Topic: NBA

March 6, 2013

He spent years in the hoops wilderness, and several years on the bench proving it, but Will Bynum is good enough to have a job in the NBA. He's just the sort of player whose lot is to continually apply for the job he already has.

March 5, 2013

An impractical guide to the new and surprising NBA rule interpretations that will arrive during this year's NBA Playoffs. "Traveling" has never been so complicated, so simple, so vast or so terrifying.

February 26, 2013

Cavaliers fans have, out of necessity, a strange relationship with Anderson Varejao. He plays hard, weirdly and reliably well, which makes him fun to watch. But the better he plays, the more appealing a trade piece he becomes for a team that's still rebuilding. How can fans love a player so much and spend so much time thinking about trading him?

February 22, 2013

Kenneth Faried isn't an especially polished or skilled basketball player. But in his unrelenting verve and the way that he makes the most out of chaos, Faried is as good an example of what makes the NBA fun to watch as anyone else in the game.

February 15, 2013

For the last nine years, three friends have made painstakingly crafted, fully comprehensive rap songs dedicated to the NBA All-Star Game and its participants. Is it impolite to ask why and how they keep doing this?

February 11, 2013

Kobe Bryant's new Twitter feed reveals some, suggests much, and is generally and totally gripping and weird. So, pretty much perfect for Kobe Bryant, then, and a little masterpiece of opaque virtuosity.

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.