Category Archives: NBA

Another labor of love

 

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By Ray Hamill

I’m delighted to announce the publication of my new book, Help, My Horse is Drowning!, available now on Amazon and any other book sites with suitable good taste (or who don’t know any better).

It’s a humorous look at the world of sports and how it impacts us on a daily basis, told through a series of anecdotes and observations from a lifetime association with sports.

From tales of the schoolyard and growing up in a sports-mad family back in Dublin City, to NFL Sundays in the bars of Northern California, Help, My Horse is Drowning! covers a wide gamut of stories, offering intriguing insights to the history of the sports we love and more than a few observations on the lovely madness of it all. Read more

Just what are the best rivalries in sports?

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By Ray Hamill

One of the oldest and most enduring rivalries in all of sports was back on center stage Saturday when Army played Navy for the 115th time.

And that got me wondering, just what is the greatest rivalry in sports?

It’s a question I’ve raised before with a variety of guests on my weekly radio show and one that always results in a passionate discussion, and about the only certainty from it all is there never is a consensus top pick.

But what makes a great rivalry? Read more

In sports, Cleveland is the Wile E. Coyote of cities

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By Ray Hamill

When it comes to North American sports, there are plenty of long suffering fans out there faithfully following their team of choice and never giving up on dreams of success. But when it comes to cities that have suffered the most, nowhere compares to Cleveland.

In fact, it’s not even close.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the city’s last taste of success in any major sport, an NFL championship by the Browns in 1964, and I sure hope all the Clevelanders (yes, that’s what they call themselves) held a great big parade that day and really soaked it all up, because it’s been a long barren spell since. Read more

Are you ready for some playoff action?

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By Ray Hamill

The NBA playoffs got under way this weekend, and surprisingly for what is usually the most predictable tournament in all of sports, it looks pretty open this year.

Whether or not that translates to an exciting two months of action remains to be seen, but for now at least there’s plenty to consider …

* The big question in the East is whether anyone can seriously challenge the Heat or Pacers, who dominated the conference this season, even if both stumbled into the postseason.

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What latest injury means for Kobe’s future

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By Ray Hamill

Just how significant the news of Kobe Bryant’s most recent injury will be remains to be seen, but you have to wonder how much he has left in the tank.

At 35, Kobe is in his 18th season in the NBA, and that’s a lot of mileage on those knees, especially when you consider his seven postseason trips to the finals alone add up to more than two full additional regular seasons. Read more

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