| Jun 21, 2014
| 5:08 PM
When Pat Riley was still coaching the Miami Heat, the master motivator was delivering another rah-rah locker-room speech. There was a bucket of ice water in front of him.
"If you want to win a championship, you have to want it," Riley began, then...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 5:48 PM
SAN ANTONIO — How's this for contrast? As the San Antonio Spurs bathed in the champions' scent of cigars and champagne Sunday night, the Miami Heat were being dismantled, piece by championship piece, at the other end of the arena.
A week ago, the...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 6:46 PM
Raise your hand if you also wondered who the balding man with gray hair was standing on the podium Sunday night in San Antonio as the Spurs celebrated their NBA title.
Spurs owner Peter Holt even delayed an interview with ESPN to allow his players to...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 5:23 AM
Longstanding NBA truth: Nobody good ever comes to the Bulls and nobody knows why, but if you think the Bulls landed a good player, then he turns out to be Carlos Boozer.
Recent NBA truth: The Heat can be made to look like the Cavaliers. The Pacers...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 9:16 PM
For the opening 12 minutes Sunday, the San Antonio Spurs had a LeBron James problem. He was everywhere, scoring 17 points, grabbing six rebounds, pushing the Miami Heat to an early 16-point lead.
Minutes earlier, he had led teammates out of the...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 6:23 PM
Put aside, for a moment, any specific name, any speculation. There will be plenty of time for that when these NBA Finals are over (and perhaps sooner rather than later).
Instead, appreciate that something needs to be done.
Start first with...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 1:47 PM
The Miami Heat might be looking to another All-Star for help, an ironic notion, considering they already house a wing of future Hall of Famers.
In an NBA Finals in which the San Antonio Spurs are making the extra pass, the Heat are linked to Carmelo...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 4:42 PM
Running off at the typewriter …
Yahoo Sports reported it was someone with ties to the University of Miami who turned in University of Florida recruiting coordinator Joker Phillips for the alleged recruiting violation that led to Phillips'...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 8:50 PM
On the day after the Blackhawks delivered Chicago a new sports low of this decade, it still stung badly enough to wince at the memory.
It felt worse instead of better. It made even less sense Monday morning than it did Sunday night when Alec Martinez...
| Apr 13, 2014
| 3:36 PM
As the Blackhawks and Bulls begin the playoffs this week, heed one Chicago sports observer's Ten Commandments of the Postseason, not exactly handed down from on high as much as from the United Center's hockey press box.
1. Thou shalt not rationalize...
| Apr 9, 2012
| 8:30 AM
The Bulls finally had their full roster for Sunday’s game against the Knicks in New York. Fat lot of good it did them.
Their offense looked worse than ever and their help defense was a joke. I mean, by the end of the first quarter, I wanted to stop...