Openly Gay In The NBA - BTR Pulse [ep123]

The landscape of professional sports changed on Monday, April 29th, when NBA center Jason Collins revealed in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he is gay. Collins is the first active player in the history of major U.S. team sports to come out as openly gay. As opinions from notable NBA stars, as well as other well-known personalities, began rolling in, BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker asked people about the historical timing of this announcement and what the future may hold for sports and sexual orientation equality.

Featured Song: “Closet Astrologer” by The Ruby Suns

Photo by Joshua S. Kelly

Jason Collins on Twitter: @jasoncollins34

Nets Vs. Knicks - BTR Pulse [ep99] 

Hurricane Sandy may have postponed the season opener of the Nets at the recently opened Barclays Center, delaying the newly Brooklyn-based team’s first match-up against the New York Knicks, but that doesn’t mean local basketball fans don’t already have opinions about the surely looming inter-Borough rivalry. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker asks people which side they’ll be taking as Brooklyn gets it’s first major sports franchise since the Dodgers left for Los Angeles.

Featured song: “Brooklyn Sunburn” by Teen Daze

Brooklyn Nets’ official website:
Twitter: @brooklynnets

New York Knicks’ official website:
Twitter: @nyknicks

West 4th Street Courts - BTR Pulse [ep72] (by btrpulse)

Basketball has long been considered by many as the “city’s game” because it only requires a pair of sneakers, a ball and hoop. In New York City, West 4th Street is home to one of the most famous outdoor courts. “The Cage,” as it’s called by many players, is a whole other world in itself — with its own rules, culture and style of play. On this week’s episode of BTR Pulse, host Lauren Hawker speaks to a number of players at the court about the legendary spot. /// Featured song: “Grown Up” by Danny Brown /// Photo credit:

Linsanity - BTR Pulse [ep63] (by btrpulse)

After falling into an early-season losing slump, the New York Knicks have since been reinvigorated by former benchwarmer Jeremy Lin. The underdog point guard has led the team to seven consecutive wins, sparking a “Linsanity” movement across the NBA. On this episode of BTR Pulse, host Lauren Hawker hits the streets to discuss Lin’s surprising success, and the Knicks’ prospects for the remainder of the season. /// Featured song: “Tip It Over “ by Little Barrie