Tag: Basketball

As the NBA Playoffs Approach, I Have 1 Request: Can We Get Some Fun Basketball Video Games Again?

These ain’t it. Image: Take Two Interactive Like clockwork, every April I begin to pay more attention to the NBA as the playoffs get underway. Now this season, I’ve been watching quite a bit more as my Phoenix Suns are finally going off for the first time in a decade, and I can’t lie, it […]

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Marv Albert, Hall of Fame N.B.A. Sportscaster, Is Retiring

Marv Albert, whose rapid-fire coverage became an N.B.A. soundtrack for almost 60 years, will retire from sportscasting after the 2021 postseason, his employer, Turner Sports, announced on Monday. Albert, who will turn 80 in June, called 25 N.B.A. All-Star Games, 13 N.B.A. finals, the 1992 gold medal men’s basketball victory for the United States and […]

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The Cold War Between Jalen Rose and Chris Webber Is Finally Over

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez, Scott Legato (Getty Images) After a grueling eight-year wait, Chris Webber is finally headed to the Basketball Hall of Fame. And as if this momentous occasion wasn’t enough, the person who helped celebrate the announcement was none other than fellow Fab Five alum Jalen Rose. Advertisement The two shared a touching […]

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After Helping Her Husband Gain Freedom, Maya Moore Savors Her Own

When you speak with Maya Moore and her husband, Jonathan Irons, a single word comes up with drumbeat constancy. Freedom. “It’s everything to us,” Moore said during an interview last week. She wasn’t talking just about the fact that Irons is out of prison after serving 23 years for a crime he always insisted he […]

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For Jrue Holiday, It’s a Good Game When His Wife Says So

It was not until May, which the Bucks began with back-to-back victories over the Nets, that Milwaukee loudly announced it was still an N.B.A. championship contender. Jrue Holiday scored 14 points in the first quarter of the second win, and in a contented home locker room, one of the league’s foremost defensive players let his […]

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Emotions Fill the Arena as Kobe Bryant and Others are Inducted Into the 2020 Class of the Basketball Hall of Fame

Photo: Maddie Meyer (Getty Images) It’s been going on a year and a half since NBA superstar Kobe Bryant’s devastating death on Jan. 26, 2020. Over the weekend, the sports world celebrated Bryant’s life and achievements as the “Black Mamba” was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Advertisement From the Washington Post: Basketball’s biggest […]

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Vanessa Bryant Delivers Emotional Hall of Fame Speech for Kobe

Vanessa Bryant, the wife of the late Kobe Bryant, accepted induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame on her husband’s behalf on Saturday, saying that his absence made writing a speech all the more challenging. “If my husband were here tonight, he would have a long list of people to thank that helped inspire him […]

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NBA to Recognize Social Justice Efforts With Creation of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award

Photo: Dominik Magdziak (Getty Images) With more and more NBA players using their platforms and resources to inspire change and fight for social justice, the league has unveiled a new method to laud their individual efforts. Advertisement On Thursday, the NBA announced the creation of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award, which will be […]

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‘No Smile, No Trash Talk’: Behind Tim Duncan’s Quiet Excellence

Tim Duncan stoically spent 19 fundamentally sound seasons allowing his play to speak for him. Nineteen playoff appearances. Fifteen All-Star selections. Five championships. Five total Most Valuable Player Awards, three in the finals, two in the regular season. And this week, he’ll be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in a heralded class alongside […]

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W.N.B.A. Braces for ‘Fierce Competition’ in New Season

Buzzy rookies, reshuffled stars and new interest in women’s basketball after a thrilling N.C.A.A. tournament have positioned the W.N.B.A. to open its 25th season this week with a captive audience as it continues to lead in social justice efforts among professional sports leagues. Put it all together, W.N.B.A. Commissioner Cathy Engelbert told The New York […]

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Kevin Garnett’s Prep-to-Pros Jump Changed the N.B.A.

“Does the N.B.A. have no shame?” a Dallas Morning News columnist wrote in 1995 about the prospect of Kevin Garnett going right into the league from high school. Soon after, a Washington Post columnist chimed in, “If Kevin Garnett winds up leaving childhood for the N.B.A. without first going to college, then a whole lot […]

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What Rudy Tomjanovich Learned by Coaching the Greats

But I don’t remember anyone saying that they expected any of those teams to slip all the way to No. 7 in its conference. I reread your letter, and the same holds for you. There’s a difference between denouncing the disparity in teams’ off-seasons and predicting that the defending champion Lakers would finish seventh in […]

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LaMelo Ball Talks Wild Passes, Rookie of the Year and ‘Space Jam’

A fractured wrist is about the only thing that has stopped Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball. The injury cut 21 games from his rookie season. He recently picked up where he left off, lobbing a nearly full-court, pinpoint underhand pass in his first game back, against the Detroit Pistons. At just 19, Ball has long […]

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The Biggest Dance Show in Town? At a Brooklyn Nets Game

I found an immersive performance — really, a spectacle — at a place I never would have expected it: a basketball game. Since February, the Brooklynettes, the Brooklyn Nets dance team, have been a pandemic anomaly: They have been performing live, at games, for nearly 2,000 spectators. It’s not the same as it ever was […]

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Atlanta Dream Unveils Franchise’s 1st All-Black, All-Female Broadcast Team

Photo: Craig Jones (Getty Images) Fans of the Atlanta Dream are in for a treat. As the team revealed on Monday night, a historic group will be announcing their home games this season. And by historic, I mean the franchise’s first all-Black, all-female announcer team. Advertisement Look at all of this glorious melanin: The team […]

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Why Not? Twitter Erupts After Russell Westbrook Breaks Oscar Robertson’s Triple-Double Record

Photo: Patrick Smith (Getty Images) After bullying boxscores for the past 13 seasons, Russell Westbrook has accomplished a feat that was once thought humanly impossible. On Monday night, the nine-time NBA All-Star etched his name in the record books when, after snatching his 10th rebound off of the rim with 8:30 remaining in the fourth […]

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Tampa Bay Lightning Makes NHL History by Starting an All-Black Forward Line

Florida Panthers defenseman Kevin Connauton, left, and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Daniel Walcott (85) fight during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, May 10, 2021, in Sunrise, Fla. Photo: Lynne Sladky (AP) Toward the end of his legendary standup special Never Scared, Chris Rock goes into a bit about the history of […]

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Tamika Catchings Is Taking Her ‘Superpower’ to the Hall of Fame

In her 2016 book, “Catch a Star,” Catchings recounted a time in elementary school when she and her sister, Tauja, were engaged in a one-on-one game in the driveway of the family’s Illinois home. Things grew heated, as they often did. “He still drives me crazy, every once in a while,” Catchings said of her […]

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Basketball Standout Makur Maker To Be The Focus Of New Docuseries

NewsOne Featured Video When basketball standout Makur Maker announced his decision to go to Howard University he sent shockwaves throughout the sports world, and now his story will be the focus of a new docuseries. According to Deadline, Apple TV+ has ordered a series about Maker’s collegiate journey thus far. The project—dubbed Big Man on […]

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The Root of the Knicks’ Success? Caring When They Didn’t Have To.

Of all the postseason-ensuring victories across the Knicks’ grand reawakening of a regular season, none rose to the level of their most compelling, collective triumph. That would be the defeat of every team’s most formidable opponent: the coronavirus pandemic. Like most teams in all sports, they have had their brushes with Covid-19. But at least […]

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A Humbling N.B.A. Moment Brings Cheers From Japan

Toronto Raptors forward Yuta Watanabe ended up on the wrong end of a viral moment when Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards dunked on him during a game in February. Photos and videos of Watanabe hopelessly coming up short in his attempt to stop the dunk made their way across social media, including the Instagram feed […]

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Washington Wizards Demand Justice, Accountability and Equality in Team Photo

Photo: Ned Dishman/NBAE (Getty Images) In every American household, Black, white, or otherwise, picture day is kind of a big deal. Advertisement It’s the perfect opportunity to not only drown your scalp in pink lotion and stunt in those Easter clothes that won’t fit this time next year, but to commemorate your accomplishments and perhaps […]

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The N.B.A.’s Play-In Tournament Isn’t the Problem

Oklahoma City, Houston and Washington, then, have clearly benefited from his triple-doubles. Detractors are bound to say Westbrook could be chasing them in every game and hurting his team when he doesn’t achieve them, but I don’t think Westbrook is motivated by triple-doubles above all else. Teammates probably wouldn’t respect him the way they do […]

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Sorry, LeBron. I Wanna See Russell Westbrook In the Play-In Tournament

Photo: Will Newton (Getty Images) OK, so maybe I was wrong. Entering Monday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets, the battered and bruised Los Angeles Lakers (37-28) were clinging for dear life to the 6th seed in the Western Conference. A win would propel them to the 5th seed—and a likely first-round slobberknocker against either […]

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Eric Collins, Voice of the Hornets, Is Creating His Own Buzz

Some basketball pairings sync seamlessly. Think Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, Bill Russell and Red Auerbach and Eric Collins and LaMelo Ball. That last tandem might not be the first to come to mind. But Collins, the Charlotte Hornets’ television play-by-play announcer, has served as the ideal conduit to introduce Ball and his dynamic play […]

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Following Split With Nike, Vanessa Bryant Honors Gianna’s 15th Birthday With Philanthropic ‘Mambacita’ Line

Gianna Bryant and her father, former NBA player Kobe Bryant, attend the WNBA All-Star Game 2019 on July 27, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nev.Photo: Ethan Miller (Getty Images) On May 1, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant—also nicknamed “Mambacita” for the love of basketball she shared with her father, NBA legend Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant—would’ve turned 15 years […]

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Tokyo Olympics: Schedule, Sports and Details

The Tokyo Olympics, delayed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, are now scheduled for late July and early August. The time difference between Japan and the United States may make it tricky to figure out what will happen when, but we’re here to help. When do the Olympics start? The opening ceremony is […]

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Scottie Pippen Shares That His Firstborn Son Antron Has Died at the Age of 33

Retired NBA player Scottie Pippin walks the runway during the Kith Sport fashion show on September 7, 2017.Photo: Brian Ach (Getty Images) On Monday, Scottie Pippen shared some tragic news via Twitter. His eldest son Antron died this past Sunday at the age of 33. Advertisement “I’m heartbroken to share that yesterday, I said goodbye […]

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Republicans Have Ruined Sports for Republicans

The owners of sports leagues donate far more to Republicans than to Democrats, moreover. “Over the past three election cycles, MLB owners donated roughly $20.4 million to campaigns and super PACs. $15.2 million (74.5 percent) went to Republicans, while $5.2 million (25.5 percent) went to Democrats,” wrote Axios’s Baker. But the relationship between culture and […]

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Regular People Keep Challenging N.B.A. and W.N.B.A. Players

Of the millions of people around the world who play basketball, fewer than 500 are in the N.B.A. at any given time. Fewer than 150 are in the W.N.B.A. Before retiring in 2012, Brian Scalabrine spent 11 seasons in the N.B.A., far more than the majority of players who have made it to that level. […]

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