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January 8, 2016, Tianjin, China -- Nan Zhang hit the first shot of the game – an 18-footer along the baseline – the ball nipping against the back of the rim before lifelessly plopping through the net. They would be Zhang’s only points of the night. His final stat line would read three shots, two points, and no rebounds, assists, blocks...
Most NBA fans probably couldn’t tell you what team Willie Reed is on. His story is the kind that I gravitate toward. Reed grew up in Kansas City, but wasn’t heavily recruited. The 6’10” power forward attended Saint Louis University for two years, then declared for the 2011 draft. Like many fringe-NBA prospects, the June night ended in disappointment. Undrafted and...
Back when World B. Free roamed the perimeter, hairline in full recession, high-arching jump shot in tow, the Clippers called San Diego home. There was Bill Walton - in the strangest part of his career – dabbling in corporate America. There Was ‘Bad News’ Barnes, at the tail end of his pitiful four-year NBA stint and on the road to full...
The NBA D-League is full of dreamers: guys playing for miniscule pay checks, in small gyms in small towns, in front of empty seats while chasing a childhood fantasy: To play in the NBA. Westchester Knicks forward Keith Wright, 27, is one of these dreamers. Except, the 6’8” 240-pounder’s biggest dreams aren’t of dunks and glory on the basketball court. When hardwood...
The shot is long. The ball bounces straight up, plummets towards the hardwood, catches the front of the rim and ricochets up towards the rafters for a second time. Four thousand one hundred and nine pairs of eyes follow the ball. It is perhaps the first time they have looked away from Stony Brook power forward Jameel Warney the entire...
A bruised tomato – the shot was soft, barely nipping the net as it fell through the rim. Jimmer Fredette spun into the lane, getting a step ahead of his defender, Toure Murray. The larger man, Murray, put his size into Fredette’s 195-pound frame, sending him face first to the hardwood of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. On...

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