Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Got a few million bucks laying around -- for the down payment, that is -- for some sports memorabilia?
How about Michael Jordan's home in Highland Park, Ill. It's 56,000 square feet with an infinity pool, PGA-style putting green, a whole bunch of other impressive displays of wealth and, yes, a basketball complex. (Hint: it's not a hoop in the driveway.)
The auction begins Nov. 22, 2013....Read more »
When people discuss the musical chairs on the set of ESPN’s “NBA Countdown,’’ they often frame the matter in terms of the show's so-far futile quest to match the success of TNT’s “Inside the NBA.’’
But Charles Barkley, the star of “Inside the NBA,’’ does not see it that way.
“I don’t look at us as in competition with those guys,’’ the TNT analyst said Monday during a luncheon to preview...Read more »
TNT tips off its NBA coverage Tuesday when the stars of its popular studio show appear live event at Flatiron Plaza in New York, which should be fun, especially when Charles Barkley says something negative about the Knicks.
ESPN, meanwhile, continues its search in the TV wilderness for a formula that can challenge its friends at Turner.
The network’s latest move was adding Sage Steele...Read more »
"Swoopes," the latest in ESPN's "Nine for IX" summer documentary series, premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday, and is well worth your time.
Director Hannah Storm - yes, that Hannah Storm! - takes a look at the NCAA champ, Olympic champ and WNBA champ who also was a pioneer in women's basketball marketing, complete with her own Nike shoe.
Speaking of which, Nike boss Phil Knight...Read more »
Doc Rivers called ESPN commentator Bill Simmons an idiot. Sort of.
Rivers actually said he'd "like" to call Simmons an idiot, but he was "too classy" for that. Indeed.
The passive-aggressive outburst came after Simmons' comments that Rivers quit on the Celtics when he accepted a trade to the Clippers.
Watch Rivers and the aftermath with Simmons below:
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Tuesday night's episode of HBO's "Real Sports" features a segment on Jay Williams, the promising Duke point guard drafted No. 2 by the Chicago Bulls in 2002 who suffered a career-ending leg injury in a motorcycle accident.
Williams, now an analyst for ESPN, rarely talks about this issue (until recently) and almost never with a camera focused on him.
Here's a clip from the segment....Read more »
Please don’t tell my colleagues I revealed this, but here is a little sportswriter trade secret: Much of the time we do not personally care in the least why coaches and managers do what they do. We ask because it’s our job, and because we are seeking answers for our readers, listeners and viewers.
So when guys such as Gregg Popovich and John Tortorella refuse to answer legitimate questions...Read more »
Big night in sports Tuesday, even for those of us who had to miss some of it for the high school track and field awards banquet. (Did I mention my daughter set a school record in the pole vault?)
Many people certainly watched. SNY scored its highest Mets rating of the season for Zack Wheeler's first MLB start, averaging 3.23 percent of New York-area homes after entering the night with a season...Read more »
LeBron James didn't exactly dominate the Spurs to help the Heat even the series at one game apiece in the NBA Finals, but he did make one standout play in Game 2.
With 8:21 to go in the game, Spurs center Tiago Splitter received a pass from Tony Parker in the paint. The 6-11 Brazilian went up for the dunk, but in Dikembe Mutombo fashion, LeBron James figuratively said: "No, no, no. Not...Read more »
In a sense my sportswriting career began April 24, 1976, when 15-year-old me attended Game 7 of the Spurs-Nets ABA semifinal and promised myself I would tell future generations how great Julius Erving was in his low-exposure ABA days.
Now I don't have to, thanks to "The Doctor,'' a documentary that premieres at 9 p.m. Monday on NBA TV and features extensive footage of Roosevelt's own...Read more »