Jack McCallum was a writer at Sports Illustrated for three decades, specializing in basketball coverage, and is still a Special Contributor. He lists his greatest achievements as winning the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Award in 2005 and having the same telephone number for over 40 years. Some of his basketball books—including the New York Times best-seller Dream Team, Seven Seconds or Less, and Unfinished Business—are still in print and make great holiday gifts. He pontificates on Twitter at @McCallum12
All Jack McCallum Stories
The U.S. men's basketball team was as good as promised. But will such talent ever come together again? Dream on
He's a trash-talking, leg-pulling, high-rolling, golf-playing black Republican who says whatever's on his mind and doesn't care what you think of him. Would you vote for him to be governor of Alabama?
The Hangover: Roethlisberger
An NFL superstar's repulsive behavior, the ultimate expression of athletic entitlement run amok, has forced even the most diehard fans to question their team and their football faith—and made a small town in Georgia wish he'd never paid a visit.
Life After Death
Magic Johnson has pulled off one of the great comebacks in sports history, and it's got nothing to do with basketball
By the Skin of Their Teeth
Just when the Redskins seemed beaten, they rallied for 17 fast points to shock the L.A. Raiders 37-35
Going out in Style
As Michael Jordan's 40th birthday approached, the NBA's finest turned out in Atlanta to celebrate his myriad achievements (and to squeeze in an All-Star Game)
'The Desire Isn't There'
Michael Jordan told the press he has nothing left to prove, but that may be only one reason for his abrupt retirement
The Everywhere Man Alone on The Mountaintop
Michael Jordan, a singular sportsman and athlete, stands at the pinnacle of his game
Horns Of A Dilemma
Michael Jordan continues to carry the Bulls, but how much abuse can his body take?
O.K., Time To Fasten Those Seat Belts
Penn State, off and winging to new offensive heights, beat Nebraska in a thriller
The Dark Side of a Star
Kobe Bryant's carefully cultivated image has been badly stained by his admission of adultery, and a charge of sexual assault
A Cut Above
More than ever it seems no team can catch the Bulls. Is that good for the NBA?
The Big Man Gets Bigger
Patrick Ewing has added finesse to his intimidating presence and made New York an NBA force
Three for All
Kevin Garnett and his two new running mates have empowered the Timberwolves. Now anything seems possible, including an NBA title
Rookie David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs is turning a lot of heads in the NBA with his extraordinary quickness and strength.
By trading Shaquille O'Neal and keeping Kobe Bryant, the Lakers dropped the curtain on the NBA's most riveting soap opera. (Can you hear the applause all over the West?)
Led by Kevin Garnett (the intense one) and Latrell Sprewell (the inspired one), the Timberwolves fought back against the up-and-down Lakers in the Western finals