The New Orleans Hornets may be changing their nickname and team colors next season, but but one thing will remain the same: last year’s overall No. 1 draft pick, Anthony Davis, is the future of the franchise. He’s 6-foot-10, signed to a $16-million contract, and is still just 19 years old. From New Orleans, Keith O’Brien has this story.
Midway through the NBA season, three teams boast winning percentages above .700, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Ballard joined Bill Littlefield to break down this season’s title contenders.
While some have criticized the New Orlean’s Hornets’ new nickname, the Pelican is firecer than you might think. Bill Littlefield talks with Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky about the bird and the merits of New Orleans’ selection.
Seattle lost the SuperSonics in 2008 when the team moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. But the Emerald City is on the verge of rejoining the NBA fraternity…unless it isn’t. Bill Littlefield looks into the potential sale of the Sacramento Kings.
One of the more unique results of the NHL lock-out is the appearance on ice of the world’s most famed comedic basketball troupe: the Harlem Globetrotters. Quinn Klinefelter of WDET in Detroit was on hand to watch the slipping, sliding and dunking at a rink in Michigan.
The Golden State Warriors are off to a hot start, but one of the franchise’s young stars is someone you’ll never see on the court. Forbes Magazine recently named 24-year-old Warriors assistant general manager Kirk Lacob to the sports edition of its “30 Under 30″, a list of young and influential figures in the business of sports. Lacob joins Bill Littlefield.
Author and frequent OAG contributor Keith O’Brien spent a year with the Scott County Cardinals, a high school basketball team in Kentucky good enough to attract 6-foot-8 transfer students. Bill Littlefield speaks with O’Brien about the difficulties of handling the pressure to win in a community with above average interest in high school hoops.
The New York Knicks won a close game against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, solidifying their seat atop the Eastern Conference and their status as one of the hottest teams in basketball. Howard Beck, who covers the NBA for the ‘New York Times’, chats with Bill about what’s been working for the Knicks this season.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has become the fifth NBA player to score 30,000 career points. How’d he do it a year faster than Wilt Chamberlain? Henry Abbott of ESPN’s TrueHoop joins Bill Littlefield to explain.
The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 2013 inductees, which include screenwriter Angelo Pizzo and director David Anspaugh, who will be honored for their work on the basketball movie ‘Hoosiers.’ Pizzo joins Bill to discuss the iconic sports film.