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  1. The greatest dunker ever

    Henry Abbott

    At the 2000 Slam Dunk Competition in Oakland, Vince Carter cast a spell on every basketball fan. Amin Elhassan shares his memories of that contest....

    Blog | February 15, 2014
  2. Ingredients of success

    Henry Abbott

    It's time for the seventh annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference in Boston, which means close to 3,000 people will crowd into a convention center to discuss and learn about the latest and greatest in stat geekery. We will be covering it all ...

    Blog | March 01, 2013
  3. Thursday Mini-Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Jerry West says that "in terms of talent" Kobe Bryant is the greatest Laker ever. So what are the non-talent qualities essential to hoops greatness? Potentially related, here's former Laker assistant coach and current CSKA head coach Ettore Messina...

    Blog | December 06, 2012
  4. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Howard Beck of The New York Times: As the confetti fluttered and American Airlines Arena boomed, James cradled the Larry O'Brien trophy in his arms, his mouth agape, his eyes bright, his vindication complete. The greatest N.B.A. player without a ring...

    Blog | June 22, 2012
  5. Elgin Baylor's quiet refusal

    Henry Abbott

    In 1966, Frank Deford profiled Elgin Baylor for Sports Illustrated. What emerges is undeniably one of the greatest players, and characters, in NBA history. Of course Baylor scored with the best, and rebounded better than almost anyone his size. Today...

    Blog | January 16, 2012
  6. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe: "At the Hall of Fame reunion dinner last night, where several of the game's greatest congregate to celebrate the new class, commissioner David Stern appeared hopeful about a labor agreement despite the fact that the...

    Blog | August 12, 2011
  7. LeBron James' greatest moment?

    Henry Abbott

    LeBron James is fantastic for the way he plays basketball season long. It has a lot to do with work, decision making, size, efficiency, defense, conditioning, selflessness and everything else. He was my pick for MVP this year, and is a strong cand...

    Blog | May 13, 2011
  8. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times: "In an unofficial poll, broadcasters Don MacLean, Michael Eaves and I decided it had to be the greatest quarter in Clippers history. Of course, in other teams' histories, they keep track of seasons, not quarters...

    Blog | January 13, 2011
  9. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Israel Gutierrez of The Miami Herald: "The Heat played with a purpose. A playoff-like purpose. This historic return home for one of the NBA's greatest might have become his biggest victory to date. He came out of this not only with the reassurance th...

    Blog | December 03, 2010
  10. Behold: The 4-pointer

    Henry Abbott

    Maybe the greatest basketball quote of all time comes, of course, from Antoine Walker. He was once asked why he shot so many 3s, and he responded "because there are no 4s." At least, that's how it used to be. Consider this press release about t...

    Blog | December 01, 2010
  11. Charles Barkley's big break

    Henry Abbott

    A story I learned for the first time reading Michael Grange's new, large and surprisingly entertaining "Basketball's Greatest Stars" book: Passed over by most of the big-name schools, [Charles Barkley] caught the eye of an assistant coach at Auburn ...

    Blog | November 02, 2010
  12. Tuesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Steve Kerr says the primary reason the NBA is in financial trouble is because salaries "really exploded." The Players' Association, for the record, says negotiated salaries have declined three straight years, despite the greatest free agent class ev...

    Blog | October 26, 2010
  13. The Best Basketball Photo

    Henry Abbott

    By J.A. Adande First of all, enough with the nonsense that the picture of Tiger Woods' flubbed chip shot headed straight toward the camera is the greatest sports photos of all time. It doesn't even belong in the same gallery as the Bobby Orr Stanl...

    Blog | October 05, 2010
  14. Respect Maurice Lucas

    Henry Abbott

    Anthony Neste/NBAE/Getty Images Why is it a secret Lucas is among the greatest Blazers ever? ESPN.com has this fun thing happening where you can pick your team's all-time starting five. As a Blazer fan, I recently stopped by to see who was named my...

    Blog | September 20, 2010
  15. How many Steve Nash high-fives per game?

    Henry Abbott

    All Hail Jess the Suns intern for one of the greatest internet videos ever. Before you watch it, take a guess at how many times per game Steve Nash high-fives Suns teammates. Yes, Jess counted: I learned about that video from the Caltech basketb...

    Blog | April 26, 2010
  16. A Quick College Chemistry Course

    Henry Abbott

    By J.A. Adande On this, the night the NBA yields the stage to college basketball, let's pause for a moment to examine one of the greatest differences between the two games: the importance of chemistry. Good chemistry means so much more in colle...

    Blog | April 05, 2010