1. Coaching Equals: Gregg Popovich No Longer Looks Up At Jerry Sloan

    My favorite Gregg Popovich story—told repeatedly to me by a friend—unfolded at San Antonio-based Trinity University several years ago...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 1,911 reads 1 comments

  2. Chuck Hayes Leads Houston Rockets in Colossal Utah Romp? Believe It

    When it came to the Houston Rockets winning prospects in Salt Lake City Monday night, I was not amongst the massive crowd of non-believers. I was at the gravesite shoveling the dirt over Aaron Brooks, Chuck Hayes, Luis Scola, and Rick Adelman...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 543 reads 2 comments

  3. Dallas Mavericks Must Add to Recent Collection Of Hollywood Hits

    The Dallas Mavericks waxed the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night 94-80 and then encored the next evening with a gritty 93-84 victory over the LA Clippers. Their back-to-back Staples Center romps were as out of character as they were important...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 275 reads 0 comments

  4. Lakers' Tex Winter Belonged In Basketball Hall Of Fame Long Ago

    His absence during the Los Angeles Lakers ring ceremony Tuesday night was conspicuous to the few who recognize his extraordinary hand in Phil Jackson’s peerless success...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 314 reads 0 comments

  5. The Showtime Rockets? No, but Rick Adelman Will Make It Work

    The Houston Rockets' preseason slate was a seven-game reminder of why the preseason exists.   The team marched into San Antonio for the exhibition season opener two weeks ago and racked up 17 first-half fast break points en route to a 99-85 victory...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 203 reads 1 comments

  6. New Additions Must Help CP3's New Orleans Hornets Get Stingers Back

      Chris Paul gripped his groin area, wincing in pain as an assistant coach helped him to the bench.   With a 17-point third quarter lead against the wannabe-...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 219 reads 1 comments

  7. Ian Mahinmi Gives San Antonio Spurs Big Dilemma

    The San Antonio Spurs' brass spent a longer-than-usual summer spending the ownership group's money like an alcoholic with a gambling addiction, thrusting a provident franchise deep into luxury tax territory...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 804 reads 3 comments

  8. Will Revamped Dallas Mavericks Find a Good Surf or Drown in a Tidal Wave?

    Dirk Nowitzki showed up to Dallas Mavericks training camp several weeks ago in full surfer-dude mode. Sporting a beard straight out of the Geico caveman commercials, the longest hair of his ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 336 reads 6 comments

  9. Houston Astros Plans Should Not Include Former Manager Phil Garner

    Houston Astros Owner Drayton McLane, GM Ed Wade, and others on a selection committee interviewed the last of 10 managerial candidates Monday afternoon...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 313 reads 1 comments

  10. Malik Hairston's Deserved NBA Promotion Might Not Make Sense for Spurs

    Malik Hairston does everything Gregg Popovich could ask a second-year, second-round pick to do.   He runs the floor as if his career depends on the outcome of each possession. He takes smart shots and swooshes 52 percent of his looks...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 4 years ago 739 reads 4 comments

  11. Astros Road Back to Relevancy May Include Trading Oswalt and Berkman

    The Houston Astros season ended with a fitting thud Oct. 4 in a 4-0 loss to the New York Mets. Drayton McLane should not rush to select his franchise’s newest manager—and ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 5 years ago 364 reads 3 comments

  12. Expensive Summer Affords Sage San Antonio Spurs Another Title Shot

    Tony Parker crashed to the ground, his ankle wrecked after a missed floater in traffic caused an awkward landing. The San Antonio Spurs young star left the game in agony, and any chance of a winning season seemed to crumple with him...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 5 years ago 1,829 reads 1 comments

  13. From Contenders to Crippled, Houston Rockets Must Defend Playoff Hopes

    There's a scene in my favorite movie, Independence Day, where Vivica A. Fox's character, Jasmine, and her on-screen son emerge from the rubble of a Los Angeles tunnel to survey the devastation caused by hostile aliens the night before...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 5 years ago 772 reads 2 comments

  14. For Astros' Owner Drayton McLane, Throwing Out Cooper Is a Start

    After two years of underachievement and frustration, Houston Astros boss Drayton McLane did something he should have done long ago. This was coming, but if it's not the precursor to spectacular change, it won't mean much...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 5 years ago 183 reads 0 comments

  15. Kleeman's Jump Hook: 10 Ways To Improve The NBA

    With the NBA's offseason stalled, hoops writers have resorted to outlandish speculation, premature predictions and copout top 10 lists to cure their hardwood cravings. I am no better than any of them...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 5 years ago 1,653 reads 22 comments

  16. The NBA's Best Defenders Part 2: Post Bangers and Interior Intimidators

    My first installment, written this spring, highlighted the NBA's crème de la crème of wing defenders. It also prompted an outcry from those who either didn't read it or didn't understand the premise...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 5 years ago 2,114 reads 7 comments

  17. Kleeman's Jumphook: Analyzing the 2009-2010 NBA Schedule

    Can you feel the anticipation in the air? Can you see the climax in the distance, coming at you like creme and candy-filled chocolate bricks? Don't you wish they would get it on already? The ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 5 years ago 525 reads 3 comments

  18. Lamar Odom Ends Free Agency Standoff With an Easy Choice

    Lamar Odom may relish the sweets more than an athlete in his sport of choice should, and his play can be as uneven and dissatisfying as a chicken fried steak in France. He's not an idiot...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 5 years ago 133 reads 2 comments

  19. Kleeman's Jumphook: Suns, Odom, Lee, Rubio, Vegas SL, and Other Notes

    Welcome to the newest installment of Kleeman's Jumphook, the crappiest supposed-to-be weekly column since... See, folks, in addition to my bachelor's from UT-Austin, I also graduated from the Conan O' Brien school of self-deprecation...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 5 years ago 486 reads 0 comments

  20. Kevin McHale: Basketball's Lousiest Executive Would Be a Winner On TV

    It is only fitting that the Minnesota Timberwolves let Kevin McHale go after he proved useful. After 13-plus dreadful years as one of the worst executives in sports history, the former NBA icon ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 5 years ago 784 reads 11 comments

  21. San Antonio Spurs Youngsters Will Benefit from Expensive Summer of Change

    Malik Hairston stopped behind the arc, set his feet, released the ball in one fluid motion and drained the three-pointer to seal a win for the San Antonio Spurs in a Sunday contest against the New Orleans Hornets...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 5 years ago 679 reads 3 comments

  22. Why David Andersen Should Give Houston Rockets Fans Optimism

    This will not fill the seats, but here is why you should like it. The Houston Rockets acquired 6'11" Aussie David Andersen, one of the top centers in Europe, from the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday afternoon ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 5 years ago 1,510 reads 6 comments

  23. Kleeman's Jumphook: Wade On the Bulls, and Offseason Winners and Losers

    Why critique some of the trades that happened weeks ago now? I waited so I could critique the moves made to counteract those initial Richard Jefferson, Shaquille O' Neal, and Vince Carter deals...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 281 reads 1 comments

  24. Trevor Ariza Now on Board, Rockets Need To Figure Out What's Next

    The Houston Rockets organizational leaders hope Yao Ming plays again. Yao is optimistic that date could come before the end of the 2009-2010 season...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 497 reads 4 comments

  25. A Letter to Ron Artest from a Houston Rockets Fan

    Dear Ron, This will be a lot harder for me than it is for you. In mere months, you will try to help a franchise with 15 championships win its 16th. The Los Angeles Lakers nabbed that latest trophy in mid-June...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 1,351 reads 23 comments