/ Sep 12, 2012 / 12:02 am
O.J. Mayo (photo. John Sturdy)
It’s protocol for a team’s brass to anoint a new acquisition with all sorts of titles: He has untapped potential…he was underutilized for so long…he’s an even better person off the court…he’s so unselfish and can’t wait to finish out his career here. Politically correct answers often infect press conferences, fans get blown up with new expectations, and the resulting hype either consumes or electrifies. Mark Cuban isn’t shy at all about talking up his players. He went so far as to say his team in Dallas is better off without Deron Williams. Hard to believe. Read More »
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Dime #68
Does anyone else find it strange that the hottest months for basketball take place during the coldest months in America? All-Star Weekend. Trade Deadline. March Madness. For a sport played year-round, February and March are by far the most exciting times for the game we love. While tertiary fans may not start paying attention to the NBA or NCAA until after the BCS National Championship or Super Bowl are over, us diehards are waiting, ready to tell them everything they missed. Read More »
Klay Thompson (photo. Washington State Athletics)
A few weeks ago, Detroit dismantled St. John’s on national television. While this may have surprised a few people, it came as no surprise to hardcore basketball recruiting fans. Ray McCallum denied offers from the likes of Duke and Kansas to play for his father at Detroit. While it is unlikely that McCallum’s decision would have been for Detroit had his father not been the coach, his decision brought up an interesting question: should high-major recruits turn down big offers to play for lower-level schools? Read More »
Crimson Madness (photo. Martin Kessler)
Friday night, Harvard University threw a party to celebrate its 375th birthday. Like most Harvard parties, this one was pretty lame (everything you saw in The Social Network was a lie). Sure there was a 15-by-18-foot cake, but the torrential downpour and the slew of old geezers rocking Vineyard Vines was a little too much to handle, so I was on my way back to my room to play some 2K12 within 30 minutes.
But while I was walking back to my dorm through the rain, I started to think about how long 375 years is (that’s almost six times older than the NBA). Read More »
Boston Summer League (photo. Martin Kessler)
If you’ve visited DimeMag.com before, you’re surely familiar with the Drew and Goodman Leagues. You know, the leagues that have brought us a 51-point performance from Brandon Jennings, a near triple-double from LeBron James, and an off the backboard slam from Kevin Durant. But D.C. and L.A. aren’t the only cities where basketball is being played this summer. Read More »
Harvard-Princeton (photo. Princeton University)
In search of its first NCAA tournament berth since 1946, the Harvard men’s basketball team suffered a devastating one-point loss in yesterday afternoon’s Ivy League playoff after Princeton’s Douglas Davis sank a fadeaway jumper with 0.2 seconds to play.
With the Tigers down one and 2.8 seconds left to determine the recipient of the Ancient Eight’s automatic bid, Princeton coach Sydney Johnson designed a play for Davis coming out of a timeout. Read More »
Curry on Mavraides (photo. Harvard University)
When the 2011-12 college basketball season opens, both the Harvard and Princeton men’s basketball teams will unveil a banner reading “2011 Ivy League Champions,” and players from both teams will receive Ivy League championship rings. But when the NCAA Tournament kicks off next week, in all likelihood, only one team will be dancing. Read More »
As a kid, I always used to attend Harvard athletic events with my dad. He graduated from Harvard in 1983 and was a big fan during his time in college and carried it with him out of college. We used to attend football games every year, and the occasional Crimson basketball game which usually ended with a Harvard loss, but they were still fun.
However, when Tommy Amaker was hired as head coach at Harvard in 2007, he brought some interest to the program as a big name hire – but nobody really knew what to expect because Harvard had never been good at basketball. Read More »