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Ziperski: Simmons for ROY

The debate around who deserves to win NBA Rookie of the Year is hotter than it has been in many years, with Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons in a dead heat for the honor. Both had outstanding seasons, not only leading their teams to the postseason but also propelling them into the second round. After Mitchell’s incredible performance in the first round to help lift the Jazz over the Thunder in six games, many fans called for him to win rookie of the year.

Ziperski: Philly, the best sports city in America

For over a century now, American sports have, for the most part, brought people from different races, classes, genders, and political affiliations together. In today’s polarized environment, the simple act of following or rooting for the same team can bring two very different people together, allowing them to bridge partisan or racial or ethnic divides that might otherwise keep them apart.

Ziperski: Abolish NBA age rule

Last week’s bombshell news that several top college basketball programs are the target of an FBI corruption investigation has renewed the debate around the NBA’s age rule and the practicality of the “one-and-done” phenomenon that has plagued the NCAA in recent years.