| 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 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...
| 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....
| 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.
| Feb 21, 2015
| 7:45 AM
For three seasons, Erik Spoelstra preached position-less with the Miami Heat. So Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole largely played as point guards in designation only, with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade facilitating.
Two championships resulted.
| 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...
| 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
| 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 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 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'...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 7:26 PM
David Stern owes Jeremy Lin. Same goes for Mike D’Antoni. The Knicks point guard is saving the NBA Commissioner’s season and his coach’s job.
Lin might be doing it only for the moment, but man, what a moment.
It’s not just that...