The year was 1995. I was putting the final touches on a masters thesis I had no interest in writing. I was equally uneager to see what the real world had to offer in terms of employment.
Most knowledgeable basketball fans agree that the five greatest NBA centers of all-time, in no particular order, are Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O’Neal. It’s difficult to justify any other center cracking that top five.
There are few plays in sports as exciting and momentum-changing, yet unfortunately underappreciated as basketball’s blocked shot. Many current NBAers have mastered the art of, not only the block… but keeping it in bounds.
There’s an old Twilight Zone episode that goes a little something like this. A scientist constructs the perfect baseball player. He is so unhittable that not a single opponent can reach base against him.
More often than not, the NBA superstar athlete is unable to translate the success he had on the floor onto either the sidelines or front office. There are exceptions to this rule, such as Pat Riley, Bill Russell, KC Jones Continue reading
I’m a huge basketball fan. I think that much has been established. Despite my unhealthy obsession with the hardwood, I had never before purchased a copy of Slam magazine, a publication dedicated entirely to basketball. After seeing Michael Continue reading