Topic: NBA

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. 

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.