Filling Out Your 2015 NCAA Bracket
We didn’t get our tips and tricks in before tip-off of the fake-first-round play-in game, but never fear: the National Review bracket rules are here before the Big Dance starts in earnest. So take another look at your bracket ...
The Madness Is Back: A Guide to Your Bracket
For the second year running, we’re proud to bring you some Right Field rules to March Madness bracket picks. If you followed our rules from last year, you just might have found that magic touch that enabled you to ...
Money and Ego Might Allow Jeremy Lin to Exit New York
Over the weekend, the Houston Rockets formally signed last year’s New York sensation Jeremy Lin, a restricted free agent, to a very rewarding offer sheet: three years, $25 million dollars. While the contract isn’t necessarily exorbitant in its per-year ...
Dwight Howard Requests Trade to Brooklyn
Here we go again.
Only a few months after Dwight Howard announced his intention to waive his early opt-out clause and remain in Orlando for the final season of his contract, Howard has officially requested a trade — again — to the ...
Refs Swallow the Whistle, Miami Heat Escape OKC With a Win
The Heat survived a furious comeback by the Oklahoma City Thunder last night to even the NBA Finals at one game apiece. Kevin Durant was typically brilliant, LeBron James put up his usual numbers, and Dwyane Wade seemed to snap ...
OKC Makes the Finals, But Hold Off on the Dynasty Talk
The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the San Antonio Spurs last night to advance to the NBA finals behind their core of young guns. While it might have been fun to see the old dogs on the Spurs get one last ...
The Underappreciated Dominance of the Spurs
The Spurs demolished the Oklahoma City Thunder last night en route to taking a 2–0 lead in the Western Conference finals. The way San Antonio goes about their business of taking opponents apart is so routine, so humdrum that they can’...
Western Conference Finals Brings Dream Matchup of Small Market Teams
The Oklahoma City Thunder put the Lakers away last night to set up a matchup with the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Russell Westbrook, maligned last year for the Thunder’s failure to make the finals, turned ...
Kevin Garnett: Second-Dirtiest Player in the Association
Last night, the Boston Celtics dispatched the Atlanta Hawks and moved on to the second round of the NBA playoffs. They were propelled largely by the play of Kevin Garnett, who had 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocks and whose clutch play ...
Tony Parker Thinks the Coach Of The Year Doesn't Know What He's Doing
But maybe Gregg Popovich got to be Coach of the Year by listening to his players’ opinions.
He’s only 29, coach! Let your best player back out on the court in a blowout! Pop obviously acquiesces to his point guard’...
Will Injuries Tempt Teams to Rest Starters in the NBA Playoffs?
Injuries that occurred during blowouts this weekend have the potential to swing the balance of power for the NBA playoffs and may force teams to face up to difficult questions: Is it ok to rest your superstars even in the ...
Madness Is Here: The Definitive* Guide to Your NCAA Bracket Picks
*Definitiveness not guaranteed.
March is here and, with that, a chance to make water-cooler talk with your office mates because you’re participating in an NCAA bracket. No matter what your knowledge level, you can play and even sometimes defeat ...
Chris Paul Heads to That Other L.A. Team
Last night, the New Orleans Hornets traded star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers for a package of three players and a first-round draft pick. After a week of uncertainty in which the NBA’s front office ...
NBA Owners Squash Three-Team Chris Paul Deal
Soon after it was announced that the New Orleans Hornets would deal Chris Paul to the Lakers in a three-team deal that would have seen Lamar Odom, three players, and a first-round draft pick back to New Orleans, NBA commissioner ...
Hopes for an NBA Season Dwindle
After a weekend in which Commissioner David Stern hyped the latest deal that NBA owners offered to players as the best hope to save their season, the NBAPA rejected the offer and plans to pursue aggressive legal action against the ...
Taxpayers on the Hook for Empty NBA Arenas
A story out of Memphis highlights the financial strain hitting cities and counties on the hook for professional arenas in light of the NBA lockout.
Memphis City Council Chairman Myron Lowery said Wednesday that Memphis and Shelby County have a $250 ...
NBA Owners, Players to Meet with Federal Mediator Today
Representatives for the NBA owners and players are meeting together today with George Cohen, a federal mediator, in the hopes that the two sides will find some common ground, get a CBA in place, and start playing games as soon ...
NBA Labor Talks Break Down; Monday Deadline to Save Season
An important round of NBA labor talks was broken off yesterday without much progress. Players made a few concessions (the most important being lowering their share of revenue to 53 percent), owners made a few concessions (dropping a demand for a ...
New Jersey's Move Official: Brooklyn Nets Begin Play in 2012
At a press conference earlier today, Jay-Z and other New Jersey Nets partners announced that the team’s move will be completed for the 2012-13 NBA season and they will play at the under-construction Barclays Center.
“From the moment the ...
Report: Yao Ming to Retire
Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Yao is set to retire rather than attempt a comeback.
Yao Ming, one of the seminal figures in the globalization of the NBA, has decided to retire after eight injury-plagued seasons with the Houston Rockets, league ...
The NBA has locked out the players for the first time since 1999 today after players and owners couldn’t come to an agreement on a new collective-bargaining agreement.
The last work stoppage resulted in a 50-game season and weakened interest ...
Tonight's NBA Draft: A Hunt for Hidden Gems
Tonight’s NBA draft looks to be a story of two bankable picks and a huge drop-off for the rest of the top ten. Kyrie Irvin and Derrick Williams are projected to go Nos. 1 and 2 respectively to the Cavs and ...
The Dallas Mavericks Are Your 2011 NBA Champs
This has been a long time coming to the city of Dallas, to Mark Cuban, and to Dirk Nowitzki. They shot the lights out and played like champions. Congrats, Dallas!
Dirk the Narrative vs. Dirk the Numbers Machine
After this year of scolding and moral posturing, we have arrived at a final scene: Dirk Nowitzki — a simple man from vague origins — walks alone into battle against three mercenaries whose heedless and reckless pursuit of personal gain ...
Shaquille O'Neal Hangs Up His Cape
The original self-styled Superman of the NBA is calling it quits. Shaquille O’Neal announced his retirement in a novel way today, via Twitter.
He’ll finish with four championship rings, three NBA Finals MVP awards and one NBA MVP ...
Mike Brown Wins the Right to Manage the Lakers' Egos Next Year
In what was largely considered a surprise, former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown has been hired as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. While Brown is a proven commodity, Lakers assistant Brian Shaw was seen as being the frontrunner for ...
And the Cornerstone of Cleveland's Post-LeBron Future Will Be . . .
With the NBA draft lottery’s conclusion last night, it’s time to start mock-drafting. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the top pick and will get who they think is most likely to become an NBA superstar. And the consensus has ...
Pragmatism and Moral Hazard, or: No, LeBron, Don't Take Those Shots!
LeBron James took control of his Heat’s series-clinching win against Boston last night, scoring the final ten points in what had been a tied game. In one fell swoop, he exorcised the demons of last year’s playoff disappointment ...
Memphis? Oklahoma City? Where'd These Guys Come From?
Holy cow: buzzer beaters, foul-outs, near-misses, defensive intensity, solid refereeing . . . last night had everything you want from a night of playoff basketball.
If you had told any NBA observer that the most exciting second-round NBA playoff series would be between ...
Dirk Nowitzki: Still Unstoppable
The Lakers, Hawks, and Mavericks all entered last night with the chance to close out their opponents. The Lakers easily took care of business against Chris Paul’s Hornets. The Hawks (somewhat surprisingly) had taken control of their series with ...
Tennessee Titans Draft Preview
Having to watch the former Houston Oilers move to Tennessee and become a perennial contender for most of the past 15 years was painful for this Houston native. The Jeff Fisher Era began in Texas, only to go on to rousing (...
In what became the Year of Derrick Rose, New Orleans’ superstar point guard has beenan afterthought. Languishing on a small-market team devoid of other All-Stars, Chris Paul is grabbing attention back this postseason by keeping his seventh-seeded team incontention with ...
Our Guide to March Madness (And Your Office Bracket)
One day left to turn in those brackets to the office manager, or your frat brother from college, or Warren Buffett, or whoever’s running your pool. You may have a general idea of how you’re going to make ...
Assisted By Collective-Bargaining Rules, Jeremy Lin Flees to Houston
The New York Knicks failed to match the Houston Rockets’ offer sheet to flash-in-the-pan point guard Jeremy Lin last night, scared off by the odd contract structure that the Rockets were able to put on the table.
Rockets GM Daryl ...
The Fallacy of the Oklahoma City Model
The Oklahoma City Thunder made it to the NBA Finals this year, prompting analysts to praise their front office’s decisionmaking process and trump “the Oklahoma City Model” for a rebuilding franchise. But for teams hoping to go from the ...
Heat Win NBA Title, Save the Republic
LeBron James and the Miami Heat made it rain on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the NBA finals to clinch the 2012 championship. Our long national nightmare is over: King James has a ring.
Okay, that’s mostly a ...
KD Takes Round 1 of LeBron–Durant
. . . because the superstar matchup is what we’re all really watching, right?
The world was waiting for the showdown between LeBron James and Kevin Durant, and Game 1 of the NBA finals didn’t disappoint. Each superstar played nearly ...
Celtics Take 3-2 Lead By Exploiting Heat's Embarrassing Transition Defense
The Celtics beat the Heat last night to take a somewhat surprising 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. While Miami has excelled in transition on offense, their transition defense was simply abysmal last night. Time after time, the Celtics ...
Miami took it to the Pacers in a blowout victory last night and seemed to take out a little frustration in the process. After Game 3, the media (including yours truly) went to town questioning the Heat’s ability to gut ...
Who'd Have Thought That Chris Bosh Was the Key To Anything?
Panic abounds in Miami today as the Heat went down two games to one in their second-round series with the Indiana Pacers after suffering a blowout loss. Dwyane Wade suffered his worst game of the season, missing 11 of his 13 shots ...
The Knicks have another long summer ahead of them. Their first-round playoff exit to the Miami Heat was characterized by the immaturity of Amar’e Stoudemire. His on- and off-court frustrations boiled over, culminating in a foul out last night ...
Maybe the conventional wisdom that youth would benefit from a compressed schedule was all wrong: Tuesday was a banner day for the senior members of the NBA playoffs.
Gregg Popovich, head coach of the ageless San Antonio Spurs, topped Tom ...
Kentucky vs. Louisville: A Bluegrass Battle
For the first time in over 50 years, a state-rivalry match is happening in the Final Four. Kentucky and Louisville have one of the biggest intrastate rivalries in the country, and everything’s come together to make this a volatile matchup.
Despite First Loss of Jeremy Lin Era, Knicks Shouldn't Panic
What is it about overlooked Harvard-educated athletes this year? First, Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Buffalo Bills (his third team, after the Rams and Bengals had given up on him) to a surprisingly hot start, earning himself a hefty new contract ...
New Jersey Nets Owner to Run Against Putin
Russian billionaire and New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is planning to run against Vladimir Putin in Russia’s upcoming presidential election.
Prokhorov, whose wealth the Forbes magazine has estimated at $18 billion, has been cautious not to cross Putin’s ...
Tentative Settlement for NBA
NBA owners and players have reportedly come to terms on a labor agreement that will allow for a 66-game regular season. There are still a few hurdles to get over — a few down-the-list sticking points have to be resolved and ...
Obama Mildly Laments NBA Lockout
Obama ever so slightly dipped his toe into the NBA lockout situation last night on The Tonight Show in much the same way as he had very little to say about the NFL lockout some months ago.
“I’m concerned ...
NBA Talks Break Off, Players Anticipate NLRB Ruling
After three intense days of federally mediated negotiation between NBA player representatives and ownership, talks broke off with no further sessions sheduled. As the lockout has dragged on, talks being broken off like this has usually meant a week or ...
NBA Cancels First Two Weeks of Season
After a long round of negotiations last night failed to produce a deal, Commissioner David Stern confirmed that he would cancel the first two weeks of the NBA season.
Despite the lockout now cutting into regular-season games, hopes of a ...
As NBA Labor Talks Resume, Kobe Agrees to Play in Italy
This weekend is shaping up to be pivotal in the NBA lockout. Talks between the two sides resume today, and the NBA Players’ Association has asked many of their stars to convene for a meeting in New York. Commissioner David ...
NBA Files Lawsuit against Players Association
While the end of the NFL lockout has sent fans into a football frenzy, the other lockout looks to be getting worse.
After a month of zero communication between the two sides following the official start of the ...
NBA's Lockout May Be Exacerbated By New Financial Information
Though I speculated earlier that the NBA’s work-stoppage seems to be less painful than what the NFL is currently going through, ESPN’s Michael Wilbon thinks the entire season may be threatened.
The NBA is going to miss games, ...
NBA Draft Review: Irving and Williams Go 1 and 2
As expected, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams went one and two to Cleveland and Minnesota, respectively. After that, a parade of foreigners fell upon the NBA, with five in a row going from picks three to seven. [I'm counting ...
LeBron: Petty, Ignoble, Arrogant -- and Good at Basketball
While what’s most necessary today is a congratulations for the Dallas Mavericks, what the media wants to focus on is the failure of LeBron James to win a ring in yet another trip through the playoffs.
Indeed, as the ...
As If the Mavericks Needed More Motivation
Video emerged before game 5 of the NBA Finals of the Heat’s Dwyane Wade and LeBron James making light of the opposition, making light of Dirk Nowitzki’s illness throughout the series.
This was before the Mavericks came out and ...
Ricky Rubio Jumps Across the Pond
What is it about Europe that tends to overhype teenage prodigies? Ricky Rubio reportedly inked a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday that’ll have the Spanish 20-year-old playing in the NBA next year. Rubio first played professionally at ...
LeBron Finally Learns to Be Clutch, and Other Media Myths
The Superfriends of the Miami Heat are going up against the Dirk-led Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the NBA finals tonight. The Heat are led by LeBron James, who has finally learned how to be a true leader, take over ...
The NBA Thinks It Has a Gay-Slur Problem
The professional sports commentating world is abuzz with discussion of Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah’s use of an anti-gay slur directed at a fan and what kind of punishment the NBA should give him. He’s looking at fine ...
The Secret of the Bulls-Heat Series
Superstars abound as the Heat travel to Chicago for the opener of their first-round matchup with the Bulls tonight. Expect to see Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Derrick Rose dotting your Sportscenter highlights throughout the Eastern Conference finals. What you ...
Shocker: NBA Refs Miss Traveling Calls
A study released on Monday has the details:
The two major issues we have uncovered are the enforcement of traveling and blocking that we articulate in depth.
In a nutshell, missed traveling calls have become a bigger issue through the ...
The Celtics Live and Die by Rondo
The Miami Heat last night took the Eastern Conference’s most battle-tested playoff team and put them in a two-game hole from which it’ll be difficult to recover. Conventional wisdom says there’s no cause for concern until the ...
Houston Texans Draft Preview
The Houston Texans will be heading into their ninth season without ever making the playoffs. In what’s become somewhat of a yearly tease for the local fans, they’re frequently picked by experts as being ready to have a ...
End of the San Antonio Era?
Somewhere along the way, the San Antonio Spurs lost their edge.
It may have been last year, where a lackluster season (by ultra-competitive Western Conference standards) earned them a seven seed. It may have been 2009, when they got upset in ...