PrimeTime Shootout Preview (NJ High School Basketball Tournament)

Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns while a senior at St. Joseph High School.

Going to a Nets game in Brooklyn is not as easy as going to East Rutherford or Newark while living Hoboken. In their third year in Brooklyn, I’ve attended one Nets game, where I used to go to a dozen in the swamp.

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

"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

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

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

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

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.

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

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)


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

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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