Wat Misaka Was A Pro Basketball Pioneer (And A Pretty Impressive Bowler, Too) (Cool Weird Awesome 801)

Today in 1947, Wat Misaka became the first non-white player to be drafted into what is now the NBA. Here's some of his story.

Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 Point Game Was Truly One Of A Kind (Cool Weird Awesome 723)

Today in 1962 one of the most stunning performances in the history of basketball, or really in all of pro sports: Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a game.

By |2022-03-02T06:35:48-05:00March 2, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

In One Game, Jason McElwain Became A High School Basketball Legend (Cool Weird Awesome 717)

Today in 2006, a high school basketball team put its manager into the game. Jason McElwain not only played, he stole the show.

By |2022-02-15T06:45:28-05:00February 15, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Basketball Great Lisa Leslie Scored 101 Points In A High School Game (Cool Weird Awesome 711)

Today in 1990, a high school basketball player scored 101 points in just 16 minutes. That was Lisa Leslie, who would become one of the biggest names in the WNBA.

By |2022-02-07T07:05:29-05:00February 7, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Three Pro Basketball Players Once Played For Both Teams In A Single Game (Cool Weird Awesome 651)

Today in 1978, the New Jersey Nets lost to the Philadelphia 76ers. But part of the game would be replayed the following March, and when it was, several of the players on each team had been traded to the other, and ended up playing in the game! Plus: two artists have built a "stairway to heaven" in Taiwan. Someone let Robert Plant know please. 

By |2021-11-08T07:37:03-05:00November 8, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Take It To The (Gold) Hoop (Cool Weird Awesome 165)

Jeremy John Kaplan is the artist behind the Gold Nets Project, which has replaced hundreds of broken or missing nets with shiny golden ones, and encouraged local basketball players to think about stepping up and maintaining the courts too. Plus: the northern Georgia city of Dahlonega says it had a gold rush decades before the '49ers all raced to California.

By |2019-11-06T06:17:10-05:00November 6, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

The Many Moods Of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Cool Weird Awesome 24)

Thirty years ago today was the last regular season game of one of the greats on and off the court. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored more points than any NBA player ever - and he may have set the record for most kinds of post-basketball success, from doing fight scenes with Bruce Lee to writing on the reboot of Veronica Mars.

By |2021-03-23T09:47:29-04:00April 23, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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