Mark Medina, USA TODAY

Mark Medina

USA TODAY

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent:
  • USA TODAY
  • Commercial Appeal
Past:
  • East Bay Times
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • North Jersey News
  • The News Leader
  • Rochester D and C
  • The Courier-Journal
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • O.C. Register
  • SGV Tribune
  • LB Press-Telegram
  • and more…

Recent articles by Mark:

Inside the NBA's bubble setup at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex during resumed 2020 season

What will it be like to live in an NBA bubble at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando? For any NBA player and coach, it seems pretty nice. → Read More

Will NBA allow players to kneel during the national anthem?

The NBA rulebook states “players, coaches and trainers must stand and line up in a dignified posture along the foul lines” during national anthem. → Read More

NBA sets timeline: Coaches can begin working with players on June 23

The NBA informed teams about how it will resume the 2019-20 season by outlining specific dates that included the beginning of training camp. → Read More

Could NBA decide to condense 2020-21 schedule

The NBA has proposed beginning next season on Dec. 1, which would be a little more than 2½ months following the last possible Finals game (Oct. 12). → Read More

How NBA can play out season at Disney sports complex in Florida

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Disney World Resort is uniquely setup to allow the NBA to resume play and keep teams in a relative bubble. → Read More

NBA unlikely to finalize proposals to resume season after Friday meeting

The league will discuss ideas to resume play during a Board of Governors meeting Friday, but the plan is simply to elicit feedback and debate. → Read More

On this date, 2018: Warriors rally to rout Rockets, force Game 7

Klay Thompson scores 35 in Golden State’s comeback win in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, setting up the winner-take-all Game 7. → Read More

On this date, 2018: Warriors rally to rout Rockets, force Game 7

Klay Thompson scores 35 in Golden State’s comeback win in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, setting up the winner-take-all Game 7. → Read More

'My son right now needs me more than anything': Death of son's mother brings new perspective for Dwight Howard

The death of the mother of Dwight Howard's 6-year-old son has impacted the way the Lakers center prioritizes things in his life. → Read More

'The Last Dance': Scottie Pippen 'probably wouldn't change' final play protest vs. Knicks

Scottie Pippen famously refused to enter the closing seconds in Game 3 of the 1994 East semis when Phil Jackson didn't draw up the last shot for him. → Read More

'The Last Dance' takeaways: Michael Jordan, Steve Kerr explain why their relationship grew after a practice fight

"The Last Dance" showed how the bond between Michael Jordan and Steve Kerr grew after a practice fight and how MJ juggled hoops and "Space Jam." → Read More

NBA teams can reopen practice facilities Friday; at the moment, only three teams are on board

NBA's Cavaliers, Nuggets and Trail Blazers plan to open practice facilities for workouts Friday, but Golden State won't open until June 1 at earliest. → Read More

Day 47 without sports 😭: How Phil Jackson convinced Michael Jordan to buy into his philosophy

On Day 47 sans sports, Mark Medina takes a look at the bond between Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson, as portrayed in "The Last Dance." → Read More

'The Last Dance' takeaways: Michael Jordan dismisses Isiah Thomas' explanation for not shaking hands after playoff loss

Isiah Thomas and some Pistons teammates famously walked off the floor without shaking hands with the Bulls after Chicago won the 1991 East finals. → Read More

'The Last Dance' takeaways: Dennis Rodman was allowed to party; without him, do Bulls win title?

Dennis Rodman has always been as colorful and unpredictable as his hair. "The Last Dance" illuminates that side but also his importance to the Bulls. → Read More

Former Laker Mychal Thompson on how his brother got the Michael Jordan documentary made

Mychal Thompson, the former Lakers player, shares his rave reviews on the Bulls documentary and how he inspired Michael Jordan in a Q&A. → Read More

Day 46 without sports 😭: Dennis Rodman to be featured in part three of 'The Last Dance'

"The Last Dance" documentary on the Bulls and Michael Jordan features one of the NBA's most interesting personalities, Dennis Rodman. → Read More

Former Laker Mychal Thompson dishes on quarantine life, LeBron James and Klay Thompson

Mychal Thompson, the Lakers broadcaster, discusses his son Klay's recovery from knee surgery and how the NBA season would have played out. → Read More

NBA teams to open practice facilities in cities where stay-at-home orders have been eased

A handful of states, including Teas an Georgia have reopened businesses this weekend, but most states are still under stay-at-home orders. → Read More

The endless debate: Nuggets coach Mike Malone compares Michael Jordan and LeBron James

As the debate re-emerges, Michael Malone sided with the player he grew up watching (Michael Jordan) over the player he coached (LeBron James). → Read More