Articles by Travis Nicholson

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The morning after the Madness

What once started as a quiet tradition with Lefty Driesell and the Maryland Terrapins 40 years ago has blossomed into a wildly popular media frenzy. Now, one night every year marks the official beginning of the NCAA season, fully equipped with fan entertainment, team orientation and – don’t forget – practice. Who needs the NBA? College basketball is finally back.

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Even in NBA 2K12, fans hosed by lockout

For over three months the NBA lockout inconvenienced just about anybody associated with the game, and video game developer 2K Sports has been spared of no such hassle. With a non-existent collective bargaining agreement and little progress from offseason negotiations, 2K Sports has had to get creative with NBA 2K12. But how long will that last?

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Why the NBA in summer makes sense, and why it will never happen

The NBA lockout has waged on to the point where a sub-82-game season is a distinct possibility (if we see a season at all). Recently David Stern mentioned the possibility of pushing a full-length campaign into the summer if a resolution is met this fall, but while the commissioner was skeptical of the logistics of such an endeavor, it may just be the best idea they’ve had in months.

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Rick Adelman: Rocket Scientist, Wolf Tamer

Rick Adelman has been there before. He’s led winners, losers and everyone in between, he’s developed youth, he’s channeled versatility and he’s been questioned along the way. Will his new gig with the Minnesota Timberwolves get him an NBA championship? Maybe not immediately, but the similarities between this Wolves team and the Adelman Era Sacramento Kings run deeper than you think.

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The Miami Heat makeover

Even without taking into consideration their players or basketball prowess, the Miami Heat should be the hottest franchise in professional basketball. By most measures, they are; they’ve got the biggest superstar in the game, a championship caliber shooting guard, the best third option in the league and a bench deep enough to bring them to the NBA Finals. But, despite the talent-ridden personnel, the most exciting and star-studded team in the NBA has been schlepping…

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My relationship with the NBA. It’s complicated

Sociologists are quick to assume that young people these days have lax attitudes towards their relationships. I, personally, would say the opposite is true and argue that what may seem to be casual relationships to some are rather brimming with passion. The complexities of my own multi-year relationship with the NBA serve as a case in point. While basketball and I have been at times very close, sometimes I inexplicably leave for years on end…

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Facing Alzheimer’s, Pat Summit as formidable as ever

There is success in college basketball, and then there isĀ Pat Summit. The legendary coach is approaching her fourth decade as head coach of theĀ Tennessee Lady Vols, and her astonishing 84.33% winning percentage makes her the all-time winningest coach in the history of NCAA basketball. Her reputation precedes her as a tireless taskmasker, and although she’s been reported to have cooled down in recent years, it’s that strength of will that has led her squad to…

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AND None: The Fast Rise and Hard Fall of AND 1

Yesterday, people were briefly brought back in time to year 2000. AND 1, the shoe company founded in 1993 that gained prominence in the NBA during the late nineties and early aughts, was sold to New York-based brand management firm, Global International. This is the latest news for a brand that has seen its worth and exposure fall from where it was once primed to be one of the dominant brands in basketball. That is,…

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King Kobe: No changing of the guard in California

Professional basketball is celebrated all over the world, but very few places can claim to be the true capital of the sport. The state of Indiana once considered itself worthy, but now is a fading basketball ancestral land. Springfield, Massachusetts, is an option to due to fact that the hall of fame is there, but a terrible option nonetheless. The five boroughs of New York City offer a rightful home for the game, providing no…