Hampered Negotiations

About 57 days ago, I admitted I was looking forward to seeing Kevin Durant on the Phoenix Suns following his trade request from the Brooklyn Nets1. Nets owner Joseph Tsai (or 蔡崇信 if you prefer) made it clear he was staying, and Durant announced to the media shortly2 after that he would be. At the […]

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The Childhood of the NBA

What exactly constitutes the modern era of basketball? It’s a term you hear talking heads on television, content creators, and random commenters use in basketball debates, but there’s not even a consensus definition of this supposed era. Recurring readers may remember my examination1 of the early years of professional basketball and the biological terms used […]

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Better Late Than Never

I’ve noticed my basketball writings have a cyclical nature to them. It’s been 335 days since I’ve discussed basketball; my article “The Numerology Behind LeBron’s Number Change”1 was purely a numerological analysis of him switching from No. 23 to No. 6. The three basketball-related2 articles3 I published4 before the numerological breakdown that year were more […]

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Minnesota Needs a Makeover

The Minnesota Vikings franchise needs to purify itself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer entered the 2021 NFL season with a regular-season record of 64-47-1 or a 57.59 winning percentage. However, it’s fair to point out Zimmer missed the Week 13 match-up against the Cowboys during the 2016 season that […]

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Game Film: Mike Tyson’s 1986 Fights (Part Four)

Jimmy Jacobs and Bill Cayton had been expertly implementing Cus D’Amato’s deliberate strategy to get Tyson to become the youngest world heavyweight champion. With Don King’s influence, HBO established a tournament to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion; a perfect storm of circumstance was brewing that eventually led to Tyson’s unraveling, but not before he unified […]

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Game Film: Mike Tyson’s 1986 Fights (Part Two)

Tyson began finding more nationwide exposure after his first appearance on Sports Illustrated, and his carefully managed matchmaking resulted in his highlights shown on cable television. His manager, Jimmy Jacobs, and his trainer, Kevin Rooney, were trusted friends of Cus D’Amato, continuing to see that D’Amato’s declarations of Tyson becoming the youngest heavyweight champion would […]

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