Articles in Category: Basketball
History Shows They Are
My buddy Jay texted me after the Sixers 74-69 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday.
"The Sixers are for real!"
He sent the same text sometime during the third quarter of the Sixers 98-82 drubbing of the Chicago Bulls two days later. I texted him back in agreement.
How the Lockout Helped the NBA
When the NBA Lockout began, I, as a writer and as a fan, refused to cover it, and refused to write about the league at all.
A couple of my friends suggested this was just an opportunity to be lazy, hell even my editors probably thought so. They couldn't have been further off. Truth be told, there isn't a sport I'd rather cover, nor write about. It was more like a self-imposed punishment, as if I wasn't being punished enough by the fact that my favorite sport, and favorite league, was a lot closer than a casual fan may think to not having a season at all. Had the league been canceled, would I have continued my NBA writing boycott? Hopefully we'll never find out.
How Randy Foye is Changing Newark
Newark, New Jersey is not the easiest place in which to grow up. For years, New Jersey’s largest city has struggled against drugs, gun violence and theft. Kids are often faced with pressures from the street before they can solve an algebra problem. But to Randy Foye, it’s the place he calls home. And he is doing everything he can to make it a better home for the next generation.
A GLIMPSE OF DWIGHT HOWARD OFF THE COURT
Watching Dwight Howard on the basketball court provides basketball fans with everything they could ever want: hustle, intensity, overwhelming power and moves worthy of a SportsCenter highlight reel. Since Howard entered the league out of high school in 2004, he has been dominating the paint. His impressive resume includes averaging a double-double, winning an Olympic gold medal, being selected as an All-Star five times and being voted NBA Defensive Player of the Year an unprecedented three seasons in a row (2009-2011).
When you think of NBA All Star and Future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd you think of statistics. Kidd has accumulated over 16,000 points, 10,000 assists, 7500 rebounds and over 100 career triple doubles. What goes unnoticed is probably Jason’s greatest assist of all; the Jason Kidd Foundation.
By Randy Zellea
Most fans may not know, but Peja Stojakovic was drafted 14th in the 1996 NBA Draft by Sacramento. Due to the likes of Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Marcus Camby, Stephon Marbury, and others, Peja’s selection became unnoticed due to playing professionally in Greece and a lack of name recognition.
Stojakovic eventually entered the NBA during the 1998-99 lockout NBA season. After learning the NBA game during his first two seasons, Stojakovic showed why he was selected 14th overall by becoming one of the league’s best three-point shooters. He averaged 20.4 PPG and 5.8 RPG while shooting 40 percent behind the three-point line and was the runner-up for the Most Improved Player Award during the 2000-01 season.
During the 2001-02 season, Stojakovic was elected to his first NBA All-Star game and won the three-point shooting contest during the All-Star Saturday night. After a successful regular season averaging 21.2 PPG, the Kings fell short in Game Seven of the conference finals against the Lakers.
Stojakovic continued to grow as a player as a King, Pacer, and now a member of the New Orleans Hornets. He has stepped into a leadership role with a young Hornets team led by the energetic and talented point guard, Chris Paul.
I recently sat down with Stojakovic to talk about his growth in Sacramento, participating in the All-Star festivities, his brief stint as a Pacer, being compared to Drazen Petrovic, and flying around as a member of the New Orleans Hornets.