1. 'Sheed and the Spurs: Why It Works

    If I was Tim Duncan, my personal pitch to Rasheed Wallace would start with a thank you. As in, thanks for leaving Robert Horry open in 2005. Surely a defender of your caliber intended that as an act of generosity...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 1,135 reads 20 comments

  2. Houston Rockets Should Aim for Bargain McDyess, Not Costly Bosh or Stoudemire

    Depending on your vantage point, Yao Ming's career is either finished or on an excruciating hiatus. Maybe you're in the small faction that believes he will start on opening night in October. Good for you, Mr...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 2,157 reads 11 comments

  3. With Yao Ming's Career in Jeopardy, a Failed Era Reaches Its Painful End

    It was painful while it lasted. At times, it was fun, too. Now, Yao Ming's injury-plagued, trophy-less Houston Rockets tenure is in limbo...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 677 reads 8 comments

  4. Richard Jefferson Trade Should Cool Hot Talk of San Antonio Spurs Demise

    Ah, the allure of expiring deals. From getting his shot blocked in the NBA Finals by Tim Duncan to now helping the league's best power forward get there again. From asbestos-infested New Jersey to the dearth of Milwaukee to sweaty San Antonio...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 873 reads 9 comments

  5. Why the San Antonio Spurs' Summer Should Start with a Swing for Nicolas Batum

    Before anyone in the San Antonio Spurs organization worries about what to do with the 37th pick in Thursday's NBA Draft or looks at prospects who might be available in the 50s, where they select twice, they should make a phone call...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 1,121 reads 4 comments

  6. Pau Gasol Purges The "F" Word From His Resume

    No por mucho madrugar amenece mas temprano. Time must take its course. For years, its seven letters topped his resume in underlined, bold print. Its indignity shaped his reputation...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 1,788 reads 5 comments

  7. LA Lakers Title Recipe Mixes Zen, Kobe, and Unruffled Architect's Plat

    The loudest night of Kobe Bryant's career began with silence. Coach Phil Jackson said everything his team needed to hear before tipoff of Game Five, which the Los Angeles Lakers won 99-86, by saying nothing...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 151 reads 1 comments

  8. Orlando Needs to Keep the Magic Alive With a Game Five Victory

    Nick Anderson and free throws. Kenny Smith. The number four. A broom. If this was Jeopardy, the answer would be, "what four things still give Orlando Magic fans nightmares?" When Dwight ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 279 reads 0 comments

  9. Lakers-Magic: In Moment of Truth, Derek Fisher and the Lakers Leave No Doubt

    This is why Phil Jackson keeps 34-year-old Derek Fisher around. Some wanted him to go away or play behind Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 812 reads 41 comments

  10. Lakers-Magic Game Three: Both Teams Finally Dance On NBA's Biggest Stage

    Clock strikes upon the hour And the sun begins to fade Still enough time to figure out how to chase my blues away I've done alright until now It's the light of day that shows me how And when ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 203 reads 2 comments

  11. LA Lakers Answer: Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, not Bynum, Were There All Along

    Please forgive this blatant patronization of 21-year-old center Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers fans. While every spin move, baseline dunk and energetic defensive play may get your ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 621 reads 8 comments

  12. Magic-Lakers: Orlando Gives What It Can't Get Back

    Give it away, give it away, give it away now, I can't tell if I'm a kingpin or a pauper —Red Hot Chili Peppers Walt Disney, a noted philanthropist, would love this bunch...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 595 reads 2 comments

  13. Magic-Lakers: Once Again, This Was About Kobe Bryant

    From Pau Gasol's career climb to the emergence of Dwight Howard to the return of injured guard Jameer Nelson, we will try to make this NBA Finals about something else...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 395 reads 18 comments

  14. Dwight Howard To Blame for Orlando's Eastern Conference Heist

    "I get no respect, I tell ya'. No respect." —Rodney Dangerfield The Orlando Magic are in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995. You can't say you didn't see this coming...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 151 reads 3 comments

  15. Will Coach Mike Brown and MVP LeBron James Buck NBA's Award-Winning Trend?

    What do Sam Mitchell, Byron Scott, Mike D’Antoni, Steve Nash, and Dirk Nowitzki have in common? All are recent recipients of one of the NBA’s prestigious awards—coach of the year or most valuable player...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 153 reads 1 comments

  16. Kleeman's Jumphook: Officiating In The NBA Playoffs Has Been Foul

    "Just whistle while you work (whistle)Put on that grin and start right into whistle loud and longJust hum a merry tune (hum)Just do your best and take a restand sing your self a songWhen there's ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 355 reads 6 comments

  17. Cavaliers-Magic: Orlando's Rafer Alston Finally Makes Them Pay

    "Skip to my Lou" should know the drill. Teams leave players open for a reason. For most of his career, Rafer Alston has validated the roaming defenses that dare him to shoot with a stroke as icy as a fridge at a butcher shop...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 429 reads 2 comments

  18. Cleveland Cavs Need Mo Williams to Shut Up and Produce

    Picture LeBron James pandering and pleading on 600 West Amelia St., across from Orlando's Amway Arena with this sign: "Will work for scoring help...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 371 reads 4 comments

  19. Lakers-Nuggets: 'Melo and Kobe's Battle Goes Back to Beijing

    They battled relentlessly again for a third straight contest. They locked arms, traded baskets, and lived at the charity stripe. For both stars, the Western Conference Finals represents the final mile to redemption...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 378 reads 0 comments

  20. Houston Rockets Roster Report Card and Eight Offseason Questions

    The Rockets season ended in a 19-point rout last week at the Staples Center. Seven days after the fuel jets iced over and the shuttle crashed, here is a player-by-player grade report ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 546 reads 4 comments

  21. Kleeman's Jumphook: Should The NBA Expand Use Of Instant Replay?

    How long is too long? At what number of hours would you stop watching an NBA game? Is one mistake worth several minutes of silence? David Stern and his administration must consider ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 77 reads 0 comments

  22. An Ode to a Rare Win for the L.A. Clippers

    There are a handful of simple acts in this world that can demoralize and even scar you for life. The king of them all is putting on a basketball jersey with the words "Los Angeles Clippers" on it...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 443 reads 8 comments

  23. Houston Rockets' Finish Hurts So Good

    "Hurt so good, come on baby make it hurt so good, sometimes love don't feel like it should, you make it hurt so good."—John Mellencamp This one stings. Kobe Bryant bricked eight of 12 shots...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 337 reads 9 comments

  24. Houston Rockets Game Six Song Comes from the Heart

    Most of the focus Thursday night was about all the things the Houston Rockets didn't have. No Yao Ming or Tracy McGrady or Dikembe Mutombo. No seven-footers to battle the Lakers cadre of seven-footers...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 516 reads 0 comments

  25. Pau Gasol Gives Houston Rockets Big Problem

    He stepped on the court for the final 10 seconds of a first round dog fight at Toyota Center. He hadn't played at any point during the game, and yet, here was Rick Adelman, calling on him to finish the biggest defensive stand of the night...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 5 years ago 400 reads 2 comments