“Jack McCallum has written an honest, even-handed book to help separate fact from myth. I wish it had been around two years ago.”
Phil Jackson, 13-time NBA champion
As I write this, I am celebrating the two-year anniversary of the robotic prostatectomy that rid me—by all indications—of cancer, at least cancer of the prostate. As I always do in these posts, I ask that you not consider my “battle with cancer” to be heroic for the simple reason that it was not. […](READ MORE)
Is there any cliché-free way to begin a year-end column? As I look back upon another eventful year … As we arrive on the cusp of a new annum … As the book closes on a joyful 2013, let us hope that 2014 brings … Blah, blah, blah. To summarize my 2013: It was […](READ MORE)
–Jeff Pearlman, New York Times best-selling author of Sweetness and Boys Will Be Boys
In Dream Team, Hall of Fame basketball writer Jack McCallum, who covered the squad from the first practice to the gold-medal triumph in Barcelona and even contributed to its immortal name, delivers the full story of the Olympic men’s basketball team that captivated the world and changed the face of the game.
In the two decades that have passed, the gilded stars on the Dream Team roster are still household names in the world of basketball, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Charles Barkley.
The book not only provides an inside look at the Dream Team—the battles over who should be chosen and who should be excluded, who should coach, and who was going to sacrifice the most in the pursuit of the gold medal—but also a portrait of that entire Golden Age of basketball, both triumphs and tribulations.
I was walking through my local farmer’s market the other day when David, the Clover Farms butcher who was running a side of beef through a giant saw, hollered to me: “Hey, Jack. Tim Duncan … top 10 of all-time?” The question caught me off-guard, especially since I was concerned that he might chop […](READ MORE)
The news that Serge Ibaka will miss the remainder of the postseason with a strained left calf leads to this obvious question: How much more production can the Oklahoma City Thunder possibly get out of its dynamic duo? Watching Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook perform their two-man magic already had me wondering where D&W […](READ MORE)
I watched the press conference at which Adam Silver threw not just the book but the entire multi-volume Encyclopedia Britannica at Donald Sterling with—wait for it—David Stern. By pure coincidence, we had a prescheduled interview on that day for the more pedestrian purpose of my writing his bio for the program book that accompanies […](READ MORE)
Once in a while a movie comes along so breathtakingly ridiculous that it deserves special attention. Such a movie is Draft Day, which purports to be a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on at an NFL franchise on Mel Kiper’s favorite day. If the makers really did get behind the scenes, they were taking […](READ MORE)
For the second straight year, I have prevailed upon my grandson, Oliver, to make his Sweet Sixteen picks, using his intuitive method of studying team mascots, usually for a period of 10 seconds or less, and selecting his favorite. I do this with the hopes of overcoming what already promises to be my middling […](READ MORE)
Interviewing David Stern is—as I wrote in my Q&A that ran on SI.com [[http://tinyurl.com/n6ssvj5]] and was made clear in a story in this week’s Sports Illustrated—a sometimes perplexing exercise, the real-world counterpart of going up against Frank Underwood, the character played by Kevin Spacey in “House of Cards.” (Free advertisement: Season 2 premiering on Netflix […](READ MORE)