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How Are Syracuse Basketball Players Doing in the NBA? (2nd Edition)

Written on March 25, 2014 at 10:05 pm, by

Michael Carter-Williams

Syracuse got knocked out of the NCAA tournament by Dayton — but behold! You can still watch some former SU players in the NBA!

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Six Reasons Why I Miss the Continental Arena

Written on February 6, 2014 at 10:43 pm, by

There's a swamp behind there.

(Currently called the Izod Center, I attended most Nets games when it was the Continental Arena).

The Barclays Center has The Vault—an exclusive club that Jay-Z designed.

The Continental Arena had a lot of empty seats.

But that big white complex in the swamp certainly has some distinctive traits. Here are six.

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An Interview with Tas Melas of NBA TV’s The Starters

Written on December 10, 2013 at 10:43 pm, by

Tas Melas, Trey Kerby, J.E. Skeets, Leigh Ellis, Matt Osten, and Jason Doyle. You can catch the Starters on NBA TV at 6:00 PM EST.

I was searching for NBA podcasts in late 2006 when I came across The Basketball Jones. It featured three Canadian friends (Tas Melas, J.E. Skeets, and Jason Doyle) who met in college, (or university as they call it) talking about professional basketball in an irreverent, humorous tone—a refreshing contrast to the talking heads of the major cable stations.

In 2010, they were hired by The Score—a Canadian sports network which consequently led to NBA TV moving them down from Toronto to Atlanta where they host the show, renamed The Starters.

I sat down with Melas (via Google Hangouts) in mid-October.

Godfrey Chan: How long long have you been friends with JE Skeets?

Tas Melas: A decade. Somewhere around that margin.

Was he somebody you knew from college?

Us Canadians we call it “university” sometimes. It was in college where I met Skeets along with Jason Doyle, and Matt Osten, our two producers. We started to like each other.

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Music Listening Party from March (Part 2 of 2)

Written on September 10, 2013 at 10:40 pm, by

Pittsburgh's Donora.

Here’s part 2 of the listening party. Part 1 is here. Read more

Music Listening Party from March (Part 1 of 2)

Written on September 3, 2013 at 11:26 pm, by


Philadelphia's Little Big League

We had another music listening party back in March. It’s taken me six months to finally post it. Better late than never. We’ve got 91.1 WBOR Maine DJ Eric Funderburke, Kathleen Funderburke, Kevin Moore, New Yorker cartoonist Drew Dernavich, Michael Yong, Brian Horne, Christine Berardi, Nathan Sinclair, Scott Berardi, and myself. (note: Spotify playlist is incomplete due to limited availability)

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A Breakdown of Every NBA Team’s National TV Appearances

Written on August 19, 2013 at 10:05 pm, by

Steph Curry has brought the Warriors national games up 11 games to 26 this season.

The NBA national TV schedule has a few surprises, some expected consistency, and an indication of how of they market their teams. This is the second season I’ve compiled this, and I compared the number of televised games to last season’s.

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Maxwell’s Owner Todd Abramson on Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., and The Smashing Pumpkins

Written on July 11, 2013 at 12:02 am, by

The National opened up for Yo La Tengo in December 2010

Maxwell’s will be closing at the end of July. Ever since moving to Hoboken in 2000, I’ve seen some great shows there including The National, Yo La Tengo, and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. I caught up with co-owner/booker Todd Abramson on some experiences with bands such as Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., and The Smashing Pumpkins.

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An NBA Playoff Guide for Casual and College Basketball Fans

Written on April 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm, by

Tyler Hansbrough & J.J. Redick have key roles but don't start.

Did you enjoy March Madness? There’s actually another basketball tournament that involves only 16 teams with much better players. On top of that, some of the guys you rooted for when they were in college are in this one too!

If you’re an NCAA, casual NBA fan, or somewhere in between, I present to you a handy-dandy guide of what teams and players to watch for.

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How Are Syracuse Basketball Players Doing in the NBA?

Written on March 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm, by

Jonny Flynn peaked in college.

(Throughout March Madness, I’ll be attempting to cover other college alumni. I’ll take requests, but won’t necessarily grant them.)

Jim Boeheim is one of college basketball’s finest coaches, and Syracuse has a renowned basketball program. Other than Carmelo Anthony though, SU churns out below average NBA players. I’m guessing this has something to do with Boeheim’s zone defense, which is only used sparingly in the NBA to throw an opponent off.

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It’s Time to Drastically Reinvent NBA All-Star Weekend

Written on February 21, 2013 at 12:26 am, by

All-Star Weekend is getting old. Here’s a surefire way to increase interest among the casual fan.  Take the best parts of college basketball and implement it in to the NBA All-Star game.

Have a 16 team tournament on college alumni or continental origin, March Madness style.

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