Weapons race: 2017 player rankings

Weapons race: 2017 player rankings

The unbeatable, undeniable nascent-dynasty Golden State Warriors might just be the best thing to happen to the NBA. After one year of hand-wringing over the Warriors signing Kevin Durant and the inevitability of the them winning every championship, the Houston...
Zen and the art of Mark Harmon

Zen and the art of Mark Harmon

122 If Mark Harmon did not exist, man would have to invent him — out of necessity or desire for someone so good and true that he seems too good to be true. Harmon has played many roles on television and in life. Quarterback at UCLA. Dr. Bobby Caldwell in St....
Battle-tested: Best of the Network Stars

Battle-tested: Best of the Network Stars

010 History produces rivalries. It writes Shakespearean plays. It makes pawns of us all. Kennedy vs. Nixon. Letterman vs. Leno. Robert Conrad vs. Gabe Kaplan. Conrad and Kaplan will be forever linked through their controversial 100-meter challenge race in the first...
The Ultimate NBA Draft

The Ultimate NBA Draft

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics own the second and third picks in Thursday’s NBA draft. They are also the two franchises who have enjoyed the most success in the draft. The Celtics have drafted Bill Russell (second), Bob Cousy, Kevin McHale and Chauncey...
The Greatest Offense of All Time

The Greatest Offense of All Time

The Greatest Offense of All Time played selfless, positionless basketball, beautiful and sublime, with space, pace and grace, with whip-smart passing and 3-pointers, all style and all substance. The Greatest Offense of All Time — they are officially the Golden...
Triple-double the fun: 2017 NBA awards

Triple-double the fun: 2017 NBA awards

010 It was the season of rest and the triple-double. It was the season of Russell Westbrook and James Harden, who missed just one game each in their pursuit of round numbers in points, rebounds and assists. When Warriors coach Steve Kerr rested Stephen Curry, Draymond...
Best college NBA team: Kentucky

Best college NBA team: Kentucky

John Calipari said last month that his former Kentucky players would beat the Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. He’s right. Probably. Maybe. “It would have to be hypothetical, because they’d all have to be, what, eight or nine of...
Our favorite college basketball players

Our favorite college basketball players

010 They played at big, public universities and small, private colleges, from the Triangle to UCLA and all parts in-between. They played in the 1960s before at-large berths, the 70s, 80s, 90s, the one-and-done 2000s and today. They played in short shorts and baggy...
Best Picture (redux) … in real time

Best Picture (redux) … in real time

010 The first movie I remember seeing in a theater was Superman: The Movie. It was a fairytale about a superhero from another planet with super strength, the gift of flight and a perfect moral compass, whose alter ego was a mild-mannered newspaper reporter who...