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I saw Greg Oden at a Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles once. This was back in 2011, when he was just entering the free fall phase of his basketball career. I remember how much space he took up on his side of the booth and the enormity of the black...
PopGates' writers look back at the conference semi-finals: Celtics - Wizards: Based off of the first four games of the series, how did the Wizards not sweep? Jonah Hall: Game 1 was a mess. Both teams finished Round 1 less than 48 hours earlier, but the Celtics faced a decidedly un-playoff-like Game...
Writer James Littlejohn and illustrator Matthew Shipley’s upcoming B is for Baller: The Basketball Alphabet Book for Kids is something both adults and small children can enjoy – like Pixar and ‘90s Nickelodeon cartons. It features great illustrations and basketball history in an earnest attempt to teach the alphabet...
The year is 1975. The nation is just starting to recover from the shame of the Watergate Scandal, and the city of Washington DC has been without a major sports championship for over thirty years, the last one coming in 1942, well before the modern Super Bowl era. Although...
They say Reggie Harding did the worst thing a man can do: He offered the pretty girl with the voice that could shatter glass a ride home from the sock hop. On nights when Jackie Wilson and Little Willie John headlined, 3 or 4,000 people might show up to the...
The Washington Wizards easily won Game 4 against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals 121-102. Defense was one of the more predominant themes of the game. The Wizards held the Celtics at 44.3 percent shooting from the floor in Game 4. The Celtics and Wizards had 13...
The sad fact of today’s world is that no matter what you do, you are always bound to piss somebody off. You could walk down the street, talk to nobody at all, and a complete stranger would still find something to criticize about your gait, ugly face, or skin...
Most times when Washington Wizards star John Wall scores 40 points, 3 rebounds, 13 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks, fans do not feel disappointed. Wall got his 40 points while shooting 50 percent from the floor, yet the Wizards still feel short to undersized point Isaiah Thomas and...
In the wake of Bill Russell’s retirement and as the precursor to the Bird-Magic 80s, the 1970s are perhaps the NBA’s forgotten decade. “It was a period of transition,” reflects Adam Criblez, an assistant professor of history at Southeast Missouri State University. Drug use, fist-fights and tape delayed games alienated fans,...
BOSTON—On a night which featured massive momentum shifts, scrappy defense, hard fouls, and 40 points and 13 assists from John Wall…the emotionally and physically drained Isaiah Thomas stole the show in Boston once again. Isaiah, the beating heart of the Celtics, put on similar performances in the regular season, but...