Posts Tagged ‘basketball’

Declaring Ineligibility: Royce White, Unlikeable Hero

In sports, TV on 02/18/2013 at 19:32

It is an odd decision for a potentially 18 year old kid to make: go pro, or sign up for classes next fall. Once a kid has made up his mind to try his hand at NBA basketball, he “declares eligibility” for that year’s draft. There is no guarantee the kid will be drafted at all, and that puts him in a precarious position. While he can return to school and further his education, he can no longer ball.

So when Royce White said he was ready for NBA basketball going into the 2012 NBA draft, one of the deepest in years, he was indeed making a declaration: I am prepared to put my college days behind me and become a professional athlete. Sure, an NBA player is no police officer, brain surgeon, NASA launch officer (Oh wait, no one is!), but they are a professional nonetheless.

White declared his eligibility, but has yet to log a minute of NBA play, and until a few days ago hadn’t played basketball period since ending his college career. He declared eligibility, but he surely hasn’t been professional.

Hero? Hated.
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New Brooklyn Nets Barclay’s Center Revealed

In sports, TV on 09/13/2012 at 12:57

Earlier this week Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark unveiled the new basketball court at the Barclay’s Center.

“It’s surreal to think that the court’s down, that the building’s almost completed,” Yormark said. “It’s been a long journey, but I think you can fairly say it’s well worth the wait. I think Brooklynites, all our key stakeholders, owners, management, all of our employees are really going to be pleased when they see the court and the finished product here. It’s spectacular.”

The court will debut November 1st when the Nets host cross town rivals the New York Knicks for the season opener.

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Boston Celtics ready to deliver

In boston, sports, TV, writing on 08/31/2012 at 17:21

With the Boston Red Sox laboring through a forgettable 2012 campaign, the New England Patriots preparing to put another disappointing Superbowl loss behind them and the Boston Bruins trying to figure out what the heck has gotten into Tim Thomas (not to mention a sad first round playoffs exit), the Boston Celtics once again occupy the most hopeful position in the New England sports world.

2013 Celtics

As always, that hope is beleaguered by a thousands ifs, buts, and what ifs?

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NBA Playoff preview: Eastern Conference

In boston, sports, TV on 04/21/2012 at 16:09

In a week’s time the NBA playoffs will be starting, pretty much the same time they start every year as this season’s condensed/lock-out schedule proved to be a 66-game mad dash to this spot on the calendar. Later in the week I’ll post a preview of the Western Conference playoffs, which are bound to be entertainment of the highest caliber, but currently there are too many possible changes, including the Spurs and Thunder battling for top seed and the Suns and Jazz battling for the 8th spot.

The East, on the other hand, is mostly set, with the Knicks and 76ers possibly flipping.

Jrue Holiday vs D Rose
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Should Olympic Athletes Be Paid?

In Olympics, sports on 04/14/2012 at 22:54

No, of course not. But recent comments made by NBA’s Ray Allen and Dwayne Wade seem to think so (D-Wade obviously back tracked on his comments as soon as they gathered some negative feedback):

“It’s a lot of things you do for the Olympics — a lot of jerseys you sell,” Wade said after the Heat’s practice on Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s game against Chicago. “We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated. Just like I think college players should be compensated as well. Unfortunately, it’s not there. But I think it should be something, you know, there for it.”

Wade’s misunderstanding of what the Olympics are is mirrored in his inability to understand what college is about. Yes, the top college athletes usually pull a one-and-done or two-and-screw, and there is no illusion that they are going hard at a degree, but seriously? Athletes should be PAID to go to school? While the rest of us go bankrupt despite superior GPAs? Give me a break. The free ride athletes get to top schools IS compensation.

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