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The Best Articles of the Year: Basketball
In the car the recruit keeps his headphones on. They are a pair of large white Beats by Dre and they are made starker by his dark dreadlocks. I ask him what other schools he is considering, but his music is so loud he can't hear me.
Everybody Loves Mike
How a lanky kid from South Dakota became the trusted confidant of LeBron James and Tracy McGrady — and seemingly everybody else in the NBA When the Orlando Magic traded Mike Miller in 2003, Tracy McGrady’s constant complaining about the deal irritated coach Doc Rivers.
Kobe’s Beautiful Madness: Understanding the Lakers’ Absurd Present and Unknowable Future
Watching the Lakers right now is honestly unlike anything I can remember in my NBA life. They have transcended basketball and become some meta public art piece that we can all enjoy.
Getting Better at Getting Better
In the summer of 1976, Kermit Washington was in trouble. He was a power forward in the N.B.A., and had just finished his third season with the L.A. Lakers.
How Rebounds Work
Early in the fourth quarter of an April game against Orlando, Chicago’s Jimmer Fredette came off a Taj Gibson screen and rose up for a left wing 3. As the ball arced toward the rim, Joakim Noah raced from the elbow toward the restricted area.
NBA Windows: The Rockets’ Missing Third Superstar and the NBA’s Continuity Problem
The NBA has always been about opportunity: When one team’s window opens, another’s often closes.
When Bob Ryan would begin writing a Celtics game story — a “gamer,” as it’s known in the trade — he’d look for a lede. An insight, a gag, a short scene. Something he could extract from his brain before deadline that would give the reader a proverbial starting point.
Is Kobe Bryant the reason for the Los Angeles Lakers' downfall?
NOT LONG AFTER the final horn of Game 7 of the 2010 Finals, Champagne-soaked Lakers captain Derek Fisher, who carries a reputation as an NBA stoic, screamed with glee. "We just gettin' started, baby!" he bellowed from beneath his freshly minted back-to-back-title cap.
My Trip to NBA Scout School
A writer enrolls in a two-day seminar during NBA summer league and learns you have to be absolutely, insanely in love with basketball to survive the rigors of life as a professional scout I spent five days in Las Vegas by myself earlier this month.
NBA Windows: The Cavs Have All the Makings of a Title Contender
This year, more than any in recent memory, the NBA is about windows of opportunity. As we gear up for what could be a classic season, Grantland will take a close look at the ones that matter. He has lived through four years of ceaseless losing while friends have urged him to leave Cleveland.
This Guy’s Quest to Track Every Shot in the NBA Changed Basketball Forever
As a kid, Kirk Goldsberry was a rabid basketball fan. But this was the 1980s, and living near Penn State meant his house wasn't quite close enough to Philadelphia to get 76ers games on TV. And so, casting about for a team, he latched on to Dominique Wilkins and the Atlanta Hawks.
Kyle Korver: An Offense Unto Himself
As the second round of the 2003 draft puttered along, the Nets watched as teams ahead of them plucked every player in which New Jersey had interest.
How Joakim Noah went from being the teenage hot dog vendor at ABCD All America camp to being an NBA All-Star and the emotional leader of the Chicago Bulls France Joakim Noah was 5 years old the first time his father, Yannick, gave him a tennis lesson.
Are You Ready for the Big-Man Renaissance?
For a long time now, it’s been popular to worry about the decline of big men in the NBA. Lately, it hasn’t even been a worry. It’s just a fact. It happened for a couple different reasons. The NBA eliminated handcheck rules, which made it easier for guards to be the focal point of the offense.
The Ultimate Crapshoot
How crazy is the NBA draft? Just look at what would happen if we redid the top picks from the past 19 years. First things first — I love the 2014 NBA draft.
The Faded Smile
Moochie Norris recognized that face. As basketballs danced and shoes screeched across the court, Norris zeroed in on the teenager.
I dressed in black for Game 5 of the Clippers-Warriors series. I wasn’t alone. More than 40 percent of the fans wore black T-shirts, black blouses, black dresses, black everything. The cheerleaders wore skimpy black outfits.
The Insane Rage of College Basketball Coaches
The NCAA basketball tournament isn’t quite the “One Shining Moment” montage CBS would have you believe it is, but as a television program you can watch that makes you feel stuff—happy, heartbroken, nervous as hell—it works about as well as any sporting event.
With an ocean of new statistical information available, the NBA could be on the verge of understanding the value of every single movement on the court. Welcome to the era of EPV. On February 13, 2013, the San Antonio Spurs found themselves in a surprisingly close game in Cleveland.