Gonzo: Remembering a genius and a legend, Dean Smith


H.G. Wells once said, “success is to be measured not by wealth, power, or fame, but by the ratio of what a man is, and what he can be.” Well, I know this to be true. The late Dean Smith was a giant of a man, a giant of a coach and lived a life that can be called unparalleled because he meant so much to so many. He built and sustained a legacy and a fraternity of players and coaches that


Schayes: The NBA Draft, Back in the Day


With the NBA draft coming up, it is kind of fun to remember back to my draft day in 1981. It’s like going through your wedding album years later. But instead of the burgundy tuxedo and ruffled shirt, its 1980s hair and wide ties. Going into my senior year at Syracuse, I was a relatively unknown player. I had played behind All-American center Roosevelt Bouie and had just played my first season as the starter. Scouting was primitive by today’s standards.


Milwaukee Bucks working out Deonte Burton, C.J. Fair, JaKarr Sampson, others

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The Milwaukee Bucks are working out potential second round picks on Thursday, per a team release. Guards Deonte Burton (Nevada) and Xavier Thomas (San Diego State) will be joined by forwards C.J. Fair (Syracuse), Victor Rudd (South Florida), JaKarr Sampson (St. John’s) and Nedim Buza (Spars Sarajevo). Burton is the 37th ranked player in the DraftExpress top 100, Fair is 72nd and Sampson is 82nd. Milwaukee has the 36th and 48th picks, so they’ll have a chance to take a couple of


Bernucca: You Can Have the NCAA Tournament


I don’t like the NCAA Tournament. I don’t like that college basketball’s regular season provides little postseason incentive. I don’t like that the coach is a bigger personality than the players. I don’t like that the games are played on neutral courts. I don’t like that one bad game or bad call or bad break can end a team’s season. I don’t like that “close” becomes a synonym for “well-played.” And I don’t like that poor play determines the outcome much


NBA Draft Lookahead: Five NCAA prospects who may be lottery material

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The trade deadline is behind us, and now almost half the league _ and half of the league’s fan base _ starts looking forward to the draft. By now, we have heard plenty about the much hyped draft class of 2014.  Riggin for Wiggins, Sorry for Jabari, Mishandle for Randle and I’m sure there are many more terms out there acting as synonyms for Tankapalooza. It’s without doubt the most eagerly anticipated class since 2003, and whether or not it lives up


Zagoria: Countdown to the Early Signing Period: 10 Top Committed and Uncommitted Prep Prospects


The NCAA early signing period for basketball runs from Nov. 13-20, and even with Tuesday’s commitment by Trey Lyles to Kentucky, there’s still a slew of elite prospects and future NBA lottery picks left on the board. Here’s a look at the top 10 uncommitted and committed prospects in the Class of 2014, including perhaps the projected top three overall picks in the 2015 NBA draft.


StatBox Free Agency Breakdown: Grizzlies hope Fab Melo amounts to something after Celtics give up

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In a seemingly minor trade, two former first-round picks from Syracuse were swapped for one another Thursday. Boston sent 2012 first-rounder Fab Melo to Memphis for the non-guaranteed contract of Donte Greene. This trade has relatively minor implications, but an impact nonetheless that will be laid out. It would be a surprise if Greene plays a single minute for the Celtics. The former Sacramento King didn’t play last season after breaking his ankle last summer. This was after a 2011-2012 season