Archive for the ‘Basketball’ Category

Nike World Basketball Festival: Because Basketball Needs Chicago

It seems that every week the national media is airing stories about the violence taking place in Chicago. To those who aren’t residents of the Windy City, this is a place to be avoided like West Africa. When my 15-year-old son came up to visit from Washington, D.C. this summer, he said all of his...
August 20th, 2014 | Basketball, From The Go | Read More

Red, White And Boogie: DeMarcus Cousins For Team USA

With just over a week left until the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Team USA is close to making its final cuts. As capable as all of the remaining players are, this team just won’t be complete unless DeMarcus Cousins is included. For a squad that will largely represent the future of the sport in...
August 20th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

The Waiting Game: 5 NBA Games To Eagerly Anticipate

Chicken wings. Beer. Burgers. Franks. Rivalry games. Sunday Night Football. Monday Night Football. If you’re like me, a warm, fuzzy feeling just shot down your body. Football season is back, and with it comes six months of planned weekend activities. But with it being football season, it’s...
August 11th, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

All Hail Zo: Alonzo Mourning Gets His Just Due

With this latest Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class being inducted this weekend, I realize I’m at the age where the players that introduced me to the sport are finally getting their just due. While I’m still a few years away from seeing the athletes that directly influence how I enjoy...
August 8th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Poor Handling Of The Andrew Wiggins For Kevin Love Situation

In the movie “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray played a weatherman who was forced to repeat the same day over and over again. That is essentially what has been going on with this reported Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins trade. Pretty much every day for the past few weeks has consisted of the same breaking...
August 8th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

The Overdue Significance Of Becky Hammon And The San Antonio Spurs

On August 5, the San Antonio Spurs announced the hiring of retiring WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach — making her the first official, full-time female assistant coach in NBA history. On her role, Hammon told reporters that she’ll “be helping with scouting reports, player development,...
August 7th, 2014 | Basketball, I'm So Hideous | Read More

Flooding At UCLA Damages Past More Than Present

On Tuesday afternoon, a 30-inch water main ruptured under Westwood, creating a geyser that flooded the UCLA campus, trapped cars in parking lots overrun with water and effectively added to a water crisis that has been troubling all of Southern California in 2014. Earlier that day, Pasadena — about...
July 30th, 2014 | Basketball, Et cetera, I'm So Hideous | Read More

Eric Bledsoe And The Head That Wears The Crown

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” – From Shakespeare’s Henry IV. Part II, 1597. Even in the NBA, Shakespeare remains eternal. Basketball has always been poetic. Its stars are gods among men whose feats regularly eclipse those of mere mortals. The game itself is as team-driven...
July 18th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

Everybody’s Getting Dunked On In The Knicks Vs. Mavericks Summer League Game

Hey guys, if you didn’t know, LeBron James is going to take his talents back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Everybody’s talking about it. This is life in 2014, where our lives can be totally consumed by keeping your eyes on Twitter and Facebook and figuring out the rest of your life later....
July 11th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

The King Shocked The World Again: LeBron James Takes His Talents Back To Northeast Ohio

LeBron James, after serving his four-year term as the lead dog for the Miami Heat, has made the decision to take his talents back to Northeast Ohio and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s...
July 11th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Pat Riley And The Most Important Powerpoint Presentation In History

As he’s become accustomed to his entire career, Pat Riley stands as one of the main characters as NBA history happens in real time. Twenty calendars from now will be the year 2034. Life’s going to look a lot different, too. The Obama era will be a distant memory, as both Barack and Michelle...
July 9th, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

On Nerlens Noel And A Dream Deferred

For reasons that I’ve never been able to explain, I’ve always had a vested interest in the story of Nerlens Noel. It’s most likely because his career as a professional basketball player has mirrored my own as a writer — not necessarily in the same level of success, but more so in...
July 9th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

When The Black Fives Ruled Basketball: How An Exhibit Highlights A Hidden History

Headed to its last day at the New York Historical Society on July 20, there is a fascinating look at a relatively unexplored account on basketball and America itself. Prior to the formation of the NBA in the late 1940s, pro hoops had its ebbs and flows in establishing the sport as much as an athletic...
July 8th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Basketball | Read More

Giving Honor To God: Tony Wroten Unleashes A Disgusting Shammgod Crossover

Excluding the the handful of ball players competing in the two NBA Summer Leagues, July is essentially the official month of vacation for hoopers. As legendary tales from summer pro-am leagues pop up around the country, there will always be some schmuck on the other end of a 50+ point game. It happens. Brandon...
July 7th, 2014 | Basketball, I'm So Hideous | Read More

Dave Chappelle Absolutely Nails The Donald Sterling Case In 5 Minutes Of Standup

Dave Chappelle hasn’t hosted his world famous sketch comedy show “Chappelle’s Show” in almost eight years, and yet there are always times in my life where a situation will arise and one of his skits will perfectly sum up what I’m experiencing. Same goes for his standup...
July 3rd, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Shock The World Chronicles: Stephen Curry’s Magical Night At The San Francisco Pro-Am

Image by @LetsGoWarriors I remember sitting in my usual 2 p.m. Wednesday meeting at the gig, listening to the mindless drivel that was being spewed across the table while casually scanning my laptop. I was browsing Facebook when I saw the following words from the homie Bonta. Steph Curry will be playing...
July 3rd, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

We Should All Send Our Kids To Nick Young’s Basketball Camp

It’s officially the summertime all across the country and with the solstice in full effect, that really means only one thing for parents. The kids are home from school and they must be entertained for the next two-plus months. You see, my mother had nothing to worry about, as she’d get me...
June 27th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Here’s The 6 Takeaways From the 2014 NBA Draft: Because Adam Silver’s The Real MVP

Months of speculation were finally brought to an end, and honestly I wish the NBA season was starting next week. Fortunately, we’ll have summer league and plenty of time to ponder what will become of this 2014 class. Last night was an event that lived up to the hype, and in addition to the draft...
June 27th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

5 Big Questions Heading Into The 2014 NBA Draft

Tonight, the fate of NBA franchises everywhere will be altered in some way, shape or form, as is the case every year during the NBA Draft. This year there is no shortage of intrigue — from the injuries to the alleged draft depth to the Cleveland Cavaliers getting a mulligan on their Anthony Bennett...
June 26th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

2014 NBA Draft: Here’s Why We’re Buying In On Dante Exum

For the past several months, there has been this relatively unknown, intriguing NBA draft prospect garnering interest. He’s impressed NBA scouts since he dazzled at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit. Those who were fortunate enough to have seen that game live walked away convinced they had witnessed something...
June 25th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More