Brilliant-but-humble Curry a product of the modern game

| Apr 12, 2016

Brilliant-but-humble Curry a product of the modern game

Stephen Curry is about to win his second consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player award. In its penultimate game on Monday, his team tied the all-time record for wins (72) in a season, equaling Michael Jordan’s 1995-96 Bulls’ record that many believed was as unassailable ...

Duncan quietly winding down a sensational career

| Mar 29, 2016

Duncan quietly winding down a sensational career

In this NBA season of Kobe, his season-long farewell tour perhaps the only thing distracting from the Golden State Warriors fast break to history, it is fitting that this likely is the final season for probably the greatest power forward of all time in ...

Nomadic Whiteside playing well, but remains enigma

| Mar 1, 2016

Nomadic Whiteside playing well, but remains enigma

Hassan Whiteside has become one of the most remarkable NBA stories of recent years, a virtual outcast who was a second-round draft pick, a regular in the minor league D-League and then expatriate playing in China and Lebanon, and even in an attempt to ...

Fisher a victim of Jackson's coaching purism

| Feb 16, 2016

Fisher a victim of Jackson's coaching purism

Phil Jackson is much less Zen master than basketball apostle. I once remember Phil telling me a story about a period after his basketball playing career before he became arguably the greatest and most successful basketball coach in NBA history. He’d failed at attempts ...

Hoop sage Bach lived incredible life

| Feb 2, 2016

Hoop sage Bach lived incredible life

You probably don’t know Johnny Bach. You’ve seen him, the ruddy-faced guy with the stern demeanor sitting on the bench of the champion Chicago Bulls next to Phil Jackson in the 1990s, steely grey eyes fixed on the defensive play, his “Doberman defense” as ...

Rockets lacking in many areas, will likely deal Howard

| Jan 19, 2016

Rockets lacking in many areas, will likely deal Howard

One of the theories about the Houston Rockets this season, one of the Western Conference preseason title favorites who reached the season’s halfway mark at about .500, has been the proof their analytics rage isn’t the answer to success. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey ...

Moses Malone should be remembered as all-time great

| Jan 5, 2016

Moses Malone should be remembered as all-time great

Moses Malone, the Hall of Fame center who died Sept. 13 of a heart attack, was a man of few words. The fewest anyone in sports probably ever said about a momentous occasion were his most famous. It was “fo, fo, fo,” Malone’s monosyllabic ...

Bryant determined to remain defiant until the end

| Dec 22, 2015

Bryant determined to remain defiant until the end

In some respects Kobe Bryant, perhaps the true Baby Jordan, reminds me the most of Jerry West, the original Los Angeles Lakers great guard. Because they go out of their way, defiant to the end. Bryant is on his announced retirement tour for presumably ...

George's amazing comeback may be best story of season

| Dec 8, 2015

George's amazing comeback may be best story of season

Consider this story: A star professional athlete suffers a gruesome injury, a broken leg so horrific that bystanders — including me — couldn’t even bear to look at the damage, the bone literally sticking out, piercing the covering skin. And this was not any ...