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Don’t believe the eighties movie plot line: book nerds and sports nerds (also known colloquially as “jocks”) overlap more often than you think. They have in common, among other things, an acronym—when the National Book Awards roll around each November writers and publishing people again explain that when they’re dressing up for the NBAs, they aren’t going to a basketball game. But they share a lot more than that. Many book people genuinely enjoy...
In Brooklyn, you're never too far from a basketball court--there are 170 spread around the borough, maintained by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Well, at least, a few of them are maintained. Most, according to an impressive new study and interactive visualization by The Wall Street Journal, are gnarly abandoned parking lots with net-less hoops tacked up to walls. But there are some, like the year-old court at Brooklyn Bridge Park (Pier 2), with gleaming backboards,...
In what is sure to be the greatest game in basketball history the greatest basketball game in literary history, writers and publishers will face off this Saturday right here in Brooklyn in "The Other NBA: Writers vs. Editors." The game will feature writers like Alex Gilvarry, Mitchell S. Jackson, Natalie Diaz, and Jess Walter, as well as publishing powerhouses like Steph Ophitz, Calvin Reed, and Katie Freeman. Taking on announcing duties will be local...
  Remember, two months ago, when the Brooklyn Nets were on the market? Russian billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov looked certain to sell his 80 percent stake in the team, which he purchased five years ago for $223 million, at a tidy profit (one estimate pegged the franchise's current market value at $2.7 billion). Now there's a report that the team is no longer for sale. So what happened? ESPN's Darren Rovell reports that ties have been severed...