Topic: NBA

March 11, 2014

Basketball just looks a lot easier when Paul George plays it than it usually does. That hasn't stopped him from working hard at it, which is just another reason why George is one of the NBA's truest must-watch stars.

February 26, 2014

As he approaches NBA maturity, Ricky Rubio is still one of the NBA's most inventive and dazzling passers. That, maddeningly and a little sadly, is still just about it.

February 19, 2014

He can't shoot, not even a little bit. He's a recent Rookie of the Year who is making a living as a sixth man at the age of 24. And yet Tyreke Evans, flaws and all, is still making it happen, and maybe playing better than he ever has.

February 18, 2014

For a brief and dazzling period in 1994, the Washington Bullets employed both Manute Bol and George Muresan. The dual giant frontcourt could have been beautiful, but it wasn't nearly long enough.

February 11, 2014

It's tough to say that any one pass, among the many in any NBA game, could qualify as seminal. But Jason Williams' canonic off-the-elbow pass in the 2000 Rookie Challenge is not like other passes.

February 4, 2014

Video games, or at least good ones like NBA2K14, are converging on something that very much resembles reality. How much fun that will be is an open question. A selection from the previous issue of The Classical Magazine, Play.

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.