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This Woman Just Shattered One of Pro Sports’ Most Enduring Glass Ceiling

Becky Hammon becomes first woman (assistant) coach in the NBA. With the San Antonio Spurs
posted by edgeways on Aug 6, 2014 - 27 comments

Let the rain wash away

After weeks of speculation, angst, and predictions from odd places, the world's best basketball player has announced he is returning to the team he started with, in the state where he grew up. The reactions, and bits, have just started to roll in. Meanwhile, in Cleveland...
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 11, 2014 - 86 comments

The Faded Smile: The Life and Death of Eddie Griffin

Grantland's longform piece on former Philadelphia high school basketball superstar Eddie Griffin, whose brief career and life ended in 2007 when he crashed his SUV into a train. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 21, 2014 - 3 comments

Game of Zones: Championship Is Coming

Ever felt as though the ups and downs of the NBA playoffs and the chase for a ring is like an epic tale? Game of Thrones, NBA edition, part 1. [YouTube, 2:03] & Game of Thrones, NBA edition, part 2. [YouTube, 2:11]
posted by cashman on Jun 13, 2014 - 10 comments

Do you hear the echoes of Carlos Boozer?

All is lost. Jon Bois (previously) bears witness to the slow, miserable death of the NBA.
posted by creade on Jun 3, 2014 - 29 comments

The Last Shot, 20 Years On

Amos Barshad of Grantland talks to Darcy Frey and the basketball players featured in the classic book The Last Shot 20 years after the book's release.
posted by reenum on May 15, 2014 - 1 comment

All the Kings’ Men

Hack-a-Shaq, inconsistent officiating, poisoned room service, and the road to the last NBA three-peat: Grantland's oral history of the 2002 Western Conference finals. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 8, 2014 - 11 comments

Who knew Beeftank was a two sport athlete?

The Return of Beeftank Football legend Clarence Beeftank gives basketball a try.
posted by drezdn on May 2, 2014 - 40 comments

Dorkiness fits the narrative

The NBA season has ended, and the playoffs have begun, causing a figurative ton of internet ink to be spilled on predictions and power rankings. But one word in particular seems to keep popping up in articles to describe white players like Steve Novak, Cody Zeller, Mason Plumlee, Andrew Bogut, and Josh McRoberts: "Dorky." And the writers that use it are inevitably white. Triangle Offense's Khalid Saalam (previously) thinks they should probably cut that out.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 22, 2014 - 43 comments

He is tremendously tall and has a wonderful haircut.

It's been over a month since our last Jon Bois post, and longer then that since the end of Breaking Madden, so feast your eyeballs on his newest series, NBA Y2K. In this first installment, he aspires to take the Philadelphia '76ers to an 0-82 season.
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 9, 2014 - 29 comments

there's no reason to have a boat on a basketball court

Inspired by video games such as NBA 2K14, SBNation's sports blogger Jon Bois decided to create a sports video game of his very own. It went terribly.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 28, 2014 - 30 comments

Can you dig it?!

Shaqzine. What is Shaqzine? A zine about Shaq. A weird, supernatural, timely, informative zine full of truthiness. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Feb 17, 2014 - 12 comments

The economy of movement

Databall. With an ocean of new statistical information available, the NBA could be on the verge of understanding the value of every single movement on the court.
posted by antonymous on Feb 8, 2014 - 44 comments

Giving You Oral

Don't fight it. It's the year of the oral history. If there hasn't yet been an oral history on your favorite pop culture phenomenon, it won't be long. In the meantime, for your reading pleasure, how about starting with an oral history of Captain Marvel: The Series? Or perhaps you'd rather read about The Telluride Bluegrass Festival? If your taste runs more toward technology, check out an oral history of Apple design. More reading inside! [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jan 13, 2014 - 24 comments

When Logos Go Wrong

Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth discusses poorly designed sports team logos throughout history.
posted by reenum on Nov 6, 2013 - 55 comments

20-years on the bench pays off

As the 2013-14 NBA season approaches, the last year of the reign of Commissioner David Stern, Sports Business Journal takes an in-depth look at his successor, New Media enthusiast, marathon runner, and fan of competitive balance, Adam Silver. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 22, 2013 - 39 comments

Back To The Buzz

The Charlotte Hornets are back! This may signal a return to the iconic teal and purple color scheme made so popular by Starter jackets
posted by reenum on Jul 19, 2013 - 31 comments

Hall of Famer Ralph Sampson: among the NBA's biggest busts?

Whatever you think about Sampson...may say more about you than about him. The Washington Post's Kathy Orton tracks the rise and fade of Basketball Hall of Famer Ralph Sampson. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 21, 2013 - 35 comments

Cameras, Cartography and Competition

PITCHF/x and SportVU data analysis shows... [more inside]
posted by Groundhog Week on May 18, 2013 - 7 comments

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."

Jason Collins, a veteran NBA center currently playing for the Washington Wizards, is now the first active player in major league American sports to openly declare he is gay.
posted by mightygodking on Apr 29, 2013 - 224 comments

The Bobcat in Winter

Michael Jordan Has Not Left The Building. Wright Thompson of ESPN: The Magazine profiles Michael Jordan as he turns 50 and finds himself in a world where his body may age, but his obsessive drive to compete never goes away.
posted by workingdankoch on Feb 18, 2013 - 38 comments

Showtime is over.

RIP Jerry Buss, self-made man, well-liked poker player, and owner of the LA Lakers for 34 years.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 18, 2013 - 11 comments

The All-Star NY Knicks Logo That Should Have Been

In the 1990's, Michael Doret was tasked with creating a new logo for the New York Knicks. Here is the story of how his ideas were scaled back to create the logo the team uses to this day.
posted by reenum on Jan 1, 2013 - 25 comments

Let's Eliminate Sports Welfare

Let's Eliminate Sports Welfare
posted by no regrets, coyote on Dec 12, 2012 - 85 comments

What you are about to read..is fucking awesome

ESPN NBA blog The Hardwood Paroxysm has released a 2012-2013 Season Preview Guide [PDF] full of clever, opinionated (or sometimes data-driven) previews of each team and star player. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 24, 2012 - 29 comments

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat.

The Difference Between Boston's Big 3 And Miami's Big 3 (SLYT).
posted by ericb on Jun 9, 2012 - 45 comments

Jack Twyman, NBA Star Known for Off-Court Assist, Dies at 78

In the 1950s, Maurice Stokes was a superstar basketball player for the Rochester (later Cincinnati) Royals. Stokes was Rookie of the Year and an NBA All-Star in each of his three seasons, trailing only Bill Russell and Oscar Robertson in scoring. But at age 24, a brain injury sustained in the last game of the 1958 season left him almost completely paralyzed. With his teammate alone in an unfamiliar city, Jack Twyman became his guardian and advocate. Stokes died in 1970, after years of care and friendship with the Twyman family; Jack Twyman [NYT] died yesterday. [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 1, 2012 - 10 comments

You gotta crawl before you ball.

Grandpa Was A Baller The weird, wonderful tales of an early NBA player, who happens to be my grandfather.
posted by porn in the woods on May 7, 2012 - 4 comments

Agent Zero Is Dead

Finally, Gilbert Arenas reveals the whole story behind the infamous Washington Wizards guns in the locker room incident.
posted by reenum on Apr 14, 2012 - 37 comments

Everything we know about basketball is a lot

"Ever wondered why there are only 5 positions in basketball or how a player’s position is determined?" Maybe not. But analytics are becoming more and more important in basketball, to the point where some are questioning some fundamental 'facts' about the game. After the MIT Sloan Sports conference this year specifically addressed the role of analytics in basketball, there has been a bit of a backlash against the practice among commentators, coaches and fans. Yet the projects just keep coming, including this recently updated web project using some amazing mapping analysis: Courtvision [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 14, 2012 - 16 comments

DA DA DA DA DA DAAA DA DA - Roundball Rock, The Theme of the NBA in the 1990s

One song was synonymous with NBA Basketball throughout the 1990s: Roundball Rock by John Tesh [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Apr 9, 2012 - 22 comments

We have zillions of security plans for the Palace, for all kinds of things. But none included a player going up in the stands

An oral history of one of the NBA's most infamous moments - The Malice in The Palace
posted by thecjm on Feb 29, 2012 - 37 comments

Trapped In China?

Anticipating a season long lockout, several NBA players signed contracts with teams in the Chinese Basketball Association. Now that a labor deal has been reached, leaving for the NBA won't be easy.
posted by reenum on Dec 2, 2011 - 25 comments

Evolution of NBA Team Logos

Evolution of NBA Team Logos
posted by swift on Aug 16, 2011 - 133 comments

'The Worm' Is in the Hall!

With five NBA championships and seven rebounding titles won during his career, the oft-times colorful and flamboyant Dennis Rodman has earned a place in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. His heartfelt and emotional speech at his induction last night in Springfield, Massachusetts displays a very different Rodman.
posted by ericb on Aug 13, 2011 - 43 comments

Hoop dreams

The unlevel playing field - "Contrary to popular perception, poverty and broken homes are underrepresented in the NBA, not overrepresented. ... We believe that skills always trump circumstances. But that's a myth."
posted by mrgrimm on Aug 1, 2011 - 16 comments

NBA Ideas

Bill Simmons - If I Ruled the (NBA) World [more inside]
posted by beisny on Jul 10, 2011 - 31 comments

Yao Ming Retires

There are precious few 7-footers that can turn into a jump hook while chewing gum at the same time, much less make a living out of it on the pro level. Yet, there Yao was. And he would have been there, even if he was 6 inches shorter than his 7-6 frame. Maybe if it weren't for those extra 6 inches, he and his Rockets would have played into the conference finals last spring. Yao Ming Retires from the NBA. [more inside]
posted by auto-correct on Jul 8, 2011 - 40 comments

Glorified Streetball

From 1967 to 1976, the American Basketball Association delivered wild, raw, above-the-rim hoops that few ever saw (lacking TV broadcasts). They introduced the 3-point shot and slam-dunk contests (along with a red, white and blue ball, short shorts and big afros), brought pro ball to the American South, and launched the careers of Connie (the Hawk) Hawkins, Bob Costas, George Gervin, Fly Williams, David Thompson and a guy named Julius Erving. You know, Doctor J. [more inside]
posted by msalt on May 19, 2011 - 16 comments

"Anyone who's not ready for this needs to catch up"

After being involved with the N.B.A for 40 years, Phoenix Suns President and CEO reveals that he is gay. [more inside]
posted by arveale on May 15, 2011 - 69 comments

Artis Gilmore elected to NBA Hall of Fame

Update: In Sept. '09 I posted about Artis Gilmore being denied his place in the Basketball Hall Of Fame. Injustice rectified. [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto on Apr 24, 2011 - 9 comments

How These Two White Guys Wound Up In This Kendrick Perkins Family Photo

Deadspin tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Kendrick Perkins of the Oklahoma City Thunder and two fans.
posted by reenum on Apr 22, 2011 - 22 comments

Free Darko goes dark.

Free Darko calls it quits. Contributors to the irreverent basketball writing site that Brian Philips describes as "a vintage record shop that radiation turned into a grad student" talk about what Free Darko meant to them. Also, an interview with Free Darko writer and illustrator Bethlehem Shoals and Jacob Weinstein.
posted by AceRock on Apr 11, 2011 - 19 comments

NBA Writing 2010

Award-winning NBA writing [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Feb 22, 2011 - 14 comments

Undercover athlete

One of the surprise stories of the NBA season has been the effective play of New York Knicks rookie Landry Fields. After four years at Stanford, his draft selection was at the time mocked, booed, and met with skepticism, but now he has Spike Lee sporting his jersey at nearly every Knicks game.

Non-sports fans may be more interested to know that he appears to be a World of Warcraft fan. [more inside]
posted by jng on Feb 10, 2011 - 42 comments

Best Efforts

Sonicsgate, the movie: How Seattle Lost A 40 Year Old Basketball Team. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 3, 2011 - 56 comments

The Knick Killer

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 - 46 comments

Finally, a post the nerds and the jocks will both like.

ESPN the Magazine previews the 2010-11 NBA season by collaborating with Marvel Comics artists to produce comic book covers for each NBA team. The covers, which range from goofy to badass, were drawn by a team that includes "virtually a who's who of who's hot in comic books right now." Hi-res jpgs available for your downloading pleasure. [via] [more inside]
posted by googly on Oct 22, 2010 - 46 comments

Moves moves moves for days

If you are an NBA basketball player and you do not play for a certain team in Florida, this is probably the most terrifying thing you will see this pre-season: Hakeem Olajuwon schooling Dwight Howard. [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Oct 7, 2010 - 54 comments

NBA Salary Cap FAQ

Have you ever been intrigued by the arcane rules of NBA finance? Then you need Larry Coon's amazingly comprehensive NBA Salary Cap FAQ. [more inside]
posted by equalpants on Jul 1, 2010 - 11 comments

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