If you watched just one NFL game all season, what would you learn? If NBA players lived with their moms, would they be more successful? And is the sports’ fan revolution about to begin? George Vecsey and Rachel Bachman join Bill Littlefield.
If you found yourself riding in an elevator with a sports celebrity, would you strike up a conversation? Would it be fun, or just too awkward for words? Only A Game’s Gary Waleik recalls an elevator encounter he had over 20 years ago, in which he cleared up a mystery about a basketball legend.
The No. 2 pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, Jay Williams might have been the next Chicago Bulls superstar. But after his rookie season, Williams nearly died in a motorcycle accident. He shares the story of his recovery and attempted basketball comeback.
The slam dunk. It’s basketball’s most exciting play. But now the dunk is facing a challenge — from a skinny point guard and an upstart sneaker brand. Only A Game’s Martin Kessler has the story.
The suicide rate at two high schools in Palo Alto, Calif. has been more than four times the national average. Charlotte Hornets point guard Jeremy Lin grew up in Palo Alto, and he joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his own high school experience and what he’s learned since “Linsanity.”
Chris Herren was a basketball phenom who made the NBA only to flame out because of his addiction to drugs. At one point, Herren was spending $20,000 a month on his habit. Today Herren gives talks about his experience. Bill Littlefield reports.
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.
Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce cover Kobe Bryant’s storied career, the MLS Cup final and the legacy of Tiger Woods. The two also make their picks for who should perform at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.
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.