Topic: NBA

October 25, 2013

Yes, it's frustrating when NBA players insist on acting like reasonable people and sign the richest possible deals as free agents, context be damned. But there is a time and place for taking a discount. These particular examples are not at all examples of that, but still.

August 28, 2013

There's a narrative about Tracy McGrady that paints him as a very specific type of disappointing player. And then there are the myriad individual memories that show him to be something else. Which would you rather remember?

August 8, 2013

A fictitious but not entirely unconvincing conjecture on the Knicks War Room, the night of the Carmelo Anthony deal. Starring James Dolan and his awful personality and hat collection.

July 25, 2013

Robert Swift was one of the last prep-to-pro big men before the NBA instituted its one-and-done rule. He never became the player he might have become, and was paid a lot of money for a few years of nondescript basketball. And now he's all the way gone.

July 12, 2013

The NBA free agent period has been as busy and spend-y as ever. But what's been most notable is how weirdly reasonable it has been. Can everyone here play this game?

July 2, 2013

Bill Simmons started a beef with Doc Rivers on very vague grounds and out of a very ESPN impulse. It was squashed just a few days later. He's figuring this TV thing out fast.

June 28, 2013

The Nets are a TV show: expensive and a little dumb, but not as un-self-aware as they might seem. We might as well enjoy it.

June 24, 2013

LeBron James and the Heat are great enough to win multiple NBA Championships. But greatness isn't the most important thing, and it will take more than that to continue dominating a rapidly changing game.

June 20, 2013

It will be a long time before we see a basketball game to top Game Six of the NBA Finals. Luckily, we won't have to wait that long to see Game Seven, and one more chance to see something astonishing.

June 19, 2013

The 2003 New Jersey Nets were one of the more doomed NBA Finalists in recent memory. A decade later, they look like one of the more interesting teams of their era. How did such a boring team get so retroactively fascinating?