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2 May 2012 | One Comment | By Andrew Constant, Senior Writer
For my final Bank Shots column ever, I want to revisit the predictions that I made before the season started and reflect on what was a fun, yet shortened season of NBA basketball. The playoffs are less than a week old, but we’ve already seen two superstars go down with serious injuries in completely different ways. Reigning MVP Derrick Rose tore his ACL last Saturday in Chicago’s Game 1 victory over Philly. The Bulls are now without Rose for the remainder of the season, which will hamper their ability to make a run at the Eastern Conference crown. Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire was so frustrated after NY […] Read the full story »

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25 Apr 2012 | No Comments | By Andrew Constant, Sports Editor
Monday night at Prudential Center in Newark, the Nets played their final game in New Jersey after 35 uneventful years in the Garden State. In the fall, they’ll move into their swanky new arena, renamed and refurbished, across the Hudson River in Brooklyn. As soon as their game against the 76ers ended on Monday, the team’s website began displaying an outline of their new logo with the hashtag “#hellobrooklyn” below it. The season isn’t even over yet, but the Nets have one foot out the door toward NYC. For the first and probably only time ever, I’ll echo Gov. Chris Christie’s words and tell the Nets “good […] Read the full story »

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18 Apr 2012 | 4 Comments | By Andrew Constant, Sports Editor
I saw a male student wearing a Jeremy Lin shirt this morning on my way to class, and couldn’t help but chuckling to myself. That poor kid, the one I saw on campus, bought into all of the media hype surrounding a 23-year-old basketball player who burst onto the scene in the biggest media market in the world and gave the greatest arena on this planet life it’d be lacking since the days of Patrick Ewing. Lin came out of nowhere, going from the end of the Knicks bench to the starting lineup in early February. He took us on a magic carpet ride, equipped fully with […] Read the full story »

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11 Apr 2012 | No Comments | By Andrew Constant, Sports Editor
The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA Draft without the ability to withdraw their names and return to school has come and gone. Now, if a player puts his name in the pool, he’s there to stay and there’s no chance of him returning to college for another season. And with that, the list of non-seniors to enter the draft pool is 26 deep. Players like Austin Rivers and Moe Harkless probably could have used another season in college to prepare themselves for the NBA, but this is the culture that we live in now: the fastest route to the NBA is the right one. […] Read the full story »

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4 Apr 2012 | 2 Comments | By Andrew Constant, Sports Editor
The Los Angeles Lakers have had some of the greatest centers in NBA history put on their patented yellow and purple uniform. Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal combined for 98,402 points in their careers and all won championships with the Lakers. But O’Neal was traded from LA to Miami before the 2004-05 season, leaving a gaping hole in the middle of the floor for the Lakers. In the first season in the post-Shaq era, LA missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons. Missing the playoffs automatically puts you into the NBA’s Draft Lottery. Instead of being able to pick top-flight college players […] Read the full story »

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28 Mar 2012 | No Comments | By Andrew Constant, Sports Editor
At this time two weeks ago, I thought there was a good chance that I could get three or four of the Final Four teams correct. I felt confident that Kentucky would run through the South and reach New Orleans, and they did. I thought that North Carolina would win the Midwest. They came within a broken-Kendall-Marshall- hand of doing so. I had the feeling that Florida State, fresh off their victory in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, would continue their run of success and capture the East, but they bowed out to Cincinnati in the third round. But perhaps the team I was counting on the […] Read the full story »

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14 Mar 2012 | 2 Comments | By Andrew Constant, Sports Editor
Tuesday afternoon, I was watching “SportsCenter” with one of my roommates, and my least favorite college basketball analyst, Doug Gottlieb, was blabbering on about something regarding the NCAA Tournament. Just as he was about to make one more soon-to-be-wrong prediction, host John Buccigross interrupted Gottlieb with the breaking news that Syracuse center Fab Melo had been ruled ineligible for the tournament. Gottlieb was literally speechless. He couldn’t close his jaw. I wish every time he came on the air something like this would happen, because it would shut him up. But seriously, the news that Melo would not be available to play for the top-seeded Orange is […] Read the full story »

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7 Mar 2012 | 3 Comments | By Andrew Constant, Sports Editor
As promised, I’m back with my awards picks before Championship Week ends and the NCAA Tournament begins. I’d also like it to be known that I am not in favor of freshmen winning major awards unless they’re far and wide the best player in a given sport. Or unless they have an award that is just for their class, which college basketball does. That’s why I don’t think that Kentucky rookie Anthony Davis should take home multiple awards this year. I think Davis is awesome, and if my team was picking first in June’s draft, I’d have to be completely blown away by another player to not […] Read the full story »

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29 Feb 2012 | No Comments | By Andrew Constant, Sports Editor
It’s officially March, which means it’s the best month of the year and time for the best two words in collegiate sports: March Madness. There are very few things that I enjoy more than the opening two days of the NCAA Tournament, with the games going for upwards of 12 hours non-stop and that catchy CBS Sports jingle playing during every timeout. But we’re still a few weeks away from the Big Dance, which means there’s that much time to discuss all of the big teams and names leading up to March 13 and 14’s First Four games. Player of the Year candidate Anthony Davis and Kentucky […] Read the full story »

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22 Feb 2012 | No Comments | By Andrew Constant, Sports Editor
The NBA is a league that’s full of mistakes, turnovers and goofs. On a nightly basis, someone air balls a free throw or misses a dunk or slips and falls on a breakaway. Everyone laughs, ESPN anchors make a joke about it on SportsCenter, and there’s a funny YouTube clip hours after the slip-up. But this week, maybe my favorite clip in the history of sports surfaced. Monday night, the Timberwolves were playing the Nuggets in Denver. With 4.9 seconds left and Denver leading by three, the Nuggets were inbounding in the frontcourt, just needing to control the ball and draw a foul. One foul shot made […] Read the full story »