Tag Archives: NBA

The sad tale of a good kid

30 Aug

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

I don’t know the Javaris Crittenton that was arrested by the Federal Bereau of Investigation at the John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California this week.

That Javaris Crittenton was wanted for murder. He was on a Most Wanted poster. He allegedly shot a 22-year-old mother of four from a car. He was on the run. His mugshot was posted on every major media outlet in America.

The reports of the crime he was connected too are heart-breaking, sad and confusing.

I don’t know that guy.

I’m not sure I want to know that guy. Continue reading

The curious case of John Riek

8 Jul

John Riek was once thought to be a top five prospect in the country. Now he's off to a Division II school. (PHOTO: NY Daily News)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

John Riek was playing college basketball last season. Did you know that? I honestly didn’t.

Now he’s leaving Mississippi State and looking for a Division II school to attend. Riek saw action in 25 games during his time in Starkville. His presence never warranted any kind of attention on a national scale.

How does a player that was once thought to be one of the top five prospects in America fall from grace like that? He played in 14 games last season, averaging 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Continue reading

Lorenzo Romar ready for the NBA?

23 Jun

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Lorenzo Romar can recruit. He can put guys in the NBA. We know he can catch fish with his bare hand.

One of those three reasons is why David Kahn probably wants to hire him as the next coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

According to Yahoo! Sports, the Washington head coach is on the short list for the open head coaching position, replacing Kurt Rambis. Continue reading

Smack off

30 May

Baylor forward Perry Jones says he isn't ready for the NBA lifestyle. I say good for the sophomore-to-be for admitting that fact.

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

I love honesty. I find it refreshing. As a competitive person, I don’t mind the occasional running of the mouth. In fact, I appreciate it.

A number of basketball people opened their mouths this past week and spewed some interesting comments. Continue reading

#dunkage: Top 10 dunks from NBA season

21 May

Skip to My Lou going back to school

17 May

Long time NBA point guard Rafer Alston is trying his hand at HS basketball.

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Former NBA point guard and street ball legend Rafer “Skip to My Lou” Alston is coming to the high school ranks. Continue reading

R.I.P. Tractor Traylor

11 May

Former Michigan great Robert “Tractor” Taylor died of a heart attack, according to his team Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rico. (via SBNation)

Traylor was a one-of-a-kind player. It only seems fitting to honor his life with a one-a-kind highlight video.

Justin Young

Another NBA son finds college home

3 May

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

We’ve seen our fair share of juniors making it big over the last decade. The sons of former NBA players are scattered about the college game these days. Another son is headed to a Division I school. Continue reading

Clipboard Conversations: Kevin Young, Utah Flash

20 Apr

Kevin Young, Utah Flash head coach

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

The Clipboard Conversations series is conversations with coaches from all levels. Coaches are an interesting breed. The great ones obsess about the game. It consumes their life. So what makes these coaches tick? How do they handle the issues that come with the game? What lessons are learned from the locker room, practice, press conferences, public settings, recruiting, teaching, training and family life? Why not ask the coaches themselves? That’s the point and purpose of Clipboard Conversations.

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Inside the #s: Just play the game

19 Apr

Six.

That’s the only number that I really look at when it comes to basketball.

That’s how many titles Michael Jordan won as a Chicago Bull.

He was the best player my eyes have ever laid upon.

That number is becoming an afterthought in the evolving world of hoops. Continue reading