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Category Archives: Basketball and Football

BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL – On Sale

In a rousing trip through the worlds of Basketball and Football, George Thomas Clark explores the professional basketball league in Mexico, the Herculean talents of Wilt Chamberlain, the difficulties and humor of attempting to play basketball in middle age, and observes that coaching at Caltech can be more painful than studying all night for a […]

Also posted in Basketball, Football, George Thomas Clark, Kobe Bryant, O.J. Simpson, Wilt Chamberlain

The Doncic Addiction

In recent years I’d heard the loudening chants: there’s a basketball prodigy in Europe named Luka Doncic and in 2018 he’s going to descend on the NBA and immediately become a “transformational” player. Okay, I thought, let me check him out. I watched highlight tapes and read scouting reports, and concluded his average speed and […]

Also posted in Basketball, Dallas, Dallas Mavericks, De'Aaron Fox, Lebron James, Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley

Battling Kids for Rebounds

This story appears in the collection “Basketball and Football” The experience was so painful and disillusioning I thought I’d never be able to write about it, but in three intervening years there’s been enough healing that I can finally reveal I tried a modest comeback in basketball. I never envisioned actually playing the game well, […]

Also posted in Basketball, George Thomas Clark

Doncic Blitz Fuels Bagley Debate

Dallas trailed Houston by eight with three minutes left when Luka Doncic, who had been shooting errantly, nailed a three-pointer from the left corner and another out front and a floater in the lane and then the pièce de résistance, a step-back three to lift his team to victory. I assume most viewers of the […]

Also posted in Basketball, George Thomas Clark, Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley, Sacramento Kings

E=Fun2

Okay, I know the Kings after losing three straight have won that many, the last two against teams that had but nine victories between them. It doesn’t matter who they beat. Every Kings win has begun to feel like a celebration fueled by youth, speed, athleticism, and dexterity. These guys come out firing because they […]

Also posted in Basketball, Buddy Hield, Collin Sexton, Marvin Bagley, Sacramento Kings

Mo Wagner Intervenes

Had I not sprained my left knee and ankle during summer league action, it’s certain that as a sweet-shooting rookie almost seven-feet tall I’d already be an emerging star. Alas, I only recently regained my vigor, and the other night began my pro career in the G-League, scoring seventeen points. I consider that a promising […]

Also posted in Basketball, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Luke Walton, Magic Johnson, Mo Wagner, Rajon Rondo, Rob Pelinka

LeBron’s European Vacation

Despite trying to relax in and around a coastal castle magically backed by snowy Alpine peaks, LeBron James is tense during his European vacation. Every time he surfs he falls right off and is swallowed by massive waves. Efforts to hang glide invariably snap the cord connected to the speedboat and LeBron’s again deposited in […]

Also posted in Anthony Davis, Basketball, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Lebron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson

Summertime Love for Sacramento Kings

I like living in Lubbock year round and rooting for my alma mater Texas Tech Red Raiders in football and basketball but recently surrendered to my fifth wife, Melanie, who’s from Sacramento and during the seven months I’ve known her has been pestering me to buy a second home here so we can watch her […]

Also posted in Basketball, De'Aaron Fox, George Thomas Clark, Lebron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento, Sacramento Kings

LeBron Updates Free Agency

Please ignore reports I screamed like an unanesthetized dental patient upon learning that stellar forward Paul George, presumed to be bound for the glorious Los Angeles Lakers, instead signed to stay a few years on the arid plain of Oklahoma City. I confess I did shout in pain but the source was physical rather than […]

Also posted in Basketball, Brandon Ingram, Cleveland, Julius Randle, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyle Kuzma, Lebron James, Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, Paul George, Philadelphia

LeBron and Gilbert at the Summit

About four o’clock this dark morning five armored SUVs enter an Akron estate, a man in the first vehicle using an electronic device to open the wrought iron gate, and speed to the entrance of a mansion boasting more than thirty thousand square feet. At least ten camouflaged commandos emerge from somewhere and aim automatic […]

Also posted in Basketball, Chris Paul, Dan Gilbert, Golden State Warriors, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James

LeBron Declares: Referees Robbed Us

Following game one of the NBA finals, it’s unfortunate fans can’t celebrate my masterful fifty-one points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to an upset over the formidable Golden State Warriors. Instead, we’re talking about obtuse referees who turned a great game into a farce. Late in the fourth quarter, I cleanly stripped the ball from […]

Also posted in Basketball, Cleveland, George Thomas Clark, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, Lebron James, Stephen Curry

LeBron Previews NBA Finals

I’m thankful to be drowsy en route to dreamland where I can forget my body’s thirty-three-years old and tired from playing more minutes than anyone in the league and twice carrying us to playoff victories in game seven, and that almost everyone’s saying the Warriors are too good no matter what LeBron does, they’ve got […]

Also posted in Basketball, Boston Celtics, Cleveland, Dennis Rodman, George Thomas Clark, Golden State Warriors, Jose Abeto Zaide, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Lebron James, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippin, Stephen Curry

Gilbert Demands Examination of LeBron

In a lather, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert calls and tells me to get online and click the link he just sent. I do so and listen as he says, “Who the hell’s that little dude standing next to Joel Embid after the game? Looks like he’s smiling up at his hero. And check out poor […]

Also posted in Basketball, Ben Simmons, Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, George Thomas Clark, Joel Embid, Lebron James, Philadelphia

Cavaliers Reshape the World

Quietly I enter Dan Gilbert’s office and ease into a corner to watch him stare at a massive wall map of the United States. Every few seconds he tightens arms locked across his chest and juts his jaw at various targets – NBA cities across the land. LeBron James and general manager Koby Altman stand […]

Also posted in Basketball, Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James

Manila Bulletin Posts “LeBron’s Championship Dreams”

Manila Bulletin Columnist Jose Abeto Zaide, former Philippine ambassador to Germany and France, has again posted one of my stories in his column, this time “LeBron’s Championship Dreams.” Click here to read on Manila Bulletin “Basketball and Football” on Amazon.com “Basketball and Football” on Apple, Barnes & Nobles, Kobo, and Wherever Books Are Sold

Also posted in Basketball, George Thomas Clark, Jose Abeto Zaide, Lebron James

LeBron’s Championship Dreams

Am I dreaming? I hope so and we aren’t really getting bushwhacked by Oklahoma City and surrendering forty-three points in the first quarter to trail by nineteen. Despite shooting well we’re down sixteen at halftime and twenty after three quarters and let the gathering Thunder hit fifty-eight percent while they hang a hundred forty-eight on […]

Also posted in Basketball, Bill Russell, Dan Gilbert, Donald Sterling, George Thomas Clark, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, Magic Johnson, Stephen Curry

5-Star Review for “Basketball and Football”

I would like to thank Lance Smith, the Sports Book Guy, one of the top reviewers of sports books in the nation, for his kind words about my most recent book, “Basketball and Football.” Sports Book Guy Lance Smith January 20, 2018 “With one of the simplest titles for a sports book, ‘Basketball and Football’ […]

Also posted in Basketball, Football, George Thomas Clark, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, O.J. Simpson

Therapy – A Short Story about a Basketball Player

The basketball bounced long into Jimmy Barton’s strong hands, and he dribbled straight at the player who’d shot and was now backpedaling, and as he passed half-court Jimmy planted his right foot and drove left but instantly cross-dribbled, twisting the defender onto the floor, and glided in for a lay-up. Haggin, the center, ran up […]

Also posted in Depression, George Thomas Clark, Mental Health, The Bold Investor, Therapy

Young Kings Routed

Sunday afternoon as I tried to nap I received a call from an aggrieved Sacramento Kings fan who upbraided me because the coach, Dave Joerger, had finally started the young, potential-laden five I’d been demanding for weeks, and look what happened: the Washington Wizards outmanned, outmaneuvered, and outshot the local lads to lead at halftime […]

Also posted in Basketball, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield, Dave Joerger, De'Aaron Fox, George Thomas Clark, Sacramento Kings, Skal Labisierre, Willie Cauley-Stein

Letters from Two Basketball Coaches

Launching a book isn’t as prolonged as writing one, but it’s a tension-filled time of making sure the cover and text are editorially and graphically sound, that plenty of electronic and physical copies are sent to readers and potential reviewers who may be interested, and that internet advertising options are chosen to disperse the new […]

Also posted in Basketball, Duke, George Thomas Clark, Mike Krzyzewski, Steve Alford, UCLA

“Basketball and Football” is Published

In a rousing trip through the worlds of Basketball and Football, George Thomas Clark explores the professional basketball league in Mexico, the Herculean talents of Wilt Chamberlain, the difficulties and humor of attempting to play basketball in middle age, and observes that coaching at Caltech can be more painful than studying all night for a […]

Also posted in Basketball, Bill Walsh, Donald Rogers, Football, George Thomas Clark, John Wooden, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, O.J. Simpson, Stephen Curry, Wilt Chamberlain