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IN DEPTH
December 19th, 2015

Newly Discovered Naismith Audio Alters Basketball’s Origin Story

It’s been nearly 125 years since Dr. James Naismith invented basketball. In a recently discovered audio recording from 1939, Naismith reveals his “big mistake” and more. Bill Littlefield takes a listen.

INTERVIEW
December 12th, 2015

Meet Kobe Bryant’s ‘Muse:’ His High School English Teacher

Kobe Bryant’s most famous poem may be “Dear Basketball,” which he recently published online to announce his retirement from the NBA. But Bryant’s former high school English teacher says that Kobe has been writing poems about basketball since the 10th grade. Jeanne Mastriano joins Bill Littlefield to share her favorite story about Kobe — and more.

In Depth
December 12th, 2015

Does LeBron’s Nike Deal Make Him The Next ‘Air Jordan?’

The debate over whether LeBron James or Michael Jordan would win a game of one-on-one will probably never end, but we might be closer to settling another question: whose brand has more potential? In light of James’ new $500 million-plus lifetime deal with Nike, Bill Littlefield looks at whether LeBron’s commercial power will ever rival Jordan’s.

IN DEPTH
December 5th, 2015

Warriors, Sixers: What Are The Odds?

The Warriors’ winning streak and the 76ers’ losing streak to open the 2015-16 NBA season are anomalies in their own rights. But to have both occur in the same year? Bill Littlefield investigates just how rare this occasion is — and he hears what it’s like to play for an NBA team that can’t seem to get a win.

Interview
December 5th, 2015

Shane Battier Remembers Life On ‘Kobe Island’

Last Sunday, Lakers star Kobe Bryant announced that this season will be his last. Retired NBA forward Shane Battier faced Bryant many times throughout his career. Battier joins Bill Littlefield to remember one particularly difficult night guarding the 17-time All-Star.

Commentary
December 2nd, 2015

Kobe’s Retirement: A Teachable Moment

On Sunday, longtime Lakers star Kobe Bryant announced that this will be his final NBA season. Bryant told the world via a poem titled “Dear Basketball.” Bill Littlefield was intrigued by Bryant’s decision to reveal his plans via verse.

COMMENTARY
November 21st, 2015

Two Sportsmen Face Life After Paris

Atlanta Hawks’ guard Thabo Sefolosha understands life in Europe: he is from Switzerland and played for three years on a French basketball team. Bill Littefield compares remarks Sefolosha recently made about the attacks in Paris with his own recent experience in the city.

In The News
November 21st, 2015

Has College Basketball Gotten Boring?

Come March, sports fans around the country will crowd around TVs to catch the three-week pandemonium that is March Madness. But how can the NCAA get people more interested in college basketball games occurring at the beginning of the season? Bill Littlefield speaks with the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen about the latest attempt to make college hoops more exciting.

Commentary
November 18th, 2015

Why Fighting Still Thrives In The NHL

When the Nashville Predators played the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night, Mike Fisher knocked out one of Kevin Bieksa’s teeth. And, yes, hockeyfights.com is still in business. Bill Littlefield has always wondered why fighting, which is seriously discouraged in other sports, gets a pass in hockey.

INTERVIEW
November 14th, 2015

Mike Tollin: Telling Stories Set In Sports

Mike Tollin is a producer/writer/director with a long and varied career. But that career has predominantly focused on one subject. Bill Littlefield spoke with Tollin this week and asked him if he always knew he wanted to tell stories about sports.

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