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

All Chris Ballard Stories

Sept. 21, 2009

A Child Shall Draft Them

Like many people, Trey Lee spent the night of Sept. 9 cramming for his fantasy football draft.The difference is that he had to stop at 8:30, when ...

June 01, 2015


THE GHOSTS still haunt the halls of Oracle. Steph Curry cannot shoo them away with his jump shot, nor Andrew Bogut with his grimace, nor ...

June 22, 2009


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

March 07, 2005

Dwight Stuff

Though he's not the front-runner for Rookie of the Year, Dwight Howard will one day be the class of his class

May 14, 2012

Glory Days

Imagine if someone wanted to write a book about the greatest—or worst—moment of your high school sports career

Aug. 06, 2001

Movie Mulligan

Mention Caddyshack to many a sports fan and he will rise, as ifsummoned to lead the class in the Pledge of Allegiance, andbegin recital.

May 05, 2014


The opening salvos have been as good as it gets, with lower seeds from both conferences surging to early leads. But note to underdogs: Cling ...

Dec. 18, 2006

Philadelphia Freedom

The city loved him for embodying its blue-collar ideals—and winning a lot of basketball games—but now it's time for Allen Iverson to move on

July 23, 2001

Naked Truth

You are televising the WNBA, and this is your problem: Despitehaving an All-Star forward who has dropped 46 points in a game(the Minnesota ...

May 07, 2007

Renaissance Men

With nothing to lose and everything to prove, the Warriors' cast of castoffs had run the league's best team to the brink of elimination and revived hoops in the Bay Area

Sept. 17, 2001

Well Schooled

In the opening scene of Go Tigers!, Ken Carlson's fascinatingdocumentary about high school football in Massillon, Ohio, whichopens on Sept.

Oct. 26, 2009


LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul are among the players getting an earful from Idan Ravin, who has no playing or coaching ...

Sept. 05, 2005

2 Jacksonville JAGUARS

A new coordinator takes the chains off the offense, installing a quick-strike attack that emphasizes long passes and putting a lot of points on the board

Oct. 24, 2005

Measure of Success

Those stat guys are at it again, and now the Moneyball math of baseball has come to the NBA. Armed with dazzling equations, NBA front offices are finding entirely new ways to quantify a player's talent and judge his real value

June 09, 2008

Hoops Springs Eternal

HEAR ABOUT the Afghan basketball renaissance? O.K., neither had I until recently, and understandably so. Think of Afghanistan these days, ...

Dec. 19, 2005

Still Going Deep

No football commentator--not even that guy with the video game--packs more wisdom into his words than hardworking CBS color man Phil Simms

June 10, 2013



Nov. 08, 2004

A Hero in Hiding

As an Olympic idol and the highest-paid athlete in Argentina, the Spurs' Manu Ginobili is an inspiration to his people, but an object of extreme--sometimes dangerous--scrutiny