Basketball / NBA | NBA REPORT Dec 14, 2011

Stern right to stop original CP3 deal

Only once during four decades of covering pro basketball do I recall a team that became almost whole in a forced trade by its franchise player . . . and that took two seasons after Milwaukee agreed to relocate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (and Walt Wesley) ...

Basketball / NBA | NBA REPORT Dec 7, 2011

Paul trade to Knicks not happening

Congratulations to David Stern: Here were are, into December, and not one team has been eliminated from contention or contempt, heavy on the contempt slant. I could have sworn the brainstorm behind the NBA lockout — and inescapable loss of countless millions as well as ...

Basketball / NBA | NBA REPORT Nov 27, 2011

Dr. J sale conjures up memories

For someone who did Julius Erving's bidding for almost three decades, it warmed my innards to see so many others still have the touch. Erving's weeks-long, online auction of personal memorabilia wrapped up last weekend with Dr. J pocketing $3.5 million, minus taxes, consignment percentage, ...

Basketball / NBA | NBA REPORT Jun 15, 2011

Team approach difference for Dallas

Moments before Game 6 began, it became self-evident the NBA Finals would soon conclude in a "Dead Heat." No performer with any pride would dare try to follow Marc Anthony's unparalleled interpretation of the national anthem. So, who do you think was happier about the ...

Basketball / NBA | NBA REPORT Jun 8, 2011

Walsh says time right to move on

Donnie Walsh's most sacrilegious compadre predicts his semester break in Indianapolis will not agree with him. "The fresh air will kill him within a week," Mel Daniels says. Boredom might do him in first. Walsh has no hobby horse to mount. He plays no golf, collects ...

Basketball / NBA | NBA REPORT Jun 1, 2011

Walsh set to remain with Knicks

John Calipari couldn't believe his awful luck when he stepped into an almost empty hotel elevator a week ago in Sarasota, Floriday, (site of the Dick Vitale Gala) and the door closed before he recognized its lone occupant. Shortly after the Final Four, ...

Basketball / NBA | NBA REPORT May 25, 2011

Brooks impresses veteran coaches

The buzz name on the lips of the coaching civilization that migrated here in flocks Friday night from all over the country and helped raise over $1 million for cancer research at the sixth annual Dick Vitale Gala — picking up where Jimmy ...

Basketball / NBA | NBA REPORT May 18, 2011

With veteran squad, Celts keep Rivers

So my opinion (contrary to citing a source; incredible how many English-speaking and, I assume, reading people don't know the difference) concerning what Doc Rivers was doing and what he would do was incorrect. There goes my vision of a Rick Pitino revival meeting. After actually ...

Basketball / NBA | NBA REPORT May 11, 2011

Road ahead won't be easy for Lakers

Oh, but it's weird and it's wonderful; here we are, forsythia is on sale for 50 percent off, and we're on the threshold of talking about "next season" regarding the Lakers instead of "next series." How deep is the predicament the Lakers are in? Jerry Buss ...