Topic: NBA

November 27, 2012

Daniel Gibson is not a star on the court, and he's not really a star on his BET reality show, either. But Daniel Gibson is present in both, at least, and that's worth more than you'd think.

November 26, 2012

Perry Jones III could be the next Tracy McGrady. He could also be the next Qyntel Woods. Or, barring all that, he could just be Perry Jones III, a player who can do a lot and has been through a lot, but who is now not nearly yet what he'll someday be.

November 21, 2012

John Lucas III has a distinguished NBA bloodline, and a body that's pretty much exactly wrong for basketball. He's in the NBA anyway, despite that or because of it, and his struggle both is and isn't about all that, and about us.

November 20, 2012

In our penultimate survey on the origins of NBA players, we follow Jimmy Dolan (Kevin Bacon's Jimmy Dolan NOT JD and The Straight Shot's Jimmy Dolan) on a trip abroad, looking at where international players come from, how much they make, and why, for crissakes, are they so darn tall!

November 20, 2012

If it seems like JaVale McGee is playing a different type of basketball than everyone else in the NBA, it's because he is. McGee is playing his game, in his own strange way. It doesn't always make sense, but it sure is something to watch.

November 19, 2012

It's one thing to watch sports in search of some reflection of ourselves and the world as it exists. It's another and entirely more complicated thing to find it.

November 16, 2012

Andre Miller has been doing his strange, generous, effort-ful thing for a long time, now. It's remarkable because of how good he is at it, but also because he never makes it look easy except for the moments when it should be the hardest.

November 14, 2012

Rasheed Wallace has been very good at basketball at different points in his career. But while the Knicks' 38-year-old victory blunt's best ball is in the past, he remains the NBA's foremost, most inspiring and most indelible transgressor of norms, compiler of technicals, and general outlaw genius.

November 13, 2012

Danilo Gallinari looks goofy, out of sorts and generally out of place on the court, right up until the moments in which he looks like star. The good news, for him and the Denver Nuggets and fans of the implausible and graceful, is that Gallo seems to see himself as the star, not the doofus.

November 12, 2012

The Tracy McGrady who received a hero's welcome at China's Qingdao Liuting Airport was not the player that has slipped into itinerant bench-player status in the NBA over the last few seasons. He wasn't the superstar who lit up the league in the early part of the last decade, either, of course. This T-Mac was something altogether different: a different type of star in a different type of basketball culture, and possibly China's next great basketball mogul.