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Just as there are sometimes games of musical chairs among managers and coaches in the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball, the same exists in journalism.

Recently there has been a lot of turnover in terms of which writers cover the major hoops beats in the New York/New Jersey area.

Here's a quick rundown of what we know:

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The only thing more astounding than the good folks at Augusta National refusing to allow a female reporter into the locker room to interview a golfer is the reactionary comments from some of the readers at NorthJersey.com.

For those who missed it, columnist Tara Sullivan of The Bergen Record was not permitted into the locker room Sunday at The Masters during a group interview with?Rory McIlroy. Tara wrote a column on her experience and Masters officials have since apologized.

?It should not have happened,? Augusta spokesman Steve Ethun told The Associated Press. ?We will work as hard as we can to make sure it does not happen again.? ?

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NEW YORK -- When Tyshawn Taylor seemed to indicate a year ago on Facebook that he might be transferring from Kansas, Jayhawks coach?Bill Self put an end to it.

For good.

"He posted something we didn't like much and so we kind of banned him from that," Self recalled recently?with a smile. "If he loves social networking, he's really not getting a chance to express himself through it right now."

Tags: Articles, Rutgers, Sports Business, St. John's, Syracuse, Adam Zagoria
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New York City has now lost the Jordan Classic, the Boost Mobile Elite 24 event and the ABCD Camp within the span of four years ? and needs a big-time high school event to restore its prominence on the grassroots circuit.

To review:

**Nike moved the Jordan Classic to North Carolina for April 2011 because of the ongoing renovation at Madison Square Garden.

Tags: Grassroots, Sonny Vaccaro, Sports Business, Adam Zagoria
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I think we all understand that college basketball is not Mike Francesa's primary area of expertise.

The Yankees, the National Football League and the ponies? Yes.

College hoops and college hoops recruiting? Not so much.

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The Knicks fired radio play-by-plan man Gus Johnson, the voice of the team since the 1997-98 season, according to the New York Post.

"Over the last two seasons, Johnson, 43, had annoyed MSG Network shot-callers by missing many games to work outside TV gigs, including CBS' college basketball and Showtime boxing," the Post reported.

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ESPN made two key hires in the basketball world recently, although one is receiving a lot more attention than the other.

The Worldwide Leader announced the hiring of Brian Windhorst, who covered the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer and maintains a close relationship with LeBron James.

Windhorst is part of a four-man team that comprises ESPN's new "Heat Index," "devoted specifically to daily, season-long coverage of the Miami Heat and their new superstar core of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh."

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Sonny Vaccaro, the grassroots sneaker guru who signed Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to multi-million dollar shoe deals, expects to make a decision about his future plans within weeks.

"I have had discussions with two of the companies," Vaccaro, 71, said Monday by phone from California. "I have one more left and then a decision will be made. Pam and I see it happening no later than the middle of November."

Vaccaro declined to name the companies with whom he has met, but sources said one is Chinese apparel manufacturer Li Ning.

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Somebody is going to break the LeBron James story.

We don't know who. We don't know when. But sometime in the coming days or weeks, some entrepreneurial journalist is going to scoop everyone else and land the biggest sports story of the year, and maybe the decade.

Odds are it will be someone like Chris Broussard of ESPN The Magazine, Chris Sheridan, Ric Bucher or Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports or Brian Windhorst of The Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

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If Jason McIntyre had been given a pro beat at The Bergen Record or gotten a job at ESPN The Magazine, The Big Lead would likely never have been born.

Instead, McIntyre went on to create the popular independent blog that was purchased by Chris Russo, chief executive of Fantasy Sports Ventures, for "a figure in the low seven figures," The New York Times reported Tuesday on its Website.

"If The Record had moved me [from covering high schools] to stuff that I cared about, I probably would not have left or gone the blog route," McIntyre, with whom I worked at the Herald News and Bergen Record for several years, said Wednesday in a? phone interview.

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A year ago, Under Armour made a bold entrance into the basketball world by?signing current Milwaukee Bucks rookie Brandon Jennings to a five-year, incentive-based deal worth more than $500,000 annually and making him its first professional client.

The Baltimore-based company also has sponsorship deals with several colleges, including Maryland, Auburn and?Texas Tech.

On the high school level, Under Armour sponsored the Boost Mobile Elite 24 event in Rucker Park this summer, outfitting every player in Under Armour gear.

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