The NBA isn’t like other professional sports in America; they play on Christmas. Not only do they play, but the games on the national holiday signal a focal point for most NBA observers and a day when it’s finally appropriate to take stock of the first quarter of the NBA season. With Christmas approaching this week, we thought it would make sense to count down the 10 biggest Christmas Day moments in NBA history, culminating in our top two choices on Christmas Eve 2014. Read More »
/ Sep 29, 2014 / 1:00 pm
“Don’t get fired.”
That’s the mantra over at Grantland when Jalen Rose and David Jacoby weigh in on a controversial topic during one of their wide-ranging and always-entertaining podcasts.
More than just pithy words of wisdom, the saying eventually began to feel like a thin blue line someone would inevitably cross if they got on the air and talked long enough about various hot-button issues. Nobody thought that someone would be Grantland Editor-in-Chief himself Bill Simmons. But that’s precisely what happened Monday during his podcast, The B.S. Report, when he went on a profanity-laced tirade about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the recent Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, during which a surveillance video of Rice brutally punching his then-fiancée and knocking her unconscious in a hotel elevator surfaced and subsequently went viral. Read More »
Chris Webber’s NCAA-mandated, 10-year dissociation with the University of Michigan ended last year, but the “Fab Five” star has yet to make amends with the maize and blue. And according to ex-teammate Jalen Rose, Webber is doing a massive disservice to all those involved during their infamous but storied time in Ann Arbor by refusing to bury the hatchet. Read More »
/ Jun 16, 2014 / 5:45 pm
You might have caught this segment on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” where the host convinces celebrities to tape spots where they’re reading mean tweets about themselves then reacting. Find out how it goes for Paul George, Dwight Howard, Amar’e Stoudmeire, Jeremy Lin, Jalen Rose and more NBA stars and commentators.. Read More »
/ Jun 13, 2014 / 11:45 am
Even though the NBA Countdown show has been around for a few years now, the panel is still getting to know each other’s rhythms. This season, Magic Johnson and Michael Wilbon were replaced by Sage Steele and Doug Collins. Last night, a small moment gave us a glimpse into how ESPN/ABC team is still trying to fine-tune their chemistry. Read More »
If you watched the NCAA tournament this past weekend, you had the chance to witness that the best teams do not always win. We saw Duke lose to a 14-seeded Mercer team that destroyed all of our brackets, while also witnessing Kansas, Ohio State, Syracuse, North Carolina and Wichita State all fall early.
Having the best talent can only get you so far when it comes to tournament time. In a tournament where anything can happen, it takes a great team that plays together to win the NCAA title–not just a group of individuals. Read More »
Diminutive comedian Kevin Hart headlines the cast making up the rosters for the Sprint All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday in New Orleans as part of the 2014 All-Star Game festivities. He’ll be joined by a coterie of B- and C-list stars like Nick Cannon, Erin Heatherton, Michael B. Jordan, Erne Duncan and more. Read More »
With All-Stars like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard running the league from an attention standpoint, it’s hard to argue that high schoolers can’t make the successful jump to the NBA. Even international players like Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have had Hall of Fame careers after coming to the states. Read More »
Twisted ankles are a part of the NBA game. Huge athletes are running and jumping on a hardwood floor competing against one another at the highest level in the world. So it stands to reason guys will twist an ankle on occasion. But ESPN’s Jalen Rose sent a tweet out last night that appeared to blame Kemba Walker for Deron Williams latest ankle setback. Read More »
ESPN’s Grantland crew, helmed by E-I-C Bill Simmons, has been counting down the days until the NBA season starts with Simmons and podcast partner, Jalen Rose. While shooting a series of mini-videos previewing each team, Jalen and Bill discussed the fractured friendship between former Michigan “Fab Five” teammates, Rose and Chris Webber. Read More »