Pictured (l-r) Leroy Watson Jr., Sidney Adkins, Marvin Grandberry, William Bedford, Deon Lawson, Winston Banks and Benjamin Richardson. (Photo: George Tillman Jr.)
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
The American Basketball Association (ABA) is alive and well, with over 90 teams scattered throughout North America. It is only logical that one of the original ABA cities, Memphis, should have a franchise.
The Bluff City Reign, representing Memphis, are in the 2013 ABA playoffs and looking to take full advantage of the opportunity. The Reign went 26-6 during the 2011-’12 campaign, but lost in the first round of the postseason to the Chicago Fire.
Fifty was the number of the night and not because it is worn by Memphis All-Star Zach Randolph. Fifty marks the number of wins the Grizzlies now have this season after defeating the team that holds the number one spot in the Western Conference.
In an April Fools Day game at FedExForum on Monday, all jokes were put aside for a seriously-played basketball game. One of the most-respected coaches in the league, Gregg Popovich, was in town, along with a battle-tested San Antonio team that played without key players Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard.
Chris Wright was playing professional basketball in Turkey last year, working toward achieving his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA, when something strange happened at the end of practice.
"I'm running sprints, just normal sprints, and I run and touch the baseline, go back and my foot gives out," said Wright, now 23.
"I just thought I slipped or something like that. But I noticed my foot started getting numb and it just got progressively worse."
I'm not mad at Tiger Woods, or Nike.
Those people who are up-in-arms that Woods has climbed back to his standing as the world's No. 1 golfer and that he is no longer asking for our forgiveness are hypocrites.
"Winning Takes Care of Everything," proclaims his most recent Nike ad, as a focused Tiger crouches in the background. When I first saw the ad, I thought: Wow, bold move by Nike. It's an in-your-face, unapologetic statement.
Wayne Brent was named as the seventh head coach of the Jackson State Tigers on Monday during a press conference at the Jackson State University Sports Hall of Fame.
After welcoming Brent to JSU, Director of Athletics Dr. Vivian L. Fuller presented him with a jacket and shirt bearing the university's logo. Brent thanked God, his family and the university administration before laying out his plans for JSU.
"There are certain goals that I have set for this program. I want to give guys a chance to dream," Brent said during Monday's news conference, adding that he'd like the team to reach the NCAA Tournament in the next few years.