A Testament to Willie Green, and Survival

Green remains steady as ever (Erik Lesser)

Last Tuesday, Bessie Cooper died in a Georgia nursing home at age 116.  Nearly as impressive as her longevity was Willie Green’s start on Saturday, his 16th of the season and the 242nd in his 10 year NBA career.  Green was never expected to crack an NBA rotation or even seize a roster spot, but his determination was too much to ignore.  A decade after his first professional basket, the shooting guard is filling a pivotal role for a contending Clippers team.

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A Memoir to Shaun Livingston, and Broken Dreams

Livingston before the accident (NBA.com)

If you were born in the 20th century, you most likely witnessed an American tragedy.  On February 26, 2007, NBA point guard Shaun Livingston collapsed from a layup attempt and obliterated his left knee in what was arguably the most grotesque sports injury in United States history.  Prior to the disaster, Livingston was heralded as a basketball prodigy, drawing comparisons to the multifaceted Magic Johnson.  Since his axle snapped, it’s been an uphill climb to remain relevant on the court.

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How Long Can Jason Kidd’s Game Hang On?

Kidd’s tank is running on fumes (Daily Knicks)

In Titanic, Kate Winslet promised Leonardo DiCaprio she would never let go.  Her assurance was meaningless.  In New York, Jason Kidd believes he can play effective basketball until he’s 42.  These are long odds, but the 18 year NBA veteran’s words hold more weight than his peers.  Kidd signed a 3 year, $9 million contract in July, hoping the Knicks would serve as a retirement home.

While Kidd is slated to come off the bench, his ability to make plays and stops is a crucial factor to New York’s upcoming campaign, because starter and fellow import Raymond Felton’s effort is questionable.  Their division features star point men Deron Williams, Kyle Lowry, Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday, so the 10 time NBA All Star will be eventually needed to slow them down.

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