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Tuesday, 01 December 2020 14:18

Ball don’t lie – ‘The Big Three’

Winning an NBA championship is hard; the road to a title demands a lot of the players on the floor. But one could argue that assembling a championship squad is even harder, a delicate dance involving winning trades, quality drafting, good signings … and more than a little luck.

Michael Holley’s “The Big Three: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and the Rebirth of the Boston Celtics” (Hachette, $28) tells the story of one such squad and the titanic trio that operated at its center. It’s an in-depth look at how the 2008 Celtics championship squad was assembled, from the 2003 purchase of the Celtics by a new ownership group to the hiring of Danny Ainge as general manager to the acquisition of Garnett and Allen to the eventual breaking up of the band to move the franchise forward.

It’s a remarkably well-reported book, a detailed exploration of the many ups and downs that came along with trying to assemble this sort of next-level team. Through conversations and archival research, Holley crafts a portrait that focuses on the people involved as opposed to the numbers, a fine juxtaposition to Ainge’s ongoing insistence on refusing to allow the personal to interfere with his plan.

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 12:40

Basketball hall names 2018 class

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the inductees for its 2018 class.

This year sees a trio of point guards making the cut – Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Maurice Cheeks – along with Ray Allen, Grant Hill, WNBA great Tina Thompson and a handful of others. The class will be officially inducted into the Hall this September.

Let’s take a closer look at the more prominent members of the class of 2018.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:50

Basketball Hall of Fame announces finalists

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the finalists for its 2018 class.

The list includes players notable for their performance in both the collegiate and professional ranks - Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Chris Webber and Maurice Cheeks. There are also some names from the coaching ranks (Lefty Drisell, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kim Mulkey), a pair of greats from the women’s game (Katie Smith and Tina Thompson) and a longtime NBA official (Hugh Evans). The Wayland Baptist University squad from the mid-1950s is the lone team finalist.

The official class of inductees – all those from the list who receive 75 percent of the vote from the 24-person honors committee – will be announced during the NCAA Final Four.

While these are all worthy nominees, the lion’s share of the attention is likely going to land on the pair of point guards at the top.

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