New York Knicks Star Dies at 48

March 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Eben Novy-Williams (Bloomberg) — Anthony Mason, a mainstay on the defensive-minded New York Knicks team that finished one win from a National Basketball Association title in 1994, has died. He was 48. The Knicks announced his death on the team’s website Saturday, calling him “an iconic member of the franchise during his five-year stint for the orange and blue.” The 6-foot-7, 250-pound forward known as “Mase” underwent surgery at a New York Hospital following a heart attack last month. Mason, who played high school basketball in the city, starred on his hometown Knicks for five of his 13 NBA seasons and became known as a relentless defender. He was an integral part of the 1993-1994 Pat Riley-coached team that included Patrick Ewing and John Starks. Mason’s haircuts, often featuring “Mase” or “Knicks” shaved into the side of his head, reflected his on-court flair. New York rap trio Beastie Boys mentioned him in their 1994 song “B-Boys Makin’ With the [...]

Earl Lloyd Dies at 86

February 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

By RICHARD GOLDSTEIN Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player to appear in an N.B.A. game when he took the court for the Washington Capitols in October 1950, three and a half years after Jackie Robinson broke modern major league baseball’s color barrier, died on Thursday in Crossville, Tenn. He was 86. His death was announced by West Virginia State University, where he played before joining the N.B.A. When Lloyd made his N.B.A. debut, pro basketball was an afterthought on the national sports scene. Lloyd’s milestone appearance received little attention. But Lloyd and three other black players who appeared in N.B.A. lineups soon afterward were nonetheless pioneers, enduring racist jeers from spectators in some cities as well as segregated hotel and restaurant accommodations. A rugged 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward, Lloyd played in the N.B.A. for nine seasons. He was a strong rebounder and was so tenacious on defense that he sometimes guarded the Minneapolis Lakers’ 6-foot-10 [...]

Ten College Basketball Games to Watch in December 2014

December 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

By Nate Barnes College Basketball Expert College Basketball Categories   LOUISVILLE, KY – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals talks with head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats before the game at KFC Yum! Center on December 29, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville won 80-77. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images).   The college basketball season is finally in the swing of the things as the calendar turned to the last month of the year. The action began heating up in the last week of the month with tournament play in the Maui Invitational, 2K Sports Classic, Legends Classic and the Battle 4 Atlantis. Other tournaments remain, as do many non-conference matchups before conference plays begins at the end of the month. Here are the 10 games not to miss this month. Tuesday, Dec. 3: No. 14 Ohio State at No. 5 Louisville The Buckeyes enter December with an unblemished 5-0 record that’s due in large part to the fact that the best [...]