March Madness: Who’s your Final Four?

March 16, 2010

NCAA/The Ides of March may be looming for Greece and the EU, but stateside this month means only one thing: March Madness. It is estimated that as many as 50 million people will fill out a bracket for the collegiate basketball tournament this year. This has led to wild speculation that this annual event could cost companies millions of dollars in lost productivity.

Arenas under fire for gun incident

January 5, 2010

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas is introduced before the team's NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Washington, March 28, 2009. It was Arenas's first game back after a lengthy knee injury rehab. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstAlthough it is not exactly clear what transpired between Washington Wizards guards Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton last month at the Verizon Center, we do know Arenas brought four unloaded handguns from his home to his locker and in a “misguided effort to play a joke on a teammate,” Arenas took the weapons out of his locker.

Ricky Rubio and the Sportswrap speed special

October 23, 2009

 

Ricky Rubio is the one that got away from the NBA. The number five draft pick opted to spend another year or two in Spain rather than join the Minnesota Timberwolves and FC Barcelona are understandably elated to have got him.

The Brooklyn Nets and the battle for Big Apple affections

September 24, 2009

CHINA/The Brooklyn Nets …. LeBron James …. Battle for Big Apple affections …. Hot topics for sure among New York-area hoops fans with news that Russia’s richest man is riding to the $200 million rescue of the Nets, and Brooklyn may once again rise to alter the sports landscape of The City.

Chris Paul’s Ricky Rubio regret

September 22, 2009

paulNew Orleans point guard extraordinaire Chris Paul told Reuters he was dreaming big about the Hornets this upcoming season, setting his sights on an NBA title, but he was also realistic about how stiff the competition would be.

from Changing China:

China’s infertile ground for (some) Western sports

July 30, 2009

Soccer is in a tight spot in China -- literally. Huge crowds roar for Manchester United but the national team is a laughing stock at 108th in FIFA world rankings. Poor coaching, lack of grassroots development, even corruption and violence are variously cited as reasons for the sport's demise. But the real reason may be more basic: the fact of physical space, or the lack thereof, in China.

Breaking news: Yao Ming to have surgery, will miss whole of 2009-10 season

July 17, 2009

yaomingHouston Rockets’ Chinese center Yao Ming is to undergo surgery on his foot injury and has been ruled out for the whole of next season.

Is Phil Jackson the best coach in NBA history or just lucky?

June 16, 2009

jacksonThe man who’s become known as the “Zen Master” for tapping Buddhist teachings has been fortunate enough to coach the likes of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant as they grew into dominant superstars, but rounding their games into championship form was a never-ending battle of wills.