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  1. Secretary of hoops

    Henry Abbott

    Former professional basketball player and current U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says you can tell a lot about a person's character by how they play hoops....

    Blog | March 14, 2014
  2. Award-winning hoops writing

    Henry Abbott

    The Professional Basketball Writers Association announced its award-winners from 2012 during All-Star Weekend in Houston. They come in three categories: game story, column and feature. Congratulations to the nine winners: GAME STORY Dave McMen...

    Blog | February 19, 2013
  3. TrueHoop TV: Active duty

    Henry Abbott

    Of all the ways to kick off a professional basketball career, serving in Air Force in Afghanistan might be the toughest. But that's exactly what Daniel Nwaelele did....

    Blog | December 03, 2012
  4. Did Popovich, or Stern, sit those players?

    Henry Abbott

    Pedro Portal/Getty Images/Getty ImagesWith his record, no one can accuse Gregg Popovich of not trying to win as much as possible. Six times more likely. Research shows that serious injuries are six times more likely in professional soccer players wh...

    Blog | November 30, 2012
  5. Not happening in Bakersfield

    Henry Abbott

    Last weekend TrueHoop friend, recent professional player in Israel, and former Harvard-teammate-of-Jeremy Lin Drew Housman tried out for the D-League's Bakersfield Jam. Here, in his words, is how that went. As I pulled up to the Dignity Health Cen...

    Blog | October 18, 2012
  6. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times: As often as the headlines go sour in professional sports, what a kick to hear Coach Vinny Del Negro walk through the locker room singing, "It's a miracle." Del Negro stopped to crack: "I just got a text from Mike...

    Blog | May 14, 2012
  7. Friday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Stephen J. Dubner of Freakonomics says getting booed is part of having arrived: "If you've made the big time -- if you're a professional -- well then boos kind of come with the territory. If you aren't getting booed -- well, you probably haven't gott...

    Blog | January 27, 2012
  8. One-on-one with dad

    Henry Abbott

    Kate Fagan is a former Sixers beat writer, University of Colorado player, and professional in the Irish league. She begins a new job writing for ESPN.com and ESPNW.com today. She has a new year's resolution to find more time to play basketball wit...

    Blog | January 03, 2012
  9. The offer that should have been accepted

    Henry Abbott

    Patrick McDermott/Getty Images Sport Owners are going to the mattresses on a doomed quest for competitive balance. When professional athletes are in a work stoppage, everyone knows that means people with tons of money -- millionaires and billionair...

    Blog | November 17, 2011
  10. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times: "Here's the true sign that at least part of the NBA season appears in jeopardy. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reportedly reached a verbal agreement to play with the Italian professional basketball team Virtus Bologna....

    Blog | September 30, 2011
  11. Should we all have coaches?

    Henry Abbott

    NBA players are professionals who have put in tens of thousands of hours honing their craft. When most of us reach the point where we have been doing something that much for that long we move beyond further instruction. Surgeons and lawyers and Wa...

    Blog | September 29, 2011
  12. Owners newly shouldering some blame

    Henry Abbott

    When professional athletes are in labor disputes, it can be counted on that fans -- who have little idea what owners do, but know players make mad cash for playing a game -- will tend to blame the players. Check out the SportsNation poll in the si...

    Blog | September 16, 2011
  13. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Jeff Schultz of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "If the Atlanta Spirit wasn't the worst ownership in the history of professional sports, it at least is in the argument. No sports town wants to be in that argument. I don't know a thing about Alex Me...

    Blog | August 08, 2011
  14. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee: "One game left? How is this even possible? A professional sports franchise should be an uplifting, unifying force, a great escape from war and the economy and the trials of daily life. But that's not what is happe...

    Blog | April 13, 2011
  15. Unselfish Bulls an NBA rarity

    Henry Abbott

    Athletes forever talk teamwork, chemistry and selflessness. Most of the time it's a crock -- things to say into the tape recorders to make the writers happy. The economics of major professional sports just aren't set up like that. The youngsters ...

    Blog | March 18, 2011
  16. In the heart of the Bulls

    Henry Abbott

    Athletes forever talk teamwork, chemistry and selflessness. Most of the time it's a crock -- things to say into the tape recorders to make the writers happy. The economics of major professional sports just aren't set up like that. The youngs...

    Blog | March 18, 2011