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CHICAGO | If they ever erected an NBA statue to Jimmer Fredette, he'd have pigeons on each shoulder.
CHICAGO | E'Twaun Moore was an Indiana All-Star, the first player in 20 years to lead Purdue in both scoring and assists, and originally a second-round pick of the Boston Celtics.
It costs nothing to be nice, to make others smile with a sense of humor that entertains without offending.
No one asked me, but our college stars Glenn Robinson III, Branden Dawson and Mitch McGary should wait another year before jumping to the NBA.
Picture this, if you can.
HAMMOND | They held a boxing card at the Hammond Civic Center Saturday night and a love-in broke out.
Would you step into the ring, in front of a large crowd, and trade punches with basically no fight experience?
CHICAGO | For a free autographed Tornike Shengelia game jersey, who is Jimmy Butler's closest friend on the Bulls this season?
INDIANAPOLIS | Imagine running a day-care center, at full capacity, by yourself.
Ryan Grigson loves his job as general manager of the Colts, with its suffocating pressure, long hours and incredible demands.
CHICAGO | Frank Vogel is just too calm.
Pete Trgovich is a guy who feasted in the basketball buffet line, sampling everything with delight.
I ask Indiana and Purdue basketball fans to be straight up with me. Is it time for a coaching change?
CHICAGO | They say the uniform makes the man in the military.
It's hard to find fault with the Indiana Pacers' 48-17 record as of Saturday, which includes a league-best 30-4 at home.
CHICAGO | Gregg Popovich, much like the fine wine his California vineyard produces, demands an acquired taste.
CHICAGO | Write this down, please.
CHICAGO | Defense is like your obnoxious uncle, Lenny, whom everyone tolerates at parties.
Kindon Crowder is basketball's Rocky. He's spent more time on the canvas than sweat and won't throw in the towel.
The red "S" fell off Joakim Noah's chest Monday night.
Golden State's Stephen Curry told me his range is 30 feet, even if the defender is so close, you feel his sweat.
CHICAGO | The look of absolute joy on the little boy's face gave off a warm glow Friday night at the ice pond in the middle of Soldier Field.
Got a pencil? Write this down. April 5. Hammond Civic Center. 911 Slugfest. Bring the family. A great cause.
If any coach had good reason to jump up and down like a madman, scream bloody murder at his players, and ride officials like a golf cart, it's University of Illinois-Chicago's Howard Moore.
Is Trent Richardson a bust?
CHICAGO | Taj Gibson, you're starting tonight.
I love pro basketball. Give me the NBA 12 months, 365 days a year. I love the job TNT does and its excellent team of announcers.
EAST CHICAGO | Second-round pick of the Carolina Panthers, productive backup at defensive tackle, a Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie selection.
CHICAGO | Take a 7-footer who can chew gum and walk a straight line at the same time and a 3-point shooter with range to the VIP seats.
In describing Hall of Fame middle linebacker Dick Butkus, former Bears' teammate Doug Buffone noted the Neanderthal gene is extremely rare.
Dark, dreary, dirty, dog packs everywhere.
New Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon was shivering alongside team broadcaster Rick Rizzs and general manager Jack Zduriencik during last month's FanFest at Safeco Field.
We should eliminate our exhausted use of the word "best" and apply a rating system like A1, A2 and A3 to signify degrees of excellence.
I have a friend who delivers for one of the region's top pizzerias and he's got dollar signs in his eyes today.
The Broncos and Seahawks clash for NFL supremacy on Sunday.
CHICAGO | Inactive? Robbie Hummel inactive, again? Put this kid in the game and he's a spinning top with legs.
Good morning, class. Please open your books to the chapter entitled "True Heroes -- No Kidding."
CHICAGO | There will be no flowers, no hankies for wiping away tears, no heart-felt apologies.
CHICAGO | The once-dominant Los Angeles Lakers visited snowy Chicago on Monday as a running punch line, not an NBA contender.
HAMMOND | Jack Callahan is still throwing haymakers.
Once upon a time, high school track and field was a glowing beacon that put Gary on the national map.
CHICAGO | Bob Knight was a blowhard, a bully at Indiana University and then Texas Tech.
Everywhere you look these days, there are videos shown of people around the world doing the dumbest things you could imagine.
James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese didn't rent a tux after their first movie and limo over to the Academy Awards.
I feel sorry for Andy Reid.
The Internet has a split personality.
There's a feel-good story unfolding in the NFL playoffs that tugs at heartstrings, like an angel playing the harp.
Hear ye, hear ye. The court of honorable Judge Joe Fan is now in session.
CHICAGO | A nation watched "Rocky," the football movie, Sunday at Soldier Field.
CHICAGO | Diminutive Tim Jennings comes up to most wide receivers' waists, but in coverage, he is a giant among defensive backs.
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