Abetted by the news media, the public invariably mythologizes its sports heroes, but in doing what we do, we typically overdo. In death, Bryant was…View More ‘Grief Comes Out the Clear Blue’: The Death of Kobe, the Father
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Alex English arrived in Naples in southern Italy in 1991 with one N.B.A. scoring title from a Hall of Fame run with the Denver Nuggets,…View More Diego Maradona Loved Basketball. Its Stars Loved Him, Too.
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The referee Zach Zarba had spent, by his count, roughly 23 nights a month away from home during the N.B.A.’s regular season for the past…View More Secrets of the Most Thankless N.B.A. Job: Referee
Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. Sabrina Ionescu could spend a considerable amount of time, if…View More Sabrina Ionescu Opens Up About Kobe Bryant and Rookie Year Woes
Candace Parker had just recorded her W.N.B.A.-leading 10th double-double of the season, with 19 points and 10 rebounds in her final game before the playoffs.…View More Candace Parker Wants You to Know She’s Not Done Yet