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The challenge for the Celtics is to become truly great

In sport, it’s said that the greatest challenge is not to become a champion, but to remain a champion. Anyone can win something once, but to do it all over again proves to any doubters that the initial success was fully deserved and did not come about by chance or any other mitigating factor. Right now, the Boston Celtics once again sit atop the basketball world. Boston’s playoff victory over the Lakers last June gave…

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The come up: A look at the 2003 McDonald’s All-Americans

To the untrained eye, the annual McDonald’s All-American game is just another in the long list of high school all-star games, but to the rest of us it’s a preview; a glimpse at the future of professional basketball, and perhaps no class has been more indicative of this foresight than the class of 2003. Numbers tell the story best. Of the 24 high school seniors selected to compete in the yearly event, only five have…

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Madison Square Garden’s European makeover

New York Knicks general manager Donnie Walsh has long been a fan of Mike D’Antoni. When Walsh was GM of the Indiana Pacers, he wanted to add D’Antoni to the team’s coaching staff, only for then-Pacers’ head coach Isaiah Thomas to block the move. It took eight years and a move to New York City, but Walsh finally got his man this summer when he hired D’Antoni to as head coach of the Knicks. D’Antonis…

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The man and the monument: How George Gervin became champion of the people

George Gervin deserves your respect. Not because he did for Michael Jordan what Michael Jordan did for Richard Hamilton in 2001. Heck, not for representing the San Antonio Spurs in nine straight All-Star games from 1977 to 1985 either. George Gervin deserves your respect because the tragically underrated, 1996-elected, Basketball Hall of Famer has never stopped giving back to the community that decades ago made him an undisputed “people’s champion”. “When I hear someone like…

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Where now for Vince Carter

Vince Carter has always been a wanted man. Though selected by the Golden State Warriors with the fifth pick in the 1998 Draft, the Toronto Raptors had already organized a pre-draft deal to bring him to Canada making it clear to him that he was the guy they were after. Still a new team on the NBA horizon, the Raptors were struggling. Few kids ever grew up with hopes of playing in the NBA for…

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The Climax

It was the year 2000. The location was Sydney, Australia. Gold was the prize. The story of these Olympics Games is different than most however. It doesnt revolve around medal counts, world records or national supremacy. The story of these games follows two basketball players. The first player was a last minute addition to an American team not yet concerned with redemption. An American team that was undefeated in international play since The Dream Team…

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Changing of the Guard

They are fast, strong and athletic. They play above the rim in traffic, own passing lanes and can dominant with their backs to the basket, and although they may not look like John Stockton, make no mistake, these players are point guards in the truest sense. With the drafting of Derrick Rose first overall in this past summer’s entry draft, the Chicago Bulls took notice. They, like the rest of us watched Michael Beasley put…

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Never send a human to do Josh Smith’s job

Josh Smith is a 22-year-old power forward with four years of NBA experience, a record-setting pace for blocks and enough highlight reel footage to start up his own multimedia empire, but ask the man himself what he really needs and discover nothing more than the feeling of being wanted. On Friday afternoon Smith signed a five-year $58 million offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies, baiting his current Atlanta Hawks club to match the deserved market…