Big Coach in the Little Gym Scott Lang was 41 years old when he died last month. He was not married. He had no children. He spent almost all of his adult life as the basketball coach at La Roche College, a tiny Division III school in the north hills just above Pittsburgh.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies
on Jan 27, 2011 -
Harvey Araton wrote
that basketball star Reggie Miller has "a mouth that can stretch as far as his jump shot range." He might be right. Once, in a game against the New York Knicks, Miller so taunted Knicks guard John Starks that Starks headbutted him. Starks was summarily ejected. That incident took place during Game 3 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - a series New York would go on to win in 5 games. [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on Nov 18, 2010 -
Transgender Man Plays on Women's College Team.
A guard for George Washington University's women's basketball team is a transgender man. Kye Allums
, who was born female and has not undergone any hormone treatments, changed his name from Kay-Kay to Kye within the last year and was relieved not to lose his scholarship. "When people refer to me as 'girl' or 'she,' it doesn't sit well with me," Allums said. "That feeling you get when someone pisses you off, that feeling you get when your stomach gets hot and it aches, that's what it feels like. And that's how I know I'm not supposed to be a girl." On Nov. 13, he will be the first transgender person to compete in Division One college basketball, according to OutSports
. Opposing fans used to taunt Allums about his masculine build, but it backfired. "I love it," he said. "It makes me feel better about myself to hear them call me a man."
posted by rcade
on Nov 2, 2010 -
ESPN screened this great documentary
about the rise of the Yugoslavian basketball team in the late 80s, and the breakdown of relationships within the team, in particular Vlade Divac and Drazen Petrovic, as the country disintegrated in the 90s.
posted by jedro
on Oct 17, 2010 -
What might be the most profitable team
in professional sports hasn't played a game since 1976. That summer, as the American Basketball Association
was completing its merger with the NBA, only four of the six remaining teams were going to be able to join the league. It was the ABA's responsibility to figure out how to pay off the other 2 owners. One owner
accepted $3 million, which he eventually used to buy the Boston Celtics. The other owners got a slightly better deal
posted by empath
on Apr 1, 2010 -
Ultimate Matzoh Balls
is a simple, quick (10 level, automatically advancing) Flash basketball game that may
help keep your mind off the lack of leavening in your diet this coming week.
And by "your" I mean "my".
The Yiddish exclamations for both the baskets and missed shots are worth the click.
posted by yiftach
on Mar 27, 2010 -
Mid-Level Seats at your average NBA game: $40 ea.
Eight Watery Beers: $60.
Hot Dog: $4.
Cheerleader Snack? Om Nom Nom
posted by xorry
on Feb 13, 2010 -
Flash Games Fun! This basketball game
is a lot of fun, very addictive and lets you compete for a worldwide ranking against other players.
posted by Effigy2000
on Dec 19, 2009 -
The Confessions of an NBA Scorekeeper
Gawker's Tommy Craggs talks with an ex-scorekeeper for the Vancouver Grizzlies, and reveals the subjectivity of stat keeping in the NBA.
This guy once gave Nick Van Exel 23 assists just because he felt like it.
posted by reenum
on Dec 11, 2009 -
The same year Jackie Robinson started playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Wat Misaka
became the first "person of color" to play in the NBA. Though he only played three games with the New York Knicks. [more inside]
posted by drezdn
on Nov 26, 2009 -
Basketball doesn't have baseball's numerous simmering controversies over Hall of Fame inductees, but the greatest basketball player denied enshrinement may be 11-time ABA and NBA All Star center Artis Gilmore
. At 7-foot-2 plus 4 inches for his towering afro
, they called him "The A-Train" for his powerful
play, and today on his 60th birthday he still owns career records in the NCAA (22.7 rebounds per game) and NBA (59.9% field goal percentage). OK, I only posted this so I could link to these three photos
. [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto
on Sep 21, 2009 -
Ever wonder what it would be like if you showed up to your freshman year of college...and your roommate was a 7'2" Division 1 basketball player from Holland? The author of sports blog Basketbawful
is currently publishing a series of stories describing that exact experience. These chronicles vacillate between hilarious, shocking, depressing, and disgusting, but all are extremely entertaining. Part 1
. Part 2
. Part 3
. Part 4
. Part 5
. Part 6
. Part 7
posted by emd3737
on Jul 12, 2009 -
My April 1st spidey sense was tingling like crazy, but I guess it's true if it was in Time Magazine
, that bastion of serious journalism, where Time 100 nominee LeBron James nominated Ohio businessman Jay Schottenstein for the next Time 100 because he, "supported the translation and elucidation of the Talmud Bavli into English, Hebrew and French."
Now if only Jews could play basketball
posted by ericbop
on Apr 1, 2009 -
became a national feel-good story late last year when, at age 73, he joined the basketball team of Roane State Community College in Tennessee. At the end of an early season game, with his team up big, Ken was subbed in and managed to draw a foul and make two free throws
. Fame followed
. But is this feel-good story really all its cracked up to be?
posted by Mountain Goatse
on Mar 20, 2009 -