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 -
Completely amazing graph
of every NBA player for every season in which he played at least five minutes since 1979. Points Per Game are on the Y-Axis, sum total of every other stat on the X-axis, with the data points colored with RGB depending on the player's statistical tendencies during that season. Full explanation of methodology here
. Gigantic monitor recommended. Via the always excellent TrueHoop
posted by Kwine
on Jul 12, 2007 -
In the Hollywood version of the Kwame James story
, he becomes an NBA All-Star, helps achieve world peace and, of course, lives blissfully ever after. While the real-life plot hasn't followed quite that arc, perhaps it's headed toward a happy ending. (via SpoFi)
posted by mr_crash_davis
on Aug 17, 2006 -
Even after the bad PR
brought about by the new balls used in this year's World Cup
, the NBA announced today (Draft Day!
) a new official game ball
to be used starting next season (ESPN coverage
). The new ball designed by Spalding
is the first official game ball change since 1970 and only the second change in the last 60 years. Vegans will be happy to hear that it's no longer made of leather. Mark Cuban
will surely weigh in with an opinion on this...
posted by pwb503
on Jun 28, 2006 -
My eensy-beensy alma mater
in eastern Wisconsin currently has the only undefeated men's basketball team
in the nation. This is not just in the NCAA, but in the NAIA as well. It's a Division III team, and its only loss this season didn't count--it was to Division I UW-Madison in an exhibition game.
Like most Division III schools, Lawrence offers no athletic scholarships whatsoever. Its immediate past president, Richard Warch, in a 1987 speech at the NCAA national convention, controversially called for abolishment of all athletic scholarships.
posted by gillyflower
on Feb 24, 2006 -
Tips from the Blue Devils
- Dunking the ball is a flashy move. In some instances, it can be the wrong move. Pot and cocaine are wrong moves. They mess up your thinking and can kill you instantly.
posted by sdrawkcab
on Jan 25, 2006 -
Can you score your way out of disgrace?
Kobe Bryant's 81 points tonight were the second most points ever scored by a single player in the 59 year history of the NBA, and the most scored since Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point night 44 years ago
(when the league was much whiter than it is today). With a new campaign
from one time sponsor Nike and sports writers increasingly touting Bryant as a leading MVP candidate, two of the three elements of modern sports superstardom (sponsorship, good press) have returned to Kobe since the rape allegations that threatened to end his career. Will the final piece of the puzzle (public sympathy) be next?
posted by jonson
on Jan 22, 2006 -
Paul Shirley's blog
returns for the NBA playoffs. Shirley is the last player in the depth chart on the potential NBA champion Phoenix Suns. As ESPN's Bill Simmons wrote
about his original blog
, "we could finally have an answer to the question, 'What would it be like if one our friends
was an NBA player and sent us e-mails about his life every few days?'"
posted by casu marzu
on May 5, 2005 -