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 ...

Warriors off to great start, but 72-10 Bulls were better

| Nov 24, 2015

Warriors off to great start, but 72-10 Bulls were better

It’s the defense, stupid. That’s a famous paraphrase from the 1992 U.S. presidential election. George H.W. Bush had been so popular after the Gulf War in 1991 that few Democrats even wanted to run for president. So a little known southern U.S. governor named ...

Pressure on Donovan from outset in Oklahoma City

| Nov 10, 2015

Pressure on Donovan from outset in Oklahoma City

Billy Donovan qualifies as the luckiest, unluckiest rookie coach in the NBA. He also, by the way, has to save a franchise. Donovan is the former University of Florida coach who led his team to consecutive NCAA titles and then in the spring of ...

Spurs hope Aldridge will continue cycle of greatness

| Oct 27, 2015

Spurs hope Aldridge will continue cycle of greatness

It seems like the last time San Antonio was a destination was about 180 years ago when an adventurer and one-time United States congressman named Davy Crockett tried to help local settlers protect an old mission called the Alamo against the Mexican army. Crockett ...