Should Addiction Be Viewed as a Disease?

Responses to an essay by a doctor that argued that it shouldn’t. Also: Conservatives and climate change; political donations; the Covid Olympics; shooting hoops.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #basketball, #campaign-finance, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #global-warming, #mental-health-and-disorders, #olympic-games-2012, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

Gonzaga Revokes John Stockton’s Season Tickets Over His Refusal to Wear Masks

Stockton has been a vocal opponent of Covid-19 vaccines and government measures to mitigate the virus.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #john-stockton, #masks

What to Expect from the Nets and the Knicks in the Second Half

Here are some of the questions looming over New York’s N.B.A. teams in the second half of the season.

#barrett-r-j-2000, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #brown-bruce-1996, #fournier-evan-1992, #griffin-blake, #irving-kyrie, #nash-steve, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-city, #new-york-knicks, #randle-julius, #rose-derrick, #thibodeau-tom, #walker-kemba

N.B.A.’s Warriors Disavow Part-Owner’s Uyghur Comments

The Golden State Warriors distanced themselves from a minority stakeholder, Chamath Palihapitiya, who said “nobody cares” about the Uyghurs, the ethnic group that has faced a deadly crackdown in China.

#basketball, #china, #golden-state-warriors, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #national-basketball-assn, #palihapitiya-chamath, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group

How Pat Riley Quit on the Knicks

In a book excerpt, a writer details the Knicks’ infighting and the tense contract negotiations that led Coach Pat Riley to leave for the Miami Heat in 1995.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #araskog-rand-v, #arison-micky, #basketball, #checketts-dave, #coaches-and-managers, #ewing-patrick, #herring-chris, #hookstratten-ed-1930-2014, #madison-square-garden, #new-york-knicks, #riley-pat, #rivers-doc, #van-gundy-jeff

Pelicans Choose to Remain Upbeat, Not Beaten Down

New Orleans guard Josh Hart is assembling his most complete pro season under a new coach who is relentlessly positive, and for a team that is still missing Zion Williamson.

#basketball, #green-willie-1981, #hart-josh-1995, #national-basketball-assn, #new-orleans-pelicans-basketball, #williamson-zion-2000

A Dan Barry Essay: Basketball as Meditation in the Time of Covid

Separated from his family, he launched jump shots in the driveway and wondered: Will we ever properly mourn the ones we’ve lost? Will we ever smile again? The answers were hit or miss.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture

How the N.B.A. Forgot Dwight Howard

Howard went from being a dominant defender “the world revolved around” to an overlooked sub on the Lakers. What happened?

#basketball, #content-type-personal-profile, #houston-rockets, #howard-dwight, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #orlando-magic, #van-gundy-stan

Julius Randle Is Playing With Passion. But Where Are the Points?

Randle’s scoring average in his third season in New York is his lowest with the Knicks.

#basketball, #new-york-knicks, #randle-julius

How Big Sports Leagues Are Trying to Woo the Gamer Generation

Here’s what sports marketers are doing to win back a lost generation and save the future of fandom.

#baseball, #basketball, #blevins-tyler-1991, #charlotte-hornets, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #cortez-jhay-singer, #detroit-lions, #e-sports, #fans-persons, #football, #fortnite-video-game, #generation-z, #instagram-inc, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #nba-2k-video-game, #new-england-patriots, #overwatch-video-game, #roblox-video-game, #tiktok-bytedance, #twitch-interactive-inc, #twitter, #youtube-com

Klay Thompson Returns to the Warriors

He barked at officials. He launched 3-pointers. He played off the crowd. And he soared for an emphatic dunk.

#basketball, #golden-state-warriors, #thompson-klay

As W.N.B.A. Players Call for Expansion, League Says Not Now

Many players and fans want bigger rosters and more teams, but the W.N.B.A. said it can’t “expand for expansion’s sake” without the money to support it.

#basketball, #brown-lexie-1994, #clarendon-layshia-1991, #collective-bargaining, #collier-napheesa-1996, #engelbert-catherine, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-liberty, #ogwumike-nnemkadi, #organized-labor, #reeve-cheryl-1966, #taurasi-diana, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Amir Johnson Is More Than an Answer in N.B.A. Trivia

His name was the last on a list that included LeBron James, Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant. But his biggest impact on basketball may be yet to come.

#basketball, #content-type-personal-profile, #detroit-pistons, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #g-league-ignite-basketball-team, #interscholastic-athletics, #johnson-amir-1987, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-assn-development-league

Marcus Smart Has a Plan for Your Plan to Stop Him From Stopping You

N.B.A. players know Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart is going to try to steal the ball. They might have an idea how. And yet, they fall victim time and time again.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #smart-marcus

Novak Djokovic and Fellow Star Vaccine Skeptics Are Increasingly Scorned

The tennis star is the latest target of a public outcry against vaccine skeptics and stars wanting special treatment. Denied entry to Australia, he awaits a hearing Monday on his deportation.

#athletics-and-sports, #australia, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #football, #irving-kyrie, #rodgers-aaron, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

A School Won 92-4 in Basketball. Then the Coach Was Suspended.

Sacred Heart Academy, a Catholic high school for girls in Hamden, Conn., said that running up the score against Lyman Hall High School did not mesh with its values.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #coaches-and-managers, #connecticut, #education-k-12, #education-secondary, #hamden-conn, #interscholastic-athletics, #new-haven-conn, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #wallingford-conn

Kyrie Irving’s Return Shows Why the Nets Would Make an Exception

Kyrie Irving’s part-time status will be complicated — he still can’t play in home games — but his return drew praise from his team’s other stars.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #durant-kevin, #irving-kyrie, #vaccination-and-immunization

Kyrie Irving Returns to Court After Refusing To Be Vaccinated

Irving declined to be vaccinated for Covid-19 before the season, making him ineligible to play in New York City because of a local vaccine mandate at sports arenas that went into effect in September.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #irving-kyrie

Sam Jones, Sharpshooting Celtics Star of the 1960s, Dies at 88

A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, he was named one of the 50 greatest players in N.B.A. history and played on 10 N.B.A. championship teams.

#auerbach-red, #basketball, #black-people, #boston-celtics, #deaths-obituaries, #jones-sam-1933-2021, #national-basketball-assn

‘Every Hooper’s Dream’: N.B.A. Hopefuls Get Their Chance During Crisis

The rapid spread of the coronavirus has depleted several N.B.A. rosters, leading teams to call on lower-level pros and former stars to fill in. But that also has its risks.

#barber-cat-1994, #basketball, #brown-charlie-jr-1997, #cheatham-zylan-1995, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnson-joe-1981, #monroe-greg-1990, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-assn-development-league, #payton-gary-ii-1992, #weatherspoon-quinndary-1996

An Italian Town Hopes Its Basketball Patron Advances to National Status

Porretta Terme, in central Italy, is passionate about basketball, and is pressing the Vatican to officially recognize its local saint as Italy’s patron of the sport.

#basketball, #francis, #italy, #madonna, #mary-mother-of-jesus

‘Bless and Protect My Team’: An Italian Town Hopes Its Basketball Patron Advances to National Status

Porretta Terme, in central Italy, is passionate about basketball, and is pressing the Vatican to officially recognize its local saint as Italy’s patron of the sport.

#basketball, #francis, #italy, #madonna, #mary-mother-of-jesus

For the Warriors and the Suns, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like the Playoffs

In a close game, with Stephen Curry scoring 33 points, Golden State and Phoenix offered what seemed like a preview of the Western Conference finals.

#basketball, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #kerr-steve, #national-basketball-assn, #phoenix-suns

What Is a Foul in the NBA? It’s Always Evolving

The N.B.A. foul is never set in stone. As players reinvent the game, the officiating changes, too.

#basketball, #national-basketball-assn, #officiating-sports, #sports-injuries

The N.B.A.’s Early Story Lines: Missing Stars, Big-Time Bulls, Jokic

The Chicago Bulls have stood out for their surprising success on the court. But three stars have been in the spotlight without ever taking a shot.

#ball-lonzo-1997, #basketball, #caruso-alex-1994, #chicago-bulls, #denver-nuggets, #derozan-demar, #jokic-nikola-1995, #lavine-zach, #national-basketball-assn, #simmons-benjamin-1996, #wall-john, #williamson-zion-2000

N.B.A.’s Adam Silver Says Christmas Games Will Go On

A day after the N.H.L. announced a pause in its schedule, N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver said the responsible thing for his league was to play and “learn to live with” the virus.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #english-premier-league, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #national-hockey-league, #silver-adam-1962

Kyrie Irving Returns to the Brooklyn Nets, Part Time

Irving remains unvaccinated. He will be eligible to play only road games, except those against the Knicks and the Toronto Raptors.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

He Thought He Made N.B.A. History. All He Got Was 3 Points.

The N.B.A. introduced the 3-point shot in the 1979-80 season. Six players made 3s opening night, and for a decade, Kevin Grevey thought he’d made the first.

#american-basketball-assn, #barry-rick, #basketball, #boone-pat, #curry-stephen, #ford-chris-1949, #grevey-kevin, #national-basketball-assn, #records-and-achievements, #tomjanovich-rudy, #washington-bullets

Steph Curry Sets NBA Career Record for 3-Pointers

Golden State’s Curry surpassed Ray Allen, who finished his career with 2,973 made 3-pointers. Allen had held the record for 10 years and last played in 2014.

#allen-ray-1975, #basketball, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #records-and-achievements

McCollum on Simmons Trade Rumors, Vaccines and Blazers Firing

Portland guard CJ McCollum is facing challenges both personal and professional in his first year as president of the players’ union. “It’s the life I chose,” he said.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #basketball, #black-people, #collective-bargaining, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mccollum-c-j, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-players-assn, #olshey-neil, #organized-labor, #portland-trail-blazers, #simmons-benjamin-1996, #trades-sports, #vaccination-and-immunization

Lakers Search for Answers, With and Without LeBron James

James could miss multiple games because of coronavirus protocols, but the Lakers have struggled even when he has played.

#anthony-carmelo, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #sports-injuries, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vogel-frank, #westbrook-russell

The Knicks’ Struggles Go Deeper Than Kemba Walker

A surprising reconsideration of the lineup that pushed Walker out of the rotation could help with some of the team’s issues, but not all of them.

#barrett-r-j-2000, #basketball, #fournier-evan-1992, #new-york-knicks, #quickley-immanuel, #randle-julius, #robinson-mitchell-1998, #rose-derrick, #thibodeau-tom, #toppin-obi, #walker-kemba

The Teenagers Getting Six Figures to Leave Their High Schools for Basketball

The new pro league Overtime Elite is luring young phenoms with hefty salaries, viral success and — perhaps — a better path to the N.B.A.

#andreessen-horowitz, #basketball, #basketball-college, #drake-rapper, #national-basketball-assn, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men, #overtime-elite-league, #student-athlete-compensation

Win Or Lose, the Knicks and Lakers Are Worth Billions

Sports franchise valuations are guesses, with few data points for comparison. But prestige franchises like these can defy all calculations.

#basketball, #cuban-mark, #los-angeles-lakers, #madison-square-garden, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-knicks, #stadiums-and-arenas

A Mexico City Basketball Team With N.B.A. Dreams Makes a Home in Texas

The Mexico City Capitanes, playing away from home because of the pandemic, are the first G League team in Mexico and an important part of the N.B.A.’s international expansion.

#basketball, #content-type-personal-profile, #g-league-ignite-basketball-team, #liga-nacional-de-baloncesto-profesional, #mexico-city-mexico, #mexico-city-capitanes, #national-basketball-assn, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #texas

Curry’s 3-Point Bonanza Has Golden State Bouncing Back

A turnaround early this season has come with Stephen Curry reasserting why he is the best 3-point shooter in basketball history.

#basketball, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors

For NBA Twitter’s Josiah Johnson, It’s All Jokes. Lots of Them.

Josiah Johnson can find humor in almost any sports or pop culture moment, earning him fans from the N.B.A. to Hollywood.

#basketball, #comedy-and-humor, #josiah-johnson, #legends-of-chamberlain-heights-tv-program, #social-media, #twitter

Kevin Durant Can Score From Anywhere. Defenses Don’t Know What to Do.

The midrange game has largely fallen out of favor in the N.B.A., but not when Durant is on the court.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #height-stature

Why Are the Knicks Struggling on Defense?

One of the N.B.A.’s best defenses last season, the Knicks now are one of the worst at stopping 3-point shooters. Opposing guards are having career nights.

#basketball, #fournier-evan-1992, #new-york-knicks, #rose-derrick, #thibodeau-tom, #walker-kemba

The Celtics Are Starting to Get Their Act Together

After spiraling toward dysfunction, Boston has righted the ship for its new coach, Ime Udoka.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #brown-jaylen-1996, #smart-marcus, #tatum-jayson-1998, #udoka-ime

A Quiet Studio With a Home-Court Advantage

Tim Burns, who trains basketball players, including N.B.A. pros, found a studio in Brooklyn for $3,150. His favorite amenity: the basketball court.

#basketball, #content-type-personal-profile, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #williamsburg-brooklyn-ny

Why the ‘Scariest’ Night Didn’t Keep LaMarcus Aldridge Out of the N.B.A.

Aldridge, the veteran Nets center, briefly retired after 15 seasons because of a heart issue. He was depressed — then determined to return.

#aldridge-lamarcus, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #content-type-personal-profile

What to Know About the Robert Sarver Racism and Sexism Allegations

Sarver, who owns the N.B.A.’s Phoenix Suns and the W.N.B.A.’s Phoenix Mercury, has been accused of using racial slurs and making sexual and other inappropriate comments.

#basketball, #black-people, #discrimination, #nash-steve, #national-basketball-assn, #phoenix-mercury, #phoenix-suns, #sarver-robert-1961, #watson-earl-1979, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Warriors Among N.B.A.’s Best Even Without Klay Thompson

Golden State is among the N.B.A.’s best teams, even without one of its best players in the injured Thompson. And it’s not just because of Stephen Curry.

#basketball, #charlotte-hornets, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #kerr-steve, #payton-gary-ii-1992, #poole-jordan-1999, #sports-injuries, #thompson-klay

Scottie Pippen Takes Aim at Michael Jordan in New Book

In a new memoir, Pippen makes a sharp turn from decades of praising his former Chicago Bulls teammate to calling him selfish, hypocritical and insensitive.

#basketball, #books-and-literature, #chicago-bulls, #content-type-personal-profile, #jordan-michael, #pippen-scottie, #unguarded-book

New Black N.B.A. Coaches Wonder Why It Took So Long to Get a Shot

The N.B.A.’s coaching ranks have long been dominated by white men, but a demand from Black players for more diversity may be changing things.

#basketball, #black-people, #boston-celtics, #carlisle-rick, #coaches-and-managers, #discrimination, #green-willie-1981, #hiring-and-promotion, #indiana-pacers, #minnesota-timberwolves, #mosley-jamahl, #national-basketball-assn, #new-orleans-pelicans-basketball, #orlando-magic, #roberts-michele-a, #smart-marcus, #udoka-ime, #washington-wizards

Kevin Garnett Talks Missed Opportunities, On and Off the Court

Garnett, the 15-time N.B.A. All-Star, discusses the new owners of the Timberwolves, whether he’s ready to forgive Ray Allen and his thoughts on player activism.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #garnett-kevin, #kevin-garnett-anything-is-possible-tv-program, #showtime, #television

Luka Doncic Autographs Questioned Among Collectors

Handwriting experts disagree about whether the N.B.A. star’s signatures could be from one person. And collectors have brewed a bigger conspiracy theory — that Doncic’s mother signed his cards.

#basketball, #dallas-mavericks, #doncic-luka-1999, #frauds-and-swindling, #handwriting, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #panini-america-inc, #upper-deck-trading-card-co

His N.B.A. Dream Was Right There. Then He Couldn’t Move His Legs.

A mysterious illness on the eve of the 2019 N.B.A. draft derailed Kris Wilkes’s hopes of going pro. As he heals, he’s not giving up hope.

#basketball, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #national-basketball-assn, #university-of-california-los-angeles, #wilkes-kris

Klay Thompson Finally Found Love. With His Boat.

Injury woes sent Thompson, the Golden State guard, looking for solace. He found it on the water. No bananas allowed.

#basketball, #boats-and-boating, #content-type-personal-profile, #golden-state-warriors, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #sports-injuries, #thompson-klay