Posts Tagged ‘NBA’

The Miami Heat: The World Champion Foster Parents

For all anyone knows, we could be quickly approaching the Miami Heat’s last season atop the NBA food chain. That’s because Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James can all opt out of their contracts next summer. If, by chance, it is the last run for the currently-constructed Heat, here’s...
September 12th, 2013 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

Starting Lineups: Because You Probably Missed Gary Payton’s Hall Of Fame Speech

I’ve got a real issue with the NBA Hall of Fame ceremonies that take place every year in September. For one, I don’t think it’s presented very well. For two, I hate that the Hall of Fame is located in Springfield, Massachusetts. For three, why in hades is the enshrinement on the opening...
September 9th, 2013 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

The 2013 NBA Retirement Manifesto: A Class For The Ages

Since the calendar flipped over to 2013, five of the most influential basketball players of the 1990s and 2000s formally announced their retirement from the NBA. First, it was Rasheed Wallace hanging up the laces for what we assume is the last time in April. Then, in a form of poetic justice, 1994 co-Rookies...
August 29th, 2013 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Why Don’t All Sports Use The NHL’s ‘Control Room’ Replay Review System?

Last week, Katie Baker wrote over at Grantland about the 15 things that should never change about the NHL. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with Baker’s list, I was more than a little surprised that she left off what I consider the one thing the NHL does better than any other professional...
August 14th, 2013 | Et cetera, The Rev | Read More

QOTD: What Was Your Favorite Moment Of The 1988-2002 Charlotte Hornets Era?

News out of the Queen City (North Carolina edition) is that the ownership of the Charlotte Bobcats will file the proper paperwork to change their name from their current nickname (which comes from the name of the first owner, BET CEO Bob Johnson) to the nickname that resided before anyone knew what...
July 18th, 2013 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Hey Shaq, Let’s Put ‘Don’t Ever Disrespect Houston Like That Again’ On A T-Shirt

Greg Maddux to the Atlanta Braves. Terrell Owens to the Philadelphia Eagles. Jalen Rose to the Indiana Pacers. Jeremy Roenick to the Philadelphia Flyers. Those are four specific personnel decisions made by teams that I followed closely caused a certain type of visceral reaction that viewed in the wrong...
July 16th, 2013 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

The Big Miss: A Series Of Sporting Events I Missed For Various Reasons

Earlier this year, Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post wrote an article titled “Legendary sporting events can leave tail of wouldas, couldas, shouldas” in which he compiled a bunch of stories of people who gave up tickets or missed a classic game for various reasons. It made me think about...
July 15th, 2013 | Baseball, Basketball, Steven LeBron | Read More

The NBA’s Forgotten “What If” Case Study – Dajuan Wagner

A disappearing act. DaJuan Wagner’s NBA career was a vanishing act, and it had very little to do with what he was capable of producing on the court. A fabled debate in NBA discussion is the infamous “who would’ve been better had it not been for injury?” There’s the normal...
July 12th, 2013 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

Kendrick Perkins May Or May Not Be Planning Kevin Durant’s Bachelor Party

Late last week, the second greatest basketball player in the world decided that the single life was no longer for him. Kevin Durant went down on one knee and asked his basketball-playing girlfriend Monica Wright of the Minnesota Lynx to be his for life. (Sidenote: The fact that KD ended up wifing a...
July 11th, 2013 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Someone Needs To Take The Keys Away From Joe Dumars During Free Agency

With the NBA free agency frenzy that took place the past week, there are two concrete things we learned. Number one, NBA GMs and accountants did not learn a damn thing from the most recent lockout if all these contracts they handed out are any indication, so please, spare us the crying poor routine...
July 10th, 2013 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

The Week That Was In All Things Dwight Howard

(photo via @BlameSanjay) It’s over. It’s finally over. Last Friday at around 6 p.m. EST, having just started digging in to a three-piece meal from Popeyes (what up KD, I’m keeping it trill like you), I had to use a couple of greasy fingers to scroll Tweetdeck as news started rolling...
July 8th, 2013 | Basketball, Steven LeBron | Read More

Rappin’ About Kobe Bryant’s Rape Charges, 10 Years Later

In July 2013, the most important items on Kobe Bryant’s “to-do” list are fully recovering from a season-ending Achilles heel injury and ensuring Dwight Howard returns to Los Angeles next season. That’s quite the contrast from where he found himself this time exactly 10 years...
July 2nd, 2013 | Basketball, J. Tinsley, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

The Lost Conversation Between Once Teammates Shaquille O’Neal And Chris Webber

On Thursday, June 26, the 2013 NBA Draft will take place as 60 amateur players will hope and pray that their names get called so they can live out their dream to play in the league. NBA TV has been replaying many of the televised draft selection shows, and when the 1993 draft was re-aired at 4:37 a.m.,...
June 27th, 2013 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

When Keepin’ It Real Goes Wrong: NBA Scouting Report Edition

Over the weekend, after the conclusion of the NBA Finals, Brian Windhorst of ESPN published an oral history of the 2003 NBA Draft. The timing was perfect seeing that three prominent names from that draft class — LeBron, Wade and Bosh — had just repeated as champions. It’s also relevant because...
June 27th, 2013 | Basketball, Steven LeBron | Read More

Kevin Durant And The Road Ahead

Put the Roc Nation affiliation aside for a moment. Given the way his 2013 playoff campaign ended, Kevin Durant stands poised to enter the 2013-2014 season with an added sense of bloodthirstiness. And that’s good, because so many other outside factors around him will be, too. Narratives drive sports,...
June 26th, 2013 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

QOTD: What Was Your Favorite Moment Of The Ubuntu Era?

Glenn Rivers probably didn’t see his life past his playing days in the NBA going quite like this, but now the man affectionately known as “Doc” is being counted on to cure basketball’s biggest franchise joke and provide the ailment to make the Clippers world-class performers...
June 24th, 2013 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Upside/Downside: The 2013 NBA Finals

“Upside/ Downside” is not a concept that I created, but I like using when it comes to addressing a multitude of questions and issues that have some correlation to each other but all really exist as their own topics. It gives me a way to try and put together a cohesive column that’s...
June 24th, 2013 | Basketball, Steven LeBron | Read More

I Ain’t Got No Worries – The Miami Heat Are World Champions Again

“For me, I can’t worry about what everybody says about me. I’m LeBron James, from Akron, Ohio. From the inner city. I’m not even supposed to be here. That’s enough. Every night I walk into the locker room, I see a #6 with James on the back, I’m blessed. So what everybody...
June 21st, 2013 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

The NBA Finals, The Anti-Hero And The Generational War

Watching the NBA Finals annually now is as much an exercise in seeing the highest caliber basketball possible as it is watching a sociology experiment gone haywire. Since the Miami Heat have taken to their annual appearance in the Finals, the talk has been about the idea of LeBron James and friends...
June 18th, 2013 | Basketball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

The Heat, The Spurs And Changing Perceptions

Photo By Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports Four games into the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, and the predictable reactions still permeate the discussion. They’re essentially crafted around the image we have of both teams. The Big Three versus The Big Team, The Heatles against The...
June 14th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Basketball | Read More