Author: Miguel Tavares

Beauty is one of those things you try to describe, but often fall short to do so. You always feel like something is missing. There is always the feeling that you will only understand true beauty if you see it or if you taste it. That’s how it is with several things in life. That’s how it is with basketball, a very special kind of basketball. The one you play with your heart and your brain, with wisdom and inner fire. The kind of basketball that leaves the fans in awe, that makes you want to see more and more.…

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When Isaiah Thomas was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 NBA Draft the odds to make it in the league were clearly against him. Standing at 175cm tall (according to nba.com), being picked dead last in the Draft by one of the least successful teams in the league, playing as a combo or shooting guard for most of his college career and having his playmaking and defensive skills being questioned day in and day out: it sure didn’t seem like a promising picture for any player in the world. Excuses not to succeed were there all along, waiting…

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In the history of NBA, each decade has been marked by, at least, a dominant big man. Centers who forced the league to change several rules: yes, that’s part of Wilt Chamberlain and George Mikan’s legacy. Players so dominant down low that teams saw no other option than to foul them away from the ball – Wilt and Shaquille O’Neal. Players so good at a specific skill that it became a trademark move – Mikan, Kareem Abadul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon and Tim Duncan. And let’s not forget the player with most titles in NBA history, the one and only Bill Russell…

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When it comes to sports, if you are talking about Portugal, you will be, almost for sure, talking about football. Perhaps some athletics. But one thing the Portuguese are definitely not known for, is their basketball skills or accolades. Unless you are Patrícia Nunes Penicheiro. Or, as the world got to know her, ‘Ticha’ Penicheiro. Drafted by the Sacramento Monarchs with the second pick of the 1998 WNBA Draft, ‘Ticha’ played in the WNBA for 15 years long – she left the game in 2012 and up to this day there is no other foreign born player with more playing…

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