This week New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson tried to reassure season ticket holders that he had a “clear plan” to make the team better. Bill Littlefield wonders if that’s a good idea.
“Recovery has been the greatest gift I have ever gotten,” says former NBA player and coach John Lucas. “It’s given me life after basketball.”
After a 30-0 regular season, the Princeton women’s basketball team received just a No. 8 seed for the NCAA tournament. Princeton coach Courtney Banghart joins Bill Littlefield to explain the challenges mid-majors face in women’s basketball.
This week, two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash announced his retirement. Long before he was an NBA star, Nash was a little-known point guard for Santa Clara University. His coach and a former teammate share their favorite stories from Nash’s college career.
American basketball player Mychal Kearse brings “a dose of swagger” to professional basketball in Iraq, Tamer El-Ghobashy writes for the Wall Street Journal. El-Ghobashy joins Bill Littlefield to explain what life is like for Kearse and other Americans playing in the Iraqi Superleague.
At a press conference Thursday, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim announced he was appealing NCAA sanctions for academic misconduct, illegal booster activity and failure to follow drug testing policy. Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel updates Bill Littlefield on the situation.
Players and coaches aren’t the only ones hoping to advance through the NCAA tournament. Referees also advance round by round and they have their eyes on the Final Four. Bill Littlefield has the story.
Wilt Chamberlain claimed that he slept with 20,000 women. He also claimed he never fathered a child, but Aaron Levi has some strong evidence that Wilt was his dad. Gary Pomerantz investigated the story for Sports Illustrated, and he joined Bill Littlefield to share what he learned.
The No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats are undefeated after 30 games. While the Wildcats have traditionally relied on their freshmen, this year’s team featured talented sophomores, too. Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports joins Bill Littlefield to explain how coach John Calipari has changed college basketball recruiting.
Should players be able to jump directly from high school to the NBA? It’s been 10 years since that was allowed and the issue will be a key part of the NBA’s next contract negotiation, which could begin in 2017. Nathan Hatch, president of Wake Forest University and former chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, weighs in.