Kobe Bryant’s most famous poem may be “Dear Basketball,” which he recently published online to announce his retirement from the NBA. But Bryant’s former high school English teacher says that Kobe has been writing poems about basketball since the 10th grade. Jeanne Mastriano joins Bill Littlefield to share her favorite story about Kobe — and more.
The debate over whether LeBron James or Michael Jordan would win a game of one-on-one will probably never end, but we might be closer to settling another question: whose brand has more potential? In light of James’ new $500 million-plus lifetime deal with Nike, Bill Littlefield looks at whether LeBron’s commercial power will ever rival Jordan’s.
Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce cover Kobe Bryant’s storied career, the MLS Cup final and the legacy of Tiger Woods. The two also make their picks for who should perform at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.
The Warriors’ winning streak and the 76ers’ losing streak to open the 2015-16 NBA season are anomalies in their own rights. But to have both occur in the same year? Bill Littlefield investigates just how rare this occasion is — and he hears what it’s like to play for an NBA team that can’t seem to get a win.
Last Sunday, Lakers star Kobe Bryant announced that this season will be his last. Retired NBA forward Shane Battier faced Bryant many times throughout his career. Battier joins Bill Littlefield to remember one particularly difficult night guarding the 17-time All-Star.
What’s next for soccer’s governing body as corruption charges threaten more high-ranking FIFA officials? How should the Philadelphia 76ers handle Jahlil Okafor’s recent off-court troubles? And is there really a chance that the Olympics will come to an end in the not-so-distant future? Bill Littlefield is joined by Shira Springer and Erik Malinowski for “3 Stories You Should Know.”
On Sunday, longtime Lakers star Kobe Bryant announced that this will be his final NBA season. Bryant told the world via a poem titled “Dear Basketball.” Bill Littlefield was intrigued by Bryant’s decision to reveal his plans via verse.
Atlanta Hawks’ guard Thabo Sefolosha understands life in Europe: he is from Switzerland and played for three years on a French basketball team. Bill Littefield compares remarks Sefolosha recently made about the attacks in Paris with his own recent experience in the city.
The MLS is offering its most exciting games of the year, but those games just can’t compete with the World Series, the start of the NBA season and the ever-popular NFL. Bill Littlefield laments soccer’s predicament in the U.S. and celebrates it at the same time.
“Executives, coaches, players across the NBA have really come to realize that who is playing on your team at the start of the season is actually far less important than who’s going to be on the team at the end of the season,” the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen tells Bill Littlefield.