Yao Ming is about to become the first and only player from the People's Republic of China to be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He might just be the unlikeliest inductee the Hall has ever welcomed as well.
The thrill is always the same when you get the call. You have been selected to be a member of the men's Olympic basketball team of the United States. You have been chosen to follow in the footsteps of the Dream Team, widely considered the greatest basketball team ever assembled.
Now that the Golden State Warriors have lured Kevin Durant away from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the next piece of business is to figure out exactly what he makes them. "Strength in Numbers," last year's thematic description, no longer applies, or at least not as it did.
One way or another, winning an unprecedented 73 games was going to define this season for the Golden State Warriors . Either it would be the brightest jewel in their championship crown or it would be an all-too-expensive energy-sucking bauble.
The guilty pleasure of second-guessing refs is no longer mine. Courtesy of the NBA's newest subsidiary, I have worn a blue-piping, double-pinstripe gray shirt and blown a Fox 40 whistle. I have taken true/false tests, studied film, memorized and debated minutiae in the rule book.
They tower over everyone in the hallway leading to the Golden State Warriors' practice floor. Rick Barry. Sleepy Floyd. Purvis Short. Larry Smith. Wilt Chamberlain. Tim Hardaway. Manute Bol. Mitch Richmond. Chris Mullin. Nate Thurmond. Don Nelson. Baron Davis. Antawn Jamison. Jason Richardson.
OAKLAND - In the end, it wasn't about one team's stars being better. Or its coach being smarter. Or its bench being deeper. Or even its home-court advantage being greater. Add up all the respective strengths and weaknesses of the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder's physical components and it remains debatable who has the more robust plus column.
With the NBA Finals just around the corner, there is still a good deal of postseason basketball left to play. The top teams with the top players in the league have reached this point and continue to contend for a chance at a championship.
It's the kind of question that normally takes a moment to consider: When was the first time someone underestimated you? But the answer comes quickly for Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard. "I was eight years old," he said without hesitation, as if it had happened yesterday. "It wasn't basketball.
The alpha-dog tussle begins here, outside the locker room, as the Lakers huddle before taking the floor against the Bucks. Shaq leads them into a bouncing frenzy, bodies ricocheting off each other, turning the circle into a mosh pit. Kobe stands back, enjoying the show he sees before each game, a spectator rather than a participant.
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Selecting a term
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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