Topic: Basketball

January 17, 2012

No, Ricky Rubio is not "there" yet. But in his better moments, the Timberwolves rookie has shown a generosity, boldness and joy of performance that makes him able not only to change games, but exalt them.

December 20, 2011

A decade ago, New Jersey's Gill St. Bernard's was a school with a fancy name, a leafy campus, and a nondescript basketball team. The name and campus haven't changed. The team really, really has.

December 15, 2011

Some early sports memories from my late grandfather. 

December 12, 2011

If you're keeping track, this makes two actually-pretty-good trades for Chris Paul that commissioner David Stern has vetoed. So, yeah, everything's going great.

December 7, 2011

Ron Artest has been Metta World Peace... well, since before the universe existed, really. But it has been official in the eyes of Los Angeles County since September. Today, it belatedly became official on NBA.com, as well.

December 5, 2011

Nils Wagner's by-the-bootstraps company, HoopMixTape, helped launch the public awareness of future young NBA players like John Wall, Derrick Rose, and Brandon Jennings. His videos have been viewed online more than 120 million times, and he has more than 125,000 YouTube subscribers.  In the landscape of sports programming, where high school athletics are the next frontier—and, indeed, become more commercialized by the year—Nils Wagner and his competitors’ dramatic hype and frequent dunk-and-crossover mash-ups provide what networks often don’t.

November 17, 2011

This was not how it was supposed to go. Not at all. My first piece for The Classical should’ve been about something like The Rise Of Monta Ellis instead of a mewling whine-fest about The Seemingly Permanent Absence Of My Favorite Sport That I Am Now On The Hook To Write About Because You Guys Gave Us A Lot Of Money To Start This Site.  But I’m not the one locking out the players, so this is where I’m living right now.