| Jan 31, 2013
| 7:48 AM
I figured out what I hate about the NBA’s legendary trash-talking:
I can’t hear it.
That’s what the NBA ought to televise. That’s where they ought to train their parabolic microphones, right there on Nate Robinson and Brandon...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 5:46 PM
What do you get someone who, with six NBA championships, five most valuable player awards, 14 All-Star selections, 10 scoring titles and multiple millions of dollars, seemingly has it all?
Well, in the case of Michael Jordan's 50th birthday, memories...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 4:24 PM
Michael Jordan probably provided about 50,000 breathtaking moments during his basketball career. On MJ's 50th birthday, we try to capture some of his high points — adding up to 50.
2 — March 29, 1982: As a freshman at North Carolina, Jordan...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 6:20 PM
It was a Christmas gift that never appeared on any star basketball player's wish list.
Inside the hefty SAT study guide filled with algebra equations and vocabulary teasers was a letter from one high school friend to another, a message of hope for...
| Jun 16, 2013
| 4:48 PM
The two teams duking it out in the NBA Finals offer a stark contrast.
The Miami Heat are a product of the NBA's new normal. I like to call it the "Super Friends Era"—a bunch of star players who were already friends and decided to play together....
| Jun 18, 2013
| 11:18 AM
When it comes to metropolitan bragging rights, nothing tops pro sports rivalries. These come in two forms: head-to-head battles and overall performance. With the Blackhawks and Bruins locked in a Stanley Cup Final showdown, hockey bragging rights are up...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 3:23 PM
The Baltimore Ravens proved last week that they could beat not just the Denver Broncos but the Las Vegas oddsmakers who had predicted their defeat. But can they now beat the Sports Illustrated jinx?
The magazine — whose prestigious cover image is...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 7:55 AM
It never should’ve been that difficult, but the Bulls finally put away the dogbreath Charlotte Bobcats at home Monday night.
At least they didn’t lose, right? The Bulls dumped a game to those Charlotte chumps at home earlier this season, and...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 7:49 AM
Michael Jordan, today you are 50.
Now, please, Michael Jordan — please call Wilfred Santiago.
Wilfred Santiago lives in Skokie, and when I asked him if he would contact you, he paused for several seconds then said, startled, as...
| Mar 3, 2013
Word got around that Jack Kent Cooke wanted to cash out.
It was 1977 and the Lakers owner had entered into a divorce that would eventually cost $41 million, a sum worthy of the Guinness World Records for the most costly marital split in history at...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 3:30 PM
Think you could beat a WNBA player at a 3-point contest? I recently got the opportunity to prove my skills against the Sky's Allie Quigley, a 5-foot-10 sharpshooter, at Allstate Arena.
We set up our showdown like the NBA All-Star game: 5 shots each from...