Four year agos, we posted a piece on Jeremy Lin and the discrimination that Asian-Americans basketball players face on the court and off: Lin has to deal with ignorance and insensitive comments normally reserved for a different era: “I hear everything: ‘Go back to China. Orchestra is on the other side of campus. Open up your eyes,’ ” Lin said. “They’re yelling at me before,...
Omri Casspi, the first Israeli player to ever play in the NBA has had a successful NBA career thus far, so much so that the 22-year old has had a mural painted in his honor in Sacramento. Discuss Israeli Basketball in our Israeli basketball forum. However, the 6-9 forward’s mural has recently been defaced with swastikas, not once, but twice. From the AP: Police say after a swastika was found...
A New York Times article recently ran chronicling Tim Bassett’s experience as a former NCAA star, ABA and NBA player in the 1960s and 1970s. Specifically, the article touches upon the racism that Bassett faced in college basketball when he left Idaho for the University of Georgia. The article displays a side of Adolph Rupp that many NCAA fans may not be aware of. Kentucky’s legendary Hall-of-Fame...
The San Francisco Chronicle featured a great article on Asian-American basketball players and how negative perceptions of their athletic ability, racial stereotypes, and ignorant fan comments have affected them at every level of the game. The piece features quotes from past players like Rex Walters and current players like Jeremy Lin, a star Asian-American player from Palo Alto, California who...
The Spanish National Team posed for a controversial pre-Olympic games advertisement in which the 15-member team each used a gesture popular for making fun of Asian people. From Pau Gasol to Ricky Rubio, each member of the team used their index fingers to pull up the corners of their eyes, mimicking the eyes of an Asian person, or in this case, a Chinese person. The advertisement was backed by a...
Kansas Jayhawks NCAA
Kentucky, Florida State, and North Carolina were all vying for his services in hope of landing the player regarded as the best high school basketball prospect since LeBron James in 2003. However, all three schools will have to settle with being runner-ups in the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes because the forward announced Tuesday morning that he will be attending the University of Kansas. Some experts projected that Florida State, the alma mater of Wiggins’ parents, was the favorite to land the forward [...]Read more →
Basketball Chicago Bulls Miami Heat
Despite being undermanned, the Chicago Bulls have remained physical with the Miami Heat in their second-round playoff series, but it was the defending champs who really flexed their muscles in game four. Led by newly-crowned MVP LeBron James, the Heat ran away with the win in a rout 88-65, holding the Bulls to their lowest offensive output in franchise history in the postseason. The active Miami defense forced 17 turnovers and held the Bulls to a dismal 25.7 field goal [...]Read more →
Considering how volatile and hostile the playoff series between the Heat and Bulls has been, it’s understandable that Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau would lose his cool, but it’s only going to cost him. Thibodeau’s frustration after the Bulls’ game three loss boiled over on Saturday as he criticized the officiating and suggested referees might be favoring the defending champs. The NBA announced Thidobeau will be fined $35,000 for his comments. Here’s what Thidobeau said following game three, according to ESPN.com: [...]Read more →
Basketball Minnesota Timberwolves
After several comeback attempts in the past year, Brandon Roy made it clear that he was not giving up on his NBA career, but after being waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves this week, it’s likely he’s played his last NBA basketball. The team made the decision to let Roy go on Friday, according to ESPN.com. “We wish Brandon and his family all the best in the future,” new Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders said in a statement. Although [...]Read more →
Basketball Denver Nuggets
Although the Denver Nuggets got ousted in the first round of the playoffs again, their banner year hasn’t gone unrecognized. On Wednesday, the NBA announced that George Karl has earned Coach of the Year honors for the 2012-2013 season. His most notable accomplishment was guiding the Nuggets to a franchise-record 57 wins without a true star player. It’s the first time Karl has won the award in 25 seasons in the NBA, despite leading his teams to 21 consecutive winning [...]Read more →
[Since the publication of this initial report, Jackson has informed the team he is not interested in the coaching position, according to league sources] Despite guiding the Brooklyn Nets to the playoffs this season, interim coach P.J. Carlesimo was fired and the Nets are now looking again toward Phil Jackson to fill their current coaching vacancy. After firing coach Avery Johnson earlier this season, the Nets went after Jackson, but after he said he wasn’t interested, they promoted Carlesimo from [...]Read more →
The best player in the game entered an even higher class on Sunday. The NBA named LeBron James the league’s MVP for the fourth time in his career. He is now just the fifth player with at least four MVP awards, joining a club that includes Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. James also tied Shaquille O’Neal’s record (1999-2000 season) for most first-place votes with 120 of 121, coming up just one vote shy of being the [...]Read more →
Every April, young NBA prospects are faced with the decision to see if the reality of being an NBA player is as sweet as the dream. Let’s discuss who made the best decisions and who made potentially costly ones. Wise to enter Cody Zeller, Indiana, So. The “Big Handsome” didn’t take the big step forward this past season that many analysts expected, but his ability to score efficiently with both hands in the post as well as his basketball IQ [...]Read more →
Basketball Los Angeles Lakers
After enduring a rough year on the court that ended with a major injury, Kobe Bryant is still not getting any real rest. ESPN.com is reporting that Bryant and his own mother, Pamela, are currently engaged in a legal battle over some valuable mementos from his high school and pro career that he left at home. A New Jersey auction house has filed a lawsuit to acquire the right to sell the memorabilia – a collection of over 100 items, [...]Read more →
Basketball Detroit Pistons
Legendary coach Phil Jackson seems like he’s itching to return to basketball in some capacity. He’s been interested in becoming the president of an NBA team for a while now and he even almost returned to coaching earlier this season. Though he still hasn’t joined a team in either role, he may have made a major step in that direction this week. NBA.com is reporting that Jackson has agreed to advise the Detroit Pistons in their search for a new [...]Read more →