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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
Stephen Curry
An In-Depth Profile of Stephen Curry.
Isolation Play
The isolation is the simplest play in basketball and, very often, the most effective.
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.
What is a Double-Double in Basketball?
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The Bird Exception and How the NBA's Salary Cap...
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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.
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.
NBA Policy on Concussions
The NBA implemented a new policy for dealing with concussions for the 2011-12 season.
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.
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
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 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.
Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest)
Outlining the playing career of Metta World Peace(aka Ron Artest).
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.
What to Do When You Have These Common...
Basketball involves a lot of reaching and other motions that extend the arms. Tendinitis in the shoulder joint is a common problem.
NBA Champions and Finals MVPs
The champions of basketball, from 1947 to today.
Assist
Assist is a statistic in basketball used to give credit to the player who
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.
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.
Why Standing Reach Matters for a Basketball...
: One of the "measureables" associated with basketball players is "standing reach" -- the measure of
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.
Top Coaches in NBA History
Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens and Pat Riley top the list of the NBA's all-time winningest coaches.
How to Play Fantasy Basketball
An introduction to fantasy basketball - league setup information, rosters and positions, trades and free agents and fantasy basketball statistics
"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.
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.
Brick
Brick -- basketball slang for a particularly grace-less jump shot.
Airball
An airball is a shot that misses... everything. The hoop, the rim, the backboard... the shot clock.
Top 5 Centers in Houston Rockets’ History
Ranking the top 5 centers in Houston Rockets' History.
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
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.
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.
Alex Meruelo, Atlanta Hawks
Los Angeles-based businessman Alex Meruelo is set to become the NBA's first Hispanic team owner.
UCLA's Ben Howland
UCLA coach Ben Howland cheers on his team during the Bruins' win over Western Kentucky. Page 10.
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.
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.
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
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.
Vertical Jump
: One of the "measureables" associated with basketball players is "vertical leap" -- sometimes called
Commissioner Adam Silver on Tanking: Who Is He...
Commissioner Adam Silver doesn't believe tanking is a problem in the NBA.
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.
How To Form Your Own Summer Basketball League
Here are the key steps in forming a basketball league on your neighborhood court.
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.
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.
Trade Kicker
: A trade kicker -- more properly called a "trade bonus" -- is a clause that increases a player's salary
Back-to-Back
: In NBA terms, "back-to-back" is a term used to describe a stretch of schedule when a team plays two
The NBA Age Limit
The NBA's most recent collective bargaining agreement prevents players from entering the draft right out of high school.
Hard Cap
: The NBA has an official cap on salaries... but that "cap" is more like a suggestion. There are a wide
Letter of Intent
A letter of intent is a formal agreement that binds a given player to a given school.
Billy Donovan Takes a Risk With OKC
Former Florida Gators basketball coach Billy Donovan took a risk when he decided to become head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Most Valuable Player
About the NBA's Most Valuable Player award
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.
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
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.
Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union. Basketball. Page 11.
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.
Everything You Need to Know About the NBA's...
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11 College Basketball Coaches Who Just Know How...
The giants of the game -- Division I college basketball's all-time winningest coaches.
Juco
: Short for "junior college," juco typically refers to players who play at a two-year school initially,
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.
Mini Mid-Level Exception
: The NBA's owners sought to eliminate salary cap exceptions during the lockout of 2011, thinking - accurately
Advice for Knicks Fans: ‘Start Rooting...
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Defensive Efficiency
Defensive Efficiency is a statistic that measures the number of points an NBA team allows per 100 possessions.
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.
Ball Don't Lie
Just over a minute after entering the Knicks' game against the Phoenix Suns on December 2, Wallace delivered
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.
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.
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.
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.
LeBron Wishes He Played Baseball?
LeBron James expresses jealousy towards the amount of money that Major League Baseball players, like Miguel Cabrera, receive.
Brad Stevens
Outlining Brad Stevens' coaching career in college with the Butler Bulldogs and in the NBA with the Boston Celtics.
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.
UCLA vs. Memphis
The Final Four logo on center court of San Antonio's Alamodome. Page 11.
An unconventional, chaotic half-court pressing...
The Chase Press is an unconventional half court
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.
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.
James Harden
Detailed Profile of James Harden
Pat Riley Is Ready to Move On
After the Miami Heat's disastrous 2014-15 NBA season, Pat Riley is ready to move on.
Key Dates
Important Dates relating to the 2012 NBA Draft
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.
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.
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.
How to Practice Basketball Using Your...
Use your imagination and visualizing to develop basketball skills.
In the Zone
An introduction to some of the zone defenses used in college basketball.
Doc Rivers
Outlining Doc Rivers basketball career as a coach and player.
The Winningest Active Coaches in College Hoops
The Top 20 Winningest Active NCAA Head Coaches
How To Play Good Individual Defense
How to play good individual Defense and make the team with hustle and determination
Which of These 2 Phenoms Will Have a Better...
Comparing superstar prospects Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins.
How to Dunk
Once you've mastered the basic form of the squat, add jumping to the mix to build power. Page 4.
Krzyzewskiville
Krzyzewskiville is an area of the Duke campus where students camp out to wait for basketball tickets.
David Blatt Takes a Backseat to LeBron James
When it comes to the Cleveland Cavaliers, David Blatt shares play calling duties with LeBron James.
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.
Room Exception
: The room exception is a salary cap exception available to teams that spend some portion of the year
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.
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.
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.
Derrick Rose May Never Be the Same
Derrick Rose may never be the same great basketball player after latest knee injury.
The NBA in Las Vegas?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Summer Basketball , "A Personal Narrative"
How to improve your basketball skills in the summer.
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.
Holiday Gifts for Basketball Fans
Holiday gift ideas for all the basketball fans on your list...
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.
Top-Selling NBA Jerseys
The top-selling jersey in the NBA belongs to one LeBron James. All is forgiven, I guess...
Memphis' John Calipari
Memphis coach John Calipari. Basketball. Page 12.
Stephen Curry Wins MVP: First of Many?
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry beats out James Harden, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook to win his first NBA MVP award.
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.
Converse DEFCON
Review of Converse's latest performance basketball shoe, the Converse DEFCON.
Mid Level Exception
The mid level exception is a tool that teams with payrolls over the NBA salary cap can use to sign players.
Kobe Bryant Still Plans to Retire in 2016
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant still plans to retire from the NBA in 2016.
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.
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.
Eastern Conference Seeds, Matchups and Previews
The Chicago Bulls finished with the NBA's best overall record and may have the East's easiest path to the 2011 NBA Finals - but don't count out LeBron James and the Heat or Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics just yet.
Miami Heat Super Team Set to Cash Out
The Miami Heat Super Team with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are likely to break up at the end of the 2013-14 season.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Pierce May Have Played His Last NBA Game
Don't be surprised if Paul Pierce is ready to walk away from the NBA following a disappointing end to his 2014-15 season.
Simple Drills to Perfect Your Shooting Style
How To Do Simple Drills To Develop A Good Shooting Touch
Early Entries
Which underclassmen will declare for the 2012 NBA Draft?
LeBron James vs. Carmelo Anthony: Who’s a...
Would LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony be a better fit for the Los Angeles Lakers?
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.)
Beating Zone Defenses
Beat Zone Defenses with simple rules
Kobe Bryant Not a Fan of Today’s...
Kobe Bryant doesn't like the way that basketball is played in today's NBA.
LeBron James Is Happy to be Home
LeBron James decides to leave the Miami Heat and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
How To Plan An Individual Practice Session
Make your own individual basketball workouts to bring out your best with structured, timed, goal centered drills. Page 6.
Elite Camp
: Elite camps are invitation-only summer events that allow colleges to play host to 10 or 20 top recruits.
Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas Jayhawks - Background information and quick facts on the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team.
Rucker Park - The Yankee Stadium of Streetball
Profile of New York's Holcombe Rucker Basketball Courts -- also known as Rucker Park -- a playground that has hosted most of basketball's biggest names of the last 40 years including Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant.
Mike Krzyzewski
Mike Krzyzewski Profile: Career history, accomplishments and biography of Duke's Mike
How To Become a Good Shooter: Drills and...
How To Become a Good Jump Shooter With Practice and Talent
Jeremy Lin
In his first real season, Jeremy Lin has been waived, sent to the D-League, landed a starting job and become one of the biggest stories in the NBA.
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.
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant is the league's top scorer, and arguably the best basketball player in the world today.
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.
OKC Thunder Made a Mistake Firing Scott Brooks
Why the Oklahoma City Thunder made a huge mistake when they fired Scott Brooks as head coach.
Was Doc Rivers Smart to Acquire Son?
Was Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers smart to trade for his son Austin Rivers?
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!
NBA Wives and Girlfriends
A look at some of the most famous wives and girlfriends of NBA players, including Eva Longoria Parker, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks
John Wall
Outlining the basketball career of current Washington Wizards point guard John Wall.
What is a Quiet Period?
A quiet period is a date range on the NCAA's official college basketball recruiting calendar during which coaches can only make in-person recruiting contacts on their program's campus.
What is an Evaluation Period?
An evaluation period is a date range on the NCAA's official college basketball recruiting calendar during which coaches and athletic department staff can assess prospects' abilities and academic qualifications, but cannot make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts.
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.

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