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All Heart: Derek Smith’s Ascent and Tragic Fate

Derek Smith was on his way to a career of an NBA All-Star. For the kid who had grown up poor in rural Georgia, averaging 22 points per game and outplaying Michael Jordan were unthinkable heights. Unfortunately, tragedies cut his life and career short.

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Accordionist, horse jockey, teacher – miraculous participants in NBA games

Fun exercise of how professionalization has changed in the NBA throughout the decades. Some stories on the guys who combined the career of a basketball player with another occupation.

August 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Latvieša uzņēmības stāsts: vēstule ‘Instagram’ paver ceļu uz NBA

No Latvijas līdz Nacionālajai basketbola asociācijai (NBA) izsitušies vien valsts talantīgākie basketbolisti, bet pie prakses iespējām vasarās tikuši daži nacionālo izlašu treneri. Pavisam citu ceļu gājis treneris Toms Jēkabsons…

August 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Trail Blazers from the West in the Latvian Basketball League (Pt. 2)

The second installment on a series of oral histories about the first American basketball players in Latvia in the 1990’s.

April 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Elvin Hayes (43pts) Battles Ray Williams (38pts) and Micheal Sugar Ray (17asts)

Footage of Elvin Hayes, Ray Williams, Micheal “Sugar” Ray Richardson and a couple of others having awesome performances in a fun Knicks-Bullets game.

April 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Penny Hardaway Battles Injury for 29 Points Before Surgery (1996)

A few new videos… Here I come, armed with my 2020 biases and second-hand experience of stars sitting out games due to wear and tear. Yet I do think that … Continue reading

March 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

NBA Record – Toronto Raptors Block 23 Shots vs. Hawks

Another NBA record which seems shaky at the least when you take a closer look at the footage.

March 17, 2020 · 2 Comments

Uzlecošā zvaigzne Kurucs apžilbina kā līgu, tā ‘Nets’ treneri

Sestdien pulksten četros no rīta Šarlotā spīdēt paredzēts Nacionālās basketbola asociācijas (NBA) Uzlecošo zvaigžņu spēles dalībniekiem, starp kuriem redzams būs arī Latvijas basketbolists Rodions Kurucs. Ceļš līdz šai atzinībai latvietim bijis krietni līkumaināks…

February 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Handle Podcast – Chuck Mencel: 01/30/19

Minnesota Golden Gophers legend Chuck Mencel came on the podcast to relive his life and career. Plenty of stories proved to be very insightful about the events from that time. From stories about George Mikan to an innovative shooting drill he created…

January 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

The Handle Podcast – Kerry Eggers: 12/28/18

We talk everything concerning the late 90’s, early 2000’s Portland Trail Blazers with Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune’s journalist and author of “Jail Blazers: How the Portland Trail Blazers Became the Bad Boys of Basketball”. Topics include the research…

December 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Handle Podcast – Keith “Mister” Jennings: 11/30/18

East Tennessee State Buccaneers legend Keith “Mister” Jennings joined the program to talk about his almost 60-60-90 senior year, influence of Isiah Thomas and difficulties of making the NBA as a small guard. Having ultimately made the Golden State…

November 30, 2018 · Leave a comment