The Takeaway

Jeremy Lin May Be Headed to Houston

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Is Jeremy Lin be headed over to the Rockets? Will all ties with the Knicks be cut by tomorrow? Is it finally the end of New York's 'Linsanity'?

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The Takeaway

Will London be the Final Appearance for a NBA Crafted "Dream Team"?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

NBA Commissioner David Stern has been hinting that this 20th year of Dream Teams may be the last. Rumor has it the future Olympic teams will have a 23-year-old age limit and mostly be unknowns or college players.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Athletes and Race in the Last Century

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Theresa Runstedtler and David J. Leonard discuss race in sports. Runstedtler is the author of Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner: Boxing in the Shadow of the Global Color Line, about the first African American World Heavyweight Champion (1908-1915) and his battles with racism around the world. Leonard is the author of After Artest: The NBA and the Assault on Blackness, about the 2004 “Palace Brawl,” a fight between NBA players Ron Artest and Ben Wallace that dramatically altered outside perceptions of the sport.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Nets Say Goodbye To New Jersey

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dave D'Alessandro, sports columnist for The Star-Ledger, joins to discuss the Nets' last game in New Jersey, and help take calls from Nets fans. 

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New Jersey News

Nets Fall in Final NJ Home Game

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Philadelphia 76ers spoiled the Nets' final game in New Jersey with a 105-87 victory Monday night. For New Jersey fans it was a bittersweet game. In the fall, the NJ Nets will be re-billed the Brooklyn Nets and play in the yet to be completed Barclays Center.


The Takeaway

Tennessee Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt's Legacy

Thursday, April 19, 2012

On Wednesday, University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt stepped down from her job, ending a 38-year career. The move came less than a year after she received a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Kellie Harper played on three national championship squads at Tennessee. She now coaches women's basketball at North Carolina State where she says Coach Summitt remains an inspiration for her every day.



Abdi Hussein: Coming to America

Thursday, April 05, 2012

An immigrant story about the humor and heartbreak of trying to fit in, the difference one person can make, and about Abdi's ultimate triumph.


The Takeaway

March Madness Down to Kentucky and Kansas

Monday, April 02, 2012

Tonight, Kansas and Kentucky face off in New Orleans for the NCAA Championship. Over the weekend, Kentucky beat Louisville in an intra-state match while Kansas rallied against Ohio State to win 64-62. Today two super-fans argue their case for each team. Kim Parks roots for Kentucky, and she's ready to defend the Wildcats against Mark Domitrovich, a Kansas Jayhawks fan. Also with us for NCAA analysis and more on the latest in sports news is Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Takeaway sports contributor.


WQXR Features

March Madness! The Sweetest Sixteen

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The NCAA Tournament is in full-swing and -- just like in the world of college basketball -- the sound of marches is in the air. We bracket out 16 of the best marches.

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The Takeaway

NBA All-Star Weekend Kicks Off

Friday, February 24, 2012

This weekend is the NBA All-Star game, the unofficial half-way mark of the NBA season. The Miami Heat overwhelmed the Knicks last night as Jeremy Lin was shut down. LeBron James is having a historic season as the team looks to win the championship. But Oklahoma City and Kevin Durant are making waves in the Western Conference. Here to give us his thoughts on the season's first half, and to tell us what he's going to be looking for in the second half, is Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin.


The Takeaway

Does Race Play a Role in the Media Fascination with Jeremy Lin?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Over the past two weeks, the "Linsanity" of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin has swept across New York, and much of America. Breaking records for scoring and assisting in his first five games, many sports fans are celebrating. Meanwhile, many are wondering when was the last time a black athlete ignited the same type of passion.

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On The Media

A Strong Case of Linsanity

Friday, February 17, 2012

Linsanity is spreading like wildfire, fueled in part by the media's fascination with New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin's Cinderella story.  Brooke speaks to NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca, who says that despite his over saturation, Lin's story of overlooked bench-warmer turned NBA superstar has all the elements of a great sports story.

Mega Ran - Jeremy Lin Rap

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For the Love Of Lin: Inside the Knicks Viewing Party

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


The Linsanity is likely to continue, as the Knicks won their seventh straight game with Jeremy Lin playing. Several gathered in Chinatown to watch the Knicks beat the Kings 100-85.


The Takeaway

The Rapid Rise of Jeremy Lin

Monday, February 13, 2012

A few weeks ago nobody wanted him. Now NBA scouts are scratching their heads, wondering how they so badly misjudged recent Harvard graduate Jeremy Lin. With every game, Lin continues to outscore his previous career high — and he doesn't show signs of slowing down. "J-Lin" has also garnered a great deal of attention for being the league's first Asian-American player, as well as his devout Christianity.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on His Basketball Career and Advocacy Work

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all time leading scorer, talks about his career in basketball, his advocacy work, and his new children’s book, What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors. It looks at some of the black inventors who have made a difference in people’s lives and in the world.

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The Takeaway

Delayed NBA Season Begins

Monday, December 26, 2011

After weeks of delay, the shortened NBA season began on Sunday. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin spent roughly 12 and a half hours watching basketball on Christmas Day. He breaks down the day's games, and also looks back at the major sports moments of 2011.


The Takeaway

NBA Season in Jeopardy as Players Reject Offer

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The upcoming NBA season is in jeopardy after players rejected the league's latest offer for a new labor deal on Monday. "After two years of making a genuine and concerted effort to try to close a collective bargaining effort with the league and our teams, we've come to the conclusion today that that process has not worked for us," NBA Players Association president Derek Fisher said. The players have now begun the process of disbanding the union, and filing an anti-trust lawsuit against the NBA owners.

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NBA Players Reject Latest Offer, Start Disbanding Union

Monday, November 14, 2011

Professional basketball players rejected the NBA's latest offer and have begun the process of disbanding the union. The decision will likely jeopardize the rest of the 2011-2012 basketball season.


The Takeaway

The NBA Lockout's Impact on Workers

Monday, October 31, 2011

The NBA remains stuck in a lockout this morning as negotiations between players and owners have failed to produce a new collective bargaining agreement. Tomorrow is scheduled be the first day of the 66th season, but instead the stadiums will remain closed and fans will stay at home. It’s a big disappointment for fans, but for many people, their livelihoods are on the line too.

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The Takeaway

NBA Cancels Preseason

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

NBA players and owners failed to end a labor dispute on Thursday, forcing the NBA to cancel its preseason, which was supposed to begin on November 1. Mitch Lawrence, NBA columnist for The New York Daily News, reports on the latest.