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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Chris Ballard Stories
The Happy Dunker
Great centers don't come any more easygoing than Orlando's Dwight Howard. But can he take the Magic to the Finals—and get one big, bad dude off his back—while keeping his smile intact?
MAN IN FULL
AS THE COACH AT A HIGH SCHOOL NEAR CHICAGO, MIKE POWELL HAS DONE MORE THAN CREATE STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONS. HE'S TAUGHT BOYS HOW TO BE MEN AND PROVIDED AN EXAMPLE OF COURAGE UNDER THE MOST TRYING PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES
THE WEST'S NEW SHOWTIME THE LONG RANGERS
ONE IS THE PROTOTYPICAL NBA WING. THE OTHER LACKS STRENGTH, CAN'T JUMP AND IS FREAKISHLY SKILLED. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BACKCOURT LIKE THE WARRIORS' KLAY THOMPSON AND STEPHEN CURRY, TWO YOUNG GUNNERS WHOSE SHOOTING RANGE ASTOUNDS EVEN THEMSELVES
Welcome to The Club
This season, the Packers' Aaron Rodgers will join the brotherhood of quarterbacks who've succeeded a legend—and as his fellow members can tell him, it's not an enviable role
Take Your Pick
Being selected an NBA All-Star is a crapshoot wrapped in a popularity contest based on a snapshot—and it's also an honor that follows a player for life
Winning For Sam
In Williamsport, victory in the wake of a tragedy. Again
Bruce Bochy Built This House
The Giants have won three titles in five seasons, the most dominant run since the Yankees of the late '90s. That steadiness and excellence starts in the manager's office