WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - JANUARY 12: Mark Titus #34 of the Ohio State Buckeyes shoots the ball during the Big Ten game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena on January 12, 2010 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Ohio state won 70-66.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

RIP Grantland (But Long Live Mark Titus)

  Ever since the rise of Internet, has been my preferred sports news portal. I started playing fantasy sports there and have followed many of its esteemed writers. Lately, I have been thinking about going elsewhere to get my sports news. I still like the way their box scores and player stats are laid […]

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Matt McQuaid #20 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after hitting a three point shot over Frank Mason III #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the Champions Classic at the United Center on November 17, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Michigan State defeated Kansas 79-73. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

To Freshman Or Not To Freshman, That Is The Question

  If a person were to look for easy sports narratives (and who isn’t?), then Tuesday night’s Champions Classic from Chicago made for an easy one for college coaches: to freshman or not to freshman. It’s not as if Bill Self and Tom Izzo wouldn’t give their eye teeth to get freshman classes laden with […]

Book Review: One and Fun

  For the past year, I have been a teen librarian at the local public library. In most cases, this has been an enjoyable time. Teens that come to the library are an odd and funny group, and I am glad when they seem to enjoy coming by. However, I have found little to like […]

LAWRENCE, KS - MARCH 03:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Texas Longhorns celebrates after scoring in the first half of the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on March 3, 2007 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. The Jayhawks defeated the Longhorns 90-86.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Missner’s Manifesto: One And Done Review

  The NBA’s one-and-done rule has now been in effect for almost a decade. The 2006 draft class was the last to include high schoolers, so nearly a generation of NBA players have spent at least a season in college (or, like Emmanuel Mudiay and Brandon Jennings, abroad). The effect on NBA play is in […]

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Missner’s Manifesto: Rick Pitino is the Worst

  There are many types of leadership. I tend to think of the best leaders as those who lead by example and try to make things easier for everyone else. In sports, leading by example is generally not seen as leading. To be a leader in any sport, it seems like yelling is the most […]

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Missner’s Manifesto: Anthony Bennett & the 2013 NBA Draft

(Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports) With Anthony Bennett being cut and returning to Canada in the same week, it seems like an opportune time to look back at the 2013 NBA draft. I have been writing lottery night mock drafts for quite a few years, but the ephemeral nature of the internet has blown my previous […]


Missner’s Manifesto: Looking Back At Past Pronostications

This past week I have been involved in two diametrically opposed activities. I have been conjuring up projections for the coming college basketball season for RotoWire, while reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, part of which echoes Nicholas Nathan Taleb’s The Black Swan in that experts shouldn’t be trusted. I guess I am […]


Missner’s Manifesto: Perry’s All-Time Favorite Bucks

  Early September is usually when basketball takes a backseat to football. Here at The Hoops Manifesto, the hardwood bests the grid iron. In the past Missner’s Manifestoes, I’ve looked into the depressing future, so maybe it is time to look into the depressing past. I have been listening to Red Rock Fantasy Basketball Podcast. […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 30: Celebration outside the BMO Harris Bradley Center for the fans before the game of the Chicago Bulls against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on April 30, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Missner’s Manifesto: Questioning My Fandom, Volume 4,080

  Being a fan is an act of faith. It requires that we put our hopes into something that we have no control over (even if we sit in our lucky spot or wear the jersey of our favorite player). One of the most repeated tropes of this column is the question of why fans […]

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Missner’s Manifesto: You Can’t Make This Up Book Review

For someone who prefers to watch sports without announcers, I can’t say that I’ve spent much time thinking about Al Michaels. To me, the best an announcer can do is not take away from the action. I am watching what is happening on the screen, why do I need a person to tell me what […]

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Missner’s Manifesto: Free Agent Frenzy – All Things Flow From Portland

  There are probably many media members who think that the free agency period in the NBA is better than the actual season. They likely get more attention for breaking news during that period. The writers, like anyone, like all of the attention, even though most of these moves are largely inconsequential. While I find […]

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - AUGUST 14: Jamal Murray of Canada in action during the FIBA U17 World Championships Quarter-Final match between  Canada and Serbia at the Hamdan Sports Complex on August 14, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Kentucky Freshman Stars for Canada at Pan-Am Games

Kentucky Freshman Stars for Canada at Pan-Am Games Young Canadians have made their mark in recent NBA Drafts, with Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins leading the way as first overall picks in the 2013 and 2014 Drafts, respectively. Now, another young baller from the Toronto area looks poised to get serious consideration at the 2016 […]

DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 07:  Greg Monroe #10 of the Detroit Pistons during play against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on January 7, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Missner’s Manifesto: A Big Fish Called Greg

  I needed a few weeks to process and calm down from Greg Monroe signing with the Bucks. Now that I have done so, I can rationally state that Monroe is the biggest free agent signing in franchise history. This is a bit of a backhanded compliment since the Bucks have not attracted many free […]

Frank Kaminsky Off To Hot Start For Charlotte Hornets In Orlando Summer League

There were rumors that the Charlotte Hornets’ brass passed up on a big draft night package due to their fondness of last season’s National College Basketball Player of the Year Award winner Frank Kaminsky. Although it’s only been two games into an NBA Summer League, Kaminsky is proving he belongs amongst the competitors. The No. […]

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Golden Boys Book Review

After the Green Bay Packers lost the 1998 Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos, a disappointed Ron Wolf – the Packer general manager – called the team “a fart in the wind.” He had hoped he had assembled a dynasty that would win many championships for “Title Town.” The team boasted Brett Favre and Reggie […]