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Tre Jones faces delayed NBA future with family

Tre Jones faces delayed NBA future with family

Wilson Times linkBy Tom Shanahan, Special to the Wilson TimesDuke’s Tre Jones joined a video chat with the media on Friday about his decision to declare for the NBA draft. Such an interview normally covers thoughts on the trainers he is working with and what teams want him to...

The NBA latest example of sports leading way

The NBA latest example of sports leading way

What in the world would we do without sports? I’m not referring to replacing our time watching the recently canceled or postponed events that have left the sports world dark. I mean without the leadership of the various sports governing bodies and officials that made the...

Classy jersey retirement for classy player

Classy jersey retirement for classy player

By TOM SHANAHANOn a night Millbrook High welcomed home Chris Clemons, the Houston Rockets’ 5-foot-9 rookie who finished his college career third in NCAA Division I career scoring, the Wildcats of this season put on a dunk-fest.And anyone thinking that a dunk-fest was ironic on a...

The decline and the deeper fall of the Lakers

The decline and the deeper fall of the Lakers

Jerry West, more than any other Los Angeles Lakers player, defined the NBA franchise’s greatness on the court in the 1960s and 1970s and then as an executive in the 1980s and 1990s. Magic Johnson, more than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Jamaal Wilkes and Coach Pat Riley,...

This NBA draft brought out best in parents

This NBA draft brought out best in parents

Not all parents of elite athletes are nuts. We’re reminded of that with comments from Zion Williamson’s step-father, Lee Anderson. Following rapid speculation that Duke’s "Zeus of College Basketball" season will look for a way out of playing for the New Orleans Pelicans, the NBA...

Bowman defies NFL with NBA draft promise

Bowman defies NFL with NBA draft promise

The smart NFL teams -- ones that find prospects in college basketball dating to Dallas Cowboys scout Gil Brandt converting Pete Gent and Cornell Green in the early 1960s from the hard-court to the gridiron -- safely tucked away their file on Ky Bowman. That meant once Bowman...

Baseball draft example for NBA to study

Baseball draft example for NBA to study

Maybe NBA commissioner Adam Silver should pay attention to how the NCAA baseball tournament has played out now that Florida and LSU are set to open a best-of-three College World Series final Monday night in Omaha, Neb.The national powers from the SEC both have rosters of high...

North Carolina athletes fail to live up to past

North Carolina athletes fail to live up to past

Back in November, I wrote about the 1961 UCLA football team’s threat to boycott the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day of 1962. I compared the highly principled-but-little-known moment in sports history to Missouri’s threatened boycott last season.In both cases, a unified front from the...

Kris Dunn turned down NBA for degree and legacy

Kris Dunn turned down NBA for degree and legacy

RALEIGH, N.C. – Thank you, Kris Dunn.Some of us needed to see a basketball player make a statement favoring education, the college experience and leaving a legacy versus taking the NBA money and running. It’s harder and harder to argue in the court of public opinion the...

The 2014 NBA roster of underclassmen busts

The 2014 NBA roster of underclassmen busts

The NBA All-Star game is less than two weeks away. That means it’s time to look at the deluded players who declared early for the NBA draft only to find a seat on the bench or a ticket to the D League. With the exception of No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, they are all busts...