Topic: Basketball

July 2, 2013

Bill Simmons started a beef with Doc Rivers on very vague grounds and out of a very ESPN impulse. It was squashed just a few days later. He's figuring this TV thing out fast.

June 28, 2013

The Nets are a TV show: expensive and a little dumb, but not as un-self-aware as they might seem. We might as well enjoy it.

June 24, 2013

LeBron James and the Heat are great enough to win multiple NBA Championships. But greatness isn't the most important thing, and it will take more than that to continue dominating a rapidly changing game.

June 20, 2013

It will be a long time before we see a basketball game to top Game Six of the NBA Finals. Luckily, we won't have to wait that long to see Game Seven, and one more chance to see something astonishing.

June 19, 2013

The 2003 New Jersey Nets were one of the more doomed NBA Finalists in recent memory. A decade later, they look like one of the more interesting teams of their era. How did such a boring team get so retroactively fascinating?

June 17, 2013

All basketball players work in the same medium, with something like the same tools. This doesn't mean they're all the same type of artist, though. We know the greatest players not just by the new things they create, but by how they create them.

June 14, 2013

The Philadelphia 76ers only won one title with Julius Erving and Moses Malone on the team. In retrospect, it was enough. An excerpt from The Classical Magazine Vol. 2: Get Buckets

June 12, 2013

The second, basketball-intensive issue of The Classical Magazine is here, and it's full of art and words and is readily available. Don't stop. Get it. Get it.

June 6, 2013

Neil Gaiman once wrote that writers are liars. I respectfully disagree. Writers, like most people, are salesmen. Michael Jordan certainly is. He sold the idea that winning could bring happiness, that work was art and mattered more than life itself. The problem is he bought his own sales pitch. We all did.

June 4, 2013

Grant Hill was a great player who could've had a greater career if some things had gone differently. Instead, over the course of a long career defined first by ease and then by struggle, he embodied a different type of greatness.