From History

Chicago’s Last NBA All-Star Game was MJ’s Coming Out Party

The NBA All-Star Game is returning to Chicago for the first time in 32 years. And while the Chicago Bulls probably won’t send any representatives this year, its franchise’s greatest player once used this venue to start changing his career’s narrative. Eventually, the United Center would become “The House that Jordan Built”, but he first…

NBA Film Study: Remembering Kevin Love’s Remarkable Transformation

After the NBA community saw one of its idols fall victim to a terrible tragedy this January—one still shaking the foundations of the league—it got me to thinking. Instead of an outpouring of grief or sadness from Kobe Bryant’s passing, it sparked me to use this time as an opportunity to show appreciation for those…

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NBA Film Study: Why JJ Redick is the Best at Using Screens

Everybody handles unspeakable tragedies in different ways. Some like to internalize their thoughts and emotions while others become more expressive. We think of what we’ve taken for granted; some for a quick moment, and others are touched and changed for a prolonged period. There’s no right way to cope. A little over a week ago,…

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Why the Sun Never Sets on Kobe Nation

I wasn’t a big fan of Kobe Bryant, so this isn’t an article about that. I’m not going to regale you with tales of how I grew up watching him play; I was a 30-year-old man before he started playing. I’m not going to recount for you his stats or rings or All-Star selections. They…

Kobe (1978-2020)

The hearts, thoughts and prayers of everyone from the TBW team go out to all of the families who lost loved ones in Sunday’s tragic helicopter accident. As a collective of lifelong basketball fans, we are so thankful to have experienced the gift of watching Kobe Bryant play at the level he did. All that…

Take a Luka Me Now: Doncic’s Career Arc is Off to an All-Time Start

Luka Doncic was impressive in Europe, impressive enough that some people thought he was worthy of the No. 1 overall pick. Not everyone agreed, of course, and we know at least two teams who weren’t convinced enough to draft him. There’s a good chance they’d rethink that decision today if offered the opportunity. The Dallas…

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NY Knicks Chase Nostalgia of What Never Was

Fans and local media consider the New York Knicks an iconic franchise, synonymous of what’s best about the NBA. For the last 20 years, they’ve talked (emptily) about reclaiming their rightful mantle. But, aside from some fuzzy memories, was the organization ever that great? Not really. The Knicks, 46 years and counting since their last…

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Is This the Moment Where World Basketball Caught Up with U.S.?

For years, we’ve been hearing how the basketball world is catching up with the USA. But is it time to stop couching that in “future-tense” logic and ponder whether it’s happened, even at the highest levels? In 1992, the USA sent hoops pros to the Olympics for the first time, as the “Dream Team” captured…

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Remembering The Heatles’ Fallen Foes, Part 4: Those Pesky Indiana Pacers

For eight straight seasons, LeBron James led a team to the NBA Finals. The reign of terror upon the Eastern Conference began in the 2010-11 campaign when LeBron made the controversial decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and sign with the Miami Heat. After four years and two championships, he left to return home to…

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Remembering The Heatles’ Fallen Foes, Part 3: Brooklyn’s Failed Experiment

For eight straight seasons, LeBron James led a team to the NBA Finals. The reign of terror upon the Eastern Conference began in the 2010-11 campaign when LeBron made the controversial decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and sign with the Miami Heat. After four years and two championships, he left to return home to…

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