November 30

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: Doc Rivers Will Smash Edition: There are four national NBA games on TV this week and the Bulls and Rockets play in two of them apiece without facing each other. The first games are Thursday night. In the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, everybody wins last week's games, keeping the leaders as NoMich, Ufez Jones and Goyoucolts. Make your picks and don't lose your cool like Doc Rivers.

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November 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: Michael Jordan of Greatness Edition: There are only two games this Thanksgiving week: San Antonio at Charlotte and Minnesota at New Orleans on ESPN Wednesday night. NoMich keeps the lead at 119, Ufez Jones holds second with 108 and Goyoucolts climbs into third with 99 after a week-best 43. Be the Michael Jordan of prognostication and make your selections.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:01 PM - 7 comments

November 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: All Hail the Clippers Edition: Another week of NBA basketball prognostication is upon us. In the Pace Mannion SportsFilter Pick 'Em, NoMich wins the week with 37 points and takes first place at 88, with Ufez Jones in second at 75 and rcade third at 70. Golden State faces Toronto tomorrow night on ESPN to start a six-game schedule of national TV games. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:30 PM - 8 comments

November 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Enes Kanter Edition: Week three of SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em is light at just four games, beginning Wednesday night when the Brooklyn Net make the short trip to play the New York Knicks. The top three switch places: Tron7 takes first with 57, rcade at second with 52 and NoMich third with 51.

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:35 PM - 7 comments

November 01

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Who Needs Kevin Durant? Edition: The second week of SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em features six games, beginning Wednesday night with Chicago at Boston and Oklahoma City at the Los Angeles Clippers on ESPN. (Hot tip: Russell Westbrook is pretty good.) NoMich claims the lead with 48, followed by tron7 at 41 and rcade at 39. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:35 AM - 10 comments

October 24

Enter SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: For the NBA season that begins Tuesday, SportsFilter is bringing back the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em. Choose the winner and margin for the nationally televised games each week on TNT, ESPN and ABC (around 6-8 games). Last year was won by Howard T, who left the rest of us in the dust. First prize is a $25 NBA Shop gift certificate.

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August 17

LeBron James Wants to Own an NBA Team: LeBron James said in a podcast he hopes to buy an NBA team in the future. He said, "My dream is to actually own a team. I don't need to (be) fully hands on. If I'm fortunate enough to own a team, then I'll going to hire the best GM and president that I can. But I feel like I got a good eye for not only talent, because we all see a lot of talent, but the things that make the talent." With career earnings exceeding $1.3 billion so far, it's a viable goal.

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:29 PM - 7 comments

July 29

NBA Players Assocation votes unanimously to fund health insurance for retired players: The plan involves a tiered coverage program for players with varying years of experience, including coverage for the spouses of those with 10 years or more of service. The biggest beneficiaries, however, will likely be the retired players with between three and six years of experience who are not eligible for Medicare.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 10:50 AM - 2 comments

July 28

Remembering Amare as He Might Have Been:

Like everything during that era of Phoenix prosperity, the team's plans for the future moved in warp speed. Internally, the Suns imagined a new positional prototype for their high-octane system, to be unleashed in the following season. Point center, they called it. Amar’e Stoudemire, the 22-year-old future of the franchise, was to be its apostle.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 03:23 PM - 2 comments

July 21

The NBA officially pulls the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC: Official statement: "Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community -- current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans. While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 06:43 PM - 12 comments

July 04

Kevin Durant signs with Golden State: Durant: "It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career."

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 12:11 PM - 9 comments

June 28

Legendary University of Tennessee Basketball Coach Pat Summitt passes away at age 64.: In August of 2011, Coach Summitt announced publicly that she had early-onset Alzheimers. She coached the Lady Vols from 1974-2012 and led them to 8 national championships.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 04:12 PM - 5 comments

June 23

Meet The Kid Who Snuck His Way Into Game 7 With A Fake Press Pass: “I’m pretty good with Photoshop, so Friday night I went ahead and bought a plane ticket with the idea that I’d go to this game and make a press pass and see if it would work,” Poag said.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 12:34 PM - 2 comments

June 22

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Results: holden maintains his lead through the Finals to take home first, followed by rcade, and GoYouColts. Congrats on winning the NHL Pick 'Em, NoMich, but you got the Costanza here. Final standings inside or click the link to go to the Google Sheet.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 04:27 PM - 10 comments

June 20

LeBron Brings a Championship to Cleveland: Becoming the first team to overcome a 3-1 series deficit in Finals history, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in game 7 for the NBA Championship. It was the first sports crown for the Forest City since the Browns won the NFL title in 1964. LeBron James was the unanimous MVP.

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:03 AM - 15 comments

June 01

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Finals Edition: holden holds on to the lead going into the fourth and final round, but plenty of folks are still in striking distance. Standings and rules for the Finals inside.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 09:44 PM - 13 comments

May 15

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals: The Raptors will take on the so far unbeaten Cavaliers and the (surprise!) Thunder face off against the Warriors. Standings and picks for the conference finals inside.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 07:08 PM - 19 comments

May 11

Turning Prodigious into Pros: The Oak Hill Story

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April 30

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.: Although two first round series in the East are still up for grabs, OKC and San Antonio start their second round match up tonight at 8:30 Eastern Time. Go ahead and make your pick for at least that series here.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 11:20 AM - 27 comments

April 15

NBA Approves Advertising on Uniforms: In a first for the top 4 U.S. pro sports, the NBA announced Friday that it has approved the sale of advertising on team uniforms in a three-year experiment. The ads will take the form of 2.5-inch square patches tailored to a sponsor's logo. "Jersey sponsorships provide deeper engagement with partners looking to build a unique association with our teams and the additional investment will help grow the game in exciting new ways," said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who makes it sound so brandtastic the league should be doing it for free.

posted by rcade to basketball at 04:54 PM - 10 comments

April 14

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!: Step right up and get your first round prognostications in. First game tips off at 12:30 PM (Eastern) on Saturday.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 01:06 PM - 18 comments

April 13

Kobe Bryant Scores 60 in Final NBA Game: Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said he has one simple plan for Kobe Bryant's final NBA game Wednesday night. "Like I told him: 'This is the last hurrah. Let's have some fun. Let's go out with a bang,'" Scott said after shootaround at the team's training facility hours before the Lakers face the Utah Jazz in the last game of Bryant's 20-season NBA career.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:34 PM - 7 comments

April 10

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Final Week: One week left in SportsFilter's contest to win an ABA basketball, a tilt that lacks drama because Howard_T has whupped us. Nine games to predict this week, including three extra ones from NBA TV. The NBA Playoff Pick 'Em is coming soon.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:41 AM - 8 comments

April 08

When the Nets could have become the Swamp Dragons: In the 1990s, the New Jersey Nets asked the NBA owners for permission to change their team name to the New Jersey Swamp Dragons. The vote came back 26-1 in favor, but the 1 came from... the New Jersey Nets.

posted by Etrigan to basketball at 11:16 AM - 2 comments

March 29

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: 16 Days Left in the Season: There are seven nationally televised games to predict this week in SportsFilter's contest. Howard_T has a 66-point lead so it may be all over but the crying. Golden State plays twice this week in TV games and Houston thrice.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:31 PM - 14 comments

March 28

ESPN Will Air 'Glory Road' Texas Western/Kentucky Game: In 1966, sports history was made when the five black starters of Texas Western took the court against the all-white team of Kentucky in the NCAA basketball championship. Texas Western (now UTEP) won 72-65 over legendary coach Adolf Rupp's team. The game 50 years ago got the movie treatment in Glory Road but has rarely been seen since the original broadcast on March 19, 1966. That's about to change: ESPN will air it Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

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March 14

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18: Only five national games this week, including two games tonight on ESPN: Memphis vs Houston at 8 p.m. ET and Cleveland at Utah at 10:30 p.m. This is the week Howard_T falls back to the peloton.

posted by rcade to basketball at 03:35 PM - 13 comments

March Madness 2016: Printable NCAA tournament bracket: Well, actually, the printable version of the bracket is here. The ACC has two #1 seeds this year, Carolina (who won the ACC tournament for the first time since 2008) and Virginia (who lost to Carolina in the ACC championship game). The other two #1s are Oregon and Kansas. I set up a bracket group here. Group name: SportsFilter. Password: 1SpoFi!

posted by NoMich to basketball at 10:53 AM - 5 comments

March 04

Michael Powell follows the sad, dirty trail of big time high school and college ball: For some prominent college coaches, the disheartening math seems to go as follows: win wherever and however you can, and hope that not all of your prior triumphs end up getting vacated.

posted by beaverboard to basketball at 02:02 PM - 1 comment

March 02

Oklahoma City Thunder Co-Owner Dies in Car Crash: Aubrey McClendon, a 20 percent owner of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, died Wednesday when his car struck a highway embankment. He was 56. A day earlier, the Department of Justice indicted McClendon for conspiring to suppress prices paid for oil and natural gas leases. Police told Reuters he had "plenty of opportunity to get back on the roadway and that didn't occur."

posted by rcade to basketball at 06:12 PM - 1 comment

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18: Eight national games this week, tipping off with Pistons/Spurs and Thunder/Clippers tonight on ESPN. Howard_T is a prognosticative juggernaut.

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:51 PM - 9 comments

February 24

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 17: There are seven national games this week, beginning tonight on ESPN with the Wizards at the Bulls and ending Saturday on ABC with the Warriors at the Thunder. Howard_T holds a dominating lead but the scrappy Rcade is poised for an unexpected surge, just like John Kasich.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:54 AM - 7 comments

February 11

Vince Carter: The Lion in Winter: Alone, the legend walks through the cool autumn evening, the hood of his navy blue sweatshirt pulled around the outline of his aging face. He strides through the players’ parking lot outside the FedEx Forum in Memphis, believing with all his heart that tonight he’ll turn back the hands of time, that tonight he’ll rediscover the high-flying magic of his youth—if for just one more game, one more moment.

posted by BornIcon to basketball at 01:48 PM - 1 comment

February 10

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 15: There are eight NBA games airing nationally this week and two All-Star games pitting the U.S. vs. the World and West vs. East. All 10 are in the our NBA Pick 'Em contest, which is led by the merciless prognostication juggernaut Howard_T. Games start tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN when the Lakers lose to the Cavaliers.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:56 PM - 11 comments

February 03

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 14: A packed NBA schedule on the tube this week, with eight games in five days stretching from Wednesday to Sunday. The first game tips off at 8 p.m. tonight on ESPN as the Golden State Warriors visit the Washington Wizards.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:55 PM - 12 comments

January 29

Here's to You, Mister Curtain of Distraction Guy: Arizona State fans used the "curtain of distraction" Thursday night to good effect, unveiling Michael Phelps wearing gold medals and a speedo in the basketball game against Oregon State.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:52 AM - 3 comments

January 27

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13: Six national NBA games this week, beginning tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern with Houston at San Antonio on ESPN. ABC has two games -- San Antonio at Cleveland Saturday night and Chicago at L.A. Clippers Sunday afternoon.

posted by rcade to basketball at 02:53 PM - 13 comments

January 20

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 12: Seven national NBA games this week, beginning tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern with Golden State at Chicago on ESPN. ABC joins the mix Saturday with Chicago visiting Cleveland. In our contest, Tron7 wins the week and Howard_T keeps first place.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:56 AM - 11 comments

January 12

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 11: There are nine nationally televised NBA games this week, including an MLK Day tripleheader. Howard_T expands his lead in our contest. Indiana and Boston start things off on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:54 AM - 10 comments

January 06

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 10: Our contest resumes with six nationally televised NBA games that begin at 7 p.m. tonight on ESPN when the New York Knicks visit the Miami Heat. First prize is an official ABA game ball, which Howard_T currently has a solid grip on. New entrants welcome.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:33 AM - 9 comments