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  1. Expect surprises from 2014 draft

    Henry Abbott

    The big names are the best bets in any draft. But past drafts -- 2013's is a prime example -- offer countless reminders that big surprises are the norm. Also, as David Thorpe points out, few rookies get big opportunities to succeed....

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  2. When Shaq bet Alvin Gentry a Lamborghini

    Henry Abbott

    Alvin Gentry has more NBA stories than anyone. This one's from his days with the Suns, when Shaquille O'Neal said he'd buy Gentry a Lamborghini ... if the coach could dunk the ball....

    Blog | July 01, 2013
  3. Five for Friday

    Henry Abbott

    No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs (sorry, Dallas fans). So why do we force them to play out the string when one team wins the first three games? One response: I bet the playoff teams being guaranteed only one game of playo...

    Blog | May 04, 2012
  4. Cappie Pondexter vs. Sebastian Telfair

    Henry Abbott

    The WNBA star crushes Sebastian Telfair in terms of shoe brightness, and does very well at basketball too. On YouTube, commenter Mbenz27: "I'm willing to bet 99 percent of all people couldn't beat her one-on-one without playin' some hacking defens...

    Blog | September 29, 2011
  5. The hard part of the hard cap

    Henry Abbott

    The good bet was always that, for all the talk about hard caps and draft picks and age limits, these CBA talks were really about dollars. And if the league and the players association could agree on how to carve up the revenue pie, everything else wo...

    Blog | September 13, 2011
  6. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Jeff Barker of The Baltimore Sun: "NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter said Wednesday that if he 'had to bet on it,' he would wager that the entire 2011-12 season would be wiped out by the lockout. ... The union chief said NBA co...

    Blog | August 04, 2011
  7. A poem for Shaquille O'Neal

    Henry Abbott

    Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images The year: 2000. The king of the basketball world: Shaquille O'Neal. As usual, I lost a bet. This time the circumstances were cloaked in stat geekery, and maddening. But the end result is: Shaquille O'Neal contributed mo...

    Blog | April 27, 2011
  8. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post: "It's almost fitting that news broke of an impending meeting between the Nets and Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony in the city of the Alamo. Consider this the Nuggets' and Nets' last stand. They can only hope it ends bet...

    Blog | January 18, 2011
  9. Monday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke, quoted by Paul Hunter in the Toronto Star: "I really like Bryan (Colangelo, the Raptors GM). He's a really good guy but I don't like to be seen with him in public. He's taller than I am. He's bet...

    Blog | October 11, 2010
  10. Shaquille O'Neal vs. Darko Milicic: The Bet

    Henry Abbott

    The other day I wrote that I thought Darko Milicic would contribute more to the Timberwolves this season than Shaquille O'Neal would to the Celtics. What I didn't make clear enough was that my point is really a story about reputations. O'Neal is a...

    Blog | August 06, 2010
  11. Shaquille O'Neal vs. Darko Milicic, a bet

    Henry Abbott

    Every now and again I get it in my head to place some kind of embarrassing public wager. I usually lose, which can be painful. So, let's do it again! Here's the deal: The Celtics have reportedly come to an agreement with Shaquille O'Neal, wh...

    Blog | August 04, 2010
  12. LeBron James Monday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    LeBron James sits at the top of the free agent pyramid. The best bet is that no team with a chance at him will lock up its cap space before he has made up his mind, and that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will find out what James is doing before they sig...

    Blog | July 05, 2010
  13. Michael Jordan's next challenge

    Henry Abbott

    Kent Smith/NBAE/Getty Images Michael Jordan has placed an enormous bet on his own abilities as a hoops executive. Over the weekend, David Stern introduced Michael Jordan as the new "principal owner" of the Charlotte Bobcats, taking over the positio...

    Blog | March 02, 2010
  14. Thursday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    A fascinating and thoughtful post about the point guard play of the Lakers. Basically, none of them can shoot, and Derek Fisher, Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown have various other shortcomings, too. What's the solution? I'll make a bet: Phil Jackson ...

    Blog | January 21, 2010
  15. Tim Donaghy, disgraced NBA official, sticks to story: Biases help...

    Henry Abbott

    At times, former NBA referee Tim Donaghy was vague in an interview Monday about his role in gambling on NBA games.

    Story | Conversation | December 07, 2009
  16. Al Horford: I Bet Paul Pierce $10,000 We'd Win a Game

    Henry Abbott

    By Henry Abbott On Atlanta's 790 the Zone this morning, Atlanta Hawk Al Horford was asked about his playoff battle with the Celtics' Paul Pierce in 2008. That series was intense, remember? The hosts asked Horford, who was on the show with te...

    Blog | October 20, 2009