Things Fall Apart

And I’m not talking about the book, the Roots album or that movie where 50 Cent wore dreads so awful looking that he made Mekhi Phifer in 8 Mile seem like he was straight from the islands. I’m talking about the train wreck that is the New York Knicks. What was thought to be the “best front court in the league” are slowly and painfully proving to be Moe, Larry and Curley of the Atlantic division. Maybe even the entire league. Continue reading

Remembering Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson turns 44 years old today. As the sentimental favorite of “my other team on the side” back in the mid-90’s, I had to shine some light on him. The man was a remarkable high school and college player and averaged 14.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in thirteen years in the NBA. Despite this, all most people remember about him is him being a role player on the Penny and Shaq dominated Orlando Magic squads. Continue reading

Ruminations on the White Mamba

Let me preface this post with a couple things.

First of all, it’s nice to be here. Yes, I’m the same Jeremy Woo who was featured in an interview last week. I’m happy to say I’ve officially joined the NYILL team (thanks guys) and will try and get up on here at least once a week as my schedule allows. If you’d like to know more about me, here is a good place to start.

Second, for those of you who couldn’t care less about Chicago sports, I apologize for the second Bulls-related post in the last 24 hours. Had to get this off my chest. Enjoy. Continue reading

Still Sleeping

I came across an article on Eddie Maisonet’s excellent The Sports Fan Journal website called “The Ten Most Unappreciated Players In The NBA Today” by Joe Simmons.

Now, it was a well-written article and it is strictly one man’s opinion, so I’m not going to sit here and bash the article, but I couldn’t help but notice one glaring omission – Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls. Continue reading

Eleven Slept On Albums You Need To Hear (if you haven’t already..)

When it comes to rap music, I’m not much into  these newer cats. Drake, Rick Ross, and so many other rappers nowadays just don’t capture my imagination like back in the days. So I tend to keep listening to the older stuff.

My list of favorite albums reads like most other hip-hop heads’ – Nas’ “Illmatic”, Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ready to Die”, Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter the Wu-Tang” and so on. But beyond the more obvious and well-respected classics are the albums that don’t often get mentioned as being in the same category, but I remember fondly just as much. Continue reading

Q&A with Dan Poneman

“So Jeremy was telling me you’re up at Alaska. Tell me about that, how did you end up there?”

Within two minutes of my phone conversation with Chicago high school basketball scout Daniel Poneman, I found myself feeling like I was the one being interviewed, but in a good way.

This was to be expected, I suppose. I rarely speak on the phone, and when I do it nearly always is with my lovely wife, and consists primarily of me asking her how our kids are doing while I’m at work, or letting her know my estimated time of arrival from work. Continue reading

DePaul Back?

Did y’all see that DePaul-Pitt game on ESPN2 last night? Did y’all see DePaul come from behind to win 84-81? If so, bet y’all saw the students at Rosemont Horizo- oops, All State Arena, rush the court after the W.

You probably thought “Hold up. Second conference game of the season, beating an unranked team at home, and you’re just gonna storm the court like you just beat the number one team in the country?”

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