| Jun 28, 2014
| 7:16 AM
It was nearly 1 a.m. Friday morning. Pat Riley's voice was thin, his presence not nearly as commanding as when the Miami Heat president previously addressed the media a week earlier, at a far saner hour.
He had just obtained UConn guard Shabazz...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 5:21 PM
UConn's Shabazz Napier was drafted by Charlotte with the 24th pick Thursday, reunited with Kemba Walker for a few minutes anyway. But Miami, as widely rumored leading up to the draft, worked a deal for him, so he is headed to South Beach to begin his...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 6:35 PM
MIAMI Allusions to boxing are entwined in the Miami Heat. Coach Erik Spoelstra is a huge fan, especially of Manny Pacquiao. Players sometimes shadowbox each other as part of their pregame routine. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been invited to address the team....
| Jun 23, 2014
| 6:17 PM
When Carmelo Anthony was 8 years old, he moved from Brooklyn to Baltimore and struggled fitting in enough that the memories still affect him as a grown man.
Kiyan Carmelo Anthony, Carmelo's son, turned 7 in March.
Those seemingly insignificant bits of...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 4:59 PM
Danté Exum moved away from home at 15 years old, leaving his family in Melbourne, Australia, to train at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
The A.I.S. basketball team traveled to China, to the United States and to Europe to find decent...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 9:22 AM
Apparently LeBron James couldn't come up with the speaker's fee, so he didn't get his private audience with Pat Riley. Instead, he found himself, like many, as just another spectator.
That's what made Riley's season-ending Miami Heat soliloquy...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 5:05 AM
Gregg Popovich declines to try to run from the massive shadow of Tim Duncan. We're talking about a literal shadow; Duncan is 6-foot-11. And we're talking, at the same time, about a symbolic shadow.
Popovich and Duncan recently combined for their fifth...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 3:50 PM
As long as the goal is set exactly 10 feet off the floor just like back in good, old Hickory basketball coaches and team executives will always see the value, and hear the siren song, of having players able to visit that lofty area with ease.
| Jun 18, 2014
The odes began late Sunday night, interrupted only by Monday's grand theater between the U.S. and Ghana. And how richly deserved they were. The San Antonio Spurs' NBA championship, their dominance of the Miami Heat, commitment to team and reversal of last...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 9:04 PM
In his more than three decades on the federal bench, U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur has developed a reputation as a high-minded expert in the law, often peppering his rulings with somewhat obscure literary references to everything from Shakespeare to...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 3:36 PM
On Feb. 12, Pittsburgh Panthers fans inside their home arena yelled and jumped up and down with 4.4 seconds remaining against the Syracuse Orange. Pitt fans had reason to feel confident. The Panthers led the Orange 56-55, and the Orange were about to...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 9:50 PM
SAN ANTONIO "Why not us?" LeBron James had asked, rhetorically.
The San Antonio Spurs answered him Sunday night emphatically.
"Follow my lead," James had told his teammates just before the game tipped off.
And then he led, as promised, but he was a...