Basketball

American Basketball Paralympians Find Professional Homes Overseas

TOKYO — To play wheelchair basketball for a living, members of the U.S. Paralympic men’s team have put their passports through vigorous workouts.

Matt Scott, a five-time member of the American team, has played in Italy, Spain, Germany and Turkey. He will vouch for the intensity of the crowds in Turkey by recommending a YouTube video of a brawl among fans at a game in Istanbul. The police came. They used tear gas.

Brian Bell — a father of five, ages 1 to 9 — goes overseas with his family for about eight months a year, then returns to Chicago

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How high does Memphis climb in Way-Too-Early Top 25 college basketball rankings for 2021-22?

Rosters are finally set for the 2021-22 college basketball season — at least we think that’s the case. With Western Kentucky announcing it was signing Cincinnati transfer Keith Williams, every transfer in ESPN’s top 100 rankings has picked his destination. And with Emoni Bates announcing his commitment to Memphis last week, every prospect in the ESPN 100 has chosen a college or the G League.

So, barring a late reclassification or last-minute transfer, the landscape is pretty much settled for the upcoming campaign. And the movement of the past month has brought us a new name for the Final Four

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Player Scooby Johnson accused of rape

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler’s Carlos “Scooby” Johnson, a former Mr. Basketball in Michigan, has been accused of rape.

A probable cause affidavit of seven pages was filed Thursday in Marion County in connection with a Feb. 4 incident on campus. 

Johnson, 19, did not play in his freshman year at Butler after knee surgery.

He was on the bench during games for much of the season but later was absent without explanation. His name was listed on the team’s roster all summer but has since been removed.

A statement by the university said Johnson was charged with rape, attempted rape

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Ohio State basketball projected lineup after Cedric Russell transfer

STVM’s Malaki Branham, facing, shares a moment with Sencire Harris as they come off the court after beating Shawnee 71-42 in a Division II state semifinal, Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Dayton, Ohio. Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal

Justin Ahrens, guard – Ahrens has to show he’s more than a one-trick pony from the outside. If not though, his ability to stretch defenses is still going to be huge.

Zed Key, forward – Key will once again bring energy, size, and an all-around physical presence. He could get close to starter minutes, but will likely come off the bench in

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Philadelphia shooting: 15-year-old critically injured after shooting on basketball court at Jerome Brown Playground

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A 15-year-old female is fighting for her life after being shot while playing basketball at a Philadelphia rec center Tuesday night.

A 33-year-old woman, who was also playing basketball, was shot in the leg. She is in stable condition.

It happened just before 9 p.m. on the 1900 block of West Ontario Street at the Jerome Brown Playground in the city’s Tioga-Nicetown section.

“They appear to be hit by stray bullets,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Frank Vanore said. “There was at least one possible 4-year-old also shooting a basketball there, so it’s very scary and very disgusting

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Memphis basketball assistant Larry Brown on COVID-19, Jalen Duren

Memphis basketball assistant coach Larry Brown contracted the delta variant of COVID-19 following the 2021 Nike EYBL Peach Jam Basketball Tournament last month. Brown disclosed the news  during an appearance on the Jason and John Show on 92.9 FM ESPN Friday.

“Unfortunately I got sick, right after it was over, I got that delta variant, and I was kind of out for about 10 to 12 days, but I’m all good now and you know anxious to get back,” Brown said. 

Brown, 80, is vaccinated and said he has made a full recovery.

The recent hire attended the event with

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Sage Tolentino, a 7-foot former Maryknoll basketball standout, made wise decision to leave Hawaii

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Basketball’s Tracy McGrady is selling his Texas mansion

Tracy McGrady’s Texas mansion, like his basketball career, is well-decorated. The former Rockets star just listed the lavish, amenity-loaded home in the suburbs of Houston for $8 million.

McGrady, a seven-time all-star who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017, has owned the property since his time with the Rockets. Spanning two acres in the city of Sugar Land, it holds a main house and guesthouse that combine for nearly 24,000 square feet.

A natural fit for a 6-foot-8 basketball player, the Texas-sized home boasts double-height ceilings, oversize closets and a full-size indoor basketball court complete with

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How Shot-Tracking Is Changing The Way Basketball Players Fix Their Game

Partway through the 2018-19 season, just months before his Toronto Raptors would go on to win the franchise’s first NBA title, coach Nick Nurse had a problem.

Kyle Lowry, Nurse’s All-Star point guard, was in a shooting slump — and no one could figure out why. Nurse, an analytics-driven coach who also ran dedicated shooting camps as something of a specialty in his early coaching days, searched for quantifiable explanations.

“I went and looked at the data,” Nurse told FiveThirtyEight. “To see if there was anything I could see that was different in this 10-game slump he was in versus

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Gregg Popovich: US men’s basketball coach calls out critics after winning gold in Tokyo (video)

The U.S. men’s basketball team faced constant and sometimes relentless criticism ever since it began scrimmages ahead of the 2020 Olympics for its lack of dominance on the court. But the team still managed to win gold in Tokyo, and coach Gregg Popovich gave an emotional speech after the win directed at those same critics. 

“I’m so proud to be a part of this, it’s like the best feeling I’ve ever had in basketball,” Popovich said in the locker room after winning gold. “And I would just like to say to all those people out there: How the f— you

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