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  1. Who runs the summer?

    Henry Abbott

    Christian Petersen/Getty Images The NBA has reason to think beyond the Olympics -- but questionable right to keep players away. READ PART ONE: "Is the NBA divorcing the Olympics?" The first time the NBA spoke in any detail about pulling back fro...

    Blog | August 02, 2012
  2. Is the NBA divorcing the Olympics?

    Henry Abbott

    David Ramos/Getty Images The battle is on to control stars like LeBron James and Deron Williams in the NBA offseason. David Stern has been musing for months: Maybe it's time to take a page out of soccer's playbook by holding the best players in the...

    Blog | August 01, 2012
  3. Thanks, Coach Vogel. Now what?

    Henry Abbott

    HoopIdea began with the conviction that NBA basketball was the best game ever, but could be even better. To that end, we opened channels of communications to ESPN.com readers, to hear how they thought the game could be better. You know what they w...

    Blog | May 14, 2012
  4. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News: Coaches torture themselves over success, and Gregg Popovich has been lately. He's been wondering out loud among his staff that, well, wouldn't it be better to lose a game? "That's why," one of his assistan...

    Blog | May 08, 2012
  5. It is good to be Goran

    Henry Abbott

    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Sport The Rockets' guard is playing his best ball with the playoffs, and free agency, around the corner. A recent conversation with Rockets guard Goran Dragic, by phone: In your win against Chicago, you had 21 points...

    Blog | April 06, 2012
  6. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman: "Kevin Durant on the silver screen? Uh, let me think about that one. The Thunder superstar is finalizing a deal to star in a major Warner Brothers film, according to our man Darnell Mayberry. I've got to say, I didn't s...

    Blog | August 23, 2011
  7. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post: "They play soccer on Thursdays, Denver's melting pot of footballers from Brazil, Argentina, Peru. It's a hodgepodge of muscular men, lithe ladies and one 6-foot-11 dude who somehow seems to fit in like he is 5-foo...

    Blog | August 16, 2011
  8. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune: "Call me a cynic -- and David Kahn has, more than once -- but you can probably handicap this Timberwolves' coaching search simply by using one criteria: $$$ If they're willing to pay $4-5 million a year, the pick clea...

    Blog | July 29, 2011
  9. Leandro Barbosa considering going overseas

    Henry Abbott

    Catherine Steenkeste/NBAE/Getty Images Leandro Barbosa has until the end of the month to opt-out -- if a lockout looks likely, he may. The Raptors' Leandro Barbosa was all smiles on Wednesday playing soccer in New York at former teammate Steve Nash...

    Blog | June 23, 2011
  10. Soccer's elegant development solution

    Henry Abbott

    The world's finest young athletes in most sports -- those with pro prospects -- make money from their valuable work. But not in basketball and football, oddly. For some reason (these sports are among the blackest, it's hard to dismiss race as a...

    Blog | January 14, 2011
  11. Watch your head

    Henry Abbott

    The NFL is going through some soul-searching right now, thanks to new awareness about the long-term dangers associated with football's many hard collisions to the head. As a basketball fan, it's tempting to wag a finger and say something like: See...

    Blog | October 19, 2010
  12. No vacation for Samuel Dalembert

    Henry Abbott

    Joe Raedle/Getty Images News Dalembert visited Haiti four times this summer and says "there is no vacation to be taken here." On January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook southern Haiti, including the capital of Port-au-Prince. Official estimate...

    Blog | September 23, 2010
  13. Tuesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Jay Aych of The Painted Area on Brazil's performance against the U.S.: "We have to give props to Brazil Coach Ruben Magnano. We've been huge fans of Rubes for about a decade since his Argentina team put on a clinic vs. Team USA in 2002. Magnano-led t...

    Blog | August 31, 2010
  14. 10 Things to Watch in the World Championships

    Henry Abbott

    Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images Ricky Rubio will be fully empowered to drive the Spanish team's attempt to knock off Team USA. Basketball's World Championships (maybe the last ones ever ... the name will likely be changing to the World Cup) b...

    Blog | August 27, 2010
  15. U.S. soccer's hoops roots

    Henry Abbott

    Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Sport Goalkeeper Tim Howard -- among the best in the world -- once considered an NBA career. You may not know it yet, but on Saturday June 12, at 2 p.m. ET, you're very likely to be obsessed with soccer. That's when ...

    Blog | June 03, 2010
  16. The players who get the good assists

    Henry Abbott

    I wasn't really a soccer player in high school, but I played one in a rec league. The coach was a family friend who also happened to be a cranky, bossy English guy with a ton of soccer knowledge. The team was excellent -- I was by far the worst pl...

    Blog | March 18, 2010