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April 3, 2012 | Stephen Markley
There are two major stories coming out of the University of Kentucky's triumphant and relatively easy march to a national championship this season. The first is Kentucky's rock solid play throughout March Madness, culminating in a pretty decent thumping of another college basketball superpower, the Kansas Jayhawks(it was one of those games where Kansas made a late run only because the Wildcats couldn't make a basket for over six minutes, and even then no one but the most die-hard KU fans thought the Jayhawks had any shot at actually winning)
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April 1, 2014 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
The chair that Wheelchair Bulls player Joe Gerardi and his teammates use for basketball is far different from more common versions. That's out of necessity more than anything. "They're modified to increase speed and to take contact," said Gerardi, the team's manager. "They'll have wings on the front of the chairs. They're not as heavy and they're built so you can push them fast, go fast. " These chairs feature six wheels, with the main two wheels angled inward to allow for easier range of movement and quicker spinning, the better with which to turn on a dime in order to stop a defender.
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January 30, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The Chicago Sun-Times reports:   An assistant basketball coach at Marshall-Metro High School was shot twice while sitting in his car this morning.  Officials at the school confirmed 38-year-old  Shawn Harrington was the victim of the shooting, which occured before 8 a.m. Thursday morning near Augusta Blvd. and Hamlin Ave. He was taken to John H. Stroger Hospital in stable condition, according to the Sun-Times.  He was a graduate of the high school, and also featured in the 1994 documentary "Hoop Dreams.
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April 1, 2014 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
After a gunshot wound in 2009 left him in need of a wheelchair, Leo Leyva thought his life was over. "I didn't want to talk to nobody after my injury," the 23-year-old said. Now he's got a whole new lease on life. The Logan Square resident and member of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Hornets wheelchair basketball team said discovering the sport helped him regain his confidence. Prior to getting shot, Leyva said he was an avid basketball player. Taking up the wheelchair version taught him a lot about himself.
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March 26, 2014 | RedEye
Jabari Parker and Duke: gone. Andrew Wiggins and Kansas: eliminated. As the NCAA tournament zooms into its second weekend, it will do so without two of the game's biggest stars. People will still watch, of course - March Madness is much bigger than two players. But it's uncertain whether they will be around for next year's Big Dance. Which brings us to our question: Should college basketball players leave early?   STAY IN SCHOOL Take the money, right? If the opportunity to earn $507,000 (the NBA league minimum for a drafted rookie next year)
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April 10, 2013 | Stephen Markley
After very much enjoying this year's National Championship game in which Louisville defeated Michigan, I figured out exactly why: it looked like an NBA playoff game. This goes to an argument that drives me absolutely crazy: no, college basketball is not better than professional. People who say this may enjoy college basketball more, but they typically base their reasoning on highly fallacious talking points. Allow me to debunk some myths. Myth: College basketball has better basketball This is the most demonstrably stupid thing anyone can ever say about anything...
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October 31, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
In the fall of 2005, Ke'Marius Lee said he was just another “knucklehead high school student.” “I was just a kid with something to say, but I didn't always know how to say it,” recalled the West Side native. Lee's gift of gab was soon noticed by a school counselor at his alma mater, Crane Tech High School, who suggested that Lee interview for a position on a broadcast program called HoopsHIGH, covering high school basketball in Chicago. Lee remembers the day of his interview almost perfectly; he was late, so late in fact...
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April 1, 2014 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
After a gunshot wound in 2009 left him in need of a wheelchair, Leo Leyva thought his life was over. "I didn't want to talk to nobody after my injury," the 23-year-old said. Now he's got a whole new lease on life. The Logan Square resident and member of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Hornets wheelchair basketball team said discovering the sport helped him regain his confidence. Prior to getting shot, Leyva said he was an avid basketball player. Taking up the wheelchair version taught him a lot about himself.
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October 30, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
The Bulls are back in action Wednesday, and while they await Derrick Rose's return, their competition got stiffer. Defending champion Miami added two former All-Stars in the offseason, bringing its total to five. The L.A. Lakers employ six All-Stars with a total of three MVP awards and five Defensive Player of the Year awards. New York has four players with Olympic experience and two defensive Players of the Year. Boston lost an All-Star but added the second leading scorer of the 2011 NBA champs.
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April 3, 2013 | Stephen Markley
Not to defend Douche Bag Supreme Mike Rice, former coach of the Rutgers men's basketball team, who was fired after a video surfaced showing him berating and abusing his players, but I got news for you: this method of coaching young people is pervasive throughout American sports. Most students who play a high school or college sport usually end up playing for at least one coach whose primary method of motivation is to bully, belittle, berate and generally shit on kids for every error.
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March 26, 2014 | RedEye
Jabari Parker and Duke: gone. Andrew Wiggins and Kansas: eliminated. As the NCAA tournament zooms into its second weekend, it will do so without two of the game's biggest stars. People will still watch, of course - March Madness is much bigger than two players. But it's uncertain whether they will be around for next year's Big Dance. Which brings us to our question: Should college basketball players leave early?   STAY IN SCHOOL Take the money, right? If the opportunity to earn $507,000 (the NBA league minimum for a drafted rookie next year)
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March 10, 2014 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
When he retired from basketball, Scottie Pippen left a legacy as one of the greatest all-around players the NBA had ever seen. Now there's another Pippen in Chicago trying to make his mark on and off the court. Quinton Pippen plays for Chicago State and wears No. 33 just like his famous uncle. The senior leads the Cougars in scoring (15.4 points per game), assists (2.6) and steals (55) and was named second-team All-Western Athletic Conference this season. The Cougars will pursue an NCAA tournament bid beginning Thursday in the WAC tournament.
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March 7, 2014
http://chicago.metromix.com/venues/mmxchi-red-ivy-venue Looking for a local bar to cheer for your alma mater? This guide will help you zero in on where to stake out some space on college basketball gamedays. Bar owners and alumni groups: Don't see your bar included here? We'll be adding to this guide throughout the season. Send your affiliation and specials to RedEye nightlife and events reporter  Kate Bernot  for consideration. RedEye's college sports bar guide includes official partnerships with alumni associations in addition to bars owned by...
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January 30, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The Chicago Sun-Times reports:   An assistant basketball coach at Marshall-Metro High School was shot twice while sitting in his car this morning.  Officials at the school confirmed 38-year-old  Shawn Harrington was the victim of the shooting, which occured before 8 a.m. Thursday morning near Augusta Blvd. and Hamlin Ave. He was taken to John H. Stroger Hospital in stable condition, according to the Sun-Times.  He was a graduate of the high school, and also featured in the 1994 documentary "Hoop Dreams.
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October 31, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
In the fall of 2005, Ke'Marius Lee said he was just another “knucklehead high school student.” “I was just a kid with something to say, but I didn't always know how to say it,” recalled the West Side native. Lee's gift of gab was soon noticed by a school counselor at his alma mater, Crane Tech High School, who suggested that Lee interview for a position on a broadcast program called HoopsHIGH, covering high school basketball in Chicago. Lee remembers the day of his interview almost...
NEWS
October 29, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
31,000 fans can't be wrong. Ranker.com, a site that provides crowdsourced rankings for opinion-based questions, has placed Michael Jordan at the top of its “Top 10 NBA Players of All Time” list. More than 31,000 voters took part in ranking the NBA greats, putting a new wrinkle in the discussion comparing LeBron James to the six-time NBA champ and five-time MVP. James, who has won two NBA championships with Miami, was ranked No. 13. James recently said in an interview with ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussard that Michael Jordan was his...
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March 20, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
Khara Smith's DePaul basketball career was filled with highlights and accolades: she was the school's first three-time All-American, she led the Blue Demons to four NCAA tournaments including their first Sweet 16, and she set an NCAA tournament record her senior season by averaging 15.7 rebounds over three games. But in high school at Proviso West, Smith wasn't even sure if she wanted to pursue college basketball. Smith, now 30, caught up with RedEye to talk about her NCAA tournament experience and her post-retirement teaching career.
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October 29, 2012 | Stephen Markley
What hurricane? Huh? How does this effect the Brooklyn Nets? Yes, the long slog of a basketball-less year finally comes to an end this week, and unlike last year when I was having a verifiable meltdown over the NBA player's strike, this season will start on schedule with as much intrigue built up as I can ever remember. After all, I'm the guy who, during the St. Louis Cardinals' historic playoff comeback was sitting in the bar mostly watching a pre-season Milwaukee Bucks game. I'm also well aware that if I was watching Google Analytics, I'd understand that Off...
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April 19, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Chicago's latest hoop dreams came closer to reality this month. Last week the city kicked-off a new after-school basketball program, called Windy City Hoops, with its first round of regular basketball tournaments. Earlier this year, city officials announced plans to give local teenagers in some of the city's toughest neighborhoods an organized, year-round basketball league, and use it to promote alternatives to youth violence. They wanted a league that could accommodate as many as 800 teenagers, but lacked the $480,000 they would need to cover the costs of...
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April 10, 2013 | Stephen Markley
After very much enjoying this year's National Championship game in which Louisville defeated Michigan, I figured out exactly why: it looked like an NBA playoff game. This goes to an argument that drives me absolutely crazy: no, college basketball is not better than professional. People who say this may enjoy college basketball more, but they typically base their reasoning on highly fallacious talking points. Allow me to debunk some myths. Myth: College basketball has better basketball This is the most demonstrably...
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