Topic: NBA

January 8, 2013

After enduring a night of Kevin Garnett at his Kevin Garnett-iest, it's easy to understand why he's one of the most hated players in the league for opposing fans and players. But it's probably even easier to understand why someone would write this poem about him. 

January 4, 2013

Shane Battier has made a lot of money, won a lot of games, and annoyed a goodly number of his peers and NBA fans by playing basketball his way. He has never seemed to care about that. What makes Battier unique among his peers is that he has always seemed uncommonly capable of separating the grind of his profession from everything else, and singularly aware of how vast "everything else" actually is.

January 2, 2013

Jason Kidd plays his position with a combination generosity, guile and grace that few have ever managed. Somehow all of that seems to elude him off the court. It's all part of the deal.

December 24, 2012

Picking the right hideous NBA jersey isn't easy, considering how many assaultively teal, dinosaur-afflicted, outsized-logo'ed options there are to choose from. But for those looking to get just the right horrible, sleeveless last-minute gift, we present the conclusion of our Classical Gift-Buying Supplement: this handy (if by no means comprehensive) guide.

December 17, 2012

Jerry Stackhouse has been an All-Star and a scoring champion, but he's never been anyone's favorite player but his own. That has been enough to keep him just pissed-off enough, and to have kept him in the NBA for 18 seasons.

December 13, 2012

In which a reporter takes in a hugely meaningless Knicks game, sees the sights at Madison Square Garden, steals a few moments in the Knicks locker room, and attempts to deal with the implications of Carmelo Anthony's hideous sweater.

December 7, 2012

Watching Dion Waiters play is not exactly like watching a re-run of "The A-Team." For one thing, there's notably less George Peppard. But in all the ways that watching "The A-Team" is both awesome and excruciating, watching Dion Waiters is actually a lot like watching "The A-Team."

December 4, 2012

On Defense, Omer Asik plays with real grace and brilliance. On offense, he is terrified and mostly terrible. What makes him worth watching is how thoroughly, and weirdly, he manages to be both those players at the same time.

December 3, 2012

It was never Steve Nash's job to save pro sports in Canada's biggest city. This doesn't mean that Toronto sports fans aren't haunted by his failure to do so.

December 3, 2012

There are several good-enough reasons to root for Jae Crowder, the extravagantly be-dreaded rookie wing on the Dallas Mavericks. But what he might wind up being, and on some nights legitimately appears already to be, is currently a better reason to watch than anything Crowder actually is.