Category NBA

Weep Not, Enjoy the Playoffs. Here’s How. | Deadspin

Wrote a fun little piece for Deadspin on enjoying the NBA playoffs when your team is on the outside looking in: Choose the team whose “mature” players are on One Last Job. While you may occasionally weep at the inevitability of old age when their bodies betray them, this only sweetens the opportunities you’ll get to fondly […]

Dispatches from the Drew League: Bonus Photos

On Tuesday I wrote about checking out the Drew League, and today, as a bonus, here are some photos I captured from the stands. It was fun to see NBA players in a different context, and here’s a photo of Brandon Jennings in the stands, sitting with everybody else. Unfortunately, my camera has poor zoom, […]

The Best Summer Ball on the West Coast: The Drew League | Dime Mag

Over at Dime, I write about my experience at the Drew League last weekend, and give you 5 reasons to go: On the court, the style of play, as you can imagine, is fast-paced and iso heavy, so conscience-less gunners such as Young and Crawford have a chance to jack up shots to their hearts’ […]

Overlooked X-Factors in Tonight’s Clippers – Grizzlies Game 3 | Dime Mag

At Dime, I write about two x-factors in tonight’s game, the first being Matt Barnes: There’s no way around it: Barnes is, well, a punk, and on a team whose high-flying star has a reputation for being a fake tough guy, Barnes’ enforcer approach is a welcome addition. And the second being Jerryd Bayless: Bayless […]

Running Commentary: The Jeremy Lin 60 Minutes Interview

The April 7 edition of CBS’ 60 Minutes featured a segment on Jeremy Lin, including interviews with Lin, his parents, and David Stern. Running commentary on the interview follows, so, open up a new browser window, kick back, and read along as you watch the interview. Segment Tease, from Charlie Rose: There aren’t many basketball […]

If The Glove Don’t Fit: Payton on Jordan in ’96 | Dime Mag

In honor of the announcement of Gary Payton’s forthcoming Hall of Fame induction, I reminisce at Dime about his famed defense on Michael Jordan during the 1996 NBA Finals: It was almost like a game within the game emerged, with Payton goading the hyper-competitive Jordan into taking threes, each Jordan miss a small victory for […]

A Second Look at Ed Davis as a Grizzly | Dime Mag

New at Dime, a second look at Ed Davis in Memphis: (All stats per NBA.com/Stats) Since swapping the white, red, black, and occasional camo of Toronto for Memphis’ white, navy, and light blue threads, Davis is taking a much higher percentage of his shots from at the rim, from 62.4 percent up to 78.3 percent, […]