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February 23, 2014
Since coming out as the first openly gay active player in NBA history, Jason Collins has earned praise and respect from many corners. (Though no fault of his own, it was also an announcement that led to the severe downgrading of the stock of one famous journalist.) But one thing he hasn’t done? He hasn’t actually played in an NBA game since he made the announcement. That’s about to change, after it was reported today that the Brooklyn Nets would sign the 35-year-old Collins.

Since coming out as the first openly gay active player in NBA history, Jason Collins has earned praise and respect from many corners. (Though no fault of his own, it was also an announcement that led to the severe downgrading of the stock of one famous journalist.) But one thing he hasn’t done? He hasn’t actually played in an NBA game since he made the announcement. That’s about to change, after it was reported today that the Brooklyn Nets would sign the 35-year-old Collins.

12:54 // 6 months ago
January 17, 2014
"So hey, I hear our team accepts Bitcoin now.” ”Who gives a crap? It’s just an attention-grabbing ploy to get people to go to our games. We’re currently 14-24, so we gotta do something to convince people to show up.”

"So hey, I hear our team accepts Bitcoin now.” ”Who gives a crap? It’s just an attention-grabbing ploy to get people to go to our games. We’re currently 14-24, so we gotta do something to convince people to show up.”

23:41 // 8 months ago
January 9, 2014
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has apologized for comments he made on Wednesday which many took as a sign that Rodman believed imprisoned American Kenneth Bae was actually guilty of the crimes the North Korean government has charged him with, Rodman apologized to Bae and his family, other players who also made the trip to North Korea, the CNN reporter he berated and anyone else offended by his comments, attributing them to a combination of too much alcohol and poor spirits. (Photo courtesy of AP/Kim Kwang Kyon) 

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has apologized for comments he made on Wednesday which many took as a sign that Rodman believed imprisoned American Kenneth Bae was actually guilty of the crimes the North Korean government has charged him with, Rodman apologized to Bae and his family, other players who also made the trip to North Korea, the CNN reporter he berated and anyone else offended by his comments, attributing them to a combination of too much alcohol and poor spirits. (Photo courtesy of AP/Kim Kwang Kyon) 

14:11 // 8 months ago
January 7, 2014

These two guys are still making millions of dollars from the ABA merger

  • $500M the amount two former American Basketball Association owners, Ozzie and Daniel Silna, stand to make from a deal with the the National Basketball Association to end an agreement with the league that dates back to the 1970s. At the time, the two businessmen owned the Spirits of St. Louis, a team that was not brought into the NBA post-merger. The men made an agreement to fold—as long as they got one-seventh of the TV rights from the four ABA teams merging into the NBA. Since then, the NBA has become a major sport—and the duo have made $300 million from the deal, with no end date in sight. They could turn down the NBA and continue to make millions each year—and even with the big upfront payment, they still stand to make more revenue from the league. source
9:16 // 8 months ago
January 5, 2014
newsweek:

Allen Iverson, NBA icon, struggles with life after basketball

A recluse whose character traits were really warning signs. He made $150 million in his playing career, and nearly all of it is gone—barring a $30 million trust from his Reebok endorsement days that he can’t touch until he’s 55. He’s 38.

newsweek:

Allen Iverson, NBA icon, struggles with life after basketball

A recluse whose character traits were really warning signs. He made $150 million in his playing career, and nearly all of it is gone—barring a $30 million trust from his Reebok endorsement days that he can’t touch until he’s 55. He’s 38.

19:42 // 8 months ago
November 12, 2013

Remember the movie “Blue Chips”? For those unfamiliar, it’s a 1994 flick where Nick Nolte does his best impression of former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight. (Knight, by the way, cameos as himself during the movie, setting up a scene where he’s competing against a coach who’s doing an over-the-top impression of him.) Throughout the film, Nolte struggles with a pay-for-play scandal involving a number of his star players—many of whom are current and future NBA stars, most notably Shaq. (It’s probably the best film starring Shaq in a lead role, which isn’t saying much.)

Anyway, the movie raised a big question back then regarding student athletes: If they’re so valuable to these sports, why don’t they get paid? The question hasn’t really been answered since, but we’re nearing an answer, as last week a federal judge allowed for a class-action lawsuit on likeness rights for players—the fruit of a lawsuit first brought by a major star of the “Blue Chips” era, UCLA legend Ed O’Bannon. If the NCAA loses, expect college football and basketball stars to make bank.

22:58 // 10 months ago
June 24, 2013
Today in weird trades: Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers may have led his team to a ton of success over the past nine years, but as a rebuilding period lingered, it was clear he was raring to go. The L.A. Clippers were interested, even. One problem: Rivers was still under contract. Solution? He’s essentially getting traded for a draft pick, a rare move for a coach. The crazy part? They wanted to trade him along with star player Kevin Garnett, but that deal got nixed.

Today in weird trades: Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers may have led his team to a ton of success over the past nine years, but as a rebuilding period lingered, it was clear he was raring to go. The L.A. Clippers were interested, even. One problem: Rivers was still under contract. Solution? He’s essentially getting traded for a draft pick, a rare move for a coach. The crazy part? They wanted to trade him along with star player Kevin Garnett, but that deal got nixed.

9:47 // 1 year ago
June 3, 2013
Honoring an inspiration: Over the weekend, former NBA star Mookie Blaylock was seriously injured in a car crash and is currently on life support. Upon hearing this news, the band Pearl Jam, which originally named itself after Blaylock, wished the player a get-well-soon after the crash. During the band’s heyday, they actually got a chance to play basketball with the point guard, the group’s Jeff Ament told The New York Times. “I went and played basketball with him, and he said: ‘You do have game! You have a good shot; you have a nice rotation,’” Ament explained. “I was like, ‘Awesome.’ That was all I was looking for.”
EDIT: There is an important update to this story.

Honoring an inspiration: Over the weekend, former NBA star Mookie Blaylock was seriously injured in a car crash and is currently on life support. Upon hearing this news, the band Pearl Jam, which originally named itself after Blaylock, wished the player a get-well-soon after the crash. During the band’s heyday, they actually got a chance to play basketball with the point guard, the group’s Jeff Ament told The New York Times. “I went and played basketball with him, and he said: ‘You do have game! You have a good shot; you have a nice rotation,’” Ament explained. “I was like, ‘Awesome.’ That was all I was looking for.”

EDIT: There is an important update to this story.

8:56 // 1 year ago
May 1, 2013
Daily Beast media writer Howard Kurtz tries to expose a major hole in the Jason Collins story, fails miserably, gets called out for it on Twitter. Fun.

Daily Beast media writer Howard Kurtz tries to expose a major hole in the Jason Collins story, fails miserably, gets called out for it on Twitter. Fun.

19:01 // 1 year ago
April 29, 2013
digg:

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” - Jason Collins

"The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn’t wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully? When I told Joe [Kennedy, a Massachusetts congressman and Collins’ college roommate] a few weeks ago that I was gay, he was grateful that I trusted him. He asked me to join him [at Boston’s gay pride parade] in 2013. We’ll be marching on June 8.”

digg:

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” - Jason Collins

"The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn’t wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully? When I told Joe [Kennedy, a Massachusetts congressman and Collins’ college roommate] a few weeks ago that I was gay, he was grateful that I trusted him. He asked me to join him [at Boston’s gay pride parade] in 2013. We’ll be marching on June 8.”

11:18 // 1 year ago