1. Houston Rockets Find Motivation To Win, Improve with Playoff Hopes Gone

    The Rockets heard the criticisms. Many of them came from within the walls of their locker room. The frustrated head coach delivered the harshest assessments...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 420 reads 1 comments

  2. What Manu Ginobili's Extension Means For The San Antonio Spurs' Future

    The Spurs brass waited. And waited. And waited. General Manager R.C. Buford wondered if he would ever get the answer he wanted. The untimely nature of Manu Ginobili's injuries—two years worth—punctuated early playoff exits...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 3,332 reads 28 comments

  3. "Efenseless" Houston Rockets Need To Find the "D"

    Every time the Rockets lose at home, Journey's "Don't Stop Believing'" follows the final horn. As Houstonians head for the exits, Steve Perry's impassioned wail blairs from the speakers, urging anyone who will listen to keep hope alive...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 434 reads 1 comments

  4. Kleeman's Jump Hook: Ron Artest and the NBA's Best Defenders

    No one finds high-scoring D-Leaguers quite like the Golden State Warriors. Don Nelson summoned undrafted rookie Anthony Morrow and then watched him drop 37 points on the L.A. Clippers in his NBA debut...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 1,441 reads 23 comments

  5. Tim Duncan's Fundamental Dominance Gives Spurs New Life, Old Hope

    Phil Jackson wanted to make another abrupt sideline interview all about the struggles of his Lakers, instead of the gritty, relentless play from the visitors...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 1,545 reads 3 comments

  6. Karma Sours Michael Finley's Decision to Go Green

    His assigned mission complete, Michael Finley did what many in his shoes would have done. All but locked out of the rotation thanks to a youth movement at his dual positions, he asked the Spurs brass to waive him...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 409 reads 0 comments

  7. Spurs' George Hill Is NBA's Most Improved Player

    Mere minutes after the San Antonio Spurs selected little-known IUPUI off guard George Hill with the 26th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Coach Gregg Popovich made some stunning predictions about his team's newest acquisition...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 117 reads 10 comments

  8. NBA Game of the Weak: The Eight Softest Players in the NBA

    Kobe Bryant has battled ankle ailments, back spasms, a sore hip, and the flu en route to an MVP-caliber season rife with clutch shots and ass-saving plays. He remains the biggest reason the Lakers will prove a tough out in the playoffs...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 5,736 reads 27 comments

  9. Avoidable Contusíon: Manu Ginobili Must Remain a San Antonio Spur

    Manu Ginobili raced in from behind and sent a would-be layup and an All-Star into the first row. His victim, this time, was Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 2,418 reads 7 comments

  10. Kleeman's Jump Hook: The NBA's 10 Best Closers Not Named Kobe Bryant

    In baseball, a team with a late lead asks its closer to take the mound and pitch a shutout inning or two. In pro football, a quarterback usually leads the winning charge, driving his team down the field with accurate throws for first downs...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 2,055 reads 20 comments

  11. Rockets-Knicks Matinee Showed Why Trading Tracy McGrady Was Necessary

    Maybe Tracy McGrady can become the player he once was. He merits praise for giving it a go months after undergoing the toughest surgery a professional basketball player can endure...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 1,669 reads 0 comments

  12. Houston Rockets' Win Over Denver Nuggets Reminds of Tough Summer Ahead

    The Rockets had seen this one before. A 16-point lead had become an 11-point deficit in less than 12 minutes. The Denver Nuggets' explosive offense was burning everything in its path, with Carmelo Anthony hotter than a brick oven...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 856 reads 2 comments

  13. Jamal Crawford vs. Anderson Varejao: Sixth Man Tale of the Tape

    The NBA's awards season has become an epic farce and a joke without a suitable punchline. Does winning Most Improved mean you sucked last year? Congratulations on no longer being ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 378 reads 2 comments

  14. Oklahoma City Thunder One Offer Away From Another Big Win

    One of the NBA's youngest units doesn't look like a collection of raw college-age kiddos. Kevin Durant has topped the 30-point plateau 37 times this year, and the Oklahoma City Thunder are 26-11 in those games...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 547 reads 1 comments

  15. Grounded Houston Rockets Can Celebrate Not Being New Jersey Nets

    The jokes are endless, and in many cases, accurate. Vanilla Ice performed at halftime of a New Jersey Nets game. To make the Nets look good in comparison. All NBA teams are at rest for All-Star weekend...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 225 reads 0 comments

  16. Are the San Antonio Spurs Too Young to Win a Title?

    Stop slapping yourself in the head. You did not misread my headline. Cancel the ophthalmologist appointment and stop hitting “refresh” on your Internet browser. The question I posed above deserves serious consideration...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 3,404 reads 20 comments

  17. Kleeman's Jump Hook: Five NBA Players Who Should Consider Ownership

    When Michael Jordan agreed to purchase the Charlotte Bobcats in late February, he became the first player to own a majority stake in an NBA franchise...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 2,518 reads 11 comments

  18. Spurs' Hurt Locker: Tony Parker's Injury Affords Roger Mason a Do-Over

    Roger Mason stopped behind the arc and delivered his fourth game-clinching dagger in a nationally televised game against the defending champion Boston Celtics. As he stepped into the shot, it looked as if Gregg Popovich and R...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 680 reads 10 comments

  19. Michael Jordan Faces His Toughest Opponent Yet—NBA Ownership

    Michael Jordan stood at the Symphony Hall podium and delivered one of the cruelest, pettiest enshrinement speeches in sports history, using an imaginary Taser to electrocute anyone who had doubted his greatness...

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  20. NBA's Best and Worst: Ranking the Last 25 No. 1 Picks

    No one can oversell the qualities that make a player worthy of the top selection in the NBA Draft. A baller who lives up to his promise can change a franchise’s fortunes and deliver ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 8,436 reads 32 comments

  21. The San Antonio Spurs Can Feel Tony Parker's Pain

    Tony Parker and Steve Nash collided in the San Antonio backcourt. The Spurs guard appeared to take the brunt of the hit and stayed down for more than 20 seconds.  His Phoenix counterpart extended a hand...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 727 reads 3 comments

  22. Kleeman's Jump Hook: The NBA Cannot Buy Out Its Trade Problem

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas will wait the league-mandated 30 days and then re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers to play alongside his buddy LeBron James. Nike will not have to shelve an advertisement featuring the LeBron and "Big Z" sock puppets for long...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 5 years ago 2,037 reads 17 comments

  23. Richard Jefferson's Wake Up Call Starts with Spurs' Deadline Silence

    DeJuan Blair spotted George Hill running down the court and tried to thread him a pass for an easy layup. Instead, as Sean Elliott would say, Blair "put jet fuel" on the ball and threw it the length of the court and into the first row...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 5 years ago 958 reads 12 comments

  24. A Maverick Deal: Mark Cuban Gets What He Wanted

    Mark Cuban stood at center court—his Metroplex-sized grin reaching the rafters of Cowboys Stadium—and read the record-breaking number that completed his All-Star fantasy. There, at Jerry Jones' $1...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 5 years ago 459 reads 3 comments

  25. K-Mart Special: Houston Rockets Nab Coveted Scorer, Surrender Carl Landry

    The Houston Rockets' odds of winning the Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, or Joe Johnson sweepstakes were slim...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 5 years ago 1,571 reads 5 comments