Before this season, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt had never played or coached — not even as an assistant — in the NBA. Now he’s guiding the Cavs through the playoffs. Only A Game’s Martin Kessler and Doug Tribou trace Blatt’s journey from Princeton to Israel to the NBA playoffs.
In former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the Clippers have a wildly successful businessman — and an enthusiastic fan — as owner. Karen Crouse, who recently profiled Ballmer for the New York Times, discusses the first year of Ballmer’s tenure.
Growing up, the NBA’s Serge Ibaka didn’t always have shoes to wear on the court, food to eat after practice or even a bed to sleep in. In a new Grantland documentary, Ibaka returns home to the Congo and shares his story. Bill Littlefield talks with Ibaka and filmmaker Adam Hootnick.
College basketball player Lauren Hill passed away Friday at age 19, but her message will carry on. Bill Littlefield shares her story.
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.