John Hareas writes his Hareas on Hoops column for throughout the season.

Welcome Back, Fort Wayne (April 10, 2007)
Welcome back to the NBA family, Fort Wayne. Fifty years has simply been too long.

An Appreciation: Dennis Johnson (Feb. 23, 2007)
Larry Bird called Dennis Johnson “the best I’ve ever played with.” Is there any greater compliment? The passing of Dennis Johnson was a great loss for the NBA and the D-League family.

Kareem Sets Scoring Record (Feb. 20, 2007)
On April 5, 1984, one of the greatest moments in NBA history occurred in one of the unlikeliest settings, Las Vegas, Nevada, the show biz capital of the world, the former part-time home of the Utah Jazz and the site of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time NBA scoring mark of 31,419.

Hall Should Call King and D.J. (Feb. 19, 2007)
It defies basketball logic. A gross injustice that simply doesn’t make sense. Why aren't Bernard King and Dennis Johnson in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame?

Russell Graces Wheaties Box (Feb. 17, 2007)
The ultimate winner in professional team sports received the ultimate off-court honor – the cover of a Wheaties box. Bill Russell, the two-time NCAA champion, Olympic gold medalist and center piece of 11 NBA titles in 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics, accepted his latest decoration in a not surprisingly selfless manner.

Top 10 All-Star Game MVP Performances (Feb. 15, 2007)
The NBA All-Star Game has featured 44 different MVPs in 55 contests. Bob Pettit stands alone with four awards while Oscar and Michael are second with three. But among the 44 winners, who are the top 10 performers of all time?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Q&A (Feb. 1, 2007)
NBA fans are very much aware of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s most notable on-the-court accomplishments but equally impressive is his literary résumé off of it.

The Magic of Brian Hill (Dec. 8, 2006)
Overshadowed in the Magic’s fast start Is the masterful work of Its head coach, Brian Hill.