All-Star Weekend didn’t start out too well for my son, Andrew. On Friday morning, he had an argument with his first serious girlfriend a day before his first serious Valentine’s Day. With that hanging over his head, he had to go to work, where his primary job is to kick mallrats out of the store. And it was the last work day before the All-Star Game and we still hadn’t heard from someone who had said that maybe, just maybe, he
PHILADELPHIA – The vigil begins early. Ron Pollack arrives at Hahnemann Hospital at 8 o’clock every morning – just in time for doctor’s rounds – and heads immediately for the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit. He brings his I-Pad and other electronic devices with him, knowing he will be spending the entire day there. But no complaints. “I have the easy part,” he’s quick to remind well-wishers inquiring about the patient he’s visiting. “But I don’t know one day from the next.
LeBron James is back everyone. Okay, so he’s been back for almost a week now, but I mean he’s really back. He helped lead the Cavs to an impressive win on the road over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night that could be a telling sign for their future. Cleveland had lost six in a row before their win over the Lakers on Thursday night in their first of a back-to-back in LA, and were 1-8 without the King.
On Thursday December 4, 2014, the United States Postal Service did something they’ve never done before. They released a new set of USA Forever stamps that feature the great Wilt Chamberlain, who played 14 dominant seasons in the NBA. Chamberlain, who was draft by the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1959 NBA Draft, also played in San Francisco for the Warriors when the team moved there in 1962, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. He holds multiple records individually, from all-time rebounding
If it were possible to detect a belly laugh from the hereafter, I’m sure there would have been something bordering on a thunderclap last week when the NBA announced Sunday’s Brooklyn-Boston preseason game would be 44 minutes instead of 48. On second thought, it might have been closer to a booming “WTF?” Wilt Chamberlain has been dead for 15 years, but I can guarantee the mere suggestion of reducing the length of games still irritates him. “Forty-four minutes,” Wilt would bellow. “You
What backcourt is considered the best in the NBA heading into the upcoming season? That’s the question in the minds of many this week, including the players themselves. For example, John Wall and Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards openly stated that they are the best backcourt duo in the league on Tuesday. Dion Waiters of the Cleveland Cavaliers disagreed, word got back to Wall, and then the fun back and forth ensued between the two. Waiters got the final word,
There’s reasonable debate throughout basketball circles about which player truly is the greatest of all-time. Michael Jordan receives the nod from many, but the likes of Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson and a laundry list of others are often referenced in debate. There’s not as much debate about who the most dominant player in NBA history is. There’s a very strong case that it’s Shaquille O’Neal, and some modern era fans will reference MJ or controversially call on LeBron James, but there’s
For the third straight year, the Dallas Mavericks went into the summer trying to snag a superstar to line up alongside Dirk Nowitzki. Two years ago, the Mavericks went after All-Star point guard Deron Williams, who took a pass on playing in his home state with no local income taxes and re-signed with the Brooklyn Nets. The consolation prizes were Elton Brand, Chris Kaman and O.J. Mayo. Last year, the target was All-Star center Dwight Howard, who stung the Mavericks by signing