Author Archives: Danny Hazan

Kyrie Irving: Time killer for the basketball junkie

kyrie irvingBY DANNY HAZAN

I am genuinely concerned for the well-being of the man behind the GetBangedOn YouTube/Twitter account. His channel was one of my favorites as he uploaded clips of nasty posterizing dunks from college and NBA as they happened each night. But he stopped uploading videos or sending out tweets some time in December, so I hope he is okay and it’s a case of him just moving on and doing something else with his time.

I just subscribed to another YouTube channel – NBAClutchtime.  This dude spliced together highlights (10 minute videos) of several NBA stars and is a must follow for any hoop head who finds themselves killing boredom on YouTube searching highlight videos.

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An open letter to Mike

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BY DANNY HAZAN

Being born in the early 1980s in the suburbs of Chicago, naturally, I had no choice as to whether Michael Jordan would have an impact on my life.

I look at pictures from when I was two and three years old and I was in MJ shoes and t-shirts. Obviously I could have been wearing anything, as I was still at the age where my parents dressed me, but I was exposed to him and basketball before I could choose to be nonetheless.

I’ll leave it a psychoanalyst to decide whether I was drawn to hoops because of that imprint or because I liked the sport but, regardless, basketball was my first love as a sport starting around the age of four.  By the time I was in kindergarten and elementary school, my room was decorated with MJ posters. I envisioned myself as him dunking on the Fisher Price hoop set up in my basement.

But when I was in second or third grade (‘91 or ‘92) something major happened.

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The sad story of Derrick Griffin

4f0b13d2b2ea5.preview-300BY DANNY HAZAN

In the wake of national signing day, I became compelled to share a story;  but a little background information is necessary first.

I covered the NY2LA Sports Summer Jam presented by Under Armour last summer for Slam’s website.

The five-day club basketball extravaganza should be on the bucket list for any basketball junkie because of the collection of talent from around the country that competes in suburban Milwaukee.

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