Posts Tagged ‘NBA’

Under Armour Vs. Nike: 11 Of Your Favorite Writers Weigh In On Kevin Durant’s Decision

$265 million. $285 million. Two dollar amounts that represent the range that Under Armour is willing to pay as it tries to acquire the 2014 NBA MVP  in Kevin Durant as its pitchman. This sponsorship deal could prove to be one of the largest ever signed, and it would give the Maryland-based company...
August 27th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear | Read More

The Waiting Game: 5 NBA Games To Eagerly Anticipate

Chicken wings. Beer. Burgers. Franks. Rivalry games. Sunday Night Football. Monday Night Football. If you’re like me, a warm, fuzzy feeling just shot down your body. Football season is back, and with it comes six months of planned weekend activities. But with it being football season, it’s...
August 11th, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

All Hail Zo: Alonzo Mourning Gets His Just Due

With this latest Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class being inducted this weekend, I realize I’m at the age where the players that introduced me to the sport are finally getting their just due. While I’m still a few years away from seeing the athletes that directly influence how I enjoy...
August 8th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

The Overdue Significance Of Becky Hammon And The San Antonio Spurs

On August 5, the San Antonio Spurs announced the hiring of retiring WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach — making her the first official, full-time female assistant coach in NBA history. On her role, Hammon told reporters that she’ll “be helping with scouting reports, player development,...
August 7th, 2014 | Basketball, I'm So Hideous | Read More

Eric Bledsoe And The Head That Wears The Crown

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” — From Shakespeare’s Henry IV. Part II, 1597. Even in the NBA, Shakespeare remains eternal. Basketball has always been poetic. Its stars are gods among men whose feats regularly eclipse those of mere mortals. The game itself is as team-driven...
July 18th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

The King Shocked The World Again: LeBron James Takes His Talents Back To Northeast Ohio

LeBron James, after serving his four-year term as the lead dog for the Miami Heat, has made the decision to take his talents back to Northeast Ohio and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s...
July 11th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Pat Riley And The Most Important Powerpoint Presentation In History

As he’s become accustomed to his entire career, Pat Riley stands as one of the main characters as NBA history happens in real time. Twenty calendars from now will be the year 2034. Life’s going to look a lot different, too. The Obama era will be a distant memory, as both Barack and Michelle...
July 9th, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

We Should All Send Our Kids To Nick Young’s Basketball Camp

It’s officially the summertime all across the country and with the solstice in full effect, that really means only one thing for parents. The kids are home from school and they must be entertained for the next two-plus months. You see, my mother had nothing to worry about, as she’d get me...
June 27th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

The Charlotte Hornets Got New Jerseys But Where Are The Pinstripes?

There’s nothing on this earth quite like the feeling of getting new uniforms. I remember in high school, as a junior first baseman on the Eisnehower Eagles baseball team, our coach decided that he wanted to imitate the Colorado Rockies’ combination of the black vest and the shirt with the...
June 19th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear | Read More

What I Learned From Game 5 Of The NBA Finals: The San Antonio Spurs Are World Champions

I’m glad it’s over. It didn’t take long to figure out, and frankly, it was getting unbearable to watch. The San Antonio Spurs are the best team in the world, and it’s not even close. The Miami Heat have the best player in the world, and it’s not even close. The 2014 NBA...
June 16th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

What I Learned From Game 4 Of The NBA Finals: The Spurs Are Just Too Damn Good

Heading in to Game 4 of the 2014 NBA Finals, I fully expected the Miami Heat to come out with fire and energy to do everything possible in order to even the series up. That’s what champions do, especially two-time defending champions. And especially, especially two-time defending champions with...
June 13th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Kawhi Leonard Has No Regard For Human Life, Or At The Very Least The Miami Heat

The Miami Heat were already getting their asses whupped. The San Antonio Spurs were passing the ball like the Harlem Globetrotters and shooting the ball like they knew all the hot spots on Double Dribble. I’ll admit it, at some point this started to get partly sad and partly hilarious as Erik...
June 12th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

What I Learned From Game 3 Of The NBA Finals: It’s Hard To Lose When You Make (Almost) Every Shot

Living on the West Coast is a pain at times. I got off of work a little later than usual, and realizing the fact that I have a one hour-plus commute to/from work every day, I knew that I’d miss part of Game 3 of the NBA Finals. There’s this feeling you get when the clock strikes and you...
June 11th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

The Resurrection: Rashard Lewis And His Long-Awaited Redemption

People never get the flowers while they can still smell them. As cliche as that is, it’s certainly true, especially when it comes to sports appreciation. This is the social media age, where everything has to be immediate or a player is a bust, and revisionist history has tainted even the greatest...
June 10th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

The Archives: The Mindset Of Someone Who Still Wears Cornrows In The NBA

(Ed’s Note: Before there was thesportsfanjournal.com there was edthesportsfan.com. From 2008-12, Kenny, The Rev, Phillip, Tinsley and myself published over 900+ articles on that blog, and from time to time we knocked some dope articles out the park. We understand that you might not have been...
June 9th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

What I Learned From Game 2 Of The NBA Finals: Sunday Morning Yoga Helps LeBron Be OK At Basketball

For the first quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, I thought LeBron James was drunk on All Sport. LeBron looks drunk on All Sport right now. — Eddie Maisonet, III (@edthesportsfan) June 9, 2014 Do you all remember All Sport? It was a competitor to Gatorade and Powerade back in the day, and it was...
June 9th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Dearly Departed: 5 Thoughts On The Destruction Of The Indiana Pacers

The worst thing the Indiana Pacers could have done was win Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. That win singlehandedly set forth a series of games that ultimately wasted my time and yours. Truth be told, the Pacers’ days were numbered since the opening tip-off of their Game 1 match-up against...
June 3rd, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

Immortality’s Doorstep: Why The 2014 NBA Finals Really Matter

Both teams are already legendary, with doubly legendary cast members. But only one can be remembered on the bright side of history in 2014. Does Tim Duncan capture his elusive fifth ring? Or does LeBron James close out his 20s in the most epic of fashions? Who’s it going to be? His face swollen,...
June 3rd, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

Dan LeBatard Went On Another Rant Thanks To The Indiana Pacers

Unfortunately, I was first introduced to what Tinsley and I affectionately call “The Dan LeBatard Rant” shortly after the Miami Heat eviscerated the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals. You must understand, I was down and out, despondent and in need of some loving a few hugs. However,...
June 2nd, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Chris Bosh: The Hero The Miami Heat Need

As I watched the ridiculousness that was Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, there was something that bothered me about the Miami Heat. It wasn’t the lack of LeBron James. The early foul trouble that sidelined James was a mix of bad calls and poor decisions on his own part. Nor was I interested...
May 30th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More