Los Angeles Times sports writer Mike Bresnahan has uncovered some evidence the Lakers aren’t making their best effort to win games. Brenahan tells Bill Littlefield how Los Angeles fans are handling the hard times.
Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw has led the Fighting Irish back to the Final Four for the fifth straight year. McGraw joins Bill Littlefield to explain how her team stays fit in airport terminals, why the Fighting Irish have overachieved this season and her team’s response to Indiana’s “religious freedom” law.
Before he became a star at Duke, Tyus Jones practiced against WNBA stars as a member of the Minnesota Lynx’ scout team. Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Lawrence explains how facing elite female players prepared Jones for the brightest spotlight in college basketball.
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.