May 25, 2012

The Bench Review Official Website

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October 11, 2011

The Bench Review on ESPN

The Bench Review made its inaugural appearance on ESPN today. 

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October 5, 2011

NBA Lockout Special: Money Talks

We just passed the 90-Day NBA Lockout milestone. That’s 3 months for those of you marking your calendar. The league has already canceled the entire preseason, multiple annual events, and is now threatening to cancel the first two weeks of the regular season if a deal isn’t made by Monday. Sadly, it doesn’t seem as if one’s going to be made by Monday, if at all.

September 22, 2011

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota. Only America’s most distinguished presidents have reached this pinnacle of leadership. This high honor represents a level of achievement and success only experienced by few. Each of the four presidents whose visages are forever memorialized on this granite surface did the most with the time that they were given. Just as these presidents surpassed their peers and embodied success, so have four players, whose legacies will forever enshrine them in basketball greatness.   

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June 26, 2011

Mini Draft Article: The Houston Rockets’ 2001 Draft Woes

The Houston Rockets’ 2001 Draft has proved to be one of the worst ever. The Rockets had 3 first round draft picks that year and botched all of them. With the 13th pick the team took Richard Jefferson, who actually turned out to be a solid role player and scorer, but the team combined him, the 18th pick (Jason Collins), and the 23rd pick (Brandon Armstrong) in a deal for PF Eddie Griffin.

June 24, 2011

Draft Day Special: 5 Dynasties that Never Were

  • Player had to be selected sometime between the 1985 and 2010 drafts.
  • Player has NOT won/did NOT win an NBA championship
  • All-Star/All-NBA caliber player
In order to talk about or analyze a situation that “could’ve been, but never was,” you must utilize speculative and assumptive techniques (AKA educated guesses) based on statistics to arrive at a hypothetical conclusion that is as accurate and well-founded as possible.

June 22, 2011

Father’s Day Special: Top 7 Father/Son Combos in NBA History

7) George and Coby Karl: Okay, this one is a stretch, but hear me out. This is the only combo where I will be looking past the stats and on court accolades, but will instead be examining the will and strength of both of these individuals. Not only did both George and Coby play in the league (yes, I realize that they both experienced short and somewhat unremarkable careers), but they both have survived cancer. Their resolve and determination is inspiring, as both battled cancer during the midst of their careers. George has had prostate and throat cancer, but, through treatment and with a drive to survive, he has kept himself from succumbing to the disease. George said that “cancer is a vicious opponent. Even the ones that are treatable, you never get a 100-percent guaranteed contract.” Coby had thyroid cancer while playing for Boise St. He was a redshirt junior at the time and had to undergo an extensive and invasive 7-hour surgery to remove the growth. Despite his battle with cancer during his collegiate career, he still managed to play for several NBA teams. He hasn’t had much success on the NBA level, but did manage to average 18.6pts, 5.3rebs, 4.9assts in 65 D-League Games. He currently plays overseas in Spain for CB Granada.

The fight and will within these two individuals earns them the 7 Spot.