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  1. Jonathan Abrams

    Jonathan Abrams



    Jonathan Abrams (@JPdabrams) is a staff writer for Grantland. He is working on a book about the NBA's prep-to-pro generation of players.

  2. Josh Howard making push for NBA return

    Jonathan Abrams

    The jump shot seldom betrays the pure shooter. It is the rest of the body that, with age, breaks down like a car with too much mileage. It is the ankles, battered through too many stops and starts, twists and turns. It is the knees that have endured ...

    Blog | August 18, 2014
  3. Josh Howard: No Regrets

    Jonathan Abrams

    The jump shot seldom betrays the pure shooter. It is the rest of the body that, with age, breaks down like a car with too much mileage. It is the ankles, battered through too many stops and starts, twists and turns. It is the knees that have endured...

    Blog | August 11, 2014
  4. Q&A With Philadelphia and Golden State Warriors Legend Al Att...

    Jonathan Abrams

    In 1960, Al Attles crammed a week's worth of clothing into a bag and left for a tryout with the Philadelphia Warriors. He thought little of his chances and was looking forward to a career as a PE teacher. Instead, more than five decades lat...

    Blog | August 07, 2014
  5. The Faded Smile

    Jonathan Abrams

    Moochie Norris recognized that face. As basketballs danced and shoes screeched across the court, Norris zeroed in on the teenager. How did Norris know him? For years, Norris had scratched and clawed his way to a respectable NBA career, most notably i...

    Blog | June 20, 2014
  6. Mon Frère Boris

    Jonathan Abrams

    Something was rotten in Atlanta. A series of ill-fated draft picks, trades, and managerial blunders had rendered the Hawks the most woebegone franchise in the NBA. They wobbled to a league-worst 13 wins in 2004-05, fewer than even the expansion Charl...

    Blog | June 16, 2014
  7. Ray and Rashard, Reunited

    Jonathan Abrams

    Sam Presti looked even more boyish than usual. The 30-year-old Presti had been Seattle's general manager for less than a month when the fork-in-the-road 2007 draft approached. The warm memories of the Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp SuperSonics...

    Blog | June 05, 2014
  8. What If This Is OKC’s Last Shot?

    Bill Simmons

    There's a poignant moment in Jonathan Abrams's oral history about the 2002 Kings, right after the section covering their gut-wrenching Game 7 defeat, when a Sacramento employee named Devin Blankenship remembers his coworkers consoling ...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  9. Class Is Still in Session

    Jonathan Abrams

    Somewhere amid the ankle-breaking crossovers, the crashing dunks, and Jason Williams's elbow passes at the 2000 NBA Rookie Challenge in Oakland, Andre Miller was doing what Andre Miller always does. The 23-year-old Cleveland Cavali...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  10. All the Kings’ Men

    Jonathan Abrams

    "In between games, I didn't sleep much. I lost weight. The stress level was high. There was no pleasure." Those are Rick Fox's memories from the breathtaking 2002 Western Conference finals against the Sacram...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  11. The Resurrection of Jermaine O’Neal

    Jonathan Abrams

    Doc Rivers alternated between big compliments and little jabs about Jermaine O'Neal. Just moments before Game 2 of the Los Angeles Clippers-Golden State Warriors first-round matchup, Rivers considered recent Boston history. &am...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  12. Grantland: Resurrection of Jermaine O'Neal

    Jonathan Abrams | Grantland.com

    Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty ImagesJermaine O'Neal has rejuvenated his career with Golden State.Doc Rivers alternated between big compliments and little jabs about Jermaine O'Neal. Just moments before Game 2 of the Los Angeles Clippers-Golden State Warrio...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  13. The Pest

    Jonathan Abrams

    The lawn sloped slightly toward the sky, giving way to a modest, three-bedroom beige duplex. No one bothered bragging about the Citrus Heights home in the shadows of Sacramento. Still, Henry Barnes, the proprietor of the picturesque lawn, tended to i...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  14. Life After Tayshana: Coping With the Aftershocks of a Tragedy

    Jonathan Abrams

    Tayshana Murphy would have just competed in the recent NCAA women's basketball tournament. She'd be one step closer to a college degree. She'd be making a name for herself and ensuring her future. That was the future she had planned, ...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  15. The New Blake Griffin, in the Words of the Clippers

    Jonathan Abrams

    Have you met the new Blake Griffin yet? This season, the Clippers' All-Star power forward has evolved into an all-around force and a dark horse MVP candidate. That evolution went mostly unnoticed in the early part of the season. A player already...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  16. Grantland: Big Man, Little Man

    ESPNBoston.com

    Getty ImagesBoston's Jared Sullinger and Utah's Trey Burke.Jared Sullinger and Trey Burke -- close friends and basketball soul mates since they were little kids -- are thriving in the NBA. From Grantland's Jonathan Abrams: They didn't think much of ...

    Blog | February 13, 2014
  17. The resurrection of Lakers forward Xavier Henry

    Jonathan Abrams

    How a lottery washout resurrected his career on the Lake Show.

    Story | Conversation | December 18, 2013