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
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 ...
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 ...
The Lakers are NBA champions again, and it's because they have a star who would settle for nothing less
Though he's not the front-runner for Rookie of the Year, Dwight Howard will one day be the class of his class
Imagine if someone wanted to write a book about the greatest—or worst—moment of your high school sports career
Mention Caddyshack to many a sports fan and he will rise, as ifsummoned to lead the class in the Pledge of Allegiance, andbegin recital.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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
In the opening scene of Go Tigers!, Ken Carlson's fascinatingdocumentary about high school football in Massillon, Ohio, whichopens on Sept.
THE HOOPS WHISPERER
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul are among the players getting an earful from Idan Ravin, who has no playing or coaching ...
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
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
Hoops Springs Eternal
HEAR ABOUT the Afghan basketball renaissance? O.K., neither had I until recently, and understandably so. Think of Afghanistan these days, ...
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
THREE FOR ALL
IT'S A STORY THAT'S BEEN A DECADE IN THE MAKING: SAN ANTONIO'S TALENTED TRIO—A MISMATCHED GROUP OF GUYS WHO ...