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Mercury rookie Griner gets help from legends

Mercury rookie Griner gets help from legends

Jun. 26 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   While other reporters asked basketball-related questions during her first Twin Cities visit since 2011, the MSR instead asked 6’-8” Phoenix Mercury rookie center Brittney Griner about her musical tastes. Brittney...

To flop or not worries men more than women players

To flop or not worries men more than women players

Jun. 12 |     “Flopping” has been a part of basketball since the Flintstones. Lately it’s become a hot issue for NBA male players, but in the W there appears to be little concern. This season, 19 NBA players were warned about flopping, which is...

Does it really matter? — Athletes’ sexual orientation none of our business

Does it really matter? — Athletes’ sexual orientation none of our business

May. 8 |     Two weeks ago we learned that the WNBA’s top overall pick is gay. Last week we learned that a longtime NBA veteran center is gay. Neither news item bothered me at all. However, what does bother me is what convinced Britney Griner...

Northside hoops league starts teaching the game young

Northside hoops league starts teaching the game young

May. 8 |         While the NBA and NHL playoffs are well underway, the NABA is winding down its regular season. The North Area Basketball Association (NABA) has been playing Saturday morning games at North High School since late March....

NBA’s D-league finally working

NBA’s D-league finally working

May. 1 |     The NBA Development League, or the D-League as it’s commonly known, started in 2001. There have been some significant changes in the league’s function since then. The D-League for years only served as a last-resort haven for wannebees...

Heat set franchise record

Heat set franchise record

Mar. 6 |     Suddenly there’s no stopping the World Champion Miami Heat. Being around this group after they dismantled the under-manned Minnesota Timberwolves 97-81, it’s apparent their main objective Monday night at Target Center before 18,391...

Recognition of early ‘Black Fives’ players long overdue

Recognition of early ‘Black Fives’ players long overdue

Feb. 27 | The NCAA this year is celebrating 75 years of March Madness. Before it became an overhyped trademark, and before it became a behemoth cash cow for everyone but the players, the annual tourney for decades was a White-only affair. The celebrating...

Greatest of all time? I say Jordan, and here’s why

Greatest of all time? I say Jordan, and here’s why

Feb. 27 | It rages on — the debate over who’s the best of all-time. Michael Jordan? Magic Johnson? Kobe Bryant? LeBron James? That is where the argument gets testy. Jordan just celebrated his 50th birthday. Because Jordan won six NBA titles and all those...

Another strong-arm tactic to divert taxpayer dollars to franchise owners’ bottom line

Another strong-arm tactic to divert taxpayer dollars to franchise owners’ bottom line

Feb. 20 |     Short of a new building, local taxpayers should pay for improvements to the downtown arena where the Minnesota Timberwolves play, according to NBA Commissioner David Stern. These “Stern comments” came a couple of weeks ago prior to...

Just the facts! A lack of diversity in Minnesota sports

Just the facts! A lack of diversity in Minnesota sports

Dec. 26 | I hope you had a great Christmas. This time of year grips me like you cannot imagine. It’s a time of joy and reflection. I have taken to social media at FitzBeatSr., my Twitter handle. No Facebook for me. Again I had the suspicion that hatred is...
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