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Behind the Scenes in L.A., the Wide-Ranging Summer World for NBA Players

September 18th, 2015
Magic Johnson's arrival in 1979 signifies, to many, the birth of the modern NBA, when the league left its financial and off-court struggles behind to become the multibillion-dollar enterprise it is today. It seems appropriate, in that light, that Johnson also helped make his then-new hometown, Los Angeles, the epicenter ...

Tim Duncan Revs Up Style in His Car Shop, Revealing a Rare Portrait of a Legend

September 9th, 2015
It takes less than a minute after Tim Duncan pulls up to the entrance of his car customization business in San Antonio, BlackJack Speed Shop, to realize that this isn't the same mild-mannered Tim Duncan in a Spurs uniform. Stepping out of his blue Porsche 911 Turbo with gold-finished Pur Wheels—one of his nine customized ...

Cast Aside by the NBA, Stephon Marbury Finds Stardom, and Peace, in China

August 11th, 2015
Stephon Marbury was born and raised in Brooklyn, played 13 years in the NBA, but something feels foreign to the 38-year-old during a late July dinner in Santa Monica, where he's living this summer to train. Marbury starts chowing down on his ahi tuna entree with regular utensils at Hillstone restaurant, ...

The Matrix Reloaded: Retirement Won’t End the Unique Versatility of Shawn Marion

June 13th, 2015
Former Suns general manager Bryan Colangelo jokes that the only thing Shawn Marion could have done more of in his career is get to the free-throw line. That's because Marion, who's more popularly known as The Matrix, basically did it all in a 16-year career that should lead to a Hall ...

Kevin Love’s Arrival Offers LeBron James, Cavs Chance to Redefine Title Style

August 22nd, 2014
The biggest asset in building LeBron James' presence in Cleveland into a title-contending Cavaliers team might not be the playmaking of the King or Kyrie Irving. That honor might actually be the court vision of the final piece of the Big Three, Kevin Love, who has now officially become a member ...

Lionel Hollins Talks Nets’ Future, Kevin Love, Team USA, Overseas Hoops and More

August 8th, 2014
The NBA envisions a day when Africa will have a booming basketball infrastructure, and a key individual who's been behind that movement is new Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins. Hollins is a veteran to Africa. This week marks the eighth time he's been there for basketball activities and the fourth ...

Ex-76ers Boss Pat Croce Opens Up on Allen Iverson, Talks Pirate Treasure & More

March 11th, 2014
In his 59 years, Pat Croce has learned Japanese, flown helicopters, put together motorcycles, become a fourth-degree black belt and won national tournaments, opened six bar-restaurants in Key West, established pirate and history museums in St. Augustine, Fla., and most recently gone scuba diving through pirate ship wrecks. As the man ...

Facing Uncertainity, Here’s the Trade the Knicks Might Need to Make with Boston

November 19th, 2013
Just another part of the confusion that is the New York Knicks these days is this: On the season, Amar'e Stoudemire is averaging only 10.5 minutes per game—23.3 below his career average. And according to a source close to the power forward, he could be playing up to double the ...

Carmelo Anthony on Jabari Parker’s Game: ‘I Can See Some Similarities’

November 19th, 2013
On Friday, I met up with Carmelo Anthony at his Feed The Children event in New York City, where he teamed up with AVON and his foundation to help 800 families in need, with Thanksgiving right around the corner. Besides indulging in turkey and holiday goodies, we chatted about the highly ...

Resting or Not, Why All of Kevin Garnett’s Time Will Matter in Brooklyn

October 1st, 2013
NEW YORK—While addressing reporters during Brooklyn Nets media day on Monday, Kevin Garnett tried to escape for one moment from his defiant demeanor, but he struggled to do so. Garnett, one of the NBA's greatest competitors ever, was asked what he thought about Jason Kidd's idea of sitting him for both ...