| Jan 7, 2015
| 8:26 PM
Before his team blasted the Bulls 97-77 at the United Center, Jazz coach Quin Snyder sounded like someone choosing between shoveling and snow-blowing his driveway Wednesday when describing what concerned him most.
Whatever option Snyder chose, he feared...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 12:45 PM
As millions of viewers watched Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls face their rivals, the Boston Celtics, in the 1986 NBA basketball playoffs, what most viewers saw during that game was Jordan putting up a record 63 points for his team. What...
| Dec 27, 2014
| 5:56 PM
Magic Johnson created a mess earlier this month by saying the Lakers should "lose every game" and secure a top-five draft pick.
Some Lakers fans hated it, some loved it. Lakers players and coaches definitely didn't like it.
But when Johnson and good...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 4:23 PM
I know Byron Scott can't say it out loud, but the Lakers are a better team when Kobe is not playing. Their performance against Golden State was breathtakingly better than they have played all season. Blaming the rest of the team for just "standing around"...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 8:35 PM
— He fell off the All-Star radar as he drifted further and further from the basket in Mike D'Antoni's perimeter-oriented offense.
But Pau Gasol's resurgence hasn't surprised one of his former teammates.
"Pau's been playing like Pau. It's...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 5:32 PM
There's an enduring image from this summer's FIBA World Cup in Spain of Derrick Rose in a tight, squat defensive stance, picking up his opponent full-court.
Rose didn't clap or hike up his shorts, so this wasn't Michael Jordan and Gary Payton dueling in...
| Jan 3, 2015
| 3:09 PM
The people of Englewood Terrace knew long before the rest of Illinois that Ms. Basketball lived in their South Side apartment building.
Her picture, clipped out from the sports section of a local newspaper, hung on a bulletin board in the threadbare...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 7:49 PM
Maybe the reason everything happens so fast in Daniel "Dee" Brown's life is because he embraces the immediacy of every moment.
He walks fast, talks faster and dribbles a basketball fastest of all. Illinois coach Bill Self says that "Dee Brown changes...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 7:38 PM
Ethel Miles didn't think her son had a chance.
Even though 6-foot-8-inch Darius Miles is considered among the three best players in the nation, mom was convinced that Brett Melton of Mahomet-Seymour would win the Mr. Basketball of Illinois award.
| Dec 31, 2014
| 12:24 PM
Here's a look at this year's planned events and commemorations of interest to Chicagoans, to be held here and elsewhere:
Jan. 1 — New Year's Day
Jan. 1 — Illinois' personal income tax rate drops from 5 percent to 3.75 percent.
Jan. 12 ...
| Dec 20, 2014
| 4:40 PM
An hour after Cleveland suffered its worst defeat of the season, a 29-point blowout to Atlanta on Wednesday night, LeBron James sat in a chair on the baseline with a cold drink in his hand and watched his young teammate, point guard Kyrie Irving, work...