Topic: Basketball

April 27, 2015

Raymond Lewis was a legendarily nasty high school scorer and college standout in Los Angeles, and a first round NBA Draft pick. How and why he didn't have the career he should have—and didn't play a single minute in the NBA—is the story of a new documentary about Lewis' life and legend.

April 6, 2015

The New Yorker did the world a favor by unlocking John McPhee's legendary profile of Bill Bradley, who was then at Princeton and seemingly bound for basketball immortality. There's a reason why this piece, more than most any other piece of basketball writing, has endured.

April 2, 2015

Some NBA players just sort of seem onion-y and stank. Fans being fans, this gets talked about. But what about the NBA players who are eerily, spookily odorless? What about them? This blog post is about them. You're welcome.

March 26, 2015

Part of writing about sports is asking questions of people who don't necessarily want to answer them. It's not fun for anyone, but it's worth doing. So: what questions are worth asking?

March 17, 2015

Love being wrong? Enjoy having some small shred of your emotional well-being and self-image tied to the basketball actions of a jittery 19-year-old? We already know the answer, and yes Classical Bracket Buddies is back on and popping.

January 22, 2015

Everyone seems to agree that nicknaming Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson "The Splash Brothers" was a pretty solid idea. But do we really need to nickname every other NBA backcourt? The answer is yes. We do need to, and we did.

April 23, 2014

In 2011, Dirk Nowitzki gave everyone who cares about the NBA something they did not dare expect. He, and those Mavericks, gave some people even more than that. They needed it.

April 23, 2014

...Well, obviously they're not perfect. They probably won't survive their series against the Spurs. But their perfection all depends what you have in mind.

April 10, 2014

The Bucks are losing, and losing a lot. Which means that, in a weird sense, the would-be fan revolutionaries behind the online movement Save Our Bucks are winning. Their goal is simple: a future that doesn't look like the past for one of the NBA's most consistently mediocre franchises.

April 8, 2014

On attending a Minnesota Timberwolves game with a two-year-old, and other new and promising experiences.