November 30, 1990
George (Ice) Jackson, a 6-4 forward with the Calgary 88's of the World Basketball League, has reversed the trend of Eastern Europeans joining American professional basketball leagues by signing for the 1990-91 season with Estonia's Kalev Tallinn of the Soviet National Basketball League.
July 13, 1990 |
To hear the folks in Italy tell it, they not only play great soccer on the Boot -- uh, what World Cup? -- they also play hoops second only to the NBA. Or so they insisted until a World Basketball League all-star team took a swing through the country last winter and worked over the best Italy had to offer. Some of the scores (120-98, 142-117 and 146-124) while dropping five of six games suggest the home teams weren't performing in season, which was hardly the case.
August 27, 1989 |
All right, class, the subject for today is pro basketball--is it a sport or a circus? Are the Detroit Pistons the best team in the game--or just the biggest? Well, is Mike Tyson the best fighter in the world--or is Sugar Ray Leonard? Tired of slam dunks? Two-foot baskets? High posts? Low posts? Set-piece basketball? Ever ask yourself how you can have a sport that cannot be played successfully by 99.999% of the world population?
August 5, 1989 |
Fields of corn sag in the summer sizzle. A gray-white haze hangs over groves of pine trees like smoke in a tavern. A man shoveling asphalt into the cracked road leading to Anna Maria College 10 miles northwest of Worcester is enveloped in steam. The only noise at the center of this bucolic campus comes from an occasional car. But in the distance a faint, repetitive sound is heard. As one draws closer to the Fuller Activities Center, it becomes louder. Balls are bouncing and men are laughing.
June 2, 1989
A San Jose family was awarded the first Continental Basketball Assn. franchise on the West Coast, and Cory Russell of the World Basketball League was named head coach. A Santa Barbara group is expected to win a CBA franchise by as early as today, bringing the league to 16 teams for the season that begins Nov. 16.