1. San Antonio Spurs Say Goodbye to 6 Years of Pain, Hello to NBA Finals

    This one is for patience, pertinacity and pipe dreams. As the San Antonio Spurs ' draining and demoralizing NBA Finals drought ended with a 93-86 triumph at FedExForum on Monday ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 1 year ago 1,120 reads 7 comments

  2. Dwight Howard to L.A. Lakers Hurts NBA's, Orlando Magic's Credibility

    The Dwightmare has just begun for Orlando. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is the latest Don in L.A.’s version of the Corleone family, and he just whacked his Magic counterpart, ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 2 years ago 2,543 reads 63 comments

  3. Olympics Basketball 2012: Team USA Lowers the Boom on Overmatched Australia

    Australia had executed a flawless game plan in the first 25 minutes, a stunning achievement for a program bereft of game-changing athletes or interior intimidation, when a three-point ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 2 years ago 2,065 reads 0 comments

  4. Olympics Basketball 2012: Manu Ginobili Looks Timeless, Even as His Clock Ticks

    Time will soon betray Manu Ginobili , and a body responsible for executing hundreds, maybe thousands of breathtaking basketball plays will succumb to an unrelenting clock that ticks louder than ever...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 2 years ago 3,023 reads 33 comments

  5. Olympics Basketball 2012: Pau Gasol Makes a Case for a Different Trade

    Pau Gasol marched into London’s Olympic Stadium on Friday night hoisting his country’s flag and ferrying its expectation of a basketball podium finish on his back...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 2 years ago 26,003 reads 43 comments

  6. Dwight Howard Saga: How T-Mac Affected It and Why Magic Should Let Howard Walk

    Blame it on T-Mac. Save some reprobation for Grant Hill’s balky body, too. I promise to explain those statements in a bit...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 2 years ago 8,419 reads 33 comments

  7. Oklahoma City Thunder Wins the NBA's Public Perception Championship

    Miami had just evened the NBA Finals with a desperate performance that brought out the transcendence in Dwyane Wade and LeBron James , and the athletic freak on the losing squad came dressed for an IT convention...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 2 years ago 1,579 reads 4 comments

  8. San Antonio Spurs: The Comprehensive Guide to the Team's Offseason

    The Spurs offseason began earlier than expected Wednesday night with a 107-99 loss in Oklahoma City. Coughing up a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals, with the fatally flawed ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 2 years ago 4,179 reads 25 comments

  9. Tim Duncan Should Consider Retirement After San Antonio Spurs' Crushing Collapse

    Derek Fisher knew just where to stick that knife, and Kevin Durant made sure the Spurs bled out before they could steal Wednesday’s game and force a winner-take-all affair...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 2 years ago 5,988 reads 29 comments

  10. OKC Thunder's Switch Forces San Antonio to Cough Up a Last Shot

    With a chance to retain home-court advantage and salvage a sinking but brilliant season on the line, Manu Ginobili gave it his best shot. The spiraling Spurs were just firing a gun with fewer bullets and less space in the magazine...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 2 years ago 3,075 reads 6 comments

  11. San Antonio Spurs-OKC Thunder: Game 4 Proves Home-Court Verdict Reigns Supreme

    Tony Parker split two defenders and created a clear path to the rim. He blew the layup and ran back to the other end wearing a scowl...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 2 years ago 6,964 reads 28 comments

  12. Houston Rockets' Road to Repairing Fractured Accord, Roster Begins with Luck

    The Houston Rockets put the ball in rookie Chandler Parsons' hands in countless crunch-time moments during this truncated campaign. In several of those, he heaved the long-distance shots that should have or did tie the game...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 2 years ago 1,274 reads 3 comments

  13. Tony Parker Puts His Money Where His Mouth Wasn't to Lead San Antonio Spurs

    SAN ANTONIO— Tony Parker spoke up last summer with his mouth. “We can no longer say that we’re playing for a championship,” he said...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 2 years ago 685 reads 5 comments

  14. San Antonio Spurs-OKC Thunder: Why It's the Matchup the NBA Needed

    Some time before tipoff tonight, an employee in the NBA ’s hallowed, holier-than-thou offices will grumble about a Western Conference Finals involving teams from San Antonio and Oklahoma City...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 2 years ago 8,635 reads 33 comments

  15. San Antonio Spurs Sweep Prepares a Title Favorite for Next Step

    Late in the fourth quarter of the San Antonio Spurs ' 102-99 series-clinching victory over the L.A. Clippers , Chris Paul paid astonishing homage to an Adam Sandler comedy classic...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 2 years ago 1,638 reads 8 comments

  16. San Antonio Spurs Have the Look of a Champion After Rallying Past Clippers

    In the span of a few hours, the L.A. Clippers went from rolling to reeling. The San Antonio Spurs trailed by 24 in the second quarter at Staples Center then trounced the gassed challengers the rest of the way...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 2 years ago 1,559 reads 4 comments

  17. San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard Give Team a Menacing Grin

    Kawhi Leonard pick pocketed Chris Paul in the third quarter, ran the length of the floor then swerved around the hobbled point guard for a slam dunk. An hour later, just like that, the Spurs were up 2-0 on the L...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 2 years ago 3,091 reads 11 comments

  18. L.A. Clippers Free-Throw Ineptitude Should Put Gregg Popovich in Charitable Mood

    In any other series, with Kobe Bryant , Kevin Durant or Dirk Nowitzki commanding the bulk of the defensive attention, Gregg Popovich would scribble a simple yet difficult directive on the board just before Game 1...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 2 years ago 1,448 reads 5 comments

  19. San Antonio Spurs Don't Waste Second Chance to Make a 1st-Round Impression

    It began with a Tim Duncan layup and ended with Manu Ginobili scoring on a breakaway. Between those fitting bookends, the Spurs ' recipe for obliterating the eighth-seeded Utah ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 2 years ago 755 reads 0 comments

  20. San Antonio Spurs Take Winning Act on the Road, Land a Resounding Punch

    The San Antonio Spurs did it from everywhere and with everyone. Moments after Floyd Mayweather Jr. threw his final jabs at Miguel Cotto in a decisive victory, the Spurs put the finishing touches on a 102-90 clocking of the Utah Jazz ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 2 years ago 2,548 reads 14 comments

  21. Gregg Popovich, Spurs Push Closer to First-Round Redemption

    Gregg Popovich strolled to center court, hoisted the award he never wanted, said “thank you” to a standing, applauding sold-out crowd then looked for an assistant to take the problematic plaque off his hands...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 2 years ago 2,863 reads 12 comments

  22. 2012 NBA Playoffs: The Complete Guide to the Western Conference Bracket

    The 2012 NBA playoffs commence Saturday, signaling the merciful yet mournful conclusion of a 66-game regular season that looked like a doddering dad trying to shove a broken dining room chair into his kitchen’s trash compactor...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 2 years ago 1,921 reads 0 comments

  23. Manu Ginobili's Injury Fortified No. 1-Seeded Spurs for an Extended Playoff Stay

    The San Antonio Spurs ' season turned on Jan. 2 in Minnesota, not Jan. 29 in an overtime loss at Dallas...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 2 years ago 1,559 reads 4 comments

  24. Houston Rockets Playoff Spot Gag Job Means Change Should and Must Come

    A ticket stub from a Houston Rockets game does not stretch the length of my neck; so gag me with pages from the team’s media guide...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 2 years ago 2,193 reads 5 comments

  25. Chandler Parsons Shows He Belongs in Rockets Long-Term Plans

    The recent double-dip recession caused applications at temp agencies to skyrocket, as well as a spike in the willingness of many struggling, unemployed persons to consider transient work...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 2 years ago 1,980 reads 8 comments