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Ric Bucher spent 14 years as a senior writer with ESPN The Magazine and NBA sideline reporter and studio analyst for ESPN. He previously worked for the San Jose Mercury News and the Washington Post. He currently lives in Northern California, where he hosts a sports-talk show on 95.7 The Game and serves as a sideline reporter for Comcast Bay Area Golden State Warriors' broadcasts.

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  • Ric Bucher posted 63 days ago

    Ric Bucher

    That concession, though, is what is different about LeBron from Kobe and even DRose. Kobe never has conceded his ability to match or exceed Jordan; DRose has the same mindset. It's not a matter of whether or not someone succeeds, it's a matter of where they keep their compass pointed. Now, maybe Rose will default as LeBron did, but I'm not expecting that. It's that old adage, "I'm going to _____ or die tryin'." That is not in LeBron's lexicon.

  • Simon Cherin-Gordon posted 64 days ago

    Simon Cherin-Gordon

    Great piece on LeBron, Ric. I agree, it isn't all about championships with him—but here's another element to consider: Like most other young basketball stars of the 2000s, LeBron spent his entire early career trying to be the next Jordan. It's why he went to Miami, it's why he was talking about winning 5, 6, 7 championships before he ever won one. But after failing to three-peat, I think he had the realization that what mattered most to him was not chasing Jordan or some spot on the NBA Mount Rushmore, but rather bringing one title back to his home state. Rather than chasing a legacy that will forever be Jordan's, he has chosen to create one that will forever be James'.

  • Ric Bucher posted 74 days ago

    Ric Bucher

    Thanks for your thoughts, Ben. The rant you speak of was a radio bit called High Road/Low Road and meant as a joke, not serious commentary on Sacramento and the Kings. Apparently someone in Sacramento decided to edit the bit so it sounded as if it was an actual take on the situation. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume your comments about both Oakland and the Warriors' arena situation are intended as jokes, too, since they're woefully inaccurate. As for my reporting track record, I'll put it up against anyone's. In this day and age, we are asked to give both opinions and reports and they easily can be confused. My opinions or predictions have been wrong now and then; to my knowledge, I've never reported something, up until the Kyle Lowry incident thanks to a source pretending to be a team executive, that was flat out wrong.

  • kings fan posted 75 days ago

    kings fan

    ric can you do us all of the sports world a huge favor and leave?? tired of seeing your biased and opinion oriented articles and reports. didnt really know who you were until last year when you had your clueless, oblivious, and ignorant rant on sacramento. you sounded so stupid and hypocritical for criticizing sacramento. do you realize you report for a team that plays in the black eye of america? do you also realize the warriors play in an awful location(worse than sacramento)? "ive never heard anyone say they are going to vacation in sacramento," when was the last time said they are vacationing down in oakland? what happen to maloofs wont sell to vivek? or kevin johnson wont get the arena done and all he has done is buy time? meanwhile the warriors cant get any kind of arena deal while kings are constructing one as we speak. you write articles on hot topics just for reads, even if you dont know two cents worth about it. your ignorance makes me question how you can be called a "writer" or reporter. its sad people think your false kyle lowry reports are the only thing you have been wrong about, when really its one of many reports that have been inaccurate.

  • Myke Leung posted 80 days ago

    Myke Leung

    You and your sources... Haha... I'm sure once you analyzed the Miami situation you'll know the Lowry deal was just only just a rumor until July 1st... Sad journalism from someone I once respected.

  • Ric Bucher posted 94 days ago

    Ric Bucher

    Marilyn: I'm wondering if you read someone else's piece. I don't see how any of the points you're making have anything to do with what I wrote about the evolution of champion big men. But thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Marilyn Dubinski posted 96 days ago

    Marilyn Dubinski

    i guess the spurs are simply incapable of overcoming "problems". they win and they have a problem, they lose and they have a problem. yes, we get it, lebron is the best player on the planet, but that doesn't mean he or the heat are invincible. perhaps you haven't noticed, but these finals are a team game. lebron can do all he wants, but if he doesn't get help from other players it won't matter what he does. i'd say the heat are the ones with a "big" problem because they can't get enough from the role players, meanwhile the spurs are getting big contributions 6+ players per game. as long as guys like kawhi, green and diaw (along with the big 3) are up to the challenge, no amount of lebron over the course of 7 games will be enough.

  • Ric Bucher posted 102 days ago

    Ric Bucher

    Eamon: I appreciate you taking the time to write, even if it was concerning the dumbest article you've ever seen on B/R. I don't see how I bashed LeBron; I merely told you how people in the NBA view him vs. Duncan and why.

  • Eamon Jamison posted 102 days ago

    Eamon Jamison

    Your piece on how LBJ will never be TIm Duncan is probably one of the dumbest articles I've ever seen on B/R. Are you just looking for ways to bash LBJ now, because it sounds like you are. Like you wrote in your article, a guy stays in one place because he trusts the people there. When Timmy joined the spurs, they had Robinson already. They also won in just a few years after he joined. How about LBJ? The cavs had nobody, and was only able to surround LBJ with more nobodies, en route to not one, not two, not three, but 0 championship wins. How can you trust your team when you've gotten nowhere after that many years. Heck, I can easily say that Tim Duncan will never be LBJ. Tim Duncan never had to carry a team with terrible players. Tim Duncan never had a team with a hall of fame coach. I can keep going as well. Tim Duncan will never be like me either, because he wasn't born to be a guy with normal height.

    If MJ isn't even good enough because he played on another team, then who is? Are you going to say that Tim Duncan is better than MJ now?

  • Eamon Jamison posted 102 days ago

    Eamon Jamison

    Your piece on how LBJ will never be TIm Duncan is probably one of the dumbest articles I've ever seen on B/R. Are you just looking for ways to bash LBJ now, because it sounds like you are. Like you wrote in your article, a guy stays in one place because he trusts the people there. When Timmy joined the spurs, they had Robinson already. They also won in just a few years after he joined. How about LBJ? The cavs had nobody, and was only able to surround LBJ with more nobodies, en route to not one, not two, not three, but 0 championship wins. How can you trust your team when you've gotten nowhere after that many years. Heck, I can easily say that Tim Duncan will never be LBJ. Tim Duncan never had to carry a team with terrible players. Tim Duncan never had a team with a hall of fame coach. I can keep going as well. Tim Duncan will never be like me either, because he wasn't born to be a guy with normal height.

    If MJ isn't even good enough because he played on another team, then who is? Are you going to say that Tim Duncan is better than MJ now? Articles like yours is why B/R is a cesspool of sports journalism, where people come just to laugh at how bad the articles are.

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