I found out on Wednesday that I didn’t make it into the Hall of Fame, so I won’t be going to Dallas for the Final Four. And I am saddened that I’m not going to be there in person to watch the games with the Hall of Fame and marched out at halftime. You know, I’ve been down this road before. But I was really assured in my heart and soul that it wasn’t going to repeat. I was on my way.
This past week, NBA TV released excerpts of an extended interview with LeBron James (airing in its entirety Monday night) in which Steve Smith asked “The King” to name his Mount Rushmore of basketball. James offered a quartet of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. But it’s really an unfair question, because in addition to those four players, there are at least three more – centers Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell – who are in the
NBA TV’s airing of “The Doctor” on Monday night had to be a treat for many young basketball fans who never had the privilege of seeing Julius Erving play, I am not one of those young fans. In fact, here is how old I am. I saw Doc play. In the ABA. With the Virginia Squires. [Read more…]
While there were six games on the NBA schedule Monday night, all the headlines came from just three. John Wall had two words to say — max contract — while the Miami Heat looked to extend their historic winning streak to 27 games against the Orlando Magic and the Denver Nuggets (quietly flying under the radar) tried to break their 15-game winning streak — tied for the most in franchise history — against the New Orleans Hornets. [Read more…]
Dwight Howard is the best center in the NBA. Yes, still. He also is (a) incapable of making an elbow jumper, (b) unreliable at the free-throw line, (c) susceptible to long-term injury, (d) hypersensitive to criticism from teammates and coaches, (e) more interested in becoming the next Bill Murray rather than the next Bill Russell and (f) wondering why no one has handed him the icon status he desperately craves. But the worst thing Howard is – and unlike the items above,
In his Hall of Fame career, Larry Brown has coached NBA teams to 1,520 victories in the regular season and playoffs, led ABA teams to 271 victories and college teams to 177 victories. For those counting, Brown has left a basketball game 1,968 times as a winner. That means at his next stop, Brown is very likely to celebrate win No. 2,000 and he made it clear last week that he certainly would like to have a next stop. “I just want