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March madness is here: Stunning finish to high school championship game

Published: Sunday, March 03, 2013 @ 5:03 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 03, 2013 @ 5:03 PM

A stunning, incredible, finish to a high school basketball sectional championship game in New York state signals the arrival of March basketball madness. New Rochelle (NY) High School stunned their heavily favored archrivals, Mount Vernon, on a near miraculous basket. The 60-foot shot with 0.1 seconds left lifted New Rochelle to a 61-60 win and launched the arena into mayhem. See the video below:

 


5 of basketball’s most gruesome injuries (if you can stand to watch)

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

Boston Celtics star Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle injury on the NBA’s opening night.

Less than six minutes into the game, the guard jump toward the basket for an alley-oop that went tragically wrong.

Hayward’s foot landed at a 90 degree angle from his leg. Players and fans in the stands turned away in angst.

TV cameras recorded the action, before he was taken off the floor in a stretcher.

Hayward’s injury is not the first to make audiences cringe. 

Here’s a rundown of some of the most spine-chilling injuries witnessed on a basketball court. Watch at your own risk.

Gordon Hayward’s ankle

Shaun Livingston’s knee

Feb. 26, 2007: Often regarded as the ugliest injury in NBA history, Los Angeles Clippers guard Shaun Livingston went up for a layup on a fast break against the Charlotte Bobcats. He had an awkward landing and is knee gave way. Along with a dislocated left knee cap and broken left leg, Livingston tore his anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus. He also badly sprained his medial collateral ligament. 

Kevin Ware’s broken leg

March 31, 2013: In the first half of the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 game against Duke, Rockdale County, Ga.,’s Kevin Ware landed awkwardly after attempting to block a three-point shot attempt by Duke guard Tyler Thornton. Ware suffered an open fracture to his right leg, which protruded several inches out of his shin. He would miss a year of play, but transferred and help Georgia State make the NCAA Tournament in 2015.

Paul George’s broken leg

Aug. 1, 2014: During a Team USA intrasquad showcase game in Las Vegas, Indiana’s Paul George landed awkwardly while defending a layup. George’s foot was lodged in the basketball stanchion and his lower right leg snapped. Players and coaches were so shaken, the scrimmage was canceled with 9:33 left.

Andrew Bogut’s elbow

April 3, 2010: Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut drove to the basket for a fast break slam dunk. He hung on the rim afterward and momentum carried Bogut forward, forcing to fall backward. He extended his right arm to try brace his fall. He landed badly and suffered a broken hand, dislocated elbow and sprained wrist. Years later, he would say he no longer could extend his arm fully and still suffered pain.

Gordon Hayward diagnosed with ankle fracture in Celtics opener

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:44 AM

Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward grimaces in pain in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. Just five minutes into his Boston career, new Celtics star forward Gordon Hayward gruesomely broke his left ankle, an injury that may end his season. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward grimaces in pain in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. Just five minutes into his Boston career, new Celtics star forward Gordon Hayward gruesomely broke his left ankle, an injury that may end his season. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)(Tony Dejak/AP)

The Boston Celtics opened the NBA season Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and in his first game with the Celtics, small forward Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle injury.

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The broadcast noted Hayward suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle.

Hayward was cutting along the baseline when he jumped for an alley-oop and fell to the floor with his leg bent underneath him.

Warning: The video linked in the below tweet contains footage that may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

Hayward’s leg was stabilized and he was carted off the floor. LeBron James, Cavaliers players and Celtics teammates shook Hayward’s hand before he left the court.

Hayward, the former No. 9 overall selection, visited the Miami Heat, Celtics and Utah Jazz before making his free agency decision, eventually landing with Boston. He spent seven years with the Jazz.

Hayward, who is coming off an All-Star year for the Jazz and made it to the second round of the NBA playoffs, shook up the power in the Eastern Conference by adding a legitimate second offensive weapon to a Celtics team lacking one in last year’s playoffs.

He averaged a career-best 21 points and five rebounds per game last season.

NBA great Connie Hawkins dies at 75

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 12:48 PM

NBA Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins Dies at 75

NBA Hall of Fame forward Connie Hawkins has died at the age of 75.

His family confirmed Hawkins died Friday evening, KPNX reported. 

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Hawkins, nicknamed "The Hawk," played for the Phoenix Suns from 1969-1973. He was a four-time NBA All-Star and his number was retired in the Suns' Ring of Honor, KPNX reported.

Hawkins was initially banned from the NBA after being associated with a college basketball gambling scandal, NBA.com reported. Hawkins' career included stints in the American Basketball Association, as a Harlem Globetrotter and a legend on  New York City playgrounds.

Kyrie Irving in Atlanta ... for AEBL playoffs

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 11:25 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving reacts after hitting a three-point shot late in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors during Game 4 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Friday, June 9, 2017. Irving asked team owner Dan Gilbert to be traded. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving reacts after hitting a three-point shot late in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors during Game 4 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Friday, June 9, 2017. Irving asked team owner Dan Gilbert to be traded. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)(Phil Masturzo/TNS)

Kyrie Irving was in Atlanta on Sunday.

It’s not what you think.

The Cavaliers’ All-Star point guard, who recently requested a trade, was part of the championship winning team in the Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League on Sunday.

Irving was joined by fellow NBA players Lou Williams and Iman Shumpert in a 104-102 overtime victory over The Skill Factory in the pro-am summer league.

Williams, the South Gwinnett High product and current Clipper, has been an AEBL regular over the past several years.

A clean-shaven Irving can be seen in the above photo, back center, raising his index finger in the No. 1 sign.

The Skill Factory featured NBA players and former Hawks Shelvin Mack and Mike Scott.

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