By Tim Bontemps After sitting out for a week with a tight left hamstring, Andrea Bargnani took a half step toward returning Monday. The 7-footer participated in the first half of the team's practice — his first time on the court since being ruled out prior to the Nets' preseason opener a week earlier — and said he felt good afterward. "Every...

Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari tweeted this morning that he knew "there was something he loved" about Iowa. What was it? Two photos of the mural outside the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa on Indianola Avenue.   Calipari, an Italian American, said he was leaving mass when he came across the art. "Sent us to the r...

By Marc Stein The coaching search farthest removed from the New York Knicks-level spotlight could prove to be one of the most fascinating of the NBA offseason.   That's because the Utah Jazz, I'm told, are on that very short list of teams that will give bona fide consideration to breaking basketball's Euro barrier on the X's and O's side by...

Prima doppia-doppia nella Nba per Marco Belinelli, che è stato decisivo nella vittoria dei San Antonio Spurs in casa dei Boston Celtics. Il bolognese ha chiuso con 16 punti, 11 rimbalzi, 8 assist e 6/12 al tiro, per un complessivo +17 di plus/minus nei 36 minuti in campo. Belinelli è andato a soli 2 assist dal chiudere con una storica tripla-doppia...

Una stagione davvero incredibile si chiude con l'ennesimo primato. Marco Belinelli, dopo aver dato un contributo molto importante agli Spurs durante la regular season, dopo aver vinto la gara da tre punti all'All Star Game Weekend, diventa il primo giocatore italiano a giocarsi le Finali Nba. Qualcosa di straordinario per un cestista che durante l...

In the commonwealth of Kentucky, a state that brushes against the edges of the Bible Belt, the religion of choice is basketball. Its followers are devout. Fanatical, even. They commit themselves to their faith completely, studyingtheir scripture day and night, making regular pilgrimages not only to their house of worship—the basketball cathedral, R...

My first reaction to hearing Ettore Messina's name connected with the Jazz coaching vacancy was: they want a Euro coach? Then I remembered I'd made this mistake before.   Twenty-four years ago, during a summer league game, I checked a New Jersey Nets roster to learn about Drazen Petrovic. The Croatian guy was a good player, but I figure...

He is an anomaly, a contradiction of sorts in our "grass is always greener elsewhere" world of sports today. As others seek validation in a bigger paycheck, a different location or a more prestigious position, he has remained true to the ultimate bottom line: winning championships.   When it comes to that, no one has been more successful tha...

In professional sports, organizational culture has become as much a part of analyzing a team's potential, as many on-court variables. With free agency a few weeks away, players, media and front office personnel will consider professional and positive locker room environments as much as cap space, and playing time.   For Kings guard Marc...

If you've been paying attention to this year's NCAA Men's Division Tournament – also known as March Madness – you've probably heard of this week's Italian of the Week. Ryan Arcidiacono was born on March 26, 1994, to Joe and Patti. Both of his parents attended and met at Villanova University. Ryan grew up in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, where he practic...