10:23 am
Sun February 8, 2015

Legendary UNC Basketball Coach Dean Smith Dies At 83

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Dean Smith, the North Carolina basketball coaching great who won two national championships, has died. He was 83.

The school said in a statement Sunday from Smith's family that the former coach died at his home Saturday night. He was with his wife and five children.

Smith had health issues in recent years, with the family saying in 2010 he had a condition that was causing him to lose memory.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Roland Lazenby On 'Michael Jordan: The Life'

Even as LeBron James make a run at his supremacy, the “greatest ever” conversation in basketball starts and ends with Michael Jordan. As Roland Lazenby makes clear in his new biography of the six-time NBA champ, Jordan has long been driven by an unrivaled competitive nature that has often damaged his personal relationships.

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Capital Region News
4:22 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Luther "Ticky" Burden Fundraisers Set

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Former New York Knicks guard Luther "Ticky" Burden 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.

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The Roundtable
11:40 am
Fri March 28, 2014

"Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, And The Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty Of The 1980s" By Jeff Pearlman


  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.

Bestselling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman draws from almost three hundred interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakers’ epic Showtime era in Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, And The Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty Of The 1980s.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue March 25, 2014

"The Divine Nature Of Basketball: My Season Inside The Ivy League" By Ed Breslin


  Ed Breslin fulfills every college basketball fan’s fantasy of being an NCAA Division I coach in his new book: The Divine Nature of Basketball: My Season Inside the Ivy League. The book describes a season spent as a virtual coach in the Ivy League, shadowing head coach of Yale men’s basketball James Jones.

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.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue January 14, 2014

"Phil Jackson: The Lord Of The Rings" By Peter Richmond

  Millerton resident Peter Richmond is a renowned sportswriter whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone among others. His journalism has been included in a dozen different anthologies, including Best American Sportswriting of the Twentieth Century.

His previous books include The Glory Game with co-author Frank Gifford, and Badasses. In his new biography is Phil Jackson: The Lord of the Rings, Richmond gives an account of the life of the legendary coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.

Richmond will be speaking Saturday at Oblong Books at 6PM in Millerton.

10:10 am
Fri November 1, 2013

"The One Day Contract" By Rick Pitino

  After winning the N.C.A.A. title and being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this year, Louisville coach Rick Pitino is having a good year. One of the winningest college basketball coaches ever, Pitino has appeared in the Final Four seven times and has won two N.C.A.A. national titles.

As he enters his 40th season of coaching, he has authored a new book, The One Day Contract.

Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Keith Strudler: Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat

I always figured it would take an act of God to get me to root for LeBron James. Really, it took just two words. Chicago Bulls.  Thanks to an awful display of basketball over the past week, I’ve pulled for LeBron’s 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 LeBron again.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Knicks Great Earl "The Pearl" Monroe Looks Back, Ahead

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.

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10:18 am
Sat March 16, 2013

Several regional teams go for NCAA tourney bids today

With March Madness set to begin this week, several colleges in the region have their sights on the NCAA tournament.

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