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  • Vin Baker blew $100 million, now working at Starbucks.

    08/01/2015 4:26:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    ThyBlackMan ^ | July 29, 2015 | Dr. Boyce Watkins, founder, Your Black World Coalition
    If there is any story on this blog that you’re going to grow tired of reading, it’s the one about the former NBA or NFL athlete who is now broke and living with his mama. These stories are everywhere, and it has people wondering if the Harvard-educate d financial managers being employed by professional sports leagues are actually helping these guys protect their wealth or if the players are being chewed up and spit out by people who could care less about them. But we’re all responsible for our outcomes, and when we read stories like this one, we have...
  • Brittney Griner accused wife of cheating on her with men

    07/23/2015 7:04:08 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    Brittney Griner filed to have her marriage to fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson annulled last month, claiming that the union was based on “fraud and duress” and that Johnson pressured her into it. Griner also suspected that Johnson was cheating on her. According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Griner says she discovered in April that Johnson had been texting with her ex-boyfriend. She says she never would have married Johnson if she suspected something was still going on between Johnson and the man.
  • WATCH: Golden State Warriors Return Home After Winning NBA Title In 1975

    06/15/2015 10:47:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 15, 2015
    If the Golden State Warriors can finish off the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals in Tuesday’s Game 6 in Cleveland, the welcome they receive on arriving home could rival the one they received in 1975 after Golden State’s only other NBA title win. On May 26, 1975, the Warriors beat the Washington Bullets in Landover, Maryland, completing an improbable four-game sweep of the highly-favored Bullets. Many hours later, a crowd of several thousand people swarmed the arrival gate at San Francisco International Airport for the late night arrival of the newly-crowned NBA champions. Footage from KPIX showed Finals MVP...
  • Warriors overcome LeBron James' 44, breeze in overtime to go up 1-0

    06/04/2015 9:48:53 PM PDT · by sargon · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 6/5/2015
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight assists, and the Golden State Warriors held off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for a thrilling 108-100 overtime victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
  • Glory Johnson says she was victim in her altercation with Brittney Griner

    06/03/2015 7:17:59 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | June 3, 2015 | Kathleen Hale
    According to Stacey Long Simmons, director of public policy and government affairs at the National LGBTQ Task Force, the dual arrest policy Benson describes is part of a larger problem in police protocol. "While we are unable to comment on the facts of [Johnson's] case, we find that local police departments still lack sufficient knowledge and cultural competency of LGBTQ couples and their families," Simmons wrote in an email to SI.com. "For example, in cases related to intimate partner violence involving same-sex couples, local officers still continue to arrest both parties."
  • Warriors Win over Rockets sets up dream Finals matchup

    05/31/2015 7:55:54 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 12 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | 5/28/15 | Ben Golliver
    OAKLAND — What's one more week compared to a 40-year championship drought? What's one more week when it means a shot at the first title in franchise history? The Warriors eliminated the Rockets with a 104–90 victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday, advancing to an NBA Finals date with the Cavaliers. This is a matchup worth waiting for, and a little patience will be required. Because both Golden State and Cleveland made quick work of their conference finals foes, the NBA will hit the pause button for a full week before the championship series opens...
  • Marques Haynes, legendary Harlem Globetrotters star and Basketball Hall of Famer, dead at 89

    05/23/2015 7:40:36 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    AP via NY Daily News ^ | 05/22/2015 | staff
    Marques Haynes, the legendary Harlem Globetrotters showman often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, has died. He was 89. He died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes, the Globetrotters said. CEO Kurt Schneider said “basketball has lost one of its most iconic figures.” Haynes made the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, the first Globetrotter to be so honored. He had two stints with the touring team — from 1947-53 and 1972-79.
  • Derrick Gordon transfers to Seton Hall; says 'homophobia' still prevalent

    05/18/2015 3:40:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | May 18, 2015 | Matt Norlander
    A historic player is going home. Derrick Gordon, who is from New Jersey, announced Sunday, on Twitter, he's decided to finish his college hoops career at Seton Hall. It will be Gordon's third school; he began at Western Kentucky, then spent the past three years at UMass. Gordon announced his intentions to transfer in late March. His move is notable because he became the first openly gay player in men's Division I hoops when he came out in the spring of 2014.
  • New Owner Steve Ballmer Goes Nuts After Clippers’ Last-Second Series Win Over Spurs(Video)

    05/10/2015 5:40:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Total Sports ^ | 05/03/2015 | Joseph On
    Businessman and Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is known for his passionate outbursts in all spheres of his life, including the success of his team. So after last night’s incredibly exciting buzzer-beating game-winning shot by the Clippers’ Chris Paul, he Ballmered out all over the place – surprising no one, but delighting everyone (except for Spurs fans).You can’t really blame Steve Ballmer for reacting as he did. Even fans who don’t have any financial interest in the LA Clippers were probably losing their minds after Chris Paul took the game away from the Spurs with just a single second...
  • Teenager killed in brawl on Brockton basketball court

    04/23/2015 5:04:31 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2015
    BROCKTON, Mass. - Authorities have identified a teenager stabbed to death during a basketball court melee in Brockton and say an arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect. Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz says 18-year-old Ywron Martins of Brockton died at a hospital Wednesday night after being stabbed earlier in the evening at the James Edgar Playground. Cruz says two other people stabbed in the fight are expected to survive their injuries.
  • Woman loses home, other gifts to wife of ex-Clippers owner

    04/15/2015 10:26:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Jjuno News / The Associated Press ^ | April 15, 2015 | Brian Melley
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The billionaire wife of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling got her revenge against a woman he secretly showered with gifts and whose recording of his racially offensive rant cost him ownership of the team. Shelly Sterling's victory Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court will force V. Stiviano to surrender a $1.8 million duplex and return $800,000 lavished on her in cash handouts and several luxury cars, including a Ferrari, during a shadowy relationship....
  • Lauren Hill dies after fighting tumor to play college hoops

    04/10/2015 6:33:35 AM PDT · by bgill · 32 replies
    AP ^ | Apr. 10, 2015 | Joe Kay
    Lauren Hill spent her final year polishing a layup and inspiring others to live fully. She succeeded at both as she fought an inoperable brain tumor. The 19-year-old freshman basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University died at a hospital Friday morning, the co-founder of her nonprofit foundation told The Associated Press. "Through Lauren's fundraising and advocacy efforts, she not only became a spotlight on the lack of funding for cancer research, but she most certainly has become a beacon guiding researchers for years to come," The Cure Starts Now co-founder Brooke Desserich said.
  • 5 Life Lessons I Learned from Bob Knight

    04/07/2015 10:57:49 AM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 17 replies
    The ProScoutSports LLC blog ^ | April 6, 2015 | Todd Starowitz
    Coach Knight didn't hesitate to push young people, or anyone who worked with him to the very edge of their emotional and physical capacity. That was the only way that he thought he could get the very most out of our generally lazy human nature. We were always highly prepared because we didn't want to receive the wrath of Coach if we weren't, or even more so we didn't want to let him down.
  • HOT TAKE: Sen. Claire McCaskill BLASTS Duke Basketball Players Following National Championship

    04/07/2015 3:22:06 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/7/2015 | Pool report
    "[..... Currently, the NCAA is coming under close scrutiny for the “one-and-done” recruiting policy schools are using to secure highly-touted freshmen, and McCaskill used her congratulatory tweet to the Blue Devils as an opportunity to criticize the collegiate athletic body. .....]"
  • Harrison (KY B'Ball) seems to be heard mumbling obscenity, slur [ed]

    04/05/2015 5:48:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    AP ^ | April 5, 2015 | Staff
    Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison seemed to mumble an obscenity and a racial slur as a question about Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky was being asked during a postgame news conference at the Final Four. Harrison and the Wildcats were upset 71-64 by the Badgers on Saturday night.
  • Wisconsin, Kentucky governors make friendly wager: Cheese, sausage & root beer vs. bourbon

    04/03/2015 11:35:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Fox 6 Now ^ | April 3, 2015
    MADISON (WITI) — Governors Scott Walker and Steve Beshear offered up a friendly wager on Friday, April 3rd in anticipation of the NCAA Final Four men’s basketball game on Saturday. Governor Walker bet an assortment of Wisconsin cheese and sausage, and root beer, that the Wisconsin Badgers will win, while Governor Beshear wagered Kentucky bourbon for a University of Kentucky Wildcats victory. In a news release, Gov. Walker said the following: “The Badgers have had an incredible season thus far and have represented Wisconsin admirably both on and off the court. As we face the Kentucky Wildcats in the Final...
  • Microsoft Update Mayhem Delays German Basketball Game, Costs Team Dear

    04/01/2015 9:28:32 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 31, 2015 | Jennifer Baker
    What’s the worst thing that could happen when your Windows update takes longer than expected? Ask the Paderborn Finke Baskets, a German pro basketball team who got relegated thanks to Windows’ sluggish performance. The Spiralling Progress Indicator of Doom spelled the end of the team’s run in Division Two of the Basketball Bundesliga. As the home team in a match against Chemnitz, the Finke Baskets were responsible for the large score display screen. The laptop controlling the screen crashed right before the start of the game and upon re-start insisted on installing automatic Windows updates. The game was supposed to...
  • Mid-American Conference boycotts Indiana in wake of RFRA

    04/01/2015 7:14:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    SI Wire ^ | March 31, 2015 | Staff
    The Mid-American Conference announced it won't hold championships or meetings in Indiana in response to the state's recent signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, ESPN reported Tuesday. Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said the league would continue to avoid conducting business in the Hoosier state until, "the current matter is brought to a sensible and appropriate conclusion."
  • Rod Hundley, an Outsize Personality on and Off the Court, Dies at 80 (Hot Rod Hundley)

    03/28/2015 8:40:38 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 28, 2015 | Richard Goldstein
    Rod Hundley, basketball’s irrepressible Hot Rod, who parlayed showmanship on the court with flair at the microphone to become a fan favorite for more than half a century, died on Friday at his home near Phoenix. He was 80. Hundley was an electrifying presence at West Virginia University, played for the Lakers and stamped his persona on broadcasting, mostly for the New Orleans Jazz. “Nobody did the things I did on the court and nobody has done them since,” Hundley said of his collegiate exploits in “Hot Rod Hundley: You Gotta Love It Baby!” (2012), written with Tom McEachin. “I’d...
  • http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/26/news/companies/dean-smith-will-200/index.html

    03/27/2015 8:05:03 PM PDT · by djwright · 3 replies
    CNN money ^ | 3/26/2015
    The late North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith said thank you to all of his former players one last time in his will. About 180 former Tar Heels will get $200 checks from the accountant who administers his trust. The checks contain the notation "Dinner out."
  • UK Head Coach On His Team's Performance: College Basketball Not Communism

    03/20/2015 8:12:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 20, 2015 | Trent Baker
    On Thursday, University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari reacted to his team’s performance or lack thereof in his halftime interview during Kentucky’s game against Hampton, an inferior opponent.
  • Michelle Obama’s Brother Left Oregon State’s NCAA Basketball Program in Shambles

    03/19/2015 5:32:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | March 19, 2015 | Brent Scher
    One team President Barack Obama didn’t have the opportunity to pick when he joined ESPN this week to fill out his NCAA March Madness bracket was Oregon State, which has yet to recover from a disastrous six years under the guidance of his brother-in-law, Craig Robinson. Robinson, Michelle Obama’s brother, was fired by Oregon State after six straight disappointing seasons as head coach—the team went 39–69 in the Pac 12 and never made the NCAA Tournament or the NIT. Not only did Robinson fail to get results at Oregon State, he also left a mess for new coach Wayne Tinkle....
  • President Obama: Cats wear crown

    03/18/2015 6:59:07 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    ESPN.com news services ^ | March 18, 2015
    Like Las Vegas oddsmakers and nearly half the people making picks in ESPN's Tournament Challenge, President Barack Obama likes Kentucky to win the NCAA men's basketball championship. Obama, a die-hard basketball fan who has filled out a bracket for ESPN since he became president in 2009, picked Kentucky to beat Villanova in the title game. His complete bracket was revealed Wednesday morning.
  • 15 Southern, Texas Southern women’s basketball players suspended for wild on-court brawl

    03/11/2015 10:39:01 AM PDT · by fungoking · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 3/10/15 | Matt Bonesteel
    The Southwestern Athletic Conference has suspended seven Southern women’s basketball players and eight Texas Southern players for their role in a chaotic on-court brawl Saturday night, the Advocate is reporting. The conference also announced that the game will count as a loss for both teams, meaning Texas Southern earned the SWAC regular season title at 16-2 while Southern fell to 15-3. However, Texas Southern announced it will not participate in the SWAC tournament because it will not have enough players to field a five-person lineup. Southern will have six available players for its game against Grambling on Wednesday in the...
  • Syracuse vs. Georgetown: What the Headlines Don’t Tell Us (Football is root of all evil)

    03/10/2015 1:03:13 PM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | March 10, 2015 | Edward R. Grant
    Basketball is in the headlines, but football is the great corrupter in college sports. Headlines, even in sports, can be deceptive. But it’s hard getting around the contrast in last weekend’s banners regarding two universities that are involved in one of the greatest (though temporarily suspended) rivalries in college basketball. On one side is Syracuse. Having already removed themselves from postseason play due to self-reported academic infractions, the Orange were hit by the NCAA with more severe penalties: five years’ probation, twelve forfeited scholarships over the next four years, and the vacating of 108 wins accumulated with the efforts of...
  • Obama will be too busy to hear Bibi's speach

    03/02/2015 4:38:58 PM PST · by outofsalt · 34 replies
    Vanity | 3/2/15 | Vanity
    On March 3, 1845 congress overrode a presidential veto for the first time. Congress reined in President John Tyler’s zealous use of the presidential veto. Congress is finally asserting itself over Obama but he says he will be too busy to be any part of it. I wonder how he will spend the day? Thoughts
  • K-State stuns KU as fans storm court (did it go too far?)

    02/24/2015 11:21:18 AM PST · by GSWarrior · 27 replies
    K-State stuns KU as fans storm court Have you seen this video? This is going to get worse. I think it is time to put an end to storming the court except for championship games.
  • Dean Smith dies at aage 83

    02/08/2015 6:16:26 AM PST · by FlJoePa · 20 replies
    espn ^ | 2-8-15 | n/a
    Dean Smith, who coached North Carolina to two men's basketball national titles, died Saturday night at the age of 83. North Carolina announced Smith's death Sunday morning. "Coach Dean Smith passed away peacefully the evening of February 7 at his home in Chapel Hill, and surrounded by his wife and five children," Smith's family said in a statement. "We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public. Thank you."
  • Two students shot outside Frederick High School

    02/04/2015 8:03:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Frederick News-Post ^ | February 4, 2015 | Terence Walsh
    Two students were shot this evening outside Frederick High School near the gymnasium, police said. Officers were called shortly after 8 p.m. The assailants, described as four black males dressed in black, are at large, said Officer First Class M. Cox. A SWAT team was searching the area. Two students were wounded, and all other students and staff in the building are safe, according to an email alert from Frederick County Public Schools. Lt. Bruce DeGrange said the students’ injuries were not considered life-threatening. Police did not release the victims’ names because they are under 18. A junior varsity boys...
  • Russian billionaire 'is selling Brooklyn Nets amid concerns over NBA team's financial losses

    01/14/2015 7:43:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 13, 2015 | Sophie Jane Evans
    The Russian billionaire who owns the Brooklyn Nets has decided to sell the NBA team amid concerns about its financial losses and performance on court, according to reports. Mikhail Prokhorov, 49, has apparently retained investment adviser Evercore Partners to sell his share of the basketball franchise, which he bought for a staggering $223million in May 2010. The businessman, who is worth an estimated $11.1billion, currently holds 80 per cent of the Nets, as well as 45 per cent of the Barclays Center, the club's two-and-a-half-year-old arena in New York. Of these, only the team is for sale, two sources close...
  • Former Mavs star, cautionary tale Roy Tarpley dies at 50

    01/10/2015 7:20:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 9, 2015 | Eric Freeman
    One of the most gifted and ultimately tragic talents in NBA history has died. Former Dallas Mavericks big man Roy Tarpley, a terrific scorer and rebounder whose career was derailed by drug and alcohol abuse, died in a Dallas hospital Friday at 50 years old.
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Time: Don’t Let NYPD Shootings Cloud Issue of Institutionalized Racism

    12/22/2014 3:38:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 22, 2014 | Braden Campbell
    In the years since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hung up his playing shoes, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer has collected a host of titles, including filmmaker, author and cultural ambassador. He’s been a vocal advocate for African-Americans, and this weekend penned an essay for Time Magazine on the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers on Saturday. Some have linked the shooting to the protests that sprung up after grand juries failed to prosecute the officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Abdul-Jabbar disagrees, saying the suggestion the killer was acting in solidarity with the protests is false and a danger to...
  • Lakers don 'I Can't Breathe' shirts

    12/10/2014 6:48:14 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 43 replies
    ESPN ^ | December 10, 2014
    The Lakers each had the T-shirts on their chairs in their dressing room before the game. Every player except backup center Robert Sacre wore the shirts. "I think it's us supporting that movement and supporting each other as well as athletes," Bryant said after the game. "I think the beauty of our country lies in its democracy. I think if we ever lose the courage to be able to speak up for the things that we believe in, I think we really lose the value that our country stands for.
  • Rick Pitino says Louisville didn’t run up the score ...: ‘We played four white guys and an Egyptian’

    11/25/2014 11:02:35 AM PST · by EveningStar · 35 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | November 25, 2014 | Bernie Augustine
    Rick Pitino says Louisville didn’t run up the score against Savannah State: ‘We played four white guys and an Egyptian’ Louisville beat Savannah State by 61 points Monday night, 87-26. With five minutes to go in the first half, the No. 6 Cardinals led 29-0 ... “I tried everything. We played four white guys and an Egyptian ..." [coach Rick Pitino]
  • Dwight Howard -- Now Under Criminal Investigation for Child Abuse

    11/18/2014 8:41:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    TMZ ^ | November 18, 2014 | Staff
    Dwight Howard is under criminal investigation for child abuse ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ. We've learned the Cobb County PD in Georgia now has an active criminal investigation into allegations he beat his 6-year-old son Braylon with a belt buckle. TMZ Sports broke the story ... the Dept. of Children and Families in Florida (DCF) determined there wasn't enough evidence of child abuse to go forward, but it turns out the incident occurred in Georgia. Howard admits he hit his kid with a belt, but says he didn't know it was wrong because he was hit as a kid.
  • NBA's new player union chief Michele Roberts rips owners, calls salary cap 'un-American'

    11/13/2014 9:18:37 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | November 14, 2014 | Kelly Dwyer
    Sports fans who bristle at all manner of anti-capitalist leanings in the political or business world routinely side with leagues and team owners when it comes to capping salaries for players who could and usually should earn far more than they’re making. Sports fans who pair face-painting and American flag lapel pin-wearing suddenly turn into crusty old Bolsheviks when it comes to taking free-market enterprise out of the sports they love.
  • Sharia creeps into pro sports: NBA Islamist refuses to even be on floor for National Anthem

    11/10/2014 8:41:01 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 32 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/10/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Last week a Black Islamist professional basketball player refused to come out of his team’s locker room claiming he did so because his “religion” requires him to honor only Islam and nothing else. If you haven’t heard about this don’t be surprised. Sharia has been creeping into professional sports in America through Black athletes for the last several years. All of these players with made up “Islamist” names are under the spell of CAIR and groups like it. Combining this with the “Muslim population Rule,” which holds that as they grow in numbers within a given universe they will become...
  • NBA Cavaliers' Dion Waiters Informs Media That He Is Muslim, Plans to Skip National Anthems

    11/09/2014 12:52:04 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 98 replies
    Northeast Ohio Media Group ^ | November 7, 2014 | Chris Haynes,
    Dion Waiters informs Northeast Ohio Media Group that he is a Muslim and plans to skip national anthems • Update: Dion Waiters clarifies remarks about his pregame ritual, will be there for anthems DENVER, Colo. – Prior to the Cavaliers getting set to take on the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, one of their players was missing from the pregame opening events. Dion Waiters was nowhere to be found when the national anthem was being sung. He was absent when the starting lineups were introduced. It was the first game of the season that he was coming off the bench. He...
  • NBA Basketball: LeBron James Doesn't Look The Same, And No One Can Figure Out Why

    11/07/2014 8:19:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/7/2014 | Tony Manfred
    LeBron James isn't looking like LeBron James right now.This may or may not mean anything. The Cleveland Cavaliers — who added LeBron, Kevin Love, Shawn Marion, and Mike Miller in the offseason — are in the embryonic stage of their development. Also, 80% of LeBron is better than pretty much every other player in the NBA. But LeBron is definitely off. He hasn't been the overpowering physical force he was in Miami early in his second stint with the Cavaliers. There are a wide variety of theories for why — age? weight loss? injury? master plan? — but no single...
  • Basketball star diagnosed with inoperable brain tumor gets shot at college hoops dream...

    11/03/2014 2:59:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/03/14 | Pete D'amato
    A cancer sufferer achieved her dream of playing in her first college basketball game on Sunday, scoring the first points of the match. Mount St Joseph freshman Lauren Hill, 19, was diagnosed last year with an inoperable brain tumor and was told she had years to live. In September, doctors had a grim update - she wouldn't make it past December - and after years as a standout high school basketball player, Hill's hopes of playing college ball were put in jeopardy.
  • Photo Of Yao Ming Making Shaq Look Short Really Puts Yao Ming's Height In Perspective

    10/10/2014 10:18:58 AM PDT · by blam · 67 replies
    BI ^ | 10-10-2014 | Tony Manfred
    Tony ManfredOctober 10, 2014 Shaquille O'Neal is 7'1" and perhaps the most physically imposing player the NBA has ever seen. Yao Ming, at 7'6", dwarfs him in a photo posted to Shaq's Instagram. Yao wasn't just tall, he was historically, exceptionally tall even by NBA standards. We have more thoughts on this below (via r/NBA):shaq yao ming@shaq Our initial theory was that Yao gained weight, resulting in a size disparity that made him appear taller than Shaq than he used to be. But then we went back and looked at some pictures, and it's clear that Yao made Shaq look...
  • Racism: From Ferguson To The NBA To You

    09/21/2014 5:01:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 21, 2014 | Todd Essig
    Race has been in the news recently, as it should be more than it is. First the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri captured everyone’s attention, and is still making news. Then a starkly racist email sent by Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson brought back the topic of race relations in the NBA where the owners are mostly white and the players black. And then this week psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt won a MacArthur “genius” award for her groundbreaking work on the powerful influence out-of-awareness racial attitudes have in the criminal justice system. Because her research can help us understand troubling news...
  • Complete e-mail sent by [Atlanta Hawks Co-Owner Bruce] Levenson [Race Controversy]

    09/07/2014 2:45:46 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 18 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 8/7/14 | Chris Vivlamore
    Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson cited an “inappropriate and offensive” e-mail he sent two years ago in an abrupt announcement Sunday that he will sell his controlling interest in the team. “I have said repeatedly that the NBA should have zero tolerance for racism, and I strongly believe that to be true. That is why I voluntarily reported my inappropriate e-mail to the NBA." ***** 4. Regarding game ops, i need to start with some background. for the first couple of years we owned the team, i didn’t much focus on game ops. then one day a light bulb went off....
  • V. Stiviano says Donald Sterling is gay, and that she helped him hide it

    08/22/2014 9:21:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 21, 2014 | Nancy Dillon
    Donald Sterling's former assistant claims she never had sex with the billionaire bigot because he’s homosexual — and she was his beard. V. Stiviano made the bombshell allegation in court paperwork filed Thursday as an answer to a prior lawsuit filed by Sterling’s wife, Shelly Sterling, a source told the Daily News.
  • Judge rules against NCAA in O'Bannon case

    08/08/2014 4:44:57 PM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    AP ^ | August 8, 2014 | Tim Dahlberg
    A federal judge has ruled that the NCAA can't stop college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way to athletes getting payouts once their college careers are over. In a landmark decision issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the NCAA's regulation of college athletics on antitrust grounds. In a partial victory for the NCAA, though, Wilken said the NCAA could set a cap on the money paid to athletes, as long as...
  • Metta changing name to 'The Pandas Friend'

    08/07/2014 5:37:58 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    ESPN ^ | Ian Begley
    That's the approach the player formerly known as Ron Artest is taking as he prepares to play his first season in China. China Daily reported that Artest, known most recently as Metta World Peace, has decided to change his name to "Panda Friend."
  • Obama Dismisses 'Haters'

    07/22/2014 12:38:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 21, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)During a town hall with young people, President Obama explained how he deals with people who criticize him. “I just don’t watch TV,” Obama joked, after he was asked about his critics during a town hall promoting the White House "My Brother's Keeper" initiative. Obama advised young people to listen to critics who actually had their interests at heart. “Who gives you constructive criticism because they’re invested in the same things you are but maybe can see the things you can’t, versus folks who are just -- what’d someone say -- hatin’? Somebody just hatin’, just haters?” Obama said. Obama...
  • Red Klotz, loser of thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters, dies at 93

    07/14/2014 8:28:59 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 14, 2014 | Matt Bonesteel
    Red Klotz, who owned, coached and played for a number of teams that toured with and lost to the Harlem Globetrotters — most famously the Washington Generals — died Saturday in his sleep in Margate, N.J., the Press of Atlantic City reported. He was 93. Klotz was a prep basketball standout in Philadelphia, twice being named that city’s high school player of the year before going on to play at Villanova. He was on the Baltimore Bullets’ 1947-48 NBA championship team. At 5 feet 7, he is tied with six others as the third-shortest NBA player ever, and was the...
  • LeBron James decides to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers

    07/11/2014 1:43:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/11/2014 | MIKE BRESNAHAN
    LeBron James is removing his talents from Miami. Four years after stunning the NBA world with “The Decision,” the Miami Heat forward announced an even larger revelation on SI.com Friday, perhaps destined to be called “The Redemption.” James, 29, will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, close to his hometown of Akron and far from the sunny beaches where he led the Heat to four NBA Finals appearances, two ending in championships. "I’m not promising a championship," James says in the first-person essay. "I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I...
  • LeBron: I'm coming back to Cleveland

    07/11/2014 9:31:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    SI ^ | July 11, 2014 | LeBron James
    Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.