Topic: NBA

February 7, 2013

Marquis Daniels is a veteran NBA role-player for a living, and a Gucci Mane collaborator as something more than a hobby. The overlap between a day gig as a defense-minded wing player and a sideline in trap music isn't immediately apparent, but it mostly comes back to playing the part required.

February 4, 2013

It's not just that Dirk Nowitzki revolutionized the position he plays on the floor, although he did do that. But in becoming both a great player and a NBA champion, Nowitzki also exploded his own narrative, and won the right to write his own ending.

January 31, 2013

Joakim Noah was a widely reviled disaster in Chicago, right up until the moment that he became the best and most reliably berserk reason to watch the Bulls. During the good times and the bad, Noah has always been himself. In his new, All-Star guise, he's simply more himself than ever.

January 28, 2013

Smush Parker was years removed from his last NBA game when he played in the most important game of his basketball career. That game happened to be an outwardly insignificant basketball game between two losing Greek teams, during the darkest days of that nation's economic crisis.

January 24, 2013

Paul Pierce has been toying with opponents and the game for nearly a decade and a half. It's strange how easy it is not to notice by this point, at least until you remember that getting you not to notice sets up everything else Pierce does.

January 16, 2013

On the other side of the Kings-to-Seattle move is an entire city of people who know the pain that Sacramento is going through right now. It's a complicated way to feel.

January 14, 2013

One way or another, it appears likely that the Sacramento Kings are leaving the city they've called home since 1985. There's a deeper sense of loss, then, alongside all this familiarly Kings-ian losing. But there's also and already the sense that the Kings never quite happened in the first place.

January 11, 2013

Hampton Roads won't be getting a relocated Sacramento Kings franchise, and may not get a professional sports team to call its own for some time. That doesn't mean the region doesn't deserve it. The demographics are one thing, but the decades of weird history are something else.

January 10, 2013

Shane Battier is hosting a karaoke event to benefit the Shane Battier Take Charge Foundation, which is a worthy enough idea. He cut a video of himself singing the theme to "The Love Boat" to advertise this event, which was... a much more debatable idea, honestly.

January 10, 2013

LeBron James played 254 on-court minutes, and nearly two weeks of real-world time, without being called for a foul. How this happened has a little bit to do with LeBron, and a lot to do with what's wrong with the NBA.