Topic: Basketball

December 13, 2013

Late nights, strange feelings, general ambivalence, and also, very early in the mornings, a wheelchair-bound, tentatively rapping Drake. If it's strange to watch someone you watched on television grow up to become a star, it's not much stranger than growing up, yourself.

December 5, 2013

Antonio Gramsci can tell us more about the slippery, difficult business of building a basketball team than you might expect. Although most of it is about what we -- and NBA general managers -- don't know.

December 2, 2013

Vince Carter has outlasted a great many of his peers, if also outlasted himself in some ways. His greatest moment, the career-defining dunk over Frederic Weis in the 2000 Olympics, will outlive him.

November 19, 2013

Jabari Parker is not just one of the most exciting college hoops prospects in a long time, although there's that, too. But while it's a lot to ask anyone his age to carry the burden of dreams and expectations and perceptions that Parker is bearing, perhaps the most exciting thing about him is how ready he seems to carry that weight.

November 15, 2013

A photo of Michael Jordan, wearing a Michael Jordan-themed t-shirt and playing beer pong, is maybe not quite worth a thousand words. But what words it's worth are... well, wondering why he's doing that.

November 13, 2013

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a new coach, who is also their old coach, and who is sort of a more complicated case than you might think.

November 11, 2013

Everyone with an opinion thought Anthony Davis would be good, and could become one of the NBA's great big men. He's better than that. Already.

November 5, 2013

There are still more questions than answers where the 2013-14 NBA season is concerned. Some of those questions are bigger than others.

October 25, 2013

Yes, it's frustrating when NBA players insist on acting like reasonable people and sign the richest possible deals as free agents, context be damned. But there is a time and place for taking a discount. These particular examples are not at all examples of that, but still.

August 28, 2013

There's a narrative about Tracy McGrady that paints him as a very specific type of disappointing player. And then there are the myriad individual memories that show him to be something else. Which would you rather remember?