• Lenny Cooke Failed and Then Found Himself

    As a high school student in the early 2000s, Lenny Cooke was ranked higher than LeBron James. But due to a string of poor decisions, Lenny never made it to the NBA. I talked with the playground legend about failure, redemption, the current state of the...

  • I Went to a WNBA Basketball Game

    The WNBA barely registers with most Americans, but for a small band of dedicated fans, there's nothing more important. I decided to check out a game to find out what makes the WNBA so vital for certain people, but the butt of jokes for others.

  • Junot Diaz Says, Writing Is a Lot Like Basketball

    The best interviews are the ones when you can talk about girls, white supremacy, and video games. Junot Diaz is an authority on all those things.

  • Hearing the Spurs

    As I age, my ear is retuning itself; I can finally hear something other than “ugh” watching the San Antonio Spurs play, which is cool, except how it parallels suddenly finding a 'Rod Stewart Sings the Standards' record soulful and great.

  • "Rise and Fall" - Fascinator

    Johnny from Children Collide is releasing a solo mini-album under the name Fascinator and we're premiering the first video. Warning: do not watch if you're not into pretty girls in bikinis playing basketball.

  • Leave Derrick Rose Alone

    Derrick Rose, who won an MVP award in 2011 then wrecked his ACL and has been out for a year, has spent the last week getting kicked around by tough-guy sportswriters outraged that he's not back on the floor in his Chicago Bulls' series against the...

  • Joe Johnson Is Very Big in China: A Love Story

    By day, Yonsan Johnson is an electrical engineer who ekes out the equivalent of $2,400 a year in a factory in northern China. By night, though, he manages the Chinese Joe Johnson Fan Club, and he has accumulated and edited what is likely the world’s...

  • Jason Collins Proves Coming Out Is a Great Career Move

    Even if no NBA team picks up Jason Collins for next season, he has a golden career as a public homosexual ahead of him, if he wants it, which shows just how different being gay in 2013 is from being black in 1947—back then, no one was talking about how...

  • Bill Walton, the Tallest Troll

    During his time in the announcer's booth, Bill Walton has demonstrated both a deep understanding of basketball and a sharp, sometimes vicious, sense of sarcasm. The worse the basketball gets, the better Walton gets at projecting his disdain for it.

  • North Korea Has a Friend in Dennis Rodman and VICE

    Earlier today former Chicago Bulls superstar Dennis Rodman presided over a mixed-match basketball game in Pyongyang alongside Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. The teams consisted of VICE correspondent Ryan Duffy, three Harlem Globetrotters, and North Korea...

  • The Pelicans’ Grief

    Team names work best when they’re both goofy and ambitious. The very words Utah Jazz conjure someone pouring a quart of milk into a clarinet; the idea of a Sacramento King mostly just gives you the image of a winking Guy Fieri sitting on a pepperoni...

  • Sports Epiphany: It's Just Guys Running Around

    A crappy Maryland-Northwestern basketball game last week previewed what awaits the Terps in the Big Ten for 2014. But does it matter? Nah. Sports is just guys running around.