Category Archives: On the NBA

On the NBA: Miami Heat 92, Dallas Mavericks 84

During the build-up to the game this afternoon, I couldn’t help but keep thinking ‘The Finals are back!’  I’ve said this a lot but I really can’t get over it.  It’s amazing how the NBA Finals are actually an event again and have been for the past few years starting with LA/Boston Part 1.  This [...]

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On the NBA: Mixed Feelings

I’ve lived in Houston since 1985, the year  I was born.  I’ve followed the Houston Rockets since 1994.  To those landing here residing somewhere not in Texas, allow me to explain something: there is no Lone Star State solidarity.  Dallas and Houston do not like each other.  We do not like anything about each other’s [...]

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On the NBA: Nothing At All Without My Mojo

I really do not know much about Chicago. I’ve never been, the poverty-stricken hermit that I am, which means, like most of America, my closest experiences with the city have come through listening to local rappers, which is, as you can probably expect, a failed proposition. Unless Chicagoans can be ably represented by the gruff [...]

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On the NBA: Revisionist history is the only history

In sports, rooting is fundamental. The inherent dualism of winning and losing encourages the taking of sides. This involves, for most people near major television markets, an implied sort of regionalism. Just as the youthful process of developing the tastes and associations that we all eventually cobble into a fluid concept of identity requires choosing [...]

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On the NBA: Seen and Not Seen

As much as I used to abuse the word, I have to admit that “soft”, a word that is common parlance among the NBA-initiated, exists in a peculiarly basketball-related stratosphere of sports. In the world of a more violent, well defined sport such as football, the word would simply never be uttered by the sport’s [...]

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