Topic: NBA

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.

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.