Ever since Dick Vitale high-volumed his way onto a TV screen, American sports fans have listened to a host of commentators talk about coaches as if they were players. "Rick Pitino sure shut down Trey Burke in this one," an announcer will intone, as if Pitino were out on the court personally shadowing Burke.
In truth, of course, Pitino could have had the greatest strategy in the world, but if his players didn't have the talent to execute it, it wouldn't matter. Or, to put it another way, coaching IQ directly correlates with player talent.
It was a graduation day to remember for Notre Dame star Skylar Diggins, who received a brand new Mercedes from hip hop mogul and Roc Nation Sports Agency owner Jay-Z.
Instagram photos show Diggins in her cap and gown outside of Notre Dame Stadium where she was presented with the surprise on Sunday. Diggins later tweeted, "I got 99 Problems but a Benz ain't one" in reference to HOV's famous hit song.
“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, names were everything.If that play was a basketball game, and one team was the Montagues and the other the Capulets, the name splashed on the jersey would be an honor for the players to display and each fan to behold. The names of the teams (families) in this game would represent a bitter rivalry between sworn enemies, and would contribute to a competitive matchup.
ATLANTA, Ga. -- For a recent expansion franchise, the Atlanta Dream has had more than its share of on-court success. The Dream have been around for five years, and have made the playoffs four times – though in 2012, the club took a step back by being eliminated in round one of the playoffs.
In 2010 and 2011, by contrast, the Dream reached the league championship, a significant accomplishment, but then were swept by Seattle in 2010 and Minnesota in 2011.
When the Connecticut Sun closed for business last October, one might well have thought that nothing new would be in the cards until the curtain rose again on the 2013 season and this year's campaign to own the league. After all, the Sun, spearheaded by then-head coach Mike Thibault -- the winningest active coach in the league -- had taken the Eastern Conference regular-season championship
Liz Cambage now plans to play for the Tulsa Shock in 2013, and will arrive in training camp next week.
The club's announcement Thursday is a 180-degree flip from earlier this spring, when Full Court Press was the first to report that Cambage would not be returning, again according to the Shock and coach Gary Kloppenburg.
Cambage also toyed with Tulsa last year, saying she would return after the Olympics, then missing her plane, and then deciding not to return at all. She was expected to play for the Shock this year, but then surprised the team by changing her mind.