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February 22nd, 2016
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The Definitive Ranking Of The NBA’s Cutest Kids

It would be easy to say that each NBA kid is equally cute, but we live in a hierarchical society, and one adorable kid MUST rise above the rest. Will Riley Curry or Lil’ Chris reign supreme? What about PJ Rose or LeBron James Jr.?

FEATURE
February 20th, 2016

Kenny Sailors: The Long-Forgotten Inventor Of Basketball’s Jump Shot

Today, the jump shot is one of basketball’s fundamental moves. But it didn’t exist in the early days of basketball history. Where did it come from? And who invented it? Only A Game’s Karen Given’s investigation begins 84 years ago on a farm in Wyoming.

FEATURE
February 20th, 2016

Can The NBA’s Dunk Contest Be Great Again?

For years, NBA fans have been complaining that the annual dunk contest has lost its luster. In the wake of last weekend’s showdown between Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine, Only A Game’s Karen Given examines whether or not the contest is really still in decline.

ROUNDTABLE
February 13th, 2016

3 Stories You Should Know: NFL Sociology, NBA Moms, Liverpool Walkout

If you watched just one NFL game all season, what would you learn? If NBA players lived with their moms, would they be more successful? And is the sports’ fan revolution about to begin? George Vecsey and Rachel Bachman join Bill Littlefield.

Commentary
January 30th, 2016

A Bird In An Elevator

If you found yourself riding in an elevator with a sports celebrity, would you strike up a conversation? Would it be fun, or just too awkward for words? Only A Game’s Gary Waleik recalls an elevator encounter he had over 20 years ago, in which he cleared up a mystery about a basketball legend.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS
January 30th, 2016

After Motorcycle Crash, NBA’s Jay Williams Chases A New Dream

The No. 2 pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, Jay Williams might have been the next Chicago Bulls superstar. But after his rookie season, Williams nearly died in a motorcycle accident. He shares the story of his recovery and attempted basketball comeback.

Feature
January 23rd, 2016

Stephen Curry, Under Armour And The Fall Of The Dunk

The slam dunk. It’s basketball’s most exciting play. But now the dunk is facing a challenge — from a skinny point guard and an upstart sneaker brand. Only A Game’s Martin Kessler has the story.

Interview
January 2nd, 2016

Jeremy Lin Responds To ‘Silicon Valley Suicides’

The suicide rate at two high schools in Palo Alto, Calif. has been more than four times the national average. Charlotte Hornets point guard Jeremy Lin grew up in Palo Alto, and he joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his own high school experience and what he’s learned since “Linsanity.”

Feature
December 26th, 2015

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.

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.

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