Topic: NBA

June 4, 2012

With our planet still ravaged by the effects of The Great Bug War of 2026, it’s nice to wax nostalgic from time to time and look back to a simpler time in Earth’s history. This time I will focus on when man and machine first became one and how the National Basketball Association (sports league, 1946-2024) dealt with the arrival of what was then referred to as The Singularity but is now commonly known as The Progress.

June 1, 2012

Why is it important to me to mention that I never once doubted Scottie Pippen in ’93–’94, ’94 being the year I got my learner's permit and struggled mightily with the stubborn clutch of the blue Honda Civic hatchback that I in fact crashed into the driveway basketball hoop at something slower than 5 m.p.h., which nevertheless generated enough momentum to bend the poor post from a 90- to a 45-degree angle with the lawn?

June 1, 2012

Everybody wants to talk about saving the Dunk Contest. But there's another part of the dunking lexicon that's gone sorely neglected. 

May 31, 2012

The Miami Heat went into the Big Three era looking for all the world as if they were ready to turn the game and business of basketball on its head. Instead, they've become something much more prickly, small, joyless and familiar. Where's the fun in that?

May 30, 2012

The NBA Draft Lottery will be held tonight in Newark, with each team hoping to get lucky. As the lottery has evolved from a basic way to assign draft picks to a drama-filled show,  clubs have developed sophisticated ways of increasing their odds through lucky charms.

May 29, 2012

The NBA's best teams are, unsurprisingly, the best at executing out of timeouts. But given that offensive sets after timeouts are probably the most coach-dictated part of the NBA, what were Vinny Del Negro's Clippers doing among the NBA's most effective post-timeout teams?

May 29, 2012

On the Flaming Lips' new Thunder rally cry, and when music and sports fandom intersect.

May 25, 2012

A frank conversation on the question of Carmelo Anthony's "evolving" sports drink, and what that could possibly mean, and whether it could cause you to melt like Bruce Davison in X-Men.

May 24, 2012

For a brief moment, Amar'e Stoudemire was at the center of something great in New York, and looked like the city's next great basketball hero. He's still in town, but that moment and Stoudemire's opportunity appear to have passed.

May 22, 2012

Last year, Russell Westbrook came under fire for failing to behave like a true point guard. This year, it got worse. But the Thunder got better. Either Westbrook is a different kind of point guard or we need to change the way we understand the position.