| Feb 3, 2015
| 6:07 PM
Just five games. That's probably the difference between Jacque Vaughn keeping his job as Magic coach and being the foreman fired on this construction project.
If Vaughn has just five more wins, bringing his total to 20, I don't think we're having a...
| 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.
| Nov 22, 2014
| 9:03 PM
Hampton Coliseum and Norfolk Scope, our region's largest arenas, are functional at best. They are old, unappealing and lack prevailing amenities.
A chairback seat, box of popcorn and supersized soda for the rank-and-file? Sure.
A well-appointed suite,...
| 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...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 10:54 AM
In NBA playoff parlance, we call this a gift.
The beaten-up, struggling, Derrick-Rose-less Bulls get a first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, perhaps the dumbest team in the league.
The Bulls won three of the four games against the Nets...
| May 29, 2014
| 8:58 PM
It is the sort of unimaginable leap that would make even Blake Griffin proud.
In less than two months, the Clippers have gone from being the second-most popular team in their own town to the most expensive team in NBA history. In the time it takes to...
| Oct 6, 2011
| 1:52 PM
They say we're supposed to be concerned about the NBA possibly canceling the first few weeks of the regular season.
I'm not concerned.
Are you concerned?
"I could not be less concerned," says Amelia Anderson, an unemployed secretary as she is about...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 5:38 PM
Nick Anderson already knows what he wants etched on his tombstone. Somewhere, it's going to say "Orlando Magic."
Retired from basketball since 2002, he feels strongly about what the Magic and the city of Orlando have meant to him.
| Jun 8, 2014
| 6:22 PM
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti may be running for governor someday. So his first mayoral visit to Sacramento last week was intriguing.
Yes, of course, it's way too early to speculate about who will succeed Gov. Jerry Brown, a virtual cinch to win a...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 11:20 PM
The world's most famous arena was no match for the world's best hockey team Monday, the Kings savaging and silencing Madison Square Garden with three powerful thwacks that cut off the New York Rangers at the heart.
Now they are on the verge of doing the...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 9:07 PM
He had previously suffered 1,529 losses as the incompetent owner of the most poorly run franchise in NBA history.
It is, then, no small matter that Donald Sterling's latest defeat was his worst.
In a stunningly fast and sweeping ruling by Judge...