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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.

Feature
November 15th, 2014

West Point’s Max Lenox: Point Guard, Captain, Adopted Son

Max Lenox didn’t take the expected path to becoming captain of Army’s basketball team. Bill speaks with Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price, who profiled the point guard for this week’s magazine, and to the two men who adopted Lenox.

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.

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.

In Depth
November 8th, 2014

Frank Kaminsky: College Basketball’s ‘Unlikeliest Star’

After leading Wisconsin to the Final Four last season, Frank Kaminsky could have been a first-round NBA draft pick. But, deciding that the NBA can be “flat-out boring,” Kaminsky returned for his senior season. ESPN The Magazine’s Pablo Torre explains.

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.

Feature
October 11th, 2014

After Drugs Drove Him From The NBA, Chris Herren Makes Off-Court Comeback

Chris Herren was a basketball phenom who made the NBA only to flame out because of his addiction to drugs. At one point, Herren was spending $20,000 a month on his habit. Today Herren gives talks about his experience. Bill Littlefield reports.

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