Game Balls Week 2: Our weekly high school hoops honor roll

December 16, 2012 in Game Balls, High School

Welcome to a new weekly feature at BallinMichigan. Every Sunday, we’ll do this ‘honor roll’ post highlighting some of the top high school performances from around the state during the [...]

Magic Johnson, Mateen Cleaves, Glen Rice, Shane Battier among NCAA’s top 75 players in March Madness history

December 11, 2012 in Division I

By Patrick Hayes As part of its celebration of 75 years of March Madness this year, the NCAA released a list of its top 75 players in March Madness history [...]

Hoop Convos: John Girdwood discusses ‘Our Dreams’ film

December 10, 2012 in Cover Story, Hoop Convos, Professional, Video

There are few things better than getting philosophical about the game of basketball. In ‘Hoop Convos,’BallinMichigan will do just that, engaging in (hopefully) meaningful, free-flowing conversations with compelling writers and thinkers [...]

Desmond Ferguson picks up win in first game coaching his alma mater, Lansing Everett

December 5, 2012 in High School

By Patrick Hayes Former NBA player Desmond Ferguson, who played at Lansing Everett and the University of Detroit, is now coaching at his old high school, trying to rejuvenate the [...]

Interview: Desmond Ferguson at U of D Legends Weekend

September 25, 2012 in Cover Story, Division I

Editor’s Note: Here is my fourth and final interview from the University of Detroit’s Legends and Traditions Weekend Sept. 22. — P.H. By Patrick Hayes Former Lansing Everett star Desmond [...]

Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) part of team looking to redevelop state fairgrounds

September 6, 2012 in Professional

By Patrick Hayes Although Magic Johnson‘s vast business empire is currently mostly associated with the West Coast, particularly the Los Angeles Dodgers, the native Michigander has certainly shown interest in [...]

Several Michiganders involved in this year’s Basketball Hall of Fame ceremonies

August 29, 2012 in Professional

By Patrick Hayes Michigan natives Chet Walker of Benton Harbor and Mel Daniels (read the story I wrote about Daniels in the early days of this site) of Detroit Pershing [...]

Mike Helms, Derick Nelson find new pro teams next season

August 29, 2012 in Professional

By Patrick Hayes Two more former Oakland University basketball players have agreements to continue their professional careers next season. Via Paul Kampe of the Oakland Press Mike Helms, a Detroit [...]

SLAM reflects on playing career of Magic Johnson

August 15, 2012 in Professional

By Patrick Hayes SLAM Magazine recently published an article by Ryan Jones online about Lansing native Magic Johnson that originally appeared in their print publication in 2001. It’s a great [...]

Magic Johnson used to play basketball with professional wrestler Kevin Nash

August 8, 2012 in Professional

By Patrick Hayes I freely admit that pro wrestling is still one of my guilty pleasures. So when I was reading this profile of native Detroiter and longtime professional wrestler [...]