The Paralyzed World War II Veterans Who Invented Wheelchair Basketball | History

On an unremarkable Wednesday evening in the spring of 1948, 15,561 spectators flocked to New York’s Madison Square Garden to watch two teams of World War II veterans play an exhibition basketball game.

The servicemen who took to the hardwood that night were as extraordinarily ordinary as any group of veterans. They could have been the “mud-rain-frost-and-wind boys” from Ernie Pyle’s Pulitzer Prize–winning columns, or “Willie and Joe” from Bill Mauldin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoons. They were your brother, your neighbor, your best friend from high school.

Except, they were different. The home team consisted of paralyzed veterans from Halloran hospital on Staten Island. The visitors were paralyzed veterans from Cushing hospital in Framingham, Massachusetts. All of the players rolled onto the court in shiny wheelchairs.

Behind the sharp-shooting wizardry of Jack Gerhardt, a wiry paratrooper who was wounded at Normandy, Halloran took a 12-9 edge at halftime before

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Three epic Dwight Anderson moments that left a lasting imprint on UK basketball

In a star-crossed Kentucky Wildcats basketball career, Dwight Anderson was little more than a one-and-done player for Joe B. Hall in the late 1970s.

Nevertheless, the electrifying 6-foot-3 guard left a lasting imprint on UK’s regal men’s basketball history that has endured for four decades.

The Dayton, Ohio, product was found dead Saturday in his bedroom in his hometown. The cause of death is pending an autopsy. Anderson was 59.

When Hall and his ace recruiter Leonard Hamilton won a fierce recruiting battle with Michigan to bring Anderson to Lexington, they had gained for Kentucky a player unlike any it had ever had before.

At the time, it seemed UK had landed its own version of Darrell Griffith, the former Male High School star guard who would go on to lead Louisville to the 1980 NCAA title.

To put Anderson’s ability in a modern context, he was something of a

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NBA and WNBA Players Proved Basketball Is ‘America’s Sport’

Elwanda Tulloch

At the start of the 2018-2019 NBA season, I wrote about the NBA surpassing the NFL as “America’s Sport.” The piece was met with some skepticism. But what I was really getting at is NBA players are the most powerful athletes in pro sports. The NFL may be the most popular sport to watch, MLB may have the strongest players’ union, but NBA players are without a doubt the most influential athletes on the planet. 

Whether it be social issues or random pop culture moments, no other athletes move the needle as much as NBA players do. And we have to also show love to the WNBA players as well. Those women have been at the forefront of these social issues before the NBA and earn less media coverage for their activism. One of the best players in the WNBA, Maya Moore, paused her career to help free an innocent

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SIMMONS: Basketball the furthest thing from Raptors’ mind after Blake shooting

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“It’s just starting to feel like everything we’re doing is just going through the motions and nothing’s really changing,” Raptors guard VanVleet said. “And here we are again with another unfortunate incident.”

VanVleet has lived this life. When he was five, he lost his father, whom he barely knew, shot in a drug deal. On Sunday, he was in his hotel room on what should have been Kobe Bryant’s birthday, and was reading the online post by Vanessa Bryant and thinking and crying, they lost their dad: “I lost my dad.”

And then came the online video we’ve all seen by now. The shooting of Blake in the back that apparently paralyzed him in Wisconsin.

“You can’t make sense of it,” VanVleet said. “You can’t.”

There is a game to play Thursday night when the Raptors and Celtics meet and, under closer to regular circumstances, this would

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Rutgers mailbag: When could basketball season start? What will Greg Schiano do without fall football?

Elwanda Tulloch

It’s been a while.

Now that the Big Ten’s decision to postpone the fall football season has mostly settled in – well, maybe not in Nebraska – and a decision on the basketball season remains a few weeks away, it’s a good time for another Rutgers mailbag, this one power exclusively with questions from Rutgers Sports Insider text messaging subscribers.

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How about an update on Rutgers men’s basketball? Are they allowed into the RAC to work out (Geo Baker has the keys right)? — Chris K.

The program has been back on campus and working out at the APC in Piscataway for a few weeks now. I believe almost all players – if not the entire team – are back by now and participating

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Freeport’s greatest basketball players No. 10: Brian Hildebrand ’ahead of his time’ – Sports – Rockford Register Star

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Thirty years ago, most 6-foot-7 small-town basketball players stayed in the paint.

Not Orangeville’s Brian Hildebrand.

“He was ahead of his time,” former Orangeville coach Brian Benning said. “He was so versatile with his range. That’s what caught the eye of the college scouts. He was silky smooth with the most beautiful shot you could ever envision. Just a beautiful textbook jump shot.

“He had great range and great touch around the basket as well as medium range and long range. We didn’t have him shoot many long-rangers. We didn’t need to, but, boy, he could.

“He could do pretty much everything, and he could do it very well. That was really uncommon for someone his size back in the late 1980s and early 90s. He was a pioneer. He would fit in today’s game even better than he did back then. His game traveled well. He could play inside,

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Florida State basketball lands commitment from five-star guard Jalen Warley

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The Florida State men’s basketball team remains scorching hot on the recruiting trail.

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The Seminoles added to their top-ranked 2021 recruiting class Sunday, when five-star combo guard Jalen Warley announced on CBS Sports HQ that he is committing to FSU. 

The 6-foot-4 guard chose FSU over other finalists Michigan, Virginia, Oregon, Memphis and Miami.

His message to FSU fans right after committing?

“Be prepared for a national championship.”

Warley, the No. 23 overall recruit and No. 3 combo guard in the 2021 class, becomes the Seminoles’ highest-rated 2021 commit. The Norristown, Pennsylvania, native is the fourth Top-60 recruit and the third Top-50 recruit in the Seminoles’ 2021 class. 



a man holding a sign posing for the camera: FSU landed a commitment from five-star combo guard Jalen Warley Sunday.


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FSU landed a commitment from five-star combo guard Jalen Warley Sunday.

Rated a 0.9907 according to the 247Sports composite rankings, Warley is

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A top 2021 Wisconsin basketball target pushes back his commitment date

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Just days after 2021 Wisconsin target James Graham announced his top four schools, the small forward has decided to push back his commitment date from yesterday until this Friday.

The final four consists of Auburn, Maryland, Memphis, and Wisconsin. Although Maryland and Auburn seem to be in the drivers seat, with a number of 247Sports insiders projecting Graham to the Terrapins, pushing back his commitment date further opens the door.

“I just want to make sure I find the right spot for me and I feel I need a little bit more time,” Graham told Brian Snow of 247Sports. 

Whoever lands the Wisconsin native is

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A Creative COVID-19 Wedding on a Basketball Court

Elwanda Tulloch

If you scrolled through TikTok recently, you may have stumbled upon an epic transformation of a backyard basketball court into a dream bohemian wedding venue (if not, watch it here, stat!). While mesmerizing, what’s even more impressive is the amount of time it took for the DIY project to come together—one month, to be exact.

Like many, Breanna Wallin and Chris Arneson abandoned their original wedding plans in the wake of COVID-19. “In the middle of June, we decided to flip our plans and go full steam ahead with creating our own wedding venue on our close friends’ basketball/tennis court,” says the bride. The wedding date? July 18, 2020, exactly four weeks later.

In the middle of June, we decided to flip our plans and go full steam ahead with creating our own wedding venue on our close friends’ basketball/tennis court.

“We had a vision of a romantic elegant boho

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We simulated a video game to try making the greatest college basketball coach ever at Western Illinois

Elwanda Tulloch

Welcome back to the Western Illinois Leathernecks’ chase for greatness in our simulated dynasty in College Hoops 2K8. This series was started in the early days of the pandemic after real sports were put on hiatus. The objective was spelled out bluntly in the headline of the very first story: Can the worst college basketball program ever win a video game national championship?



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I decided to takeover Western Illinois University in College Hoops 2K8 — the last college basketball video game made by 2K Sports — and try to lead them to a title while simulating every game. I would only control the recruiting and coaching strategies. Now in Year 19 of the series, the goal has changed. At this point, I’m trying to see if Coach Rick — better known as Ricky Charisma — can turn into the greatest college basketball coach of the modern era.

Here’s how

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