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November 22nd, 2014

9-73: The 1972-73 Sixers Were ‘Perfectly Awful’

This year, the Philadelphia 76ers are off to an 0-11 start. They still have a long way to go, though, to lose as many games as the ’72-’73 76ers. That team, Charley Rosen writes, was “perfectly awful.” Rosen joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book about Philadelphia’s dreadful season.

In Depth
November 22nd, 2014

For The Toronto Raptors, Patience Pays Off

After three years at or near the bottom of their division, the Toronto Raptors are now one of the top teams in the East. The Toronto Star’s Doug Smith joins us to discuss the team’s turnaround — and to tell us whether the rapper Drake deserves any credit.

In Depth
November 15th, 2014

Time Crunch: Pro Sports Leagues Work To Shorten Games

To compete for fans’ time, pro sports leagues are taking steps to shorten their games. For our look at the latest experiments, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou spoke with an expert on time about how sports fit into our busy lives.

In The News
November 15th, 2014

Kobe Bryant Sets Undesirable NBA Record

Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant has now missed more shots than any other player in NBA history. It’s a mark that may never be broken — and not just because of Bryant’s longevity. ESPN’s Baxter Holmes says the NBA is changing, and shoot-first stars like Bryant may become a thing of the past.

Interview
November 8th, 2014

Study Of NBA Refs Highlights ‘Napoleon Complex’

Paul Gift of Pepperdine University co-authored a study that sought to answer the question: Do shorter NBA referees call more personal fouls? The answer was yes. Gift joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the study.

Only A Blog
November 5th, 2014
By Eric Larrabee

Jets Fans: The Latest Spending Cash To Send A Message

New York Jets fans are raising billboards and flying planes demanding the firing of the team’s general manager. We take a look back at other times sports fans have used advertising to get their message across.

In Depth
November 1st, 2014

After Awful Season, 76ers Have Nowhere To Go But … Down?

Last season the Philadelphia 76ers had 19 wins, the lowest total in the NBA. This season, they might be even worse. But according to Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer, that’s part of the plan. He joins us to explain.

In The News
November 1st, 2014

LeBron Returns His Talents To Cleveland

LeBron James is back in Cleveland, but do the Cavaliers have what it takes to win the NBA championship? The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Joe Vardon joins Bill Littleifled to assess the team’s chances.

In Depth
October 25th, 2014

Under New Owner, Clippers Hope To Sail Ahead

Almost six months since the Donald Sterling saga began, we finally turn our attention to the Los Angeles Clippers, the basketball team. With big stars and a championship coach, the Clippers seem to have the right pieces, but is it enough? Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times joins Bill Littlefield.

Only A Blog
October 23rd, 2014
By Martin Kessler

Is Kobe Bryant Responsible For Lakers’ Downfall?

In a scathing piece for ESPN The Magazine, Henry Abbott writes that Kobe Bryant is the reason the Lakers have struggled to land big-name free agents. But critics from within the NBA — and outside of it — have attacked the report.

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