June 12, 2017

In 2016-17, the Indiana Pacers finished their 50th season as a franchise (9 ABA seasons and 41 with the NBA). A few years ago, I reached out to the Pacers in the hopes of working with the team on a season-by-season book about their history. After some back-and-forth, t...

May 16, 2017

Today my book, Tall Tales and Short Shorts: Dr. J, Pistol Pete and the Birth of the Modern NBA, is available in stores. What an exciting time!

To celebrate, I've included below the first chapter of the book, setting the stage for the crazy 1970s in the NBA!


May 8, 2017

The Indiana Pacers joined the NBA in 1976, as part of the merger agreement between the NBA and ABA. But despite having drawn over 10,000 fans per game in their inaugural NBA season, the team was remained millions of dollars in debt and appeared headed toward bankruptcy...

May 2, 2017

Television viewing boomed in the 1960s and ABC’s flagship program Wide World of Sports brought many sports into the American mainstream. Seeking to capitalize on the growing TV sports market, the NBA signed a contract with ABC in 1964 to broadcast a handful of their ga...

April 24, 2017

In 1984, Nike released the “Air Jordan” sneakers, worn by Chicago Bulls rookie guard Michael Jordan.  NBA Commissioner David Stern tried to bar Jordan from wearing the red-and-black shoes, but that only helped their popularity. But while the Air Jordan line revolutioni...

April 17, 2017

Shortly after the 1969 NBA Finals, in which Bill Russell led the Boston Celtics to his eleventh – and final – championship by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, the league unveiled a new logo, though it did not depict the Celtics’ retiring star. Since the late sixties,...

April 10, 2017

Looking at past NBA drafts is a tricky task because, of course, we have the benefit of hindsight. Case in point: Kevin Durant should have been drafted first overall in 2007, but no one blinked when Portland picked Greg Oden over KD that year.

So let’s go back to 1977. T...

March 31, 2017


Pro athletes are notorious for their, shall we say, post-game activities. We’ve heard the stories: Magic Johnson slept with more than 1,000 women before contracting HIV and Wilt Chamberlain bedded twenty times that in his heyday during the sixties and seventies. But h...

March 24, 2017

“Basketball players used to be tougher. They never sat out games to rest.”

“Back in my day, teams used to play defense.”

“Today all the players want to do is dunk and shoot three-pointers. They don’t have any real skills.”

It’s a tired aphorism – former players and fans r...

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