Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle joins us to discuss the DeAndre Jordan free-agency saga, Becky Hammon and female coaches in the NBA, and Mark Cuban’s appearance in “Sharknado 3.”
If you’re an NBA GM trying to lure a top free agent, how do you land him? Pat Riley laid out all of his championship rings for LeBron James. The Magic got help from Tiger Woods to woo Tim Duncan. ESPN’s Arash Markazi joins Bill Littlefield to share some of the NBA’s most interesting free-agency pitches.
Veteran guard Luke Ridnour was traded four times in less than a week. But Ridnour, who’s played for just five franchises in his 12-year career, still has a long way to go before he reaches the level of some other NBA journeymen.
Most athletes will never be drafted by one pro team, let alone two. Notre Dame graduate Pat Connaughton signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 2014 and this week was chosen in the NBA Draft. In an interview with Bill Littlefield, Connaughton says he’s not ready to pick one sport over the other.
Getting passed over during the NBA Draft doesn’t mean the dream is over. Only A Game looks at three active players who have made an impact on the league despite not getting their name called on draft night.
Gary Liss has been a Warriors season-ticket holder since the franchise moved to the Bay Area in 1962. His loyalty was rewarded Tuesday when Golden State beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen and Liss join Bill Littlefield.
Basketball fans down under were riding high during the NBA Finals. No matter which team won, at least one Aussie was going to be a champion.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are two wins away from claiming the first NBA title in team history. If the Cavs can beat Golden State, they’ll also give the city of Cleveland its first pro sports championship in more than 50 years. We asked Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Terry Pluto to share his thoughts about the title drought and his city’s championship close calls through the years.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 2 of the NBA Finals in overtime. James credited his teammate, Matthew Dellavedova, for scoring the game-winning free throws and stopping reigning-MVP Steph Curry.
In real life, coaches inspire their players in all sorts of ways. Shane Battier spent 13 seasons as an NBA player, but the motivational moment he’ll always remember began with a very — very — short phone call when he was in college. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou explains.