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December 06

Streamers Return to The Palestra: An old Philadelphia college basketball tradition returned today at The Palestra at the start of the Temple-LaSalle game. Fans threw streamers onto the court after each team's first basket. This was a tradition from 1955 to 1985 during games at the arena between the city's Big 5 -- Penn, La Salle, Temple, St. Joseph's and Villanova -- but it ended when the NCAA banned the practice and said it would result in technical fouls. Fouls were assessed Saturday, but both coaches had their shooter intentionally step on the free throw line to invalidate the shots.

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December 02

Searching for Balance: The NBA’s Lopsided Conference Problem: Grantland's Zach Lowe breaks down the pros and cons of various ideas for restructuring the NBA's schedule and playoff system in order to find some parity between the East and West.

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December 01

0-16 Philadelphia 76ers Two Games from Worst Start in NBA History: The Philadelphia 76ers lost to the Dallas Mavericks Saturday, falling to 0-16 and setting a record for the worst start in the 68-year history of the franchise. A Philly.Com poll asks whether the team will break its own NBA record of 73 losses in a season. So far, 85% say yes. The worst start in NBA history is 0-18 by the New Jersey Nets in 2009. The 76ers' next three opponents are San Antonio (12-4), Minnesota (4-11) and Oklahoma City (5-12).

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November 01

Bucks Player Almost Shoots in Wrong Basket: I love the reactions of the announcers, coach Jason Kidd and courtside fans after Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders comes tantalizingly close to eternal sports infamy by driving with the ball to the wrong basket.

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October 24

Steve Nash’s transcendent career has come to a close: But after all those years, all that brilliance, this voyage to worlds we’d never imagined, somehow, it wasn’t supposed to happen so soon.

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October 15

"How Rebounds Work": stat-porn from Grantland.

The league's tracking system not only logs locations for every missed shot, it also charts the locations of their subsequent rebounds. In turn, we can map out the spatial relationships between shot locations and rebound locations with unprecedented depth and clarity. We can uncover the fundamental facts about rebounding that until very recently have been impossible to get to.

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October 06

The NBA has a new TV deal.: And it's a bit bigger than anyone guessed. Zach Lowe looks at what putting all that new money into the salary cap may mean for the near future of the NBA.

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October 04

Keyon Dooling's Secret: The 13-year NBA veteran on the sexual abuse he suffered as a child, the breakdown he endured after years of holding back the memories, and finding his calling as a public speaker and life coach. [warning: article contains strong language and descriptions of sexual violence]

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September 07

Atlanta Hawks to be sold after owner reveals racist email:

I wrote an e-mail two years ago that was inappropriate and offensive. I trivialized our fans by making clichéd assumptions about their interests (i.e. hip hop vs. country, white vs. black cheerleaders, etc.) and by stereotyping their perceptions of one another (i.e. that white fans might be afraid of our black fans). By focusing on race, I also sent the unintentional and hurtful message that our white fans are more valuable than our black fans.

posted by Etrigan to basketball at 11:55 AM - 10 comments

July 29

"Kyle Korver: An Offense Unto Himself": Zach Lowe explains the evolution of Kyle Korver's game over his career, along with a bit of advice from Jeff Hornacek.

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July 15

Over the Hill: The late career decline of Steve Nash, a review essay covering The Finish Line and 7 Seconds or Less. “If you ever see a child move,” [Nash] says in the first episode of the series, “they’re totally uninhibited. They just move freely, they don’t think about it, they’re not straining or protecting, they just are. You know, at my best, I am childlike out there.” It may be the most tragic line in the whole series; in capturing precisely what he once had, we also understand what he’s lost.

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July 11

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland: LeBron James stunned the NBA on Friday when he announced he's returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers and leaving the Miami Heat. James made the announcement on Sports Illustrated's website in a letter. He wrote: "Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. ... In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have. I'm ready to accept the challenge. I'm coming home. ... My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now."

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June 30

Jason Kidd joins Bucks as head coach: The Milwaukee Bucks have finalized a deal to break Jason Kidd away from his contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

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June 25

Mavericks, Knicks shuffle up players.: And the Summer of fun for the NBA begins. Dallas sends Jose Calderon, Sam Dalembert, Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton. Naturally, both media markets are trying to figure out how this positions their respective teams to (re)sign certain free agents. (Dallas; New York)

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June 24

LeBron Taking His Talents Out of South Beach: LeBron James will exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent, his agent Richie Paul has informed the Miami Heat. He was scheduled to make $20 million next season. In James' four seasons with the team, the Heat went to four straight NBA Finals and won two championships.

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June 22

Baylor Center and NBA prospect Isaiah Austin has been diagnosed with a career-ending genetic disorder.: Austin has been diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, meaning the connective tissues in his body are weakened and he likely has an enlarged aorta. Austin, a 7'1" Center also has a detached retina in his right eye. He was pegged as a late first/early second round draft pick and would have been the first partially-blind NBA player.

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June 16

The San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat 4-1 to win the NBA championship.: Amidst all the drama (and great basketball) in the early rounds of the playoffs we were left with a repeat of 2013, Spurs versus the Heat. However, this year the results were markedly different as the Spurs dominated the last 3 games of the series in an unquestionable way. Kawhi Leonard is my new hero; a young man whose father was murdered 6 years ago and on Father's Day carried his team to a championship and won the MVP award. Oh, and he doesn't really want to talk to the press.

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June 06

UNC's McCants: 'Just show up, play': Former North Carolina guard Rashad McCants told ESPN that while he was in school he barely went to class, tutors wrote his term papers and that he took bogus classes in order to stay eligible.

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May 29

CNN: Steve Ballmer Reaches Deal to Buy Clippers for $2 Billion: Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has signed a binding agreement to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion from the Sterling family trust, CNN reports. Ballmer, who attended several Clippers playoff games, told the Wall Street Journal this month he would not move the team from Los Angeles.

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May 07

Kansas State denies player the right to transfer away: "With a release, Romero could go to another Division I school and receive scholarship money while sitting out the required year to transfer. But without the release, she would have to pay all her own expenses for that year, which she says she's not in a financial position to do as a foreign student."

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May 06

Warriors fire coach Mark Jackson: Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson has been fired following a meeting with the team’s ownership group.

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May 02

Report: Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Has Prostate Cancer: Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, 80, has been battling prostate cancer, the New York Post reports. The newspaper provides this tasteless quote from an unnamed source: "They thought he would die two years ago. People have been predicting his imminent demise." A decade ago Sterling wouldn't pay for the prostate cancer treatment of then-assistant coach Kim Hughes. "I contacted the Clippers about medical coverage and they said the surgery wouldn't be covered," Hughes said in 2011. "They said if they did it for one person, they'd have to do it for everybody else."

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April 29

NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life: Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA for his racist comments. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that he will try to force the controversial owner to sell his franchise. Sterling has also been fined $2.5 million, and Silver made no effort to hide his outrage over the comments. "We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling's views," Silver said. "They simply have no place in the NBA."

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April 26

Audio: Racist Tirade by Clippers Owner: Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been caught on audio making racist comments to his girlfriend V. Stiviano, the gossip site TMZ revealed. Sterling, angered by a photo of his girlfriend and Magic Johnson on Instagram, said to Stiviano, "You can sleep with them (black people). You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that ... and not to bring them to my games." He added, "I'm just saying, in your lousy ------- Instagrams, you don't have to have yourself with, walking with black people."

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April 19

Who You Gonna Call? NBA Teams Afraid of Ghost: NBA teams that visit Oklahoma City typically stay at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, a 103-year-old building that by legend has its own ghost, Effie the housekeeper. "The place is haunted," Jared Jeffries told the New York Daily News. "It's scary."

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April 18

Craig Sager Has Leukemia, According To His Son: If Craig Sager's son's Twitter is to be believed, the sideline reporter will be starting a treatment for acute leukemia Friday.

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April 09

UMass Basketball Player Says He's Gay: "I am the first Division 1 male basketball player to come out and not the last. I AM gay. I'm not afraid. I'm not alone. -- sophomore Derrick Gordon of the University of Massachusetts on Twitter today

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April 08

UConn Wins National Championship: Led by 22 points from Shabazz Napier, 14 points from Ryan Boatright and strong defensive games from both, the Connecticut Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the NCAA college basketball championship. UConn entered the tournament as a seventh seed but left with the school's fourth national title since 1999. They never trailed in the game, but Kentucky narrowed the lead to one point with 8:13 left. They are the highest seed to win it all since eight seed Villanova in 1985.

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March 07

UCSB Fan Runs Onto Court, Yells at Coach: A fan wearing a "UCSB Class of 2014" T-shirt ran onto the court and screamed at Hawaii coach Gib Arnold during a stoppage in play at Thursday night's game against UC-Santa Barbara. "I'm so embarrassed by that kid," UCSB coach Bob Williams said. "This kid had no right to be on the floor. He was an idiot." The fan was arrested by campus police.

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February 23

Nets Sign First Openly Gay NBA Player: Journeyman center Jason Collins has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets and will make history as the first openly gay player for an NBA team when he takes the court in a game. The Nets play the Lakers tonight at 9 p.m Eastern. Collins came out in a Sports Illustrated cover story last April, but was not signed by a team until now.

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February 21

76ers Sign Teen with Down Syndrome: The Philadelphia 76ers have given a two-day contract to an 18-year-old high school student with Down syndrome after his on-court exploits in a game went viral. Senior Kevin Grow, the longtime manager of his Bensalem High School basketball team in Pennsylvania, got to suit up and play the final two minutes of his final two games. He scored 14 points in the finale, burying four three-pointers including a buzzer beater. Grow shared a meal with the 76ers, took part in shooting drills and got his own locker and No. 33 jersey.

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February 06

Sacre Bleu! Los Angeles Lakers Run Out of Players: In last night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers ran out of players. Robert Sacre fouled out with 3:31 left in the game, leaving only four players on the team capable of taking the floor -- they had fielded eight, two were injured and another fouled out). Shahan Ahmed of the Los Angeles Times explains what happened next: "Under rules seemingly no one had heard before, the Lakers were allowed to keep Sacre in the game after the Cavs shot a technical free throw. From that point forward, any foul Sacre committed would count as a personal foul and a technical foul. Luckily, that never happened." ProBasketballTalk has more on the excellent weirdness.

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December 19

Dennis Rodman is the third best player in NBA history: The multi-year, multi-part series has reached a finale. Includes a cool visualizer.

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November 29

Jason Kidd fined $50,000 for intentionally spilling drink: The NBA fined Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd $50,000 for his spilled-drink shenanigans that took place in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's 99-94 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, the league announced Thursday.

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November 24

Bulls Lose Derrick Rose to Another Knee Injury: Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose suffered a torn medial meniscus in his right knee that will require surgery, the team announced Saturday. Rose, the 2010-11 NBA MBP, missed the last season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his other knee. He's out indefinitely.

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November 02

Contrary to popular opinion, African-American NBA players are less likely to come from impoverished backgrounds: "Growing up in a wealthier neighborhood is a major, positive predictor of reaching the N.B.A. for both black and white men. ..... Putting all the information together, my best guess is that black N.B.A. players are about 30 percent less likely than the average black male to be born to an unmarried mother and a teenage mother." Infographic. NYTimes link

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October 25

Celtics Guard, Lakers Exec Bill Sharman Dies: Bill Sharman, high-scoring guard for the Boston Celtics, and later coach and executive with the Los Angeles Lakers has died at age 87. In the championship years with the Celtics, the mantra "Russell to Cousy to Sharman", describing the Boston fast break, was the equivalent of baseball's "Tinker to Evers to Chance".

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October 11

September 30

NBA Finals Likely to Adopt 2-2-1-1-1 Format: The NBA's competition committee has recommended that the NBA Finals return to the home/road 2-2-1-1-1 format abandoned by new NBA Commissioner David Stern in 1984, dumping the 2-3-2 format that gives the second-seeded team a home-court advantage through the first five games. The league's Board of Governors is expected to approve the change in October in time for the upcoming season's championship series.

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August 24

Guard on Knicks' Last Champion Team Dies: Dean Meminger, a point guard who played on the last New York Knicks team to win an NBA Championship, died in an upper Manhattan hotel room Friday at age 65. In that celebrated 1973 season, Meminger defended Boston Celtics guard Jo Jo White in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. "Dean went out and shut Jo Jo down, and we won that game," said former teammate Phil Jackson. "It was a signature performance in our history." Meminger struggled with cocaine addiction and had this to say about his failure to raise son Dean Jr. and daughter Maisha: "If I wanted to say somebody was my son, Dean is my son. Understands what values are, a loyal, family guy. I don't know where he learned it from."

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