| Jan 11, 2013
| 8:59 PM
You could hear the coach's booming voice outside the dressing room, challenging his players behind locked doors.
"Is coach still in there?" a student who works with the Evans High School team asks.
Chucky Atkins was still in there, long after a loss...
| Dec 29, 2012
| 8:31 PM
Glen Rice got out early; Steve Smith avoided the experience entirely.
When the two former Miami Heat stars recently appeared at AmericanAirlines Arena as part of the team's 25th Anniversary commemoration, the stories turned to Pat Riley's rigorous...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 1:17 PM
The other day I was thinking with my brain, as I sometimes do, and I came up with a fool-proof idea to revolutionize the entire National Basketball Association. It’s all about the structure of the season, and if you have any clout—with some...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 10:13 PM
MIAMI — Before reaching the top of basketball, LeBron James was run over by the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs swept James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2007 NBA Finals, so long ago that the winning game plan focused on exploiting James’...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 5:43 PM
Over the past several days, a brush fire has raged across the sports shows as everyone struggles for new conversation points about LeBron James' amazing, perhaps historic, regular season. This new debate centers on why LeBron, ahem, dunks so much in pre-...
| Apr 13, 2013
| 8:27 AM
The NBA got it right when it came to the All-Star ballot. It got it all wrong when it comes to the media vote for the 2013 All-NBA teams.
Moving away from the stodginess of we-always-have-done-it-that-way thinking, the league changed the All-...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 7:16 PM
The junior-varsity portion of the winning streak had its moments.
It let the Heat toy with significant deficits against significantly shorthanded opponents.
It allowed Dwyane Wade take the past two games off to rest his sore right knee.
| Jun 9, 2013
| 9:16 PM
The box score offered no delineation about a Big Three or a Chosen One.
The shots were evenly distributed, as were the points, five players in double figures, two more with nine.
So now the victories in this series are evenly distributed,...
| Jun 9, 2013
| 11:21 AM
Small towns, big guys
Not that I ever need reminders about what draws me to the Midwest, but if I ever do all I need is to pull into a small town. I was up in Larned yesterday for a ceremony honoring Gene Keady and was struck by the hospitality of...
| Jun 2, 2013
The roll call includes iconic big men such as Kareem, Shaq and Walton. Plus, uniquely versatile talents like Magic, LeBron and Oscar. And don't forget Hampton Roads' own Allen Iverson and Joe Smith.
But among the players selected first overall in the...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 7:07 PM
The one phone call that's telling, the one greeting that matters, the one word that a few years later puts these NBA Finals into proper context came just a few days after the Heat signed LeBron James.
This was in July, 2010. San Antonio coach Gregg...