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  1. Who runs the summer?

    Henry Abbott

    Christian Petersen/Getty Images The NBA has reason to think beyond the Olympics -- but questionable right to keep players away. READ PART ONE: "Is the NBA divorcing the Olympics?" The first time the NBA spoke in any detail about pulling back fro...

    Blog | August 02, 2012
  2. Is the NBA divorcing the Olympics?

    Henry Abbott

    David Ramos/Getty Images The battle is on to control stars like LeBron James and Deron Williams in the NBA offseason. David Stern has been musing for months: Maybe it's time to take a page out of soccer's playbook by holding the best players in the...

    Blog | August 01, 2012
  3. Thanks, Coach Vogel. Now what?

    Henry Abbott

    HoopIdea began with the conviction that NBA basketball was the best game ever, but could be even better. To that end, we opened channels of communications to ESPN.com readers, to hear how they thought the game could be better. You know what they w...

    Blog | May 14, 2012
  4. It is good to be Goran

    Henry Abbott

    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Sport The Rockets' guard is playing his best ball with the playoffs, and free agency, around the corner. A recent conversation with Rockets guard Goran Dragic, by phone: In your win against Chicago, you had 21 points...

    Blog | April 06, 2012
  5. HoopIdea: More basketball in crunch time

    Henry Abbott

    Here's a HoopIdea: Crunch-time basketball is fantastically exciting -- the peak entertainment of the sport. But the ball is dead a lot. Play stops for: Timeouts, of which there are too many, and which are too long. The referee's whistles, m...

    Blog | February 09, 2012
  6. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman: "Kevin Durant on the silver screen? Uh, let me think about that one. The Thunder superstar is finalizing a deal to star in a major Warner Brothers film, according to our man Darnell Mayberry. I've got to say, I didn't s...

    Blog | August 23, 2011
  7. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post: "They play soccer on Thursdays, Denver's melting pot of footballers from Brazil, Argentina, Peru. It's a hodgepodge of muscular men, lithe ladies and one 6-foot-11 dude who somehow seems to fit in like he is 5-foo...

    Blog | August 16, 2011
  8. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune: "Call me a cynic -- and David Kahn has, more than once -- but you can probably handicap this Timberwolves' coaching search simply by using one criteria: $$$ If they're willing to pay $4-5 million a year, the pick clea...

    Blog | July 29, 2011
  9. Leandro Barbosa considering going overseas

    Henry Abbott

    Catherine Steenkeste/NBAE/Getty Images Leandro Barbosa has until the end of the month to opt-out -- if a lockout looks likely, he may. The Raptors' Leandro Barbosa was all smiles on Wednesday playing soccer in New York at former teammate Steve Nash...

    Blog | June 23, 2011
  10. What good is parity?

    Henry Abbott

    Parity. The league needs parity. It is taken as gospel that having weak teams start the season out of the running for a title, and having a few teams take home all the rings, is trouble for any league, especially the NBA. It's even worse when you ...

    Blog | June 21, 2011
  11. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: "Dwight Howard faces a one-game suspension -- his second of the season -- after picking up his 18th technical foul in the Magic's 111-102 overtime victory Wednesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, a game un...

    Blog | April 07, 2011
  12. Len Bias and the war on drugs

    Henry Abbott

    Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images Len Bias as the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA draft. His death changed Colombian history. Jeff and Michael Zimbalist's "The Two Escobars" -- an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary that first aired June 21, 2010 -...

    Blog | March 11, 2011
  13. Soccer's elegant development solution

    Henry Abbott

    The world's finest young athletes in most sports -- those with pro prospects -- make money from their valuable work. But not in basketball and football, oddly. For some reason (these sports are among the blackest, it's hard to dismiss race as a...

    Blog | January 14, 2011
  14. Chris Ballard faces the king of Pop-a-Shot

    Henry Abbott

    If you are a basketball fan with a television you probably know about Ricardo the busboy, who has humiliated one NBA star after another on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The game is Pop-a-Shot, or a variation thereof, the basket-shooting game you find in bars...

    Blog | January 05, 2011
  15. Watch your head

    Henry Abbott

    The NFL is going through some soul-searching right now, thanks to new awareness about the long-term dangers associated with football's many hard collisions to the head. As a basketball fan, it's tempting to wag a finger and say something like: See...

    Blog | October 19, 2010
  16. No vacation for Samuel Dalembert

    Henry Abbott

    Joe Raedle/Getty Images News Dalembert visited Haiti four times this summer and says "there is no vacation to be taken here." On January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook southern Haiti, including the capital of Port-au-Prince. Official estimate...

    Blog | September 23, 2010