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
With the Greatest of Ease
Nebraska displayed awesome offensive might as it opened the season by routing champion Penn State
When Great Isn't Good Enough
Minnesota's Kevin Garnett, the highest-paid player in the NBA, must constantly fight off the image of the Star Who Hasn't Measured Up
Images of Michael Jordan's sublimeness on the basketball will be forever stamped into Amerca's consciousness. An SI writer who covered Jordan for most of his NBA career remembers the greatest player in history as a joy to watch, a careful cultivator of his own image and, often, a down-to-earth guy
The traveling superstar Caravan that is the United States men's basketball team rolled into Barcelona and immediately rewrote the Olympic ...
Firing at a furious pace (and from all angles), Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson are facing off in a historic shootout for the NBA scoring title.
Every player wants to be a starter--no one really wants to be known as a great sixth man. But with a super sixth, like Dallas's Jerry Stackhouse, sparking each of the league's top three teams, the role of top sub has been revitalized
It's hard to believe that 21 years have passed since the Celtics and the Lakers last met in the NBA Finals—but easy to remember all their great games and bad blood
When a team produces about $11 million worth of talent for the pros, including the Heisman and Outland Trophy winners, it's obviously ...
LET THE GAMES BEGIN The Bulls will become the first team to win three straight titles since the '65-66 Celtics eight-peated. The Suns will win ...
In a truly memorable series the Bulls defeated the Suns for their third straight title and joined the NBA's elite
With soul-patched Phil Jackson yammering about "reconciliation, redemption and reuniting" in the foreground and the threat of a lockout ...
THE QUIZ KID
In addition to the pistons, which teams contain (contain being a relative term in this case) Michael Jordan? And which ones don't stop him at all ...
3 Miami Heat
(Cue the violins!) Could this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship?
Seems Like Old Times
Twenty-two years after their last NBA title the Celtics earned their 17th, as G.M. Danny Ainge reconnected the franchise (and this author) to a storied past of retired numbers, Hall of Famers and one-namers
FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE
Whom teams have joined together as roommates, no man shall put asunder—but sometimes it happens.