;Mason Plumlee&quot; Plumlee, we offer this complete run-down of fictitious (and non-fictitious) NBA siblings.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/meet-the-nopers-state-farms-rejected-long-lost-basketball-siblings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/meet-the-nopers-state-farms-rejected-long-lost-basketball-siblings#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:04:50 +0000 David Roth 2565 at http://theclassical.org