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Ball In started as a paper zine in the mid-90s and became a blog on ManilaUserland in the late-90s. (The original site is: ballin.editthispage.com)
In Ball In, Basketball Is... Accessories, about basketball clothes (Shorts), equipment, collectibles (Cards) and fashion - Books, (yes) books are reviewed (guess what gets reviewed in Basketball Is... Movies) - Madness (college hoops) - Politics (radical Democratic Party and lefter) - Assists (other sites to check out) and spans the Basketball Universe - including Religion, Advertising, Beer, Brunch, Poetry, Family, Home, Racism, Music, Feminism, TV. Oh, yeah, and Love (and Sex), which I don't think we've gotten enough of in, if only because just like in Basketball, the only two things you can control in Love (and Sex) are defense and accessories.
Chances are if you even clicked the link to read this article – you just might be a rezballer. You know what we’re talking about – balling on the rez. You might even have a basketball tucked under your other arm as you are reading this article, you’ve got your basketball shoes on and you’re ready for a game right now.
For the last two weeks, the fundamental power structure of the NBA has been inverted. While the owners and executives are the true power brokers of the league, they have been rendered powerless by one man’s now broken silence as no one wanted to make any moves until LeBron had decided where he…
The greatest leader of all time, the greatest defensive player of all time and the greatest winner of all time.
So why not the greatest player of all time, or at least higher on my list?
Well, forgive me for not putting that much stock into winning rings in a league which had less than 10 teams (how come nobody mentions that today?). Of course, it’s still an amazing accomplishment, but you should win every year when you have an amazing roster full of Hall of Famers, led by arguably the greatest coach/manager of all time in Red Auerbach.
OK, so why not put him lower on the list?
You can’t really fault the guy for playing in the era he played in. You can only play what’s out there, you can’t choose your opponents, and we’re all judged by how we fare against our peers. It would be unfair to hold Russell to a different standard. I always have a hard time striking the right balance when evaluating players of the past, which is why my list often changes (though not drastically).