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WNBA / Jul 18, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Summer Hoops: 15 WNBA-to-NBA Comparisons

Candace Parker

I’m tired of feeling like I have to begin every women’s basketball column defending the sport and explaining why I watch women’s basketball. So for that, I’ll just say this: As a man, if you don’t have any deep-seeded problems with women in general, then you shouldn’t have any problems watching, appreciating and – stick with me here – maybe even enjoying women’s basketball. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Mar 12, 2014 / 11:00 am

Dime Business: Muhammad Abdur-Rahim On Double-Duty As Agent & Legal Counsel

Muhammad Abdur-Rahim

Muhammad Abdur-Rahim is a man on the run and on the rise.

When I caught up with the 29-year-old agent and legal counsel for Goodwin Sports Management, he was in his hometown near Atlanta, his next stop scheduled for Memphis, and not quite sure when he would next see the inside of his actual office in Seattle. Even when Abdur-Rahim is back home, there’s work to do. At this stage in his career, every trip is a business trip. Read More »

NBA / Feb 7, 2014 / 3:45 pm

A Day In The Life Of Al-Farouq Aminu: His Game Day Routine

Al-Farouq Aminu

Distraction is a dirty word in NBA circles.

The act of balancing massive talent with massive egos is tough enough for a team trying to reach the mountaintop, but when you add youth, money and access to the equation, off-court distractions can sink a ship just as quickly defensive breakdowns and offensive disarray on the court.

Al-Farouq Aminu has become rather adept at avoiding distractions. Born and raised in Atlanta, the 6-9 small forward began his NBA career in Los Angeles (drafted No. 8 by the Clippers in 2010) and is currently playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. Read More »

College / Nov 25, 2013 / 1:30 pm

Seattle University’s Cameron Dollar On Making History

Cameron Dollar

As a player and now as a coach, Cameron Dollar‘s basketball life has been defined by being thrown into pressure situations and thriving when others would simply hope to survive.

Back in 1995, Dollar was a sophomore backup point guard at UCLA when, less than three minutes into the national championship game against Arkansas, he was called upon to replace injured starter Tyus Edney. Facing the Razorbacks’ vaunted “40 Minutes of Hell” full-court pressure, Dollar kept a steady head and a solid handle – finishing with six points, eight assists and four steals – and guided the Bruins to their 11th national title. Read More »

College / Nov 7, 2013 / 3:45 pm

Jahii Carson Is Going To Blow Up At Arizona State This Year

Jahii Carson

After the beginning of his career at Arizona State was put on hold for a year, Jahii Carson has been playing on fast-forward on his way to becoming one of college basketball’s breakout stars. Read More »

NBA / Sep 30, 2013 / 4:00 pm

Celebrity Apprentice: Every NBA Player Should Believe In Magic

Magic Johnson

Even if Dwight Howard had chosen Hollywood over Houston, and even if Kobe Bryant‘s Achilles tendon had proven as indestructible as his confidence, the Lakers still would have endured a substantial loss in 2013.

Because while the NBA was on its summer break, “Showtime” moved out of the Lakers’ home at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and rented a room about three miles northeast at Dodger Stadium. Read More »

NBA / Jun 17, 2013 / 10:45 am

The Internet’s Most Comprehensive NBA/WWE Comparison: 43 NBA Stars That Remind Us Of Pro Wrestlers

Dwyane Wade

Pro wrestling is fake. It is as fake as Game of Thrones and The Godfather and Les Misérables and every other form of non-reality entertainment.

Every pro wrestling fan over the age of 10 understands this, and still you can’t bring up wrestling in mixed company without somebody asking, “You know it’s fake, right?” like they’re doing you a favor. Read More »

College, NBA Draft / May 25, 2013 / 9:00 am

NBA Draft: Could Victor Oladipo Be the next Michael Jordan? Why not?

Victor Oladipo

Sometime during this past college basketball season, when the hype surrounding Indiana was at its height, there was a brief debate over Hoosiers guard Victor Oladipo drawing comparisons (albeit very timid comparisons) to Michael Jordan. Read More »

NBA / Apr 25, 2013 / 11:15 am

Tony Parker Might Be The Most Overlooked Superstar Of This Era

Tony Parker

Seeing as Hollywood has been out of original ideas for the last five or six years, I wonder if I could get a script green-lighted for a uniquely re-imagined Aesop’s Fable.

It’s the old one about the tortoise and the hare… except the tortoise in this story runs faster than that hare and just about anything else that lives in the forest. Read More »

NBA / Apr 5, 2013 / 10:00 am

Gary Payton is Going to the Hall of Fame: In Praise of The Glove

Gary Payton

While the NBA’s grand old gatekeepers take their time weighing the option of keeping the Sacramento Kings in California’s capital versus relocating the franchise to Seattle, the strongest reason for my pro-Emerald City optimism is that the league ultimately will not escape Seattle’s presence.

Like a ghost unable to stay hidden in a closet of skeletons, the Sonics – the team taken from its home in 2008 and moved to Oklahoma City – will haunt the league until that particular wrong is righted. And while I can envision Sacramento joining the likes of Buffalo, Vancouver and Fort Wayne in the pro basketball history books, I cannot envision the NBA in 10 years without a Seattle franchise.

The latest reminder of the Sonics’ omnipresent legacy was issued this week, with the news that Gary Payton has been voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Growing up in Seattle during the prime of Payton’s career, my biases say he is the greatest Sonic of all time. But even if I were objective, that wouldn’t be a bold statement. Read More »