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Daily Grip

Afrobasket: Uganda, an Interview with Stanley Ocitti

Last September, the ‘Silverbacks’ of Uganda etched out regionally dominant Rwanda, as well as Kenya and Somalia, to finish second to Egypt in the Zone 5 FIBA regional qualifier for this year’s Afrobasket. On Wednesday, the East African nation will make their first ever appearance at Afrobasket. Anchored by players like Henry Malinga and John Bawlgaire, the typical hoops fan isn’t...

Ballplayers Without Borders: Dimitry Coronel

Three thousand eight hundred and fifty-one miles from the distorted reality of the TD Garden, Dimitry Coronel is in the crevasse of the basketball universe. At just 23, Coronel has already become a hardwood vagabond, forgotten in the same treasure trove as Starbury, the Continental Basketball Association and the Grouses of Toyama. Today, he sits in a Senegalese hotel with shoddy Wi-Fi. Training Camp...

Tall Blacks & Boomers, The FIBA Oceania Championship: Everything You Need to Know

Be it Boag’s Lager vs Speights Ale; Vegemite vs Hangi; or Wombats vs… whatever is indigenous to New Zealand, the Aussies have dominated the Kiwis in just about every competition. Basketball has been no exception:  Since 1971, the Boomers of Australia have compiled a 21 and 2 record versus the Tall Blacks of New Zealand...

How Vlade Divac and Geroge Karl are Trying to Recreate the Kings of the Past

Sacramento’s front office has spent the past 15 years separating themselves from the crowd. Whether by chance or by accident, they’ve established a reputation for baffling personnel moves, which have caused even the most loyal fans to scratch their heads in disappointment and confusion. Just this past season, the best start in 14 years (source), the front office...

10 Things We Learned From NBA Summer League

The NBA Summer League in Las Vegas is to basketball nerds what Comic Con in San Diego is to comic book nerds: No other event gives fans the type of access that this does. You’re close enough to get lost in Rick Fox’s hazel eyes, Phil Jackson’s dad bod and David Aldridge’s well maintained...

NBA’s Rare Breed: Tristan Thompson

Today’s story focuses on one of the most electrifying members of the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s not the self-proclaimed King of Cleveland. It’s not Matthew Dellevedova, the Australian point guard sensation who stole the spotlight in games 2 and 3 of the 2015 NBA Finals. It’s not Kyrie Irving, known for his viral videos as“Uncle Drew” or former Timberwolves superstar...

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