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Zach Wasser is a sports and pop culture writer living in New York City. He is currently attending CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

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NBA Dream Fulfilled: An Interview With Atlanta Hawks Rookie Forward Adreian Payne

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 3:42 PM

When the Atlanta Hawks drafted Adreian Payne with the 15th overall pick, they helped the 23-year-old forward realize a life-long dream. I spoke with Payne earlier this summer, days before he headed out to Las Vegas to participate in his first NBA Summer League. During our conversation, we covered topics...

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Next-Level Prospect: An Interview With NBA Draftee Adreian Payne

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 7:14 PM

The NBA Draft is tonight and by now we've all heard and read about the top picks ad nauseum. But what about that next tier of prospects -- the dudes that won't hear their names called until Adam Silver hits double-digits?

I sat down with one such dude, Adreian...

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NBA Finals Game 5: Team Win

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 2:29 PM

Game 5 of the NBA Finals started out with a bang and ended with a whimper.

The first possessions played out like a dream for Miami: James blitzed the Spurs early, attacking the rim, hitting the long-ball and leading the Heat to a 22 to 6 advantage with...

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NBA Finals Game 3: Over Before You Knew It

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 10:47 AM

Less than halfway through the second quarter, Game 3 was already over.

As John Schuhmann tweeted, in the first frame the Spurs exploded for 41 points in 23 possession -- on pace to score 178 points per 100 possessions, an absurd offensive efficiency rating relative to

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More Than Friends: Jackson Introduces Fisher as Knicks Head Coach

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 12:51 PM

The New York Knicks introduced Derek Fisher as their new head coach today at the team's practice facility in Greenburgh, NY. The franchise's 26th leading man touched on an array of topics during his introductory press conference, but for the sake of brevity, I'll list only a few of the...

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NBA Finals Game 2: Bosh Plays Big

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 9:41 AM

Lebron James is the greatest basketball player on earth. Whatever the Heat needed him to do in order to win Game 2 (save a few missed layups early on) he did it and did it well: slashing, shooting, passing, defending and rebounding his way to an all-time great performance.

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Hot-N-Cramped: NBA Finals Game 1 Recap, Notes from the Alamo Armpit

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 10:31 AM

Summoning the strength to play in unplayable conditions, the Spurs outlasted then blasted the Heat late, beating them by a final score of 110 to 95. My sources tell me that Doris Burke, still delirious from heat exhaustion, is currently wandering San Antonio with her handheld thermometer and...

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2014 NBA Finals: The Rematch

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 9:46 AM

This is the Final's rematch we've all been waiting for: the two best teams in the NBA set to square off -- the Lone Star Loners vs. the Heatles. One team is in desperate need of redemption, the other has a chance to cement their legacy as a...

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Why the Clippers Didn't Win

(5) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 6:54 PM

In the NBA's second season, a team needs at least two reliable shot-creators to win -- players capable of manufacturing an open look for themselves or for a teammate at will. For the Clippers, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are those primary playmakers, guys that Doc can give the ball...

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The Myth of the Brooklyn Nets Fan: 5 Notes From Game 4

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 9:31 AM

Living in New York, I see Nets gear everywhere: subway cars and sidewalks dotted with the same black hats and HELLO BROOKLYN shirts. To shed the team's unofficial title as "Knicks' smelly cousin from Jersey," the Nets brain trust rebranded the organization as the physical incarnation...

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Pacers vs. Hawks Game 6 Preview: Copeland the Key

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 5:03 PM

It wasn't easy watching Chris Copeland ride the pine all season for the Pacers. After a few years playing abroad and briefly in the D-League, Cope landed with the Knicks partway through the 2012-2013 season and charmed the New York faithful. A shooter of Novakian abilities with much...

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Time Is a Flat Circle: Knicks Owner James Dolan Stops Phil Jackson from Firing Personnel

(9) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 1:50 PM

To be a Knicks fan in 2014 is to willfully enter into an unhealthy relationship. Exhibit A: Frank Isola of the Daily News reports that Executive Chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company and possible Sith Lord, James Dolan, has stopped new President of Basketball Operations, Phil Jackson,...

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NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 3:16 PM

Before the start of the season and even through the first quarter of games played, the outcome of the Eastern Conference playoffs seemed predetermined: the Indiana Pacers would square off against the Miami Heat for a spot in the NBA Finals. Now, with the Pacers in rapid decline and the...

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Knicks Beat Warriors: A Vapid Victory, But I'll Take It!

(4) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 11:26 AM

Is there such a thing as a moral loss? This isn't an existential question, or perhaps it is.

What comprises this Knicks team's soul? I can't say that I know anymore. Last time I wrote about these topics, the Knicks were a tough, defensively tenacious, old school Eastern conference beast....

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On Newtown and Gun Control: Listen to the Mothers

(29) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 6:39 PM

I wrote the majority of this blog post about a month ago -- shortly after the shooting in Newtown, a town only 20 minutes from where I grew up in New Milford. After sending it to a few family members and getting back their comments and edits, I put it...

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Knicks Win Big Over Bucks, and Why That Doesn't Matter at All

(7) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 6:45 PM

Last night, the New York Knicks slaughtered the Milwaukee Bucks (unnecessarily graphic?) 102 to 88, but the game started as a nail-biter. During a hotly contested first quarter -- a quarter which the Knicks ultimately lost 26 to 23 -- many Knicks fans were ready to throw out the season,...

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New York's Finest: Nets Beat Knicks in OT

(3) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 8:26 PM

Last night, the Brooklyn Nets beat the New York Knicks 96 to 89 in overtime, and all of Manhattan wept openly. It was official: In the war over the city's basketball heart, the migrants from America's armpit had won.

The best player for the Nets last night had to be...

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Carmelo Anthony for MVP

(8) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 5:49 PM

Before the season started, I told anyone that would listen, "I guarantee Carmelo Anthony will win MVP." Yep, I started this bandwagon, people. Don't believe me? Just ask my friends and coworkers. Don't know my friends or where I work? Fair point! I should have written this post before the...

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