If you want to know the history of basketball, start from the ground up.
Jason Collins will become the first openly gay major-sport male athlete tonight. The milestone invites us to think of other milestones.
During the fourth quarter of the instant-classic Game Six of the NBA Finals last night (one of the “two or three” best games in NBA history, said Magic Johnson), I flipped over to Twitter—it’s the way we watch now—and refreshed several minutes’ worth of tweets.
John Hollinger was an ESPN blogger. Now he's an NBA executive on a playoff run.
John Hollinger went from ESPN blogger to NBA executive. Now his Grizzlies are on a playoff run.
Why the first half of Jason Collins' historic statement is as important as the second
Why the first half of Jason Collins' historic statement is as important as the second.
The gay NBA player isn't another Jackie Robinson, but he's brave in his own way
The gay NBA player isn't another Jackie Robinson, but he's brave in his own way.
Tonight, the NFL Draft begins—in case you hadn’t heard. The cover of the most recent ESPN The Magazine is dedicated to it, and Sports Illustrated likely would have fronted it, too, had the Boston Marathon bombings not taken precedence.
Assessing a sports sartorial shift
A new breed of basketball jersey is showing up on major college hoops courts—and, bucking tradition, they aren't sleeveless. Our critic asks if they're any good.
Why Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea was no fluke
Why Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea was no fluke.
On the basketball courts of New York City, there may be no truer measure of a player's stature than his nickname. If a player is considered good, then his moniker will be something straightforward: "Pee Wee" if he is short; "Lefty" if he shoots with that hand. But if a player is viewed as great, then his talent can actually inspire poetry. He will be called "Half-Man Half-Amazing" for his superhuman dunks or "Skip to My Lou" for the way he hopscotches down the court as he dribbles past hapless opponents.