1. 2010 FIBA World Championship: Team USA Rediscovers Dominance Against Angola

    Ding! The Americans heard the dinner bell and ran so they would not miss a minute of Monday's African feast. The Angolans rank as the best team on their continent, but their undersized lineup was no match for a U...

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  2. 2010 FIBA World Championship: Ricky Rubio and 10 NBA Prospects In the Tournament

    Consequential basketball games in late August and September? FIBA bestows the sport's die-hard followers with the ultimate largesse every four years. The Summer Olympics fill in those two-year gaps...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 5,901 reads 19 comments

  3. 2010 FIBA World Championship: Rudy Fernandez, Spain Survive Greece, Humiliation

    Juan Carlos Navarro pumped his fists in exultation and looked to the rafters for the roaring approval the basketball gods now owed. His second three-pointer did more than seal Spain's 80-72 victory over Greece...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,704 reads 6 comments

  4. 2010 FIBA World Championship: Team USA Vacations Against Tunisia

    There's a game today? Eh. Yawn. Whatever. Get me a margarita with an umbrella in it. How about a lounge chair, too? Indeed, the superior Americans took the court against Tunisia, just ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,367 reads 1 comments

  5. 2010 FIBA World Championship: Team USA's Sloppy Funk Continues In Empty Rout

    Hold that gold medal thought and keep the panic button close. Do not press it yet. Team USA towed its line and remained undefeated...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 618 reads 5 comments

  6. Louis Amundson and Nine Other Bench Contributors San Antonio Spurs Should Pursue

    Malik Hairston's release in July trimmed the San Antonio Spurs roster to 14. The explosive forward requested a contract nullification so he could pursue guaranteed money overseas...

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  7. 2010 FIBA World Championship: Kevin Durant, USA Shake Brazil, Bad Defense

    Chuck Daly did not call any timeouts during the fabled Dream Team's flawless 1992 Olympic run.The Redeem Team did not break a sweat in Beijing until the Gold Medal game against Spain...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 2,885 reads 6 comments

  8. Carmelo Anthony: If Houston Would 'Melo Out, It Could Trade for the Star

    Masai Ujiri, the Denver Nuggets new GM hire, just walked into basketball operations hell. Relentless fire and brimstone, doomsday talk has enveloped the franchise with 2011 free agency’s crown jewel...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 10,574 reads 75 comments

  9. 2010 FIBA World Championship: Team USA Slams Slovenia But Effort Uneven

    Kevin Durant picked off Uros Slokar and sprinted to the other side of the court for an uncontested dunk, as if to atone for the rapid-fire Americans losing the opening tip...

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  10. 2010 FIBA World Championship: Lessons From USA's Final Exhibition Match

    The United States smothered Greece 87-59 in a final tuneup before the FIBA World Championship, which commences this Saturday in Turkey. The Greeks entered the contest piping hot, with recent 74-point and 38-point victory margins...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 979 reads 4 comments

  11. Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul: Nuggets, Hornets Can't Afford To Deal Their Stars

    Dan Gilbert should regret the disgraceful screed he posted on the Cleveland Cavaliers Web site July 8, minutes after former franchise star LeBron James broadcasted his defection to the Miami Heat on national television...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 2,569 reads 8 comments

  12. Rocket Sinus: Why All Four Teams Lose in Trevor Ariza Deal

    The Houston Rockets saved $10 million. The New Orleans Hornets can say they did more this summer than re-sign bench warmer Aaron Gray. Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird dealt for a point guard and jettisoned an albatross contract...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 4,705 reads 40 comments

  13. Annulled November Reign: The Case for a Shorter NBA Regular Season

    "Nothin' lasts forever, even cold November rain" —Guns N' Roses I have argued to friends for several years that Major League Baseball should abbreviate its 162-game promenade to remedy sagging spectator interest...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 1,532 reads 23 comments

  14. Yao Ming and 10 Other NBA Players with Careers Shortened by Injury

    Houston fans can sum up Yao Ming's career in one word: Yaoch. From the moment he first set foot on American soil in 2002, the 7'6" center has been at the mercy of a heavy frame and glass feet...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 13,577 reads 53 comments

  15. Yao Ming: Center's Return Puts Rockets Back in National TV Spotlight

    In what qualifies as the "no duh" statement of the year, the NBA and its broadcast partners think more of the Houston Rockets with Yao Ming than without him...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 2,544 reads 8 comments

  16. Astro-nomical Talent Dump: Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman Trades in Review

    Houston Astros fans should not feign felicity. They should not dance in the streets surrounding Minute Maid Park, host vivacious celebrations, or cheer as if the August rain will soon turn to gold...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 2,315 reads 5 comments

  17. A Bulldozer for Uncle Drayton: Astros' Owner Gets Plowed in Roy Oswalt Deal

    Houston Astros fans should now slide into a deeper depression, as if the one that had already consumed them was not deep enough...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about almost 4 years ago 2,854 reads 25 comments

  18. Lessons from the 97th Tour de France

    The Spaniard reigned for a third time. He pedaled to Paris with the supreme confidence of Napoleon Bonaparte, and when he crossed the finish line, he extended his arms like scepters...

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  19. The Coaches Get a Report Card: Grading All 30 NBA Sideline Chiefs

    Pro basketball players are often handed graded performance reviews by columnists and analysts. What about the sideline bosses who tell them what play or offense to run and how to run it? Those guys should get report cards, too...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 4 years ago 12,966 reads 37 comments

  20. The Houston Rockets Won Big This Summer With Small Moves

    Miami Heat President Pat Riley lured Chris Bosh and LeBron James to South Beach to join franchise star Dwyane Wade. The Heat introduced its history-making trifecta in a lavish ceremony usually reserved for a team that has won something...

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  21. Tour de France: Schleck, Contador Will Provide Showdown of the Year

    The Alberto and Andy show reaches its climax today. No one who embraces drama and appreciates strategy can justify missing the Tour de France's epic 17th stage. This could top the NBA Finals, the Super Bowl, and the World Series...

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  22. Richard Jefferson's Second Chance in San Antonio Makes Sense

    Richard Jefferson and the San Antonio Spurs will dance again. This time, he will take the floor with a fresh start in his sights. He will waltz and jive against a backdrop of lower, more accurate expectations...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 4 years ago 2,652 reads 2 comments

  23. Tour de France Stage 15: Contador Seizes Overall Lead, Voeckler Wins

    Andy Schleck retained a jersey Monday afternoon, but it wasn't yellow. Thanks to a mechanical failure on the second climb of Stage 15, the Tour contender from Luxembourg settled for ...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 4 years ago 361 reads 1 comments

  24. Tour de France Stage 12: Joaquin Rodriguez Wins, Alberto Contador Gains

    Stage 12 of the 97th Tour de France did nothing to dissuade the popular opinion that the event has become a two-man race...

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  25. San Antonio Spurs Make Quiet But Significant Noise With Tiago Splitter Signing

    The San Antonio Spurs' celebration of a day they had long hoped would come did not mirror the Miami Heat's recent reaction to some nifty news...

    Robert Kleeman Written by Robert Kleeman about 4 years ago 5,662 reads 13 comments