From History

The NBA I Grew Up Watching: When Centers Ruled the League 

The NBA’s rapid evolution into a positionless game within the past five years has changed basketball forever. This development offers a more open floor and skillful game that showcases players’ otherworldly athleticism through off-the-ball movement, teamwide defensive switching concepts and by stretching defenses horizontally with long-range shooting way past the arc. Even with such positive…

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The 2008 USA Redeem Team’s Unique Place in History

I was too young to appreciate the 1992 USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Dream Team. And although I was old enough to enjoy the 1996 and 2000 American gold medalists, I took their success for granted. It wasn’t until the disappointment of the 2004 bronze and the ensuing 2008 “Redeem Team” campaign that I understood the…

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Vince Carter was Often in the Right Place at the Wrong Time

With the NBA season over, no sports to discuss and the potential ending of Vince Carter’s career, fans and pundits have been looking back at his greatest achievements fondly. There is talk of his all-time dunk contest performance, the return to Toronto, the buzzer-beater in Dallas, the additional stops in Memphis, Phoenix, Orlando, and appreciation…

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The NBA I Grew Up Watching: Allen Iverson vs. Everybody

Have you ever seen something so audacious and disrespectful in your life? It wasn’t enough for Philadelphia 76ers superstar guard Allen Iverson to cook Los Angeles Lakers reserve Tyronn Lue with a filthy crossover and stepback plus the score. He decided that he was going to snatch Lue’s soul in front of the Lakers’ bench…

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The NBA I Grew Up Watching: 2003-04 Detroit Pistons

The early 2000s was a time of great transition for me personally. Graduating from high school and into college, I wasn’t the highest achiever in class, but I was beginning to come into my own and find my feet as a person.  Basketball was also slowly beginning to grow in popularity as a sport in…

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