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April 25th, 2015

Steve Ballmer, ‘The Most Normal $24 Billion Owner,’ Lets Loose In L.A.

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.

Only A Blog
April 22nd, 2015
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Basketball’s Shot Clock: A Brief History

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.

Featured Movie
April 18th, 2015

NBA’s Serge Ibaka Returns Home In ‘Son Of The Congo’

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.

Interview
April 11th, 2015

No Tanking Here: NBA Exec Relies On ‘Magical’ Ping Pong Balls

“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.

In The News
April 11th, 2015

Psst, The Los Angeles Lakers Are Tanking…

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.

Commentary
April 1st, 2015

Phil Jackson’s Plea To Knicks’ Fans May Be Unwise

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.

Interview
March 28th, 2015

John Lucas: Former NBA Player, Former Coach And Recovering Addict

“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.”

Feature
March 28th, 2015

Before He Was MVP: Steve Nash’s Career At Santa Clara

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.

In Depth
March 7th, 2015

One Man’s Quest To Prove He’s Wilt Chamberlain’s Son

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.

In Depth
March 7th, 2015

One-And-Done: Making A ‘Mockery’ Of College Education?

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.

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