Category Archives: Basketball

How The Game Of Basketball Has Changed

Basketball has evolved into a game where players are fast and creative. The game no longer is an inside- out game. The play starts on the perimeter and from there players create their own shot or kick the ball out to the open man for the three, a big change from 30 years ago. It is innovative and creative. The pull up jumper is still a product of the game, however the step- back move, cross over, and jab step are all effective moves as well. The game is a lot faster, however shooting has suffered.

Back in the day there were many pure shooters and shooting was a science. Pure shooters that come to mind were Rick Mount, Larry Bird, Austin Carr, and the Like. Today John Wall and Kimba Walker are both players who can get to the basket in a hurry.


Pete Maravich is the most creative player ever. He could do literally anything with the ball, pass, dribble and shoot in short he was a showman.

I would be remiss if I did not include LeBron James in the mix.





LeBron James Hits Winning Drive With 2.2 Seconds on the Clock

Lebron James. What can any of us say? Miami Heat takes game one vs the Pacers. Lebron James had a triple double night, 30 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assist and 3 blocks. And the bird man, Chris Anderson came off the bench and contributed, with energy. What are we left with? A Heat victory in games #1 . Stay tuned.



Kevin Ware- Example of Why College Athletes Should be Paid

Isn’t it disgusting? NCAA needs to go. Shocking that the school would seek to profit at the expense of an unpaid player. Who ever heard of such a thing in the NCAA? Comment from a fan  

kevin-ware-rise-tshirtsIt is shocking that the NCAA and Louisville will try to profit from the unfortunate leg injury that Kevin Ware suffered in an elite eight game last Saturday, making up tee-shirt and selling them for $25 a pop with none of the profits going to Mr. Ware is unthinkable to us, but for  others who approved it, just another way to make a profit.
This is no shock given the video that we’ve seen over and over of a coach and coaches throwing basketballs, pushing and shoving players, and using degrading offensives slurs toward Rutgers players. The entire system of the so called student athlete needs to be revamped and the NCAA needs to be revamped as well. It is a for profit organization that only speaks up when they feel it is necessary, not when they should. Yet the student athletes suffers. They make millions of dollars for their appropriate schools. But never see a dime for it. How about the NCAA mandating that the Student athlete should be paid and compensated when they are injured.

Scholarship Players  like Kevin Ware, who suffered an injury , possibly career ending, often lose their scholarship and are forced to fend for themselves.They are injured while on scholarship but are in fact at the mercy of the school. Their future is precarious at best. The school forgets about them and recruits  still another high profile athlete to take their place. This also happen in professional sports, the difference is professional athletes do get paid, something college athletes can only dream about. Something has to change and the system need to be reworked and re-examined.

Tuesday’s ESPN “30 for 30” on murdered Simeon basketball star Ben Wilson

Chicago Sun-Times-Coodie Simmons was a 13-year-old seventh-grader living in Beverly in November 1984 when he learned about the shooting of Simeon basketball star Ben Wilson.

‘‘Back then, we saw a lot of people get shot and be OK,’’ he said.

‘‘The next morning, I was home when I found out he died, and I was crying like he was my brother.’’

The hip-hop video director and filmmaker is part of the celebrated collective Coodie and Chike with New Orleans native Chike Ozah. Their first feature film, ‘‘Benji,’’ which was Wilson’s nickname, is a sorrowful and powerful documentary about Wilson’s brief though incandescent life.

Made under the auspices of ESPN’s ‘‘30 for 30’’ series, the movie plays Wednesday and Thursday at the AMC River East (322 E. Illinois St.) as part of the Chicago International Film festival, with the filmmakers present. The broadcast premiere is on ESPN at 7 p.m. Oct. 23.

Simmons graduated from Julian and studied mass communications at Northern Illinois. He met Ozah on their groundbreaking video for Kanye West’s ‘‘Through the Wire.’’ Just as they deployed a striking use of Polaroids in that video, the filmmakers interpolate archival footage, first-person interviews and expressive black-and-white animation in relating Wilson’s alternately remarkable and tragic story.

They frame Wilson’s rise against the backdrop of Harold Washington’s political career and the arrival of Michael Jordan, interspersed with gang violence and the introduction of crack cocaine.

The filmmakers point out that Wilson’s murder was the 669th that year in Chicago.

‘‘That’s the only one we talk about,’’ Simmons said.

‘‘We wanted to tell the story of Chicago and how I felt, as a young man growing up there, with the danger of gangs, the thrill of house parties, where there was a lot of fun but also that bit of danger.’’

The most chilling parts of the film deal with the parallel story of Billy Moore, the 16-year-old convicted of Wilson’s murder.

Wilson, who helped Simeon create a high school basketball dynasty with a state-best six state titles, is the forebearer to Nick Anderson, Derrick Rose and now Jabari Parker. Wilson, the movie asserts, is ‘‘a mythical figure fixed in Chicago’s collective memory.’’

Throw Back Article- Colleges are writing to Darrell Griffith

From Sports Illustrated 1976
Those piles of letters that keep spilling out of Darrell Griffith's high school locker these days are an indication that the recruiting season—basketball's version of fraternity rush—will soon be in full swing. You see, before all the bump-ins and weekend visits begin in earnest, every school from Florida State to the University of Hawaii runs to the post office with a last-ditch sales pitch. Griffith, a three-year star at Male High School in Louisville, has heard them all by now.A 6'3″ forward who can go up and deposit a lob pass in the basket quicker than you can say ” David Thompson,” Griffith is the finest all-round prep player in the country.

He manhandles opponents at both ends of the floor, as he demonstrated not long ago against Wheatley High, a powerful team from Houston, producing a 33-point, 23-rebound performance that included a dozen blocked shots in Male's 93-81 win. After a 93-75 romp over Louisville's Manual High last Friday night that ran Male's record to 20-1 and helped maintain the Bulldogs' No. 1 rating in the state, Griffith was averaging 24 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots per game. His three-year figures are not much different.As if that kind of heroics were not sufficient, Griffith handles the ball well enough to play guard in college and has such quick reactions that he is sometimes able to bound in the air and catch an opponent's shot, rather than resort to the conventional but wasteful practice of swatting the ball out of bounds.

When you can play like this in high school, you have to expect certain pressures from the outside world. In Griffith's case, that sometimes means plowing through stacks of mail to find a missing textbook in the bottom of his locker. One night last week that debris included a North Carolina State calendar, some Michigan basket ball statistics and a letter from Indiana.”Calendars, calendars, calendars,” Griffith muttered, cramming two or three more inside his locker and forcing the door shut. “I've gotten so many of them there's no way I can ever forget what day it is. I'm starting to get doubles on all my basketball mail, and some schools are sending me football material, if you can believe that. I even got a Happy Halloween card with a piece of gum inside from somebody.”Griffith is a B student “with a light upstairs,” as Marquette Coach Al McGuire is fond of saying. This is certainly commendable, but what college recruiters see in Griffith is an athlete who shoots 60% from the floor, high jumps 6'10″ and runs the 100 in 10.1. Griffith is a dream come true they say, perhaps another Oscar Robertson or Jerry West, and the next step in recruiting him is likely to entail something like this: one day Darrell goes to his locker and works the combination as usual. Except that when he lifts the handle, out jumps North Carolina State's Norm Sloan and Michigan's Johnny Orr and Indiana's Bobby Knight, like clowns popping out of a circus car, each wildly waving a letter of intent.

Perhaps that will be the recruiting gimmick of the future, but if history repeats, Griffith and teammate Bobby Turner will end up across town at the University of Louisville. Turner, a rugged 6'4″ 200-pounder, has been Griffith's sidekick since fourth grade. They have vowed to attend the same school, and that would suit UL just fine. Male, so-called because it once had an all-boy student body, has reached five of the last six state finals and four Male graduates including Wesley Cox, a starting forward, have played for the Cardinals during Coach Denny Crum's five years at Louisville.”I admit that I'll be surprised if we don't get both of them,” says Crum, saving money on a 13 cents stamp. ” Griffith is 6'3″ going on 7 feet, and I know he would fit into our attack because he is so similar to Junior Bridgeman, who took us to the NCAA semifinals last year. Both are tremendous two-footed leapers—by that I mean that neither Bridgeman nor Griffith needs a running start to achieve his maximum height. And that's probably, oh, about 40 inches off the floor.”The Griffith-Turner partnership began to make headlines when they led their eighth-and ninth-grade teams to 49 straight victories. “We were the UCLA of junior high basketball,” says Griffith. By that summer Griffith had progressed so much he was invited to join the top division of the Louisville summer league, in which several pros play. Some of his pals on the Kentucky Colonels say they could use him in the ABA right now. But foremost in Griffith's mind is winning another state high school championship. On the way to last year's title he and Turner combined for 67 points in Male's 83-74 semifinal victory over Christian County High.

“When I took a look at these guys three years ago,” says Male Coach Wade Houston, “I knew we would win some games. But they have surprised even me.”Are the kids already signed, sealed and delivered to Louisville? “Well, I feel that we probably owe it to ourselves to visit Hawaii,” says Turner in mock seriousness. “Yeah, and Las Vegas, too,” says Griffith. “All I know is that Bobby and I want to go to some place with a whole lot of prestige and publicity associated with the basketball team. I don't think that a school that draws 2,000 people a game is gonna get it. Not that my folks would mind. My mother told me the other day, 'Darrell, as long as you're happy, I'll be happy. Whether you decide to go to Concrete Institute or Tree County College.'”. Sports Illustrated 1976