Joe Sharkey has always been a basketball player. In many ways, the sport has come to define him. But after suffering a traumatic brain injury in 2013, it’s no longer all about the game. Intern Sean Gannon shares his friend’s story.
It’s been nearly 125 years since Dr. James Naismith invented basketball. In a recently discovered audio recording from 1939, Naismith reveals his “big mistake” and more. Bill Littlefield takes a listen.
Kobe Bryant’s most famous poem may be “Dear Basketball,” which he recently published online to announce his retirement from the NBA. But Bryant’s former high school English teacher says that Kobe has been writing poems about basketball since the 10th grade. Jeanne Mastriano joins Bill Littlefield to share her favorite story about Kobe — and more.
The debate over whether LeBron James or Michael Jordan would win a game of one-on-one will probably never end, but we might be closer to settling another question: whose brand has more potential? In light of James’ new $500 million-plus lifetime deal with Nike, Bill Littlefield looks at whether LeBron’s commercial power will ever rival Jordan’s.
The Warriors’ winning streak and the 76ers’ losing streak to open the 2015-16 NBA season are anomalies in their own rights. But to have both occur in the same year? Bill Littlefield investigates just how rare this occasion is — and he hears what it’s like to play for an NBA team that can’t seem to get a win.
Last Sunday, Lakers star Kobe Bryant announced that this season will be his last. Retired NBA forward Shane Battier faced Bryant many times throughout his career. Battier joins Bill Littlefield to remember one particularly difficult night guarding the 17-time All-Star.
On Sunday, longtime Lakers star Kobe Bryant announced that this will be his final NBA season. Bryant told the world via a poem titled “Dear Basketball.” Bill Littlefield was intrigued by Bryant’s decision to reveal his plans via verse.
Atlanta Hawks’ guard Thabo Sefolosha understands life in Europe: he is from Switzerland and played for three years on a French basketball team. Bill Littefield compares remarks Sefolosha recently made about the attacks in Paris with his own recent experience in the city.
Come March, sports fans around the country will crowd around TVs to catch the three-week pandemonium that is March Madness. But how can the NCAA get people more interested in college basketball games occurring at the beginning of the season? Bill Littlefield speaks with the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen about the latest attempt to make college hoops more exciting.
When the Nashville Predators played the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night, Mike Fisher knocked out one of Kevin Bieksa’s teeth. And, yes, hockeyfights.com is still in business. Bill Littlefield has always wondered why fighting, which is seriously discouraged in other sports, gets a pass in hockey.