Joe Domars recalls the Pistons near trade with Kobe Bryant: ‘It was so close’

Howard Beck welcomes Hall of Famer Joe Dumars. The former Pistons Bad Boy is now the NBA’s discipline czar, part of his new role as Executive Vice President and Chief of Basketball Operations. Domar discusses his approach to the job, then reflects at length on his tenure as Pistons GM. The following text is excerpted … Read more

Derek Fisher’s departure leaves Sparks with more questions than answers

On what turned out to be Derek Fisher’s ultimate possession as Sparks coach, two of the team’s major off-season acquisitions were watched from the sideline. Against Mercury on Sunday, goalkeeper Shenedy Carter and quarterback Les Campage played 3:10 in the fourth quarter, with only one shot between them. Los Angeles has lost seven times, posting … Read more

LA Sparks Senior Vice President Natalie White: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports

Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx highlight the diverse journeys of black women across various sports—from veteran athletes to rising stars, coaches, executives, and more—in the series, Elle-evate: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports. Courtesy of Natalie White Natalie White was one of those who discovered her purpose in high school. Her vision of being in … Read more

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey is open to major changes to March Madness

He is probably the most influential person in college athletics, said Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey On Thursday he wants to take a “fresh look” at the NCAA men’s basketball tournament — perhaps with an eye on expanding the existing 68-team stadium. Sankey warns that he is “not ready to make headlines there yet.” But … Read more