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  1. The Chicago Bulls' new options

    Henry Abbott

    With size on defense and passing skill on offense, Pau Gasol multiplies the options for coach Tom Thibodeau. David Thorpe loves the possibilities this season for the Chicago Bulls....

    Blog | October 30, 2014
  2. Hoops and hounds

    Henry Abbott

    Nicolas Batum got people excited with an Instagram of his dog's hoops skills ... which were nothing compared to Ethan Sherwood Strauss's dog....

    Blog | May 23, 2014
  3. The three dimensions of rebounding

    Henry Abbott

    Researcher Rajiv Maheswaran of USC and Second Spectrum shows that getting the ball is about different skills -- positioning, movement, hands -- working in concert....

    Blog | March 04, 2014
  4. TrueHoop TV: Stuck in the middle

    Henry Abbott

    The players in the middle of #NBArank have clear NBA skills -- but not a lot of them. Ethan Sherwood Strauss and Henry Abbott discuss....

    Blog | September 24, 2013
  5. Dirty, dumb and ugly

    Henry Abbott

    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Hard intentional fouls have helped to make Chris Andersen one of the NBA's most effective players. On the first play of Wednesday night's Game 2, Nate Robinson used basketball skills to get himself a nice look at the bucke...

    Blog | May 10, 2013
  6. The defense of a shooter

    Henry Abbott

    Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Steve Novak's elite NBA skill is shooting and his defense is a joke. Right? Digging around Synergy Sports' advanced statistical service, I noticed something surprising: Steve Novak has the same overall defensive rating as...

    Blog | January 03, 2013
  7. Good teams know what the draft offers

    Henry Abbott

    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Sport Michael Kidd-Gilchrist can make a huge NBA impact without go-to scoring skills -- on a well-run team. The Heat won the 2012 NBA Finals in five games, removing almost all doubt that they were the best team. I don't th...

    Blog | June 26, 2012
  8. Matt Groening's dad's trick

    Henry Abbott

    In an interview with Smithsonian magazine's Claudia De La Roca, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening talks about his dad's distinctive hoops skill: What did your father do before he became a filmmaker? He grew up on a Mennonite farm in Kansas, spea...

    Blog | April 11, 2012
  9. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    John Smallwood of the Philadelphia Daily News: OK, So we know it takes a combination of skill and luck to win a championship. But how far can a little "black magic" take you? I'm not big on talking about the supernatural, but somebody in the Sixers o...

    Blog | January 11, 2012
  10. Thursday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    I have no idea if Nene is a good deal at $13 million or not. But I know that teams that wait for bargain big men with size and skill wait forever, and that teams without decent big men don't contend. Sounds like the Blazers plan to assess Brandon R...

    Blog | December 01, 2011
  11. Thursday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    John Krolik on Antawn Jamison: "Offensively, Jamison's only notable skill is the ability to create shots. That means that he is able to heave the ball in the direction of the basket at a greater rate than most players who play is position. He is a de...

    Blog | July 28, 2011
  12. Evidence: NBA players have plenty of skill

    Henry Abbott

    There are a lot of stereotypes out there about European players. They shoot better. They shoot better from long range. They have better coaching. They move the ball. On ESPN the Magazine's Player X blog (Insider), an unnamed NBA veteran recently wrot...

    Blog | May 24, 2011
  13. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Bob Ryan of The Boston Globe: "The Knicks made the Celtics dig very deep to bag this one. The score doesn't lie: This was an old-fashioned NBA game showcasing extraordinary offensive skill, the kind of entertainment spectacle that made the league gre...

    Blog | December 16, 2010
  14. Video: Steve Nash's charity soccer game

    Henry Abbott

    Brandon Jennings lived in Italy, and had a pair of soccer cleats custom made for him as a gift from his shoe company. Those two facts tell us nothing real about his soccer skills, but nevertheless I entered the Sara D. Roosevelt Park, just south of ...

    Blog | June 24, 2010
  15. Minus 'Melo, Billups keeps Nuggets rolling

    Henry Abbott

    By John Hollinger SAN ANTONIO-Sometimes one can't appreciate a player with subtle skills until circumstances push him to the forefront. The recent play of the Denver Nuggets provides a good example. With league-leading scorer Carmelo Anthony sidel...

    Blog | January 31, 2010
  16. Monday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    By Henry Abbott Delightfully simple. The second video on this page shows Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan working together to get a dunk. There's not a single unique skill on display. Chris Kaman fronts Tim Duncan, so Duncan seals him in front, prote...

    Blog | December 14, 2009