The NBA Draft is a coal mine of coded language. I plumbed the history of one of the draft's seemingly benign tropes for the Shocker. Read it here. https://medium.com/the-shocker/the-nba-drafts-men-of-mystery-a-survey-and-hypothesis-3c5ebefcecf2
I posted this on Facebook back in April after the Heat were eliminated from playoff contention on the last day of the season. The Heat are playing in LA this afternoon so I thought I would share it. My first (full) regular season reporting on the NBA just ended so I just wanted to say … Continue reading Why the Heat were different
Jamal Murray has been one of if not the most promising rookie from the 2016 draft class. Drafted seventh overall by the Denver Nuggets, Murray has seen his minutes fluctuate on one of the NBA's deepest and most decentralized teams (the Nuggets' 107.5 points per game places them 7th in the league, but their leading scorer averages only 17). … Continue reading A chat with Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets rookie guard
Kobe's last game was the biggest LA moment since the OJ chase. Earlier that day, I wrote about his essential loneliness for VICE Sports.
When I was reporting my first article on the Bucks, Mike Smith, who does color commentary on Clipper broadcasts, pulled me aside in the tunnel before tipoff. "How do you pronounce Giannis's last name?" he asked me. "Ahn-te-to-koom-po?" Yeah, that's fine, I told him. "It's actually more like Ah-detto-koom-bo, but the way you said it will … Continue reading In Praise of the Giannis Antetokounmpo Point Guard Experience