Basketball

4:41am

Sun July 7, 2013
Sports

Stevens Leaves Butler To Coach Boston Celtics

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 12:21 pm

Transcript

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Sad times in Indianapolis. Brad Stevens, the famous coach of the Butler Bulldogs men's college basketball team announced this past week that he is leaving to coach the NBA's Boston Celtics.

And that means a new, big-league salary for Stevens. He is reportedly stepping into a six-year, $22 million contract.

Here to do the due diligence on that deal is NPR's Mike Pesca. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: How are you doing? Got my green eyeshades on.

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5:06am

Sun June 30, 2013
Sports

NBA Drafts Record Number Of Foreigners

Originally published on Sun June 30, 2013 10:43 am

Players from other countries bring a tempting amount of uncertainty and risk for U.S. teams. Weekend Edition Sunday host Linda Wertheimer talks with NPR's Mike Pesca for his take on the past week's sports news.

3:46pm

Sat June 29, 2013
Sports

'I Am A Gay High School Basketball Coach'

Originally published on Sun June 30, 2013 3:03 pm

Anthony Nicodemo is head basketball coach at Saunders High School in Yonkers, N.Y.
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When pro basketball player Jason Collins announced earlier this year that he was gay, Anthony Nicodemo was listening.

Nicodemo is the head basketball coach at Saunders High School in Yonkers, N.Y. At great risk to his cherished career, he recently decided to come out to his team.

"I said, 'You know, I always try to preach to you guys about being yourself and really being honest and open,' " Nicodemo recounts his story to NPR's Jacki Lyden.

"'I haven't been honest with you guys. I haven't been honest with a lot of people. I am a gay high school basketball coach.' "

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2:01pm

Fri June 28, 2013
Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers Shock NBA With First Draft Pick

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:22 pm

Transcript

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. The NBA season may have ended, but there is still a lot of pro basketball to talk about. The NBA draft took place last night with a real surprise choice leading things off, and there's a big trade in the news too. NPR's Mike Pesca is with us. Hi, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

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1:29am

Wed June 26, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Let's Separate The Schoolin' From The Sports

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 9:13 am

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We usually think of college sports in terms of classic big-time schools, polls and bowls.

But, in fact, our athletics are intertwined with — and complicate — all higher education.

The University of North Carolina, Wilmington provides a typical recent case. The Seahawks field teams in 19 Division One sports, but unfortunately, like many colleges, UNCW athletics are in the red, so the chancellor, Gary L. Miller, assembled a committee, which recommended the elimination of five sports: men's and women's swimming, men's cross country and indoor track and softball.

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