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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the success of big men (and the lack of success of small ball) in the NBA playoffs. They also talk about a New York Times Magazine profile of Phil Jackson and the league’s decision to block the Sacramento Kings’ move to Seattle. Finally, they interview author Bruce Knecht about the death of an America’s Cup sailor and whether the race is too dangerous to continue.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Grantland’s Zach Lowe explained the small-ball phenomenon and predicted that bigs would prevail in the 2013 playoffs.
- Sports Illustrated’s Rob Mahoney says San Antonio had to go small to close out Golden State.
- Hoopspeak.com asks if height matters in the NBA.
- Sam Anderson profiles Phil Jackson for the New York Times Magazine.
- Phil Jackson’s new book, Eleven Rings, chronicles the NBA championships he won as a coach.
- ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst reports on the recent moves made to keep the Kings in Sacramento.
- The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta hopes that an expansion team will arrive in Seattle once Adam Silver takes over as NBA commissioner.
- USA Today’s Sam Amick profiles Vivek Ranadive, a Warriors minority owner who will soon be majority owner of the Kings.
- In the Wall Street Journal, Bruce Knecht explains how Larry Ellison has made the America’s Cup a life-threatening sporting event.
- Knecht’s books The Proving Ground and Grand Ambition.
- Seth Stevenson of Slate compared sailor Andrew Simpson’s death to those of Dale Earnhardt and luger Nodar Kumaritashvili.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly 100 Guinea Cup:
Mike’s 100 Guinea Cup: NBA prospects, especially those from Duke, are much taller with shoes on than off.
Stefan’s 100 Guinea Cup: The Doncaster Belles, one of the best teams in English women’s soccer, has been busted down to the second division for no good reason.
Josh’s 100 Guinea Cup: Minnesota’s Metrodome has been home to hundreds of thousands of roller skaters since 1990. The tradition might be over soon.
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