Topic: Heat

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.

March 29, 2013

Before Chicago ended it, the Miami Heat's winning streak created enough excitement that ESPN picked up an Orlando Magic game. In March. So why does it seem like we weren't particularly impressed, or worse, just don't care? 

June 12, 2012

By standard NBA logic, the Oklahoma City Thunder should not be where they are today. In a league where experience is seen as a prerequisite for success, the Thunder have dispatched three veteran-laden West contenders with a young core of four players aged 23 or younger. It’s an accomplishment unprecedented in this era, and the NBA world has bought into the youth movement due to their success. Where that puts the Thunder in the typical NBA championship narrative is unclear. 

May 4, 2012

Nobody knows what the MVP means, unless LeBron James wins it again. If that happens, it's time for an insurrection. It's time to kick in the gates of perception. It's DeMarcus Cousins time. 

January 13, 2012

Typically, we accept that even the most accomplished athletes can only do so much. LeBron James has a different kind of problem: he is always competing against himself, or what we know he can do. There's an imperative there for LeBron James for rule the sport. Acquire the bomb and you best come correct, as they say.

December 8, 2011

Pujols was the mega-prize of basbeall's offseason, its climax; Battier is the most notable NBA free agent to be linked to a new team, signaling that this frantic period of player movement has begun.

December 7, 2011

No one will give a shit about LeBron James in 100 years. The upside of eternity for LeBron, apart from the trust funds he leaves behind for his great-great-grandchildren, is death. But the same thing is true for Cleveland. Featuring a Q&A with Scott Raab.