“I think the Spurs are gonna win it all,” my dad told me a few weeks ago. This was before San Antonio fully morphed into the fully operational Death Star of offensive efficiency that we watched eviscerate Miami in five games. Hell, this was before we knew if they would be able to shake the demons of 2012’s conference finals loss to Oklahoma City, much less the heartbreak in South Beach 12 months ago.
It must be really tough to be a Cleveland sports fan. I know several of them, and none are even surprised any more when their beloved teams find new ways to exercise their ineptitude.
These graphs showing NFL arrests since 2000 reveal several interesting trends.
Professional basketball is a strange, strange business. The Denver Nuggets fired head coach George Karl today despite Karl leading the Nuggets to a franchise record 57 wins with a roster devoid of any true superstar talent. Karl won the NBA’s Coach of the Year award this season, his first such award in 25 years of […]
The San Antonio Spurs have already punched their ticket to the NBA Finals with a sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies, but the Eastern Conference representative has yet to be determined as the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers are deadlocked at two games apiece. With a maximum of 10 NBA games left this season, there are […]
Indiana Pacers guard Paul George is becoming a household name during the Eastern Conference finals. His heroics kept Indiana in Game 1 against the Miami Heat, and this vicious posterization of Chris “Birdman” Andersen on Friday night during Game 2 will only add to his legend. Have mercy. I don’t know what’s more impressive, […]
As good as LeBron James is at scoring, dunking, rebounding and defending, he is even better at passing. It’s what makes him so unique – the ability to not only recognize where the other nine players on the court and see openings most players can’t, but to be able to make pinpoint accurate passes facing […]
Ask almost anyone to count off the best active basketball players in the world and Kevin Durant’s name will be mentioned in their first breath. Many of those same people, however, will tell you that Durant doesn’t have the killer instinct to single-handedly lead his team to an NBA championship. Some of those people will […]
The San Antonio Spurs aren’t exactly known as a team with a mean streak, especially after they waived volatile forward Stephen Jackson before the playoffs began. So for Tim Duncan – the gentlest of giants and the man who has set the tone and (lack of) attitude for the team – to push a former […]
We know that the Chicago Bulls have been running on fumes for their entire playoff run, what with their lineup decimated by injuries and all. That said, the futility the Bulls displayed during a disastrous Game 4 was stupefying. Of course, a large helping of credit goes to the Miami Heat, whose defense was stifling, […]
The NBA has announced that George Karl, coach of the Denver Nuggets, will be named the NBA’s Coach of the Year. Miami’s Erik Spoelstra finished second, followed by New York’s Mike Woodson, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, and Indiana’s Frank Vogel.
How great have the NBA Playoffs been so far? It seems like every night multiple games come down to the final possession. In the second round, five of the six games have been hotly contested thus far, with the New York Knicks’ Game 2 blowout of the Indiana Pacers being the lone outlier (Indiana was […]
The San Antonio Spurs haven’t had much to complain about during their first-round series against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Spurs are leading 3-0, and the vaunted “Big Three” of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili are looking healthy after another season in which they each battled minor injuries Friday night, as the Spurs […]
The opening weekend of this year’s NBA Playoffs was largely a snooze-fest, with the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors providing the only close contest of all of the opening games (thanks, Andre Miller!). Monday’s pair of games showed a marked improvement in competitive balance, starting with the Chicago Bulls tying their series with the […]
This college basketball season there has been a constant carousel at the top of the rankings, and there has been no clear-cut, consensus favorite for best team in the country. As for the best player in men’s college basketball? I do know the answer to that one: Michigan’s Trey Burke.