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The secret formula for NBA success

The four teams left standing in the conference finals have one thing in common. Each signed a foreign-born big man midseason.

By | May 20th, 2019|0 Comments

While six NBA contenders battle, Warriors seek to cruise

Three of the four NBA semifinal series are shaping up as 15-round heavyweight bouts. And the Warriors’ reaction? Great! Take these suckers to seven games! And play multiple overtimes every night!

By | May 4th, 2019|0 Comments

In Conversation With Steve Kerr

There weren’t a lot of revelations for veteran Warriors-watchers when Steve Kerr appeared as part of the Sonoma Speaker Series. But there were tidbits.

By | October 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

West final is here. Does Houston care?

Even today there are Game 1 tickets for sale, and not just via resale sites like StubHub.

By | May 14th, 2018|0 Comments

News from New Orleans: Pelicans aren’t shaking in their sneakers

There are many reasons to discount the Pelicans’ chances in this series, now that the Warriors are up 2-0 and Stephen Curry is pretending he never left. But PANIC does not appear to be one of those reasons.

By | May 4th, 2018|0 Comments

GameBreaker: A podcast recommendation for you

I listened to six of the 10 GameBreaker episodes, and I liked them a lot. These are layered, audio magazine-style features, and there is depth and creativity in the subjects.

By | March 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Warriors-Rockets rivalry could produce another record

This year, the Warriors could become the best of the second-best. That is, they could finish with the top record ever among teams that failed to complete a regular season as the NBA’s best.

By | March 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Austin Jackson, Mario Edwards Jr. and one big old chain

The Giants' Austin Jackson is looking forward to bumping into the Raiders' Mario Edwards Jr. The kid made a pretty big impression on his fellow Billy Ryan High School alumnus the first time.

By | February 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Johan Santana, YouTube and the making of Sean Manaea

A lot of us watched our favorite baseball players when we were kids. Sean Manaea became sort of obsessive about it.

By | January 31st, 2018|0 Comments

14 minutes with Raiders O-line coach Mike Tice

After the Raiders practiced Thursday, I got a chance to stand around and talk with Mike Tice, the team's offensive line coach. Here's the full transcript.

By | October 27th, 2017|0 Comments