Chris Ballard

Chris Ballard


Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated. Lecturer, Berkeley J-School.

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“I’m as right wing as they get, bud. But as a parent of three of your students, I think this is crazy, irresponsible and seems like a money grab.”

After almost 20 years, today is my last at Sports Illustrated. Hell of a ride. I got to work alongside childhood idols, collaborate with some of the best editors in the business, and live out a dream. Best job in the world, I always said, and it was. A few thoughts:

@TrueHoop  @coachthorpeThanks  for having me on. That was a lot of fun. Will be mulling the Laird Hamilton-Steph Curry cosmic connection posited by Henry for days. (and no worries - a seamless pivot to the 9 AM class)

"Last summer, in the middle of what struck me as an otherwise very full life, I went to my first Weird Al Yankovic concert." @shamblanderson  with a story full of wonderful lines

“If we decide to keep our kid in school that’s our decision as a parent, nobody else’s.” A fascinating story in today's Times by @ucbsoj  students Brian Wollitz and Ali DeFazio about the only California public school still open.

Wrote about Rodman in 2018. MJ on his defense:

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One day, overweight and frustrated by life as a deskbound editor, Jim Fixx decided to go for a jog, triggering a most unlikely series of events. My story on a man who saw the future, and whose message resonates more than ever in the age of coronavirus:

This was my final story at SI. Thanks to @adamduerson  and @SI_MarkBechtel  for seeing it into print. And to the Fixx family for sharing the journals for the first time.

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"Just a two minute rest, I'll be ready". That's what Klay told Kerr. With a torn ACL.

"You Can't Give In": My story on Monty Williams, the woman he loved, and the power of persistence

"Don't Divide Us. Bring Us Together": A message to the president from @SteveKerr 

"To be surrounded by people I love at the end." The story of teammates who've become family: 27 former Niners dropping everything to fly to Montana for Dwight Clark

Wrote about a man who predicted the basketball future

NBA lottery pick at 18. Addict at 28. My story on what happened to Robert Swift

This is what Klay wrote earlier today. The end in particular resonates:

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Matt Barnes with a reasoned, thoughtful response to Casey Jacobsen's thoughts on the Clippers

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