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How the NBA Playoffs Work
How the NBA Playoffs work: playoff seeding, home court advantage, series formats and home-court advantage and more
Biggest Differences Between NCAA and NBA...
They hang the hoops at the same height... but that might be the only thing the NBA and NCAA do exactly the same way. Here's a brief rundown of the key differences between pro and college ball.
Stephen Curry
An In-Depth Profile of Stephen Curry.
7 Teams to Win the NCAA Tournament Without a Loss
Seven teams in Division I history have won a national championship without suffering a single defeat. Here's a look at those teams, from the San Francisco Dons of 1956 to Bob Knight's 1976 Indiana Hoosiers.
The Bird Exception and How the NBA's Salary Cap...
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Isolation Play
The isolation is the simplest play in basketball and, very often, the most effective.
What is a Double-Double in Basketball?
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What Does 'One and Done' Mean in Basketball?
The NBA's rule prohibiting high school seniors from entering the draft has given rise to a new class of college player.
How to Play Basketball If You're Short
We’ve all been there. The shortest guy on the court. Or at least too short to snatch rebounds from the
Where the Final Four Takes Place Through 2016
College basketball's biggest game demands the biggest stage... like a 100,000-seat NFL stadium. The venues are set for the Final Four through 2016, a list that reads includes most of the new or newly-renovated home fields of the National Football League.
What Point Shaving Means in Basketball and Why...
Point Shaving is the (highly illegal) act of purposefully holding down the score of a sporting event, in order to impact who will win bets against a point spread.
Top Coaches in NBA History
Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens and Pat Riley top the list of the NBA's all-time winningest coaches.
Most Valuable Player
About the NBA's Most Valuable Player award
What is a Charging Foul in Basketball?
The charging violation is one of the most difficult fouls to call in basketball. As such, it is often the most controversial as well.
NBA Champions and Finals MVPs
The champions of basketball, from 1947 to today.
Revenue Sharing and North America's Major Pro...
The NFL's revenue-sharing model is universally lauded as the reason pro football continues to thrive in tiny markets. Page 2.
Everything You Need to Know About the NBA's...
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How To Improve Your Basketball Game and Be Your...
This article addresses how the everyday player can improve his/her basketball game and be their best.
The WNBA, the NBA, and Why We Compare the Two
An open letter to WNBA player Olympia Scott, in response to her post about unfair comparisons between the WNBA and NBA
Walk is a Walk-On in College Basketball?
: In college basketball "walk-on" refers to a player who is on the team, but does not get one of the
What Is Flopping in Basketball?
Flopping - the act of pretending a foul has been committed in the hopes of fooling an official into blowing the whistle.
The NBA Age Limit
The NBA's most recent collective bargaining agreement prevents players from entering the draft right out of high school.
NBA Sexcapades: Affairs and other Off-Court...
The NBA: Where tawdry happens. Looking at some of the league's legendary off-court affairs -- from Tony
Back-to-Back
: In NBA terms, "back-to-back" is a term used to describe a stretch of schedule when a team plays two
Top 5 Centers in Houston Rockets’ History
Ranking the top 5 centers in Houston Rockets' History.
How To Form Your Own Summer Basketball League
Here are the key steps in forming a basketball league on your neighborhood court.
Alex Meruelo, Atlanta Hawks
Los Angeles-based businessman Alex Meruelo is set to become the NBA's first Hispanic team owner.
What is a Point Spread?
Given that a matchup of real equals in any sporting event is exceedingly rare, sports books create a point spread to handicap the superior team.
How to Play Fantasy Basketball
An introduction to fantasy basketball - league setup information, rosters and positions, trades and free agents and fantasy basketball statistics
Olympic Basketball vs. the NBA
The rules that govern play in international basketball competition and the familiar NBA rule book have more in common than in years past. But there are several key differences you'll want to know about before watching the Olympics or any international tournament.
Individual Dribbling Drills That Teach Ball...
There are numerous drills you can do on your own or with a friend to become a better dribbler. Learn more with this illustrated tutorial.
Paul Pierce Hates His Former Team and Teammate
Future hall of famer Paul Pierce felt the need to bash his former team, the Brooklyn Nets, and former teammate, Deron Williams.
What is the Ted Stepien Rule in NBA?
NBA rules forbid teams from trading their first-round draft pick in successive seasons. That prohibition is generally known as the Ted Stepian Rule.
11 College Basketball Coaches Who Just Know How...
The giants of the game -- Division I college basketball's all-time winningest coaches.
Kevin Durant Thinks We're a Bunch of Idiots
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant Thinks the Media Is Stupid and Has Too Much Power When It Comes to NBA Awards.
"Poison Pill" Contract
A poison pill contract is an offer to a restricted free agent specially structured to make it difficult for the player's original team to match.
Why Standing Reach Matters for a Basketball...
: One of the "measureables" associated with basketball players is "standing reach" -- the measure of
Coaches with Multiple National Championships
With North Carolina's win over Michigan State, Roy Williams ties his mentor, Dean Smith, with two national championships... and joins a select list of coaches with multiple titles.
Team USA and Olympic Basketball History
The history of basketball at the Olympic Games, from its humble start at the Berlin Games to the preparations for London 2012.
How to Learn to Shoot, Dribble, and Pass with...
Learn to use both your right and left hand in basketball. Here are some simple ways to learn to take what the defense gives you.
Juco
: Short for "junior college," juco typically refers to players who play at a two-year school initially,
Luxury Tax
The luxury tax is a charge paid by NBA teams with payrolls that exceed the league's salary cap by a certain, pre-set level.
NCAA Division I Champions
Of the over 300 schools playing Division I basketball, just 35 have won the NCAA Tournament. Here's a list of the few, the proud, the NCAA Tournament champions.
UCLA's Ben Howland
UCLA coach Ben Howland cheers on his team during the Bruins' win over Western Kentucky. Page 10.
Mike Krzyzewski
Mike Krzyzewski Profile: Career history, accomplishments and biography of Duke's Mike
Brick
Brick -- basketball slang for a particularly grace-less jump shot.
What is a technical foul?
In basketball, a technical foul can be called for any one of a number of infractions not directly related to game play, such as fighting or arguing with officials.
Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest)
Outlining the playing career of Metta World Peace(aka Ron Artest).
Hope Dworaczyk
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Playboy 3-d Playmate Hope Dworaczyk. Page 12.
How to Become an Expert Dribbler
One of the basic skills that basketball players of all ages need to continually practice is ball handling. This is especially true of younger players.
Hard Cap
: The NBA has an official cap on salaries... but that "cap" is more like a suggestion. There are a wide
Assist
Assist is a statistic in basketball used to give credit to the player who
Letter of Intent
A letter of intent is a formal agreement that binds a given player to a given school.
Tyra Banks
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Eva Longoria Parker, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks. Page 14.
Vanessa Williams
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Eva Longoria Parker, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks. Page 15.
Highest Paid Coaches in Basketball
How much to college basketball coaches make? Quite a bit. John Calipari's new deal at Kentucky will be worth approximately $4 million a year -- and that's before you factor in incentives, summer camps, and a fat endorsement deal from a shoe company. Here's a look at the salaries of some of college basketball's highest-paid coaches.
Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union. Basketball. Page 11.
Sweet Sixteen
: In NCAA Tournament lingo, the "Sweet Sixteen" can refer to either the last sixteen teams remaining
The Coaches of Team USA
From the amateur teams of the 30s, 40s and 50s to the Dream Team and Redeem Team -- the men who have coached America's Olympic men's basketball teams, from 1936 through today.
Adriana Lima
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Eva Longoria Parker, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks. Page 10.
Ball Don't Lie
Just over a minute after entering the Knicks' game against the Phoenix Suns on December 2, Wallace delivered
Heat vs. Thunder
NBA MVP LeBron James and the Miami Heat face league scoring champ Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder to decide the 2012 NBA Title.
Monica
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Eva Longoria Parker, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks. Page 13.
The NBA in Las Vegas?
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The Winningest Active Coaches in College Hoops
The Top 20 Winningest Active NCAA Head Coaches
Defensive Efficiency
Defensive Efficiency is a statistic that measures the number of points an NBA team allows per 100 possessions.
LeBron Giving Up #23 to Honor Michael Jordan
LeBron James announced he'll give up his uniform number to honor Michael Jordan, and he wants other NBA players who wear MJ's 23 to do the same.
Which of These 2 Phenoms Will Have a Better...
Comparing superstar prospects Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins.
Basketball Related Income (BRI)
Basketball Related Income (BRI) is a term that covers most of the income generated by NBA games. The NBA's salary cap is based on a percentage of BRI generated by all NBA teams in a given year.
How To Play Good Individual Defense
How to play good individual Defense and make the team with hustle and determination
Vertical Jump
: One of the "measureables" associated with basketball players is "vertical leap" -- sometimes called
Using An Imaginary Basketball and Visualization...
Basketball Studies have shown that positive visualization works. Combined with practice with an imaginary basketball to form proper technique makes an unbeatable combination. This articles shows players practicing with imaginary basketballs to improve techniques while using the power of positivew thinking to succeed. Page 3.
Airball
An airball is a shot that misses... everything. The hoop, the rim, the backboard... the shot clock.
Too Fat for the NBA?
Laker forward/center Derrick Caracter's contract reportedly contains incentive clauses that effectively double his salary if he maintains a certain weight. Fair? Unfair? Necessary?
What is Rotisserie?
Rotisserie is a scoring system common to many fantasy sports leagues, particularly baseball and basketball.
Basketball Contests That Will Add Life to your...
Here are a series of basketball contests you can run to add energy and enthusiasm to any practice and have fun while you are at it.
In the Zone
An introduction to some of the zone defenses used in college basketball.
All the NCAA Champs and Final Four Teams from...
A complete list of NCAA Champions and Final Four teams, from the 1985 Villanova Wildcats to the 2011 Connecticut Huskies.
How to Practice Basketball Using Your...
Use your imagination and visualizing to develop basketball skills.
Why Father Time Is Irrelevant in San Antonio,...
San Antonio Spurs know how to delay the inevitable longer than any other team in sports history.
Madison Square Garden - The Mecca of Basketball
One of the most significant venues in college basketball history, Madison Square Garden plays host to the pre and post-season editions of the National Invitation Tournament, the Jimmy V Classic, and the Big East Tournament and is home court for the St. John's Red Storm.
Basketball at the 1972 Olympics
The gold-medal game of the 1972 basketball tournament stands as the most controversial in Olympic history - and quite possibly, the worst display of end-game officiating ever.
FIBA
FIBA is the federation that governs international basketball competition -- from the Olympics on down.
NBA Lockout 101: the issues, the arguments, and...
At its heart, this dispute is about money. (Shocking, right? Hope you were sitting down for that revelation.)
Burgo Basketball-One Man's Success Story on How...
Basketball is a great game to play. But, it is also a character builder. It can change communities by bringing them together. Basketball can change the lives of our youth through positive role models and coaches. This is one example of it.
Doc Rivers
Outlining Doc Rivers basketball career as a coach and player.
Trade Kicker
: A trade kicker -- more properly called a "trade bonus" -- is a clause that increases a player's salary
Redshirt
A redshirt is a player who sits out an entire season of his or her sport in order to preserve a year's worth of eligibility.
What is a snake draft?
: The so-called "snake" draft is the most common form of draft used in fantasy basketball leagues. Teams
Why Discipline Is Important to Your Basketball...
Many times our players think that winning is the most important thing. This article talks bout how players really win by following the rules.
How does the NCAA Tournament Actually Work?
An introduction to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament -- the largest, most elaborate and, arguably, the best postseason event on the American sports calendar.
How To Become a Good Shooter: Drills and...
How To Become a Good Jump Shooter With Practice and Talent
Team Dribbling Games for Basketball Skills
Group and team dribbling games that build skills and are fun. Learn to improve your confidence and become a better basketball player.
How To Raise Money For Your Basketball Program...
Playing and coaching basketball also requires methods of funding it. Here are some tips on how to raise the money needed to keep the basketball team going! Page 2.
How Basketball Teams Qualify for the Olympics
Twelve teams will compete for gold in Men's and Women's basketball at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. How are those teams selected? The process takes years.
Buy Tickets to the 2013 Final Four in Atlanta
Want to attend the 2013 Final Four at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta? The 2012 Final Four online ticket lottery is accepting applications through May 31, 2012.
Basketball Games and Equipment for Younger...
There are many basketball drills and equipment for younger children. Here are a few.
How to Dunk
Once you've mastered the basic form of the squat, add jumping to the mix to build power. Page 4.
Roster Depreciation Allowance
: Invented by then-Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck, the "roster depreciation allowance" is an obscure
NBA All-Time Leading Scorers
Kobe Bryant reached the 30,000 point plateau on December 5, 2012 - the youngest player in NBA history to do so. But he's got a long way to go before he catches the league's all-time leading scorer.
Basketball Association of America (BAA)
Founded in 1947, the Basketball Association of America was a precursor to today's NBA. Six current NBA teams - including the Lakers and Celtics - got their starts as members of the BAA.
Jim Valvano
Name: Jim Valvano Position: Head Coach, Broadcaster Team: North Carolina State Wolfpack Career Record:
Advice for Knicks Fans: ‘Start Rooting...
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James Harden
Detailed Profile of James Harden
LeBron Wishes He Played Baseball?
LeBron James expresses jealousy towards the amount of money that Major League Baseball players, like Miguel Cabrera, receive.
Should Young Athletes Specialize in Just One...
Should athletes of high school age and younger specialize in one sport? We asked a high school coach and an athletic trainer for their opinions.
When Are Children Too Young To Play Basketball?
At what age should children begin playing basketball? When it is fun, of course!
Summer Basketball , "A Personal Narrative"
How to improve your basketball skills in the summer.
Basketball's Two-Sport Stars
For some incredibly gifted ballplayers, an NCAA basketball season just isn't enough of an athletic outlet. Here's a look at some players who have played basketball and at least one other sport at the highest collegiate level.
An unconventional, chaotic half-court pressing...
The Chase Press is an unconventional half court
Spurs Dominate Game 5, Win Championship Over Heat
The San Antonio Spurs needed just five games to win the 2014 NBA Finals over LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
Can You Guess the 5 Most Valuable NBA Franchises?
The New York Knicks topped Forbes Magazine's annual list of the most valuable franchises in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers - last year's most valuable franchise and the defending NBA champions - fell to second place.
Worst Starts in NBA History
The 2009-10 Nets have set a new record for futility, opening the season with an 18-game (and counting) losing streak.
How To Plan An Individual Practice Session
Make your own individual basketball workouts to bring out your best with structured, timed, goal centered drills.
Brad Stevens
Outlining Brad Stevens' coaching career in college with the Butler Bulldogs and in the NBA with the Boston Celtics.
UCLA vs. Memphis
The Final Four logo on center court of San Antonio's Alamodome. Page 11.
Who Deserves the 2015 NBA MVP Award?
James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry and LeBron James all have a chance at winning the 2015 NBA MVP race.
What is a Dead Period
A Dead Period, as the name implies, is a date range on the official NCAA recruiting calendar in which little-to-no recruiting activity is permitted.
Jim Boeheim
Jim Boeheim Profile - Career history, accomplishments and biography of legendary Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim
Academic Progress Rate (APR)
The Academic Progress Rate is a metric created by the NCAA to quantify how much progress member institutions make in moving student-athletes towards graduation.
Was Doc Rivers Smart to Acquire Son?
Was Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers smart to trade for his son Austin Rivers?
Alley Oop
An acrobatic play that ends in a mid-air slam dunk.
Thunder vs. Lakers
The second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder face the three seed Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2012 NBA Western Conference Playoffs.
Amortization
In business accounting terms, amortization is the deduction of a capital expense over a period of time. In an NBA context, amortization is how the price paid for a team is reflected in that team's balance sheets.
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant is the league's top scorer, and arguably the best basketball player in the world today.
Division I Single-Game Records
Some of the greatest individual performances in NCAA basketball history, captured in the record book, and on this very page.
Defensive Player of the Year
About the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award
What is Pace?
Pace is a statistic describing how fast a basketball team tends to play, as measured by the number of possessions in each game they play.
Bruin
: "Bruin" is an archaic term for bear. At one point it referred specifically to the brown bear -- Ursos
Should High School Athletes Have the Right to...
Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino believes high school basketball players should have the right to turn pro instead of being forced into college.
Worst Teams in NBA History
The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers set the NBA standard for bad, winning just nine of 82 games -- the worst record in league history.
Simple Drills to Perfect Your Shooting Style
How To Do Simple Drills To Develop A Good Shooting Touch. Page 2.
Derek Fisher Won't Apologize to You!
New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher refuses to apologize to fans for winning meaningless games at the end of the season.
Basketball Practice Planning
Using Basketball work stations in practice can help small numbers of players practice and reinforce skills and become better players.
Ektio Wraptor
Ankle injuries are unavoidable in basketball... but Ektio is trying to change that.
Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas Jayhawks - Background information and quick facts on the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team.
Which Seeds Tend to Fare Best During March...
Can you use seeds to predict which teams will excel in the NCAA Tournament? Here's a tip -- the higher-seeded teams win more often.
Maria Sharapova
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Eva Longoria Parker, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks. Page 3.
NBA Postseason Awards
A look at the NBA's post-season honors: the MVP, Rookie of the Year, 6th Man awards and more, including this year's winners and honorees from seasons past.
Beating Zone Defenses
Beat Zone Defenses with simple rules
Kentucky Wildcats Fact Sheet
Kentucky Wildcats - Background information and quick facts on Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
How To Organize Good Practice Plans
Good practice planning in basketball is like planning a lesson in school. Be organized, structured, introduce skills, and integrate them into team play.
Spurs vs. Clippers
The top-seed San Antonio Spurs face the five seed Los Angeles Clippers in the second round of the 2012 NBA Western Conference Playoffs.
ACC All-Time Leading Scorers
Duke's J.J. Redick is the ACC's all-time leading scorer, but Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough is gaining fast. Here's a look at Hansbrough's progress and the rest of the ACC's all-time leading scorer list.
Converse DEFCON
Review of Converse's latest performance basketball shoe, the Converse DEFCON.

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