Stan Van Gundy has five seasons to figure out how to take the Pistons from the 29-53 team they were each of the past two outings, and make them into the kind of team he took to the NBA finals in Orlando back in 2009. Jettisoning Josh Smith was just the first step. More»
It's easy to think of Mike Krzyzewski as a kind of American monument: unshakable, unmovable and undaunted. But as he approaches 1,000 wins, it's important to examine just how remarkable his coaching career has been. More»
The Sixers entered the 2014-15 season knowing they would lose big. The results quickly confirmed this expectation, with the team starting the season 0-17. But a couple of wins and close losses over the last week show that this team still has some fight in them. More»
Robin Lopez (Brook Lopez's twin brother) is an odd bird, with his Sideshow Bob hairdo and bizarre Twitter musings. He's also a player no one had any right to expect: the perfect center for a legitimate Western Conference contender. More»
Chris Bosh re-signed with the Miami Heat this offseason, and with LeBron James gone, the team is now running through its 30-year-old superstar who has been doing a little bit of everything out of necessity early on this season. More»
Gordon's broad base of skills impressed the Orlando Magic enough to draft him fourth overall this past June. But under coach Jacque Vaughn, the answer as to whether Gordon is a three or a four seems as unresolved as ever. It may not matter as long as he keeps producing. More»
The Oklahoma City Thunder are playing without Kevin Durant. By itself, this is a massive undertaking, but it hasn't been close to the totality of Thunder coach Scott Brooks' task. That showed Monday night in Brooklyn, as the short-handed Thunder lost yet another player. More»
A little more than a year ago, Jason Kidd was an aging point guard going through a terrible shooting slump for the 2012-13 Knicks. Shortly thereafter, Kidd made a leap to head coach and we still don't what kind of leader the former All-Star is going to be. More»
There was no game attached to the first Hall of Fame induction at Ballpark Village, no giveaway item. Just a Cardinals team honoring its history, and fans who remember so much of it, coming together. This is how it works in St. Louis. More»
For this columnist and his young daughter, the future of the New York Mets doesn't seem quite as bleak this summer, especially with the young talent coming through the system. Is this false hope or a sign of good things to come in Flushing? More»
Brad Ausmus spent 18 years as a big league catcher, three coming in Detroit. Now, he's the first-year manager of the Tigers, who are pushing towards yet another playoff run, and he's learning what it takes to run a team and get by away from his family. More»
How it's worked for the Cardinals lately is this: they draft well. A wave of talent crests onto the scene, major league-ready. And then the Cardinals make use of that talent, trading some excess when necessary, but knowing that there's another wave coming. More»
Years ago, Michael Murray and his two sons went to a Cape Cod League game on a family trip. Now, after the unfortunate passing of Michael Sr., sons A.J. and Michael Jr. have used baseball and the Cape league to help their grieving family heal. More»
What happens when you drop Mario Balotelli and AC Milan in the middle of Long Island on a Wednesday afternoon, to play with the New York Cosmos? Not much, apparently. Milan ultimately decided not to scrimmage with the Cosmos and Balotelli made only a brief appearance to public. More»
Cincinnati Reds reliever Jumbo Diaz has been getting minor leaguers out with filthy stuff since 2002. So why hasn't he had a real major league opportunity until now? The likely culprit is body perception, more than anything else. More»
For years, basketball players with professional dreams who weren't ready to make the leap right out of high school have gone to college, largely due to a lack of other options. As the NCAA makes itself less appealing, the NBA D-League is stepping up as an alternative. More»
The narrative of Jeremy Lin is pervasive, consistent and wrong. The idea is that Lin's 35 games with the Knicks were some kind of fluke. But other than those games, Lin has never been in full control of an offense -- and that won't happen in L.A., either. More»
On our first trip to Fenway Park, I wanted to give my four-year-old a sense of both the passion of Red Sox fans and the incredible history of the place. Still, I wasn't willing to let my desire to make Fenway a teachable moment overwhelm her ability to have fun. More»
I love a hot dog. So does my wife. So does America. Ideally, the appropriate condiment -- mustard, not ketchup, you communist -- is nearby. The best hot dogs, though, don't even need it. Nowadays, though, the hot dog is under attack by alternative ballpark foods. More»
Frank Cashen, the former Orioles and Mets executive who passed away Monday at the age of 88, went about his business in a manner that would have fit comfortably in nearly any era in baseball history. But few have built a team as well as he did. More»
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