May 21, 2013
By Eric Palutsis
With the NBA Conference Semifinals getting underway this week, most of the league’s attention is focused on the professional version of college basketball’s “Final Four” as we inch closer towards crowning the 2013 NBA champion. But for 14 teams stuck watching the playoffs at home since mid-April, the biggest prize of the offseason will be determined by a random set of 1000 ping-pong balls in a private room in New York City this evening.
May 15, 2013
By Ian Levy
It’s really hard for an outsider to objectively evaluate all the variables that go into the decision to leave college early for the NBA. Financial, personal, social, professional, arriving at a comfortable conclusion is an incredibly complex stew of pushes and pulls. Even though it’s hard to really feel the complexity of a player’s situation from the outside, fans and analysts always have strong feelings about what’s right for a player, and the announcement that Marcus Smart was headed back to Oklahoma State for his sophomore year was met with almost universal surprise.