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NBA / Oct 19, 2011 / 1:30 pm

The Strange Pair: Jerry West & Phil Jackson

Jerry West

We know him as Mr. Clutch, the front office orchestrator of Showtime and the Shaq/Kobe drama-laden years. We know him as one of the greatest players ever, a country boy who became Hollywood. We know him as an unstoppable beast on NBA 2K12.

Now we also know Jerry West as a depressed individual, a fragile mind made more delicate because of the high stakes game he’s been playing all these years. When you swim with sharks – NBA players, owners, general managers, billions of dollars – you’re liable to get eaten alive. Read More »

Smack / Jun 4, 2011 / 12:01 am

Shaq Gives Us A Fitting Ending; Madness Takes Over NYC

Shaquille O'Neal

It’s officially over. Shaq Diesel is done. For as long as he’s stayed in the spotlight and for all that he’s milked it for, O’Neal’s press conference speech was interestingly speedy. He must’ve had one sentence on each one of those index cards because he was flipping through them at will. He thanked everyone, from his family to his college coach to Phil Jackson to the media for the way they treated him over the years. And what would have been a Shaq press conference without a gimmick? Just as he sat down, he fielded a fake phone call from the Knicks asking him to come be their general manager … Read More »

NBA / Jun 3, 2011 / 1:30 pm

Dime Exclusive: Q&A With Hoops Writer Charley Rosen, Part Two

Charley Rosen

One of the most acclaimed basketball writers in the world, Charley Rosen has spent years around the game. He played it at an MVP-level for Hunter College from 1959-62. He played it in the Eastern League (a forerunner to the CBA). And he coached it with Phil Jackson.

Since then, Rosen has authored 15 well-received books, among them Barney Polan’s Game, Scandals of ’51 and Maverick (co-authored with Jackson), a ballplayer-turned-journalist. Read More »

NBA / Jun 2, 2011 / 1:30 pm

Dime Exclusive: Q&A With Hoops Writer Charley Rosen, Part One

Charley Rosen

One of the most acclaimed basketball writers in the world, Charley Rosen has spent years around the game. He played it at an MVP-level for Hunter College from 1959-62. He played it in the Eastern League (a forerunner to the CBA). And he coached it with Phil Jackson.

Since then, Rosen has authored 15 well-received books, among them Barney Polan’s Game, Scandals of ’51 and Maverick (co-authored with Jackson), a ballplayer-turned-journalist. Read More »