The Sporting Iconoclast
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Archive for the ‘basketball’ Category

Why not let players who leave early for the pros return to college and play when their careers are over?

February 20, 2010

By Ed Cohen Imagine if instead of playing two forgettable seasons for the Washington Wizards, Michael Jordan had come out of retirement and gone back to…North Carolina. As in the University of. And that he played basketball for his alma mater again at age 39. Why not? Well, assuming he would have even wanted to, […]

‘NBA Cares’ commercial’s sentiment is nice but nonsense

February 19, 2010

By Ed Cohen Have you seen the “NBA Cares” commercial in which children and NBA stars solemnly declare that basketball is more than a game, that it’s filled with lessons for life? The message is that virtues like discipline, teamwork and hard work help you succeed not only on the court but in life. Fair […]

If the bank shot is dead, the bank pass has yet to be born

January 31, 2010

By Ed Cohen In basketball you see the bounce pace and chest pass and variations on each, like the lob, the hand-off and the alley-oop. There’s one pass, however, you almost never see, even though it’s legal and could be a potent weapon: The bank pass. A pass intentionally banked off the backboard. A basketball […]

Becoming all too predictable, NCAA basketball tournament should go seedless

March 23, 2009

I wouldn’t say the NCAA tournament is getting boring, just predictable. I’m sorry, Cinderellas, but fairy godmothers apparently no longer exist. Or if they do, they must have lost most of their powers. The fairies might get you into the dance, Robert Morris, but only your wicked stepsisters, the high seeds, are going to be […]