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  1. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times: Five days into this new NBA, there is already a new rivalry. The city of Los Angeles versus David Stern. We don't like each other, not anymore, not one bit, not after the NBA commissioner's misuse of his powers...

    Blog | December 13, 2011
  2. Plenty of Heat in the young NBA season

    Henry Abbott

    The Heat are coming to New York to play the Knicks, renew a rivalry, and highlight -- according to dignitaries assembled in Manhattan on Thursday -- an NBA season that is off to a great start. NBA commissioner David Stern, ESPN head George Bodenhe...

    Blog | December 16, 2010
  3. Tuesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Magic fans are voting, essentially to decide whether or not their team has a rival. My thought is, if you're conducing polls, you're probably not in a rivalry that means much of anything. To underscore that point: Boston is winning that poll. Which m...

    Blog | September 07, 2010
  4. For Suns' Frye, a homecoming of sorts

    Henry Abbott

    By John Hollinger PORTLAND - Playoff series are supposed to bring out the worst in city vs. city rivalries, but in the case of Blazers vs. Suns we have a glaring exception to that rule. Suns center Channing Frye grew up in Arizona, went to coll...

    Blog | April 22, 2010
  5. Spike Lee's conundrum

    Henry Abbott

    Spike Lee is almost defined by his love of the Knicks. He wrote a book about it, in fact, and essentially represents "the Knicks" in a story about that team's greatest rivalry of the last twenty years. But he's from Brooklyn. So what is the wor...

    Blog | March 11, 2010
  6. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Bill Livingston of The Plain Dealer: "The Cavs and Los Angeles Lakers are an event. But if events like Cavs 93, Lakers 87 on Thursday night keep up until the NBA Finals, it will get to be a rivalry -- and for more than the way the teams' individual s...

    Blog | January 22, 2010
  7. Winning Time

    Henry Abbott

    Not too long ago on TrueHoop, I reviewed Dan Klores' upcoming documentary "Winning Time," on the rivalry between the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers. It'll be on ESPN in March (part of the 30 for 30 documentary series), and at the Sundance ...

    Blog | January 13, 2010
  8. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Terry Foster of The Detroit News: "Michael Jordan will go into the Hall of Fame next week (Sept. 10-12) as perhaps the greatest and most marketable player of all-time, but he won't go in as a friend of the Pistons. The rivalry between the Pi...

    Blog | September 03, 2009
  9. Kobe Bryant: Rival of Your Life

    Henry Abbott

    Tom Scocca, writing for, makes the case that Kobe Bryant is "the perfect foil for every sort of rivalry." For instance: Dynastic? Tim Duncan's Spurs have four rings to Kobe's three. Cryptodynastic? The critically acclaime...

    Blog | May 28, 2009
  10. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Marc J. Spears of The Boston Globe: "Tonight's game isn't bringing back memories of last season's first-round playoff series for everybody. 'I wouldn't consider it a rivalry,' Rajon Rondo said. 'I don't think much...

    Blog | March 27, 2009
  11. The Shootaround

    Henry Abbott

    Is the Spurs-Suns rivalry still relevant? How about Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Marc Iavaroni? The TrueHoop Network has all the relevant information: John Krolik of Cavs the Blog: "On the road against a tough Magic team and still without...

    Blog | January 30, 2009
  12. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Marc J. Spears of The Boston Globe: " currently offers a chance to watch highlights from last season's Celtics-Hawks playoff series. The video describes tonight's game in Atlanta as a 'renewed rivalry.' If you didn't know better, you would h...

    Blog | December 17, 2008
  13. Thursday: First Cup

    Henry Abbott

    Bill Livingston of The Plain Dealer: "Whatever happened to the NBA's Magic vs. Bird rivalry of this century? Only five years ago, the Cavaliers' LeBron James and Denver's Carmelo Anthony were supposed to save the NBA, the way Larry Bird and Magic Joh...

    Blog | November 13, 2008
  14. Experts Gaze into the Crystal Ball of 2008-2009

    Henry Abbott

    Every season has its story. Last year, there was Kevin Garnett's trade, and Kobe Bryant's will, driving a resurgence of one of basketball's great rivalries. Other years have witnessed the rise of Michael Jordan, or the fall of Magic Johnson. Bigwigs,...

    Blog | October 17, 2008
  15. Bitter Denver Fan

    Henry Abbott

    In many ways you'd think these would be the good times for fans of the Denver Nuggets. Two All-Star Starters, some thrilling and heated rivalries, and a place in one of the hottest conference battles in NBA history. The Nuggets are three games out of...

    Blog | February 26, 2008
  16. Gilbert Arenas vs. Richard Jefferson Continued

    Henry Abbott

    When we last left them, the two ex-Arizona players were admitting to a little rivalry. Now that Jefferson has been given some attention for donating $3.5 million for a practice facility at the university, Arenas has responded on his blog. Se...

    Blog | August 28, 2007