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Finding faults in LeBron James an irritatingly off-base excercise

Finding faults in LeBron James an irritatingly off-base excercise

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 19, 2015

In the choose-your-own-adventure book that has been LeBron James’ basketball career, it appears that the final page is inevitable — polarization.The greatest basketball player in the world — a title that only the most out-of-touch and hard-headed fans would even consider disputing — has inexp...

Gap year: NBA should let high school players jump to pros

Gap year: NBA should let high school players jump to pros

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

April 16, 2015

Duke already has a lot of haters, and as the shakiest No. 1 seed, they also had a lot of doubters. All year, Duke was the Jekyll-and-Hyde team of the NCAA, but they were dominant when it counted — the NCAA Tournament. Now, Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has the arduous task of keeping ...

Fans cannot defend NBA’s lack of defense

Fans cannot defend NBA's lack of defense

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

March 5, 2015

I do not like the NBA — at all.I’d rather watch paint dry or grass grow or any other clichéd, boring thing you can think of than watch professional basketball. Basketball’s competitive nature makes it one of the most popular sports, as it highlights individual performance and one-on-one dominance.Ho...

Rose’s latest injury does not mean end of career

Rose's latest injury does not mean end of career

By Jessica Boddy / Staff Writer

March 3, 2015

Derrick Rose’s knee problem on Feb. 24 spurred a range of reactions as varied as it has been the past two times that one of his knees failed him.Some thought the doctors had perfectly sutured the Chicago Bulls’ star point guard, sending him back on the path to reclaim MVP. These people are filled...

NBA should revamp All-Star selection process, remove fan vote

NBA should revamp All-Star selection process, remove fan vote

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

February 3, 2015

The NBA All-Star selection process is exciting. The ultimate unveiling of which collection of superstars will showcase their talents always entertains. And, most of the time, the most deserving players are selected.Sure, there are a couple of snubs every year, and “NBA on TNT” analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smi...

Experience a must in building contenders

Experience a must in building contenders

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

November 11, 2014

When LeBron James and Kevin Love signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers in July, the team immediately became the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA Finals. It seemed like a guarantee that the Cavaliers would bring a championship to, perhaps, the most unlucky sports city in the...

Tanking right decision for middling NBA teams

Tanking right decision for middling NBA teams

By Alex Fischbein / For the Pitt News

November 5, 2014

The NBA and its fans can try to stop it all they want, but tanking is here to stay.Many people invested in the NBA are outraged about tanking — the process of intentionally fielding a weaker team in order to lose more games and secure a higher draft pick — but that’s because they fail to see anyt...

Despite world title, basketball viewership still down

Despite world title, basketball viewership still down

By Imaz Athar / for The Pitt News

September 16, 2014

The United States men’s team won the FIBA World Cup on Sunday when it beat the Serbian men’s team 129-92.Not the FIFA World Cup that happened months ago — I’m talking about the FIBA World Cup, for basketball.The International Basketball Federation, known as FIBA, held an international basketb...

Latest NBA scandal raises questions about prejudice

Latest NBA scandal raises questions about prejudice

By Imaz Athar / for The Pitt News

September 9, 2014

We’ve seen all of this before.Just months ago, a phone recording revealed former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making extremely demeaning remarks about minorities. The story dominated headlines, and it was an uncomfortable and sickening reminder of a fact that many know to be true but don...

Men’s Basketball: Steven Adams receives NBA rookie honor

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 22, 2014

Former Pitt men’s basketball player Steven Adams has been named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, the league announced.Adams, who played at Pitt as a freshman during the 2012-2013 season before declaring for the NBA Draft, received a place on the five-person list on Thursday,  after garnering nine F...

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