Larry Sanders Explains Why He Walked Away From Basketball

After taking an extended leave from the Milwaukee Bucks early in the season, Larry Sanders negotiated a buyout with the team last week. Now, in a video produced by The Players' Tribune, the 26-year-old center sheds some light on why he left the Bucks, and why he has no intention of returning to basketball anytime soon. » 2/25/15 12:05pm Wednesday 12:05pm

Sports Phone (It's Hard Being Hooked)

I'll never forget the number. Sports Phone. Man, I used to sneak calls to it as much as I could in the early-mid-Eighties. I had to sneak them because the calls were expensive and if too many showed up on the phone bill my ass was new mown grass. But still, in those days I'd do whatever I could to get an up-to-date… » 2/24/15 12:36pm 2/24/15 12:36pm

Almost Famous: The B+ Adventures Of Robert Christgau

Bob Christgau, the semi-mockingly self-styled Dean of American Rock Critics, diets on Mondays and Tuesdays, so on this particular Monday in December, lunch is just a small to-go bowl of chicken noodle soup from the Polish Deli across the street from his East Village apartment. He eats at his cluttered kitchen table,… » 2/23/15 2:40pm 2/23/15 2:40pm

This Big A-Rod Profile Might Actually Make You Feel Bad For A-Rod

J.R. Moehringer has a huge feature about Alex Rodriguez on ESPN.com today. It's a well-reported, in-depth look at everything Rodriguez has been up to since being banned from baseball for 162 games for using PEDs. There's a lot going on in the story, and you should really read the whole thing, but perhaps most… » 2/18/15 11:28am 2/18/15 11:28am

Kobe Bryant Doesn't Have Any Friends

GQ's got a big interview with Kobe Bryant today, one in which Kobe continues to fully embrace his image as a sociopathic genius who doesn't give a fuck. It's up to you to decide if this is an old and wise Kobe finally being brutally honest about himself and his career, or just the result of his latest recalibration in… » 2/17/15 10:33am 2/17/15 10:33am

Buster Douglas Shocked The World, And Then He Got Fat And Happy

25 years ago today, Buster Douglas shocked the world and knocked out Mike Tyson, becoming the heavyweight champion of the world. This profile appeared in Sports Illustrated three years later, after Douglas had lost his title to Evander Holyfield. It has been reprinted here with the author's permission. » 2/11/15 1:30pm 2/11/15 1:30pm

Kind Of Weird: How The Köln Concert Made Keith Jarrett A Pop Star

The most improbably exhilarating record I've ever heard was recorded 40 years ago, at a special late show in the Cologne Opera House, in front of a youthful capacity crowd. It's likely the only opera-related album I've ever listened to more than once, but that's fitting, since few of the 1,400 young Germans in… » 2/05/15 4:10pm 2/05/15 4:10pm

Bobby Knight: The General Who Never Was

Sometimes a story comes along, jumps out at you, and won't let go. Such was the case last year with Jeremy Collins' beautifully-rendered memoir piece, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Greg Maddux." It took a long time for the story to come together for Collins and when I finished my only concern was, "Maybe that's all… » 2/04/15 10:08am 2/04/15 10:08am