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Point-Counterpoint | The case for NCAA modernization

Jalen Green opted to forego the college route to play in the NBA’s G League.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

May 19, 2020

News flash — College basketball isn’t going anywhere. Even before a pandemic-induced shutdown and subsequent cancellation of the annual championship tournament, questions about the sport’s future bubbled below the surface as both federal authorities and NCAA leadership conducted investigations into top programs and coaches. These questions boiled over when three top recruits were lured away from the traditional road to the NBA by lucrative offers to spend a year of professional development with a startup team in the G League, the NBA’s minor league, before becoming eligible for the draft next year.

Point-Counterpoint | The case for the G League

Jalen Green opted to forego the college route to play in the NBA’s G League.

By Camryn Simons, Staff Writer

May 19, 2020

Top high school basketball players, like five-star prospects Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix, shocked basketball fans this commitment season by foregoing the traditional college route to play in the NBA’s G League. It’s a smart move, especially for players with serious dreams of lengthy NBA careers.

Revamping Silver’s season salvaging tournament

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on Nov. 21, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

By Sean Tierney, Staff Writer

February 3, 2020

The league has grown massively in popularity over the past decade. Despite its upward trajectory, there is still one nagging obstacle that holds the NBA back — an 82-game regular season.

Take 5: Getting excited for NBA, Williamson

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield walks off the field after losing to the Seattle Seahawks, Oct. 13, at FirstEnergy Stadium.

By TPN Staff

October 18, 2019

With the NBA season starting on Oct. 22, The Pitt News sports staff takes on several basketball-related topics such as the potential of Zion Williamson and the league’s improving parity.

Column: LeBron is all for activism — until it’s an inconvenience

Lebron James answered questions about the NBA’s current tension with China at a press conference on Monday.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 16, 2019

LeBron James recently addressed Daryl Morey’s comments and the ensuing fallout from China, resulting in a stunning display of tone-deafness from an individual typically known for adept social commentary.

The NBA is being bullied by China, and it can’t continue

The Chinese flag is seen with a display of basketballs at the NBA store in Beijing on Oct. 9.

By Sean Tierney, Staff Writer

October 9, 2019

Less than a week ago, the Houston Rockets were one of the most popular basketball teams in China. Today, they are an enemy of the Chinese state. The same team once loved by Yao Ming, NBA Hall of Famer and current chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, is now the focal point of a Chinese blacklisting of the NBA.

The 6 biggest winners of the 2019 NBA offseason

Kawhi Leonard, left, and Paul George are joining forces next season with the Los Angeles Clippers.

By Michael Elesinmogun, For The Pitt News

July 16, 2019

The 2019 NBA offseason will go down as one of the biggest offseasons in league history.

Take 5: Kings, queens and curses

Zion Williamson speaks during a news conference after being awarded the USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy Player of the Year prior to the 2019 NCAA Men's Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on April 5.

By The Pitt News Staff

May 28, 2019

Our staff is sharing four of our hottest basketball takes — and one about Serena Williams.

NBA Playoff race set for photo finish

The Minnesota Timberwolves' Jeff Teague (0) drives against the San Antonio Spurs' Patty Mills (8) during the second half on Friday, Jan. 18 at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The Spurs won, 116-113.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

April 3, 2019

The NBA regular season is winding down, but much still remains to be determined as the final week of games begins.

Take 5: Baseball is Boomin’

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the New York Jets last week.

By Staff

March 20, 2019

The largest contract in baseball history lasted 20 days before it was beaten out by the largest contract in baseball and American sports history. So who got the better deal, the Philadelphia Phillies and Bryce Harper or the Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout?

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