Topic: NBA

May 15, 2013

It's difficult to relate to a dominant NBA big man, but it's weirdly easy to feel a kinship with a terrified, overmatched 7-footer. It's complicated, but it mostly comes down to recognizing how strange it is to be a human at that size.

May 14, 2013

Even in a league of massively gangly humans, Tayshaun Prince stands out thanks to what might be the NBA's most instantly recognziable pair of arms. It's what he does with them, and how unassumingly and well he does it, that makes him one of the NBA's more reliably underrated players.

May 13, 2013

What will Sacramento's widely reviled owners be up to in a couple years? Something terrible, most likely. Here's one guess.

May 8, 2013

The Brooklyn Nets are a mediocre, tacky, over-branded and mostly heart-free basketball team that's no fun to watch. But give them time and they'll become something else, despite everything.

May 7, 2013

Manu Ginobili seems, almost always, to be playing out of control. He is, but only because he knows what it does to those tasked with trying to figure out what he's doing, and stop him from doing it.

May 6, 2013

Jason Collins' historic announcement has been received with happy shrugs and praise, which is a very good thing. But it's not the end of anything, not nearly, and we shouldn't be too satisfied with this admittedly satisfying reception.

May 6, 2013

The Boston Celtics were once a very good team, if never quite one that deserved the heroic narrative they received in the early years of the Big Three. Now, with the end of the road seemingly rushing up for Pierce and Garnett, are we allowed to acknowledge that they've always been too small for their narrative?

May 1, 2013

Since the Calgary Flames' C of Red in the 1986 Stanley Cup Playoffs, professional sports teams have tried to recreate the monochromatic frenzy that came with it. After last week's Nike-branded White-out party-where-a-basketball-game-broke-out in Miami, we may have finally Witnessed the sentiment behind it swallowed whole. 

April 30, 2013

Chris Broussard is famous, and ESPN gives him a large megaphone; Tim Brando is less so. But their shared brand of cheap, not-all-that-righteous righteousness is entirely too dim, lazy and small to mean anything, no matter how easy it is hear their voices.

April 30, 2013

The NBA was a strange place in the late 1970s, if probably not quite as strange as the version depicted in 1979's gloriously batshit Jonathan Winters/Julius Erving vehicle The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. Few things, really, could be much stranger.