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Hall Announces Class of 2009

April 6th, 2009

It’s hard to image the selection committee arguing over the five to be inducted this year: “[Michael] Jordan was elected to the class of 2009 Monday with David Robinson, John Stockton, Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and Rutgers women’s coach C. Vivian Stringer. The announcement was made in Detroit, site of the men’s Final Four. Induction is Sept. 10-12 in Springfield, Mass., home [...Read More at Source]

Return to Glory?

April 6th, 2009

by Stephen Litel
The Phoenix Mercury were WNBA Champions in 2007. In 2008, they finished with a 16-18 record, tied with Minnesota for last place in the Western Conference and two games out of the Playoffs. How does that occur on a team that features Diana Taurasi, Cappie Pondexter and the WNBA’s seventh all-time leading scorer, Tangela Smith?
“We didn’t start the season off on a great note,” says veteran center Smith. “We dug ourselves in a hole from the start and we just couldn’t [...Read More at Source]

This Past Week In Recruiting

April 5th, 2009

by Franklyn Calle
The Chicago Tribune reported on Monday that Darius Smith gave UConn a verbal commitment. Considered one of the top unsigned senior point guards in the nation, at 6-2 and 170lb, the Chicago native picked the Huskies over Arizona State and Cincinnati. Missouri, Purdue, Kentucky, Indiana, Marquette and Oregon State offered scholarships while UCLA, Memphis and Duke showed interest lately but none put an offer on the table. [...Read More at Source]

Player’s coach of the year: Me!

April 5th, 2009

By Sam Rubenstein
In High School teaching, which as we’ve established, is like coaching, it’s supposed to be all about the players. My job is to put them in a position where they can succeed. With the NCAA tourney coming to a close Monday night, on the same day that my 9th graders will perform scenes from The Odyssey for a big final project, I am sweating a whole war machine’s worth of bullets.
I drew up “gameplans”, meaning activities [...Read More at Source]

Game Notes: Pistons at Sixers

April 5th, 2009

by Michael Tillery
As I walked into the pressroom, the player’s absence was unmistakable. Why in the…. Joe? I know you saved yourself some money Mr. Dumars, but quit playin’ man.
Damn.
How could he not be here for this game? Where was he? Hiding out… avoiding that relentless and vaunted Philly press cap? Watching the game from his spot upstairs in T.G.I. Fridays on the Main Line? Chillin’ amongst the green universe of happy fans and collegians at Ford Field? [...Read More at Source]

Trimming the Fat

April 5th, 2009

by Aggrey Sam
Yesterday’s NHSI semifinal action at Georgetown Prep didn’t go quite as I expected, but one thing it did prove was who is at the head of the class when it comes to boys high school basketball teams this season. I’ll be brief.
Oak Hill vs. St. Benedict’s:
–While this game close early on (five-point game at the half), Oak Hill extends its cushion by the late stages, and despite St. Ben’s knocking down treys, the held off the Jersey squad, 74-66.
–St. Ben’s senior [...Read More at Source]

Final Four Live Blog

April 4th, 2009

by Jeff Fox

With the Final Four tipping off a mere three hours from my igloo in the Great White North, I graciously volunteered to cover it for SLAM (I know, my generosity is astounding). So I made sure our pet polar bear had enough food, loaded up the sled dogs and mushed off to the land of opportunity - the U.S. of A. For good measure I brought along my wife and son to drop some greenbacks and ensure the success of Obama’s economic stimulus plan.
Not surprisingly the city is a sea of green.  [...Read More at Source]

Game Notes: Rockets at Lakers

April 4th, 2009

by Graham Flashner
Given their speed and athleticism, and the matchup problems they pose, you’d think the Rockets would’ve at least been able to take one game off the Lakers this year. You’d think that, with the Lakers just back from the longest March trip in their history – seven games, 13 days – they’d come out flat and be ripe for the picking.
You’d think. Didn’t happen. Friday night, the Lakers polished off a 4-0 season sweep, winning 93-81 and owning the 4th quarter as they have [...Read More at Source]

Best of the Best

April 4th, 2009

by Aggrey Sam
So I’m back in my old stomping grounds for the weekend to check out the ESPN/RISE National High School Invitational at Georgetown Prep, right outside DC. The NHSI is a post-season tourney pitting the nation’s top high school teams, serving as a de facto prep national tournament. Unfortunately, most high school state athletic association rules prevent teams from competing past a certain point in the season, so traditional powers like DeMatha, Mater Dei, St. Pat’s, etc., aren’t allowed to compete. Still, [...Read More at Source]

Original Old School: Leaders of the New School

April 3rd, 2009

Welcome back to the great state of Michigan for this year’s Final Four! In honor of the occasion let’s take a look back at the squad from Michigan that changed the face of college basketball, altered our view of “cool” and, arguably, paved the way for the SLAM generation (sorry, AI). Juwan, Chris, Jalen, Ray, and Jimmy, this one’s for you. While some disappointed on the pro level and Juwan is the only one still in playing in the Association, we’ll never forget all of your contributions. Thanks for making us possible…SLAM #51. —Tzvi Twersky
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Jrue Holywood Story

April 3rd, 2009

Photos by Dan Monick
Originally published in SLAM 116
After finishing his high school career, Jrue Holiday went Hollywood, enrolling in UCLA. Fans of UCLA shouldn’t get too used to him, though; his combination of speed and smarts will have him in the NBA in no time. —Tzvi Twersky


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See ya next year, AI

April 3rd, 2009

Allen Iverson and the Pistons have decided he will not play again this season. Wow, did that go bad fast.


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End Route

April 3rd, 2009

by Matt Caputo
For the second time this season, Shaun Livingston has a second chance at the NBA career many thought he’d have. The gruesome knee injury almost ended Livingston’s playing days in 2007 is now a distant memory, it’s taken . After the Miami Heat tested the still-recovering Livingston, signed him and traded him to Memphis in January. Dishearteningly, the struggling Grizzlies released him on the same day the deal went down. Livingston stayed under the radar for a minute before resurfacing with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA D-League [...Read More at Source]

Air Yeezy Drops Saturday

April 3rd, 2009

by Chris O’Leary
After a solid year’s buildup, Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy is hitting stores in a limited capacity on Saturday April 4. All three House of Hoops locations (New York, Chicago and Los Angeles) plus the Foot Locker and Foot Action on 34th ave. in NYC will be stocked with the much maligned and hyped sneak.
Normally when a limited-release sneaker drops, you get your HOH releases and [...Read More at Source]

SLAM 128: On Sale Now!

April 3rd, 2009

by Ben Osborne
This issue has been teased in various places, on here an elsewhere, but today, finally, is the official unveiling. As always, I’m excited to share it with our readers, most of whom should be able to buy it this weekend in NYC and next week everywhere else.
As far as explaining why we did this dope, original split cover, I don’t think I could say it better than I did in my “6th Man” Editor’s Letter from the issue, so I’m going to reprint that below and then I’ll close with some of the details about [...Read More at Source]

Links: SLAM 128 Cover Shoot Video

April 3rd, 2009

by Lang Whitaker
You might remember the day in December when, apropos of nothing, I popped up in Barcelona to file game notes from the match between Ricky Rubio and Brandon Jennings? Well, as is often the case with SLAM, there was a little more going on than meets the eye. I was actually in Barcelona because we did a cover shoot the evening before with the two best point guards in the world who aren’t [...Read More at Source]

The Domestic Duo

April 3rd, 2009

by Aggrey Sam
With Ricky Rubio and Brandon Jennings, this makes sense. Teenage pro phenoms, one an Olympian, the other a trailblazer (not literally, I hope—that would take “Pritch-slapped” to a new level), playing major roles on top European squads, blah blah blah. Yeah, SLAM is bold, cutting edge, whatever—but knowledgeable basketball fans in general won’t be shocked. Even the most devout high school hoops observers, however, couldn’t have predicted they’d [...Read More at Source]

Brooks More Than OK for Thunder

April 3rd, 2009

by Todd Spehr
Scott Brooks looked like he just stepped off a roller coaster.
The Thunder’s head coach sat down for his obligatory post-game press conference, looked out at a three-strong contingent of assembled writers (OKC isn’t exactly overflowing with media folks), and sighed. It was December 29, his team had just lost at home to Phoenix, and, at 3-29, was at a low point.
Brooks just lived through a game where he’d benched his star, Kevin Durant, for not getting back on defense; for [...Read More at Source]

David Lee Makes a Case for Staying in New York

April 3rd, 2009

Wait a minute. Shouldn’t it be the other way around: “With seven games left in the season and free agency right around the corner, Lee made a pitch Thursday to remain a Knick as the organization looks to continue its rebuilding phase, with an eye toward landing a pair of big-name free agents during the summer of 2010. ‘I’ve really taken to what Coach (Mike) D’Antoni and everybody are doing around here, and the culture [...Read More at Source]

Tim Floyd Turns Down Arizona Gig

April 3rd, 2009

Which is now begging the question: Is USC basketball on the verge of becoming a more desirable program than Arizona?


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Pearl Agrees to New Deal to Remain at UT

April 3rd, 2009

Pearl leveraged prospects of a job at Memphis into a six-year extension that will gross him about $3.25 per. The University of Tennessee has shown its commitment to the men’s basketball program by re-negotiating Pearl’s contract, building a new basketball complex and renovating its arena. It’s time to see some serious results.

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Iverson’s Former Teammates Have His Back

April 3rd, 2009

They also don’t want to see him walk away from the game: “I’ll call him up and see what’s up,’’ Carmelo Anthony said before Thursday’s game against Utah about reaching out to his former teammate, traded last November from Denver to Detroit. “I hope (Iverson isn’t serious about retiring). I don’t want to see him ago, but I don’t know his situation… They’ve got all the keys to do it, but I’m really surprised with what they’ve (done) this [...Read More at Source]

Weak Draft on the Way?

April 3rd, 2009

That’s the word on the street, it seems: “The draft lottery is May 19…and I’ve talked to several NBA executives and scouts who feel like this is going to be a very weak draft year. Some scouts actually don’t like to watch NCAA Tournament games because it can give you a false prospective of a players talent (especially considering the much weaker competition that player could face). Still, there is something to be said about coming up big in critical [...Read More at Source]

The Reason Dwight Howard Won’t Win MVP: He’s Too Tall

April 3rd, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
You could list any number of reasons why Dwight won’t get his hands on the League’s highest individual honor this season, and none of them would be as brilliant as the one his assistant coach, Patrick Ewing, provided when asked for his opinion on the award.
Perhaps getting it confused with the Dunk [...Read More at Source]