The Manimal, pickaxes, sweet new Nuggets unis — win win win.
“Every memory I have from when I was a kid involves basketball.”
— Kevin Durant
It’s cliche but this kid eats, sleeps and breathes basketball. It’s good to see KD and crew get their gold.
Class back in session so I up’t it a grade
Two years the Dwayne Wayne became the Dwyane Wade
Please don’t start me
I’m like Gnarls Barkley meets Charles Barkley
I’m pop the barkers, I’m hood like parkers
While you all was in limbo I raised the bar up
— Kanye West, The Glory (2007)
"God sometimes uses our best people to get our attention. Jesus, God’s only son, a good man, a young man, was crucified. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a good man, a young man, shot down in cold blood in the prime of his life. Mozart, Gandhi… and others, young, gifted, strong, and militant, all taken in the prime of their lives to the drastic intervention of death…
“If we had lost another plant, a lesser flower, we would not be here but God chose a rose… a rose of our generation.”
— Jessie Jackson, Lenny, Lefty, and the Chancellor
"He’s not throwing behind-the-back passes, he’s not doing tomahawk jams, he’s not doing anything that’s very flashy. He’s just a very unassuming guy who goes about his job, and the next thing you know he’s got 23 points and 20 rebounds."
— Veteran NBA coach, Byron Scott, on the plainness and dominance of Tim Duncan
Called up the homies and I’m askin’ y’all
Which park, are y’all playin’ basketball?
Get me on the court and I’m trouble
Last week messed around and got a triple double.
Freakin’ brothers every way like M.J.
I can’t believe, today was a good day.
— Ice Cube, It Was A Good Day (Remix)
"I didn’t think anyone was capable of doing what Michael has done to us. He is the most exciting, awesome player in the game today. I think it’s just God disguised as Michael Jordan."
— Larry Bird
Michael Jordan looked to capitalize on his Rookie of the Year campaign during the 1985-86 season. Things started off swimmingly with a wins over the Cavaliers and Pistons. In the third game of the season at Golden State Jordan broke his foot. The second year star would be sidelined for months.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics were fielding the greatest team ever. Danny Ainge, Larry Bird, Dennis Johnson, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and Bill Walton off the bench. They were a dominant team that tallied an incredible 67-15 regular season record and an even more remarkable 40-1 record in the Boston Garden.
After his injury Michael was encouraged to sit out the rest of the season but against doctors wishes he decided to test his foot. At the tail end of the season the Bulls gave him limited playing minutes and he played in the final 15 games of the season. Chicago squeaked into the playoffs with a 30-52 record. Their first round opponent, the Boston Celtics.
In the first game of the series Michael scored 49 but Boston’s team was too much and C’s won 123-104. This was only the appetizer. For Game 2 the Bulls returned to the Garden and MJ put on a show. He set a playoff record by scoring a dizzying 63 points against the team. It took two overtimes but Boston would pull out the victory 135-131.
"Michael was doing so much and so well, I found myself just wanting to stop and watch him — and I was playing."
— John Paxson
(Source: Sports Illustrated)
Speaking of “The Iron Leg”, Nike has created a custom set of Air Force 1 designs for the German legend. The design features the Dallas Mavericks’ team colors, Dirk Nowitzki’s jersey number and the date Dallas won the NBA Finals. This is all topped off a detail of his signature move, “The Iron Leg”, that crazy one-legged off balance fadeaway. You know the move, “Here’s Dirk and he’s… Ready to shoot, Jack.”
The Iron Legman is the new Jumpman.
It’s finally here, the NBA playoffs. Seems funny to say “finally” after a lockout shortened season but these past few weeks of the regular season seemed to drag a bit. But now we’re onto the second season and to celebrate Nike is rollong out a special line of elite footwear. Nike always sweats the details and this is no exception.
Home and Away colors are the inspiration for the elegant white and black base of the shoes; as the trophy is the inspiration behind the gold details spread throughout the series. Each style of the Nike Basketball Elite Series worn on court will initially display a Swoosh design in team colors. As the playoffs evolve, Nike will replace the team-colored Swoosh with a gold one for the Finals.
We are so ready for the playoffs.
It’s nights like last night that make me think God created Twitter for Blake Griffin dunks. Four years ago I would have watched the dunk, maybe sent a text message to a friend and then relived the dunk the next day on Sports Center. Now I get to watch the dunk and enjoy it for the next hour on Twitter through jokes, animated gifs, photoshops and video. And it’s not just fans and media types, players too. What’s sliced bread again?
After Blake’s second dunk induced attempt at manslaughter, Pau Gasol’s wikipedia page was updated with a death date and location — April 4, 2012, Los Angeles, California. It’s always humorous to view Wikipedia’s revision history.
08:42, 5 April 2012 (restore birthdate)
07:58, 5 April 2012 (Removing vandalism from Clippers bandwagoners)
07:01, 5 April 2012 (couldn’t find evidence of death, im guessing there was an important game that inspired trolling)
06:57, 5 April 2012 (→Death: “Death” section should not be necessary, Gasol is alive and well.)
06:48, 5 April 2012 (contentious unsourced statement)
For the NCAA’s March Madness Nike has put together a fantastic set of movie poter-esque prints for a few of the usual contenders. Well, they were considered contenders at the beginning of the tournament — sorry, Duke.
March Madness continues to deliver its lion’s share of interesting stories — Cinderella, heartwarming, heroic and tragic. And while Purdue forward Robbie Hummel’s collegiate career doesn’t fit neatly into one of those specific story lines, it does touch on them all. And is all the more intriguing for it.
It lasted too long and it ended too soon, and now it’s over. Robbie Hummel will never play college basketball again. Put it this way: he’s been through so much, I’d forgotten about his broken back.
Don’t miss Gregg Doyel’s excellent read over at CBSsports.
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