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NBA Draft 2012: Don’t Cry for Kentucky’s Phenom Freshmen Who Left Early

May 1st, 2012
David J. Pate Jr.'s heart is broken after seeing that Kentucky's entire starting five decided to enter June's NBA draft. Pate, who is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, wrote a piece that appeared on CNN's website lamenting how these poor African-American ...

LeBron James Saga: Everyone Got What They Deserved

July 9th, 2010
Let me be the 13 millionth person to chime in on LeBron James signing a free agent deal to team up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh for the Miami Heat. There has been a ton of discussion about the process which led James, a six-time NBA All-Star and two-time ...

Kobe Bryant: To Pass Michael Jordan, Lakers Star Needs More Hollywood Endings

June 21st, 2010
Kobe Bryant has five NBA championships, a league MVP and is widely regarded as the best closer basketball in crunch time. In the minds of many fans, analysts and observers, Bryant still lacks something that prevents him from surpassing or coming close to the throne of Michael Jordan. It's not statistical ...

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Title Hopes Rest on the Shoulders of Role Players

May 13th, 2010
For the Cleveland Cavaliers to win an NBA championship, LeBron James has to be perfect. That is the position the “LeBrons” have put the franchise in after falling behind 3-2 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Celtics. The destiny of the organization ...

Kobe Bryant: Is the Laker Great the Fourth Best Player In the League?

May 3rd, 2010
It came as no surprise that Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James won his second straight MVP award. James was clearly the best player on the league's best team. But that is not the story. Those who voted for the annual award symbolically told us that Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is the ...

2010 NBA Playoffs: Reaction to LeBron James and Bulls’ Ball Boy a Bit Much

April 28th, 2010
LeBron James is a YouTube sensation. But not for his latest highlight-reel dunk or chase-down block.  This latest "incident" revolves around James and a Chicago Bulls ball boy. Following Game Four of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, the reigning league MVP caused an Internet stir by, of all things, failing to meticulously hand ...

The NHL Needs to Piggyback on Olympic Boost

March 1st, 2010
Gary Bettman, you got me. I am all in after watching two weeks of the best NHL players compete for a gold medal during the 2010 Winter Olympics. The time to strike is now when it comes to promoting your sport. Give me more Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Zach Parise. Ryan Miller became ...

Chicago Bulls Need to Treat Derrick Rose Like LeBron James

February 25th, 2010
The summer of 2013 will be the most important offseason in Chicago Bulls' franchise history. By that time, point guard Derrick Rose will have had five years in the NBA under his belt and established himself as one of the premier players at his position. Rose will also be a free ...