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  1. NBA execs: Tanking 'definitely a strategy'

    Henry Abbott

    The NBA's president of basketball operations, Rod Thorn, acknowledges that losing games in the name of better draft picks -- commonly known as "tanking" -- is "definitely a strategy" for front offices. "I don't look at it as tanking," Thorn told ...

    Blog | February 19, 2014
  2. 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
  3. The Lakers won't win free agency

    Henry Abbott

    Stephen Dunn/Getty Images Luring the kind of players who can bring titles to Lakerland will be tough. The history of the Lakers is that they may stumble now and again, but never for long. One way or another, huge names come to play in L.A., and as ...

    Blog | September 11, 2013
  4. Can you handle 'the Pelicans'?

    Henry Abbott

    It has been speculated about for some months on the TrueHoop Network blog that has long been called Hornets247 (but is now considering new avian-type names). Reportedly the New Orleans Hornets will indeed change their name to the Pelicans. Pel...

    Blog | December 05, 2012
  5. Sports betting hedge fund closes

    Henry Abbott

    In 2004, Mark Cuban wrote a blog post about his plans to open a hedge fund that specialized in one thing: betting on sports. His rationale was a good one: Many Wall Street investments are gambles by another name. And at least in sports there is re...

    Blog | January 31, 2012
  6. Kobe Bryant on aging

    Henry Abbott

    It has been a while now that I have been writing about how very much Kobe Bryant shoots the ball, especially in crunch time. One of the more interesting reactions to that work came from a former player. He doesn't want me to even use his name, becaus...

    Blog | January 05, 2012
  7. Name the crimes of David Stern

    Henry Abbott

    The night of The Decision, I was blown away at the vitriol surrounding LeBron James. He didn't play where you wanted him to play. He had a TV show. Bummer. It still amazes me how fired up that makes people. I wrote a post asking people to name the cr...

    Blog | December 09, 2011
  8. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News: "Considering that they began their stewardship on a day when the NBA continued to lock out its players during a labor dispute, a day when they could not even mention the names of their players in public, H...

    Blog | October 19, 2011
  9. Wednesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    If you need to convince your children that penmanship matters, here's something to try: Poor handwriting on a birth certificate changed Shane Battier's family name from "Battle" to "Battier" and they just went with it. Beckley Mason of HoopSpeak on...

    Blog | August 24, 2011
  10. The lessons of Jeffrey Kessler

    Henry Abbott

    Attorney Jeffrey Kessler is the big name in sports labor legal circles, and the pioneer of the antitrust litigation that has had industry-changing results in football. He represents the National Basketball Players Association at the moment, which ...

    Blog | August 03, 2011
  11. Any chance Michael Jordan could return again?

    Henry Abbott

    NBA hearts skipped a beat yesterday at word that Michael Jordan has been suiting up and practicing with the Bobcats. After running with him, Gerald Wallace reports the man is still "Mike." (Even though that's just repeating the man's name, it's that ...

    Blog | February 11, 2011
  12. A nervous time for sports dopers

    Henry Abbott

    Remember BALCO? At first it seemed like a weird little sports story, but before long it created this yawning chasm that swallowed some of the biggest names in athletics. Well, Germany just had its BALCO moment, and the implications are internation...

    Blog | February 10, 2011
  13. Wednesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    The name Lynyrd Skynyrd is -- who knew? -- a mocking tribute of a high school basketball coach named Leonard Skinner. David Berri says that the best power forward in Blazer history was not my candidate, Maurice Lucas, but Buck Williams. The differe...

    Blog | September 22, 2010
  14. Taxing LeBron James' dentist

    Henry Abbott

    This summer LeBron James crossed over from famous basketball player to famous person. When your name is that well known, it's liable to come up -- sometimes even accompanied by your dentist -- in the most surprising places. For instance, I was ...

    Blog | August 10, 2010
  15. Powerbroker in action: Dan Fegan's draft day

    Henry Abbott

    "Kentucky point guard" has been nearly an automatic prefix to the name "John Wall" for the last year. Similarly, "Yale lawyer" is a phrase that tends to come before the name of his agent, Dan Fegan. Is Wall really defined by that school, or tha...

    Blog | June 25, 2010
  16. Checking in on the Stat Geek Smackdown

    Henry Abbott

    In the last round of the 2010 TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown, something fascinating happened. The one outlier -- that risk-taker Jeff Ma, who first made a name for himself beating casinos at cards -- picked the Celtics to beat the Cavaliers. And ...

    Blog | May 18, 2010