Basketball

Zach Lowe on Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and the Miami Heat

1:46 Serge Ibaka and James Johnson are ejected for throwing punches at each other in the third quarter. In the final seconds, Wayne Ellington gives the Heat a 90-89 victory, but after the buzzer sounds Goran Dragic and DeMar DeRozan need to be separated. As he returned from a scouting trip last Jan. 14, one […]

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Zach Lowe on new Los Angeles Lakers uniforms inspired by Kobe Bryant

The idea came to Kobe Bryant right away when his longtime collaborators at Nike told him the Lakers wanted their fourth jersey — the so-called “city edition” — designed in his honor: a snakeskin pattern to play off of his “Black Mamba” nickname. “The snake came to me immediately,” Bryant says. “It came to me […]

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Zach Lowe on James Harden, Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets

As Houston coaches gathered in a Las Vegas high school gym in July to watch what they assumed would be a casual pickup run between summer leaguers and the real Rockets, a scream pierced the air. “FLARE SCREEN!” someone yelled with Game 7-level urgency. “FLARE SCREEN!” It was Chris Paul. A few minutes later, Paul […]