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 ...

Blatt getting little credit, respect despite background

| Jun 9, 2015

Blatt getting little credit, respect despite background

It’s been a heck of a year for David Blatt, hired in an unprecedented move by the Cleveland Cavaliers after two decades as the premier coach in international basketball, suddenly becoming the coach of superstar LeBron James, who elected to return to the Cavaliers ...

Coaching change may be only move Bulls will make

| May 26, 2015

Coaching change may be only move Bulls will make

Well, that was a lost opportunity for the Chicago Bulls. No, despite the talk around the team this season that this was the year, that Derrick Rose was back from injury, that they had added Pau Gasol, who became an All-Star again and Jimmy ...

Grizzlies making noise in playoffs old-school style

| May 12, 2015

Grizzlies making noise in playoffs old-school style

Sitting on a bluff above the mighty Mississippi River is Memphis, a sleepy southern United States city known for not much more than its savory barbecue meats, being the home of famous rock and roll singer Elvis Presley and for the blues, the music ...

Wizards surprise Raptors, rest of league with sweep

| Apr 28, 2015

Wizards surprise Raptors, rest of league with sweep

Let’s not overstate the change in the Washington Wizards that enabled the Wizards to pull off the first-round playoff upset and sweep the favored Toronto Raptors. But it would perhaps be less surprising if the Republicans who control the U.S. House and Senate in ...

Kerr employing Jackson's philosophy with Warriors

| Apr 14, 2015

Kerr employing Jackson's philosophy with Warriors

Sometimes the basketball congnoscenti will mock the Phil Jackson coaching tree as a withered oak in winter, assistants like Jim Cleamons, Kurt Rambis and most recently Brian Shaw with short head coaching tenures. This while organizations wait years to reach deep into the organizations ...