Topic: NBA

June 17, 2013

All basketball players work in the same medium, with something like the same tools. This doesn't mean they're all the same type of artist, though. We know the greatest players not just by the new things they create, but by how they create them.

June 14, 2013

The Philadelphia 76ers only won one title with Julius Erving and Moses Malone on the team. In retrospect, it was enough. An excerpt from The Classical Magazine Vol. 2: Get Buckets

June 12, 2013

The second, basketball-intensive issue of The Classical Magazine is here, and it's full of art and words and is readily available. Don't stop. Get it. Get it.

June 6, 2013

Neil Gaiman once wrote that writers are liars. I respectfully disagree. Writers, like most people, are salesmen. Michael Jordan certainly is. He sold the idea that winning could bring happiness, that work was art and mattered more than life itself. The problem is he bought his own sales pitch. We all did.

June 4, 2013

Grant Hill was a great player who could've had a greater career if some things had gone differently. Instead, over the course of a long career defined first by ease and then by struggle, he embodied a different type of greatness.

May 15, 2013

There's no way to tell what Nate Robinson will do from one moment to the next. Nate himself seems as surprised as anyone, if not more so. This is what makes him infuriating, and also what makes him great. This is why we watch.

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.