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The NBA Should Poach Top College Coaches for the D-League

Written on January 20, 2015 at 10:31 pm, by

"I coach a minor league NBA team anyway, I might as well go to the D-League."

The minimum age requirement to play in the NBA is 19. For the top high school basketball players in the country, this means being a one-and-done player, where Kentucky’s John Calipari has mastered the art of coaching players who only stay for their freshman year, specifically for the pros.

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An Interview with Storyteller Adam Wade

Written on December 1, 2014 at 11:03 pm, by

Photo credit: Steve Antonelli

Adam Wade tells stories on NPR and on stage with The Moth. He is a 20 time winner of the MOTH Storyslam. He’s been featured in The New York Times, Time Out New York, the Village Voice. and spoke at a Ted Talk.

We had Adam over for dinner and my wife made him Moroccan lemon-olive chicken, which probably didn’t compete with his landlady’s meatballs.

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An Interview with Laarks Lead Singer and Keyboardist Ian Jacoby

Written on September 11, 2014 at 12:33 am, by

Ian Jacoby of Laarks.

Laarks is a four-piece indie rock band from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, most musically famous for Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. They’re influenced by The Walkmen, Ben Folds, and Broken Social Scene, amongst many others bands.

They released An Exaltation of Laarks in 2009 with Absolutely Kosher, and Fiat Lux independently in 2013. Ian Jacoby is the songwriter, lead vocalist and keyboardist.

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To My Fellow Dads, on the First Day of Kindergarten Cop

Written on September 5, 2014 at 12:14 am, by

Kindergarten cop teacher.

Dear New Kindergarten Cop Dad,

This morning, I pressed the eject button on the VCR that contained a well-worn copy of Terminator 2. My son will be starting Kindergarten Cop next week, where he will be mentored by the Kindergarten Cop.

My best friend texted me a picture of his own 5-year old a few minutes later, standing next to a full-sized model exoskeleton. “How did we get here?!” I texted back. It was yesterday that we were going through the Conan the Barbarian trilogy together. “How did we get here?!”

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Breakdown of the NBA 2014-15 National TV Schedule

Written on August 28, 2014 at 11:10 pm, by

Suns point guard Goran Dragic.

The NBA national TV schedule is out. You’ll only find here all 30 teams with their appearances on ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV and the totals. In addition, I note the difference from last year’s schedule (which is not accounting for the changes they made mid-season).

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Stephen A. Smith on Mike & Mike this morning.

Written on July 10, 2014 at 2:48 pm, by

Stephen A. Smith was on Mike & Mike on ESPN radio this morning, and here’s what he had to say. He talks about Melo first, then LeBron at about the five minute mark.

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The NBA Playoff Guide for Your Girlfriend

Written on May 13, 2014 at 11:27 pm, by

John Wall is fast.

Everyone’s talking about Donald Sterling, but the real action is on the hardwood. Each team has a few players with an interesting story to get you hooked.

I know this headline gender-stereotypes, but let’s face it — it’s more likely there’s a male that wants to watch the game with his unwilling female counterpart.

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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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