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

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

March 12, 2007

What's the Big Deal?

The Giants will be the first to admit that they overpaid for Barry Zito, but nobody--especially that other Barry--is complaining about the new vibe he's brought to the clubhouse

Nov. 11, 2013


ABOUT A MONTH ago I got the phone call from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's NFL editor, Adam Duerson. "Can you go to Seattle? I need a 12th ...

Dec. 17, 2001

Bad Behavior In a nod to the old days, tight teamwork and rugged defense have the Pistons pumping again

Around 11 p.m. on Dec. 5, nearly two hours after the DetroitPistons had finished off the Seattle Supersonics 95-91, thearena bar in the belly of ...