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Chris Ballard

Chris Ballard

Senior Writer Chris Ballard arrived at SI in 2000. Since then he has: fact-checked SI legends (Gary Smith, Jack McCallum, and many others), written the ‘Point After’ column (about his dad when he can get away with it), covered the NBA and tested his editors’ patience by writing way long on everything from homing pigeons to Jake Plummer to Kobe Bryant to inspirational high school baseball teams. He’s the author of four books, a number of his stories have been anthologized in Best American Sports Writing and Best American Magazine Writing and a half dozen of his features have been optioned for films that will likely never get made. He lives in Berkeley, Calif., considers rec league basketball a necessity of life and enjoys a good IPA. You can follow him on Twitter at @SI_ChrisBallard or reach him at chrisballard33@gmail.com.

All Chris Ballard Stories

April 24, 2006

LeBron Act II

He's the Cavaliers' leader and an MVP candidate--and deep down, at 21, still a kid. LeBron James charges into the second phase of his unparalleled career with his playoff debut this weekend

June 02, 2008

Kobe's Killer Instinct

Nobody wants to win as much as Kobe Bryant because nobody needs to win as much as he does. From childhood to the Western finals, the Lakers star has been obsessed with dominating the court

Aug. 25, 2014

Twilight The Saga

For even the most competitive athlete, the transition game is never easy. So what drives Kobe Bryant at age 36, as he comes off serious injury and prepares for his 19th NBA season—and all that lies beyond?

Feb. 02, 2009

The Power Of LeBron

He outweighs centers and outruns guards. He is getting bigger, stronger and smarter—he even sees better. To appreciate the ways in which Cavaliers star LeBron James is evolving, first you have to break him down

Nov. 18, 2002

History Lessons

Alcorn State coach Dave Whitney imparts the wisdom of his five illustrious decades in sports

Nov. 18, 2002

Full Tilt Through Fiji

While covering 300 miles of jungle in seven days, racers in the latest Eco-Challenge overcame a raft of new hardships

March 08, 2004

Ready for the Big Time

Already a polished star, Brooklyn hoops phenom Sebastian Telfair is set to become the first point guard to jump from high school to the NBA

Oct. 19, 2015

Hitting 60

A D-III power reaches a milestone

Sept. 11, 2006

Basketball

The Long View For the thirdstraight time in international play, Team USA failed to win gold. But don'texpect drastic changes in its lineup Last ...

Feb. 15, 2016

HAPPY TRAILS

SOMETIME IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE, DIRK NOWITZKI WILL HEAD OFF INTO THE SUNSET—AND THE NBA WILL LOSE A ...

April 18, 2016

GOLDEN AGE

ON SUNDAY NIGHT, as Steph Curry took the floor at the AT&T Center in San Antonio to chase history, Beth Keiser, a thousand miles away in ...

Nov. 23, 2015

REVENGE OF THE NERDS

PICTURE A solitary figure, shooting baskets and muttering. The man is pale and skinny, with round glasses and wispy brown hair.

July 21, 2014

GIANTS

ONE SUNDAY in June, I took my oldest daughter, Callie, to the Reds-Giants game. Once upon a time, when I was a naive new father, ...

June 22, 2009

Satisfaction

The Lakers are NBA champions again, and it's because they have a star who would settle for nothing less

Dec. 03, 2012

MONEY BALLSY

In the winter of 1995, long before Daryl Morey became the general manager of the Rockets and a cult hero to statheads everywhere, he was a ...

Oct. 22, 2012

Mourning Glory

Deep in the heart of Maryland, not far from Baltimore and Washington, there was another story of baseball magic, this one mixed with ...

July 28, 2008

Swimming Lesson

HOW'S HAYLEYMCGREGORY doing these days? Well, how would you be doing if, after thousandsupon thousands of hours of preparation, ...

Dec. 26, 2011

THE KISS

You must remember this: Amid the chaos of the rioting after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, a young couple, captured in a moment of ...