| Jul 9, 2013

Can Stevens repeat success in NBA?

by Sam Smith

We know this just isn’t supposed to work, the young executive-looking Brad Stevens, the 36-year-old coach at modest Butler University in Indiana, signing an almost unprecedented six-year contract to coach one of American sports’ most celebrated franchises, the Boston Celtics. You can almost hear ...

| Jun 26, 2013

Move by Rivers once unimaginable

by Sam Smith

Duck, duck your head! Pigs are flying! They have to be. The Clippers, the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA, the team that has been an NBA punch line for ineptitude, incompetence and penury for three decades, agreed to hire the league’s most in-demand ...

| May 29, 2013

Paul caused Del Negro's departure

by Sam Smith

The Los Angeles Clippers in 2012-13 had the best season in their franchise history, including their times in Buffalo and San Diego. They won a franchise-most 56 games, including 17 straight that was the best in the NBA in four years until the Heat ...

| May 15, 2013

Stern in tough spot regarding Kings

by Sam Smith

They have called David Stern “King David” around the NBA at times, though quietly when he was nearby. It’s been a successful reign for Stern, who said he will step down next February as commissioner. But Stern may need the wisdom of King Solomon ...

| May 1, 2013

Woodson beating odds with Knicks

by Sam Smith

Mike Woodson likes to tell the story of how he first got into NBA coaching, which was something of a symbol for his basketball life. Woodson had finished up a solid, if unspectacular, playing career with a half dozen teams after being drafted by ...

| Apr 17, 2013

Kobe's greatness won't let him quit

by Sam Smith

Well, at least we know Kobe Bryant isn’t retiring. One of the underlying stories of this NBA season — and, of course, it had to involve the Los Angeles Lakers, as almost everything did — was Bryant saying how with the final season of ...

| Apr 3, 2013

Frustration brings out LeBron's passion

by Sam Smith

And we thought the Chicago Bulls last Wednesday breaking the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak, the second longest in NBA history, was the big news. Sort of, but not completely as LeBron James seemed to transcend it all, which may also tell you how ...

| Mar 20, 2013

Nuggets may be changing the game

by Sam Smith

The Denver Nuggets are trying to do what the conventional wisdom says in the NBA cannot be done. Twice. And they may actually be on the way. You are supposed to lose the trade when you give up the All-Star and all-NBA player, though ...

| Mar 6, 2013

Pacers best placed to challenge Heat

by Sam Smith

Donnie Walsh wasn’t impressed. The former and longtime Indiana Pacers general manager had returned to his Indianapolis home for the 2011-12 NBA season. He still was on the payroll of the New York Knicks, but they were going in that famous other direction — ...

| Feb 20, 2013

Buss' contributions to NBA won't be forgotten

by Sam Smith

Dr. Jerry Buss, the legendary Basketball Hall of Fame owner of the Los Angeles Lakers who died Monday, was by vocation a chemist, the Dr. before his name for his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Southern California at age 24. Smart man, ...

| Feb 6, 2013

Harden the loser in trade from OKC

by Sam Smith

The Houston Rockets are going to make the playoffs, and without trading for James Harden there basically was no chance they would. The Oklahoma City Thunder still are among the top five contenders for the NBA championship, but not likely as strong a contender ...