nba http://wamc.org en Luther "Ticky" Burden Fundraisers Set http://wamc.org/post/luther-ticky-burden-fundraisers-set <p>Former New York Knicks guard <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luther_Burden" target="_blank">Luther "Ticky" Burden</a> has been diagnosed with a rare heart disease and is being treated at a Manhattan hospital. Two local fundraisers are being held to give the NBA star a helping hand.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:22:35 +0000 Dave Lucas 95626 at http://wamc.org Luther "Ticky" Burden Fundraisers Set Keith Strudler: Jason Kidd's New Job http://wamc.org/post/keith-strudler-jason-kidds-new-job <p>Life is always relative. A good job for someone might be a failure to another. Gourmet food in one kitchen is another’s table scraps. But nowhere is that more true than when you talk about salary. One man’s fortune is another man’s welfare. That seems to be the current case of NBA basketball coach Jason Kidd. After one year of his first ever coaching job as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, the former all-star point guard has left New York for the same job in Milwaukee. Milwaukee. A city Brooklyn could swallow whole for breakfast. Who’s most famous resident was likely William Rehnquist. But it falls off quickly from there. Where they can’t get an arena built, a place NBA free agents see as some sort of purgatory between Boston and LA. That’s where Jason Kidd will spend his second year coaching in the NBA, just named head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:52:00 +0000 Keith Strudler 93975 at http://wamc.org Keith Strudler: Help Wanted - No Experience Required http://wamc.org/post/keith-strudler-help-wanted-no-experience-required <p>For everyone who sits at home at watches, let’s say the Knicks, and thinks they could do a better job coaching the team than whatever clown they’ve got, here’s the good news. You may someday have a chance. Because it seems one of the historic barriers to getting the job, years of coaching experience, is no longer important. In fact, you don’t need to have coached a single basketball game in your life. Just ask Derek Fisher, the newly crowned coach of the Knicks. He’s never coached before, and now he’s got perhaps the biggest job in the sport. Same goes for Steve Kerr, who left the broadcast booth for his first coaching gig, head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Gone are the padded resumes and decades of apprenticeships. Gone are the so-called recycled candidates, coaches who’ve already led two or three other NBA teams. Here are the days of new faces and out-of-the-box thinking, which is one of the world’s most ambiguous catch phrases.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:51:00 +0000 Keith Strudler 92379 at http://wamc.org Keith Strudler: The NBA Finals http://wamc.org/post/keith-strudler-nba-finals <p>It’s cliché to say something is more than just a game. Or in this case, more than just a series. But for the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, it is truly more than simply the sum of its parts. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:56:00 +0000 Keith Strudler 91925 at http://wamc.org Herbert London: Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is NBA http://wamc.org/post/herbert-london-hypocrisy-thy-name-nba <div>L’affaire Sterling is nearing an end. Almost every sentient human being is aware of Don Sterling’s rancid racist comments. He has been banned from the NBA forever and he is being forced to sell his team, the Los Angeles Clippers. All of this is known. Adam Silver, Commissioner of the NBA, has been heralded for his quick, and “appropriate” action. The legendary Michael Jordan summarized the view of players and owners by noting: “As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. As a fellow player, I am completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA – or anywhere else – for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed.”</div><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 16:50:00 +0000 Herbert London 90412 at http://wamc.org Ex-Clipper Olden Polynice Remembers "Disturbing" Sterling Incidents http://wamc.org/post/ex-clipper-olden-polynice-remembers-disturbing-sterling-incidents <p>Banned for life from the National Basketball Association and a $2.5 million fine: the penalty handed down yesterday by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, who was recorded making racist comments regarding African-Americans. Olden Polynice played 15 years in the NBA, including with the Clippers. Polynice, who is now a guest commentator on Fox Sports News, says he did not have a relationship with Sterling, but there were some disturbing incidents. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Brian Shields 89364 at http://wamc.org Ex-Clipper Olden Polynice Remembers "Disturbing" Sterling Incidents "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 Westchester May Be Home To A NY Knicks Affiliate Team http://wamc.org/post/westchester-may-be-home-ny-knicks-affiliate-team <p>There is a plan in the works to bring an affiliate team of the NBA’s New York Knicks to Westchester County. It’s on a county board’s agenda Thursday.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:28:00 +0000 Allison Dunne 84735 at http://wamc.org Westchester May Be Home To A NY Knicks Affiliate Team Jets Eliminate Miami 20-7, Eagles Take NFC East http://wamc.org/post/jets-eliminate-miami-20-7-eagles-take-nfc-east <p></p><p></p><p>In the NFL, it was the Jets over Miami 20-7. Geno Smith led three long scoring drives, ran for a touchdown and threw for 190 yards. New England defeated Buffalo 34-20. The Pats finished 12-4, while the Bills ended up 6-10 and last in the AFC East. The Giants moved past Washington 20-6.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:13:56 +0000 Jaired Crofut 80838 at http://wamc.org Jets Eliminate Miami 20-7, Eagles Take NFC East Heat Dominate NBA Opening Game Against Bulls http://wamc.org/post/heat-dominate-nba-opening-game-against-bulls <p>The NBA season officially got under way Tuesday night.</p><p>The Miami Heat celebrated their second straight NBA championship by distributing rings and raising the title banner before facing the Chicago Bulls. Miami built a 54-33 halftime lead in a 107-95 win over the Bulls. Miami scored 37 points in the second quarter alone, more than Chicago accumulated the entire first half. LeBron James had a team-high 17 points and Chris Bosh added 16 for Miami.</p><p>Bulls guard Derrick Rose finished with 12 points in his first game since missing all of last season because of knee surgery.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:44:41 +0000 Jaired Crofut 76637 at http://wamc.org Heat Dominate NBA Opening Game Against Bulls