/ Feb 7, 2014 / 3:45 pm
Al-Farouq Aminu (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)
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 »
Cameron Dollar (photo. Seattle University)
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 »
Jahii Carson (photo. Bruce Yeung / Yeung Photography)
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 »
/ Sep 30, 2013 / 4:00 pm
Magic Johnson (photo. @MagicJohnson)
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 »
/ Jun 17, 2013 / 10:45 am
Dwyane Wade (photo. David Alvarez)
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 »
Indiana’s Victor Oladipo (photo. IU Athletics)
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 »
/ Apr 25, 2013 / 11:15 am
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 »
/ Apr 5, 2013 / 10:00 am
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 »
/ Mar 15, 2013 / 12:30 pm
Dwight Howard (photo. adidas)
This has been the week of unhappy returns in the NBA.
On Tuesday, Dwight Howard played in Orlando for the first time as a Laker, torching his former team for 39 points. On Wednesday, Carmelo Anthony played in Denver for the first time as a Knick, turning in one of his worst games of the season (nine points, 3-for-12 field goals) before leaving with a sore knee. And this Sunday, Chris Bosh will play in Toronto for the fourth time since he left the Raptors to sign with the Heat in 2010. Read More »
Dwight Howard (photo. adidas)
Slightly less complicated than ranking the best centers in the NBA is determining who should and who shouldn’t be called a center.
In this faster, more fluid and more versatile NBA, where more coaches are using three-guard lineups and embracing “small ball,” players once pegged as power forwards are not only playing center, but they’re also admitting it. Yao Ming is out, Chris Bosh is in, and suddenly the stigma of the center as a lumbering behemoth quarantined to the low post is gone. Read More »