Gleanings and observations.10:04 AM, May 28, 2015 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Assuming the WNBA approves, Isiah Thomas will be part owner and coach of the New York Liberty, the women’s team owned by James Dolan, the man who brought the Knicks to their current position in the NBA. Thomas, general manager of the Knicks, was convicted of sexual harassment in 2007. Not to worry. Thomas assures us the press that he has a daughter, and always respected his mother (both women), while fighting racism. Isiah played the mother and race cards, one jaded reporter wrote. Thomas didn’t stop there. “I had the utmost respect for my mother when she was alive and” her comes the punch line, “I have great respect for humanity and also women.” That’s good news for both groups.
10:23 AM, Mar 20, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
So the madness has begun with two big upsets, yesterday. In one, Georgia State guard, R.J. Hunter drained a three with that many seconds left in the game to upset three-seeded Baylor. After the game, Hunter’s father, who is also team’s coach, had some words for President Obama who had picked Baylor, like just about everyone else.
Coach Hunter didn’t hold back.
7:12 AM, Jan 13, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
President Obama honored the NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs, at the White House Monday, but
Oct 13, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 05 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Many youngsters dream of an NBA career, despite warnings from parents and coaches about the meager odds.
The Scrapbook will confess to thousands of hours of childhood spent honing dribbling and jump-shot skills. As was the case for countless others, the orange hoop on the side of our garage that we aimed at with middling results came from a company called Lifetime, which, as it’s based in Utah, naturally bills its products as “Made in the USA.”
11:10 AM, May 10, 2014 • By DAVID WOLFFORD
I experienced some rough emotions rooting for my alma mater, the University of Kentucky, during the NCAA tournament. Partly because of the close games and come-from-behind wins, and partly because of their one-and-done reputation under Coach John Calipari. The media contrasted UK’s likely NBA-bound freshmen and UConn senior Shabazz Napier, who remained a Huskie to earn his degree as a promise to his mother. It’s what made March maddening for me.
4:33 PM, May 1, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Over at Powerline, Paul Mirengoff asks, “Who was that cranky old man and why did he ice Kevin Durant?” That “cranky old man” would be Joey Crawford, the 62-year-old referee who grabbed the ball and ran over to the scorers’ table Tuesday night after Durant hit his first free throw with 27 seconds remaining, closing the margin to one point. The Memphis Grizzlies were leading Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder 100-99, but Crawford’s move effectively iced the 87 percent free-throw shooting Durant who went on to miss his next shot, costing the Thunder the game.
'Students Called Out to Sasha and Malia.'6:27 PM, Nov 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Obamas are attending a University of Maryland basketball game in College Park, Maryland tonight. The home team is playing Oregon State, which is coached by Michelle Obama's brother. The fans are, apparently, excited to see the first family.
Via the pool report:
3:20 PM, Jul 31, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
A strange story today via a Portland, Oregon police press release: NBA Houston Rockets player Terrence Alexander Jones was arrested early this morning after allegedly stomping on a homeless man's leg:
1:11 PM, Jun 20, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In the wake of his scintillating 2-for-22 shooting exhibition on the White House basketball court — complete with an air ball, a steady barrage of bricks, and a layup that didn’t so much as draw iron — President Obama is now reportedly trying to enlist the National Basketball Association to help peddle Obamacare. What possible connection is there between the NBA and a government takeover of American medicine? Your guess is as good as the next person’s.
Hosted by Michael Graham.11:44 AM, Apr 30, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with William Kristol on the Boston marathon bombing, Benghazi, and Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay player.
12:22 PM, Apr 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Just weeks after going 2 for 22 on the basketball court, President Barack Obama went to shoot hoops again -- but this time there were no camers allowed. He was joined by his former aide Reggie Love, who played basketball for Duke.
Here are today's pool report:
12:52 PM, Apr 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
College basketball player Kevin Ware's compound fracture in Sunday's Elite Eight game has gained widespread media attention. And now a Kentucky group is trying to capitalize off the Louisville player's injury.
On its website, boldprogressive.org, the group Progressive Change Campaign Committee has posted this: