The NBA's owners may sincerely believe that they will be improving the overall product if they start barring players under 20. But they will be sincerely mistaken.
The annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston is a forum to discuss the possibility of big changes in basketball. So it was no surprise when the concept of the four-point play came up for debate this year. The idea has generated a firestorm of controversy, and rightfully so. Rule changes happen often, and they can represent the growth of basketball. Don't forget that the NBA implemented the three-point shot in 1979, a change that's still drawing the ire of naysayers more than 30 years later. The three-point shot revolutionized basketball, re-shaping the way players play and coaches coach. But the four-point play -- even though it may sound like another step forward -- is not the right move for the league.
There is a good word to describe the "and" versus "either/or" phenomenon being described -- ambiversion.
The MVP is the most debated award every year, due largely to its vague definition historically. It does not simply go to the league's leading scorer, nor to the best player on the team that finishes with the most wins. It is the player that is the most valuable to his team.
Donning faux facial hair and assuming a new identity, Larry H. Miller Group CEO, Greg Miller, spent a number of days undercover performing four distinct jobs within the Utah Jazz organization.
We have built this moment up for so long. The gay world and the sports world have played such vital roles in my life and I've been one of the many gay fans who have spent years craving a moment where our passions collide.
As you watch the NBA playoffs this spring, impress your friends with this fact: the idea for those Nikes worn by LeBron James and Kevin Durant was actually born in the rainforests of the northeast Amazon.
Being without their starting center the Golden State Warriors assumed they had to do more both offensively and defensively to start the second half of the season off right.
Today, professional leagues from the United States to Bulgaria to Taiwan all agree: It's kind of a winter sport. But I've been watching the Winter Olympics for two weeks and still haven't seen any basketball. So what gives?
Sam's coming out will be the true litmus test of whether the NFL is indeed open and accepting of gay players. Should no team sign him, the NFL is sending the message that no time is the right time to be out in this sport.
There is no doubt that Melo is the Knicks best player, and I have been a huge proponent of his throughout his reign in the Big Apple. Yet, this is not a time for me and other Knicks fans to be sentimental... It's time to say goodbye.
Frye recalled the moments leading up to one of the most difficult times in his NBA playing career. Soon enough, he would realize that the looks of the doctors and professionals around him were serious.
No matter how you feel about advanced statistics, the sports world is shifting more and more towards them, and this week we'll use them to break down the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year race.
Their boss, a guy named Ted Shaker, saw the same thing Stern saw in the discarded gem the NBA property had become. The game needed a little polish, a fresh coat of paint or luster and it needed someone to give it a chance.
Imagine if the Knicks were a boat. They'd be an expensive mega-yacht no doubt, but certainly a vessel anything other than shipshape.
What many don't realize is that fantasy basketball is growing significantly in popularity and can actually be even more fun than fantasy football.