Ten minutes into Lenny Cooke, the documentary's star sits on a couch, watching the 2001 NBA draft with two friends. They debate who is the best player in the NBA: Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady, or Kobe Bryant. This is the Post-Jordan Era, and there is no clear king on the NBA's throne. It's an era o ... More >>
Joel McHale is the comely and humorous fellow from Community and The Soup--the one who's cute, wry, and nimbly able to poke fun at himself (and others). But despite his shapely body, Joel used a butt double in the film What's Your Number?, so he was asked by Advocate's Brandon Voss just why. (I'm g ... More >>
Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped over a suit that looked like it was made of mercury. The vibrant collage was topped with a headpiece that Liberace might have worn had he ever bee ... More >>
Ease into the weekend with this round-up of music writing we've been reading.
I love Stephen A. Smith, I really do, and it's great fun watching him play the Harlem Globetrotters to Skip Bayless's Washington Generals on ESPN's First Take. (And I really love Jay Pharoah's impression on SNL). But I'm getting a little tired of The Kobe Bryant Show. It isn't like the Lakers are o ... More >>
It's been two never-ending weeks since we witnessed the Queen and James Bond fly in on some sort of parachute thing over the Thames River. And Mr. Bean. And the timeline of London's growth, from the capital of a colonial power to a lovable, quirky center of British haute couture. Yes, the Olympics a ... More >>
There was a time when the best place to hear new music was Hot 97, when the sound of bombs going off would signal a song debuting across the city. But if anyone wanted those songs for themselves, they'd have to buy a whole damn album or sit around and wait until it came on the radio again. Yes, thes ... More >>
No Spaniards finished high up in the First Stage of the 2012 Tour de France - which is perhaps something of a surprise considering a Spanish rider has won four of the previous six races (that would be five of the last six, but Alberto Contrador had his 2010 title stripped when he tested positive for ... More >>
Cerebral Ballzy w/Flatbush Zombies, The Gospels, Jasmine Solano The Space Friday, June 22 Better than: Getting caught in the rain. On a humid Friday at a new, still-raw, skate-ramp-slash-stage-equipped Lower East Side space (called, er, The Space), the answer to the timeless question "Is Brooklyn ... More >>
Senate leaders agreed to extend the payroll tax cut, the Washington Post reports, "averting a New Year's tax increase for millions of workers." "Under the separate Senate agreement on the payroll tax, the rate paid by 160 million workers would remain at 4.2 percent through February, rather th ... More >>
If you thought the ceremonies weren't funny, don't blame him.
So leggy Laker Kobe Bryant has been slapped with a whopping $100,000 fine for calling a referee a "fucking fa**ot"! This will change everything. From now on, athletes are going to be mighty wary of letting their prejudices show as they dribble on the court and get into squabbles. Suddenly ... More >>
Is there crying in basketball? Was there, in fact, crying in the Miami Heat locker room after their 87-86 loss to the Chicago Bulls? No one would be talking about this at all if Heat coach Erik Spoelstra hadn't told reporters, "There are a couple of guys crying in the locker room." No sooner ... More >>
The ESPN.com columnist loves Jordan and Bird, not so fond of 'fake cans'
Live Video streaming by Ustream For all the lovely grace notes, homages, and eulogies that have flowed from any number of erudite and compassionate individuals in the wake of Michael Jackson's untimely death at the young age of 50, a celebrity's death is not over in American until the huge, gaudy, ... More >>
The Michael Jackson all-star memorial concert at the Staples Center was so riveting I expected Michael to pop out of the shiny, silver coffin and do one last moonwalk. Janet and LaToya really turned it out fashionwise (and dignity-wise); old-time Motown legends like Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, and S ... More >>
As Mets fans, we expressed confusion that that Knicks fans at the Garden, and even Spike Lee, would cheer Kobe Bryant of the Lakers throughout Monday's game against their own team. Former Indiana Pacers great Reggie Miller, who was frequently abused by the same fair-weather fans, goes further: "I wa ... More >>
The Knicks (21-26) began "Dream Week" with a 126-117 loss to the Lakers. It doesn't look too bad until you realize Kobe Bryant scored almost half Los Angeles' points. His 61-point performance, a new Garden record (supplanting Bernard King's 60 points in a 1984 game) was celebrated by the fans at MSG ... More >>
. . . And, sigh, the Knicks
And inside the women in Towelhead. Plus Rockwell paints a fucked-up Casanova.
A Crooked Ref? Commissioner Stern's got much bigger problems
Rock stars, dating experts, and cartoon characters talk about Valentine's Day
Castro's 'Free' Universal Education
A Pot of Gold at the End of His Rainbow Jumper
No, McEnroe Can't Beat Venus or Serena. Even If He Could, So What?
Imagine It: Tim Duncan as a Net, and LeBron James as a Knick
So How Good Are the Nets? We'll Find Out.
Here's a Hint: It's Not Really Close
Lots of Pounding on Souls at This Prep Basketball Showcase
Dont Believe the Hype
The Pros Come to Run, but the Playground Legends Still Own Rucker
Whiteball Lives in the NCAA