Articles by Sam Joynt

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Duke vs UNC: Previewing basketball’s best rivalry

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of the most successful Division I basketball programs in the country. Year after year the Tar Heels have been able to assemble a cast of elite level amateur talents and are annually considered contenders for the coveted NCAA National Championship. They currently rank third all-time with five national titles to their name, and trail only Kentucky and Kansas on the all-time wins list. Each of the five…

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Andre Drummond, Shabazz Muhammad and the new CBA

With the expiration of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement on July 1, and negotiations stalled until August, many issues have been blamed for this lockout. One talking point in particular, however, could impact the careers of high school phenoms Andre Drummond and Shabazz Muhammad. While not the central concern of either side, the age limit which currently rules players ineligible to declare for the NBA Draft until they are one year removed from their high school graduation, is a topic…

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Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats and the NBA Draft

With seven national championships under their belt, the University of Kentucky is home to one of the most storied programs in Division I college basketball. Over the past few seasons, while under the helm of recruiting guru John Calipari, they have been a serious threat to claim their eighth each year. Despite a series of early departures by one and done freshmen for the bright lights and bursting bank accounts of the NBA they are perennially…

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TheGP’s 2011 NBA Mock Draft

With the NBA Draft set for this Thursday, the combine long gone and player workouts practically over, it becomes increasingly obvious that impressions have begun to take form. It’s an NBA mock draft fan’s dream. At this stage we know who the top prospects are, so all that is left to be determined is how the chips will fall and where they will land on June 23. Each selection influences the next, and a chain…

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Bismack Biyombo’s rise up the NBA Draft board

With the 2011 NBA Draft now just a few weeks away, teams and fans alike are scouring for every available resource to find out all that they can about any prospect that could fall into their range on the big night. There are few unknowns with players like Kemba Walker and Brandon Knight having spent years in the national spotlight, dating back to storied high school careers. But still, amongst such household names at the…

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Bleeding Purple: Addition by subtraction

I find it important to say that I once loved Vince Carter. Just as anyone who has ever lived and died by their favourite sports team loves their team’s star player. It was a love made even more special as his arrival to the Toronto Raptors coincided with my birth into NBA fandom. I recall vividly the lock-out shortened season of 1998-99, sitting in my living room nearly every weekend watching NBA on NBC after…

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Draft Day, featuring the American Dream

Basketball, like life, is all about those few poignant moments that are miraculously able to overshadow all of the hard work, the sweat and the disappointment otherwise known as our everyday existence. It is the anticipation of such moments that motivates us to get up each morning and to keep trying; keep striving for some end goal, some final solution or reward that makes life worth all of the work, the sweat and the disappointment….

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The 2009 NBA mock draft… five years later

With the finals for each respective conference quickly drawing to a conclusion and the championship round set to begin many diehard fans have been rendered average spectators. Our teams have long been eliminated (many of them from playoff contention months ago), leaving the hope of a championship to only those fans of a select four teams, while the rest of us choose between the remaining Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers. That said, everyone whose…

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Ricky Rubio and the Spanish invasion

In 2001, Atlanta made little known Spanish forward Pau Gasol the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA draft, and following his subsequent trade to the Grizzlies he soon garnered Rookie of the Year honours. Since then, guards Jose Calderon, Juan Carlos Navarro, Sergio Rodriguez, Rudy Fernandez, Raul Lopez, forward Jorge Garbajosa and Pau’s younger brother, center Marc Gasol have all made an impact on the league. Just this past season, Calderon averaged 12.8 points…

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Winner takes all

The University of Kentucky boasts the winningest basketball program in the history of the NCAA. The Wildcats all-time percentage of .758 says it all; winning is everything. So, when second year head coach Billy Gillespie was dismissed following a .597 campaign (the worst Wildcat record since Basil Hayden’s squad went 3-13 in 1927) no one in Lexington was too surprised. After missing the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991, when the team was…