basketball http://wamc.org en "Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, And The Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty Of The 1980s" By Jeff Pearlman http://wamc.org/post/showtime-magic-kareem-riley-and-los-angeles-lakers-dynasty-1980s-jeff-pearlman <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s personified the flamboyance and excess of the decade over which they reigned. Beginning with the arrival of Earvin “Magic” Johnson as the number-one overall pick of the 1979 draft, the Lakers played basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed “Showtime” run-and-gun style on a league unprepared for their speed and ferocity—and became the most captivating show in sports and, arguably, in all-around American entertainment.</p><p>Bestselling sportswriter <a href="http://www.jeffpearlman.com/">Jeff Pearlman</a> draws from almost three hundred interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakers’ epic Showtime era in <em>Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, And The Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty Of The 1980s</em>.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:40:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86564 at http://wamc.org "Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, And The Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty Of The 1980s" By Jeff Pearlman "The Divine Nature Of Basketball: My Season Inside The Ivy League" By Ed Breslin http://wamc.org/post/divine-nature-basketball-my-season-inside-ivy-league-ed-breslin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Ed Breslin fulfills every college basketball fan’s fantasy of being an NCAA Division I coach in his new book: <em>The Divine Nature of Basketball: My Season Inside the Ivy League</em>. The book describes a season spent as a virtual coach in the Ivy League, shadowing head coach of Yale men’s basketball James Jones.</p><p>It’s sports journalism in the tradition of George Plimpton. But above all, it’s a celebration of basketball, of participation in life, of gifted mentors and coaches, and of the proper approach to collegiate athletics.</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86635 at http://wamc.org "The Divine Nature Of Basketball: My Season Inside The Ivy League" By Ed Breslin "Phil Jackson: The Lord Of The Rings" By Peter Richmond http://wamc.org/post/phil-jackson-lord-rings-peter-richmond <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Millerton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> resident </span><a href="http://www.peterrichmond.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Peter Richmond</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a renowned sportswriter whose work has appeared in </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The New Yorker</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The New York Times Magazine</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Vanity Fair</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Rolling Stone&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">among others. His journalism has been included in a dozen different anthologies, including </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Best American Sportswriting of the Twentieth Century</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>His previous books include <em>The Glory Game</em> with co-author Frank Gifford, and <em>Badasses</em>. In his new biography is <em>Phil Jackson: The Lord of the Rings</em>, Richmond gives an account of the life of the legendary coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.</p><p>Richmond will be speaking Saturday at <a href="http://www.oblongbooks.com">Oblong Books</a> at 6PM in Millerton.</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 81810 at http://wamc.org "Phil Jackson: The Lord Of The Rings" By Peter Richmond "The One Day Contract" By Rick Pitino http://wamc.org/post/one-day-contract-rick-pitino <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After winning the N.C.A.A. title and being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this year, Louisville coach Rick </span>Pitino<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is having a good year. One of the </span>winningest<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> college basketball coaches ever, </span>Pitino<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has appeared in the Final Four seven times and has won two N.C.A.A. national titles.</span></p><p>As he enters his 40th season of coaching, he has authored a new book, <em>The One Day Contract</em>.</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76829 at http://wamc.org "The One Day Contract" By Rick Pitino Keith Strudler: Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat http://wamc.org/post/keith-strudler-chicago-bulls-miami-heat <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I always figured it would take an act of God to get me to root for </span>LeBron<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> James. Really, it took just two words. Chicago Bulls.&nbsp; Thanks to an awful display of basketball over the past week, I’ve pulled for </span>LeBron’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Miami Heat over the Bulls in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. Right now with a 3-1 lead in a best of seven series, it’s most likely the Heat can end this tonight so I can start hating </span>LeBron<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> again.</span></p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 19:50:00 +0000 Keith Strudler 64754 at http://wamc.org Knicks Great Earl "The Pearl" Monroe Looks Back, Ahead http://wamc.org/post/knicks-great-earl-pearl-monroe-looks-back-ahead <p>Simply one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Earl Monroe rose from the rough streets of South Philadelphia to the Hall of Fame in nearby Springfield.</p><p> Mon, 13 May 2013 14:10:42 +0000 Ian Pickus 64518 at http://wamc.org Knicks Great Earl "The Pearl" Monroe Looks Back, Ahead Several regional teams go for NCAA tourney bids today http://wamc.org/post/several-regional-teams-go-ncaa-tourney-bids-today <p>With March Madness set to begin this week, several colleges in the region have their sights on the NCAA tournament. Sat, 16 Mar 2013 14:18:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 59993 at http://wamc.org Several regional teams go for NCAA tourney bids today UAlbany hopes for repeat of 2007 championship at Vermont http://wamc.org/post/ualbany-hopes-repeat-2007-championship-vermont <p>With the NCAA Tournament just a week away, two regional colleges will face off Saturday morning for the right to advance to the big dance. University at Albany men’s basketball coach Will Brown has been here before.</p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:40:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 59648 at http://wamc.org UAlbany hopes for repeat of 2007 championship at Vermont Giorgis readies Marist for run at eighth straight title http://wamc.org/post/giorgis-readies-marist-run-eighth-straight-title <p>With March comes March Madness, and one local team will be gunning for its eighth consecutive trip to the Big Dance when the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament gets under way later this week in Springfield, Massachusetts.&nbsp; WAMC's Ian Pickus has more.</p> Sun, 03 Mar 2013 17:40:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 58935 at http://wamc.org Giorgis readies Marist for run at eighth straight title "Ballin'" at The Spectrum http://wamc.org/post/ballin-spectrum <p><a href="http://ballinatthegraveyard.com/"><em>Ballin&#39; at the Graveyard</em></a> - a documentary made by Albany filmmakers Paul Kentoffio and Basil Anastassiou and Co-Produced by Spectrum 8 owner Keith Pickard, Ballin&#39; at the Graveyard is an intensely personal look into the society and community of pickup basketball as told by a group of hardcore ballers at Albany&#39;s Washington Park - aka, the Graveyard. It begins screening at <a href="http://www.spectrum8.com">The Spectrum</a> this weekend.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:35:58 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 42870 at http://wamc.org "Ballin'" at The Spectrum