| Jan 24, 2015
| 1:32 PM
The distinction between what coaches say and what they mean has long involved a considerable chasm, unless that coach is Gregg Popovich.
So, for what it's worth, consider the words of Hornets coach Steve Clifford before Wednesday's game against the...
| Dec 27, 2014
| 7:31 AM
First, the reality: NBA teams don't tank. At least not when it comes to the perception of playing to lose. Coaches coach to win; players play to win. Always. Example A was the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
| Dec 11, 2014
| 10:58 AM
Merry Christmas, Chicago.
For those who like to open gifts early, there they are. Lots of them.
The big one with the bow, open that one! It's John Lester! He almost went to Boston but Santa said, "Hey! Time for something different!"
| Dec 26, 2014
| 4:59 PM
Phil Jackson has assured New York that he has a plan to save the Knicks.
"#knicknation Merry Christmas to all and Peace on earth," Jackson tweeted on Christmas Eve. "Please be assured your hopes and wishes are getting through to Santa. He will bring...
| Dec 13, 2014
| 7:18 AM
Monday could be the start of something big in the NBA. Could be.
By rule, most players signed as free agents in the offseason cannot be dealt for three months or before Dec. 15, whichever comes later.
Dec. 15 comes Monday. And that will leave just...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 2:57 PM
You’d think I would hear about Derrick Rose sightings around town more often. The former NBA MVP is the most recognizable athlete in Chicago along with the Bears’ Jay Cutler and Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane. Rose, however, manages to keep...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 3:40 PM
Jameer Nelson never wanted to be an NBA nomad, but he likely has no clue where the closing chapters of his career will take him now.
After playing his first 10 NBA seasons in Orlando, the point guard finds himself on his second team within five months....
| Nov 29, 2014
| 8:05 AM
"We were a little late to that party." -- Pat Riley, in late July, on the Miami Heat's free-agency pursuit of Carmelo Anthony.
Of course they were. There were, after all, other priorities earlier that month, including what proved to be misguided...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 5:47 PM
When the Bulls begin their season Wednesday night in New York, we'll see Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony on the floor together, albeit under different circumstances than Chicago had hoped last summer.
We'll see if the Bulls resemble a team capable of...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 11:59 PM
A Lakers opener that began slowly and soberly ended, in awfully appropriate fashion, with sadness.
Midway through the fourth quarter Tuesday, the best young Lakers hope in a season already devoid of much hope fell to the Staples Center floor with a loud...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 8:46 PM
There was so much to look for at the refurbished XL Center when NBA hopes and NHL history suddenly collided on this Wednesday night in October.
There was Marcus Smart's jump shot. After going 0-for-8 in his NBA debut against the Sixers, the Celtics'...