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Jeff Zillgitt

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Recent:
  • USA TODAY
  • El Paso Times
Past:
  • Enquirer
  • Bucks Courier Times
  • The Intelligencer
  • Ventura County Star
  • Telegram & Gazette
  • Knoxville News Sentinel
  • The Clarion-Ledger
  • SavannahNow
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Indianapolis Star
  • and more…

Recent articles by Jeff:

What will happen if Kyrie Irving's vaccine-related absence costs the Nets an NBA title?

Because of New York City's vaccine mandate, Kyrie Irving could miss at least 43 games. That may not be the best thing for the Nets' title aspirations. → Read More

Tony Allen, Darius Miles among ex-NBA players indicted for defrauding league health care plan

Eighteen former NBA players have been indicted for defrauding a league health care plan. The group pocketed about $2.5 million, prosecutors allege. → Read More

Vaccinated vs. unvaccinated players just one of big storylines entering NBA training camp

As NBA teams begin their training camps, there is already a lot of storylines to unpack. And the real practices haven’t even started yet. → Read More

NBA cracks down on unvaccinated players as part of its COVID-19 protocols

The NBA made clear it wants players vaccinated in the 2021-22 season COVID-19 health and safety protocols sent to teams on Tuesday. → Read More

David Letterman bring his comedy to Nets' media day: 'Kevin, why do people call you KD'

Kevin Durant mostly played along with David Letterman's funny line of questions at the Nets' media day. → Read More

JJ Redick calls it a career: 'Last 30 years of basketball have been beyond my wildest dreams'

JJ Redick began his NBA career as a seldom-used reserve, but as the 3-point shot took on more importance, his minutes increased. → Read More

JJ Redick calls it a career: 'Last 30 years of basketball have been beyond my wildest dreams'

JJ Redick began his NBA career as a seldom-used reserve, but as the 3-point shot took on more importance, his minutes increased. → Read More

Ventura College Hall of Famer, ex-Laker Cedric Ceballos battles COVID-19 in ICU

Cedric Ceballos, 52, spent 11 seasons in the NBA with five teams, most notably the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers in the early and mid-1990s. → Read More

Ex-NBA star J.R. Smith shares joys, frustrations as student at North Carolina A&T as he tries hand at college golf

J.R Smith recently enrolled in classes at North Carolina A&T. On top of school, he plans on playing for the university's Mens Golf team. → Read More

Lakers to acquire Russell Westbrook from Wizards in blockbuster trade

Lakers will trade Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell in a deal for triple-double machine Russell Westbrook. → Read More

Opinion: Bucks' character, resiliency has them one win from an NBA title vs. Suns

The Milwaukee Bucks’ past failures have hardened this team and they can wrap up an NBA title Tuesday with a home win against the Phoenix Suns. → Read More

Danny Ainge out as Celtics president, Brad Stevens moves from coach to front office

Danny Ainge was one of the longest serving basketball operations executives in the league, completing his 18th seasons as Celtics president. → Read More

Fan apprehended by police after running onto court during Game 4 of 76ers-Wizards NBA playoff series

A fan at Game 4 of the 76ers-Wizards playoff series at Washington's Capital One Arena ran onto the court and was tackled by a security guard. → Read More

Former Jazz center, NBA defensive stalwart Mark Eaton dies at 64

Former Utah Jazz center Mark Eaton, a giant defensive force in the NBA in the 1980s, has died. He was 64. → Read More

Year after NBA Finals trip, Miami Heat's season comes to an early end: 'We can be better'

After winning the Eastern Conference in the bubble last summer, the Heat were swept in the first round by the Milwaukee Bucks. → Read More

LeBron James won't face quarantine for violating protocol to attend tequila brand's event

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James violated the NBA’s health and safety protocols but will not face a 10- to 14-day quarantine away from the team. → Read More

Russell Westbrook breaks Oscar Robertson's NBA record with 182nd career triple-double

Russell Westbrook reached his 182nd career triple-double, breaking Oscar Robertson's all-time record, during the Wizards' game vs. the Hawks Monday. → Read More

Houston Rockets' Sterling Brown assaulted in Miami, expexted to 'make full recovery'

Houston Rockets guard-forward Sterling Brown sustained facial lacerations when he was assaulted with a bottle outside of a Miami club late Sunday. → Read More

Is Kevin Durant capable of carrying Nets to an NBA championship?

The 32-year-old has returned to All-Star form after an Achilles injury, but the playoffs will present a different kind of physical test. → Read More

Alex Rodriguez joining bid to buy Minnesota Timberwolves

Alex Rodriguez and businessman Marc Lore have signed a letter of intent to negotiate with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor to purchase the NBA team. → Read More