Topic: NBA

November 29, 2012

We watch NBA basketball for the players, because the players are where the fun is. But in some rare cases, coaches are able to meld with their players in a way that enriches both. In Tom Thibodeau's case, it has created a team that functions as an extension of his manic, strange, and kind of awesome combination of will and anxiety.

November 28, 2012

Playing against Ricky Rubio is harrowing and envy-inducing, as this former European pro can attest. But the point guard prodigy is playing against more than just his match-ups, and how he'll fare against that broader opposition is not quite clear yet.

November 28, 2012

Steve Novak is not quite like any other NBA player. This is what has made his career so strange and mostly undistinguished, but also the thing that makes him so confoundingly, deceptively and inspiringly like the rest of us.

November 27, 2012

Daniel Gibson is not a star on the court, and he's not really a star on his BET reality show, either. But Daniel Gibson is present in both, at least, and that's worth more than you'd think.

November 26, 2012

Perry Jones III could be the next Tracy McGrady. He could also be the next Qyntel Woods. Or, barring all that, he could just be Perry Jones III, a player who can do a lot and has been through a lot, but who is now not nearly yet what he'll someday be.

November 21, 2012

John Lucas III has a distinguished NBA bloodline, and a body that's pretty much exactly wrong for basketball. He's in the NBA anyway, despite that or because of it, and his struggle both is and isn't about all that, and about us.

November 20, 2012

In our penultimate survey on the origins of NBA players, we follow Jimmy Dolan (Kevin Bacon's Jimmy Dolan NOT JD and The Straight Shot's Jimmy Dolan) on a trip abroad, looking at where international players come from, how much they make, and why, for crissakes, are they so darn tall!

November 20, 2012

If it seems like JaVale McGee is playing a different type of basketball than everyone else in the NBA, it's because he is. McGee is playing his game, in his own strange way. It doesn't always make sense, but it sure is something to watch.

November 19, 2012

It's one thing to watch sports in search of some reflection of ourselves and the world as it exists. It's another and entirely more complicated thing to find it.

November 16, 2012

Andre Miller has been doing his strange, generous, effort-ful thing for a long time, now. It's remarkable because of how good he is at it, but also because he never makes it look easy except for the moments when it should be the hardest.