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The Basketball Diaries
Drug abuse is not a pretty sight. This movie made from Jim Carroll's autobiographical book about growing up addicted in 1960s Manhattan abuses drugs in the sense of exploiting their...
Film Review  April 28, 1995, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...These characters do not develop over the course of the movie. As the Catholic school basketball stars at the start of the film, Carroll (DiCaprio) and his pals are crass teen scofflaws who get their jollies from activities such as stealing fenceable items from the opposing teams' lockers and sniffing glue and then vomiting on lower-deck passengers on the Staten Island Ferry..."

Love and Basketball
A young woman learns to navigate the hoops on and off the court.
Film Review  April 21, 2000, by Russell Smith
"...Heysbert is also strong and affecting as Quincy's flawed but essentially decent father, who undergoes a painful transition from idolized role model to the embodiment of everything his son doesn't want to be. But the most compelling reason to see Love & Basketball is the excellent starring debut by Lathan..."

Texas-Sized Basketball: The Houston Rockets and Why I Moved to Texas
DAILY Sports  November 23, 2006, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...One month into the NBA season (and nearly four years into my Texas residency), the answer has finally come to me: The best reason to live in Texas is because this, more than any other place, is basketball country. Not college basketball country: I could care less about UT or A&M or Baylor..."

The Ascension of the Toros; and the Joys of Minor-League Basketball
DAILY Sports  February 6, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Not Tim Duncan or Tony Parker or even Beno Udrih, but rather the lovely and talented Spurs Silver Dancers, the equally lovely and talented Coyote mascot, and the extremely talented but something less than lovely Spurs legend “Iceman” George Gervin, who did a fantastic job of waving to the crowd before the game. All in all, the evening had an air of significance about it, like the Toros and the D-League were finally taking their rightful place at the professional-basketball table..."

UT Basketball Scores New Leadership
Rick Barnes exits, Shaka Smart takes the helm
News Story  April 9, 2015, by Nina Hernandez
"...If UT's long-tenured men's basketball coach Rick Barnes felt bamboozled by his March 28 firing, after Athletic Director Steve Patterson's verbal commitment to keep him, it was nothing to how his roster felt. They found out on Saturday, when the rest of the city did, and then watched as he took a job with the University of Tennessee the following Tuesday..."

NCAA Men's Basketball Championship
Erwin Center hosts March Madness this weekend
DAILY Sports  March 21, 2013, by Mark Fagan
"...This Friday and Sunday, March 22 and 24, the Erwin Center will open its court to the biggest college basketball tourney in the world – the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship – for some select second- and third-round games...."

'Funny as Heck' Basketball Coverage
Postmarks  May 2, 2012
"...Dear Editor, Re: "NBA Playoffs: Thoughts and Notes" [The Score Sports blog, April 30]: Who is this new basketball reporter? Best basketball writing I've encountered in quite a while. Evenhanded, straight-shootin', and funny as heck...."

UT Men's Basketball
J'Covan Brown leads the Horns against North Texas and Sam Houston State
Sports Story  November 25, 2011, by Mark Fagan
"...Brown (who is averaging 26.3 points, 7.5 assists, and 4.8 boards through four games) will certainly learn from this mistake and hopefully take out his frustration on UT's opponents and not the refs this weekend at the Erwin Center. Check for UT's Black Friday men's and women's basketball holiday packs...."

UT Women's Basketball
UT looks to get off the Big 12 schneid
Sports Story  January 21, 2011, by Mark Fagan
"...As we go to press Wednesday afternoon, the No. 11 University of Texas men's basketball program is prepping for a huge Big 12 game against No..."

UT to Play First Basketball Game in Cowboys Stadium
Against North Carolina
DAILY Sports  December 14, 2009, by Mark Fagan
"...ESPN will broadcast the University of Texas men's basketball game vs. North Carolina Sat., Dec..."

Austin Toros Host Summer Basketball Camps
DAILY Sports  June 1, 2007, by Mark Fagan
"...On Monday, June 4, the Austin Toros host the first of eight of their summer basketball camps for the kids. Camp instructors will include ex-Toros, ex-NBAers, and top-notch varsity basketball coaches from local schools..."

UIL Boys Basketball Tourney Runs Thursday Through Saturday at the Erwin Center
DAILY Sports  March 7, 2007, by Christopher Gray
"...Congratulations to Rockwall, Fort Worth Dunbar, Canyon, Poth, Nazareth, and Lindsay, your 2007 UIL girl's basketball state champions. This weekend it's the boys' turn, as their state tournament gets underway at the crack of dawn tomorrow with the Martin's Mill-Clyde Eula Class A Division I semifinal, 8:30am at the Erwin Center..."

Readily Apparent Media on Their Basketball Doc
Local production house goes for the fast break
Screens Story  April 13, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...Humphrey learned that his friend's grandfather had the fastest triple-double in NBA history, a slightly obscure but important record being perennially chased by Russell Westbrook. A triple-double – in which players get "double figures in three different statistics during a game," explains Humphrey, "is reserved for the best of the best." Along with Newman, Humphrey started filming Tucker, a Kentucky-born African-American whose mentor in the Syracuse Nationals was civil rights icon Earl Lloyd, "the Jackie Robinson of basketball," says Humphrey...."

Two Teams Played a Basketball Game Last Night?
Somewhere in San Antonio, ten dudes played hoops
DAILY Sports  June 12, 2013, by Chase Hoffberger
"...It’s just before I-35’s exit 201 that you see your first billboard: black, and grey, and “Go Spurs Go.” The support sits right before the San Marcos outlets and the Ingram Readymix Plant, the first sign that you’re in Spurs country, the first sign that there was actually going to be a basketball game in San Antonio last night...."

Horns Men's Basketball Team Out Snipe Hunting
Signature win alludes them
DAILY Sports  February 24, 2012, by Russ Espinoza
"...21 (a three-point loss). Like most teams in college basketball, though, Texas’ potency shines best at home, and drains in a steady hemorrhage on the road...."

UT Women's Basketball
Ashley Gayle should become school’s all-time block leader this Sunday
Sports Story  November 18, 2011, by Mark Fagan

University of Texas Men's Basketball
UT hosts Sooners then Aggies
Sports Story  January 14, 2011, by Mark Fagan
"...Following their heartwrenching 82-81 overtime loss at home to Kemba Walker and his UConn Huskies last Saturday, the University of Texas men's basketball team started Big 12 play Tuesday night in Lubbock by wallopping the unranked Red Raiders 83-52. Texas dominated the boards against Texas Tech 39-23 and was led by senior Gary Johnson's game-high 10 rebounds..."

UT Basketball on a Major Roll
Defeat Spartans and Tarheels in the same week
DAILY Sports  December 24, 2010, by Russ Espinoza
"...Tom Izzo is one of the most venerated figures in college basketball, and when a man of his stature praises another team in the aftermath of a dispiriting home loss, you know it’s a painful, but genuine, declaration. “We got beat by a better team,” Izzo said, following No..."

University of Texas Basketball
UT men's and women's basketball teams start their seasons with predictably impressive results
Sports Story  November 12, 2010, by Mark Fagan
"...UT men's and women's basketball teams both got their seasons started this week with predictably impressive results. The boys roughed up Navy 83-52 and are hosting Louisiana Tech Wednesday night as we go to press..."

UT Women's Basketball Coach Jody Conradt Retires
DAILY Sports  March 13, 2007, by Amy Smith
"...Jody Conradt confirmed Monday night what Lady Longhorn basketball fans had wondered about for weeks – would the iconic women's coach retire this year? After two consecutive disappointing seasons, logic held that she would. But the suddenness of her announcement – just 15 minutes after learning of the team's failure to qualify for the NCAA tournament – came all too soon for friends and fans who had followed her 31-year career at UT..."

UIL Girls Basketball State Championships at the Erwin Center
DAILY Sports  March 1, 2007, by Christopher Gray
"...Austin's thriftier sports fans know two of the best bargains all year are the annual UIL high school basketball tournaments at the Erwin Center. Next weekend belongs to the boys, but the girls' tilt got under way early this morning and concludes Saturday night..."

Patrice Pike to Perform Following UT Women's Basketball Game Saturday
DAILY Sports  February 23, 2007, by Mark Fagan
"...Rock Star: Supernova runner-up Patrice Pike will perform live following UT women's final home basketball game of the season vs. Texas Tech to be held Saturday, 3pm, at the Frank Erwin Center..."

Sad Day for the Toros, Basketball, and Austin: Dennis Johnson Dead at 52
DAILY Sports  February 22, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...22, after collapsing on the court during the team's practice. He was 52 years old. Johnson, better known to basketball fans as D.J., was an NBA legend who helped two teams win the championship trophy during his storied 14-year career..."

Enjoying the Basketball Game?
Why am I not seeing my game right now?
DAILY Sports  February 20, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...Channel 12 is showing CW programming: Veronica Mars. So why can't I see my basketball game? Is anyone who subscribes to Grande having this problem? I can't get through to Time Warner – nothing but a busy signal..."

Elana James Performs Live Following UT Women's Basketball Game Sunday
DAILY Sports  January 19, 2007, by Mark Fagan
"...Former Hot Club of Cowtown violinist and vocalist Elana James will perform live following the UT's women's basketball game vs. Texas A&M Sunday, Jan..."

UT Men's Basketball Preview
DAILY Sports  November 7, 2006, by Robert Gabriel
"...The Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team now has a pair of exhibition victories in the bag, and for the most part, so far so decent. The starting guard combination of freshman D.J..."

Soderbergh’s Netflix Basketball Film High Flying Bird Shoots, Mostly Scores
But just because you can shoot on a phone doesn’t mean you should
DAILY Screens  February 5, 2019, by Kimberley Jones

UT Basketball: Bring the Tape Measure
Texas faces their toughest challenge in No.3 North Carolina
DAILY Sports  December 10, 2015, by Kahron Spearman

UT Basketball: Building Blocks (and Rebounds)
The lost preview and short review of the season, so far
DAILY Sports  December 1, 2015, by Kahron Spearman

If the Horns Basketball Season Ended Today …
Impressive season-ending stretch needed
DAILY Sports  February 9, 2012, by Russ Espinoza
"...… then the Longhorns would be on the jilted side of the velvet rope and its surly, burly handler: So said “seeding” sage Kevin Lyttle in the Austin American-Statesman, who cited UT’s “Bad RPI (66)” and their 2-8 record against college basketball’s Top 100...."

Longhorn Basketball Spars With Huskies
In this corner …
DAILY Sports  January 6, 2011, by Russ Espinoza

Season Heats Up for UT Basketball
A Manhattan eyelash away from being undefeated
DAILY Sports  December 3, 2010, by Russ Espinoza

Sara Hickman to Perform Live Following UT Women's Basketball Game This Sunday
DAILY Sports  December 14, 2006, by Mark Fagan

If basketball must be mocked, it deserves to be mocked well, and unfortunately, Will Ferrell's Semi-Pro isn’t up to the challenge.
Film Review  February 29, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Those sports probably deserved to be parodied (though some might argue that any parody was bound to be redundant), and if the country wanted to see Ferrell running around in his unmentionables while it was happening, then the country was entitled. But basketballbasketball doesn’t deserve the Ferrell treatment..."

Believe in Me
Despite all its clichéd moralizing and blatant borrowings, the movie does offer a few clever twists on an old sports-movie formula.
Film Review  March 9, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...A few years ago, ESPN released its list of the best sports movies of the last 25 years. At the top of the list, in all its inspirational glory, was Hoosiers, David Anspaugh's classic story of redemption and basketball in small-town Indiana..."

The story of the friendship and contrasting paths to success of two natural ballplayers, both of whom appear to be too old to be playing teens, Crossover tries hard but never makes the leap.
Film Review  September 8, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Anthony Mackie, Wesley Jonathan, Wayne Brady, Alecia Jai Fears, Kristen Wilson, Michael Kimbrew and Shelli Boone. Writer-director Preston Whitmore II's basketball film is a well-intentioned but utterly clichéd slice of Detroit life..."

Shaq's Third Autobiography
Where he reveals he's pretty much the best at everything
DAILY Sports  November 29, 2011, by Will Schmidt
"...Shaquille O'Neal is undoubtedly one of the greatest centers to ever play pro basketball. The proof is in the championship banners, the all-star appearances, and the record books...."

The Mighty Macs
This film tells the story of rookie basketball coach and future Hall of Famer Cathy Rush who led the women of Immaculata College to three consecutive national championships from 1972 to 1974.
Film Review  October 21, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...So few are the inspirational sports movies for girls that this formulaic drama about an underdog basketball team that beats the odds to win the national collegiate championship can be forgiven any sins. That’s especially good because there are a lot of nuns around for the dispensation of holy passes – Hail Marys and otherwise..."

Welcome to Toros Country
DAILY Sports  September 26, 2006, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...These are the dark and quiet days. Days when the basketball gods retreat to their beds, pull down the shades, and leave us mortals down on earth without even an exhibition game to watch..."

Air Bud
A distinct canine motif runs through basketball history. Witness past and present NBA players Fred “Mad Dog” Carter, Tim Bassett, Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson and Joe Wolf. Not to mention...
Film Review  August 1, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...Starring: Kevin Zegers, Bill Cobbs and Wendy Makkena. A distinct canine motif runs through basketball history..."

Blue Chips
Written over 12 years ago by Ron Shelton (the writer and director of Bull Durham and White Men Can't Jump), the story of Blue Chips explores the moral boundaries of...
Film Review  February 25, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Walsh, Alfre Woodard, Shaquille O'Neal and Bob Cousy. Written over 12 years ago by Ron Shelton (the writer and director of Bull Durham and White Men Can't Jump), the story of Blue Chips explores the moral boundaries of the college basketball court..."

Hoop Dreams
Groundbreaking documentary follows five years in the lives of two promising high school basketball players from Chicago.
Film Review  December 23, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Steve James. Hoop Dreams is an amazing documentary, nearly three hours long, that follows five years in the lives of two promising high school basketball players from Chicago..."

The Air Up There
The time-worn formula of the underdog surpassing all odds meets a premise reeking of cultural imperialism that takes basketball mania a bit too far. A self-assured, fast-talking coach at a...
Film Review  January 7, 1994, by Pamela Bruce
"...Starring: Kevin Bacon and Charles Gitonga Maina. The time-worn formula of the underdog surpassing all odds meets a premise reeking of cultural imperialism that takes basketball mania a bit too far..."

White Men Can't Jump
White Men Can't Jump starts out just right... near dawn on the beach at Venice, California, three black street singers are harmonizing on a song backed by a guitar and...
Film Review  April 3, 1992, by Louis Black
"...near dawn on the beach at Venice, California, three black street singers are harmonizing on a song backed by a guitar and drums, just enjoying the sound of their voices together. Bill Hoyle (Harrelson), a white kid with a basketball, walks by; he asks directions to the court..."

NBA Lockout Will Not Affect Toros' Season
Good news for local hoops fans
DAILY Sports  September 22, 2011, by Will Schmidt
"...As local pro-hoops fans sit on their sofa beds, monitoring the NBA lockout in continuous waves of uncontrollable helplessness, watching its snail pace with incapacitated eyes, I come forth with good news for you sad basketball-loving individuals...."

Like Mike
Like Mike is precisely the kind of movie you'd expect to see if the NBA were to get into the business of producing movies, and pint-sized adolescent boys who were...
Film Review  July 5, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Lil' Bow Wow, Morris Chestnut, Robert Forster, Crispin Glover, Jonathan Lipnicki, Eugene Levy, Anne Meara and Brenda Song. Like Mike is precisely the kind of movie you'd expect to see if the NBA were to get into the business of producing movies, and pint-sized adolescent boys who were already mega-successful rap stars wanted to extend their reach into the almighty worlds of movies and basketball..."

O: The Movie
The practice of reimagining Shakespeare for film has produced some modern wonders that have added contemporary depth to the classic texts: Kurosawa's Ran, Richard Loneraine's 1995 fascist spin on Richard...
Film Review  August 31, 2001, by Kimberley Jones
"...Disappointingly, O falls smack in the “done wrong” category. Director Tim Blake Nelson (who co-starred in the Coen Brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou?) has substituted the passionately raging warrior Othello for basketball star Odin James (Phifer), or O, the only black kid at a tony, South Carolina prep school..."

Order on the Court
NBA Basketball Diaries
Books Story  June 20, 1997, by Christopher Gray
"...illustration by Ben Plimpton Basketball season is over. Yeah, okay, the NBA Finals are -- as of this writing -- knotted at two games each, but the real season ended a few minutes before 11pm Thursday, May 29, when Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz, this year's league MVP, set a flagrantly illegal pick on the Houston Rockets' Clyde Drexler, freeing up partner-in-crime John Stockton for a wide-open three-pointer that sent the Rockets' sometimes-brilliant, sometimes-frustrating 1996-'97 season down in flames..."

Sunset Park
Sunset Park is an affectionate if lightweight and uneven testament to the power of communication, education, and human decency. The latest feature by Steve Gomer (Sweet Lorraine) stars Rhea Perlman...
Film Review  May 3, 1996, by Alison Macor
"...Sunset Park is an affectionate if lightweight and uneven testament to the power of communication, education, and human decency. The latest feature by Steve Gomer (Sweet Lorraine) stars Rhea Perlman as a Brooklyn high school gym teacher, Phyllis Saroka, who agrees to take over the coaching duties for the school's varsity basketball team in order to earn a nest egg toward early retirement in St..."

Uncle Drew
Kyrie Irving's soda campaign gets a movie spin-off
Film Review  July 6, 2018, by Matthew Monagle
"...The 1990s were a banner decade for professional basketball players looking to establish themselves as actors. From Shaquille O’Neal (Kazaam) to Michael Jordan (Space Jam) to Ray Allen (He Got Game), NBA stars could be found in blockbusters and prestige pictures alike, often accompanied by marketing campaigns that leaned heavily on their celebrity to promote the film..."

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