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Category Archives: Basketball

Kyle Guy Guards the Social Media

When the Kings drafted Kyle Guy I looked at stats and his bio and learned in high school he’d been Mr. Basketball in hoops-crazed Indiana. I also noticed several videos of Guy and a young woman. I clicked one called: “Reading Kyle Guy’s Hate Mail” filmed in early 2019. He and fiancée Alexa Jenkins munched […]

Also posted in Jimmer Fredette, Kyle Guy, Sacramento, YouTube

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 and Football, 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 and Football, 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 and Football, George Thomas Clark

Twilight Zone Benching of De’Aaron Fox

The final three minutes Golden State played championship defense, igniting its offense, and that’s not unusual. What is beyond unusual and quite bizarre is that Dave Joerger benched the team’s best player, De’Aaron Fox, because he picked up his fifth foul with little over three minutes to play and the Kings leading by ten. So […]

Also posted in Dave Joerger, De'Aaron Fox, Golden State Warriors

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 and Football, 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 and Football, 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 and Football, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Luke Walton, Magic Johnson, Mo Wagner, Rajon Rondo, Rob Pelinka

Jerry West Watches the Lakers

At the Lakers third game this season, against the Spurs, I turned in my courtside seat, pulled out my mini-binoculars and spotted Jerry West standing in a luxury box. I hustled upstairs, twice used a counterfeit pass to trick security guards, and reached the hallowed door on which I knocked. A starlet opened up, and […]

Also posted in DeMar DeRozan, Gregg Popovich, Jerry West, Josh Hart, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lebron James, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio, Wilt Chamberlain

LeBron James Assesses the Lakers

(Correspondent LeBron James files the first Lakers dispatch of the 2018-2019 season.) Talk to analytical scientists all you want. I’ll instead offer meat and potatoes to clarify why I’m concerned about my Lakers after the first two games this season. We hit a higher field goal percentage and modestly more baskets than either the Portland […]

Also posted in Brandon Ingram, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Kyle Kuzma, Lebron James, Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers

Trump Swings in Kern County

Donald Trump is visiting Republican hotbed Bakersfield where native son and House majority leader Kevin McCarthy hosts him. After thrilling a crowd of believers downtown, Trump says, “Kevin, it’s hotter than hell. Is it any better up in those hills I can barely see?” “Sure, Tehachapi’s a lot cooler and you can breathe.” “Let’s go.” […]

Also posted in Cesar Chavez, Donald Trump, Golf, Kern County, Kevin McCarthy, Tehachapi

Melania Defends LeBron James

Soaring through the heavens in mighty Air Force One, President Donald Trump grabs his tweeter and writes, “LeBron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made LeBron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!” Two minutes later, grim and squeezing her pink tweeter, Melania Trump rushes […]

Also posted in CNN, Donald Trump, Education, Fox News, Lebron James, Marriage, Melania Trump

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 and Football, 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 and Football, 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 and Football, Brandon Ingram, Cleveland, Julius Randle, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyle Kuzma, Lebron James, Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, Paul George, Philadelphia

LeBron Analyzes Draft

Please don’t ask what I plan to do because at the moment I only know I’m going to make a few comments about the NBA draft, the most essential being: thank god for basketball and my flat screen TV on which I behold the huge image of seven-one muscleman DeAndre Ayton. If this numero uno […]

Also posted in Chris Broussard, Collin Sexton, DeAndre Ayton, Lebron James, Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley, Trae Young

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 and Football, Chris Paul, Dan Gilbert, Golden State Warriors, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James

LeBron Hires Hypnotist

Siefried, the world’s preeminent hypnotist, proudly steps into the Cavaliers locker room after game three and says, “Where is LeBron? I’ve come to accept his congratulations.” “I’m right here, you charlatan,” says the star, stepping close and looking down. “I beg your pardon. Can you not count?” “I count fine. We just lost by eight […]

Also posted in Cleveland, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Lebron James, Stephen Curry, Tyronn Lue

Steph Curry Rescues LeBron

After game two Dan Gilbert marches into the locker room of his Cleveland Cavaliers and tugs the back of LeBron James’ jersey. “Hey, we gotta talk.” “I’ll give you five minutes when we get back to Cleveland.” “You’ll talk now or I’ll suspend you the rest of this series.” “Sure, we’re down two-oh and I’m […]

Also posted in Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, Golden State Warriors, Lebron James, Stephen Curry

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 and Football, 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 and Football, 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 and Football, 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 and Football, 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 and Football, 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 and Football, 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 and Football, Football, George Thomas Clark, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, O.J. Simpson

Balls in Lithuania

I surrender. No longer can I pretend I’m uninterested in the Big Baller Ball Family. In fact, I sense I’m going to write about them whenever I get the urge. I don’t care father LaVar, aside from Donald Trump, is the most obnoxious man in the nation. It doesn’t matter he gets more publicity than […]

Also posted in Ben Simmons, De'Aaron Fox, Donald Trump, LaMelo Ball, LaVar Ball, Lebron James, LiAngelo Ball, Lithuania, Lonzo Ball

Trump Scorches Balls

I’m sure you all read my vital presidential tweets and know I worried those three shoplifters from the UCLA basketball team were going to show me up and not tell everyone how much they appreciated that I intervened with President Xi and saved their asses from ten years in a Chinese prison. They should’ve said […]

Also posted in China, Donald Trump, Kim Jong-Un, Korea, LaVar Ball, LiAngelo Ball, Xi Jinping

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 and Football, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield, Dave Joerger, De'Aaron Fox, George Thomas Clark, Sacramento Kings, Skal Labisierre, Willie Cauley-Stein

LaMelo Ball at the Crossroads

I’d rather concentrate on passing virtuoso Lonzo Ball, who as a rookie seems poised to spearhead the resurgence of his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, or UCLA freshman LiAngelo and his task of making a rather heavy-footed game work against more athletic players his size and larger. Instead, boastful father LaVar has compelled me to write […]

Also posted in LaMelo Ball, LaVar Ball, LiAngelo Ball, Lonzo Ball

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 and Football, Duke, George Thomas Clark, Mike Krzyzewski, Steve Alford, UCLA

Happy Hairston in Shower

On a fall evening in 1967, Rick Barry isn’t at Sacramento High School. Neither is Oscar Robertson. Barry after two splendid seasons with the San Francisco Warriors is sitting out this one in order to later earn more money by playing in the wild new American Basketball Association of multi-colored balls and three-point shots. I […]

Also posted in Cancer, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Happy Hairston, Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Rick Barry, Sacramento, Wilt Chamberlain

“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 and Football, 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

Point Guard Mania

This story is part of the collection “Basketball and Football” Damn it, Kyrie Irving, I’d planned to focus my comments on rookie point guards but now you and your advisors have upset everyone by announcing you want to leave Cleveland so you can be king of a franchise. Please note you began your career as […]

Also posted in Cleveland, De'Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, Markelle Fultz, Sacramento Kings

Dolan Summons Jackson

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Carmelo Anthony, Jim Dolan, Kristaps Porzingis, Phil Jackson

The General Manager

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love, Lebron James, Paul George

Rodman Goes Nuclear

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Dennis Rodman, Donald Trump, Jimi Hendrix, John McCain, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong-Il, Kim Jong-Un, Korea, Nuclear Weapons, The Doors

How to Win Next Year

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Bill O'Reilly, Draymond Green, John Havlicek, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, Red Auerbach, Sam Jones, Stephen Curry

Game Four Diary

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, Tristan Thompson, Tyronn Lue

Mr. Clutch

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Bill Russell, Jerry West, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, Wilt Chamberlain

The Warrior

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Dan Gilbert, Draymond Green, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Lebron James, Paul George, Stephen Curry

Diabolical Game Two

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Dan Gilbert, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Lebron James, Stephen Curry, Titanic, Tyronn Lue

Ominous Game One

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, Golden State Warriors, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Lebron James

The Underdog

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Bill Russell, Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, Jerry West, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, Oakland, Stephen Curry, Wilt Chamberlain

Jackson Pursues Porzingis

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Kristaps Porzingis, Latvia, Michael Jordan, New York, New York Knicks, Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippin, Shaquille O'Neal

Fall of Pop

warriors bomb spurs lebron fires popovich

Also posted in Cleveland, Gregg Popovich, Lebron James, Poetry - GTC, San Antonio

Lamar Odom to the Hoop

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Alcohol, Cocaine, Depression, Lamar Odom, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Marijuana, Mental Health, Nicotine, Prostitution

Coaching Kobe Bryant

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Byron Scott, D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Okafor on the Boards

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Duke, Jahlil Okafor, Kristaps Porzingis, Pete Rose

The Las Vegas Lakers

Have to admit, I don’t sit courtside when I go to Lakers games in Staples Center. I suppose I could once a year, if I find two tickets, but it would lighten me a month’s salary, so I sit up about twenty rows and that isn’t cheap either but is doable a few times a […]

Also posted in D'Angelo Russell, Jack Nicholson, James Worthy, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Lakers, Movies

The Point of Emmanuel Mudiay

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football” –

Also posted in Chris Webber, Denver, Emmanuel Mudiay, Sacramento, Sacramento Kings, Toronto, Vlade Divac, Willie Cauley-Stein

Jittery Jackson

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Kobe Bryant, Kristaps Porzingis, Michael Jordan, New York City, Phil Jackson, Philadelphia, Scottie Pippin, Shaquille O'Neal

Chasing DeAndre Jordan

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Dallas, DeAndre Jordan, Doc Rivers, Houston, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Clippers, Mark Cuban, Microsoft, Steve Ballmer

Ready for Bismack Biyombo

This book is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Bismack Biyombo, Brandon Knight, Charlotte, Congo, Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Michael Jordan, Otto von Bismarck, Toronto

Wilt Calls LeBron

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, John Havlicek, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, Wilt Chamberlain

At the Summit

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Cleveland, Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, Stephen Curry, Tristan Thompson

Head on Rim

I was a newspaper correspondent in the summer of 1979 and assigned to go to a dormitory across the American River from Sacramento State University and get a story about any of the athletes preparing to compete the next day in the Golden West Invitational track meet for high school all stars. A meet official […]

Also posted in A'Darius Pegues, Cocaine, Facebook, George Thomas Clark, Kansas, Modesto, Track & Field, Tyke Peacock

Don’t Diss Pacquiao’s Hoops

For two decades Manny Pacquiao has excelled in a sport requiring mental and physical toughness, and when not punishing opponents in the ring he loves to relax playing basketball. He’s played the game all his life and does so fairly well. If no one’s near his five-six, short-armed frame, he can hit an unorthodox, two-handed […]

Also posted in Boxing, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Philippines

Hoops on the Other Side

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in A'Darius Pegues, Adolph Rupp, Clem Haskins, George Thomas Clark, Guanajuato, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Mexicali, Mexico, Mexico City

How to Eliminate Tanking

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in NBA

Clueless Kobe Bryant

Clueless Kobe Bryant yesterday cursed teammates for being inadequate and responsible for the Lakers losing most of their games. Kobe’s got it wrong. He’s the problem, and his compulsive gunning and low shooting percentage are why the Lakers are struggling. While Kobe hits an appalling 39 percent from the floor, most of his teammates are […]

Also posted in Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Einstein Calculates Kobe

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Albert Einstein, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Lakers, Nuclear Weapons, Physics, World War II

Curing Dan Gilbert

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Chris Bosh, Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, Detroit, Drugs, Dwyane Wade, Elvis Presley, Lebron James, Manu Ginobelli, Mental Health, Michael Jackson, Tim Duncan

Donald Sterling v. Adam Silver

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Adam Silver, Al Sharpton, Doc Rivers, Donald Sterling, Jesse Jackson, John L. Sullivan, Los Angeles, Oprah Winfrey, Racism

North Korean Explains Race

We the happy and well-fed people of North Korea must maintain our racial purity lest we become like the suffering, ill-shaped barbarians who surround this paradise created by divine Kim Jong-Un and his father and grandfather. Ignore those who’re starving in our country. Don’t worry about those who’ve disappeared. Their blood was tainted by inferior […]

Also posted in Barack Obama, Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong-Il, Korea, Racism

New Owner of Clippers

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Adam Silver, Donald Sterling, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Clippers, Racism, V. Stiviano

Donald Sterling Speaks

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Adam Silver, Charles Barkley, Donald Sterling, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, Racism, V. Stiviano

Alcohol v. Pot

I was a happy tourist at the pinnacle of Washington’s Monument when I became woozy and awakened an indeterminate time later in a dungeon. God, kidnapped by terrorists, I thought but reconsidered when several white males, attired in green surgical gowns, marched in and one said, “Experimentation will begin when the chief returns.” “Who’s he […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Barack Obama, Drugs, Kevin Durant, Lebron James, Marijuana

Another Rogers Family Tragedy – Reggie Dies

This book is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Cocaine, Donald Rogers, Drugs, Football, Reggie Rogers, Sacramento, UCLA

Courtside in Las Vegas

He’s the master of smooth jump shooting. He’s a shrewd passer and disruptive long-armed defender. He’s the player who hits shots when it matters. He’s Mr. Clutch, Jerry West, man in the NBA logo. He’s also the legend whose 1960s Los Angeles Lakers lose several times in the finals to the Boston Celtics of supernatural […]

Also posted in Bazooka Limon, Boston Celtics, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Pat Riley, Shaquille O'Neal

Las Vegas Hell Motel

Fritz and Ida go to bed early, arise refreshed, eat good breakfast, and then grit teeth before driving east to enter Mojave Desert where dry death and hot existence always depress, but they can’t afford flight to Las Vegas for NBA summer league. Thankfully, they’ve reserved good motel, for three nights at fifty bucks per, […]

Also posted in Alfred Hitchcock, Las Vegas, Mojave Desert, Motels, Movies, Psycho

LeBron Released

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Cleveland, Lebron James, Miami Heat, San Antonio, Tim Duncan

Pray for Heat

Sunbathers and other celebrities believe Miami Heat certain to beat Indiana Pacers in series tied at two. I say lunch pail Pacers have five of eight best players, hobbled Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh aren’t second and third after LeBron James, and big Pacers Roy Hibbert, David West, and Paul George outrebounded all Heat in […]

Also posted in Indiana, Lebron James, Miami, Miami Heat, Short Pieces - GTC

Basketball at Caltech

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football” You’re the basketball coach at Caltech and your most formidable opponents are not opposing players but the scientific and mathematical pedigree of a school that’s generated more than 30 Nobel Prize winners and accepts only students who project to play NBA ball in the classroom. Successful […]

Also posted in Alaska, Caltech, Conservatives, Education, Facebook, Google, Mathematics, Nobel Prize, Pasadena, Republicans, Sarah Palin, Science

The Jeremy Lin Comet

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Demarcus Cousins, Harvard, Jeremy Lin, John Wall, New York City, New York Yankees

Internal James

in crunch throw king james ball don’t really want but gotta dribble hard in place rather not drive now maybe i’ll shoot from timbuktu or you do something

Also posted in Cleveland, Lebron James, Miami, Miami Heat, Poetry - GTC

The NCAA Confesses

What’s in that syringe? Untie me. You’ll go to jail. This won’t work. I’m not talking. I hope I won’t. I know I shouldn’t say as a kid I was a white wimp and still am and therefore perfect to work for the NCAA. I loathe my athletic superiors and all the media and fan […]

Also posted in Education, Football, NCAA, Racism, Reggie Bush, Walter Byers

Twilight Next Door

Soon after moving into current home Joe walked out front to trim bushes and met next door neighbors, lady and gentleman both about eighty. She introduced herself and said, “This is George.” Joe said hello and enjoyed lady’s vivacity and charm but thought what rude bastard husband was, bearing silly semi-smile and not looking at […]

Also posted in Alzheimer's, Glen Campbell, Health, Music, Pat Summitt, Ronald Reagan, Short Pieces - GTC

Odds on Jimmer Fredette

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Brandon Knight, Demarcus Cousins, Jimmer Fredette, Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, Sacramento, Sacramento Kings, Tyreke Evans

Hires Basketball Guru

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Andrew Bynum, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Howard, Lebron James, Miami, Pat Riley, Psychology, Ray Allen

Dallas Does James

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Dallas, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade, Jason Kidd, Lebron James, Miami, Miami Heat, Pat Riley

Letter to my Cable Company

Dear Cable Company, Please excuse me for annually asking you to send a technician to upgrade my service from a “limited-basic” menu of twenty-one channels to the still-merely-“basic” package of seventy-five, and then a few months later recalling your cable guy, always a different one, to climb the telephone pole in my back yard and […]

Also posted in Advertisements, Alaska, Blake Griffin, Commercials, George Thomas Clark, Glenn Beck, Internet, Jerry Springer, Media, Sarah Palin, Television

Shooting Baskets in Dreams

Generation after Hal moved from two small dingy rooms connected to old house in battery-stealing part of town, he thought dreams had disappeared so was saddened to see himself there shooting baskets. Old friend sat behind and watched errant shots. Damn ceiling’s too low to shoot right. Friend should’ve agreed but only stared as Hal […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Dreams, Drugs, George Thomas Clark, Housing, Mental Health, Sacramento, Short Pieces - GTC, Sleep

LeBron Visits Beloved Cleveland

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Cleveland, Lebron James, Miami

Clippers Carve Kings during Thanksgiving Feast

On Thanksgiving night I made my first visit to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles since New Year’s Day when the defending-champion Lakers hosted an aroused and hot-shooting group of young Sacramento Kings who would’ve prevailed if Kobe Bryant, with customary flair, hadn’t swished a three-point jumper a millisecond before the final horn. The capacity […]

Also posted in Blake Griffin, Demarcus Cousins, Eric Gordon, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof, Las Vegas, Lebron James, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Sacramento, Sacramento Kings, Tyreke Evans

From Tennessee to California

In the summer of 1978 I lived in a small old room at the rear of a dreary house in north Sacramento, one of the worst parts of the Golden State’s capital city. Fortunately, I didn’t know I’d have to stay there several more years until a modest inheritance temporarily rescued me, and was delighted […]

Also posted in Albuquerque, Amarillo, Arizona, Arkansas, Asia, Bakersfield, Barry Switzer, Baseball, Buck Owens, Cars & Driving, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dogs, Doug Atkins, Elvis Presley, Football, George Thomas Clark, Johnny Bench, Memphis, Nashville, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pete Ranzany, Pipino Cuevas, Rivers, Sacramento, Southeast Asia, Tennessee, Texas, Travel, Vietnam

Time to Pay College Athletes

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Football, Golf, Heisman Trophy, Lebron James, Media, Michael Jackson, Movies, Music, NCAA, Newspapers, Racism, Radio, Reggie Bush, Shirley Temple, Stevie Wonder, Tiger Woods, USC

Cruising in My First Car

I wish I’d been more on the ball and returned to somehow punish the scoundrel who sold me my first car. The deed occurred on an ominous weeknight when my stepfather drove me east of Sacramento to a fine suburban home where a slender dorky old man at least forty-five opened the door and said, […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Babe Ruth, Baseball, Cars & Driving, Civil War - American, Elvis Presley, Football, George Thomas Clark, Grambling University, Grapevine, Highway 99, Jim Cleamons, Kentucky, Lebron James, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Luke Witte, Mississippi, New York City, Niagara Falls, Notre Dame, Ohio, Ohio State University, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Racism, Roberto Clemente, Sacramento, Siege of Vicksburg, Tennessee, Texas, Travel, Ulysses S. Grant, Vanderbilt University, Western Kentucky University, Woody Hayes

Memo to David Stern

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in David Stern, Demarcus Cousins, John Wall, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Lakers, Nevada, Sacramento Kings, Travel, Tyreke Evans

Dan Gilbert Condemns

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, Lebron James, Miami

John Wooden at the Lectern

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Bill Walton, John Wooden, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, UCLA

Memo to Phil Jackson

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson

The Battle for LeBron James

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Blake Griffin, Chicago, Cleveland, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof, Lebron James, Los Angeles, New York City, Sacramento, Tyreke Evans

Basketball in Downtown Los Angeles

Trust yourself. You’ve been to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles many times, so you know you’re walking the right way, south on Figueroa Street a couple of blocks to the arena. Okay, then. Where is it? It’s got to be there. They haven’t moved a building holding almost twenty thousand people, have they? […]

Also posted in Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson, Tyreke Evans

Basketball and More in Las Vegas

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Art Galleries, Blake Griffin, Brock Lesnar, Eric Gordon, Fedor Emilianenko, Gambling, George Thomas Clark, Las Vegas, Liberace, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Mixed Martial Arts, Music, Nevada, Russell Westbrook, Sacramento Kings, Travel, Tyreke Evans, Wayne Newton

Highlights from the 2008 Olympics

I see many noble commentators have downplayed if not altogether ignored Olympic sports in order to rebuke China for a range of civil rights concerns and thereby imply the nation today is as ill as in the era of Mao, who shred at least as much flesh as Hitler and Stalin.  China has in fact […]

Also posted in Asia, China, Gymnastics, Media, Olympics, Swimming, Television, Track & Field

Convincing Phil about Bynum

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers, Marijuana, Phil Jackson

Battling Kids for Rebounds

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Aging, George Thomas Clark

Wilt Would’ve Been Seventy

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Bill Russell, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento, Wilt Chamberlain

Adolph Rupp on Integration

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Also posted in Adolph Rupp, Movies, Racism