If you could draft anyone for your basketball team, who would be your top pick? Maybe one of the best young basketball players in the world. That makes sense. But how about the best closer in baseball history?
Yeah, that sounds silly, right? Not to the Harlem Globetrotters.
The next generation of the NBA takes center stage tonight at the 2013 NBA Draft, which will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Get ready for the night's events by checking out these SI Kids NBA Draft this story from the 2013 NBA Draft Media Day, held in NYC yesterday. Some of the top prospects in the draft met members fo the press and talked about joining the NBA, their excitement and even fashion!
And be sure to also check out interviews with three future NBA stars expected to be picked high in the first round of the draft.
When most sports stars decide to retire, they call a press conference and share the news with the world. But not Katie Smith. The WNBA great announced on May 30 that this season would be her last by replying to a tweet.
The 39-year-old New York Liberty guard has built an impressive resume. Smith has scored 6,272 points in 17 seasons as a pro, and is the WNBA’s second all-time leading scorer behind Tina Thompson. She also won three Olympic gold medals for Team USA in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
This is the split-second that Chris Bosh saved Miami's season.
Last night, the Spurs were one half away from claiming their fifth NBA championship. Tim Duncan was on fire, Miami's Big Three were invisible. LeBron turned on the jets to get the Heat back in the game, but even in the late moments of the fourth quarter it looked like San Antonio was walking out of Miami with some hardware. Even some Heat fans had given up hope — hundreds left early. To beat traffic.
The 1992 US Olympic basketball team, the “Dream Team,” is considered by most to be the greatest team ever assembled. But there is at least one sign that the current U-16 crop may be close to as dominant.
The U.S. men's U16 national team has downed one of the Dream Team’s most impressive records with a 130-31 opening round victory over Mexico at the FIBA Americas Championship on Tuesday.
The young Americans 99-point victory is the largest ever for any American national basketball team, besting the Dream Team’s 76 point drubbing of Cuba in 1992. The team also tied national records for most points in a game, and set new marks in field goals made (56) and rebounds (69).
Ten days ago, Jason Kidd announced he was retiring. Today, the Brooklyn Nets introduced him as its new head coach.
Kidd's career spanned 19 years and four teams — the Mavericks, Nets, Suns, and Knicks. He is second on the all-time assists list, and third all-time in 3-point field goals. He made 10 All-Star games and won a championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. as a member of the Nets, when they were based in New Jersey, he led the team to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.
The Nets haven’t made it back to an NBA Finals since Kidd got them there. He could be the right man for the job, just like he was a decade ago. Brooklyn is a young and talented team, and the players could use Kidd’s knowledge of the game.
Kidd isn't the first former player to become a head coach. But all-time greats have a dodgy history moving from the court to the bench.