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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. 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
  3. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News: Coaches torture themselves over success, and Gregg Popovich has been lately. He's been wondering out loud among his staff that, well, wouldn't it be better to lose a game? "That's why," one of his assistan...

    Blog | May 08, 2012
  4. Monday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Football has a ton of trick plays. Fake punts, double reverses, running backs lobbing passes. I love all that stuff. There isn't too much of it in the NBA. Maybe the occasional oh-no-we're-not-really-calling-timeout-now basket attack. Or, pretty much...

    Blog | April 02, 2012
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals gave us the answer. Q -- Who stops Dirk for the Oklahoma City Thunder? Let's see now: The Thunder ran Serge Ibaka at him, then Nick Collison, and after that it w...

    Blog | May 18, 2011
  8. 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
  9. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald: "Doc Rivers thought he had waltzed around using the 'S' word during a very damning halftime talk. But no translation was needed for the subdued players sitting in front of him. After watching Ray Allen fall head-firs...

    Blog | March 22, 2011
  10. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Linda Robertson of The Miami Herald: "The announcement was ominous: Dwyane Wade, strained right hamstring. Will not return. That is, the linchpin and soul of the new Miami Heat would not return for Tuesday's preseason opener against the Detroit Pisto...

    Blog | October 06, 2010
  11. The NBA matters again

    Henry Abbott

    I fetched the paper from the sidewalk in front of my house early Sunday. Of course, I'm a sports section guy, but this one weekend -- the first without work intrusions since the beginning of the playoffs way back in whatever month that was -- was dif...

    Blog | July 12, 2010
  12. Wednesday bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference is looking into teams that are better in the playoffs than they were in the regular season: "The 2010 Celtics are the second-most improved playoff team ever, having tacked on +7.8 points of estimated efficiency diff...

    Blog | June 02, 2010
  13. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times: "Thanks, Big Laker in the Sky. The Lakers didn't win Game 5 Thursday night, they put it in the hands of the gods and let them sort it out. Tantalizing the Suns, the gods let Phoenix come from 18 points down in t...

    Blog | May 28, 2010
  14. The players who get the good assists

    Henry Abbott

    I wasn't really a soccer player in high school, but I played one in a rec league. The coach was a family friend who also happened to be a cranky, bossy English guy with a ton of soccer knowledge. The team was excellent -- I was by far the worst pl...

    Blog | March 18, 2010
  15. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Gordon Monson of The Salt Lake Tribune: "LeBron who? At the end, after the gap closed, it was all Sundiata. A troop of no-names, as it turned out, killed the king. All along, the Jazz knew if they could beat the team with the best record in the leagu...

    Blog | January 15, 2010
  16. Tuesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    By Henry Abbott Ron Artest is ready for his close-up. And he's barely clothed. The lengths people will go to for attention. John Krolik of Cavs the Blog, parsing some new 82games.com numbers: "It's still early, but LeBron's jump shot has been r...

    Blog | November 24, 2009