Friday, January 22, 2010

Olympic Champion Reggie Miller Documentary

According to Sports Business Daily:

A documentary on former NBAer Reggie Miller, “Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks,” will premiere Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The Dan Klores-directed film will have its television premiere as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series on March 14.

USA TODAY’s Cherner & Weir feel the film is “a treat for Reggie lovers … but it is a bigger treat for Reggie haters who will remember all the reasons why Miller was Enemy No. 1 at Madison Square Garden.”’s Patrick Goldstein writes, “‘Winning Time’ does a great job of capturing the intensity of the tumultuous, often nasty rivalry between two heavyweight NBA franchises.” The L.A. TIMES’ Kenneth Turan writes the film “is minute for minute likely the most engaging, irresistible film in the festival.”

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hartman to BC, Hoop Summit Team Dissected

2009 USA U16 National Team gold medalist Justine Hartman has opted to play for Boston college ... Slam Magazine takes a closer look at the 2010 USA Hoop Summit Team, noting that it is US against the World ...

Hall of Fame Ceremony Date Change?

According to ESPN, "the Basketball Hall of Fame will announce Thursday afternoon that it will move this year's enshrinement date from mid-September to Aug. 13 in anticipation of the 1992 Dream Team being among the inductees of the Class of 2010, a league source said."

Augustus First LSU Woman To Have Jersey Retired

Seimone Augustus will soon have her jersey hung in the Maravich Center, joining retired jerseys from past LSU stars Pete Maravich, Shaquille O'Neal and Bob Pettit. The first LSU woman to be honored with a jersey retirement ceremony set to take place this Sunday, Augustus made an indelible mark on the LSU program. The two-time National Player of the Year, Augustus helped lead LSU to three straight Final Fours and elevated the program nationally.

"It's just an overwhelming experience," Augustus told members of the media yesterday. "I never thought in a million years from when I came here through my four years at LSU that my jersey would be retired. We always walk in the gym and we see Pete Maravich, Shaquille O'Neal, and Bob Petitt's jerseys up there. You just kind of look at it and admire it because of all the things that they've done, but you never would think that one day your jersey would be hanging up there."

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Let's Talk Turkey

There's been speculation abounding as to who will play for the U.S. at this summer's FIBA World Championship. Will LeBron play? Kobe? D-Wade? Melo? Heck, they might not even know for sure if they're going to suit up in the red, white and blue in Turkey. The only thing we know for sure right now is that USA Basketball will definitely field a talented team that plays the right way. It might not be a mirror image of the '08 squad, but times change and teams change. Whoever is on the 12-member team will play as hard as they can to win the gold for the U-S-A!

Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Swoopes Playing in Greece .. and Other News

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Sheryl Swoopes, who has been beset by the injury bug the last couple of years, has signed on to play in Greece. She's looking to make a WNBA comeback and is out to prove she's still got what it takes to help a W team win ... Who would you pick in this year's WNBA Draft, Jayne Appel or Tina Charles? ... iHoops and the AAU are partnering up in the prep hoops scene ...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Interesting Athlete Recruiting Style got this from a USA Today article:

Wanted: Tall people with sporting talent. Males must be over 1.90 meters (6-foot-3), females over 1.80 meters (5-foot-11). Apply now for a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to become an Olympic athlete.

Not a bad idea Great Britain ... if it works!

What Makes Geno Such a Great Coach?

He gets the most out of his players, that's why. John Altavilla has a nice story on perspectives from two other collegiate coaches.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Maya Moore Cracks UConn Top 10 Scorers

Just midway through her junior year in Storrs, Maya Moore has entered the top 10 all-time Husky scorers list. She now has 1,680 points in two and a half years. Three Olympic gold medalists are ahead of her, including two-time Olympic gold medalist Diana Taurasi at No. 3 with 2,156 points, as is senior Tina Charles. Moore needs just 498 points to tie UConn's all-time leader Nykesha Sales and if she keeps up this pace, that should happen well before the end of next season.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Congrats go out to Tina Charles

UConn senior Tina Charles was named player of the week for the second time this season. She averaged 21.5 points on 62.5 percent shooting from the field, 8.5 rebounds in wins over then-No. 12 and Seton Hall.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Catching Up in the New Year

Many things have happened in the hoops world since we last checked in. Games have been won and lost, players and coaches have achieved various milestones, weekly honors have been bestowed and USA Basketball alum continue their winning ways. So, just to throw out a few top headlines of late, Kevin Durant wants to play for the USA this summer, the NY Times highlighted Jerry Colangelo, a man who knows how to lead, in a 30-second Q&A, USA women's team head coach Geno Auriemma looks back on the success he's had at UConn since the turn of the century, USA men's team head coach Mike Krzyzewski continues his winning ways at Duke, Andy Katz lists Purdue's win over West Virginia as the top victory of the week and Ashton Gibbs was tabbed top player of the week, 2008 USA U18 gold medalist Shekinna Stricklen posts first triple-double for the Lady Vols since 1985, Mechelle Voepel looks back on Debbie Ryan's 35-year history at the University of Virginia ... that should keep you busy reading and catching up on the world of hoops for now!