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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.
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.
Jabari Parker vs. Andrew Wiggins: Comparing...
Comparing superstar prospects Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins.
One and Done
: "One and Done" is a slang term used to describe a player who stays in college for a single year before
The Bird Exception and How the NBA's Salary Cap...
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Everything You Need to Know About the NBA's...
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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
Double-Double
: When a basketball player reaches ten or more in two statistical categories, that is, reached double
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.
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.
What is flopping?
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.
Walk-On
: In college basketball "walk-on" refers to a player who is on the team, but does not get one of the
What is a charging violation?
The charging violation is one of the most difficult fouls to call in basketball. As such, it is often the most controversial as well.
AAU
: "AAU" stands for "Amateur Athletic Union" -- a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to promoting
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.
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.
The Top Coaches in College Hoops
The giants of the game -- Division I college basketball's all-time winningest coaches.
Top Five 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.
Isolation Play
The isolation is the simplest play in basketball and, very often, the most effective.
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.
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.
Ball Don't Lie
Just over a minute after entering the Knicks' game against the Phoenix Suns on December 2, Wallace delivered
How to Play Fantasy Basketball
An introduction to fantasy basketball - league setup information, rosters and positions, trades and free agents and fantasy basketball statistics
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.
How NBA GMs Use Poison Pill Contracts to Game...
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 Sexcapades: Affairs and other Off-Court...
The NBA: Where tawdry happens. Looking at some of the league's legendary off-court affairs -- from Tony
How To Become a Good Shooter: Drills and...
How To Become a Good Jump Shooter With Practice and Talent
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.
Alex Meruelo, Atlanta Hawks
Los Angeles-based businessman Alex Meruelo is set to become the NBA's first Hispanic team owner.
Top 5 Centers in Houston Rockets’ History
Ranking the top 5 centers in Houston Rockets' History.
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.
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.
Standing Reach
: One of the "measureables" associated with basketball players is "standing reach" -- the measure of
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.
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.
Basketball's Undefeated Teams
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.
Converse DEFCON
Review of Converse's latest performance basketball shoe, the Converse DEFCON.
How To Improve Your One on One Dribbling Skills...
Here are some key exercises to help you improve your ability to protect the basketball.
NBA Champions and Finals MVPs
The champions of basketball, from 1947 to today.
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.
What is the Ted Stepien Rule in NBA?
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How To Form Your Own Summer Basketball League
Here are the key steps in forming a basketball league on your neighborhood court.
2013-14 NBA Regular Season Schedule
Key dates on the 2013-14 NBA regular season schedule.
Stephen Curry
An In-Depth Profile of Stephen Curry.
Juco
: Short for "junior college," juco typically refers to players who play at a two-year school initially,
Back-to-Back
: In NBA terms, "back-to-back" is a term used to describe a stretch of schedule when a team plays two
Most Valuable Player
About the NBA's Most Valuable Player award
An unconventional, chaotic half-court pressing...
The "Chase" half-court press is a strategic option for the little league, junior high school, or high
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.
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.
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.
Vinnie Johnson - The Microwave
Vinnie Johnson came off the bench for the great Isiah Thomas/Chuck Daly Detroit Pistons teams of the
How To Play Good Individual Defense
How to play good individual Defense and make the team with hustle and determination
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.
Assist
: Simply put, an assist is a pass that sets up a basket. For example, a point guard that passes to a
Simple Drills to Perfect Your Shooting Style
How To Do Simple Drills To Develop A Good Shooting Touch
Mike Krzyzewski
Name: Mike Krzyzewski Position: Head Coach Team: Duke Blue Devils, U.S. Olympic Basketball Team Key Influences:
The Winningest Active Coaches in College Hoops
The Top 20 Winningest Active NCAA Head Coaches
Why Man To Man is Best In Youth Leagues
Man to Man Defense in Youth Leagues; Man to Man Defense; Developmental Basketball
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 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.
Most Wins in Division I History
The winningest division I programs in college basketball -- the University of Kentucky tops the list.
Letter of Intent
A letter of intent is a formal agreement that binds a given player to a given school.
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.
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.
Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas Jayhawks - Background information and quick facts on the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team.
LeBron James
Miami Heat forward LeBron James is the most talented - and most controversial - player in basketball today.
The Top Women's Coaches in College Hoops
The giants of the game -- Division I women's college basketball's all-time winningest coaches.
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.
Mini Mid-Level Exception
: The NBA's owners sought to eliminate salary cap exceptions during the lockout of 2011, thinking - accurately
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?
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.
How to Dunk
Once you've mastered the basic form of the squat, add jumping to the mix to build power. Page 4.
Vertical Jump
: One of the "measureables" associated with basketball players is "vertical leap" -- sometimes called
Scouting Future Opponents Made Easy
How to simplify scouting techniques to help you prepare better for upcoming games.
Princeton Offense
: The Princeton Offense is a system of basketball plays that feature constant motion and crisp passing
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.
Ektio Wraptor
Ankle injuries are unavoidable in basketball... but Ektio is trying to change that.
The NBA in Las Vegas?
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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
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.
Airball
An airball is a shot that misses... everything. The hoop, the rim, the backboard... the shot clock.
What is Rotisserie?
Rotisserie is a scoring system common to many fantasy sports leagues, particularly baseball and basketball.
FIBA
FIBA is the federation that governs international basketball competition -- from the Olympics on down.
The NBA CBA, Amnesty Rule and the League's...
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Basketball Contests That Will Add Life to your...
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NCAA Champions and Final Four Teams: 1939 - today
A complete list of NCAA Champions and Final Four teams, from the 1985 Villanova Wildcats to the 2011 Connecticut Huskies.
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. You can trick your opponent into running a zone offense against your man to man and make it work to your advantage.
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.
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.
Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio Scouting Report - scouting report and photo gallery featuring Ricky Rubio, the Spanish Olympic Team's point guard and likely top pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Bruin
: "Bruin" is an archaic term for bear. At one point it referred specifically to the brown bear -- Ursos
Eating Like a Bird
How proper nutrition helps Jayhawk athletes perform at peak levels.
Brandon Jennings Goes to Europe
Brandon Jennings -- an elite point guard recruit for the University of Arizona -- became the first American high school athlete to forgo college sign a professional contract with a European team.
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.
Run Your Own NCAA Tournament Pool
Given the dubious legality of gambling on the NCAA Tournament, we're sure you readers are playing March Madness pools for sheer entertainment value. But in case you're interested in a discussion of NCAA pools and cash wagers -- as a sociological experiment or similar -- read on. Page 4.
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.
How to Practice Basketball Using Your...
Use your imagination and visualizing to develop basketball skills.
LeBron James On NBA’s Mount Rushmore?
LeBron James believes he will finish his basketball career on the NBA Mount Rushmore.
Tennessee Volunteers Fact Sheet
Tennessee Volunteers - Background information and quick facts on Tennessee Volunteers men's basketball
Three Player Shooting Drills and Workout for...
Three player shooting can keep players shoot on the move, work on passing, catching, and shooting technique.
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.
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
Are NCAA Tournament Pools Legal?
According to FBI estimates, over $2.4 billion dollars changes hands annually - mostly in tens and twenties - in NCAA Tournament pools. Is any of this legal?
Decertification
Decertification of a union means that union loses the power to collectively bargain. Such a move has some potential benefits - the NFL Players Association decertified in an attempt to avoid a lockout - and a number of risks attached.
Roster Depreciation Allowance
: Invented by then-Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck, the "roster depreciation allowance" is an obscure
Is the NBA's Age Limit Hurting College Hoops?
A distinguished chorus of college basketball voices -- including Bob Knight, Dick Vitale, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl -- have spoken out against the NBA's age limit as a negative force in college hoops.
TSN's 50 Greatest Coaches
UCLA's John Wooden -- a ten-time national champion and hall-of-famer twice over -- was named the greatest coach in history by The Sporting News. The Wizard of Westwood is just one of the college basketball luminaries to be so honored by TSN.
Site and Venue Information for the 2014 NCAA...
Want to attend the 2014 NCAA Tournament? The Final Four will be played at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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.
Defensive Player of the Year
About the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award
Spurs’ Gregg Popovich Sometimes...
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich sometimes let’s his players coach themselves.
Show Cause
: The "Show Cause" penalty is perhaps the harshest in the NCAA's arsenal, as it essentially prevents
John Calipari
About John Calipari - Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats
Medical Redshirt
: A medical redshirt is a student who misses an entire year of competition due to injury and is granted
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.
Paul Pierce Officially a Legend
Former Boston Celtics star and current Brooklyn Nets' Paul Pierce joins elite 25,000 point club.
Hard Cap
: The NBA has an official cap on salaries... but that "cap" is more like a suggestion. There are a wide
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.
Doc Rivers
Outlining Doc Rivers basketball career as a coach and player.
Indiana Pacers Fire Jim O'Brien
The Indiana Pacers fired coach Jim O'Brien, promoting assistant coach Frank Vogel to lead the team on an interim basis.
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant is the league's top scorer, and arguably the best basketball player in the world today.
Where Did the NCAA Tournament Take Place in 2013?
Want to attend the 2013 NCAA Tournament? The Final Four will be the Georgia Dome, home of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.
Jim Boeheim
Jim Boeheim Profile - Career history, accomplishments and biography of legendary Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim
Trade Kicker
: A trade kicker -- more properly called a "trade bonus" -- is a clause that increases a player's salary
Alley Oop
An acrobatic play that ends in a mid-air slam dunk.
Transfer
Like all college students, college basketball players have the option of transferring from one school to another. But because the NCAA is involved, transferring is far more complicated than simply making sure credits will be accepted at the new school.
Bill Self
Bill Self Profile - Career history, accomplishments and profile of Bill Self, coach of the 2008 NCAA men's basketball champion Kansas Jayhawks
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.
When Are Children Too Young To Play Basketball?
At what age should children begin playing basketball? When it is fun and safe of course! Page 4.
Karl Malone - Special Delivery
Karl Malone was known as "The Mailman" throughout his career. That nickname became a mixed blessing.
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.
Rhianna
Singer Rihanna is reportedly dating New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith. Page 2.
Kim Kardashian
Reality television superstar Kim Kardashian has been associated with several pro athletes, including Reggie Bush of the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboy Miles Austin. But Life and Style magazine reports she's now seeing New Jersey Nets forward/center Kris Humphries. Page 4.
Did Jason Collins End His Career When He Came...
Did Jason Collins ruin his professional basketball career in the NBA when he came out as gay?
Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union. Basketball. Page 11.
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.
The Jump Hook Shot
How to Learn the Jump Hook Shot-Unstoppable!
Planting Seeds
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.
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 redraft league?
In a redraft league, all teams start from scratch with completely new rosters each season.
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.
Elements of a Good Post Play - Fundamentals and...
How to become a good post player for guards, forwards, and centers.
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.

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