In former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the Clippers have a wildly successful businessman — and an enthusiastic fan — as owner. Karen Crouse, who recently profiled Ballmer for the New York Times, discusses the first year of Ballmer’s tenure.
In the early 1950s, the NBA had a serious scoring drought, so on this date in 1954 NBA owners voted to implement a 24-second shot clock.
Growing up, the NBA’s Serge Ibaka didn’t always have shoes to wear on the court, food to eat after practice or even a bed to sleep in. In a new Grantland documentary, Ibaka returns home to the Congo and shares his story. Bill Littlefield talks with Ibaka and filmmaker Adam Hootnick.
“What a way to make a living,” Orlando Magic Senior Vice President Pat Williams says of the NBA draft lottery, which can place the fate of a franchise on a couple of ping pong balls.
Los Angeles Times sports writer Mike Bresnahan has uncovered some evidence the Lakers aren’t making their best effort to win games. Brenahan tells Bill Littlefield how Los Angeles fans are handling the hard times.
This week New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson tried to reassure season ticket holders that he had a “clear plan” to make the team better. Bill Littlefield wonders if that’s a good idea.
“Recovery has been the greatest gift I have ever gotten,” says former NBA player and coach John Lucas. “It’s given me life after basketball.”
This week, two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash announced his retirement. Long before he was an NBA star, Nash was a little-known point guard for Santa Clara University. His coach and a former teammate share their favorite stories from Nash’s college career.
Wilt Chamberlain claimed that he slept with 20,000 women. He also claimed he never fathered a child, but Aaron Levi has some strong evidence that Wilt was his dad. Gary Pomerantz investigated the story for Sports Illustrated, and he joined Bill Littlefield to share what he learned.
Should players be able to jump directly from high school to the NBA? It’s been 10 years since that was allowed and the issue will be a key part of the NBA’s next contract negotiation, which could begin in 2017. Nathan Hatch, president of Wake Forest University and former chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, weighs in.