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NBA Draft / Jul 5, 2014 / 11:30 am

Matthew Pierce Breaks Down Projected No. 1 Pick In 2015 Draft, Matthew Pierce

Matthew Pierce

In recent months, NBA draftniks and team player personnel have privately expressed concern over the proposed raising of the NBA draft age. The fear, as relayed to me by various well-placed team sources, is that sought-after prep stars will look to bypass the college system entirely, choosing instead to take short money in overseas leagues until they are draft-eligible.

The consensus #1 pick of the 2015 draft has taken a similar path. In 1999, PG/SG/SF/PF/C Matthew Pierce finished a prolific senior season at Christian High School (O’Fallon, MO), where he led his team to the brink of a .500 record. For the next 15 years Pierce marinated his game, first under legendary small college coach Garth Pleasant, then with various rec league teams, then at the notoriously high-stakes 6am men’s fellowship pickup games at First Bible Church in Decatur, Alabama. Now that Pierce is finally declaring himself eligible, he is a near-universal projection to be the first overall pick. Read More »

NBA / May 24, 2014 / 3:00 pm

The Dime Position Guide: 2nd Edition

Dwight Howard

Every few years, Dime presents a guide to help you understand the basketball positions. Are you new to the game? Confused as to which position to play? We’re here to help! Read More »

College / Jan 31, 2014 / 4:30 pm

JV: A Year In College Basketball’s Wilderness, The Finale

Bryan College

As the finale of a new series on DimeMag.com, follow author Matthew Pierce into the world of not-so-famous college basketball. If you missed parts one and two, you can read them here.

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The loose ball bounced toward the bleachers and I dove headfirst after it. A loose ball is a loose ball, regardless of what level you’re at. Alas, I was too late to save it, and the basketball landed out of bounds directly in front of the raucous home crowd. I wiped out on the hardwood and laid there as the student body rained jeers down on me. The school mascot—a student dressed like Moses—stood a few feet away, his wooden staff raised triumphantly over his head. Read More »

College / Jan 14, 2014 / 4:30 pm

JV: A Year In College Basketball’s Wilderness, Part 2

Bryan College

As part of a new series on DimeMag.com, follow author Matthew Pierce into the world of not-so-famous college basketball. If you missed part one, you can read it here. Read More »

College / Jan 8, 2014 / 4:45 pm

JV: A Year In The College Basketball Wilderness

JV College Basketball

As part of a new series we’ll be running on DimeMag.com, follow author Matthew Pierce into the world of not-so-famous college basketball…

I checked into the game midway through the first half and officially began my college career. I waited nervously in the paint as the other team brought the ball up the court. One by one, the cluster of guards and forwards fanned out to either side of the floor, revealing the other team’s center: a giant, terrifying person who was lumbering right at me. I suddenly wanted to go home. Read More »

Playground / Jan 4, 2013 / 12:30 pm

The Tao Of Shawn Bradley

Matthew Pierce

DimeMag.com contributor Matthew Pierce writes letters to his two young daughters in case he dies early. Sometimes, the letters are about basketball…

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Girls,

I hope that one day you can discover the game of basketball as I once did. You won’t find it on the same terms, and your reasons for playing may be different, but the game will reward you just the same. Read More »

Playground / Nov 15, 2012 / 5:00 pm

Love & Basketball: When Shooting Hoops Becomes Something More

Matthew Pierce

DimeMag.com contributor Matthew Pierce writes letters to his two young daughters in case he dies early. Sometimes, the letters are about basketball…

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Dear girls,

Basketball is a very important part of my life. I don’t play like I used to, but I’ve still got one good run left in me. That’s what basketball does to you – no matter how old you get, you can never quite let it go. It is a beautiful game, one that carves out a place in your soul that football and baseball and all the other sports don’t fill in the same way. Basketball is different; there is a continuity, a restless pace as the teams are pulled back and forth across the court like waves in a storm. Read More »

High School / Aug 6, 2012 / 4:00 pm

The No Names: The Mississippi High School Season History Forgot

The No Names

Basketball is a series of snapshots of our past. It is neither good nor bad; it simply is. From the Fab Five and the hip-hop revolution in the ’90s to the drug use of the ’80s all the way back to the old days of segregation, basketball reflects its time. It is left to us, the current stewards of the game, to learn what we can from the past. Read More »

Playground / Aug 3, 2012 / 3:30 pm

The Death Of A Baller

Starburys

One day the game will leave all of us. It’s a lot like gravity: no matter how hard you bounce a basketball, eventually it will come to rest.

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Hot.

Merciless, unbending heat. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Locusts in the distance, sending their rattling howls back and forth across the valley. The Alabama sun pushing down on top of you, burning the air thin and making your thoughts run slow.

I didn’t go to college for this, but here I am. Read More »

Featured Gallery, NBA / Oct 3, 2011 / 1:00 pm

The Dime Lockout Survival Guide

Josh McRoberts

When my wife found me I was laying on the floor. I was curled in the fetal position, wearing my replica 2004 Olympics Argentina basketball jersey. I had laid all my Josh McRoberts rookie cards in a circle around myself, like a protective force field. Read More »