Topic: NBA

January 27, 2014

How great was Carmelo Anthony's 62-point performance? Great enough to make every Knicks-y thing surrounding it disappear. So, pretty great.

January 24, 2014

Some mysteries are so esoteric that they can only be properly assessed in verse. This year's Golden State Warriors aren't necessarily that, but this is a poem about them.

January 22, 2014

More efficient basketball is a worthy goal and all, but sometimes a certain slackness will prevail in shot or word selection, whether by design or will. The manifest goal of a game is to win; a team’s clearest goal in a season is a title. Writing’s most explicit goal is communication with clarity, yet there’s a reason we don’t only read manuals and airplane evacuation cards, and there’s a reason we don’t only follow the frontrunning teams.

January 9, 2014

For their own specific miserable reasons, the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls have been tough to watch this season under the best of circumstances. Christmas Day basketball is not the best of circumstances.

January 2, 2014

What kind of person suffers through a performance specifically designed to create a very specific type of discomfort? A Knicks fan can probably tell you a little something about it.

December 25, 2013

Veteran big man Jason Collins has come out as the NBA's first openly gay player, which is good for him and the game and those of us who care about it. He did it with all the invisible but palpable grace and modesty that has helped keep him in the league all these years.

December 5, 2013

Antonio Gramsci can tell us more about the slippery, difficult business of building a basketball team than you might expect. Although most of it is about what we -- and NBA general managers -- don't know.

November 26, 2013

When Metta World Peace (then known as Ron Artest) thanked his therapist after the greatest moment of his basketball career, he connected with many basketball fans who had gone through related issues in the past. One Lakers fan, however, helped learn how to become more comfortable with the Asperger's syndrome he had discovered only a year earlier.

November 15, 2013

A photo of Michael Jordan, wearing a Michael Jordan-themed t-shirt and playing beer pong, is maybe not quite worth a thousand words. But what words it's worth are... well, wondering why he's doing that.

November 13, 2013

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a new coach, who is also their old coach, and who is sort of a more complicated case than you might think.