Basketball

4:39am

Sun November 11, 2012
Sports

The Moneyball Of Basketball

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 10:36 am

With baseball playoffs becoming a distant memory, NPR's Mike Pesca talks to host Rachel Martin about basketball becoming more like baseball. People are increasingly trying to identify more valuable statistics for individual basketball players.

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12:46pm

Fri November 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Los Angeles Lakers Fire Coach Mike Brown Five Games Into The Season

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 12:49 pm

Former head coach Mike Brown of the Los Angeles Lakers gives instructions during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers in November.
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The Los Angeles Lakers have fired coach Mike Brown only five games into the season.

In a press release, the Lakers said Assistant Coach Bernie Bickerstaff will take over in the interim.

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12:11pm

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

NBA Commissioner David Stern Will Retire In 2014

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 12:15 pm

NBA Commisioner David Stern.
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David Stern said his 30-year run as the NBA's commissioner will come to an end Feb. 1, 2014.

ESPN reports the NBA Board of Governors tapped Adam Silver, Stern's deputy, as the successor.

ESPN adds:

"Stern, 70, has been the NBA's commissioner since Feb. 1, 1984. Last December, when a new collective bargaining agreement was announced, he predicted it would be the final labor deal before he steps down.

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8:03pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Brooklyn Finally Nets A Team Of Its Own

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 5:30 am

C.J. Watson of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles upcourt in a preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers. The New York City borough finally has a pro sports team to call its own, says Frank Deford.
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It's largely forgotten now — but there was a time when the mere mention of Brooklyn would produce a cascade of laughs. It was like saying "woman driver" — surefire guffaws. Everybody from Brooklyn was supposed to be a character.

Every platoon in every war movie had one wise guy from Brooklyn in it. Brooklyn natives spoke funny. They said, most famously, "youse guys." At a time when African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Hispanics barely existed — visibly — in movies or on radio or television, Brooklyn was the all-purpose stand-in for our great American ethnic diversity.

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4:29am

Sun October 21, 2012
NPR Story

Basketball's Top Scorer Is Not In The NBA

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 6:03 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Some people travel a long ways to find a job, even professional basketball players. Brooklyn native Everage Richardson is playing hoops in a tiny town in Germany's Harz Mountains. Reporter Connor Donevan has his story.

CONNOR DONEVAN, BYLINE: When Everage Richardson finished his college basketball career, he was looking for somewhere to play. Somewhere turned out to be Elbingerode Germany, for the Bodfeld Baskets, a town and a team he knew next to nothing about.

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