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  1. How bad are the Sixers?

    Henry Abbott

    In the Grantland video below, Jalen Rose picks the stripped-down Sixers to be the worst team in the NBA. Bill Simmons says it'll be the Suns or Sixers. Hard to find real argument ... ... except from the Wages of Wins, where Arturo Galletti has a s...

    Blog | October 01, 2013
  2. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Howard Beck of The New York Times: "This round of negotiations is being conducted with small groups on each side. Stern was joined by Silver, the San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt - who heads the N.B.A.'s labor relations committee - and the league's...

    Blog | November 10, 2011
  3. Is today's NBA like "Moneyball"?

    Henry Abbott

    When George Postolos saw the movie "Moneyball," which opened last Friday, he had some qualms. The former president of the Rockets noted that in portraying Brad Pitt's character, A's GM Billy Beane, as a man unilaterally changing baseball, the film...

    Blog | September 27, 2011
  4. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Howard Beck of The New York Times: "More than 100 N.B.A. employees were laid off this week, heightening the sense of economic distress as the league's owners and players haggle over a new labor agreement. ... Adam Silver, the N.B.A.'s deputy commiss...

    Blog | July 15, 2011
  5. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman: "The NBA ticks toward a lockout. Friday is the deadline. The day pro basketball's business halts. It's a little disconcerting for us here in Oklahoma. Just when this NBA stuff is really getting good, there's talk of a s...

    Blog | June 27, 2011
  6. Monday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    John Hollinger (Insider) says the Lakers' loss wasn't a total outlier: "In eight games against the Lakers in 2007-08 and 2008-09, [Chris] Paul eviscerated L.A.'s defense. He averaged 24.1 points and 14.3 assists in the eight meetings, going above and...

    Blog | April 18, 2011
  7. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times: "It's taken a while -- OK, more than three months of the season -- but the Lakers are starting to see why they got Ron Artest in the first place. He played tight defense Sunday against Paul Pierce and drew a s...

    Blog | February 01, 2010
  8. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Howard Beck of The New York Times: "On a recent night at Madison Square Garden, the camera focused on Mike D'Antoni as he plopped himself on the bench. D'Antoni looked down, clasped his hands, took a deep breath, puffed out his cheeks and let out a s...

    Blog | November 17, 2009
  9. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Jonathan Abrams of The New York Times: "Kevin Durant is one of the N.B.A.'s fastest-rising figures in a league in which a player's star power often develops before his maturity. Yet the 6-foot-9-inch Durant, last season's sixth-leading scorer, h...

    Blog | September 23, 2009
  10. More Evidence of Team U.S.A.'s Chinese Fans

    Henry Abbott

    Sunny Wu of MSNBC went to a Beijing Park where people were playing half-court pickup basketball (to five, without checking the call, all for the purposes of being fast and getting more people on the crowded courts). After negotiating some security pe...

    Blog | August 07, 2008
  11. Tuesday Afternoon Amusements

    Henry Abbott

    Jeannie Buss and Phil Jackson consult the Dog Whisperer. Watch one of L.A.'s true power couples labor to establish dominance over a dog that would fit in the cup holder of a Mini.Big Baby Mohawk.A video response to the question: which Blazer is the b...

    Blog | April 01, 2008
  12. Listening to Kobe Bryant: This is Not a Game

    Henry Abbott

    Have you heard Kobe Bryant's appearance on L.A.'s AM 570 KLAC? (Via Sports at Random) He talks at length about a number of things, and while I'm certain this episode will be spun every which way in the days and weeks to come, I suggest that if you ac...

    Blog | May 30, 2007
  13. War Stories from a Former NBA Referee

    Henry Abbott

    Noah Trister writes up the reflections of former official Gary Benson: "This is called selective officiating," Benson explained, drawing a laugh. Benson described a time Bill Laimbeer started complaining after a call went against him. A s...

    Blog | January 31, 2007
  14. Earl Boykins and Julius Hodge for Steve Blake

    Henry Abbott

    Thanks to Ben for the heads up. Here's the report. UPDATE: My knee-jerk analysis: This is a big opportunity for Steve Blake. He could be running a really big show here if he plays his cards right. (He could also become a bit player in a s...

    Blog | January 11, 2007
  15. L.A.'s Odd Couple

    Henry Abbott

    Let me be the millionth to say Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant deserve each other. I don't say that in a mean way. Phil might be the best coach in the game and Kobe might be the best player in the game. But they are both oddly full of themselves. (I wo...

    Blog | June 15, 2005
  16. Stephen Curry's street cred

    Henry Abbott

    He golfs in Scotland. His wife has her Martha Stewart-style YouTube channel. But Stephen Curry insists none of this causes him grief at work....

    Blog | August 13, 2014