Category Archives: pro basketball

The imaginative life of Dr. Jack Ramsay

TweetThe tributes for Naismith Hall of Famer Jack Ramsay upon his death at the start of the week were moving and powerful, perhaps most of all by his son, Chris, who concluded by quoting his father:
“Use your imagination. Imagine the life you want to live, and live it.”
Dr. Jack — he really was a Ph.D. — [...]

Sports History Files: Remembering Walt Bellamy

TweetThere have been some marvelous tributes over the weekend to Walt Bellamy, the NBA Hall of Famer who died on Saturday at the age of 74.
He had played for five other NBA teams when he joined the Atlanta Hawks I grew up watching, and featured on a team with Pete Maravich and Lou Hudson that [...]

When the ball was red, white and blue

TweetThe lackluster NBA Slam Dunk Contest had me mourning what once had been a fine art involving the best masters of the form.
While many present-day fans were chiding the sorry state of dunkology in the context of Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday, I was thinking about my forever champ — Dr. J — and David Thompson.
During [...]

No thanks for the memories

TweetPatrick Hruby’s most unmemorable sports moment of 2012 involves the Washington Wizards. He says they “typified ordinary sports failure,” but I suspect they may be on permanent steroids:
“Sports is striking out. Dribbling the ball off your foot. Missing a block and watching the quarterback get drilled. Sports is having your throbbing ankles taped, sweating through [...]