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  1. A player the NBA could not afford

    Henry Abbott

    He didn't even play high school basketball, let alone college, but it didn't matter. In the memories of those who were present at the time, Joe "The Destroyer" Hammond killed some of the best in the world at the Rucker league in the Harlem of his you...

    Blog | August 03, 2011
  2. Is the NBA a coach's league?

    Henry Abbott

    The traditional story is that college and high-school basketball are ruled by coaches, while players matter far more in the NBA. David Thorpe, however, has been saying that in his eyes, these days the NBA is a coach's league, too. Debate ensues....

    Blog | March 17, 2011
  3. That Championship Season

    Henry Abbott

    Jason Miller's Pulitzer and Tony award winning 1972 play "That Championship Season" tells the tale of a great high-school basketball team getting together, decades later, to remember the old times. That gets complicated quickly. Ben Brantley's ...

    Blog | March 07, 2011
  4. Wednesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    The name Lynyrd Skynyrd is -- who knew? -- a mocking tribute of a high school basketball coach named Leonard Skinner. David Berri says that the best power forward in Blazer history was not my candidate, Maurice Lucas, but Buck Williams. The differe...

    Blog | September 22, 2010
  5. Two views of Isiah Thomas as a mentor

    Henry Abbott

    In today's New York Times, columnist William C. Rhoden talks to Doris Ward, the mother of standout California high-school basketball player Josiah Turner, who is part of the class of 2011. Isiah Thomas has been a mentor to Turner. "Isiah saw Josiah ...

    Blog | August 09, 2010
  6. A Celtic's shrine to his current employer

    Henry Abbott

    Celtics rookie forward Tony Gaffney is a local basketball legend. After starring on the Massachusetts high school basketball scene he stayed local for college, attending Boston University and then the University of Massachusetts. After going undrafte...

    Blog | June 12, 2010
  7. Great Coaching on a Terrible Night

    Henry Abbott

    Johntel Franklin is a very good football player, but he's also the captain of the Milwaukee Madison high school basketball team. It has been a rough month for him. His mother, Carlitha, aged 39, died earlier this month, after many years of battli...

    Blog | February 20, 2009
  8. A New Chant for a D.C. High School Basketball Team

    Henry Abbott

    Dave McKenna of the Washington City Paper: On Saturday, Maret's basketball boys were leading Sidwell Friends on the road when the home crowd taunted the visitors with a chant ripped from the headlines: "The Sidwell kids started yelling 'O-ba-ma! O-b...

    Blog | December 12, 2008
  9. Insight Into Camden/Senior Dance Teams

    Henry Abbott

    I was at the ABC website hoping to link to a serious look at the inner workings of America's poorest city, Camden. That city has a lot of NBA connections, including some major high school basketball programs and tournaments, and famous local product...

    Blog | January 31, 2007
  10. The Heart of the Game

    Henry Abbott

    NPR reviews a documentary called The Heart of the Game about a girls' high school basketball team that was seven years in the making. You can watch a little clip of it. The New York Times reviews it too. Manohla Dargis writes: "The Heart of the...

    Blog | June 09, 2006
  11. Guarding Teen Wolf

    Henry Abbott

    Deadspin linked to it. But I love it. McSweeney's has published a brilliant little bit of comedy by Pasha Malla from a fictional coach, explaining how to defend against Teen Wolf in a high school basketball game. Here's the key: Teen Wolf doesn't ge...

    Blog | November 16, 2005
  12. Growing up as the 'Jewish Jordan'

    Henry Abbott

    In a moment with parallels to Linsanity, Tamir Goodman was once a global basketball phenomenon with a strong cultural identity -- especially after Sports Illustrated called him "the Jewish Jordan." At the time he was a high-school junior from Pikesvi...

    Blog | July 29, 2013
  13. Day Six Las Vegas summer league roundup

    Henry Abbott

    By D.J. Foster Chase Budinger is no stranger to being the most athletic guy in the gym. As a top-rated basketball and volleyball prospect in high school, Budinger was loathed by opponents (including your narrator) for being graced with otherworldl...

    Blog | July 15, 2010
  14. Two ideas that could go together

    Henry Abbott

    In Sunday's New York Times, there was a bit of a rant from Alison Hendrie -- freelance writer and mother of a high-school aged basketball player. She was pleased to find a place online where her son's games were discussed. And, predictably, disgus...

    Blog | February 08, 2010
  15. Renardo Sidney and Basketball's Bad Conscience

    Henry Abbott

    In PLAY, The New York Times' occasional sports magazine, Tommy Craggs (he's the same writer who talked religion with Stephon Marbury) uses high-school big man Renardo Sidney as a lens through which to view American basketball development. Well worth ...

    Blog | November 03, 2008
  16. A Community Changed by Basketball

    Henry Abbott

    Joel Greenberg of the Chicago Tribune writes about teaching basketball to girls in a conservative Palestinian community of Jerusalem: Although the Jabal Mukabar school, which is attended by boys and girls, has high-quality outdoor basketball courts,...

    Blog | October 21, 2008