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 email@example.com.
All Chris Ballard Stories
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
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
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?
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
Alcorn State coach Dave Whitney imparts the wisdom of his five illustrious decades in sports
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
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
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 ...
SOMETIME IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE, DIRK NOWITZKI WILL HEAD OFF INTO THE SUNSET—AND THE NBA WILL LOSE A ...
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 ...
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.
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, ...
The Lakers are NBA champions again, and it's because they have a star who would settle for nothing less
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 ...
Deep in the heart of Maryland, not far from Baltimore and Washington, there was another story of baseball magic, this one mixed with ...
HOW'S HAYLEYMCGREGORY doing these days? Well, how would you be doing if, after thousandsupon thousands of hours of preparation, ...