1. Ranking 10 Standout Players from the FIBA Tournaments

    The Olympic qualifiers in the FIBA Americas and Eurobasket tournaments seemed pre-ordained. Even the squads left to scrap for London bids sometime next summer appeared pre-determined...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 3 years ago 7,504 reads 43 comments

  2. FIBA's Global Game: 5 Reasons to Follow Olympic Qualifying Tournaments

    The triple-digit temperatures continue here in Texas, with no end in sight. Football maniacs are engrossed in the preseason, even if the outcomes rank as meaningless and vacuous...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 3 years ago 2,069 reads 9 comments

  3. NBA Lockout: Imagining Dialogue from a Bargaining Session

    The rhetoric and position jockeying have reached new, toxic levels in the NBA ’s near-two-month-old labor dispute. The verbal jousting ranges from passive-aggressive to downright jaw dropping...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 3 years ago 1,774 reads 21 comments

  4. NBA Lockout: 10 Ideas To Bridge Labor Dispute Gap, Save Season

    The one thing players and owners can agree on in the NBA ’s 39-day-old work stoppage is that they disagree on everything...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 3 years ago 2,508 reads 11 comments

  5. NBA Lockout: Owners' Lawsuit Portends Cancelled Season

    Before heading back to the bargaining table, the parties in the NBA’s labor war must first rummage through piles of paperwork. Can anyone lend a map or a GPS? This document stack promises to become a towering skyscraper...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 3 years ago 539 reads 4 comments

  6. NBA Lockout: 10 Consequences of an Extended Work Stoppage

    The NFL’s labor parties averted a doomsday scenario by concluding Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations just before the scheduled start of training camps...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 3 years ago 9,427 reads 29 comments

  7. NBA Lockout: David Stern Keeps NBA Open for Bad Business

    One year after LeBron James ’ brainless, hubris-filled television special, the NBA ’s brain trust somehow managed to deliver an even more pitiable image to screens across America Tuesday afternoon...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 3 years ago 232 reads 0 comments

  8. Tour de France 2011: Alberto Contador's Vulnerability Yields Carnage, Charm

    As the riders approached the first treacherous ascent of a Tour de France that has swung from bloody and gruesome to enchanting, the field of candidates for the yellow jersey began an attack one week in the making...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 3 years ago 758 reads 1 comments

  9. NBA Draft 2011 Instant Analysis: Houston Rockets Move and Shake, Must Move More

    When Daryl Morey put his left foot in and his left foot out, his left foot in and shook it all about, he wasn't doing the Hokey Pokey. No, Thursday night, he merely performed another NBA draft shuffle...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 3 years ago 4,520 reads 15 comments

  10. NBA Draft 2011 Instant Analysis: San Antonio Spurs Make Defining Gamble

    Tony Parker will remain with the franchise sure to someday retire his jersey number. The backup combo guard hailed as the epicenter of the team's post-Tim Duncan future was not so lucky Thursday night...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 3 years ago 3,678 reads 3 comments

  11. NBA Draft 2011: 5 Things to Know About the San Antonio Spurs

    The NBA Draft has arrived, the Spurs appear stuck in a fetid mixture of mud and molasses, and Tony Parker 's name surfaced in a recent trade rumor that spread like marijuana at a Dave Matthews Band concert...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 3 years ago 1,321 reads 1 comments

  12. NBA Finals 2011: Dallas Mavericks Team Up to Stampede Final Barrier, Cool Heat

    Dirk Nowitzki didn't shed a tear on the court, just an unfair image with a 105-95 victory. Jason Terry did not need to flap his arms because his game had the all-clear from air traffic control to charge into the sky of a champion's eternity...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 3,185 reads 4 comments

  13. NBA Finals 2011: Dallas Mavericks Poised To Score Ultimate Vengeance in Miami

    Jason Terry stared down LeBron James and an agonizing memory that has been as inescapable as a dead, rotting rodent in the attic. With one devastating three-pointer to clinch a 112-103 Game 5 victory, he may have expunged that stench for good...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 1,891 reads 3 comments

  14. NBA Finals 2011: Defense Proves Dallas Mavs Are Special, Series Victory in Sight

    Jason Terry flapped his arms once more as his feet crossed the mid-court logo and approached a spot bearing the venue's name. The Dallas Mavericks ' boisterous, strutting guard was flying on familiar turf...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 1,735 reads 18 comments

  15. NBA Finals 2011: Dallas Mavericks Can't Win with Dirk Nowitzki's Solo Act

    The ball swung to Chris Bosh , and all Dirk Nowitzki could do was watch the Dallas native burn the hometown fans and sink the Mavericks with the biggest bucket of his career...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 1,649 reads 13 comments

  16. NBA Finals 2011: Game 2 Proves Why Dallas Mavericks Must Keep Tyson Chandler

    As Dirk Nowitzki launched clutch jumpers and zipped past Chris Bosh , and as Jason Terry rifled in mid-range jimmies to juice the Dallas Mavericks ' stunning fourth-quarter ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 521 reads 1 comments

  17. NBA Finals 2011: Miami Heat Validate Pat Riley's Vision with Game 1 Victory

    Forget the inaccurate "Showtime Heat " label. This suffocating bunch asphyxiated the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals opener and earned another designation months in the making...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 1,974 reads 6 comments

  18. NBA Playoffs 2011: Dallas Mavericks Must Now Repair a Rep, Complete a Mission

    Maybe they should call it "Extreme Makeover: Dallas Mavericks Edition." Acrimony seethed and boiled beneath the vanity of another Western Conference triumph. Opportunity knocked like a repo man with a vendetta and a sledgehammer...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 2,072 reads 20 comments

  19. Tony Parker's Controversial Comments Give Spurs a Chance to Copy Mavericks

    “We can no longer say that we're playing for a championship.” The Spurs will not sell Tony Parker ’s bleak assessment of the team’s title chances on a billboard, but management should not reprimand him either...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 3,991 reads 22 comments

  20. NBA Draft Lottery 2011: Houston Rockets Stay at 14, Luck Must Come Another Way

    The suspense for Houston Rockets fans ended before it could begin. The team will again pick last in the lottery—a lousy consequence of a failed late-season playoff push...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 2,965 reads 3 comments

  21. NBA Playoffs 2011: 7 Reasons to Believe in Memphis Grizzlies Beyond Game 7

    First, they razed the Alamo. In a matter of hours, Kevin Durant’s inclement weather might go too. The questions have come up often in recent basketball conversations: How to explain the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies toppling of the No...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 3,402 reads 18 comments

  22. NBA Playoffs 2011: Dallas Mavericks Drain 20 Threes to Get Shot They Wanted Most

    Mark Cuban kept his mouth shut for once and let his Dallas Mavericks do the talking. Oh, a 122-86 whipping of the two-time defending champion L.A. Lakers to complete an improbable sweep said plenty...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 1,381 reads 6 comments

  23. NBA Playoffs 2011: San Antonio Spurs' Season Reaches Barbarous Resolution

    All the San Antonio Spurs did in winning 61 regular-season games was set themselves up for one of the cruelest terminations in NBA Playoffs history...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 2,616 reads 11 comments

  24. NBA Playoffs 2011: San Antonio Spurs Save a Season and a Reputation

    SAN ANTONIO--Zach Randolph delivered a celebratory smooch of death, as if commanding an anxious, packed AT&T Center crowd to shut up for good. His fallaway jumper with 14 seconds remaining all but sent a No...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 2,082 reads 9 comments

  25. NBA Playoffs 2011: Tonight a Chance for Fans to Bid Tim Duncan, Spurs Farewell

    I'll remember Tony Parker abusing the daylights out of the Phoenix Suns in a trio of playoff series. I'll remember Manu Ginobili blocking a Kobe Bryant breakway lay-up...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about over 3 years ago 3,724 reads 8 comments