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  1. Monday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Former Sonics owner Howard Schultz conspires with the police and Costco security to look really petty on YouTube. There are a lot of mini-trends right now in the NBA. Two I believe in least of all: Hot Knicks! Cold Lakers! Not always better in th...

    Blog | April 11, 2011
  2. All hail GMs who quit on bad players

    Henry Abbott

    There have always been stories of high draft picks that didn't pan out; Adam Morrison is hardly the first lottery bust. But you do know what may be changing just a little? Teams aren't hanging on to them forever anymore, and that's smart. In Da...

    Blog | January 07, 2011
  3. Performance enhancing drugs in the NBA

    Henry Abbott

    The party line has always been that there are not a lot of performance enhancing drugs in the NBA, because they wouldn't help much in the NBA. When people say "the kind of bulk people get from steroids isn't handy in the NBA" it's not enough. Did ...

    Blog | March 11, 2010
  4. Crunch time X's and O's by a master

    Henry Abbott

    When the game is on the line, so many coaches call simple, boring isolation plays for their stars. We've all seen it a million times. There are arguments for keeping it simple, but as I've written many times, it always strikes me as a cop-out. Screen...

    Blog | February 05, 2010
  5. The TrueHoop Network Shootaround

    Henry Abbott

    Is it really as simple as "LeBron up top in isolation" for the Cavs? If so, how does Orlando adjust? Is "Carmelo up top in isolation" a blueprint for Denver? And if you're weary from playoff basketball, there's always the ...

    Blog | May 29, 2009
  6. New Suns Blog Combs Through Countless Season Predictions

    Henry Abbott

    Michael Schwartz of Valley of the Suns finds that the buzz just is not there this time around: In past years you could always count on at least a Marc Stein or Scoop Jackson of ESPN.com to show some Suns love, but this year it's all about the Lakers...

    Blog | October 29, 2008
  7. Liveblogging Sixers vs. Pistons Game 6

    Henry Abbott

    Last time I was here, for Game 3, there was a dark omen for the Sixers: three starlings flying around the arena. The Sixers, it turned out, cared not a bit about that omen, and crushed the Pistons. So ... as someone who always roots for Game 7s (unle...

    Blog | May 01, 2008
  8. A Close Look at Dirk Nowitzki

    Henry Abbott

    I have always heard that Dirk Nowitzki was a great guy. And there have long been glimpses that he has a sense of humor. But I have never talked to him, and never had any sense of what he was really like. Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News has p...

    Blog | October 31, 2007
  9. A Legend and His Tupac

    Henry Abbott

    From Spencer Haywood's blog on the National Basketball Retired Players Association website: Well it looks like I have a new love in the music world. Jazz will always be #1, but look out everyone, there's a new genre of music that has grown on me: h...

    Blog | June 20, 2007
  10. The Box Score Tells the Story

    Henry Abbott

    They're always so persnickety and sober, those box scores, aren't they? No room for fun in putting those together every night. Well, almost no room for fun. Turns out that once in a blue moon there is a way to poke a little fun at aging forward. L...

    Blog | March 27, 2007
  11. Nice Guys Finish Jumping Over Frederic Weis

    Henry Abbott

    There are always a few people upset about the fact that Vince Carter smiles and jokes around. Like he's too nice to play hard or something. Like you have to hate your opponent to be a winner. Those people should watch this unbelievable video of V...

    Blog | March 12, 2007
  12. Patrick O'Bryant in the D-League

    Henry Abbott

    I have always wondered about team chemistry in the D-league. There aren't many people watching, for one thing. If anyone plays really well, they're gone. If anyone get hurt, they're cut. Players can also be playing really well, and lose a mess of pla...

    Blog | January 09, 2007
  13. Allen Iverson on the Cover of the new DIME

    Henry Abbott

    It's a perfectly good article (don't think it's online yet), but there's some serious irony. Author Patrick Cassidy talks a fair amount about how the media gives Iverson a raw deal. Then he talks about how DIME has always been squarely in Iverson...

    Blog | November 15, 2006
  14. Training Camp is Tedious

    Henry Abbott

    Of all the NBA events out there, I have always assumed that being a fly on a wall at training camp would be incredibly fun and insightful. Strategy, sweat, grudges, roster spot competition, and behind-closed-doors stuff... Phil Jackson's buddy, an...

    Blog | October 10, 2006
  15. This is the Big Weekend--UPDATED with Schedule

    Henry Abbott

    Haven't you always wished there was some way to combine the level of play of the NBA, with the level of excitement of the NCAA tournament? There's just no way to get around the adrenaline that comes with tons of elimination games, one after anoth...

    Blog | August 24, 2006
  16. Does Everyone Think Detroit is Done?

    Henry Abbott

    I can't find a single "expert" who is writing today that they think Detroit will beat Miami. That always makes me nervous. There is seldom that kind of consensus. It's just weird. Last time all the experts agreed it was when practically eve...

    Blog | May 30, 2006