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LeBron Goes From Playmaker to Peacemaker

Demanding justice but keeping the peace, LeBron James asks the people of Cleveland not to riot.

May 26, 2015
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Go, Cavs, And Pass The Confetti

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are up two games to none as the look to rout the ornery Boston Celtics in the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

April 23, 2015
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59 Years Ago, Discrimination Law And Sports Intersected

Recent controversy over sports and discriminatory laws in Indiana, find a parallel in Louisiana circa 1956.

April 7, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Indiana Isn’t Getting Any Break

The state of Indiana is still getting hammered on late night comedy.

April 1, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Ted Cruz, Small Children, And Metaphors

It turns out that small children aren’t very good with metaphors — and neither is Senator Ted Cruz.

March 17, 2015

Is Fourth Grade Too Early For Ultracompetitive Sports?

In the world of fourth-grade travel basketball, the growing up comes fast.

February 24, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Getting Your Story Right On Iraq

Jon Stewart is glad that somebody is finally being held accountable for lying about the Iraq War.

February 10, 2015

Can Kobe Bryant Run A Union And Save The NBA?

Can the Black Mamba become an unlikely labor hero?

October 17, 2014

Appeals Court Denies Sterling Bid To Block Clippers Sale

Los Angeles (AFP) — A California appeals court rejected Donald Sterling’s last-ditch bid to scupper the sale of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer. Sterling had filed the petition on Tuesday, the day the National Basketball Association announced that Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the club had been finalized. […]

August 14, 2014

Is Andrew Wiggins The Next Big Thing In The NBA?

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) They were at the NBA rookie symposium recently, ready to pose for a photo shoot, when it just happened. An impromptu slam-dunk contest. Memphis’ Jarnell Stokes did a reverse. Meh. Then the Timberwolves’ Glenn Robinson III did a 360. Nice. Fellow Wolf Zach LaVine bounced it off the wall, […]

August 14, 2014

Byron Scott: Shaped By Showtime

By David Wharton, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The rookie arrived at Los Angeles Lakers training camp with something to prove. His new teammates — veterans such as Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper — elbowed him around the basketball court. The rough treatment continued after practice. “We didn’t speak to him,” Johnson recalled. “We […]

August 11, 2014

Lin Excited To Join Lakers

Los Angeles (AFP) — Jeremy Lin said Thursday he’s looking to establish himself with the Los Angeles Lakers, but he won’t be trying to recreate “Linsanity” on the West Coast. The point guard whose unexpected 2012 heroics for the New York Knicks made him a global phenomenon, was traded to Los Angeles by the Houston […]

July 25, 2014

Jameer Nelson Signs Two-Year Contract With Mavericks

By Eddie Sefko, The Dallas Morning News Newest Maverick Jameer Nelson wasn’t a bad three-point shooter last season. He hit 34.8 percent, which is OK. Except that, by his standards, it’s not. That’s what happens when you lack the proper sidekicks to help make your life easier. The free looks from the perimeter dried up […]

July 25, 2014

Louis ‘Red’ Klotz, Who Won Respect As Loser To Globetrotters, Dies At 93

By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times In the early part of his basketball life, Louis “Red” Klotz did plenty of winning. A high school all-star in the 1930s, his team twice won the Philadelphia city title and he went on to play guard for the NBA champion Baltimore Bullets. But victory took a near-permanent detour […]

July 21, 2014

Kawhi Leonard Withdraws From FIBA Basketball World Cup

San Antonio (AFP) — NBA finals MVP Kawhi Leonard says he is withdrawing his name from the pool of players being considered for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup. Leonard, who led the San Antonio Spurs to the championship last month, told the San Antonio Express-News that he needs a break after the long […]

July 17, 2014

Doctor Testifies Donald Sterling Has Alzheimer’s

Los Angeles (AFP) – Donald Sterling, who was a no-show in court for the first day of his trial, has been suffering from Alzheimer’s for at least three years, a witness told a judge on Monday. The proceedings are to determine if Sterling’s estranged wife Shelly has authority to sell the team, under pressure from […]

July 8, 2014

Spurs’ Fifth Title Is One For The Ageless

By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times SAN ANTONIO — The healing began with about five minutes left in the third quarter, Manu Ginobili rising for a three-pointer that gave the San Antonio Spurs a lead simply too massive to overcome. As a barrage of Patty Mills three-pointers accentuated the rout Sunday night, the decibels rose […]

June 16, 2014

Reports: Sterling Pursues Lawsuit, Pulls Out Of Clippers Sale

Los Angeles (AFP) – Donald Sterling, the embattled owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has decided to fight to keep the NBA team and pull out of a $2 billion sale deal, according to reports. Sterling, whose racist comments prompted NBA commissioner Adam Silver to ban him for life, had announced last week through his […]

June 10, 2014

Pacers Out Muscle Heat To Clinch Division Title

Indianapolis (AFP) — Evan Turner came off the bench to score the go-ahead basket with 90 seconds left as the Indiana Pacers edged out reigning league champs Miami 84-83 to clinch the Central Division title. Turner came into the game as a replacement for Lance Stephenson who was ejected earlier in the National Basketball Association […]

March 27, 2014

Triangle Can Be A Beautiful Thing, But Will Knicks Be A Fit?

By Al Iannazone, Newsday Michael Jordan didn’t fully commit at first and needed some convincing, but Phil Jackson got through to him that fully embracing the triangle offense would make him a better player and a champion. The offense requires player and ball movement, trusting your teammates and your instincts, a high basketball IQ and […]

March 25, 2014

Kobe Bryant Will Be Out For The Rest Of The Season

By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers said Wednesday that Kobe Byrant would not play for the rest of this season. Bryant was examined earlier in the day by Dr. Steve Lombardo, and the orthopedic specialist said Bryant’s left knee fracture still had not healed, the team announced. The […]

March 12, 2014

Collins Takes Court As First Openly Gay NBA Player

Los Angeles (AFP) – Jason Collins took another trailblazing step as the first openly gay man in a major US pro sports league when he took the court for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. Hours after the Nets inked Collins to a 10-day contract, he came in as a substitute in the second quarter of the […]

February 24, 2014

Sixers Give Down Syndrome Patient A Special Place In Their Locker Room

By Bob Cooney, Philadelphia Daily News PHILADELPHIA — The talk of Thursday’s trade deadline will dominate anything surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers for the next couple of days, and that’s understandable, since the team is actively seeking to make a move or moves, with players Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner the centerpieces. But for […]

February 19, 2014