From History

Comparing ‘Basketball Without Borders’ to AAU as Pro Hoops Pipelines

As the game endlessly globalizes, organizations at the pinnacle of basketball have collaborated to develop athletes with optimal results. This is especially true with the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) program run as a collaboration by the NBA and FIBA beginning back in 2001. It has been able to help develop global talent and allow them…

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Nick Calathes’ EuroLeague Triple-Double is the Stuff of Legends

The night of April 4th was one for the EuroLeague history books. With a bit more than six minutes remaining in the Round 30 game between Rick Pitino’s Panathinaikos Athens and Buducnost Podgorica (the team featuring first-round prospect Goga Bitadze), Greens’ guard Keith Langford made the drive and the jump stop from mid-range. He missed,…

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The Trade That Remade Chicago Sky and Atlanta Dream

Trades involving star-level talent don’t happen often in the WNBA. But you don’t have to look back very far to find one, either. Negotiations between the WNBA Players Association and the league on a new collective bargaining agreement will go a long way in shaping the next decade. And one 2017 trade will go a…

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The NBA’s 8 Eras and Their Effect on Today’s Game

Have you ever been watching a game and heard an announcer talk about the “way the game was meant to be played” or speculated on how some star from today would fare in yesteryear or vice versa? Have you ever seen a debate raging on Twitter when someone weighs in, stipulating: “You can’t compare players…

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Ten Years Later: The Day Boston Celtics’ Dynasty Hopes Buckled

I was a seventeen-year-old staring into a thirteen-inch white Mitsubishi television propped on the dresser in my bedroom. A Celtics fan growing up, my passion for the game (at the NBA level) was reignited by the success of Boston’s Big Three: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen. My favorite player, a young Rajon Rondo, colorfully…

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Switching defenses have followed the Warriors lead.

What’s Behind NBA’s Switching Revolution

If ten years ago I told you that a team would win three out of four NBA Championships by employing a switching man-to-man defense, you’d have likely said that was garbage. Switching is for rec league, for the lazy guy that doesn’t want to get around a screen. It isn’t an aggressive strategy, just a…

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The Evolution Towards Positionless Basketball

A lot can change in twenty years. Two decades ago, Michael Jordan had just retired and an era of post-up basketball took over. The San Antonio Spurs won an NBA Championship with Tim Duncan and David Robinson towering on the blocks. Shaquille O’Neal was perhaps the most dominant back-to-the-basket scorer in the league. The NBA…

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Revenge of the Old-School Big Man

The ‘90s are fashionable again, and it isn’t just overalls, matte lipstick and 25-year anniversaries of classic hip-hop albums. Old-school centers might just be nudging their way back into the NBA game, reclaiming their spot from the clutches of the stretch-4. Some teams are having early success with the throwback style this season, but how…

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