1. John Wall, Blake Griffin and Five Other Early Rookie of the Year Favorites

    Hope springs eternal on NBA Draft night each June as perennial lottery teams hope to select a franchise-defining star, and the playoff outfits with picks, extra cash and roster spots try to unearth late first and second-round gems...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 2,523 reads 18 comments

  2. San Antonio Spurs Reward Tony Parker With $50 Million Extension, Faith

    Gregg Popovich was once convinced Tony Parker would never start in a meaningful game for any NBA team. This was after then front office employee Sam Presti begged the Spurs ' coach to give the puny Frenchman another look...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,184 reads 5 comments

  3. Houston's Halloween Nightmare: Spooky Defense Puts Rockets in Wretched 0-3 Hole

    The Houston Rockets home opener Saturday promised to deliver entertainment, thrills, another dose of a still rehabilitating Yao Ming and plenty of fans in Halloween attire...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 485 reads 1 comments

  4. Houston Rockets Sing Opening Night Blues After Botched Hollywood Ending

    A basketball game can swing faster than the finest Miles Davis' quintet during its famed concert at the Philharmonic. Forgive Rick Adelman if he was not jazzed about how his team's Tuesday night ended...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,209 reads 7 comments

  5. Phil Jackson's Quest For Fourth Three-Peat Makes Rest of NBA's Mission Clear

    The 2010-2011 NBA regular season tips off tonight with more story lines than a Quentin Tarantino flick...

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  6. San Antonio Spurs Still Belong in the NBA Title Conversation

    Faith still exists on this planet, and it matters. Consider this column's title "Exhibit A." I believe that those who celebrate and embrace it earn substantial rewards...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,089 reads 8 comments

  7. Spurs' Fastbreak Attack Will Key Richard Jefferson's Second San Antonio Rodeo

    Established perceptions and reputations are often difficult to change. The task becomes more laborious and fruitless when it involves a consensus idea about a sports franchise formed during its decade of unprecedented success...

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  8. NBA Rule Shuts Down Crybabies: Why David Stern Needs a Mirror, Not a Mute Button

    Kevin Garnett lifted his arms and chuckled in a muffled, yet comprehensible display of disgust. A rookie official’s errant whistle again set off one of the NBA ’s fastest ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 515 reads 2 comments

  9. ¡Viva México! Will the NBA Ever Expand South of the Border Full Time?

    Gary Neal caught Bobby Simmons' bullet pass and fired up the shot of his young NBA career. More than 18,000 fans raised their arms with his. The crowd roared as Neal's last-second triple afforded the San Antonio Spurs a 100-99 lead...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 719 reads 6 comments

  10. NBA Should Move All Preseason Matches to Non-Markets in U.S., Overseas

    The Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs face off tonight at Toyota Center in a tantalizing clash of cross-state contenders. Please forgive me for yawning at this particular iteration...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,194 reads 9 comments

  11. Will Houston Rockets Show Aaron Brooks The Money?

    The minute Daryl Morey matched the Cleveland Cavaliers ' four-year, $24 million offer sheet for Kyle Lowry, the GM, coach Rick Adelman, and owner Leslie Alexander had to anticipate the question would come...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,218 reads 7 comments

  12. Alberto Contador's Positive Drug Test Another Eyesore for Professional Cycling

    ¡Ay Carumba! Bart Simpson could have seen this coming from a Spanish class. Columnists around the country who did not watch one second of the Tour de France said, “Told you so...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,388 reads 9 comments

  13. Dallas Mavericks Contend Again: Story Of Marky Mark Cuban and His Funny Bunch

    Mark Cuban sat in stunned silence behind his beloved Dallas Mavericks and awaited a respite from the cold, harsh reality about to smack him. This posthaste summer vacation would make him the unhappiest billionaire on the planet...

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  14. These Spurs Don't Remember the Alamo: San Antonio's Youth a Strength and Concern

    Gregg Popovich looked at the cadre of 20-somethings in his huddle and needed one of those moments fit for a candy bar commercial. "Who are these guys?" Tim Duncan, ever the timely comedian, introduced himself...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,563 reads 7 comments

  15. Houston Rockets Will Steal Show With Improved Defense and Wins, Not 'Melo

    The 74-80 Houston Astros are no longer a last-place laughingstock. Brett Myers, Chris Johnson, Angel Sanchez, Brandon Lyons, and other pleasant surprises helped the Astros rediscover respectability after a mournful period in baseball's abyss...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,135 reads 3 comments

  16. San Antonio Winging It with RJ: Do the Spurs Need a Back Up Small Forward?

    The San Antonio Spurs open training camp next week with one of the deepest rosters in franchise history, but one item on the summer shopping list remains. In my estimation, it's a big one...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 2,549 reads 18 comments

  17. Yao Ming's Return and Nine Other Reasons Houston Rockets Will Make the Playoffs

    The post-Hakeem Olajuwon Rockets have made their acquaintance with the lottery. The team's resume includes five appearances since the 2000-2001 campaign, when management shipped Dream to Toronto via a sign-and-trade...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 2,108 reads 6 comments

  18. Houston Rockets Fans Should Cozy Up to Current Roster

    The Houston Rockets open training camp in less than a week and play their first preseason game Oct. 7 against the San Antonio Spurs. A few thousand fans hope that will not be the only present that arrives in mere days...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,563 reads 2 comments

  19. 2010 FIBA World Championship: Predicting Team USA's 2012 Roster

    The United States' uproarious Gold Medal finish Sunday night in Istanbul mostly fell on deaf ears back home. Coverage of the monumental, redeeming triumph, from sea to shining sea, was as scant as a G-String...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,956 reads 17 comments

  20. 2010 FIBA World Championship: Team USA Conquers Turkey, Wins More Than Gold

    As Kevin Durant, Team USA's all-time leading scorer in a World Championship, headed for the bench one last time, his smile stretched from Istanbul to Oklahoma City...

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  21. 2010 FIBA World Championship: Team USA One Win from Tournament Redemption

    So, it comes to this. The United States dispatched Lithuania 89-74 to advance to its first World Championship Gold Medal game since 1994. Familiar issues surfaced. Chauncey Billups could not keep Mantas Kalnietis in front of him...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 3,559 reads 10 comments

  22. 2010 FIBA World Championship: Lithuania Snuffs Out Argentina, Chases History

    Luis Scola turned, spun, and banked in a two-handed lay-up off the glass on Argentina's first possession Thursday night. Lithuania Coach Kestutis Kemzura threw up his arms in disgust and scowled at Robertas Javtokas, Linas Kleiza, and Paulius Jankunas...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,618 reads 2 comments

  23. 2010 FIBA World Championship: Kevin Durant, USA Withstand Russia's Red Scare

    The Russians refused to go away. The Americans, then, had to find a way to make them. Lamar Odom and Russell Westbrook keyed the third-quarter run that did the trick...

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  24. 2010 FIBA World Championship: Why USA's Flaws Do Not Spell Medal Round Doom

    Losing is no longer a novelty for the United States Men's Basketball program. The organization's chiefs memorized the stench of defeat years ago and hired Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski to provide the necessary air freshener...

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  25. 2010 FIBA World Championship: Luis Scola Keeps Argentina's Golden Years Alive

    Luis Scola locked arms with Nenad Krstic and followed the Serbian center out of bounds to pursue a loose ball. He was chasing time more than the salvation of a first-quarter possession...

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