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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.
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.
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.
How to Play Fantasy Basketball
An introduction to fantasy basketball - league setup information, rosters and positions, trades and free agents and fantasy basketball statistics
Worst Losing Streaks in NBA History
The 2010-11 season has been tough on Cleveland Cavaliers fans -- first they watched LeBron James take his talents to South Beach... then the Cavs set a new NBA mark for futility, losing 24 consecutive games - and counting.
Stephen Curry
An In-Depth Profile of Stephen Curry.
What is a Double-Double in Basketball?
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Isolation Play
The isolation is the simplest play in basketball and, very often, the most effective.
The Bird Exception and How the NBA's Salary Cap...
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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
: In NBA terms, "back-to-back" is a term used to describe a stretch of schedule when a team plays two
Top Coaches in NBA History
Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens and Pat Riley top the list of the NBA's all-time winningest coaches.
New Jersey Nets
Profile of the NBA's New Jersey Nets -- New Jersey Nets players, coaches, and team history.
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.
What to Do When You Have These Common...
If you've played basketball, you've probably gotten hurt playing basketball. Dr. Alexis Colvin of Mount Sinai School of Medicine discusses some of the most common injuries associated with shooting hoops.
Fantasy College Basketball 101
An introduction to fantasy college hoops -- how to play, where to play, and why fantasy NCAA games are hard to find.
NBA Age Limit: No High Schoolers Need Apply
The NBA's most recent collective bargaining agreement prevents players from entering the draft right out of high school.
Chase Press: An unconventional, chaotic...
The Chase press is an unconventional, chaotic, half-court pressing defense that is utilize to pressure an offense into making mistakes.
Fantasy Basketball 101: Fantasy Basketball Advice
A few words of advice for fantasy basketball players preparing for that all-important rite of the fall: draft day.
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.
What Is a Redshirt in College Basketball?
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How to Improve Your Basketball Game and Be Your...
Measuring success is difficult. In a basketball sense, success can be loosely defined as being the best player you can be.
Hack-a-Shaq Isn't Going Anywhere
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What is Point Shaving?
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.
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.
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
11 College Basketball Coaches Who Just Know How...
The giants of the game -- Division I college basketball's all-time winningest coaches.
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.
What is Rotisserie?
Rotisserie is a scoring system common to many fantasy sports leagues, particularly baseball and basketball.
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.
Assist is a statistic in basketball used to give credit to the player who
Basketball Contests That Will Add Life to your...
There are a series of fun and simple basketball contests you can run to add energy and enthusiasm to any practice and have fun while you are at it.
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.
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.
Do You Know What a Juco Is?
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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.
Does Anyone Know What a Point Spread Is?
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. Knowing how to play the point spread can help you win a lot of money in sports gambling.
Revenue Sharing and North America's Major Pro...
According to the NBA's financial data the league has to do a better job of revenue sharing to be successful going forward.
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.
Ranking the Best NBA Coaching Hires of the 2015...
The Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, New Orleans Pelicans and Chicago Bulls all changed head coaches during the 2015 NBA offseason. Now it's time to rank which team made the best hire.
The Winningest Active Coaches in College Hoops
The Top 20 Winningest Active NCAA Head Coaches
Summer Basketball: The simplest and most...
How to improve your basketball skills in the summer. Pick-up games at outdoor courts is the simplest and most inexpensive way to play basketball.
John Calipari
About John Calipari - Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats
Re-Naming the Nets
The New Jersey Nets have started the process of officially changing their name, as part of their preparations for their much-anticipated move to Brooklyn.
Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest)
Outlining the playing career of Metta World Peace(aka Ron Artest).
How the NBA Playoffs Work
How the NBA Playoffs work: playoff seeding, home court advantage, series formats and home-court advantage and more
How To Play Good Individual Defense in Basketball
Defense in basketball is largely the result of hustle and determination. Players can make a team despite offensive shortcomings by being solid defensively.
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.
Learn to Shoot, Dribble, and Pass With Both...
It is important to learn to use both your right and left hand in basketball. There are a number of drills that can be done to improve dribbling dexterity.
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.
Adam Silver Lays Out Potential NBA Changes
Commissioner Adam Silver lays out potential NBA changes.
The Big Ten Conference
An introduction to the teams and history of the Big Ten Conference, home of Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio State, Iowa and Penn State.
Fantasy Basketball 101: Understanding...
Understanding Percentage Stats Putting together a winning fantasy basketball team is a lot easier if you understand how the statistics are compiled. For most statistical categories - points, rebounds, blocks, steals - that's simple: add 'em up. But for the percentage stats - most commonly field goal percentage and free throw percentage - it's not that easy.
Trail Blazers Beat L.A. Clippers In Portland
Trail Blazers v Clippers Game Notes, Recap, and Outlook.
Why Standing Reach Matters for a Basketball...
: One of the "measureables" associated with basketball players is "standing reach" -- the measure of
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
How To Run a Fantasy Basketball League
So what if ESPN and Yahoo don't offer fantasy games for college hoops? You can run your own league. All you need is a little spreadsheet know-how and a lot of free time.
Do You Know the Definition of an Airball?
The definition of an airball in basketball is simple. It's a shot that misses everything: The hoop, the rim, the backboard... even the shot clock.
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.
Which of These 2 Phenoms Will Have a Better...
Comparing superstar prospects Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins.
Brick -- basketball slang for a particularly grace-less jump shot.
Why Man To Man Defense is Best In Youth...
Youth basketball programs should utilize man to man defense. Man to Man teaches basic defensive fundamentals that are needed for any defensive scheme.
What Is Wingspan and Why Is It Important in...
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Most Wins in Division I History
Find out the most successful programs in men's Division I college basketball history - ranked by number of wins - through the 2008-09 season.
What to Look For When Future Scouting...
Scouting can be an important part of preparation in basketball, but it is only part of the entire preparation puzzle.
Mike Krzyzewski
Mike Krzyzewski Profile: Career history, accomplishments and biography of Duke's Mike
Beating zone defenses
It is rather simple to attack the zone. More practice time can be devoted to your team's own strengths rather than to your opponent's defense.
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.
How to Become an Expert Dribbler in Basketball
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.
NBA Lockout: David Stern on Competitive Balance
With labor negotiations at a standstill, NBA commissioner David Stern launched a media blitz, appearing on a wide range of radio, television and Internet outlets to plead the owners' case. Here's Stern's take on revenue sharing, competitive balance and salary cap proposals.
The Tale Of Two A's
Since the 2011 release of Moneyball detailing the unorthodox success of the 2002 Oakland A’s under GM Billy Beane I’ve been looking for parallels in other sports. It’s not an easy role to fill, but in the NBA I see a shocking similarity with the Atlanta Hawks.
Bill Self
Bill Self Profile - Career history, accomplishments and profile of Bill Self, coach of the 2008 NCAA men's basketball champion Kansas Jayhawks
How To Form Your Own Summer Basketball League
Starting your own summer basketball league is easier than you may think, and it provides kids with a great place to play over the summer months.
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.
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal Regret...
Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant went years hating on each other, but the former teammates now regret the entire feud.
Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas Jayhawks - Background information and quick facts on the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team.
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
The History and Teams of the Big 12 Conference
An introduction to the teams and history of the Big 12 Conference, which currently includes Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia.
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.
Defensive Efficiency
Defensive Efficiency is a statistic that measures the number of points an NBA team allows per 100 possessions.
Death Penalty
: The "death penalty" is the harshest sentence the NCAA can levy against a program: a ban that prevents
The Combination Man to Man Zone: A Man Defense...
The Combination Man to Man Zone makes your opponent think you are playing zone when you are really playing straight man to man defense.
Top 5 Centers in Houston Rockets’ History
Ranking the top 5 centers in Houston Rockets' History.
Using Visualization to Succeed in Basketball...
Basketball Studies have shown that positive visualization is effective. Combining positive visualization with consistent practice leads to success.
Do You Know the Definition of an Alley Oop in...
Do you know the definition of an Alley Oop in the sport of basketball? It's much more than just an acrobatic play that ends in a mid-air slam dunk!
Everything You Need to Know About the NBA's...
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Why Discipline Is Important to Your Basketball...
Discipline is extremely important to the development of any basketball team.
Basketball Games and Equipment for Younger...
Basketball is fun, family centered, develops socialization and listening skills, and can also develop motor skills.
How To Organize Good Basketball Practice Plans
Good practice planning in basketball is like lesson planning in school. Be organized, structured, introduce skills, and integrate them into team play.
How to Practice Basketball Using Your Imagination
One way to improve at basketball is to practice the game with your imagination. Players are asked to visualize and the correct technique of practice.
The Top Women's Coaches in College Basketball...
The giants of the game -- Division I women's college basketball's all-time winningest coaches.
Hard Cap
: The NBA has an official cap on salaries... but that "cap" is more like a suggestion. There are a wide
"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.
NBA Jerseys May Change Forever
The NBA is beginning to look for companies that want to buy advertisements on players' game day jerseys.
Basketball Practice Planning: Individual Stations
Using Basketball work stations in practice can help small numbers of players practice and reinforce skills and become better players.
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.
Vertical Jump
: One of the "measureables" associated with basketball players is "vertical leap" -- sometimes called
Steve Burgo and the Burgo Basketball League
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.
The NBA in Las Vegas?
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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.
How To Beat a Zone Press the Easy Way
Zone presses can be difficult to beat. Players need to be prepared, and know how to react if a zone press is administered.
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.
What Is a Medical Redshirt in College Basketball?
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What is H2H Scoring?
Head to Head, or H2H is a scoring system common to many fantasy sports leagues, particularly baseball and basketball.
Jim Valvano
Name: Jim Valvano Position: Head Coach, Broadcaster Team: North Carolina State Wolfpack Career Record:
What Conference Had the Most NCAA Tournament...
With eleven member schools reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2011, the Big East has set a new record for most schools from a single conference in March Madness.
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.
If Shawn Marion Ran the NBA...
Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion has some advice for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
In the Zone
An introduction to some of the zone defenses used in college basketball.
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.
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.
Mini Mid-Level Exception
: The NBA's owners sought to eliminate salary cap exceptions during the lockout of 2011, thinking - accurately
What Is Dirk Nowitzki's Place in NBA History?
Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle thinks Dirk Nowitzki is one of the greatest basketball players the NBA has ever seen.
What Is Princeton Style Offense?
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The NBA's Worst Owners
The best thing these guys could do for their teams? Sell.
Despite LeBron James' Best Efforts, Warriors...
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors defeated LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers to be crowned NBA champions.
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.
Phil Jackson Has a Plan for the Knicks
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson claims to have a plan for the team, but it's not through the draft like most people thought.
Kevin Durant Nicknames: The Servant, Slim...
Kevin Durant is in need of a permanent nickname. Durantula, Slim Reaper and The Servant are all possibilities.
Jim Boeheim
Jim Boeheim Profile - Career history, accomplishments and biography of legendary Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim
Melo struggling to grasp triangle offense
Carmelo Anthony is struggling to learn Phil Jackson's triangle offense with the New York Knicks.
Lute Olson
Arizona Wildcats head coach Lute Olson - Lute Olson had more wins than any active NCAA coach not named Krzyzewski, but that wasn't enough to keep him on Arizona's bench. His sudden retirement rocked the Arizona basketball program in late October.
Trade Kicker
: A trade kicker -- more properly called a "trade bonus" -- is a clause that increases a player's salary
What is a snake draft?
: The so-called "snake" draft is the most common form of draft used in fantasy basketball leagues. Teams
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.
What is a good age for children to start...
Basketball is a great game. It is fun, exciting, and can teach children a multitude of important lessons that can be applied in other aspects of life.
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.
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.
What is a redraft league?
In a redraft league, all teams start from scratch with completely new rosters each season.
The Definition of a Keydet
Do you know the exact definition of a Keydet? Or are you wondering what the difference between a Keydet and a Cadet is? You have come to the right place!
LOI - Letter of Intent
A letter of intent is a formal agreement that binds a given player to a given school.
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.
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 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.
Most Valuable Player
About the NBA's Most Valuable Player award
About the NIT
Once upon a time, the NIT was the premier event on the college basketball calendar. Now, at it's best it's considered an undercard to March Madness. Here's a look at the National Invitation Tournament, past, present and future.
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.
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.
Play-in Game
In the 1990s, the NCAA Tournament included so-called play-in games, which would feature teams playing for the right to advance to the field of 64.
San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich Threatens To...
San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich Threatens To Retire If NBA Season Heads Into July
Brad Stevens
Outlining Brad Stevens' coaching career in college with the Butler Bulldogs and in the NBA with the Boston Celtics.
NBA Lockout 101: the issues, the arguments, and...
NBA Lockout: The NBA's CBA expires in July, and a lockout is considered a near-certainty. Here's a look at some of the issues on the table as the league and its players negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.
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.
2013-14 NBA Regular Season Schedule
Key dates on the 2013-14 NBA regular season schedule.
Converse DEFCON
Review of Converse's latest performance basketball shoe, the Converse DEFCON.
Holiday Gifts for Basketball Fans
Holiday gift ideas for all the basketball fans on your list...
Do You Know What FIBA Stands for in Basketball??
FIBA is the federation that governs international basketball competition -- from the Olympics on down.

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