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16-11-2007, 01:23 PM
I hope this will wind up being a popular topic on these boards with immense traffic. We utilize a lot of YouTube here (including, but not limited, that of the NBL), so why not do this for the NBA as a subject? Why wasn't it done so before?
I'll start things off with this: the classic 1984 NBA Finals between the champs Boston Celtics and the wicked Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire. This was not only the first NBA Finals I ever watched end to end as a little kid, but IMHO it is my favorite of them all--and there were several over the years I liked. It had everything in this epic: passion, hatred, intensity, pride, guts, character, memorable moments. The year itself 1984 is very special to me in terms of pop culture. I was perhaps the only person in my neighborhood who despised the Lakers. Don't know if this series ever made it to Australia and New Zealand back then--I actually doubt it. Enjoy!
There are two games I very much like to share from that series--the NBA didn't officially call it the NBA Finals two years later. It was still called the NBA World Championship until then perhaps out of respect it wasn't between an NBA team and a top foreign club (almost always European).
To start things off here is Game 5 in its entirety. I remember this game very well. The most memorable thing about this obviously was that how incredibly hot the legendary "Gahden" was then. There was no air conditioning in there, remember--"a steambath of heat and humidity" (100 degrees F on the court), to quote Encyclopaedia Britannica's 1985 yearbook. I remember watching this on CBS on that June Friday evening at 8pm US CST after switching from an NBC re-run special on people's home video, commercials, and bloopers co-hosted by Michael J. Fox (this was at the height of the video boom) and Angie Dickinson called the Homemade Video Special. The Celtics were out on the parquet floor warming up not wearing their warmup pants. The Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire had to suck up oxygen tanks along the bench despite not being in high altitude like in Denver and getting more tired quickly nearly wilting. The Celtics acted like the heat was their best friend and ran up and down the court with ease. Kareem later said the game was like for them "being in a sauna with your clothes on, doing 100 pushups, and running up and down the court". Larry Bird was just brilliant in this game with 34 points and 17 rebounds. Former All-Star Scott Wedman was hurt and depressed. Brent Musberger, Dick Stockton, Celtics legend Tommy Heinson, Kevin Loughery, and Pat O'Brien provide the call for CBS Sports. There's also a profile at halftime about Magic and a brief profile on Johnny Most with this and some sports news, something you don't get much on over the air TV these days in the era of SportsCenter (like Peter Ueberroth failing to convince the Cubans to reconsider their plans to boycott the LA Olympics with the Soviets, that major Denver-Portland Kiki Vandeweghe trade, plus a Commodore 64 computer commercial).
You know, whenever I see the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire get what it richly deserves over the years, in the form of NOT getting an NBA title, it always brings forth a giant smile to my face! :D The only thing that will ever top that is seeing the Phoenix Suns win a title outright. Surely this was clearly no more as evident as it was in Game 7 on the following Tuesday night. Honestly, I haven't enjoyed this much fun since--1983 was good for the Dr. J, as was in 1989 with Detroit and 1991 with Chicago with MJ's first title (but the latter was more of a symbolic passing of the torch), and 1992--but it wasn't until exactly 20 years later that I was so truly estatic over the NDCELE's deserved defeat. "Beat LA!" indeed! Coming up is that Game 7. Yeah, they came back home and tied at the former House of Evil but the Celtics showed who's boss. Sadly, aside from next year's Game 1 that is the Memorial Day Massacre, it was the continuation of the sick oppression. The Boston Garden was still hot but not as it was on that Friday. 1984 was a golden age in pro basketball as well as a pivot year for the NBA in so many ways: David Stern succeeded Larry O'Brien in February that year; the Clippers moved up the coast to LA from San Diego (SD never got a team since); that memorable 1984 NBA Draft; the All-Star Weekend made its debut in Denver; the NBA and the NBA Players Association agreed to a salary cap; eight teams in each conference qualified for the playoffs for the first time; and WTBS (generally Turner Sports) started broadcasting NBA games not featuring the Hawks. I'm surprised that this series has yet to make its way onto DVD. If you already have the NBA Dynasty Series: Boston Celtics DVD set, Game 7 (along with Game 4) are in the set, so it may seem a little redundant to you with the complete CBS Sports coverage. But you won't get in there the commercials like in here (more on that later)...
Some of the commercials you get to see. Haven't them in years:
Andy Griffith pitching for AT&T
Three Miller Lite commercials--one just featuring football greats Bubba Smith and Dick Butkus in a bar after playing polo ("I sure hope the horses can swim..."), a memorable one with Bob Uecker ("I must be up in the front row!"), and a hilarious campout one with Smith, Butkus, LC Greenwood, John Madden, Uecker, YA Tittle, Mickey Spillane (RIP), Morgana the Kissing Bandit, Rodney Dangerfield (RIP), Tommy Heinson, Billy Martin (RIP), and Red Auerbach (RIP) among others with that one of those "Taste great! Less filling!" arguments
Wagner Power Roller
Bill Bixby (RIP) pitching for Radio Shack's Tandy computers
NBA basketball--It's Fantastic
some CBS TV prime time show promos
CBS Sports promoting the Michigan 500 race, IROC boxing ft. Hector "Macho" Camacho, Sports Sone and Dads, Tour De France, and Madden's Journeys
TV spots for summer movies Gremlins, Ghostbusters, and Rhinestone
promotion of the old Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
John McEnroe (and a pre-George Constanza Jason Alexander) for Bic Razors
Joe Montana and his future wife Jennifer in a another Bic ad
Tony Randall (RIP) for Minolta Copiers
Gatorade's Thirst Aid ad
Burger King (Hungry Jack's in Australia)
Toyota's Doubting Thomases in San Francisco
that guy from WKRP In Cincinnati for Honda lawn motors
The final Army Be All You Can Be NBA profile of the 1983-84 season on Milwaukee's Marques Johnson with some Army ads.
Exxon gasoline (there are no Exxons in St. Louis, but Mobils, but they were separate companies prior to the merger. Exxon is Esso outside the US)
Mazda cars (or motors to you)
This was recorded by someone live as it happened from New York's CBS affiliate WCBS Channel 4. I watched the series on KMOX TV 4 (now KMOV since 1986), St. Louis' CBS affiliate, so you'll see some ads that are regional and local to the NYC metropolitan area like a cheesy one for Meadowlands Racetrack ("It's going to be a great night!") and Schaefer Beer that I did not see plus a WCBS newsbreak.
Allow me to engage in some good ole vintage schadenfruende on the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire, shall I? :D This has gone down as one of the most deserving low points for it in its history--should've stayed down! Kareem made the mistake of grabbing a rebound in the final seconds when he got caught up in the bum rush. Someone mugged him from behind and snatched his trademark goggles. Another jumped on Kurt Rambis and later sued him for slugging the fan. The Evil Empire was disconsolate in their locker room afterwards from making their way out of the scene of the crime. Magic and Michael Cooper were in the shower with their jerseys on. More thoughts will come from me later on, particularly at the end. Gotta love the locker room celebration. Enjoy!
22-11-2007, 12:15 PM
Hoped you enjoyed the two 1984 NBA Finals games, especially to all you Laker fans out there ( :twisted: ).
More schadenfrunde. The whole city of Boston was jacked up for Game 7 with incredible results. Fans poured out of the Boston Garden whooping it up. As they spotted the bus belonging to the NDCELE coming out of the arena, fans proceeded to bang on it and rock the bus, yelling at it, grossly delaying its escape. One guy in a wheelchair was giving the losers the finger as everybody with him laughed. In their time in Boston, they had to get police escorts to the arena. They weren't there then. The NDCELE couldn't get out of Boston fast enough, and had to stay another day. The Emperor (Dr. Jerry Buss) chained smoked. Mr. Armani Pat Riley quickly ditched his white tux he planned to wear after Game 7 in LA. Michael Cooper was an inconsolable and mournful wreck with his wife Wanda by his side. Magic, one of the worst emissaries of evil the franchise has ever had, was found by his then-buddies Isiah Thomas and Mark Aguirre in the shower still wearing his jersey deeply depressed, and they talked the night away about cars, clothes, fashion, music, and old times. When the topic turned to basketball, they quickly steered away since it still raw.
The next morning Kareem was supposed to appear on CBS News This Morning with Cornbread, but when he found out from the young producer that he was going to it with Cedric Maxwell after asking her is he going before or after Cedric. When she told Kareem he was going after Cedric, he got up, took off his microphone, and politely told her he will not conduct the interview with Cedric Maxwell, knowing he would rub it in. Poor young woman...
Magic secluded himself in his Culver City apartment feeling depressed after not wanting to be in his still-empty Bel Air mansion that he was moving into, even refusing to talk to his mother about the game. Kevin McHale dubbed him "Tragic Johnson", and the Celtics got even more cocky. Larry Bird would say later, "I would like for them to get a chance to redeem themselves, because I know they felt they haven't played up to their capabilities." When asked that he was referring to Magic, Bird responded, "Magic is having nightmares!"
I hope you noticed the fans couldn't wait to storm the court with a few fans already doing so with the game in play. The Boston Police were undermanned trying to surround the court, and it took Celtic players, coaches, and trainers to plead them to stand back. Did you noticed that fat redhead guy jumping and dancing at the Celtics' bench with his crimson Harvard tank top (with a white H) and green shorts on? Also notice there were three or two seconds on the clock when the fans started storming the court--this scene was later used in a 1986 McDonald's commercial sponsoring the NBA playoffs. Certainly wouldn't happen now. Surely alcohol played a part in this. Even years before what happened in Auburn Hills in 2004, security has gotten smart about this. They would place a yellow rope around the court to give one example so fans won't do this. The next year during the NBA Finals, the Celtics issued badges of their logo to fans; if you didn't have one on, you weren't allowed to be on the court after the game. Funnily enough, I kinda miss seeing such stuff nowdays because of the specter of lawsuits and of because of the understandable need to protect players and fans since Indiana-Detroit in 2004, now they make far more money than back in 1984. There was a sense of joyful spontenatity to it as long as you weren't malicious.
27-11-2007, 01:16 PM
Those stories mentioned above are in the book The Show by Roland Lazenby.
More Boston Celtics, this time with my Phoenix Suns. Here are clips from the famed (and legendary) triple OT Game 5 from the 1976 NBA Finals, regarded by many as the greatest NBA game ever. If you have the NBA Dynasty Series: Boston Celtics, this is in there (I don't have it though). Here's Brent Musberger, Rick Barry, Mendy Rudolph, and Sonny Hill: Could it be a coincidence that Hill and Rudolph had the same tailor? Rick Barry looked like he was going to get some action looking like Col. Steve Austin after the game following a trip to the disco with the guys in his smoov duds. :wink:
And, another and earlier saga of Boston fans not restraining themselves to the end of the game, making it look like WWE Smackdown. Celtics players shooing them back, even the cameraman. After Hondo made the shot, the refs (along with Barry and Musberger) wisely made the realization that there were :02 seconds left in the game when the scorekeeper was not on top of his job. Thus paving the way for Garfield Heard's shot to tie it again...but not before a fan assaults ref Richie Powers. Musberger at 4:02: "Richie Powers is in a fight with a fan!" Plus Ricky Sobers going at it with another fan.
Unbeliveable, incredible, and wacky in every sense of those words.
The first ever NBA Slam Dunk contest in 1984 in Denver starring Julius Erving, Larry Nance, Dominique Wilkins, Edgar Jones, Orlando Woolwidge, Darrell "Dr. Dunkinstein" Griffith, Clyde Drexler, Ralph Sampson, and Michael Cooper. Interesting to see Dr. J's sons going over dunking strategy with him and Jim Grey at his side...and a moment when Magic tries to catch him after one of Erving's dunks. A very nice treat in all!
I present you the video Pride and Passion of the 1983-84 season when the Celtics won over the NDCELE. The video is actually longer. Playing in the thin air was "cruel" in Denver as an old-timer. Gotta love Wilt's getup for the occassion and the "13 Johnsons" rap (with two Eddie Johnson's). It's fascinating two of the most notable NBA records took place in non-NBA venues. The 1984 dunking montage is already on the classic Dazzling Dunks and Basketball Bloopers video
28-11-2007, 09:07 AM
that Celtics vs Phoenix match is the craziest end to a game ever!!!!!
07-12-2007, 11:59 AM
Another blast from the past: the 1985 Converse Weapon TV ad rap starring Bird, Magic, McHale, Thomas, Aguirre, and King
29-12-2007, 07:14 AM
A belated Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day from Durban! :D
The epic and memorable 1988 NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest in Chicago in its entirety direct from TBS Sports. Ron Harper, then of Cleveland, pulled out and dimished the field to seven--something that got lost in the minds of many these days when this gets discussed. No further mention is needed.
11-01-2008, 06:12 AM
Another great and memorable moment in the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire's history! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF740MqYbOs)
(Michael Cooper's reaction to this is priceless)
The Intro from CBS Sports (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHB7RC76FIc4)
15-01-2008, 03:06 PM
At least the NBL isn't the only league with flopping problems... :lol:
Tha Raja Flop (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BjhfwVY_p8)
The worst flop ever? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ukde193ivM&feature=related)
Baron after the whistle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTdERYOtqsg)
21-01-2008, 10:29 AM
THE NBA! Ohhh! Hey!!! Ohhhhhhh!
24-01-2008, 08:41 AM
"All right, which one of you is going to finish second [after me]?"
--Larry Bird, 1988
27-01-2008, 07:58 AM
A glimpse of what might've been in Vancouver (yes, I'll return to the Vancouver subject soon). Please bring Vancouver back into the NBA! Maybe after the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Note a blink or you'll miss quickie glimpse of the very rare Vancouver Mounties logo the team had at 0:17-:18. PS: Still (Extremely Naughty Word!) you, Stu Jackson! :evil:
20-02-2008, 09:11 AM
I'm in a Toronto Raptors kind of mood with this installment right now.
The intro used for their home games in the first round against the New Jersey Nets last season. One of my favo(u)rite NBA intros out there:
Raptors play-by-play man Chuck Swirsky, one of my faves in broadcasting ("Oh My Bosh!!") serves as the pitchman of the RaptorsTV promos (NBATV in Canada with the requisite Canadian broadcasting content) with his favo(u)rite calls:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvEy3smQ9bY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvEy3smQ9bY) (Sick, Wicked, and Nasty)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9N4Vx8W8A4&NR=1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9N4Vx8W8A4&NR=1) (Onions, Baby, Onions!!)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=41of9Sva5yY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41of9Sva5yY) (Salami & Cheese)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qJl6wfdWK0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qJl6wfdWK0) (NBA Facial--Posterization)
A hilarious plea from used car salesman Chris Bosh to get fans to vote for him to New Orleans as a starter. It actually boosted his popularity among fans and was, not surprisingly, featured in a SI profile on him. A YouTube sensation.
Starting this season the CBC is broadcasting several games of the Toronto Raptors further designating them as Canada's NBA team. Yes, the narrator, I think he's from RaptorsTV, appeals to the emotion of the Raptor fans across Canada in getting them to look forward to the new season Following is an intro to its first ever Raptors' broadcast in October (presented by President's Choice--notice the PC products when Swirsk visits the Loeblews supermarket), includes the intro (I like the previous season version better):
VC Sucks!!!: www.youtube.com/watch?v=446ydzLwAFo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=446ydzLwAFo)
12-03-2008, 06:57 AM
In honor of the Miami Heat's 20th Anniversary, I want to pay tribute to the inaugural team. Yes, let's go back to 1988-89 (and a little bit of 1986-87 for the building) to the first team of Rony Seikaly, Kevin Edwards, Scott Hastings, Grant Long, Pat Cummings, Sylvester Gray, John Shasky, Billy Thompson, Jon Sunvold, Rory Sparrow, Dwayne "Pearl" Washington, and coach Ron Rothstein were pieced together 20 years ago. This season the Heat are currently playing like the original members of the Heat record-wise, only the current set are far more talented and athletic than them.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUDHpkPpdPg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUDHpkPpdPg) (The Heat's Birth)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4aErhC2lxw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4aErhC2lxw) (Building the Heat)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHON-F0LZK4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHON-F0LZK4) (Heat's First Game--dressing their best)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUen0-ATZHk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUen0-ATZHk) (Heat's First Home Win the Jazz)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR_ZVN7IeHI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR_ZVN7IeHI) (Expansion Derby with Charlotte)
05-04-2008, 04:37 AM
The last moments of Game 7 of the famed 1982 NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Sixers and the Celtics at "the Gahden". Too bad Philly couldn't eventually stop again the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire for the title.
06-04-2008, 08:39 PM
The year itself 1984 is very special to me in terms of pop culture. I was perhaps the only person in my neighborhood who despised the Lakers. Don't know if this series ever made it to Australia and New Zealand back then--I actually doubt it.
I taped all seven games (in Adelaide), but those tapes wore out long before I could ever transfer them to DVD. And like you, I was a lone Celts island in a sea of Boston bashers as my mates back then never forgave Bird nor Boston for taking out Dr J & then Mo Malone on their way to their previous title, so they were right there for Magic, Kareem & their Milwaukee expat team in '84.
You're right in your rave in saying that it was a classic confrontation, and I've found it interesting to see how Larry Legend & Magic have very shared memories of both that series & that era. It was a true classic.
10-04-2008, 10:50 AM
It actually was, I did not know that officially.
I was led to believe that only Italy, Spain, and Greece would consistenly get NBA games on TV in the mid-80s before the NBA's globalization.
23-04-2008, 11:26 AM
Got a few rare TV commercials for you, all involving Magic Johnson, one of the worst Emissaries of Evil that evil empire has ever unleashed to the world. Anyway...
At last the Converse 1985 commercial that had Magic arriving at Bird's French Lick, Indiana home in a limo to go mano e mano with him. Though they always respected each other as All-Star players, this was the moment they became actually friends in real life, when Bird's mom fixed fried chicken for them afterwards.
A rare gem from 1980. A young Magic and an equally young and legendary Ann Meyers (future Phoenix Mercury exec) "feelin' 7UP" with front of lots of kids, impressing them with their magic skills. Note that Meyers, a top marketable name in the WPBL and its MVP at the time, is wearing the uniform for her New Jersey Gems, not the UCLA Bruins jersey that I saw her in print ads in vintage magazines.
1981 7UP commercial featuring just Magic and some kids continuing to live up to his name
24-04-2008, 05:34 PM
Before dunk comps were invented... there was this. (http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1808877)
10-05-2008, 06:22 AM
Ali G (Sascha Baron Cohen) interviews the NBA superstars including the NBA on TNT guys. What if Borat or Bruno did this?
26-05-2008, 11:38 PM
Kobe's new ad
OMG dis is fkn crazy! I didnt kno KB24 had hops like dat!
04-06-2008, 10:15 AM
I was going to post stuff about the 1975 Golden St. Warriors upset victory over the favored Washington Bullets but...
All this talk about the Boston Celtics and the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire in the NBA Finals for the first time in 21 years certainly got a lot of NBA fans giddy worldwide. In honor of this I got lots of goodies to show you:
1984 NBA Finals Perspectives--told from those who were there--Ainge, Magic, Rambis, ML Carr, Cornbread, Riley. Man, the Celtics hated "Cheesy Johnson" with a passion... :P Boston didn't "play like sissies" in the end. Check out the fat Boston man with his shirt open in that steambath Game 5 and (to a much lesser extent from the other end) cameo shots of Paula Abdul as a Laker Girl and Dyan Cannon!
Undoubtably one of the best NBA Finals ever, called then the NBA World Championship until 1985, pride, violence, passion, hustle, determination, and hostily. Why is this classic series not YET on DVD???!!!
The intro to Game 1 of the 1985 NBA World Championship Series--aka the Memorial Day Massacre, the only damn good thing out of that series. :D The Celtics should've repeated that season and gave the NDCELE MORE nightmares!!! :evil:
The intro to GAME 2 recapping the Memorial Day Massacre
Any game coming from the San Diego Clippers on YouTube is rare indeed. I think the signal flags on the Clippers shorts say either San Diego or Clippers. The court was nice looking. Anyway, these are the opening minutes of Magic's pro debut on CBS (game is on Magic's DVD) against the San Diego Clippers.
The 1976 NBA Final Game 1 intro of the Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics:
Rarer still are video footage of the New Orleans Jazz. Here they are at their Louisiana Superdome home in their final season there before moving to Salt Lake City versus the Milwaukee Bucks. Point of interest here: the two teams used be in different conferences then than they are presently in now--Milwaukee was in the West (Midwest Division moved East when the Dallas Mavericks entered in 1980) and New Orleans was in the East (Central Division). It's all that exists of it since this was bonus footage.
Another rare find just for the CBS Sports NBA intro music alone. I was small then and liked the music that starts this whenever it played on the NBA. All compelling viewing. The susbsequent sports music theme, the NBA theme, isn't as well known as its successor music and thus rare; that builds drama--underrated and infrequently mentioned because it's too brief, as one poster says. Forget about that Game 6 1982 NBA World Championship the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire won over Philly. Just watch the intro that has been thankfully unearthed. I remember watching a figure skater performing to the opening music back in the 80s once on TV!
18-06-2008, 06:08 AM
The NBA: it's Fan-Tastic. That is still the most memorable campaign the NBA as a league ever had with all due respect to the "I love this game!" in the 1990s at the height of the league's popularity, coinciding with NBC taking over the NBA's TV rights. People still bring up the fantastic with the NBA. It's still waaaaayyyyy too early for "When Amazing Happens". I will bring out a few Fan-Tastic clips to share.
This first one I'll show you is interesting for a few reasons. One, it has that Pointer Sisters' "(We Could Be So) Hot Together" track that screams 80s (song itself was made in 1986). Two, this is a montage of victorious NBA Finals teams up to 1989 celebrating. Three, this was among the first "fantastic" ads that featured celebs saying that famous line at an NBA game. And four, this ad features Wayne Gretzky and his wife Janet Jones at the end of it saying "NBA Action...it's fantastic" done in 1989 enjoying themselves at NDCELE home game, during Gretzky's first season with the NHL's Los Angeles Kings (you can tell from the Fourm's seats are yellow) after that blockbuster trade sending him there from Edmonton, making him and the Kings a very hot ticket at the time in Los Angeles (www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0Uj0O5sqmw). Full disclosure: I attended and graduated high school with Janet Jones' niece, Jaime. She's from Janet's side of the family from St. Louis. Incidently, Gretzky in 1996, on my birthday, got traded to play briefly for the St. Louis Blues, a team I hated at the time becuase of their then-coach Mike Keenan. Never met Wayne or Janet, yet.
09-07-2008, 10:07 AM
Another "fantastic" NBA promo:
This one from the early 1980s (circa 1981-1982) www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIPB7CDN6r8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIPB7CDN6r8)
12-08-2008, 04:47 AM
This next NBA Action Fantastic promo also comes from that same era in 1989-1990, when celebs would appear at the end of them. This time it's Taxi's Judd Hirsch at a Knicks game saying the memorable line after a montage of long-range bombs.
03-09-2008, 09:07 AM
The intro to Game 1 of the 1988 NBA Finals featuring the Detroit Pistons, the spoilers in Game 1, and the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Empire, who subsequently and sadly repeated their title for the first time in 19 years since the 1967-68 Boston Celtics.
04-09-2008, 10:19 AM
The intro to the pivotal Game 4 of the 1984 NBA Finals. I'll get and discuss more of the game later.
06-09-2008, 05:53 AM
More on the pivotal Game 4 1984 NBA Finals, the most intense of all of the seven games. Not the complete game but it does contain the most significant moments: Magic momentarily losing his cool after a Maxwell hand hook; the famous McHale clothesline on Kurt Rambis to prevent a breakaway; McHale failing to make an easy putback at the end of regulation to win it; Bird and Kareem jawing at each other thanks to a Kareem elbow; and ML Carr's underrated steal (forget John Havlichek's and Gerald Henderson's)to clinch it and his reactions. My thoughts on that next week.
And, as an added bonus, the missing 7'4" Ralph Sampson-6'1" Jerry Sichting fight from the 1986 NBA Finals that is omitted from the 1986 NBA Final DVD.
18-09-2008, 05:26 AM
A very rare find indeed: footage of a Christmas Day 1977 NBA game between the Buffalo Braves (now Los Angleles Clippers via San Diego) and the Cleveland Cavaliers, that Walt Frazier at the time, at the old Richfield Coliseum. Please ignore the Canal + Deportes Spanish commentary obscuring the English CBS announcers that was replyed on NBATV; imagine it like it was audio commentary.
24-09-2008, 05:25 AM
Game 1 of the 1984 NBA Finals is coming soon!
16-10-2008, 07:33 AM
I promised you Game 1 in the excellent classic 1984 NBA Finals (officially the NBA World Championship Series, didn't become the NBA Finals until two years later) between the eventual champs Boston Celtics and the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire, the latter being at the worst of its oppressive and arrogant powers, coming soon. They claimed they were the most talented, but if they truly were, why in the hell they thankfully didn't win it all (but sadly they did the next year when they really shouldn't have :evil: ) Hey, here it is! Even better I'm glad the intro the series is there too, with Brent Musberger narrating the last time in 1969 both teams faced off in the NBA Finals and transitioning into the then-present day. Never mind it's incomplete in some spots, but I do remember watching it as the first NBA Finals I watched all throughout, eagerly anticipating it, in part because of the storied rivalry between those two in the dream matchup between Bird and Magic, rooting against that wicked and wretched evil! Their fast breaks were really good back then. I again ask Warner Home Video to put out this classic series on DVD, preferably on Blu-Ray. Game 1 was videotaped by someone watching it from Cleveland's CBS affiliate, WJKW TV-8. By the way, this will act as one of the few times, if not the only time, I'll post any YouTube links resulting in NDCELE victory! Even then I wished Phoenix made it out in the West to face Boston.
Back to Game 4, if the Celtics and the NDCELE played under current NBA rules, can you imagine how many players on both teams would get fined, ejected, and suspended, including those who came off the bench? Kareem was primarily a finesse player but he powered especially in that game...and got caught up with Bird and showed he was tough. Magic made some bad mistakes like in this game that somehow turned to his team's disfavor in the end, for which he was blamed for. Worthy wasn't a good free throw shooter back then--he was in his second of NBA play from North Carolina--but he did get much better in that further along in his career.
01-11-2008, 07:12 AM
The much beloved and very eagerly anticipated Memorial Day Massacre (aka Game 1 of the 1985 NBA Finals or World Championship Series), one of the best moments in the NBA's history, arrives here next week.
07-11-2008, 11:02 AM
It's finally here after much discussion and hyping by me on these boards! Yes mates, it's the Memorial Day Massacre, one of the best NBA games ever and definitely one of the best I ever saw in my life! :twisted: Until this past season, it was the worst pounding the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire ever had in the NBA Finals. Sadly, it was the only damn good thing to come out of that Finals. Sure they were humiliated by it, and it should've continued all through the series with a sweep! Kareem should never had apologized for his Game 1 performance afterward and stayed dismal instead of getting the MVP award. All of them needed to be even more despondent after this series.
On the other end, this was Scott Wedman's finest hour. Never missing a shot attempt going 11 for 11 in the entire game. First year of the current 2-3-2 format in the NBA Finals. Very little Showtime (or Oppression as it should be called) here.
But the bad news is much of the first half is missing in these videos. When there's more first half video of Game 1, I'll link it for you. Nonetheless, enjoy!
21-11-2008, 12:28 PM
An old intro from WTBS' NBA coverage for the Celtics and NDCELE. If I had cable TV back in the day in the 80s, I'd definitely watch the NBA on Superstation WTBS on Friday nights getting me pumped for the weekend. Man, I missed seeing the intro, which holds up to this day; I actually like the TBS Sports presentation that begins this. Still cool after all these years! :D
05-12-2008, 07:19 AM
Julius Erving is the star of this installment
Julius Erving pitches for Dr. Pepper in a new commercial utilizing the Alan Parsons Project's instrumental "Sirius" (the intro music for the Bulls in their heyday) shooting an ice cube in slo-mo from downtown to a glass. Try as I can, I will NEVER do it like that!
Dr. J's Top 10 Dunks. Amazing dunks he made in a few of the Top 10 dunks were against the top centers at the time like Kareem, James "Buddha" Edwards, and Bill Walton in his prime and healthy. No slouches as defenders there. And this was when, unlike in his ABA days with the Virginia Squires and later with the New York Nets, he REALLY wasn't as high-flying. There is one ABA dunk as a Squire ironically against the New York Nets that made it on the list.
On Sesame Street. Very cute.
16-12-2008, 09:48 AM
This is for all of you Seattle Supersonics fans out there on these boards who have no team to support now. The following are reminders what you had stolen from you by those snake oil salesmen from Oklahoma City who took your team way from. You have my eternal sympathies over what happened. That was very,very wrong. With all due respect to Kevin Durant, Scott Brooks, Nick Collison, and Jeff Green, those owners are currently getting what they deserve; OKC Thunder flat out sucks--bad name, bad home court, bad team (mostly consistent of NBDL players), bad logo, and bad uniforms. The Thunder is dead to me and to all Supersonics fans until Seattle comes back into the NBA (and hopefully Vancouver). This is not to say OKC doesn't deserve a team ; an NBA team is good (but now the Supersonics, preferably an expansion) and a NFL team one because they're already football-mad in Oklahoma. Prepare to be sad again...
One of the best pregame intros in the NBA of all time from 1996 Cracking up the THX theme, Deep Purple's "Knocking At Your Back Door", and Pink Floyd's Run Like Hell. How cool is that to have Kevin Buffet there at the Key Arena? First one you'll have some French in a replay of Game 7 of the 1996 NBA Western Conference Finals against the Utah Jazz when aired on NBATV France. The other is either from Game 3 or Game 5 of the 1996 NBA Finals because NBC only broadcasted the pregame intros from both games when it was in Seattle. If you look closely, you can see George Karl's son Coby behind the bench sporting his Sonics player warmup shirt.
Accurately scores the frustrations and taking away the traditions of the Supersonics. But I take issue with a couple of points here. Seattle had the Storm win a WNBA title in 2004, and the Seattle Sounders in the USL Division I won last year. So that's a couple of other titles Seattle won. Unless the creator was actually referring the only major pro title, it's inaccurate. And c'mon, knocking the Storm as "the wrong team moves" is just wrong and a slam on LJ and Sue Bird.
Seattle retrospective: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDD1Ekfy3bq (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDD1Ekfy3bq)
Game 7 1979 Western Conference Final against the Phoenix Suns presented by Brent Musberger with Giorgio Moroder's Midnight Express chase theme: www.youtube.com/watch?v=w77oR2bwMC4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w77oR2bwMC4)
23-12-2008, 05:58 AM
I forgot to mention that in an earlier post regarding all of the Toronto Raptors clips that the man describing the Raptors from Vinsanity to the present (in this case, last season) on the Raptors' CBC debut is George Stroumboulopoulos. He hosts a late night CBC Television talk show from Monday through Thursday called The Hour. Stroumboulopoulos is a former MuchMusic, CityTv, and Fan 590 personality. For more on him:
09-01-2009, 07:20 AM
Vintage Kansas City (now Sacramento) Kings footage from 1981 starring Phil Ford, Scott Wedman, Otis Birdsong, Cotton Fitzsimmons (RIP), Ernie Grunfeld, and Lee Meriweather at the Kemper Arena in the final moments before losing the Western Conference Finals to the Houston Rockets and Moses Malone, Robert Reid, Billy Paultz, Mike Dunleavy Sr., and Calvin Murphy. It was really the last great moment for the KC Kings before leaving four years later. Note the classic film camera briefly when the Rockets won--something the NBA used until 1983 when it went to video for highlight footage.
24-01-2009, 06:55 AM
A concise retrospective of Toronto's early pro basketball history from the Huskies to the Raptors' early days with all of the most notable points like Damon Stoudemire becoming the first ever draft pick, the first regular season NBA game at home against New Jersey and won, Raptors' first points from an Alvin Robertson three, and Isiah Thomas named as GM. The Huskies of course have the distinction of the hosting the first NBA game in its history against the New York Knicks at the famed Maple Leaf Gardens, sorta recreated 50 years later when the Raptors donned Huskies replicas jerseys at the SkyDome in hono(u)r of them against the Knicks. Did actually play select games at the Maple Leaf Gardens until moving for the gleaming downtown Air Canada Centre. This sidesteps (or conspicously makes absent) the the fact that Wilt Chamberlain was part of a prospective ownership group in the mid-1980s that attempted to bring the NBA to Toronto but lost out to Charlotte, Miami, Minneapolis, and Orlando in 1987 during that expansion derby. Of course that was long before FIBA granted the rioghts to host the 1994 FIBA World Basketball Championship to Toronto and nearby Hamilton, Ontario. Also, Magic Johnson was part of one of the three ownerships that the NBA Board of Governors were selecting to grant a team up there in 1993 that eventually went to John Bitove's ownership group. Ironically one of the Raptors' current owners, John Tannenbaum from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (majority ownership from the Ontario Teachers Pension Board) that Bitove subsequentially sold to, was part of the other bidding group. I miss the the first courts the Raptors had. Dragons and Scorpions are thankfully still available as names for a St. Louis NBA team. Beavers is a nod to the Canadian national animal. Hogs is a nod to Toronto's nickname, at times perjorative, Hogtown. Didn't know there was another dinosaur name to chose for Toronto--T-Rex, which can used in reference for Toronto.
12-02-2009, 08:53 AM
Just in time to celebrate the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend coming up this weekend! The first NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix--1975! The NBA's 25th. How cool was it to see NBA All-Star gear stylized like the classic Phoenix Suns uniforms back then? :) My Suns bias is clearly showing. But that's OK! :D
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XISwcmnbhU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XISwcmnbhU) (Interesting info accompanies this video and Andy Williams signs the anthem)
If I can get some more time later this week. I'll link the 1995 All-Star Weekend.
12-03-2009, 08:10 AM
A follow up to the last post here with the Top Ten Plays from the first NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix back in 1975.
Wish I had the full 1995 All-Star game, but it isn't available right now. So I'll give you the final five minutes with Sacramento's Mitch Richmond post-MVP announcement interview. I actually like this year's NBA All-Star court more so than the one used in 1995.
17-04-2009, 08:49 AM
Back on this after a while.
When the Toronto Raptors came into the NBA in 1995 along with their then-Canadian brethren Vancouver Grizzlies (BRING THEM BACK THERE!!!), who would've thunk it that that expansion team would end up acting as one of the few bumps on the road of the legendary 72-10 Chicago Bulls team, "beating Michael" both times at home at the SkyDome? Did Isiah had something up for Mike there? Granted, Dennis Rodman was either suspended or ejected (in this case) in Toronto during those games. So if he was there, they'd be road kill en route to the Bulls' title. Anyway, whenever and wherever Mike takes his road show, fans will flock to the hilt. Indeed, the Raptors had an attendance record of 36,131 at the SkyDome for this one...and they won in this one taken from CTV! Unlike a lot of regular season games, this was memorable, historical, and classical for a host of reasons. I just described a couple of them.
Raptors actually had some talent for an expansion team: rookie Damon Stoudemire, Carlos Rogers, Oliver Miller, Alvin Robertson, John Long, and Zan Tabak, just to name a few. If things were done properly, they would reap the benfits of talent that would've gone toe to toe consistently against any team in any league with the right chemistry, playing minutes, coaching philosophy, talent, and confidence to do so. You can get far greater additional details from uploader det916
27-05-2009, 09:10 AM
1986. The Atlanta Hawks were the hot, exciting ticket in Atlanta pro sports. The Braves and the Falcons were awful back then. NHL hockey won't return there until 13 years later and wasn't exactly reeling from the departure of the Flames to Calgary. Pro soccer wasn't exactly an option. When it comes to the city, it can take its teams for granted or be apathetic. When the Hawk had Dominique, Spud, Kevin Willis, Cliff Levingston, Jon Koncak, and Tree, you klnow the team would fill up the old Omni. CNN's headquarters was right next door--still is with the Philips Arena, built in the place of the Omni. On Superstation WTBS, the Hawks were, naturally, a perennial presence during the cable channel's NBA broadcasts up until the 1990s, even onto TNT's inception two years later. When your that popular at the time, you emulate what the Chicago Bears did with their Super Bowl Shuffle and make your own music video. Such was the case with Atlanta's Air Force and T. Grouse and the Varsity. Varsity is a reference to the famed local fast food and drive thru joint there that sells hot dogs by the ton. Looking at it now, even with all of the exciting game footage, it looks ridiculously cheesy. But that was the 1980s. Here's T. Grouse and the Varsity's "Nothing Can Stop Us, We're Atlanta's Air Force", the Atlanta Hawks Team Song.
12-06-2009, 08:00 AM
Perhaps the very first "NBA Action--It's Fan-tastic" promo the NBA aired during their games, I think from 1981-82, when the NBA still used actual film cameras (16mm?) for archival footage before completely moving to videocams. Nowdays the NBA is so lucrative and prosperous it utilizes video cameras that can give a film-like look. There are a few others I remember seeing from the 80s that aren't on YouTube yet like the one featuring NBA coaches like then-Phoenix Suns coach John Macleod and possibly his Indiana Pacers counterpart Jack McKinney interspersed with NBA action.
16-08-2009, 05:13 AM
When Canada had two NBA franchises both with seemingly emerging young NBA superstars--Vince Carter in Toronto and Shareef Abdur Rahim in Vancouver generating publicity north of the border at seemingly opposite ends of the country (it should still be like that). Vancouver is of course sadly no longer in the NBA. And both never quite fufilled the annoited superstar tag upon them. Reef had the worst luck only played in six playoff games with the Sacramento Kings in his NBA career riddled with bad players around him. Vinsanity has yet to make the conference finals. Here both admire each other's skills exaggerattingly for NBA Canada in a 2000 promo shown up there on Canadian TV.
05-09-2009, 06:19 AM
And now, I very happily present to you in its entirety, the instant classic Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns at the "Gahden" live from CBS Sports with Brent Musberger, Rick Barry (yes, in his pimp-like Steve Austin duds), Mendy Rudolph, and Sonny Hill. The "sickest NBA game ever"! :)
I highly recommend that you click on to the Play All as opposed to clicking on all the parts.
07-10-2009, 10:17 AM
And now I present to you the ENTIRE Memorial Day Massacre, aka Game 1 of the 1985 NBA World Championship Series or NBA Finals, as the latter would be called the following season. I, like many people, remember watching this game live and realizing with cheerful optimism that there was NO WAY that Evil Laker Empire was ever going to come back after that much-deserved thrashing. Odiously, they sadly did as we all know. Everyone from the Evil Laker Empire happily played badly. Also notice the bigger police presence on their side of their bench. No lights-out or pryotechnics, jumbotron, lazers, or even the boombast in the player intros. Fascinating and ironic at the same time. It wasn't until 2008, that we witnessed another much-thankful blasting from the Celtics (or any other team) upon the Evil Laker Empire. When I saw the DVD for this otherwise rotten series, I thought it was the full game, but it isn't and NBATV doesn't show the full game either in their classic flashbacks. Perhaps the NBA doesn't want to embarass that corrupt empire over this. Just remember, they ALWAYS suck!
25-11-2009, 11:46 AM
A slight left turn this time in this. We go to the original ABA back in the 1970s and the underrated Dr. J, Julius Erving, from the New York Nets era, big afro and all, the the public face of the ABA then. Also featuring Nets coach Kevin Loughery, Billy "the Whopper" Paultz, and John "Hondo" Havlichek. Some of the audio in the video is gone due to being a rough cut, I guess. Check out the innovative dunk at 0:26.
05-03-2010, 01:07 PM
Game 2. 1984 NBA Finals. The Celtics were stunned on their home, famed parquet floor after the first game in their epic and classic matchup against the corrupt Evil Laker Empire, who ran them out of their own floor. Their D wasn't up to snuff against them. Something had to be done. KC Jones had the team sequestered from the media during practice for Game 2 in an attempt to regroup. The C's frontline was a mixed bag--Robert Parrish got run in circles, Kevin McHale played well then. But more and more responsibilities got burdened on Larry Bird with Michael Cooper sticking to him defensively, admitting that he can't stop Larry Bird only muscle and getting physical with him and forcing 15-footer shots with a hand to his face. Magic was on fire to start with here. Celtics fans were anxious as the game see-sawed; things look bleak for the Celtics at 20 seconds remaining at regulation when McHale got fouled and missed his two free throws that would've tied the game and the Evil Laker Empire immediately called timeout with a rebound. This game is best known for one of the greatest NBA playoff moments: Gerald Henderson steals the ball to propel the Celtics late in the game to victory and tie the series at 1-1. Bird after the game quipped that Henderson "saved our ass".
One thing of note in the game. Actually a couple. This is not the complete game. Sorry. There's also a sign that reads at the rafters saying "How's The View, Philly?", taunting the Sixers and their fans for not being at this stage.
30-07-2010, 11:30 AM
What you are about to see (and I believe many of you actually did :) ) is the presentation ceremony of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players that took place at the 1997 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland's Gund Arena (now the Quicken Loans Arena, or affectionately the Q for short) at halftime. At the time, only Pistol Pete Maravich was the lone deceased member of the club, as he was repped by his two sons Joshua and Jason. Since then of course, Wilt Chamberlain, Pitchin' Paul Arizin, Dave DeBusschere, and George Mikan all sadly passed away. Jerry West wasn't present becuase he was recovering from surgery. Shaq was another no-show and was criticized for that--even booed, probrably a sign of the perceived disregard the younger generation had to those before them and of authority. Barkley and Robinson were injured, and you'll notice they were just in street clothes. The NBA is pushing 75 now so you can make a case for an additional set of 25 people to add on--Tim Duncan, Dominique Wilkins, Artis Gilmore, Bob McAdoo (those three were worthy of making it), Steve Nash, Adrian Dantley, Chris Mullin, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade are among the strong possibilities for future inclusion. Thanks to the likes of YouTube, you can relive this moment on-demand without having to "take a real good look at this".
24-09-2010, 12:36 PM
John Havlicek's retirement ceremony in 1978 halftime during the last regular season home game against the Buffalo Braves.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XNvB_LFVAo (Part 1)
02-11-2010, 10:41 AM
An interesting--and rare--mix of NBA games that fell on this March 1978 day that CBS Sports broadcasted. We got new footage emerging of the New Orleans Jazz. This time on the road against the San Antonio Spurs. At the time during that season, the New Orleans Jazz was playing its final season in the Big Easy with the Spurs being their Central Division mates. Nowadays, both cities are in the Southwest Division, though New Orleans since got the Hornets from Charlotte. The basket structures are very interesting from this era as you will notice in San Antonio from the standard that you see in the others. Good to see Gail Goodrich in New Orleans Jazz gear...and the shorts design from the Spurs back then There's little footage of the Boston Celtics home game versus the New York Knicks. But then again, both teams were atrocious back then and weren't going to the playoffs in 1978. Another interesting aspect lies in the Phoenix Suns-Philadelphia 76ERS match at the old Arizona Veterans' Memorial Coliseum. Torrential rain--never thought I would say that regarding Phoenix and the whole state of Arizona--nearly brought down the tiles from the roof. Play wasn't halted, but if this happened today, which likely wouldn't thanks to the sophistication of subsequent arena palaces, there would be a delay for at least 20 minutes, perhaps 20 games. You get to hear Dan Criqui on the call from Phoenix.
23-11-2010, 01:20 PM
In loving memory of Manute Bol. When he was a rookie sensation for his "bol-tending" back in the 1985-86 season for the Washington Bullets, fresh out of the Bridgeport University and a stint with the USBL's Rhode Island Gulls with fellow NBA rookie Spud Webb as a teammate, a local rap duo from the DC area named Tabron recorded a rap track in his honor in 1985. Remember seeing this during the 1986 CBS broadcast of the quarterfinal playoff match between the Philadelphia 76ERS and the Bullets during NBA At The Half. It has a mention in the fabuolous FreeDarko.com new Basketball Encyclopedia. Should've mentioned this on the memorial thread, but couldn't find the artist's name at the time.
25-11-2010, 07:43 AM
All the mega-hype. All the coverage. All the anticipation. All the intrigue. All the negotiations. All the plays. All the practices. All the current struggles right now. The Miami Heat undoubtably have all eyes on them with their power trio. They have become the team America (and a little bit of Canada) seemingly loves to hate. Simple jealousy, for a good part of it to be sure. Doesn't seem fair on paper, does it? But there is one team we all should hate...but we already know who that is and I won't tell you. Anyway, Miami has prompted this post to take a look at them. First off, here's the public welcoming of the LeBron, Chris, and Dwayne rising from a forklift at the American Airlines Arena as the three "took their talents" to Miami under the slogan "Yes. We. Did." to cheering fans. Also getting keys to cities of both Miami Beach and Miami. They need to be reminded that just getting their first title is difficult before thinking about numerous ones, like, seven. Audio of said fans isn't on until later.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmwJipHdqpA (Part 1)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfrlHm88tYo (Part 2)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhq1qieske4 (Part 3)
The beginning of the Welcoming Party with fan audio from a camcorder:
The very first Miami Heat player introduction from a preseason home game against Detroit accompanying a Muhammed Ali quote:
After that, all the players who made the opening day roster managed to all appear, along with the Heat dancers, in an dramatic and stylized intro with fire and fireworks as the players dressed stylish. Hey, Miami these days in recent years is presented as stylish, hip, and sizzling. With Phil Collins' eternal "In The Air Tonight" serving as the soundtrack, I often think of Miami Vice whenever I see this under this context. Gives it a low, intense, and somber anticipation that rightly creeps until it builds up. Announcer is Michael Baiamonte, widely considered one of the best. You get a quickie shot Spoelstra as the light flash, so the graphics couldn't keep up and thus misidentify with LeBron.
The player video solo:
02-12-2010, 12:17 AM
This probably doesn't strictly belong here, but it's as good a place as any:
She's A Turkoglu (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiWRsSuW4iE)
17-12-2010, 12:06 PM
The 1987 NBA All-Star Game in Seattle at the charmless and since-demolished Kingdome. Tom Chambers' finest hour. He of course came in to fill in the spot for the injured Ralph Sampson of the Houston Rockets and, to the delight of the hometown fans, won the MVP award. For many NBA fans who were not Supersonics fans or even followed the team likely because they were out on the West Coast way overshadowed by the Evil Laker Empire and low-key, this was their first introduction to him. He could score, as evidenced even when he was a San Diego Clipper, and yeah, man, could he dunk, something that a lot of white guys did not do well or much of back then. For me, it was the first time I saw him play on TV. But even with that, Chambers was still labelled as one who only cared about his own stats. But selfishness is a relative term when it comes to sports: Chambers actually had a better points-to-assists ratio than Dominique Wilkins. Wasn't after he became the NBA's first unrestricted free agent a year later and worked to produce a more all-around game with Phoenix, while still having defensive liabilities, "Tommy Gun" became more well-liked and was misunderstood. Speaking of misunderstood, this game was also validation for the Golden St. Warriors' Joe Barry Carroll and, yes, the final NBA All-Star appearance for Dr. J. With all that talent assembled in Seattle then (many future HOFs, especially in the East), it was one of the finest ever. Sir Charles' first appearance in the All Star Game and one of the last public appearances of Pete Maravich, part of the HOF Class of 1987.
The final moments of Game 4 of the Golden St. Warriors NBA title in the 1975 championship. Note how strange Oscar Robertson's analysis is on this game, prone to outlandish outbursts. This is the last trophy presentation from then-NBA commissioner Walter Kennedy, soon to be succeeded by Larry O'Brien. Dedicated in memory to ex-Warriors owner Frankie Mieuli.
The Ricky Sobers and Kevin Stacom fight during Game 3 of the 1976 NBA Finals in Phoenix.
Now we're really going old school: the 1962 NBA All Star Game highlights at the old St. Louis Arena, presented by MacGregor Brunswick Sports and the Chicago Zephyrs (formerly the Chicago Packers now the Washington Wizards via Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets):
12-05-2011, 12:47 PM
The starting lineup for the Toronto Raptors during their inaugural regular season at the SkyDome against the Chicago Bulls, a game they won against in front of 33,500. Live across Canada on CTV.
26-05-2011, 06:22 AM
By now, you have seen the igenious series of NBA talking basketballs sharing stories of the NBA life, particularly recent indelible NBA playoffs moments to promote ABC/ESPN'c coperage. These are some of the most original I've seen in sports right now.
The first four: Michael Clarke Duncan voices about that swag and "that look in their eyes" for the underdogs. The second one is Hank Azaria and his hands-on encounters meetings with Dwight Howard. Charlie Murphy discussing those rotten 0.4 seconds that Derek Fisher cheated on--"Fish, rim, Fish, rim, fishy rim" with the place going "ppffffffffffffffffffff..." as if the air was let out or that Spurs were about to rightly say the f-word. John Slattery's still-sore NBA ball recalls the epic first round NBA quarterfinals between Boston and Chicago, particularly the triple OT Game 6.
Dr. J sits down with the NBA official basketball about his first and only NBA title in 1983, adding his team was "the best of all-time".
Magic reveals he would only look at Larry's eyes when it over for the latter back in 1985.
The NBA reluctantly discusses, without going into details, that unforgettable moment when MJ cries on the Bulls' clubhouse carpet with the ball after the Bulls became the greatest NBA team ever by winning it all on Father's Day 1996. We all know the context of it: Dad James' murder, MJ retires, plays baseball for the Birmingham Barons, returns to NBA and wears Ed Nealy's old #45, gets humiliated with a Nick Anderson steal in the 1995 EC semis and Bulls lose to the Magic, becomes even more driven next season, leads to a 72-10 record, named MVP again, gets revenge on Orlando and steals from Nick, and wins it all. All culminating in that moment.
10-06-2011, 10:12 AM
During the 1970s, the rivalry between the NBA and the upstart ABA intensified with the former being traditional despite few and growing nods to creativity while the ABA looked at colorful entertainment. In many cases, the ABA teams won lots of preseason games against their NBA counterparts. Dr. J of course led the way for the ABA.
02-07-2011, 06:26 AM
Recently, Dolph Schayes did a radio interview on Sports and Torts on his Hall of Fame career with the Syracuse Nationals (now Philadelphia 76ERS), the players he played against, an interesting trivia question, son Danny Schayes, and the attitudes of the more contemporary free agents.
15-07-2011, 09:31 AM
Have some duties that you can't perform yourself? Looking for someone to help you out? Well, NBA players need something to do while they have no income channeling their way because of the lockout. They can help you in ALL sorts of ways! :) Premiered on last night's ESPY Awards.
An interesting nostalgic find here. We have the 1979 NBA All Star Game from the Pontiac Silverdome, then-home of the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons, despite having Bob Lanier, Terry Tyler, Jim Brewer, Ricky Green, Kelvin Porter, ML Carr, and even Dickie V as coach at the time, were in the doldrums of the Midwest Division with a 32-50 record. Now we think of them as part of the Eastern Conference in the Central Division as we know them. But back then Chicago, Detroit, Indiana, and Milwaukee were all Midwest Division members while Houston, New Orleans (Jazz, not Hornets), Washington and San Antonio were all in the East. Never mind the fact all except for Washington those cities were geographically to the west of those Great Lakes cities! That was before the Dallas Mavericks' arrival the two seasons later prompting a division shuffle that straightened things out. Maybe it was more of a deference to those teams after the NBA-ABA merger, since those cities are widely regarded as Midwestern areas. Oddly, Houston moved eastward following the Cincinnati Royals' move to become the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1972. I never saw this All-Star game before (my earliest NBA All Star Game memory came in 1982 with it in East Rutherford). And it's interesting to hear the old CBS NBA jingle from the 1973-1976 with the sponsorships and commercials. I think this was the first time a domed stadium hosted this. Despite its charms, why hasn't the Palace of Auburn Hills hosted an All-Star Weekend yet?
Long before the razzle dazzle that we get now with the intros. Court's different from when I started seeing the Pistons play in there. Nice unis too!
Notice a coked up David Thompson and Rudy T wearing a mask because of an accidental elbow from ML Carr days ago. Not from the Kermit Washington near-fatal sucker punch. That was from a season before. Ironically, his nose was NOT part of his face that got damaged. Brent Musberger, Steve "Snapper" Jones, and John "Hondo" Havlicek with the call along with Hot Rod Hundley. Four Tops perform the national anthem. San Diego Chicken was there too. So was an imposter named Barry Bremen Like stepping back into time! RIP Maurice Lucas and Dennis Johnson.
23-07-2011, 07:46 AM
Classic 1982-83 Nike basketball commercial featuring legendary Hall of Fame center Moses Malone all alone at a very spartan-looking, low-lighted high school gym at night. Just him, rebounding, a bit of dunking, hard work, and sweat. It was filmed at the John Marshall High School gym in Los Angeles. Back then, it lacked glass backboards at an under-regulated basketball court with the radiators in the corners and thinnest padding on the walls. "If you ain't got the ball, you can't shoot the ball."
Most NBA GMs possibly passed over him because Malone had a kind of blue-collar work ethic they couldn't understand. His play wasn't instantly spectacular and jaw dropping or possessed a flashy "go to move" with an awesome phyisque (that you see with Dwight Howard now on the last bit). Just a tireless beast with offensive and defensive rebounding skills. To think he had that mindset straight out of HS.
10-08-2011, 05:21 AM
Another NBA "Fan-tastic" league promotion with a celebrity fan. Michael Douglas appears in this edition at a New York Knicks game courtside. This was done in 1988 (you'll notice the NBA on CBS 1988 NBA Playoffs logo as the game goes back to Chicago Stadium at the very end).
Michael's dad Kirk likes the NBA action too. Also from 1988 with music by Bruce Hornsby & The Range's "Take Me to the Old Playground" as kids in the playground emulate their NBA heroes on the court.
Looks like the footage here came straight out of the popular Dazzling Dunks and Basketball Bloopers NBA videos. Kinda apt that Chevy Chase is in it and doesn't say "It's Fan-tastic!"
08-10-2011, 12:08 PM
New Derrick Rose Commercial
Not bad. Like the Celtics dude on the horse.
27-10-2011, 12:26 PM
I agree. Very nice.
Charlotte Hornets fans back in 1988 got a really nice early Christmas present during the team's expansion season at the sold-out Charlotte Coliseum when Michael Jordan returned to North Carolina in his holiday homecoming to the state as a pro to electrify the spectators as he normally did anywhere he went. But the Hornets got the better present with a win by a Kurt Rambis tip-in at the buzzer. Wow, just looking at them playing now: Rambis, Tripucka, Reid, Chapman, Cureton, Bouges, Curry, Kempton, Hoppen, Holten, Gattison, coach Dick Harter, etc. Check out the entire game here. Also, note those now-rare, early Charlotte Hornets logos, the short shorts, and the CPS compression shorts underneath them. RIP Charlotte Coliseum.
09-12-2011, 11:00 AM
Oh mates, have I got a nice treat for you! Nice little blast from the past. Centering on Luc Longley. I got you a vintage (1991) Australian edition of 60 minutes report from the Nine Network on "Cool Hand Luc" with the Minnesota Timberwolves adjusting to pro basketball life in Minneapolis. Back then, it was surely a big deal to have an Aussie consistently playing in the NBA and to be the highest-payed Australian team sport athlete. Sure there were Aussies who were drafted in the NBA but never played or didn't play much, but Luc was the first big one, thanks to his size and passing skills. When the Timberwolves were bad. In the Twin Cities, the Timberwolves, even with Luc, have a traditional weakness at the centre position. If you recall, Timberwolves fans treated him bad while he struggled to prove himself and then hold out for his contract as a rookie, missing training camp and the first eight games of the season. New Mexico fans had a hard time with that since he was so loved in Albequerque. We get to see his pretty then-American girlfriend Kelly, whom he later married and divorced, and his mum. Of course, "Crocodile Longley" got the three rings when he later went to Chicago as a servable starting center. For the ladies, there's a very brief shot that you may enjoy :wink:. Let's just say you Aussies aren't skittish about it like we Yanks generally are. One thing I did notice, however, was of the fact that the Australian edition of 60 Minutes used, except for the imported NBA footage at the beginning of the report, was of the apparent use of cinema 35mm cameras for the piece. In our US original, CBS News stopped using them circa 1988 and then went to video cameras all the way since. So I think it was around 1992 Nine went totally video for theirs.
Gongsport's 5-minute catchup interview with Luc in Wollongong--no, not the Snakepit. He answers about the rumour of Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman coming to Perth, who were struggling back then at the time of the 1998-99 lockout. Does he grant advice to young Aussies like Mills in the NBA. Keeping in touch with old teammates and coaches. And the "dangerous" body surfing injury he suffering:
MJ's 60 Minutes interview from 2005 with the late Ed Bradley in Las Vegas in advance of then-new book Driven From Within
I did the Charlotte Hornets last time when MJ and his Bulls visited Charlotte's Hive on December 23, 1988--close to Christmas--when Kurt Rambis puts a tip-in for the 103-101 Hornets win. But that one was the Hornets' seventh win. By contrast and for balance, what I bring you here in the following, the Miami Heat, Charlotte's expansion brethren in 1988, went on a then-record 16-game losing streak to start their season as residents of the Midwest Division. Yes, I already put up on here some clips relating to the Heat earlier on these boards. They lost on their home debut at the Miami Arena of course with people wearing tuxes and gowns (like Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith did) and some sported T-shirts resembling tuxes against the LA Clippers on November 5 111-91 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDvczIVDQlI). Many prognosticators said the Heat will will get their first win at home against former Midwest Division resident Sacramento. Didn't happen. While all this losing for the Heat was going on, rival Orlando Magic President/GM Pat Williams joked that the losing was so bad "the Heat's mascot should be a Democrat". Their last loss came at the hands of the...the Charlotte Hornets! This ragtag Heat team with coach Ron Rothstein later visited LA on December 14, 1988 at the LA Sports Arena to face those same perennially lowly Clippers, whom the Sporting News called them in its 1989 NBA preview "the Pia Zadora of the NBA", and played the Clippers close during Danny Manning's rookie season. Miami finally gets its first win in NBA history (except for that preseason win over Indiana) 89-88, and all the Heat personnel celebrated like they won the NBA title...well, close enough. Here's the highlights of that game from Miami WBFS TV 33.
The WBFS TV 33 Miami Heat TV intro for the aforementioned Heat-Hornets in Expansion Bowl Part 1 (but not before the TV commercials and a promo for the Charles Bronson movie "The Mechanic")
Intro to the historic 1984 game on KHJ 9 with graphics dating from the same as the CBS NBA intro from 1979-80. Music too. NDCELE STILL SUCKS!:
Friday, April 5, 1984. Las Vegas. Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV's Home. Then new arena. Utah Jazz versus NDCELE. Sold out attendance. Magic was more than determined to be the one to pass the ball to the Captain, using appropriately enough with the skyhook, to break Wilt Chamberlain's NBA alltime scoring record. Kareem does this and got the Jazz fans in Vegas celebrating. His parents were there. Then-brand new commissioner David Stern was there too.
First half highlights:
The Chick Hearn interview at halftime that he promised at the intro to this game. It is, as Chick says here, "interesting" that consistently reveals Kareem's intelligence. Typical interview setting that Hearn did that are recorded during the pregame practice shootaround:
16-12-2011, 11:17 AM
Dear Cleveland, all of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers supporters wherever you may be tonight;
As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.
This was announced with a several-day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his "decision" unlike anything ever "witnessed" in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.
Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.
The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.
There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.
You simply don't deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.
You have given so much and deserve so much more.
In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight: "I personally guarantee that the Cleveland Cavaliers will win an NBA Championship before the self-titled former 'king' wins one."
You can take it to the bank.
If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our "motivation" to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.
Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.
Sorry, but that's simply not how it works.
This shocking act of disloyalty from our homegrown "chosen one" sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And "who" we would want them to grow up to become.
But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called "curse" on Cleveland, Ohio.
The self-declared former "King" will be taking the "curse" with him down south. And until he does "right" by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.
Sleep well, Cleveland. Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day...
I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:
DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue...
Over a little past a year ago as we all know, LeBron James and his Miami Heat made their first appearance of last season to Cleveland for the first time since The Decision that publicly jilted and deeply humiliated Cavs fans around the world by "taking my talents to South Beach", prompting Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to write the aforementioned scathing open letter. They returned the city that had since became a cauldron of hate and venom with an air of a Game 7. The following videos is a recap those moments. I never saw such vicious and collective and public hatred for a player in any sport before and since, even when they're hated--surely any of us know that too. In contrast, the Cleveland Cavaliers get a rousing ovation to show they're a team and not built around a superstar and are fighting for the city. Truth be told, Cleveland, despite its rebirth in the mid-90s, especially downtown with the Q and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, IS NOT a sexy city. So there's one reason why LeBron left. In fact, King James had Secret Service agents accompany him during this trip and the Quicken Loans Arena's concession contractor mandated that beer be served in plastic and not glass.
I gotta like Dan Gilbert's open letter to Cavs above; it serves as a mouthpiece to the Cavaliers Nation's anger. Made me chuckle. TNT analyst Reggie Miller urges Cavs fans to "get over it and move on" from this because "he chose someone else". All due respect to you Reggie and I get what you're saying, but what you and many people outside of Cleveland fail to realize is how much LBJ meant to the city. He was theirs. Everything. He promised a title to them, I think. Not a day went by with people in northeastern Ohio smiling at and praising him. He very possibly brought in more revenue and a degree of prosperity than the Ohio governor and the President combined--even Chinese investments. Cavs fans bought in all of that because he was their local hero. He left and the Cavaliers got no comparable talent in return to remain effective because he was a free agent. Superstars like him don't come to Cleveland often, let alone one that in their backyard. I mentioned over and over here on the World thread about the traumatic sports history Cleveland has endured for decades and how it shapes the city's psyche--it's alluded to with one guy's T-shirt at 6:36 in the first video. Reggie, the Cavs were at the time the city's best bet for a championship. Now that's gone. The Decision--ominously sounding beforehand for Cleveland when you think about--compounded the legacy it has. Now it's the Indians that have the best shot now, but it's still a little distant. His departure does leave a legacy despite what that sign says; the Cavs now have to start all over again that will be a long time before it reaches championship-calibre relevance, which is obviously much harder to do. During that season, Cleveland didn't instantly had "new and much brighter days" like that infamous losing streak coming later constantly reminding them the team assembled just wasn't good, and it will continue to be so even with draft pick Australian-born Kyrie Irving in the early going. More times of that long dark and depressing streak. Could some of the emotion be like a jilted lover? Yes. Could they be petulant in it? Yes. But I understand it because of the history.
Last week James was interviewed by ESPN's Rachel Nichols. He reiterated that he wished he could've assembled and handled The Decision better in terms of leaving Cleveland. He also realizes that it isn't worth it to mend fences with Cleveland while adding the venom from Cleveland hurt him as a human being. The villain persona that Reggie encouraged LeBron to embrace was ill-suited to him. He wants to be in a place where he can win while he's still young and at his prime. I see why it was a hard decision for him. Cleveland didn't have the parts to do that with. Only a title can lift the hurt Cleveland sports fans will continue to have. Memories will be seared in them for years before any hope legitimately returns.
If you have a chance, go pick up Scott Raab's new tome "The Whore of Akron". Raab is from that area and is an Esquire editor where he blasts King James, among others.
The game itself
24-02-2012, 10:22 AM
Wow, just like the Dream Team later on that same year, we can't believe that it's been a full two decades since the fondly remembered NBA All-Star Weekend, namely the All-Star Game itself in Orlando! Of course, it's fondly remembered for one person: Magic and his MVP winning and grinning along the way. Yeah, I watched it live too! What kinda gets lost now is that this was going at the time when the NBA was placing the All-Star Weekends to newer and younger markets like Orlando, Miami (1990), Charlotte (1991), and Minneapolis (1994) as the league was undergoing an ascendency in global popularity. The Orlando Arena, later the Amway/TD Banknorth Center, was still a very young arena back than, if small in capacity. We all know the cirumstances surrounding that moment, when many were still uneducated about HIV, even a good contingent of players, execs, and owners. At the time there were 2-3 HIV drugs. Now there's at least 20. Consequently, HIV is no longer the death sentence it once was, but precautions must STILL be made. Fans voted him in and commissioner Stern, among many others, supported it with the hope it would inspire people. It sure did! Turns out it wasn't his last NBA game, but even after the Dream Team gold, some players--I recall, like, Karl Malone and A.C. Green--expressed concern over him playing during the regular season.
Among the things we discover from this SLAM magazine's oral history about the 1992 NBA All-Star Game ( http://www.slamonline.com/online/the-magazine/old-school-2/2012/02/magic-johnson-one-for-the-money-1992-all-star/) from its popular and regular Old School portion that we get as a companion to the following videos, we find out that Golden St.'s Tim Hardaway voluntarily gave up his starting guard spot to Magic, because of what Magic meant to the whole league and with the still-high skills Magic had. Isiah, Magic's former close friend and NBAPA President at the time, says it was his idea for all the All-Stars to hug and embrace him during the starting introduction (one of my favorite moments from that) with all the cameras right there--Zeke even kissed as he regularly did. Almost all of the Dream Teamers were present. Too bad Larry Bird's bad back kept him from joining his good friend in all this.
In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of that weekend with this year's All-Star Weekend set in Orlando's newer Amway Center coming up very fast, I present to you the full complete weekend. No doubt there will celebrations, reflections, and reunions over that starting on Friday. I'm also very sure NBA TV will re-air this all weekend, I guess. Let's also not forget things like Phoenix's Cedric Ceballos' winning blindfold dunk and Craig Hodges success at the three-point line the night before.
Actually, there is no full coverage of the old Schick Legends Game or the American Airlines 3-Point Shootout. So we'll have to suffice with the highlights from those two events:
Gatorade Slam Dunk Contest. Many say Larry Johnson was robbed:
The complete 42nd NBA All-Star Game itself. If you have the Magic Johnson DVD set, this is a review option, except maybe for the fact the pre-game features aren't in it--NBA TV tends to go straight to the game itself starting with the intros. No need to discuss one of the best 5 minutes from an NBA game ever:
23-03-2012, 05:52 AM
Continuing the Magic Johnson theme, I present to you The Announcement from Nelson George, ESPN Films, and NBA Entertainment.
Magic Johnson's press conference announcement:
28-03-2012, 12:29 PM
The Sacramento Kings' history from Rochester to Cincinnati to Kansas City-Omaha to Sacramento from 1995
Amazing that the NDCELE was hated back then too! :twisted:
11-05-2012, 12:44 PM
Highlights of a game circa 1981-82 with the Philadelphia 76ERS on the road to visit the San Diego Clippers at the San Diego Sports Arena in which the Clippers won.
15-06-2012, 04:45 AM
Supersonics fans, I know you're deeply upset right now seeing your beloved team as the OKC Thunder being in the NBA Finals. That was a team you loved and nurtured and gave you some success. Yes, Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Sefalosha, Ibaka, Collison, Fisher, et al. should all be up in Seattle. I feel for you. Check out the Sonicsgate documentary that you'll mourn and ball your eyes over.
30-08-2012, 10:11 AM
A June 10, 1980 report from Dallas' Channel 8 WFAA on the Dallas Mavericks' first ever NBA Draft picks. Of course, Kiki Vandeweghe never played for the Mavericks coming out of UCLA. One commenter believes had he did, Dallas might have earned their first title back around 1988-1991. Then again, the Mavs would never get the draft rights to Rolando Blackman out of Kansas St., who played better defense. Seeing the Mavs win a title back then in 1988-89 and defeat the NDCELE along the way would've been sweet. But I don't think they would withstand Detroit's notorious D.
Tom LaGarde, Abdul Jelani, Jerome Whitehead, Geoff Huston, and Winfreid Boynes. What do those names have in common? They were the first starting lineup for the original Dallas Mavericks back in their first game on October 11, 1980 against the San Antonio Spurs at the then-brand new Reunion Arena with Dick Motta as first coach. And the Mavs won! San Antonio was just getting itself acclimated with being in the Western Conference's Midwest Division (along with Houston) thanks to divisional realignment brought about by Dallas' entry with the Chicago, Milwaukee, and Indiana moving to the Eastern Conference in the Central Division. Before then, their first home preseason game was on September 26, 1980 against Philadelphia. Brad Davis was a member of that team and played on for several more seasons. When Jay Vincent, Mark Aguirre, Rolando Blackman, and Derek Harper came later along, things became more prosperous. The late Mark Holtz narrates things.
13-09-2012, 11:19 AM
How incredibly cool was it for the entire state of Minnesota, not just the Twin Cities, to make a triumphant return to the NBA after decades since the NDCELE left there to have Michael Jordan, the most exciting and popular NBA player at the time, arrive at its neck of the woods for the first Timberwolves home game ever at the Hubert Horatio Humphrey Metrodome in 1989? And he didn't disappoint with his 45 points against a very scrappy and surprisingly good (by expansion standards) Timberwolves team.
I even bought a copy of that Timberwolves first game program at a sports memorbilia convention a few years later! Mind you, some of the players listed on the team's program like Adrian Branch, David Rivers, Ricky Mahorn, and Steve Johnson weren't on the Timberwolves roster by then. The program was good in that you got to see how boyhood friends and founders Harvey Ratner and Marv Wolfenson, who made their fortunes in the real estate and health club business (the Target Center has a health club built in), saw their dream into a reality and of the nickname contest. Too bad Prince wasn't available for the national anthem. That would be something.
05-10-2012, 10:12 AM
ESPN restarted its beloved 30 For 30 series of sports documentaries on topics that and moments that defined the ESPN era on Tuesday night. First in the new series is entitled "Broke", about how the complex and psychological forces shaping and sucking into a young and competitive superstar athlete lives' after getting granted millions of dollars, often coming from humbling backgrounds, thinking it will continue forever (bad investments, divorce, freeloaders, women lusting for a piece of that heavenly celeb status, entourages, expensive jewlery and spending, simple showing up, medical problems) ultimately leading them to financial ruin after getting sticker-shocked, especially in the harsh economic bust later ahead culminating in the Great Recession. "Broke" does hold pro athletes accountable for their misfortunes while acknowledging those forces. According to a Sports Illustrated March 23, 2009 piece, 60% of NBA players after five years of retirement go broke (mentioned right at the very beginning). Some notable NBA stars have been this route like Kenny Anderson, Antoine Walker, Jason Caffey, Derrick Coleman, Rick Mahorn, and Rumeal Robinson. You even reportedly hear Dennis Rodman, Latrell Sprewell, and Allen Iverson been hit hard lately. Even WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes filed for bankruptcy. Michael Jordan, the legend himself of course, underwent divorce from Juanita costing him millions because he failed to do the pre-nup. But he can withstand that with continued incoming cash. Others just foolishly blow it.
This cautionary tale should be required viewing in my opinion about the need for saving money and not overextending yourself after taxes. You never know when the good times stop lasting. Lots of top athletes lack an exit strategy (or a fall back plan). All the more important to have a very strong social safety net like in the Scandinavian countries and the gap between the rich and the poor not be so wide so that the attractable newly-rich won't be targeted in those ways described and everybody in society has at least a little. And people not behaving ignorantly. Plus, financial literacy should be a required subject in schools K-12 and even up to college. Speaking of colleges, you would think these schools would help them out and properly cultivate more intellectual pursuits (something that should also be conducted in the K-12 level too) and other interests along with their athletic gifts, but oftimes the NCAA exploits them and the athletes lack the time for it. It can still happen to everyone because it's that universal, no matter how careful we profess.
Best quote comes in this from former NFL player and coach, now ESPN NFL analyst Herm Edwards: "You got champagne tastes, but you got beer money!" :lol:
26-10-2012, 07:02 AM
All this talk and white heat about the Brooklyn Nets is fast becoming a reality with Brooklyn gear hitting nationally and globally and the Barclay Center now open becoming a basketball revival in that borough. Going to be an exciting chapter in this franchise. But let's go back months ago when the Nets were still in New Jersey (Newark, to be exact). It was already an open secret (more of a certainty at that point) they were going to move across the Hudson River. It was their final home game as the New Jersey Nets in a loss to Philadelphia, and the Nets wanted to pay hommage to the 35 years of being in NJ, all in Piscataway, East Rutherford, and Newark. That's all I honesty knew them best as in my life--the New Jersey Nets, a franchise mostly settled for mediocrity. Don't get me wrong, I knew about the New York Nets and before that the New Jersey Americans and read the brilliant ABA oral history book "Loose Balls". The Nets notably had a young, giant Afroed, and underrated Dr. J that ran like a gazzle and was the face of the entire league, Billy "The Whopper" Paultz, Rick Barry, Super John Williamson (RIP), Bill Melchionne, and Wendell Ladner (RIP). But that's before my time.
This halftime presentation is a salute to that soon-to-be gone era celebration that you'll see Buck Williams (video message), Otis Birdsong, Darryl Dawkins, Derrick Coleman, Kenyon Martin (video message), Vince Carter, Chris Morris, Jason Kidd (video message), Kenny Anderson, Kendall Gill, Tim Bassett (first NJ Nets captain), Mike O'Koren, Darwin Cook, Albert King, Michael Ray Richardson, Kerry Kittles, Todd MacCollough, Brian Scalabrine (video message), reps from previous ownerships, and GM from the glory days Rod Thorn. Williamson and Drazen Petrovic were postumously hono(u)red. No Keith Van Horn or Mike Gminski though. Jayson Williams is incarcerated. Yeah, Jay-Z was there.
Montage of the New Jersey years from the early portion with the ABA stuff in it
The glory years from the early part of the last decade starring Jason Kidd
New Jersey Nets made history in 1984 when they upset the 76ERS in that best of five series.
02-11-2012, 08:06 AM
Would you rather see a nowdays-typical NBA game with stifling defenses with teams only scoring no higher than 95 points or would you like to see some more high-octane offense in NBA games that you can still see in minor league basketball? Me, I'd like to see in-between. Though the occassional game like the following wouldn't hurt. In 1984, this game between the Detroit Pistons and the Denver Nuggets made headlines by setting a NBA record that still stands as the most points combined. Both went into triple OT to a 186-184 finish. The Pistons were beginning to be known for their defense. The Nuggets were known during the Doug Moe and later Paul Westhead's brief era for a lot of scoring. No surprise that it was in Denver. This is the only video on YouTube available about it. No full game emerged yet.
Toronto Raptors' first ever intro and starting lineup at Toronto's SkyDome against the New Jersey Nets back in 1995 with Zan Tabak, Ed Pinckney, Carlos Rodgers, Alvin Robertson, and Damon Stoudemire with head coach Brendan Malone (and assistants for example John Shumate, Darrell Walker, and Bob Zuffalatto and trainer John Malley and a couple of officials). All introduced by Harvey Kuhn. The Raptors won this one on Friday night live on CTV on the first Canadian-based NBA home game since 1947 when the Huskies last played and in the mid-70s when the Buffalo Braves played select home games there.
Decided to bring you some original ABA videos. Last thing I brought involving the ABA was when Dr. J was playing with the New York Nets. A nice, rare treat for you here. This is a short review documentary about the ABA Utah Stars' championship 1970-71 season called "We're No. 1" led by Zelmo Beaty and Willie Wise, it's first season in Salt Lake City after leaving Los Angeles. And play-by-calls from Bill Howard.
21-11-2012, 10:06 AM
LeBron James enjoying his gameday in Miami when he finally gets his ring with his Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone:
29-11-2012, 12:44 PM
On the ABA kick once again. The original rebel league from 1967-1976. Not that haphazard, joke one we got right now. Coming up is the ABA documentary that aired on HBO called Long Shots. To me, for all of the ABA footage and nice interviews presented here, it doesn't quite go into much depth about the league as much as the brilliant Terry Pluto 1990 oral history book "Loose Balls". This is more designed for those who like a general overview of the league. If you read the book, this doc does touch on some of the teams, players, the hilarity, the rivalry with the NBA, the free-spiritedness, the end, and the beginnings from the book. Bought the VHS copy on eBay several years ago. Haven't played it much since.
A young Bob Costas and the late Easy Ed McCauley calling a Spirits of St. Louis game in Memphis' Mid-South Coliseum against the Memphis Sounds back in January 1975 during the Spirits' first of two seasons there. I think on KTVI Channel 2, an ABC affiliate until 1995 when it became a FOX one. Loose Balls talks liberally about the Spirits as "the wildest team of them all"; the stories about them in it are hilarious despite the great talent. They were mostly young but undisciplined.
19-12-2012, 06:27 AM
A couple of Miami Heat home games from their first season in 1988-89 at the Miami Heat, back when they made their debut in the Midwest Division. One involving the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire (complete with Chick Hearns' call), the second one with the Golden St. Warriors with Mitch Richmond, Chris Mullin, Rod Higgins, and coach/GM Don Nelson, and the Denver Nuggets. The Miami Arena's Heat court for the first three season, you'll notice, was not really associated with the franchise's colo(u)rs. Perhaps with the blue baseline was meant to reflect the Florida blue waters and the yellow free throw lanes for the tropical Miami (or entire Florida) sun. It later went red and yellow for 1991 and then black up until their move to the current American Airlines Arena home in 1999.
Rory Sparrow's 28 points and 9 assists carry Miami to 9 wins at the time in 2 OT
There's a sense of sadness from the first video. Orlando Wooldridge and Pat Cummings, one of the original members of the Miami Heat, both died earlier this year almost within a month of each other. At the time in his NDCELE days, Woolridge, who was known for his dunking playing for Chicago, found playing in Riley's sytem to be a challenge as a newcomer. After coaching in the ABA with the Houston Takers and the Prescott Valley Scorchers in recent times, Wooldridge had serious heart problems and was placed in a hospice. Cummings was found dead in a friend's NY apartment in the immediate days of the Heat winning its second NBA title. :sad:
02-01-2013, 05:30 PM
Nice work Durbansandshark.
I really enjoy those NBA on ESPN RV commercials.
03-01-2013, 07:59 AM
Thanks Alleyoop. Like those ESPN NBA RV spots too. The Steve Nash one is a bit painful for me to see now, though.
As I start this new year on this thread. I want to start it off with a bang with a brilliant ESPN 30 For 30 documentary that I wanted to put up a long while after I watched this and was riveted. Have any of you heard of the classic show "You Are There"? That was an education program that would take you back timewarp-style to an important moment in time in history as it happened with dramatized cameras and on-the-spot interviews with the major players in them with newscasters calling the action from the newsroom. The following is without a doubt one of my favo(u)rite ESPN 30 For 30s. June 17th, 1994 is something like You Are Here with its quick-cut editing of archival footage during the course of that surreal--and the most bizarre--day in North American sports with all of the events going on then--Arnold Palmer's last PGA Tour day, 1994 World Cup USA's first day, the New York Rangers' Stanley Cup parade, Game 5 of the NBA Finals, ESPN's MLB game between the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals, and a certain NFL legend's sad ordeal and fall from grace. No interviews. No reflections on that day from those there. But it is interspersed with newsroom footage. If you remember that day really well like I do, you know this was about the OJ Simpson saga first and foremost, which undoubtably serves as the centerpiece of this, and that, what I call, the bizarre slow-speed parade led by a certain infamous Ford white Bronco and numerous LAPD cars immediately trailing behind it through the LA freeway system and back to OJ's Brentwood home with people watching and following this live on TV along the way with morbid and bizarre curiousity. My mind was like, "What the hell is going on here at this moment?" sitting silent as I watched drawn to it watching the game and learning about his developments. But of course that's not what I want to focus on here. Would've liked to see more on the first day of the World Cup USA 94 in the doc (two games were on that day then: Germany vs. Bolivia at Chicago's Soldier Field and South Korea vs. Spain at Dallas' Cotton Bowl). That got overshadowed and spoiled because of it that day, taking the deserved attention away and almost all summer. I recall back then excited over the first World Cup in the US.
I bring June 17th 1994 up here only because of Game 5 of the 1994 NBA Finals, the last home game for the New York Knicks that season at Madison Square Garden against the Houston Rockets that night. Had you already seen this, you get to see how NBC Sports struggled to cope with balancing its "professional obligations" in covering Game 5 while simultaneously covering the bizarre and tragic live developments surrounding OJ Simpson after being criminally charged earlier that day, bringing in perspective seemingly wishing not to be seen as callous. You'll remember on the Houston Rockets NBA championship DVD this game had no commentary for a long stretch from Marv Albert and Matt Goukas because of the switch to NBC News during the double screening of the said parade. Game's still going on with the OJ Simpson craziness taking over and impacting it on the broadcasting end. The film's director, Brett Morgen, says that sports day ushered in reality TV. After all these years and knowing what had happened since, it's still attention-grabbing.
Hope it doesn't get deleted as it happen whenever it gets uploaded on YouTube. Riveting, intense, and emotional stuff here 9its music surely helps). It contains French subtitles taken from ESPN Classic France(?):
10-01-2013, 07:12 AM
Portland sure has been snakebitten with its centers from Bill Walton to Sam Bowie to Greg Oden.
Feel bad for Sam Bowie. But he's a good guy. He's OK. Now he's remebered as the guy drafted before Michael Jordan. Hindsight can funny sometimes. With all the bad breaks, figureratively and literally, he endured in his college and pro career in Kentucky and Portland, respectively, he didn't ask for that. Whenever he gets mentioned, it is always lumped with Michael Jordan out of that legendary 1984 NBA Draft class, definitely one of the greatest ever. People focus on what happened years later, especially when Mike hit the stratosphere and Bowie didn't become the All-Star as hoped with his injuries. Sam notes this later: MJ got injured and missed 40+ games in second season with a broken foot before Bowie ended up on his woes. There's also something more aren't aware of: Sam Bowie is genetically predisposed of a condition in his legs that made him vulnerable to that series of injuries.
Did eventually made out of respectable career at center in the NBA after leaving Portland when traded to the New Jersey Nets for Buck Williams, finally putting the Trail Blazers over the championship level hump and then to the NDCELE as a Divac backup. Played 10 years and averaged 11 points in his career. Not bad.
But back to the draft, it's interesting the Portland management brass including then-coach Dr. Jack Ramsay and then-GM Marty Glickman were mulling over Bowie and Jordan. Though the pro-Jordan camp in Portland wasn't as vocal. They already got Clyde the Glide. Putting him alongside Jordan wouldn't make much sense with Portland not being big enough for the two--same height, same weight, same guard position, both great dunkers, great scorers, defenders, and athletes--would be "silly". Interesting that Dr. Jack reflects on this saying he'd select Sam Bowie again and issue a package to trade away Drexler for a center and the second pick. Keep in mind this: Kiki Vandeweghe was about to undergo his own spate injuries starting in the same time period in Portland when he arrived in a trade from Denver. Rod Thorn knew about the injuries Sam had, and projected how it wasn't going to fare well for Chicago if he wound up there. If it weren't for those injuries and his genetic predisposed condition, Bowie would be a great NBA center.
For his part, Jordan would rub in Portland's bad luck in not getting another championship since 1977 in his own ways: During his victory speech at Grant Park during the Bulls championship celebration there in 1992 after beating the Trail Blazers, he closed out his speech with this, "Thank God you [Chicago] drafted me instead of Portland!" Also at the same year, there's a T-shirt with him on it holding up a shoe of the latest Air Jordans with the words "Hello Sunny Portland, can I get you some shoes?" That T-shirt was recently reproduced.
Point is, you just don't know exactly how things will ultimately fare years down the road upon selecting. You just can't predict things like this, let alone how huge Jordan would become later becoming Michael Jordan. Luck always plays a role in this.
ESPN through its college sports network ESPNU aired a SEC Storied documentary that would've applied under the 30 For 30 umbrella called Going Big focusing on Sam Bowie. The following is a brief clip dealing with the fateful Portland 1984 draft pick:
Sam Bowie at the 1984 NBA Draft. Yes, he's handsome here. Notice the smooth jazz elevator music:
Sam Bowie introduces Going Big at heart of UK:
Superstation WTBS' February 13, 1987 NBA Prudential Halftime Report (hosted by Charlie Neal) with scores, news, and highlights and a Bill Russell story on Sam Bowie coming back from the broken right tibula:
Sam Bowie talks about his "unique situation" and connection with Michael Jordan:
11-01-2013, 08:00 AM
Related post to the last one yesterday. Mike! Hakeem (then Akeem)! Sir Charles! Stockton! Otis Thorpe! Sam Perkins! Alvin Robertson! Terrence Stansbury! and yes, of course Sam Bowie. Even the likes of Oscar Schmidt, Kevin Willis, 1984 Olympians Jeff Turner and Leon Wood, Michael Cage, Tony Campbell, Vernon Fleming, Greg Wiltjer, Rick Carlisle, Jim Petersen, and Carl Lewis (yes, that Carl Lewis!) got drafted. I happily present to you the 1984 NBA Draft! Arguably the best NBA draft ever!
In full with from the USA Network, which doesn't air sports now. Did then like when it had the NBA and NHL TV rights. Outside of the 2004-2010 Olympics as part of the NBC Universal family and the US Open, no sports since from USA. All part of a very pivotal year for the NBA.
18-01-2013, 10:41 AM
February 25, 1979. The San Antonio Spurs led by the Iceman, Paul Silas, Larry Kenon, and Mark Olberding were playing the Houston Rockets with Moses Malone, Calvin Murphy, Mike Dunleavy Sr., Rudy Tomjanovich, Robert Reid, and Billy Paultz. It was interesting to me back then when the Spurs had those unique backboards at the HemisFair Arena and that both Texas teams were playing in the Central Division in the Eastern Conference. Liked that court back then they used until the mid-80s (1986) when it changed to all white and then the following season black before hitting light blue when The Admiral arrived. Dallas' incoming entry in 1980 forced them to move into the West The Spurs would later move into ECF before losing. Moses has 33 points and 25 rebounds in a losing effort. Gervin had 32 points with Billy Paultz had 24 points.
28-02-2013, 08:34 AM
March 12, 1985. After Kevin McHale set a Celtics franchise scoring record with 56 points in a win against Detroit nine days earlier, Larry Bird boldly declared after the game "that record will soon fall". And it did! He scored 60, forever cementing Larry's legend even more. So we go to New Orleans in that space after the Jazz had left and before the Hornets (soon to be Pelicans) arrived. At the University of New Orleans' Lakefront Arena that was doubled as the Atlanta Hawks' second home away from the Omni Arena. As the only NBA team in the Southeast region at the time until 1988 with Miami and Charlotte coming, the Hawks figured to build its fanbase outside of Georgia. Surely, having Superstation WTBS showing many of their games helps a lot. Bird was piling it on here even the Atlanta Hawks players on the bench were awestruck.
Atlanta wasn't the only NBA team at the time to play a select number of NBA regular season games outside of their city. The Boston Celtics themselves played numerous home games in Hartford at ther Hartford Civic Center (now the XL Arena) over the years during this time. The Kansas City Kings before they moved to Sacramento played home games in St. Louis for a couple of seasons. The Washington Bullets later played some home games back at the Baltimore Arena before the name change to Wizards. The Utah Jazz played in Las Vegas' Thomas and Mack Arena, where Kareem broke Wilt Chamberlain's alltime NBA scoring record in April 1984. Obviously, this game is the most notable Hawks one played in New Orleans of all. But with the advent of gleeming sports arenas with lucrative luxury boxes and suites later on in that decade and beyond into the 90s, NBA teams stopped playing "regional" regular season home games. Revenue became more important than fan bases.
Enrique Pastor's and Ramon Fernandez's Spanish commentary obscures the WTBS commentary of John Sterling and Charlie Criss:
Back into 1976 to the 9th and final ABA All-Star Game at Denver's McNichols Sports Arena on January 27, 1976. The ABA saw three of its franchises, the Baltimore Claws (who didn't even play a game after moving from Memphis), the San Diego Sails, and the Utah Stars, all fold during its final season before the merger. The Virginia Squires were dying but made it through the season. Because of this and of the single division it caused, the ABA All-Star format was to have the top team at the all-star break to host it after abandoning the East-West format. In this case it was the Denver Nuggets, which was convenient for them since they were already chosen to host it. And they had to play against a team of ABA All-Stars from other squads. It's more notable of course for what it's known as the first modern slam dunk contest, which came at halftime. There were superstars assembled for this who are no doubt legends. Yeah, you get to see giant Afroed Julius Erving from the eventual champs New York Nets performing his famous running from the free throw line dunk he later emulated in 1984 in Denver (when the NBA later adopted it that year as part of NBA All-Star Saturday) and Michael Jordan famously performed four years later to win in Chicago. What's so interesting is the fact all of this was the headliner to a Glen Campbell-Charlie Rich concert later that night, as noted in the brilliant ABA oral history book Loose Balls. KWGN 2 in Denver covered the game as part of the Nuggets broadcast, and it's picked up in progress in the second quarter.
Take a look at this one! This is a 1972 game shown on TVS between the NBA and ABA All-Stars at then brand-new Nassau County Veterans Coliseum, the home of the New York Nets and later the NHL's New York Islanders and MISL's New York Arrows. Great assembling of stars in both leagues here. The unheralded ABA players nearly beat their NBA counterparts! This should be shown on ESPN Classics and/or NBA TV. Look at a young Don Chirqui and Hot Rod Hundley.
07-03-2013, 12:42 PM
A montage of Detlef Schrempf NBA highlights (finally!). The greatest German basketball player ever until a certain lanky kid from Wurzburg came onto the scene in 1999 for Dallas.
21-03-2013, 06:06 AM
All this talk of the Miami Heat and its now 23-game winning streak got me interested in bringing this when the North American pro sports-record of 33 straight wins held by the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire was thankfully stopped on a live nationally televised match on ABC with Keith Jackson and Bill Russell announcing in 1972. By the Milwaukee Bucks at the MECCA (Milwaukee Arena) led by future emissary of evil Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Bob Dandridge, Jim McGlockin, and Curtis Perry. Unfortunately, the Bucks couldn't ultimately stop the Fakers from getting the NBA title later that year when they faced each other in the Western Conference Finals with the NDCELE sadly winning the series 4-2.
The Buffalo Braves (now the Los Angeles Clippers via San Diego) made their playoff debut in the 1973-1974 season, Bob McAdoo's rookie season and Dr. Jack Ramsay's second as Braves coach, and had to deal with the storied Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. With their playoff experience, the Celtics went on to win it in controversial fashion. A now-forgotten great NBA playoff series, regrettably, legendary Celtics broadcaster Johnny Most sums up the series.
Two of the top NBA sharpshooting stars in the late 70s, New Orleans Jazz's Pete Maravich and San Antonio Spurs' George "The Iceman" Gervin play a game of HORSE at the Omni International Complex in Atlanta. Can't see NBA players doing this these days outside of All-Star Saturday. Atlanta was where Maravich made his pro start before going back to Louisiana.
29-03-2013, 10:22 AM
Larry Bird dropping 41 points and 10 rebounds and 5 assists on the Golden St. Warriors back in 1988 Oakland during the 1987-88 season
Golden St. and Adidas unveil the revolutionary but not-very-good-looking short-sleeved Warriors uniforms at a press conference
04-04-2013, 11:33 AM
Julius Erving's broken finger prevented him from playing in Dallas with Philly for the final time on February 27, 1987. But he was still honoured at the Reunion Arena on his farewell tour then for a final house call with help from then-Mavs owner Donald Carter. Interesting trivia: this was two days after SMU football got slapped with the infamous "death penalty" for repeated recruiting violations. So it was good to see something positive in Dallas sports back then
Didn't know he lived in the Salt Lake City area in recent years. St. George area, that is:
Two hilarious AT&T It's Not Complicated 4G commercials airing right now on TV during March Madness starring NBA and college legends Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:
09-04-2013, 10:13 AM
In celebration of Bernard King's long-awaited enshrinement into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, I would like to link King's greatest NBA performance. Christmas Day 1984 at Madison Square Garden on the MSG Network. King scored 60 points but that wasn't enough for the Knicks against his former team, the New Jersey Nets.
17-04-2013, 10:51 AM
Eric "Sleepy" Floyd's greatest game. Man, did he went off in Game 4 in the 1987 Western Conference Semifinals against that big, bad NDCELE staving off elimination! Bob Neal and former Milwaukee Buck Jon McGlockin with the call in Oakland.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K84z2I_qh4 (I want a T-shirt that has the TBS Sports logo!)
25-04-2013, 09:43 AM
I was hoping I could link you that full 1986 Miami Vice episode from the second season starring Bernard King and Bill Russell entitled "The Fix" to celebrate King's Hall of Fame induction. I remember watching this back then because of the two NBA legends starring in this. In this episode, Bill Russell plays a respected judge named Roger Ferguson who set a ridiculously low bail for a drug dealer (a woman), causing Crockett and Tubbs to investigate the judge and discovers that he owes a large gambling debt to a violent loan shark played by Michael Richards, who wants the judge to convince his son (King), a college basketball star, to throw his next game. The following 4-minute clip is all I could come up with from You Tube Land with this filmed at the FIU Gym years before it joined NCAA D1 basketball with a basketball in progress between the home Sunblazers, that King's character plays for, and the Cougars. Russell is seen in the stands cheering his son on. Harvey Finestein's also in this episode. Clean-shaven too. Very interesting since King was recovering from that terrible ACL injury the previous year in Kansas City and didn't play at all for the Knicks then.
But it is on Hulu (not sure if it's geo-blocked in Australia/NZ and the rest of Oceania):
In late February, I posted the 1976 ABA All-Star Game, the final one in Denver, so I think it's only fair I would show the NBA version from that same year. With this being the bicentennial year, it's only right that was in Philly at the Spectrum. The final one before the ABA-NBA merger. Before the Pat Riley Rule. Before the lavish intros. Interesting that then-commish Larry O'Brien was seen talking about the Oscar Robertson antitrust settlement paving the way for the impending merger. All the better to see some rare Buffalo Braves players in this.
Proof positive that you shouldn't celebrate until it's surely over: The following is my favorite Reggie Miller memory. He makes a clutch shot--not a three--against the Bulls in 1994 and playfully and famously takes bows from the Bulls crowd at Chicago Stadium to loud boos with 00.8 left shown on SportsChannel Chicago. Remember, Miller embraced being the enemy. That was still enough time for Toni Kukoc's catch and shoot to make a three for the Bulls win and Reggie's comeuppance--you see with his arms akimbos. Not shown was Scottie Pippen's mocking of Reggie's bows. Not many people realize because of the bows the Pacers didn't actually win this. Johnny "Red" Kerr was excited.
Toronto 1994. Months before this international city got to showcase to the world how much it (and Canada) loves basketball with the World Basketball Championship coming up, Raptors founder John Bitove Jr. of Toronto Pro Basketball Franchise, with help from his friends, unvieled the Raptors name and logo as well as the merchandise in a media conference that was live on CTV in Toronto, hosted by its premier sportscaster Rod Black. The short video is very similiar to what Vancouver later used in its style, albeit it never really used the Phoenix Suns' court for it (the logo makes a cameo on it before the unvieling). Just a NBA ball. To be sure, the Raptors name was an extension of the dinosaur craze popularized by the blockbuster movie Jurassic Park. Something that a new NBA market liked to reach out to kids for via fan vote. Really huge with the kids. Dinosaurs are always big with kids. I wonder if Mitchell and Ness will reproduce those Jeff Hamilton style jackets as part of that early 90s retro craze.
Charlotte Hornets are certainly a part of that 90s retro, though they were in existence since 1987 (actually played in 1988). We're seeing a Hornets renasscience these days here--anything teal and purple is hot again just like in the early 90s. In keeping with that, I bring one of Charlotte's finest moments to its madly-supporting fans then. Charlotte seemingly peaked in its popularity in 1993 with finally making its playoff debut with Zon on the team teaming with Mugsy and Grandmama and Dell Curry, and selling out the 23,888-seat Charlotte Coliseum. They were seen as the team of the future and won this series as expected over an aging Celtics team. The final minutes of 1993 Game 4 quarterfinals culminating with Zo's winning shot. On TNT, I think. I, like many at the time, firmly believed Charlotte would win this series. What gets forgotten is that there was a borderline goaltend on Dee Brown's alley-oop at the very end. And the Celtics were infuriated at Jack Delaney like Xavier McDaniel was. Doug Collins and Rod Thulin both were thinking that it was. In any case, it was to be the final NBA game for both Kevin McHale and Reggie Lewis for different reasons.
26-04-2013, 08:41 AM
Much has been made about the rivalry and eventual friendship of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson over the years that it doesn't need to be talked about. That's already done with in books, magazine articles, joint interviews, documentaries, and even in a Broadway play! Yet, it never gets old and they enjoy telling it. Now HBO recently aired a documentary about the two forever-intertwined beings, and, while it omitted a few things like the Bird retirement that Magic attended and the Naismith HOF enshirement, it shows footage of them as Team USA teammates on the now-defunct World Invitational Tournament against Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union, and Cuba that HBO aired back in 1978. Now here's Bird & Magic: A Courtship of Rivals
Blake Griffin travels back in time to see his younger selves in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, and 2006 all in his Kia Optima (each commercial has a hit song from each of those years) giving life lessons along the way:
Montell Jordan "This Is How We Do It" (1995) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1h1aVorUjc)
OMC "How Bizarre" (1997) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGnhQGeyjWM)
Eiffel 56 "Blue" (1999) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRIJBMIu2Xk)
Sean Paul "Gimme Da Light" (2002) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOxessvYNto)
VKCE "Back To The Past" (2006) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uusxkJT6r0)
Bonus 2006 commercial regarding weightlifting gloves and racing gloves (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H5KJht3_Lc)
02-05-2013, 08:45 AM
Move over Eric "Sleepy" Floyd and Baron Davis! We just got another memorable Golden St. Warriors postseason performance at the Oakland Coliseum Arena/Oracle Arena in Stephen Curry from this year's Game 4. Andrew Bogut and Klay Thompson both get some love here too. Steph does look like he's 12-14.
08-05-2013, 09:59 AM
The Knicks and Pacers duking it out again in the NBA Playoffs. Just think now's a good time to upload the ESPN 30 For 30 doc Winning Time to chronicle that wonderful time back in the 90s when Reggie hated the Knicks and Spike.
There's this late 80s-early 90s retro going on. One of those things is a repro Nike T-shirt that says "I put up big numbers". All in lower case lettering. Big and small print all over. Whenever I see it, I instantly think of those Nike Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood commercials for David Robinson's Nike Force sneakers. One look at the opening intro and you'll see why. Nike was and still is a genius when it comes to marketing, especially with NBA stars. It's the intelligent Admiral at his easy-going and fun style like Mr. Fred Rogers. Sometimes too nice, despite ferocious physical play deep in the paint. These commercials reflect Robinson's good guy image and obviously the fun and playful Mr. Rogers parodies, like what Eddie Murphy famously did on Saturday Night Live in the early 80s (also called Mister Robinson's Neighborhood), were never mean-spirited. Even down the facial expressions and word of the day. Plus david gets to tickle the ivories in a few of them. Many of these commercials had special guests from Nike "with today's word". Also many of them were made in 1990-91.
By the way, his son Corey will play Notre Dame football coming this fall (http://insidesportsillustrated.com/2013/01/30/echoes-awoken/).
Tickiling the ivories playing Beethoven mixed with forceful power moves in the paint: "Bo may know Diddley, but Mr. Robinson knows Beethoven!"
Had a fun birthday paty when several of Nike basketball mates bought him new Nike basketball sneakers much to his delight. But is disappointed when David Stern gave Mr. Robinson an autograph photo of himself.
Larry Brown, David's first pro coach, stops by and pokes fun at himself without diminishing his coaching beliefs with the "transition game".
Charles Barkley comes into David's neighborhood like a force of nature to discuss being "fined" and denies having that himself. There's a playful nod to David's Naval background in the beginning.
An excited David Robinson gets to play classical music with Rudolph Firkusny. But poor David can't keep up with the piano great Rudolph Firkusny. But he can "cream" Rudy in basketball.
Gary Payton when he was a rookie having to do all the rookie chores for Mr. Robinson
The most serious one of the bunch. David hates "garbage" in his neighborhood. That is, drugs. Note his change in tone.
There was another anti-drug one with Georgetown coach John Thompson and his wife over the word "stupid" (or was that "stoopid"?) Not just drugs but also dropping out of school. Not on there though.
Another fave of Nike basketball came in the form of Lil' Penny when Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway became a star PG for the Orlando Magic out of Memphis St. Lil Penny was orginally supposed to be voiced by Eddie Murphy but Eddie wanted more money than Nike was willing to give him. Enter Chris Rock. I often wonder what would've been like if Molly Ringwald had a puppet in those commercials too that was named Lil Molly and was voiced by Judy Tenua and she'll be as obnoxious and playing an accordian with a jones for Tyson Beckford like Lil Penny has for Tyra Banks. My friends laughed when I tell them this and thought it was bizarre!
My favo(u)rite one of the Lil' Penny Nike commercials. He, Penny, and Nick Anderson all watching a Ken Griffrey Jr. joke Nike 1996 political ad. But when Lil' Penny spots the Mariner Moose mascot as Griffrey's running mate, he goes off and declares that he should be Griffrey's running mate. Note the Slam magazine Nick's reading on the sofa. I started laughing nonstop when I first heard Lil' Penny's voice in it.
Penny and Lil Penny watch a cheesy Nike Air Penny TV commercial
"Penny! Stop the car! That was Tyra Banks, fool!" Lil Penny has a jones for Tyra--her first appearance in those Lil Penny commercials
The Double Action movie commercial with Kevin Garnett, then with Nike. Another fave with them at the recording studio when you hear Nas' "If I Rule The World". Still want a Double Action movie poster T-shirt!
Penny catches Lil Penny having a party at his house while on a road trip. Ready For The World's "Oh Sheila" plays in the background
Lil Penny and Spike Lee discuss possibly making a movie courtside at a Knicks game against the Magic, and Lil Penny causes Penny to committ a 5 second violation.
07-06-2013, 09:20 AM
(the last post here will be added on next week with more links and thoughts to both David Robinson and Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway and Lil' Penny. So watch this space)
Surprised that nobody here noticed that NBA TV will premiere a documentary about Julius Erving on June 10 called The Doctor. Should be worth watching like the Dream Team one.
14-06-2013, 10:53 AM
Still awaiting for The Doctor NBA TV documentary to appear.
Julius Erving pays his final respects to The Spectrum where he made many memories as a Sixers before it faced the wrecking ball
21-06-2013, 05:55 AM
As a little basketball fan growing up watching weekly CBS Sports' NBA telecasts, Julius Erving was definitely one of my favo(u)rite NBA players who wasn't on the Phoenix Suns at the time. He certainly possessed that charisma, athletic skill, his dunking, and groundedness that made him such a crossover superstar. I and many other basketball fans from that important era became basketball fans because of him for making it very fun. That appeal he still has is evident in the 1979 cult comedy film The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, one of my favo(u)rite films back then. I'm sure there are plenty of you here who have seen or heard of the film.
For those who haven't, the storyline centers on a moribound pro basketball team known as the Pittsburgh Pythons, a laughingstock in the Pittsburgh pro sports scene with its losing streak, that gets a tremendous lift in its prospects from an idea hatched by the Pythons ballboy (James Bond III) and brought it to an astrologist played by Stockard Channing, which was finding basketball players that easily and astutely compliment its highly-paid and moody star Moses Guthrie, played by Julius Erving, after several Pythons teammates wanted out. The thing was all of the players who succeed out of open tryouts must be under the sign of the Pisces like Moses (hence the title) with the support of a manchild owner played by Jonathan Winters (RIP). Along the way, situations include the Pythons' coach (Flip Wilson) getting fired and his assistant getting promoted, the name change from Pythons to Pisces, and going on a winning streak to the championship. The Pittsburgh Pisces teammates were such an eclectic, colo(u)rful bunch with the Rev. Grady, the diminuative Set Shot, Native American Winston Running Hawk, a Muslim named Malik Jamal Truth, a radio DJ named Jackhammer Washington, a silent magician named Bullet Haines, and twins Kenny and Benny Rae. You know what? They wouldn't be out of place in the original ABA, where the Good Doctor made his name. So in a sense, it captured that wild attitude.
It's all in that campy 70s style, but it's fun. Obviously, such antics can't be done during the course of an NBA season now and even back then. For it would be seen as haphazard and bush league like the ABA. Furthermore, the NBA mandates that any team name change must be conducted almost 2 years in advance for marketing reasons. Or have such open tryouts of that nature with so many coming out of the woodwork not taking it seriously. Where else can you find a soundtrack with both Loretta Lynn and The Spinners? :razz: Love that Philadelphia sound in it. In this you see the illest NBA legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ron Carter, Connie Hawkins, Lou Hudson, Luther Rackley, Norm Nixon, Alfred "Butch" Beard Jr., Luther "Ticky" Burden, Spencer Haywood, Lonnie Shelton, Mychal Thompson, Super John Williamson, Donald Chaney, Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell, Kevin Stacom, Curtis Rowe, Leon Douglas, Christopher J. Ford, Bob Lanier, John Shumate, Eric Money, and Kevin Porter. UNLV coach and the Los Angeles coach in the film, Jerry Tarkanian, was the film's basketball consultant. Curiously, the names of the opponents only have the city names--Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Boston. It's not like the studio and screenwriters weren't allowed to devise nicknames for them. So I did in my imagination at the time iof watching it--Detroit Knights, Los Angeles Shooting Stars, New York Traders (for Wall St.), and Boston Dragons. A lot of that pregame ceremony razzmatazz and pomp and circumstances we see now certainly has its roots and inspiration from that movie like in the climactic championship game. Wasn't going on back in the 70s NBA.
In a ironic sense, Connie Hawkins makes his return to Pittsburgh for the film after playing there with the ABA's Pittsburgh Pipers and was MVP in its first season with a championship. Team moved to Minneapolis to become the Minnesota Pipers before returning to Pittsburgh but since became the Pittsburgh Condors. Hawkins had already moved on to the Phoenix Suns by then. He plays for the LA team in the film.
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh trailer
The championship game entrances by Los Angeles and, more dramatically, the Pittsburgh Pisces entering the Pittsburgh Civic Arena in a hot-air balloon with the steel roof opening for them. Marv Albert is in this film, too. That instrumental in this featuring Doc Severson from the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson on the trumpet has seen some use as a rap sample
The Pythons open tryout for anybody under the sign of the fish with the Four Tops' Chance Of A Lifetime, where we first see many of Moses Guthrie's future teammates with Moses watching from a TV in the locker room. Fun fact: the kid who appears at 3:03 in the open tryouts dribbling multiple basketballs with the Pythons/Pisces coach (Nicholas Pryor) talking to him is Sean Miller, who in his youth became a sensation for his considerable dribbling and ballhandling prowess, appeared on Johnny Carson's show to showcase that at 14, and later played at the University of Pittsburgh in the late 80s with Jerome Lane. He's now the Arizona Wildcats head coach via Xavier (OH).
Clips from the movie with the soundtrack's title track
Moses's nighttime playground montage
The Doctor premiere press conference on NBA TV with Q&A in Philadelphia. There's a reference to the building collapse at the City Plaza
26-06-2013, 04:20 AM
E3 in Los Angeles was the place to be for all the new developments in video games world as many gamers worldwide, male and female alike, eagerly await fresh details about the upcoming consoles and new games as well as familiar ones. Sports was definitely in the conversation like basketball. NBA 2K14 was already mentioned soley on the announcement of LeBron James being the pitchman on the eve of the NBA Finals. EA Sports seeks to regain public cred in its NBA games with the revival of its NBA Live series having Cavs star Kyrie Irving on its cover for NBA Live 14. Surely, with both heading for the PS4 and the XBOX One, there's going to be some better-looking and more realistic graphics, tweaks, and innovations. If I had my way, I'd buy both games!
LeBron James interviews his virtual self and lets the latter ball in an NBA2K14 commercial. He is very much like him except fot that, if you look closely, the lower lip. Bit of that white outline.
NBA2K14 "The Reign Begins" commercial with LeBron and Steve Kerr
Behind the scenes on NBA2K14 with LeBron and Steve Kerr (interspersed with all the pandemonium of him at a mall)
Exclusive interview why LeBron joined NBA 2K14
NBA Live 14 E3 Trailer starring Kyrie Irving
NBA Live 14 makes it official debut at E3 exclusively on the PS4 and XBOX One with Kyrie Irving at EA's press conference with the emphasis on dribbling with Bounce Tech and the NBA Live World player updates every hour
Dribble slam poetry at NBA Live 14 unvieling ("Release, Return")
30-07-2013, 06:34 AM
Hope you enjoy the Julius Erving documentary from NBA TV "The Doctor". It's very, very good about a man who is so cool, so legendary, so talented with basketball, even with the rare footage from UMass, Rucker Park streetball, and then with the ABA's Virginia Squires and the New York Nets and onto Philly. But it's also about the hard luck that struck him from his dad's death, his younger brother's from lupus, and one of his sons Cory. Even his divorce from wife Turquoise. Not to mention all the ill-fated attempts at the NBA Finals before winning it all in 1983. Narrated by a fellow native of "Strong Island" who surely saw him become a cult figure in his Nets days, "the hard rhymer" from Public Enemy, Chuck D. Chuck has a very good voice for narration! Big up to the David Zinkoff announcement of his name!
Since I'm talking ABA, word came about there will be a ESPN 30 For 30 documentary coming October 8 on the Spirits of St. Louis, the last notable pro basketball team from my hometown that many are familiar with in some way, called "Free Spirits". Loose Balls, Terry Pluto's brilliant oral history book about the ABA, talks liberally about the Spirits with a chapter all their own--"The Wildest Team of Them All". St. Louis was not part of the four teams absorded into the NBA in 1976 but there was that lucrative NBA TV deal owners Ozzie and Daniel Silva struck, making them permanently rich. Funny, since the ABA and the Spirits died a couple of years before ESPN even existed.
02-08-2013, 07:11 AM
The Houston Rockets were the team during the 1980s to break the wrongful stranglehold the NDCELE had out west. Twice. Phoenix should've done that too in 1982, 1984, and 1989, but I digress. Led by Moses Malone, Calvin Murphy, Billy Paultz, Tom Henderson, Robert Reid, and Mike Dunleavy Sr., the Cinderella sub-.500 Rockets made the 1981 NBA Finals (still the World Baketball Championship) with that distinction since 1958-59. Following is Game 1 of that series against the Boston Celtics when Larry Bird made it to his first finals and eventually won it.
23-08-2013, 10:50 AM
Toronto, that massive multicultural and multiethnic epicenter of English Canada and one of my alltime favo(u)rite cities, is the star in this installment of the NBA on YouTube! Toronto actually holds some NBA firsts. NBA fans know this city hosted the first ever NBA game when it was actually the Basketball Association of America and thus had the first basket made (more on that later). Even when the Toronto Raptors are normally flaccid, fans still turn up to it at the ACC with massive media coverage abounds. It's there in the GTA where the bulk of Canada's best basketball players now hail from. I like the Raptors ever since they came on board when the NBA allowed them in since November 4, 1993, and I think they can be a surprise team next season. Exciting times for Canadian basketball all around.
The Toronto Raptors consistently have the best regular season home opener intros in recent years IMO.
Toronto's Church on the Queensway were the special guests adding a great touch performing Eminem's hit "I'm Not Afraid" in the 2012-13 Raptors' home opener for the player and coaches introductions. Produced and arranged by Kibwe Thomas from as they inspire the Raptors to "Pound Rock" that was on TSN. A close second place to what the Raptors in 2009:
Fuller pregame intro with an introductory message from DeMar DeRozan with an aerial-like view of the Raptors' court:
Another fan's video camera at the Air Canada Centre:
2010-11 home opener intro when they had Andrea Bargnani MCing, David Anderson, and Jay Triano as coach. All the players appear from the large white curtain:
Starting lineup and video of the Raptors' final home game of last season against the Celtics. There's been some changes to the lineup since that trade that sent Jose Calderon to Detroit Taken from Rogers Sportsnet ONE (note the logo bug on the upper right hand corner):
My favo(u)rite Toronto Raptors home opener intro from Halloween 2009, when they were celebrating its 15th season of existence starting with Cleveland. All starting with Nas and Puffy's "Hate Me Now" at least the beginning. Not long after that the Toronto Blue Jays used the instrumental for its home opener in 2010. Just like everything about it from the notable accomplishements in its 15 years on the Daktronics to The Raptors rising getting fans to get loud to the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vocal Horizons to the video. Too bad the season was disappointing:
You can see a fuller look at the video shown on the videoboard from that game here:
More complete intro from courtside with the Cavs and Vocal Horizons dominating singing Hate Me Now:
Back in 1995, Toronto was of course the first NBA city outside of the US to host the NBA Draft. A very nice way to reintroduce itself to the NBA with fans coming in and celebrating! Got a look at the then-brand new basketball court to be played at the SkyDome. Looking at it now, this draft fielded some very solid players but little superstars like Kevin Garnett did. Don't forget Toronto fans wanted Ed O'Bannon as its first ever pick from UCLA, but there were concerns from many NBA teams over his arthritic left knee that proved to be his NBA undoing. So then-GM, um, I mean, VP of Basketball Operations, Isiah Thomas decided to draft in his own PG image with Damon Stoudemire, who certainly looked disappointed in getting selected by Toronto. Fans booed because they wanted Ed. But Damon later won Rookie of The Year that season. Full draft on TNT.
After playing the first three and a half seasons playing at their first home the SkyDome, the Toronto Raptors settles themselves in their new digs a stone's throw away from it, the Air Canada Centre. These are the opening ceremonies for the Raptors' first game there in 1999 while playing Vancouver, televised on CTV. Even David Stern was there enjoying it. Still firmly in their purple days and wearing the dinosaur unis. The Raptor emulates what he did at the 1995 draft. Shame the all-Canadian rivalry couldn't pan out.
Brief news report on Toronto bringing in Isiah Thomas back in 1994
Doug Christie in a 1996 Global Sportsline Toronto interview by Rob Sinclair:
No love for Vince Carter from Raptors' fans back in the 2007 NBA Playoffs in this CityTV report. But Vince ultimately got the last laugh:
CityTV opener for the Raptors back then with John Saunders' voiceover and the Raptors Dance Pak and The Raptor at various parts of downtown Toronto for its home opener. Toronto was still looking for its first win of the 1997-98 season when it faced Golden St. at 0-2 at the SkyDome:
More will arrive later at an updating!
UPDATE: Not directly from You Tube. But that's OK here, given the theme here on this post with Toronto. This is from the Toronto Blue Jays' website--actually my favo(u)rite baseball team! Toronto native Anthony Bennett, actually from the city-suburb of Brampton on the west side of the GTA, was granted the hono(u)r of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in the Toronto Blue Jays home game at the SkyDome against the Oakland A's for being the first Canadian ever selected #1 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Cavs out of UNLV. Let's just say he was not much better than fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgwAywJlo1M).
Bennett later visits the Rogers Sportsnet booth to talk with Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler about being the #1 pick and on the exciting rise of young Canadian basketball talent, especially in Toronto.
Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens of course was the site of the first NBA game between the hometown Huskies and the New York Knicks on November 1, 1946. It was the Knicks' Ossie Schectman who scored the first ever NBA basket and can see him recalling that moment. The Knicks went on to win that game 68-66. Sadly on the day the NBA posted this video over three weeks ago, Ossie Schectman died at the age of 94. His legacy lives on.
06-09-2013, 09:20 AM
The following video has the potential to go to several threads: NBA On You Tube, Some Random Thoughts on International Basketball, Boomers-related thread, NCAA, and the NBL threads. It contains lots os aspects of many of them. Some NBL action, really good Boomers Olympic action from the past, NBA and NCAA footage. But because of the fact that this anchors on Luc Longley embarking on his NBA career as a Minnesota Timberwolves rookie, I decided to place it here. Some of you have surely seen this when it was shown on GWN TV, a regional Western Australian TV channel based in Bunbury that's now a Seven Network affiliate. That was a big deal because Luc, of course, is a WA product. So it was really a national production, if not just local.
This documentary serves as a precursor of sorts to the Australian edition of 60 Minutes 1992 Luc Longley profile I showed you here earlier. Looking back on it this now, it recalls such an exciting and interesting time for Australian basketball when it placed itself on the international basketball map to stay over two decades ago and earning international respect during the Australian basketball golden age--specifically sending one of its best young players to the NBA. It is also about the history of Australian basketball up to that point with Luc, Drewy, Vlahov, and Mark (more on them later) being the young homegrown trailblazers standing on the shoulders of what was built before them that was built on immigrant kids hooked on basketball. We had the NBL garnering national sports excitement with FTA TV contracts on Ten and Seven and growth to bigger venues packing thousands from its humble beginnings in "tin sheds" booming corporate support. Luc became the first Australian to play in the NBA with the Timberwolves but wasn't the first Aussie to be drafted as this vid reminds you of Eddie Palunbinskas drafted out of LSU by Atlanta in 1974. We see the meaningful impact from the first big crop of Aussies in the NCAA. The Boomers became a rising consistent force in basketball. And the important role of the AIS. It is also about this young generation of basketball players like Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Luc's lifelong friend in Perth Andrew Vlahov (their families knew each other through basketball), and Mark Bradtke. For the first time ever at the time starting with Seoul 1988 in its surprising ride to 4th place, those young guns provided Australia, thanks to the AIS, bonafide athletes, and agile at that, on the Boomers with their skills and size and can compete effectively internationally and be desirable everywhere professionally. Whereas before tall Boomer players were mostly just tall and clumsy at times, though some could shoot like Palubinskas, Ian Davies, and Damian Keough. Phil Smyth was a solid PG but lacked athleticism.
Gaze, already the co-face for the Melbourne Tigers with his coaching dad, of course eventually made it to the NBA after being the last player cut from the Seattle Supersonics before the 1989-90 season by joining the Washington Bullets and San Antonio and got a ring there despite not being on the playoff roster (his defense was not up to snuff at the NBA level). Though he never played NCAA ball, Bradtke had a cup of joe in the NBA as a deep backup center for the 1996-97 Philadelphia 76ERS (aka Allen Iverson's rookie season and Johnny Davis' only season as coach, all before the radical change in its look the next season). Vlahov was the reverse--was a Stanford star after being an high school exchange student and won the NIT title but never saw NBA action, opting to play back home with Perth to eventually become a Perth Wildcats legend like Grace, Bruton, Ellis, Crawford, Pinder, and Torrance, and he later co-owned with Luc. Wished he did. And it was Longley's, Gaze's, and Vlahov's respective NCAA successes that prompted Australia's NCAA representation to go from a trickle to a gush now, seemingly into the hundred now, paving the way for Andrew Bogut, Daniel Kickert, Patrick Mills, Matthew Delladova, Cody Ellis, Blago Janev, Aleks Maric, Hannah Zavecs, Jess Foley, Rebecca Vanderjagt, and even Andrew's Sydneysider niece Kate.
When the Boomers finished a disappointing 6th in Barcelona after losing to Brazil following a fourth place finish in Seoul, the onus was on the likes of Longley--and even Gaze internationally--to improve after a rough rookie season. I know this becuase I recall reading a FIBA Basketball Monthly article about this in the aftermath of the disappointing campaign under the Australia subsection. Sometimes I wish he'd would have been an All-Star center during his career in Minneapolis and Chicago. His draft stock was very good, bulk, smarts, and agile with great passing from a center. But ending up being a role playing-center for really a trio of rock stars and getting the second half of the 6 Bulls rings isn't too bad at all. You really can't bring back that unique, special time. Nice look back at that, though. Australian basketball has matured a lot since then.
Enough talk! And now I present to you the 1991 TV documentary Luc Longley: Lofty Ambitions:
Man, his then-girfriend/future wife Kelly was freaking hot back then! Too bad she doesn't speak here like she did in the 60 Minutes piece.
And as an added bonus, I will present some Luc Longley commercials. First one is from back in 1997 when Luc had a Sprite deal that included a Australian commercial promoting a sweepstakes when a group of "Aussie kids", supposedly "nice", get to hang out with Luc in Chicago. As Luc signs the contract from his manager, a group of wild, boisterous four Aussie guys make their way from Australia to meet him interspersed with the discussion. Until he realizes they're Australian and not American or Canadian. Maybe it's a vision in Luc's mind. Perhaps it's kinda like that stereotype of 1990s Australian youth shown then.
A Chicago small store cashier gets all excited at the sight of Luc Longley, who only just wants a milk purchase. All taken from a security store cam. In this Sportschannel Chicago commercial promoting in this case an then-upcoming Bulls game against the 76ERS back in 1997, I think. Sportschannel and its earlier version, SportsVision, was a longtime broadcaster of Bulls games in regional sports cable networks until it went under. Nowdays, Comcast Sports Network (CSN) Chicago takes care of the Bulls games.
10-09-2013, 07:50 AM
Kinda like back to the future in this thread: my first ever post as I started this was Game 7 on the 1984 NBA Finals (still the World Basketball Championship back then until 1986). It's very much the entire CBS Sports broadcast that I saw back then from beginning to end. Always brings a smile to my face whenever I see it. One quibble, this lacks the NBA At The Half segment with Celtics legend John Havlicek interview with Brent Musberger and the Johnny Most profile piece.
Looking back at this when the Celtics were on the verge of winning, the crowd control was something else at the Garden with fans coming onto the court celebrating. So much so even the Celtics and the refs had to tell overanxious fans to back off a bit; the fans were even at what's now the media area for cameramen and photographers at the baseline with the Boston Police acting as the boundary. You'll notice a fat, redhead guy wearing a crimson Harvard tank top (or singlet as you would call it down there) celebrating jumping up and down like a pogo stick at the Celtics bench in the dying seconds. Look closely and you'll see Larry Bird becoming a pinball when the crowd finally made the bum rush to celebrate. But I'm going more by the framework of today--this has absolutely nothing to do with what happened 20 years later. Arenas and stadiums security management with help from local police have made it stronger where the fans stay in the stands for years afterwards. And even before then. The next year, the Boston Police surrounded the NDCELE bench in Game 1. You know, the Memorial Day Massacre. If they won, fans had to wear a badge to storm the famed parquet court. The whole trophy celebration was just fun and boisterous--pouring orange juice on the trophy. Red Auerbach's comments about the Celtics Dynasty at the trophy celebration still resonates today. Love them! Yes, Red, your team is still "a dynasty. Here's where it is right now! We're the best team in the world! We got the best! ". Just remembered the Kareem's Medicine Pill! You could only imagine what Tommy Heinson would say and comment on Game 7 if he wasn't intentionally neutral like he was on CBS.
Furthermore, I long been wanting to do this. I was actually working at Busch Stadium the night of Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals, one of the best games ever IMO. When I left work that night, I was happily stunned that, when I listened to my CD/AM-FM player, the Celtics were up by 40 late in the 4th quarter and told a colleague about this! Should've went by more points. But that's OK. You all know what prompted from me the next day (FAKERS SUCK!!! FAKERS SUCK!!! FAKERS SUCK!!! :evil: ) This is that great game in all of entirety. Would prefer the full game at once, though. In front of several Celtics greats! That area got crowded around the Celtics' bench, the baseline, and beyond. In some ways it was kinda like 1984 but with better control. Seeing KG celebrate made me smile after he arrived to Boston to bring hope to a storied franchise that endured such recent woebegone times (when I find the intros, I'll post them later here and notify you where they are).
Full Game 6 of this year's NBA Finals. Instant classic. Listened to this on ESPN Radio.
11-09-2013, 08:00 AM
Just think back to February 2012 when seemingly the entire North American sports world got swept up with a case of Linsanity fever. Magical. As a New York Knick as the last (third string) point guard healthy enough to play back then, Lin says of that time as like "playing in out of body experience" and "God used me supernaturally" in that span. Linsanity seemingly emerged out of nowhere. He earned two SI covers back to back (last NBA player to accomplish that was MJ). Yeah, even the Chinese got into it, especially the Taiwanese with his parents coming from there. So Sundance premiered a doc earlier this year looking back at that moment and how he got there called, what else, "Linsanity". Narrated by actor Daniel Dae Kim and produced and directed by an almost all-Chinese crew. Of course, Harvard, the couch, the struggles, and his deep, abiding faith get mentions. I have a couple of Jeremy Lin T-shirts that I have yet to wear: a black Nike Linsanity T-shirt and a New York Knicks jersey T-shirt. I disagree this as a rags to riches story--his family was already well off.
Linsanity trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q14ooGPJZBs)
Charlie Rose's 60 Minutes piece on Jeremy Lin--comes with Chinese subtitles
Jeremy Lin's 2013 Volvo XC60 R Design commercial on meeting only your own expectation because nobody expected you to be there at all:
Jeremy gets a trio of his college buddies together and give them a break from tedious studying for a 4x4 game in this KFC China commercial. His Chinese speaking skills are rudimentary. It's said on the Jeremy's bro's in it.
05-10-2013, 07:18 AM
After Michael Jordan laid another significant torturous chapter in Cleveland sports with The Shot, His Royal Airness dropped a career best of 69 points on the injury-riddled and struggling Cavs at the Richfield Coliseum in 1991 (Cleveland did not make the playoffs that season). But this is not the complete TNT broadcast though.
Utah Jazz fans were stunned and booed when John Stockton got drafted out of Gonzaga in 1984; they didn't know him. But the Jazz staff surely did and instantly knew how brilliant he was. Needless to say, Utah had the last laugh. Flashback at 1984 when gym rat Stockton joined and how resembles a a bit like a young Tom Cruise. A young Jim Nantz reporting for Salt Lake City's KSL 5 Sports
Jim Nantz appears again in another KSL 5 Jazz report with Stockton, Rich Kelly, Bobby Hansen, and Pace Mannion chillin at the Jacuzzi before the Jazz won Game 5 of the 1985 NBA quarterfinal series over the Houston Rockets. You can easily figure out what happens to Nantz in this.
09-10-2013, 09:55 AM
Tonight here in the USA, ESPN premieres the latest 30 For 30 documentary on the colo(u)rful ABA franchise the Spirits of St. Louis. Technically, the franchise--and the whole ABA--existed and died before ESPN premiered. Although it lasted for two seasons in St. Louis after playing home games in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, and Winston-Salem as the Carolina Cougars in a regional experience, its legacy lives on influencing the NBA to this day, earning a strong cult following ever since from being a wild and liberated alternative from the stuffy NBA back then. The focus is on that wild, entertaining, and sometimes controversial young team, the last big pro basketball franchise in St. Louis, that is written liberally in Terry Pluto's brilliant ABA oral history book Loose Balls: The Short Wild Life of the American Basketball Association. Many of the stories in it could be too bizarre to be believed. Hope the film matches that outlandishness. Often in areas where the NBA wasn't in.
If you know the Spirits, it had some talented players like Steve "Snapper" Jones, Maurice Lucas (RIP), Freddie Lewis, Moses Malone (briefly after the Utah Stars folded), James "Fly" Williams, and Marvin "Bad News" Barnes. All of them compelling characters and, like the ABA itself, some of them more outrageous than others. I just got done writing about the St. Louis Streaks women's pro basketball team and of its mercurial Canadian star Liz Silcott not much later on the defunct pro basketball teams thread. I think she and Bad News Barnes would be kindred spirits. Barnes had the capabilities of being one of the alltime greats. But became a cautionary tale and was undisciplined as a player. Bob Costas got his professional broadcasting start calling Spirits games play-by-play on KMOX radio fresh from Syracuse, including the Spirits' unforgettable ABA playoff quarterfinals upset of the defending champs New York Nets in 1975 in five games, and he still lives in St. Louis. His storytelling weaving, experience, and perspective adds gravity and intrigue to the film made by well-respected 9x Emmy-winner Daniel Forer. Obviously, he has a soft spot for the Spirits and loves talking about them as much as with any other sport. The Spirits also produced Harry Weltman, Rudy Marktze, and Rod Thorn. And then there's that incredibly and lucrative NBA-ABA merger "in perpetuity" TV deal the Silna brothers struck when the Spirits faced its demise...
Definitely a must-see!
SLAM's just-released online interview with Marvin "Bad News" Barnes, the first "negro with an ego [or attitude]":
ESPN's long form Free Spirits trailer:
ESPN 30 For 30 Free Spirits promo:
Certainly feel like writing a couple of posts about past St. Louis basketball today.
12-10-2013, 04:05 AM
I hoped to bring you Game 6 of the 1981 NBA Finals (then the NBA World Championship Series) between Boston and Houston in which Boston won at The Summitt. But the audio in it is so bad with the sound of technical audio buffering glitches permeating from the pre-broadband era of Internet video--you know when Real Video and Windows Media were dominant--I decided against it. Let alone the fact other games in this series don't appear on YouTube.
San Antonio in the mid-80s before the arrival of David Robinson, still serving his 2-year Naval committment, was a interesting but mediocre team back then playiong their home games at the HemisFair Arena. The young Spurs squad had potential but struggled often. They had fired Cotton Fitzsimmons two seasons before before he went back to Phoenix. In came longtime assistant and Hubie Brown/Mike Fratello protege Bob Weiss, here in his second season as coach, to run the team from the sidelines. Alvin Robertson, carrying the torch from The Iceman, was the talisman and was an All-Star. But it was hard to break through in a Western Conference that very competitive and veteran-laden with the likes of Dallas, Utah, Portland, Denver, Golden St., Houston, and Seattle all ahead of them in the pecking order. Eventually made the playoffs but barely--and were swept by the NDCELE. They clearly didn't have the weapons to be effective consistently. Johnny Dawkins had the potential to be really good but the Duke bad luck curse in the form of knee injuries derailed his pro career--he's now Stanford's head coach. Greg "Cadillac" Anderson out of the University of Houston was a reknowned dunker and had some power. Frank Brickowski was a serviceable, hard working young center out of Penn St. St. John's Walter Berry eventually became more of a star in Greece. Johnny Moore and Mike Mitchell were the final holdover the Spurs 80s heydays and used for veteran and clubhouse leadership, but their best days were behind him and came off the bench. David Greenwood was another vet the Spurs had. Other notable Spurs players back then included three-point shooter John Sundvold, who was eventually taken by Miami in the expansion draft, Petur Gudmundsson (Iceland's first and only NBA player), Leon Wood (eventual NBA ref), Pete Myers (just called up from the CBA), former Dallas Mavericks and LA Clippers center Kurt Nimphius, and journeyman Ed Nealy.
Weiss was let go after this season before Larry Brown took over. Didn't make the playoffs that season, even with Miami as a one-season neighbor in the Midwest Division added, a first for Larry Brown in pro coaching. Following is the full February 2, 1988 Spurs home game against the Boston game taken from WLVI Boston. Also interesting is that white court at the since-demolished HemisFair Arena the Spurs had for two season after the black one for two seasons. I think that was used for two season prior. After white, the court went teal with the new motif Southwestern logo background that was in existence since 1987--teal, fuschia, and orange--but no more of that HemisFair Arena and Texas state with the star for SA logo--in its last years. The Spurs still used those backboards before it got standardized with the rest of the league!
Always good to see some Buffalo Braves footage. Wanted to show this for a while when it got uploaded. Bob McAdoo couldn't have had a better season than he did back in 1974-1975, his third. He won the MVP award this season. And in this clip in Game 4 against the Washington Bullets at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, he inflicted one of the greatest NBA playoff performances ever taking charge with 50 points to even the series at 2-2 108-102. McAdoo gets a lot of love from the loud, racous Braves fans with multiple standing ovations. You'll see all of his 50 points here. Simon Gordeen, the NBA's deputy commissioner at the time, hand him the hardware. Nowdays, of course, NBA commish does the duties. Dr. Jack Ramsey roaming the sidelines with 70s his leisure suit for Buffalo! :)
When the then-new Charlotte Hornets unvieled the new uniforms back in 1988, designed by Alexander Julian (did the UNC duds), modeled by Kelly Tripucka, and watched on by founder George Shinn from WCNC-TV NBC. Note the rare original Hornets logos and equally-rare polo shirt.
I fondly remember well watching the 1984 NBA All-Star Game from Denver on a Sunday afternoon. With a lot of All-Star games, I almost always root for the West. My Dad arrived to spend time with me, Grandma, and Mom as he typically did every Sunday at that time--his viewing was happenstance, but he enjoyed it. Watching it from the living room with the color TV we got on Christmas in the middle room.
Good news is the 34th NBA All Star Game in Denver broadcast from CBS Sports is finally on YouTube. Bad news, it's not the full game as claimed--and obscured with Russian commentary taken from NBA TV on Russia's NTV Plus pay-TV service. No full player and coach intros. No opening tip or anthems. Do get the full CBS Sports NBA At The Half with Pat O'Brien. And the bumper ads and promotions for other sports going on from CBS Sports. Of course, it's notable being back in 1984, the most pivotal year for the NBA with David Stern just becoming commissioner days ago, that, for the first time the NBA went to an All-Star Weekend being at the site of the last ABA All-Star Game. So we had the both Slam Dunk Contest and the NBA Old Timers All Star Game. And seeing someone other than Pat Riley coaching the West with Utah's funny and lively Frank Layden doing with Utah on the verge of making its playoff debut, long before the Riley All-Star Game Rule. Next year it went another former ABA city in Indianapolis. And, true to the high-octane mile high offense the Nuggets are known for, the All-Star Game went 154-145 in OT with Detroit's Isiah Thomas named MVP.
01-11-2013, 11:22 AM
1984 Ivory soap commercial starring Seattle SuperSonics guard (and 1980 Moscow Olympian had he played) Danny Vranes. Back in those days, everyone in an Ivory soap commercial would break apart the bar of soap to reveal how pure and natural it is for cleaning
A morsel of Kansas City Kings-New York Knicks footage in what was the final meeting those two had in the KC era at the Kemper Arena in 1985 up to halftime on the MSG Network with Marv Albert. This is the very game (not shown here, came later in the game) that Bernard King got injured tearing his ACL trying to stop Reggie Theus from laying it in on a breakaway, prompting the Knicks to miss the playoffs and wound up winning Patrick Ewing in the first NBA Lottery. There's hardly any people inside the Kemper Arena. Matter of fact, it's widely believed that the Kansas City Comets, an indoor soccer franchise in the MISL back then was packing it in with the kind of entertainment (lazers and pyrotechnics) and marketing genius that's now standard in sports, drove the Kings out to Sacramento becuase they couldn't counter what the Comets offered. The state of Missouri hasn't seen NBA representation since 1985. You'll see a rookie Otis Thorpe and LaSalle Thompson here too.
Toronto Raptors on Rogers Sportsnet commercial from the lockout shortened 2011-12 season. Rogers Sportsnet is the premier Canadian sports network rival to TSN, both of whom share majority ownership of Raptors owners Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and will once again join on the Olympic sharing coverage up in Canada
05-11-2013, 12:06 PM
Tomorrow ESPN 30 For 30's latest installment centers on the close friendship of Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld from their days as University of Tennessee star teammates (The Bernie and Ernie Show back then) to the New York Knicks and beyond. Following is an excerpt about Bernard's police encounter at the campus:
07-11-2013, 11:44 AM
I long wondered for many years since I was little what it would be like if my hometown St. Louis had an NBA franchise. I was still in grade school when the Spirits of St. Louis, the last notable pro basketball team we had there, had long gone and first learned about them. The ABA since took on an affectionate cult-like and colo(u)rful legacy. The Spirits were certainly colo(u)rful and surely knew about the origin of the name coming from Charles Lindbergh's famous Trans-Atlantic plane with St. Louis aviation investors backing him. At the time, St. Louis was the largest city without a pro basketball team when the Carolina Cougars left for St. Louis. I think years of moving on after the Hawks left for Atlanta in 1968, and the fact the ABA was NOT the NBA could be explained for the lack of consistent packed attendance at the old St. Louis Arena for many home games. ABA ball was unfamiliar--and very unstable--to many St. Louisians, even from those in the NBA.
Even with a newer arena downtown since 1994, I can't see St. Louis being an NBA franchise holder in the near future for a variety of reasons. When the Kansas City Kings left for Sacramento in 1985, that was the end for Missouri and the NBA. Kansas City has tried a few times to get the NBA for a tenant at the even newer Sprint Center. Unless a (highly unlikely) new pro basketball league comes in future years that can rival the NBA with antitrust grounds and can offer affordable basketball entertainment with very strong TV and corporate support, it's going to stay this way. It's nice to see some Spirits home games footage, something I almost never saw much of, with the burnt orange court, albeit with a lot of empty seats and interestingly kept the hockey plexiglass up from Blues' games. If they were more prosperous from the beginning, we might've see St. Louis in the NBA to this day.
But man, that team in burnt orange and white had some notable players like James "Fly" Williams, Maurice Lucas, Steve "Snapper" Jones, Don Adams, "Pogo" Joe Caldwell (a holdover from the Carolina Cougars), Caldwell Jones, Freddie Lewis, Moses Malone, Gus Gerard, Ron Boone, Mike D'Antoni, and the centerpiece in Free Spirits, the misunderstood and undisciplined but compellingly talented Marvin "Bad News" Barnes. Without question, Barnes would be among the NBA's greatest players. You could say as a young team like them, they were like the godfathers to the young, brash, rebellious, and defiant athletes you hear discussed about today. People still talk about the Spirits of St. Louis even though they were only there for the last two ABA seasons. And it leaves a legacy to this day because of its failed genius, a young Bob Costas straight out of Syracuse University calling games (makes his home here now--met him too a couple of times), the free-wheeling entertaining style of ball, and of course don't forget those subsequent NBA TV contracts which they got rich on in perpetuity, a genuis stroke that was originally planned as an outlet for a future St. Louis NBA franchise the Silna brothers hoped to own that never happened. Daniel and Ossie Silna, the Spirits former owners, are currently suing the NBA for what they believe they are owed more than the $250 million they got so far from the league and declined to be interviewed for Free Spirits on the advice of legal counsel because of this (also explains why you don't hear from David Stern). Which is a shame. So the chapter's not even over. But like with reading that Spirits of St. Louis' chapter in Terry Pluto's brilliant ABA oral history book Loose Balls (The Wildest Team of Them All), you're left wondering what if the young players were more disciplined, among other things. Enjoy! :D
John Kelly directed this mid-90s Adidas basketball commercial in Seattle with Detlef Schrempf, who was a joy to work with. In this at an empty basketball gym shooting, Detlef talks about how Americans imported lots of German beer, frankfurters, and German cars (Mercedes, Audi, and BMW) but only one German basketball player. There have been several German basketball players in the NCAA but not more in the NBA. Even during Schrempf's time, there were a few in the NBA early on like his contemporaries like his University of Washington Christian Welp and Uwe Blab. Dirk of course, Tim Ohlbrecht, Elias Harris, and now Atlanta's Dennis Schroder since came along multiplying the numbers.
Indiana Pacers TV intro during the 1987-88 season for a road game against the Chicago Bulls. Had to be on Prime Sports Network back then (now Fox Sports Midwest)
Reflecting the terrible Ted Stepien Cavs era: main water break at the Richfield Coliseum prompted flooding of the Cavs floor before a 1982 home game against the NDCELE, of course when the Cleveland Cavaliers were horrible. Sure Stepien makes an appearance when the reporter Howard Sudberry hilariously mentions "worrying about an injured foot instead of one in his mouth." Also see Scott Wedman and the late Chuck Daly in their brief Cavaliers days. From WEWS ABC 5 in Cleveland
23-11-2013, 06:55 AM
Toronto's rap superstar Aubrey Drake Graham preaches Toronto's gospel wherever he goes. No need to preach to me about that great multicultural city; I'm a lifelong fan! Like to live up there! :D He loves basketball. Indeed, his Degrassi: The Next Generation character was Jimmy, a basketball player who winds up paralyzed after getting shot by Rick in a pivotal moment in the school's history. Was bit of a jerk until that humbled him. I know the Degrassi universe holds some fans down in Australia and New Zealand. But anyway, the Raptors announced him as its global ambassador during the Raptors' announcement of rebranding and the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend, coinciding with Canada's 150th birthday year. Drake says he'll hands on with a lot of things. This is his debut speech as global ambassador at the press conference. You'll also there notice Toronto's controversial and embattled crackhead mayor Rob Ford, who's been in the news worldwide for all the wrong reasons, seemingly squishing him right beside Drake.
Q&A time with Drake on busy schedule, his outside jump shot, practices, decision making, and team/league meetings:
Books have been written about the basketball crossover icon Juilus "Dr. J" Erving like "Doc". Until now, Erving didn't up his own words about his life. Now he has; I just now starting reading his just-published Dr. J autobiography whenever I visit bookstores. Surely you enjoyed NBA TV's The Doctor documentary I showed you here. I have to admit that it was The Good Doctor was of those influences that got me into basketball at a very young age. We share the same birth month. He had cool (with that big ol' Afro in his Philadelphia 76ERS/New York Nets/Virginia Squires days more resembling that on a Black Panther), grace/elegence, class, dignity, innovation, talent, skills, style, looks, and intelligence--seemingly the perfect athlete. If you get a chance, go get to read his eagerly awaited his bio. Got for you the Julius Erving installment of ESPN's brilliant SportsCentury 50 Greatest Athletes series. At #43
In their first season as an Eastern Conference member after Dallas Mavericks' entry forcing geographical divisional realignment, the Chicago Bulls made the 1981 NBA Playoffs led by NBA sex symbol Reggie Theus, David Greenwood, and Artis Gilmore. Interestingly, it was to be one of the few NBA playoff tastes the first two had throughout their NBA careers. The Bulls were mired in mediocrity for much of the 1980s, often not making the playoffs with Sidney Green, Jawahn Oldham, Dave Corzine, Mark Olberding, Orlando Woolwidge, and Quintin Dailey (RIP to the last two) later joining. Even when His Royal Airness arrived, instant greatness (I'm referring to being well above .500 until 1988) did not happen. Following video is really more about Larry Bird's triple double performance at Chicago Stadium to seal the series in Game 4 en route to the NBA title of the Eastern Conference Semis, one of the rare ones for the Bulls back then. A younger Jerry Sloan roaming the sidelines for the Bulls.
Reggie Theus (still in his Bulls days) and Chicago native Isiah Thomas star in a rare 1983 anti-smoking PSA from the US Department of Health and Human Services injecting some humour about what you can't do while smoking followed by a more sobering present day one.
28-11-2013, 09:50 AM
With the re-release of the beloved Converse Aero Jam from 1991 and the return of the fondly-remembered Charlotte Hornets next season in summer/fall 2014, I thought it would be cool now to show here a series of those Larry Johnson Converse commercials, often starring as his Grandmama alter-ego who can dish it out and rough and tough with power. Grandmama was inspired by a Larry Johnson quote that Charles Barkley "couldn't score on my grandmother". It was all part of an era back in the 1990s when sneaker companies would promote the hell out of these young emerging stars as the NBA was at its global ascendency to a whole new breed of young fans that took where MJ and his Air Jordans started. Also back then, Converse, particularly the Aero Jams were the official sneaker of the NBA--Converse even had a FIBA official sponsorship back then like with the Cons. Furthermore, the Charlotte Hornets were such a popular team with Charlotte Coliseum sellouts with a young rising team and huge merchandise sales making teal oh so appealing back in the late 1980s and 1990s as indicators. Teal's making a quite a comeback now This Aero Jam re-release (after a notable one in 2003) no longer has the React Juice which goes the opposite way of a player, because it's not just outdated with the quantam leaps in sneaker technology but also complicated and expensive. Maybe Uncle Drew and Grandmama should get together on the playground. Who would win?
I think this is the first commercial with Larry Johnson proclaiming Grandmama would whoop you in those Aero Jams:
Larry Johnson and Grandmama help promote a new Converse basketball sneaker with the React Juice "for a new breed of [basketball] players" that are strong, beastly, and powerful enforcers. Then Grandmama later challenges a hiding LJ to a one-on-one
Larry admits to be beaten soundly by his Grandmama but shows off the Aero Jam that gives quick cuts and moves. Then along comes Phoenix Suns PG and Converse mate Kevin Johnson "who wants to get a game", much to Larry Johnson's hilarious and mischevious delight ("Kevin, have you met my Grandmama?").
Larry tells a nursery rhyme about his Grandmama happily living in her Converse React shoe in a 1993 commercial that was recorded from Canada's MuchMusic AllMusic
Wizard of Oz-inspired 1994 Converse React commercial with Grandmama winding up in 3-Point Land and still dominating with power there, which ironically LJ later residing at times:
Chick Hearn's January 29, 1993 Larry Johnson interview on KHJ Channel 9 during halftime in Charlotte during the Hornets and the NDCELE. When LJ was at his best. Reveals here he was a boxer:
Larry Johnson strolled into Family Matters' Warner Brothers set as Grandmama for an episode where he teams up with Steve Urkel to win a 2 On 2 Chicago basketball tournament for Bulls tickets. Here are a couple of clips
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J2ec9eMXKs (NBA Inside Stuff segment)
More like 1994-95 Converse React commercial with gym ballers failing to heed Larry's warning about "staying out of the lane when Granny is playing" after driving in a pink Cadillac chased by smitten neighbo(u)rhood kids. This upload came from your nation because I spot an Uncle Toby's partnership with Foot Locker.
Too bad I couldn't find the Kevin Johnson Converse commercial on YouTube like the ones he did with En Vogue and the Speed of Light.
Toronto had its first notable star player and face with Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudemire in the early years. Known as Mighty Mouse, even has it as a tattoo, creative passing and speed, for his relatively small stature (by NBA standards), Damon had Nike help him cultivate the Mighty Mouse image with the character making an appearance along with his theme mashed up a bit with some samples. Also from that era of sneaker companies marketing effectively in the 1990s. Weren't those Jason Kidd's shoes?
Blake Griffin gets his own puppet named Lil' Blake from Jerry O'Connell on set. Creepiness and scary acts from the puppet ensues, much to Blake's dismay. Still waiting for a Lil' Molly puppet for Molly Ringwald
Bonus Lil' Penny Nike commercial specially coinciding with the Orlando Magic visiting Japan for a 1996 Japan Games regular season game at the Tokyo Dome with Lil Penny entering the Tokyo International Airport Customs for business:
13-12-2013, 08:33 AM
Like to get my hands on those Beats By Dre headphones--and also those Sony X ones, if money was no object soon (my choices are the Pro and Studio editions) and the Beats Audio-powered Hewlett Packard laptops. LeBron is already the most notable endorser for them. A few Nike LeBron T-shirts have his likeness sporting them. They're everywhere with pro athletes worldwide! Now he's got company with KG. In this Beats By Dre short film-like commercial Kevin Garnett stars in, he and his Brooklyn teammates go crosstown to New York's Madison Square Garden bowels on their team bus and encounter the vulgar, abusive, and ruthless wrath of Knicks fans--yeah, typical New York! :) Garnett, in his game face and focus mode, uses the new look noise-cancelling Beats Studio Wireless headphones while on the bus silencing the haters. All this centering on how old he is starting with watching Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith on ESPN's First Take commenting on how "over the hill" he is, even with his current on-court struggles with the Nets right now with injuries presently taking a toll.
Only references to Knicks and Nets come in the forms of mostly the team colo(u)rs and use of New York and Brooklyn since Beats By Dre couldn't get clearance from the NBA to use those NBA Properties, even though many NBA players do sport them.
Phil Ford, a largely-ignored player these days to many young fans, was at his height as an All-Star with the Kansas City Kings in the late 70s and early 80s--when the Kings enjoyed their best period there and had notable players like Nate "Tiny" Archibald, Scott Wedman, Otis Birdsong, and Sam Lacey--and before that a North Carolina star with a gold medal from Montreal 1976 (both coached by Dean Smith). Ford handles his business here during a home Kings game at the Kemper Arena in 1979 as an eventual Rookie of the Year against the New York Knicks that was televised on CBS to go for 22 points. Actually, it was here in this period that bad luck set in for them in KC.
Another installment of CBS Sports' Horse for its NBA basketball coverage from a March 18, 1978 halftime game of the Sixer/Celtics. Seattle's "Downtown" Freddy Brown faces Milwaukee's Brian Winters at Atlanta's Omni Hotel. Both were great shooters back then with the future Vancouver Grizzlies coach sporting a Fu-Manchu mustache before going full beard during the 1977-78 season. Some little trivia for you mates here: the Omni Hotel was right next door to the OMNI Arena and is now the CNN Center's global headqaurters with the hotel aging when CNN bought the place. The OMNI Arena was razed to make way for the new Philipps Arena. Milwaukee stopped wearing the Bucks script lettering unis after the 1976-77 season, so this must have occured during the 1977 offseason.
Portland's Joel Freeland, the latest British representative in the NBA incredibly improving his overall game earning a integral spot on the Trail Blazers' rotation
Petur Gudmundsson montage. He remains Iceland's only NBA representative after all these years
Sacramento endured a mediocre first season in California's capital coming from Kansas City at 37-45 but barely made the playoffs as a #7 seed in the 1985-86 season, their honeymoon period. Matter of fact, everybody in the Midwest Division that season made the playoffs, which never happened again. Obviously, Kings fans in their new home (and their temporary and first Arco Arena) were estatic to see the Kings in their first taste of the NBA playoffs. But Eddie Johnson, Reggie Theus, Terry Tyler, Joe Kleine, Mark Olderding, Larry Drew, LaSalle Thompson, Mike Woodson, Otis Thorpe, coach Phil Johnson and Co. had to deal with the powerful Houston Rockets and the Twin Towers of Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson. Sac-Town's noisy joy was short-lived as the eventual Western Conference champs took care of Sacramento in a sweep ending here 113-98. Following is a KOVR TV-13 broadcast excerpt of Game 3 with Tom Curran and Lucious Allen that ended the Kings' season. And it was the only time that ARCO Arena witnessed any NBA playoff action. For several years after that, even after moving to the current arena in 1988 coinciding with move to the Pacific Division from the Midwest because of incoming expansion with Miami being there and later Minnesota, Charlotte, and Orlando, the Kings never made the playoffs but still had fans' support as the only big time team there. KOVR was their TV home until 1988 when they moved to KBRK (now KMAX).
In 2005, Dirk Nowitzki was at a hotel after a playoff game calling his love, putting in his voice mail love. 6 years later she happily called back...
07-03-2014, 06:29 AM
Feeling nostalgic right now? Well, I do. Just as the NBA was starting to rise in popularity because of Bird and Magic, though it would take that pivotal 1984 boom for the casual fans to truly take notice, the league was still struggling financially. And there were some really horrible owners controlling bad teams back then (Ted Stepien) trading their first round draft picks to good teams for marginal players until David Stern put a stop to that practice. It'll be years like this when either the Celtics and the NDCELE get the #1 overall pick or just in the top 5. But some future NBA stars came in to shoulder the load from Bird and Magic like college stars Mark Aguirre, Isiah Thomas, Kelly Tripucka, Buck Williams, Terry Cummings, James Worthy, Dominique Wilkins, Eric "Sleepy" Floyd, Tom Chambers, Rolando Blackman, Ricky Pierce, Jeff Ruland, Lafayette "Fat" Lever, and Steve Johnson. And notable players like Trent Tucker, LaSalle Thompson, Orlando Woolwidge, Quentin Dailey (both RIP), Cliff Levingston, John Bagley, Lester Conner, Danny Vranes, Clark Kellogg, Terry Teague, Brooke Steppe, Albert King, Al Wood, and one of my alltime personal Suns faves David Thirdkill :) . Was a good time for Chicago basketball and even Gastonia, North Carolina with some of those names highly represented. Just seeing Aguirre being the second #1 draft pick for Dallas is interesting
You know it's nostalgic when the San Diego Clippers and the Kansas City Kings are mentioned in the following 1981 and 1982 NBA Drafts with NBA Commish Larry O'Brien with no caps to give them upon being drafted (that occured starting in 1986), smooth jazz soundtrack, and being at the MSG Felt Forum in 1982 and in a massive hotel conference room in 1981 with none of the high-tech graphics. And the USA Network was airing this with Kenny Albert, Jim Karnavellas, and St. John's coaching great Lou Carnaseca long before it became part of the NBC Universal-Comcast empire and was airing sports in abundance with the NBA, NHL, track and field, and NASL soccer. You also know it's the early 80s when Giorgio Moroder's Midnight Express Chase theme gets a play with some cool old-school college basketball footage (even an all-star game). Just the first round.
1981 NBA Draft:
1982 NBA Draft:
21-03-2014, 11:06 AM
1982. It's Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals at the House of Evil. That Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire was sadly embarking on a tragically oppressive assualt on the league that only Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, and Detroit all thankfully stopped only at times during the 1980s with the iconic Pat Riley at the helm succeeding the fired Paul Westhead in November after the latter and Magic butted heads. That team had just sadly dispensed Phoenix in the Western Semifinals. Read the new book about this disgusting period that just came out.
What's of interest to me here are these: the late Frank Gleiber pairing with Hubie Brown, fresh from his Atlanta Hawks coaching stint, for CBS Sports' presentation of this game. A well-regarded sportscaster until his tragic death from a heart attack while jogging in 1985, he was very good and one YouTube commentator says, he sounded like Phil Stone, formerly NBC and the LA Clippers TV announcer. Gleiber would've undoubtably covered most of the NBA On CBS games that eventually went to Verne Lundquist from 1985-1990. Can you imagine had he worked with Tommy Heinsohn on CBS had the Boston Celtics and the NDCELE were in the NBA Finals? Would CBS Sports had the nerve to do that? Surely be interesting to see. Glieber was known to be pro-NDCELE and Heinsohn is of course pro-Celtics (just listen to him on NESN Celtics games). Remember that Seattle Supersonics epic collapse from a 29-point lead in Game 3 back in 1989 against the NDCELE? Imagine Gleiber calling that.
Gleiber and Brown were a solid pairing. Dave Corzine, Mark Olberding, and George Johnson were solid bigs for the Spurs with some hustle, bruising, shot blocking, and rebounding. Corzine actually enjoyed some success against Abdul-Jabbar that season. But there was a reason why San Antonio traded them to Chicago for Artis Gilmore at the trade deadline next season. Also, there's was old Cavaliers connection with Mike Mitchell (RIP) and Mike Bratz.
Good to hear the intro music setting the stage of the game at hand. I recall it was used for one male figure skater's free skate. Struggled for years to find out what's the name of the instrumental and where to look for it on YouTube. Still can't find it. Then there's the old school classic NBA On CBS intro music in its last full year before it switch to the better-known one starting with the 1983 NBA World Championship Series (now the commonly called the 1983 NBA Finals) broadcast (Sixers and NDCELE) that became synonymous with CBS's NBA coverage. Also liked the graphics from that era. This Game 1 was blocked out in the LA area.
27-03-2014, 03:17 AM
After some months of bidding that went on for over a year for the inevitable NBA expansion franchise in Toronto that was to eventually become the Raptors among three prospective founding ownership groups, the NBA Expansion Committee back in 1993 selected John Bitove Jr.'s group that also had former Ontario Premier David Peterson, and Allan Slaight from Slaight Communications, Bank of Nova Scotia (now ScotiaBank), and Phil Granovsky to negotiate with the NBA over its return to Toronto over Larry Tannebaum's Palestra group (who actually set the Canadian NBA expansion rolling by submitting its expansion papers first in 1991-93), and Magic Johnson's and concert promoter Michael Kohl's group. All announced on Bitove's 33rd birthday having dinner with his family. Isiah Thomas later came along a bought a small ownership stake in the team, and there were already plans for building a permanent downtown arena home now known as the Air Canada Centre.
Early on the 1997-98 NBA season, Bitove later sold his majority stake of the Toronto Raptors ownership to Slaight for $65 million after Slaight enacted the shotgun clause in their ownership and later sold it in 1998 and the Air Canada Centre it was building then to Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. (now known as Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment) that incidently includes Larry Tanenbaum, who serves as MLSE's Chairman. The following is a 1993 TSN Sportsdesk report on the selection news that projected the NBA expansion fee would be back then around C$100-130 million (turned into $125 million--Vancouver's expansion through Arthur Griffiths' group was still pending at the time).
Very funny! Tony Parker has a cook-out at his San Antonio home with locally big SA supermarket chain H-E-B's exclusive Prime 1 steaks (cut like those in exclusive restaurants) the Spurs Coyote is grilling. So exclusive even his teammates Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili can't get past the velvet rope and aren't on the list ("Tim, Tim, I don't see that!")--but Coach Pop can cut in!
A short clip from The Other Dream Team documentary about the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team centering on the reactions of the Portland Trail Blazers drafting Arvydas Sabonis with the last pick in the first round from the 1986 NBA Draft. Many didn't know who he was. Even the NBA Draft analysts on Superstation WTBS--especially John Thompson's reaction. He'll know two years later. If only the people knew how really good Sabas was at a young age BEFORE THE INJURIES. And there's a double irony with this too because it took Sabas almost a decade to make his NBA debut with Portland. By then, many of the older comentators shown from file footage on their reactions likely had died since.
02-04-2014, 08:39 AM
These three vids (and one additional exempt) inspired me to do a Cincinnati Royals (and by extension the Cincinnati Bearcats) post
ESPN SportsCentury's doc on the Big O, Oscar Robertson:
Jack Twyman tribute, also centering on his legal guardianship of fallen teammate Maurice Stokes:
Some sadder news happened recently. Connie Dierking, another notable former Bearcat and Royal, died a few months ago in late December. Following is a Cincinnati News 13 report on his passing at age 77:
Early TV era highlights footage of the 1954 NBA World Championship (then the World Series of Basketball) Game 1 between the Syracuse Nationals (now the Philadelphia 76ERS) and the Minneapolis Lakers. Long before it truly became a hateful and oppressive evil entity at the left coast. Nats' job was to prevent George Mikan.
06-04-2014, 07:32 AM
Congrats to Philadelphia for finally ending that long losing streak. In celebration, this is the 76ERS old school theme 1 2 3 4 Sixers that was played on the PA system after their win in Detroit when fans were happy to "clap [their] hands everybody and stomp their feet for Philadelphia" with all the footage of the Sixers glory days. Even the old school Dr. J Converse makes an appearance.
Another precious highlight from this dismal Philadelphia 76ERS season. Allen Iverson's live jersey retirement ceremony in front of sold out crowd, serving as a reminder of what they had. If only the Sixers won in 2001 during his MVP season...
Those are for you Singy! :)
Rex Chapman with his brief 1990 Foot Locker exclusive Converse Slam Conquest sneaker, a father of sorts to Larry Johnson's Aero Jam. Back when he was still the first-ever Charlotte Hornets draft pick and had serious hops. He did participate at the 1990 Slam Dunk Contest. Team hadn't yet made the playoffs. By then, Rex was with Washington.
This is him at the said 1990 NBA Slam Dunk Contest in Miami. If you were like me, the 1990 video Super Slams of the NBA, had you got it, touted Chapman as one the rising stars in the NBA dunking world and all-around with Pippen, Shawn Kemp, and Theodore "Blue" Edwards. At the time, Rex was known for his dunking until his lower back issues forced to ground ball and three-point shooting more later in his career. He was also one of the few notable NBA white stars with serious dunking skills (Tom Chambers was another). As mentioned here, Rex was a HS dunk champ:
Rex at Wendy's now-defunct SuperBar, also in 1990, later surrounded by excitable girls directly from his table who actually wanted his salad. Not his autograph
09-04-2014, 05:47 AM
Next Thursday ESPN premieres its latest 30 For 30 installment with a retrospective on the Detroit Pistons Bad Boys era in the late 80s and early 90s. Timing's interesting because Joe Dumars, the classiest person on the team who had a Bad Boys membership card but that's as far as he went with it, plans to resign soon as Pistons GM. Actually liked them back then. Looking forward to this and long overdue. Hope this covers the NBA defensive rules changes to suit Jordan like flagrant fouls, Raiders owner Al Davis sending them Bad Boys T-shirts and sweatshirts, and the Rick Mahorn-Jack McCloseky 1989 Minnesota Timberwolves expansion draft saga. TV spot coming up:
Work is underway to have a 30 For 30 on Cleveland's tortured sports history and fans (Cavs included) directed by Kris Belman. He talks with Rizz and Hammer about this. Non-basketball coming: hope they touch on the Cleveland Barons brief NHL time:
Toronto Raptors clinch playoff berth and very likely Atlantic Division soon after six seasons. Live on Rogers Sportsnet at home against Boston:
More San Diego Clippers footage: springy and mentally tough Lloyd (later World B.) Free drops 35 points in 1980 on the Boston Celtics at the Boston Garden live on CBS. He could breakdown his man anytime and never shot aimlessly with his at-will scoring. Shame he never played on a better team mixed suitably to his game during his NBA career. It was during this 1979-80 season, Larry Bird's rookie season, Free finished second to Gervin in scoring:
17-04-2014, 06:23 AM
Neither Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons were involved in the production of the upcoming ESPN 30 For 30 doc "Bad Boys", though Jalen does have his own film production company. Both discuss living through that era with Jalen being a local basketball product enthralled by the Pistons and influenced Michigan's Fab 5 with Bill hating them as "my least favo(u)rite basketball team ever". But both are glad the Bad Boys are getting their due, which I'm glad too but kinda disagree on the forgetting: If it weren't for all those 2 titles in 1989-1990 they got, the Pistons would truly be forgotten. I definitely take the Bad Boys over the NDCELE anyday! Surprised in retrospect things didn't get too physical during those two NBA Finals with them in 1988-1989; even the 1984 NBA Finals was that.
Rick Mahorn and Bill Laimbeer explaining the Tap Tap that occurs down low in the paint:
Chauncey Billups in The Vault discusses how he and the NBA today were influenced by the Pistons' Bad Boys physical, rough, and intense style of play back in the mid-1980s-early 1990s:
In case you're wondering what my favo(u)rite ESPN 30 For 30s are, they're Kings Ransom, Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?, The U, Once Brothers, The Two Escobars, Little Big Men, Fernando Nation, The Best That Never Was, The Fab 5, Pony Exce$$, Catching Hell, Benji, You Don't Know Bo, The Announcement, 9.79*, The Price of Gold, Free Spirits, June 14, 1994, and Broke. These are based on the ones I've seen; there are many I have yet to watch just from the ESPN 30 For 30/ESPN Films series. The ESPN Nine For IX stories I have still yet to see, and ESPN Soccer Stories only just started last night with the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy. The ESPN shorts haven't seen much but will plan to see Untucked.
Wow, great acting Larry! Him in a 1985 Rodman car dealership (no, not what you may think) commercial for a Ford Escort on Boston TV. Still not fully shedding that small town country boy aspect out of him:
When the Dallas Mavericks officially entered the NBA back in 1980 in a Channel 8 Dallas sports report:
18-04-2014, 10:46 AM
Toronto Raptors just released a series of commercials proudly declaring themselves and its strong, unique, and local (and Canadian as a whole) basketball culture where they're from, somewhat away from the mainstream, under the #WeTheNorth campaign, now that the Raptors made the playoffs for the first time in 6 years and clinched the Atlantic. Drake, its global basketball ambassador who reps Toronto to the fullest, narrates them and offers notice to the fans of the other 29 NBA franchises. Liking them.
Since and even with the Phoenix Suns sadly not in the NBA Playoffs (but should!), I'll seriously follow Toronto as my fave playoff team, a team some people are actually sleeping on this season. I'm a huge lifelong fan of this big, multicultural, multiethnic Canadian city since I was small and would very much like to live there and attend school! So I naturally like just about anything in it. Actually you know what? I'll even say the Raptors will win their upcoming playoff series against Brooklyn. Sure Cram would like to see them do well too!
Drake introduces his Raptors' starting lineup on Drake Night (taken from TSN2 in Canada) against Brooklyn:
Drake Night Halftime show:
Talking with Sherman Hamilton and Paul Jones on the Raptors Pre-Game Show on NBA TV Canada, making what he wishes for the Raptors and its fans onto the future:
Drake celebrating Raptors Drake Night win over Brooklyn 96-80:
Vintage film (or TV special?) from 1966 reviewing the Baltimore Bullets' season entitled The Tall Men Of Baltimore. I agree wholeheartedly that the reason why the Abe Pollin-owned Bullets left Baltimore for Washington (actually playing in suburban Maryland at Landover) was because of the Baltimore Civic Center Arena; it resembled an overgrown stereotypical middle school cafeteria. It's why it doesn't have much success since with pro basketball. But plans are afoot to build a new one in downtown Baltimore. Polin was later viewed by Baltimore residents as a carpetbagger despite even having the city host some select Bullets home games until 1997 with name change to Wizards.
Part-owner Earl Foreman later owned the ABA's Washington Capitals/Virginia Squires franchise after buying the heavily-indebted Oakland Oaks before moving them. Also from 1977-85, Foreman was an important contributor in the Major Indoor Soccer League, mostly as commissioner and later served again in 1989.
26-04-2014, 06:17 AM
Still haven't seen the ESPN 30 For30 film for the Detroit Pistons' Bad Boys yet. Heard a lot of great things about it. But I got another short clip from it to whet our appetite until that moment.
Bill Laimbeer recalls famously (and not regretting) hammering down Larry Bird the floor deep in the paint at the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals at the Silverdome, prompting a scuffle. Because Laimbeer felt he can eventually breakdown the Celtics with Bird taken down:
30-04-2014, 11:23 AM
As many Western nations were building political, economic, and cultural bridges with the People's Republic of China, having coming off immense global isolation, beginning in the mid 1970s, the Washington Bullets made history in becoming the first NBA franchise to visit China. After that, the NBA started offseason player and coaching clinics goodwill tours in the early 80s as China became an Asian basketball power. Thus starting a gradual basketball relationship between the NBA and China. Esay to forget these days with China being such a major power player now and seeing the fruits of this relationship, culminating with Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian in the NBA.
Washington played two exhibition games, one each against the Beijing Bayi Rockets and the Chinese national team. Neither provided stiff competition for the Bullets in them. Chinese kids sure seem to like these ridiculously tall basketball players like Hayes, Dandridge, and Unseld. No doubt they were gawked by passers-by wherever they went because they weren't used to seeing them.
13-05-2014, 08:01 AM
Back (again) to 1988. Back to the Miami Heat's inaugural season--and their early struggles all over it as a Midwest Division member. Finally the very rare 1989 NBA Entertainment video distrbuted by CBS-FOX Video at the time about the Heat's debut season called Dream Catches Fire recently appeared on YouTube--was a part of the bonus features in the 2006 Miami Heat NBA Champions DVD. Bad news is the audio is largely dubbed over into Italian since it comes from an Italian YouTube channel. When there's a just English version (so far can't find one), I'll eventually link it here. Relive again how it all began.
Top 5 Worst Free Throws in NBA History
With all that firestorm surrounding Donald Sterling's hideous comments, I wanted to see anything regarding the reactions from those hailing from the San Diego era. Lowes Moore, Willie "Hutch" Jones, and Bill Walton all speak on their ex-boss Donald Sterling when he owned the then-San Diego Clippers in this ABC 10 San Diego report. Mainstream sports media, at least on the talk radio side, tends to annoyingly forget that the franchise the lawyer and real estate developer Sterling bought back in 1981 was in San Diego for US$12.5 million, to say nothing of the earlier mostly successful period when it was back in Buffalo as the Buffalo Braves in the 1970s (1970-78). Does tend to get forgotten since they were largely bad during those years (despite a 43-39 record but missing the playoffs by two games in their debut SD season in 1978-79):
18-05-2014, 06:46 AM
Ah, more Buffalo Braves footage at their Buffalo Memorial Auditorium home. Here thanks to Staffannouncer.com, they're playing against the Boston Celtics during the 1972-73 season. I think this was their final season playing in those uniforms before moving to the more familiar to the public sky blue and white. Dedicated in memory to then-head coach, the late great and beloved Dr. Jack Ramsay.
Some real good high-quality footage of Drazen Petrovic in action in his Portland Trail Blazers days against the New York Knicks, the Charlotte Hornets, Seattle SuperSonics, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Bullets, and the Phoenix Suns. As brilliant as he was when he signed in 1989 with them, he, as we all know, was behind Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter in the pecking order under Rick Adelman. So he didn't enjoy much playing time as much he should've there
Daryl "Chocolate Thunder" Dawkins explains his famous glass-shattering dunks in Kansas City (poor Bill Robinzine) and at home in Philly within a few weeks between each other, causing game-delays--and a $5000 fine from then-commissioner Larry O'Brien:
31-05-2014, 04:59 AM
I'm not sure why "Sweet" Lou Hudson isn't enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and not in this year's class. He should be. Hudson was one of the first stars of the Atlanta Hawks (and one of the last from the St. Louis Hawks era) before Pistol Pete Maravich came along a short time later. Lots of people today don't know how phenomenal he was; Hudson could shoot with the best as a six-time NBA All-Star shooting guard with great stats to support him in the late 1960s and late-1970s. Was also one of the first black players donning Minnesota Golden Gopher maroon and gold. Tried his hand with broadcasting for Hawks TV games on Superstation WTBS up to the mid-1980s with his number retired with Bob Petit and Dominique Wilkins.
In tribute to Hudson's incredible all-around game and in his memory, the following video comes from moments of that 1970 Christmas Day game live on ABC with the Atlanta Hawks descending in Phoenix to take on the Suns at the Arizona Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, also starring the aforementioned Maravich as a rookie, Connie Hawkins, Paul Silas, Dick Van Arsdale, future University of Minnesota coach Clem Haskins, Walt Bellamy, Neil Walk, and Walt Hazzard. Called by Keith Jackson and former Cincinnati Royals coach Jack Twyman.
Hudson's Hawks teammate at the time Maravich was generally seen as the hotshot scoring machine coming out of LSU and potential white crossover pro star. When Maravich signed with Atlanta, he managed to score an endorsement with Bristol-Meyers' Vitalis hair care in a trio of 1970 Vitalis commercials showcasing how he keeps his trademark floppy and moppy hair under control while playing (Hudson appears in spot#2).
04-06-2014, 09:56 AM
Nice highlights of the 1979 NBA All-Star Game at the Pontiac Silverdome that was opened less than 4 years earlier (and during the Pistons' first season there) with a lot of notable greats on both teams, several of whom have Detroit ties. BTW, Rudy T wore a facemask in this game for an inadvertent elbow courtesy of Detroit's ML Carr a few nights earlier. Interesting that then-commisioner Larry O'Brien said to Hot Rod Hudley that the NBA hoped it would admit 2 teams by 1981. Turned out only Dallas was admitted. Like to know what city could've been the second candidate. Vancouver? The West won here:
Keeping it in Detroit. Wow, with this year's NBA Finals about to start Thursday, can you believe it's been a decade since one of the greatest NBA Finals ever when the Pistons, a team with no instantly notable stars with its "Deeeeetroit Basketball!", fought the good fight and beat that morally corrupt, arrogant, tyrannical, oppressive, narcisstic, wretched, wicked, and hateful Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire in 5 games? Shows you the embodiment of a team and no superstars were needed to thankfully stop them! It was an end of a Reign of Terror era back then like when Sacramento got oppressed two years earlier and several of the players, who should've known better, there later left. Just imagine all those celebrations around the world thanks to Detroit! Nowdays, due to the integration ESPN has since taken over the ABC Sports operations with them merged being under the Disney umbrella carried on since the 1990s even though both were under Capital Cities (ESPN On ABC), this was one of the last years the latter dealt with the Finals. Funny, Doc Rivers managed to do the same against the NDCELE four years later with Boston. Relive the moment:
I hold some doubts about the freezeout that has taken a life of its own. I can see why rookie Michael Jordan didn't get more touches during the game--it's reported that Isiah, Magic, Bird, and co laughed about it with a reporter overhearing it coming back from Indianapolis, saying the rookie hotshot Mike hadn't earned anything yet in the eyes of the vets. Larry Bird was named MVP, one YouTube poster says, because his East teammates wanted to help put on a show for him and get the most shots in his home state and his home fans. Isiah, MVP from the last ASG in Denver, was not fully 100% in this game and was doing well until the 3rd quarter. Sonny Vaccarro says in the new Roland Lazenby bio on Michael Jordan called The Life that, in retrospect, this was all a Nike backlash with Jordan as its face at a time when Converse with its stable of All-Stars (Bird, Magic, Dr. J, Aguirre, McHale, Isiah, King, etc.) ruled the roost. We all know how things turned out for upstart Nike (with its few stars like Moses Malone and Bobby Jones back then) in the end.
18-06-2014, 07:39 AM
Wow, can you believe it's been 20 years ago since Game 5 the 1994 NBA Finals today on June 17? Of course on Friday June 17, 1994, the date is remembered far more of course with the bizarre OJ Simpson parade, as I call it, with an armada of LAPD police cars slowly trailing him and his buddy and fellow USC Trojan Al Cowling along the LA 505 freeway to Simpson's Brentwood mansion. It superceeded all the NBC coverage of the game by going split screen with greater priority to the parade. I was watching Game 5 live on KSDK Channel 5 back home in St. Louis in my room living with my Grandma and younger sister at the time when NBC News broke the developing story and was stunned yet, like millions of people on that day, riveted to what was transpiring. A bizarre sight, indeed. With people over the freeway and traveling on the freeway and all the way to Brentwood, cheering for him. I even switched channels--I had no cable then and still don't--to see if other channels picked up on it live. And they all did, except for PBS!
Needless to say, it stole the headlines and the show in what should've been talking about Game 5, the opening day of the 1994 World Cup USA at Chicago's Soldier Field with defending champs Germany versus Bolivia, Arnold Palmer's final pro golf round at the US Open, the New York Rangers Stanley Cup celebration, and some MLB baseball that saw another Ken Griffrey Jr. homer in KC. All that was chronicled in the brilliant ESPN 30 For 30 June 17, 1994. As part of the legacy of all this, it also introduced many of us to the Kardashians (that's interesting on its own right) through the late attorney and OJ friend Robert Kardashian. Pretty much spawned a whole new tabloid/celebreality era.
But back to the game, the final Knicks home game in the 1993-94 season regardless of the outcome. We get to relive those moments here with NBC Sports juggling its "professional obligations" with the unfolding events at hand across the country. Bob Costas sure seemed a little somber than normal when weaving narratives. Both teams were riveted at first in their respective locker rooms but the coaches wanted then to focus on the task at hand with New York and Houston. Just like it was during the course of the series: low-scoring, defense-oriented, and physical with everything on the line. Under the 4-minute mark in the third quarter, Marv Albert and Matt Goukas went silent so NBC News could show the chase. Starting at that point, Houston was taking over with its run. Al Trautwig, John Starks, and Herb Williams discuss what was going on then. But we don't get to see the silent segment. MSG Network's reairing comes in when Albert and Goukas resume their call. MSG fans were loud but eventually word broke out to everyone, including the media types transfixed, about what was going on in LA...
Several media members including Bob Costas, Hannah Storm, and Marv Albert recall that infamous day on an ESPN oral history of that OJ Simpson car chase. There's some interesting tidbits on that:
Only apt exactly on this 20th anniversary that I bring back the brilliant ESPN 30 For 30 doc June 17, 1994 with all the far-ranging emotions to the sports events on that day:
Interesting that NZ's Maori Television has a promo for this doc instead of importing the ESPN "What If I Told You" for the 30 For 30s:
When Larry Bird was undoubtably the best player in the NBA back in 1986 and in the NBA Finals again, he used his talents and fundamentals in his own style. Pat O'Brien suggests on this Game 5 NBA Finals CBS Sports halftime segment, along with many basketball experts at the time, that Bird would write his own book on the sport he rewrote. Funnily enough, he had his own best-selling instructional book that I had a copy of called Bird on Basketball. Got some 80s background music from the likes of OMD "If You Leave" and Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight":
24-06-2014, 11:44 AM
In memorium to the Charlotte Bobcats (now the Hornets), we take a look back at its first ever playoff home game against the Orlando Magic (Game 3) back in 2010. Didn't win a playoff game in the Bobcats era as we all know, which is a shame. Was progress back then until that regression culminating with that horrible lockout-shortened season. This is just the intro video recalling the beloved Charlotte Hornets playoff memories, Rufus, and player intros:
09-07-2014, 09:40 AM
Four years ago today, LeBron James famously announced he was "taking [his] talents to South Beach" live on TV with Jim Grey, prompting jersey burnings and Dan Gilbert's scathing open letter and being compared to the late Browns owner Art Modell in Cleveland's Hall of Shame after much anticipation. Cleveland deserved better than a public humiliation like that. Feeling betrayed. He actually made his decision the night before and was obtained from ESPN's NBA analyst Chris Broussard from sources very close to James. And James notified the Cavs an hour later, as reported by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojciekowski. Of course, it changed the way how NBA does free agency. When I heard that the show was to be called The Decision, I somewhat knew it, understanding Cleveland's tortured pro sports history, was going to sound ominous coming in (The Drive, The Shot, The Fumble). Though, I didn't watch the TV special, I thought it was badly handled and self-serving, even with the Boys and Girls Club of America proceeds for the show to soften the criticisms.
When he left for Miami, it's now evident that Cleveland lacked the personnel to help "win a ring for the King" at the age of 25 years; it's understandable he wanted to team up with his equally talented buddies with a chance for that ring. When you're 25, you want to make changes to your life that will be beneficial to you in the long run from this pivotal juncture. Since he's won two rings, solidifying his place as one of the NBA greats with his incredible talents recognized since high school. My, how things can go full circle. Cleveland's seriously now up in the running to woo him back. Cleveland has better talent presently than 4 years ago, albeit unproven in the postseason in the postseason with Irving, Wiggins, and Bennett. Should LeBron rejoin, he makes them serious playoff contenders. Don't think it will happen, though. Part of me wonders why would Cleveland go into this and get spurned again with a better team and talent. Cavs fans may feel worse for this now.
The Decision in full
Cleveland WEWS ABC 5 nighttime news report of The Decision on the night of it getting the reaction of locals. And yes you can see the anti-LeBron bonfires:
27-07-2014, 05:58 AM
Fell in love with Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, one of the Bucks' precious few highlights in a terrible season for them with a rapidly aging BMO Bradley Center (opened in 1988). He helps give Bucks fans hope with versatility, guard-like moves, and long arms despite being a very raw teenager. Whether Greece's Antetokounmpo can build his game remains to be seen. He's surely got potential. Bucks sportscasters amazingly managed to pronounce his last name quite well after initiation. This post here is in tribute to him.
Giannis Antetokounmpo's season highlights parts 1-2 with lots of dunks, lobs, passes, and energy:
Giannis at the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery talking to Draft Express. Makes a note of his improved English. Surprised that he got a playing time this past season. Interested in how Jason Kidd will use him:
How Draft Express evaluated him from last year and how he fared in his rookie season since:
All Antetokounmpo's 61 dunks this past season:
07-08-2014, 07:23 AM
You know those 1994 Much Music clips with Steve Nash and Kory Hallas on its Rap City show promoting Team Canada ahead of the 1994 FIBA World Basketball Championships in Toronto and Hamilton? MuchMusic's Rap City is back here with Isiah Thomas, new as not just as the Raptors' first GM but part-owner, playing one-on-one outdoors with Rap City host Oliver Walters at a windy and cloudy Toronto, in a city very excited about a new big time, major league pro basketball franchise coming with a rising local basketball culture that was rapidly becoming more accessible. I'm thinking this was sometime in April-May 1995 with the Raptors several months away from playing its first NBA games, and Zeke's talking about what plans the Raptors got in its first season to look for at that point. Plus there's a Eazy-E reference Isiah Thomas brings up and just died of AIDS when making guest rap video requests and another with Shaq.
26-08-2014, 11:13 AM
Somewhat rare thing to see, especially these days. Makes me miss CBS Sports having the rights to the NBA. The intro to apparently Game 1 of the 1980 NBA World Championship Series between the Philadelphia 76ERS and the NDCELE. CBS used to bring up playoff summaries leading to the point at hand. Miss that. NBC later with Bob Costas would weave epic narratives as intros. ESPN/ABC does neither. A minor quibble. Nowdays with every game televised and on-demand and going online and to SportsCenter it seems, there's apparently no need to return to what CBS formerly did
A nice look at Michael Jordan's first taste of the NBA Playoffs as a rookie in 1985, despite what VH1's I Love The 80s: The 80s Strike Back would have you erroneously believe (it made the mistake of the 1986 playoffs was his debut). This was the last game here of the best of 5 series between the Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks, Game 4 at Chicago Stadium shown on Superstation WTBS, in which the Bucks won 3-1 with this 105-97 victory. Jordan being the exciting rookie of the year he was was learning how to take things to the next level and with winning in his now-famous competitive drive. At this time, Bulls fans were more than happy to be in the postseason after several season away. Sidney Moncrief's mission was to stop Jordan (and the late Quintin Dailey) defensively and he did indeed bother them, keeping him (mostly Jordan) out of the paint, forcing him into crowded areas, denying his sweet spots, contesting his shots, meeting him at the rim, using his body, athleticism, fundamentals and length, even keeping up with him in transition which was almost impossible, playing some great help D too. He was perhaps the best shooting guard who contain Jordan best all through Jordan's postseason career. Jordan also displayed some really good defensive plays of his own. Milwaukee was too good, diverse, and experienced for Jordan and his even worse Bulls that year and thus eliminated them. As one who could do it all, he was the best shooting guard in the NBA at the time and really should be enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame even with his injuries started taking their toll on him after 1985. Moncrief and Terry Cummings were Miller Lite Players of the Game in this. Meanwhile, this was to be Kevin Loughery's final game as Bulls' coach before taking over the Washington Bullets next season after Stan Albeck took over in Chi-Town.
It was during this time or soon after that then-owner James Fitzgerald sold the Milwaukee Bucks to US Senator Herb Kohl. And under Kohl, the red was dropped Milwaukee's colo(u)r scheme, I think, a season later in 1986-87 season. Get to hear some nice music from that period as bumpers. Oh yes, the Bulls didn't start with the Alan Parsons Project's "Sirius" until years later. Listen closely, and you hear Michael Jackson's Thriller when the lights go off.
The vintage Boston Celtics 1985-86 NBA Finals review video that CBS FOX used to distribute with NBA Entertainment called "Sweet Sixteen" against the Houston Rockets that culminated the Celtics' legendary season:
San Antonio Spurs' 2014 Trophy Celebration starting with Patty Mills acting as an MC of sorts at the Alamodome and the Riverwalk Parade:
29-08-2014, 10:23 AM
Back in the early days of this thread, I linked the 1983-84 Boston Celtics NBA championship/season-in-review video Pride and Passion, narrated by Dick Stockton. But it actually wasn't complete, and I was hoping it finish the job someday. Now I am. Whenever ESPN broadcasts this piece these days, however, it omits the regular season and the 1984 NBA playoffs and instead immediately goes to the 1984 NBA Finals (or the 1984 NBA World Championship Series, as it was actually called then). But here it's not complete: part one is missing, where it dealt with Kareem surpassing Wilt, David Stern taking over, and much of the 1984 NBA All-Star Weekend in Denver, to give a couple examples. And then there's the matter of 13 Johnsons in the NBA that season. But with this being the 30th anniversary of that season, it's only fitting I bring it back here. Sometimes I wished Phoenix was in the NBA Finals instead that year--were in the WCF then
Included the 1984 NBA All-Star Weekend highlights from Denver here:
Back to the parts:
Haven't done anything much from the 1996 NBA Finals outside of perhaps the Seattle Supersonics intros at a time when Seattle was this hip, happening place thanks to grunge and Microsoft. Well, I got you Game 4 from that series when the Chicago Bulls and MJ were on an unstoppable and historic mission to reclaim the NBA title after his 1995 comeback; Seattle was just delaying the inevitable. But here's an interesting twist to this game: the commentary is conducted entirely in German on Deutscher Sport Fernsehen (DSF), now Sport1 in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, with Frank Buschmann using the NBC feed shown live to Europe late at night/early in the morning (with a brief appearance from newly-minted Toronto Raptors Rookie Of The Year Damon Stoudemire with the English overdubbed into German). No doubt Detlef Schrempf's appearance in this for Seattle heightened the German sports fans and media interests there even further in the 1996 NBA Finals in which Michael Jordan pretty much already had, and they obviously would like to see him perform well as Germany's best reknown basketball player, especially at Detlef's adopted hometown--in halftime, he gives a tour of the Seattle Supersonics' facility as part of Detlef's Diary. As if another thing for the Supersonics fans here on these threads to get saddened over:
DSF's Inside NBA is back again with a piece on the Toronto Raptors at the height of Vinsanity and Purple Pride with interviews from Vince Carter, Mark Jackson, Charles Oakley, Antonio Davis, and Lenny Wilkins back in 2001. DSF's reporter seems a bit astonished that basketball is flourishing in such a ice hockey-mad multicultural Canadian city, all while covering this story mostly at the CN Tower and the nearby Air Canada Centre:
16-09-2014, 09:14 AM
Some sad news lately. Marvin "Bad News" Barnes, the troubled basketball player who wasted his incredible talents serving as a classic case of "could've, would've, should've", died very recently days ago after notable stints with the (most notably) ABA's Spirits of St. Louis, Buffalo Braves, and Detroit Pistons. He personified the very renegade and rebellious free spirit that was the ABA. The following April 8, 1978 link of the Buffalo Braves-Boston Celtics featuring if we call it a highlight reel of the last glimpse of a decent Barnes, wearing #9, with drugs taking over even from the Spirits of St. Louis-era Barnes in comparison is interesting for several reasons:
1. This CBS Sports NBA broadcast has Brent Musburger, who even joked that Barnes must be hamming it up for TV, and Keith Erickson
2. It's John "Hondo" Havlicek's final NBA game
3. Final game as the Buffalo Braves, being dead last in the Atlantic Division that season, before moving to San Diego to become the San Diego Clippers.
4. Gets into foul trouble and an altercation. Not in shape
5. Misses plenty of shots
6. Tommy "Satch" Sanders was the Celtics coach back then. Cotton Fitzsimmons is his Buffalo counterpart
7. Cedric Maxwell was a rookie. Still associated with the Celtics to this day as radio analyst
When Barnes was at his best, maximizing his incredible talents in his Spirits of St. Louis ABA days, like here on the road in Louisville at the Freedom Hall against the Kentucky Colonels in 1976. He scored 33 points here on April 22, 1976 in a late season ABA game perhaps arriving there in his Rolls Royce with his mink coat and that pimp hat (LOL!). Again, had Barnes been more disciplined, responsible, and honing with his talents and avoided the temptations, not only do I think Barnes would be among the greatest pro players of all time but also still alive right now. Yes, you'll see right: there's a Moses Malone and Mike D'Antoni sighting for the Spirits. There's also Bob Costas, and, interestingly for the era and seriously ahead of her time, Harry Weltman's wife, who was very knowledgable about basketball, for the KDNL TV30 broadcast. Long before you start seeing women doing play-by-playing, analysis, and sideline reporting more regularly. People weren't quite ready for that yet.
ESPN just re-aired its 30 For 30 Spirits of St. Louis doc Free Spirits, that Barnes participated in, this past weekend in his memory. Also, if you hadn't read the brilliant ABA oral history book Loose Balls by Terry Pluto, I highly recommend it. Among the numerous stories and antics, Marvin had an issue with time travel when he was about to board a team east coast flight from St. Louis to Louisville and earlier being found in a smoky Dayton, Ohio pool hall after unhappily bolting from his contract as a rookie, under the advice of teammate Joe Caldwell. That spelled the end of Caldwell's time with the Carolina Cougars/Spirits
RIP Marvin :sad:
Speaking of 30 For 30, ESPN just announced a new slate of 30 For 30 docs for the entire month of October hours ago. One premiering on October 21 deals with the New York Knicks early 1970s glory days with its distinct players making themselves one of the greatest NBA teams ever. Entitled When The Garden Was Eden, very likely taken from the book of the same name. Knicks fans are still hungry for another title since that reminds them of what they had.
03-10-2014, 11:15 AM
Hakeem Olajuwon, then Akeem, goes big as a rookie with his 26 points and 17 rebounds in a road game against the Kansas City Kings on December 27, 1984
26-10-2014, 03:43 AM
Oh, the 76ERS are gonna suck again this season! They're even more stripped-down than last season. Even with Michael Carter-Williams being the sole bright spot they have. We don't know how works in progress Nerlens Noel, his really really good defense aside, and later Joel Embiid will fare with their NBA games still mysteries. Will fans get even more impatient? Will they intentionally tank? Will we see them fare even worse than the 1972-73 make of 9-73 (hope not but I worry)? Just keep watching those Dario Saric highlights, Sixers fans, and keep your heads up and be patient. It'll pay off in several years:
From Chicago to Bloomington to Motown to Toronto to the CBA to Indianapolis. ESPN SportsCentury's documentary on Isiah "Zeke" Lord Thomas. Always wanting it his way with his devilish, "take no prisoners" play:
Whatever Happened To Michael Ray Richardson? documentary. One of the worst things to occur to an athlete is to waste that talent away. His is obviously such an example. Could've been the among the stars to lead the NBA during the 1980s with Bird, Magic, and later Jordan. Sugar Ray was exciting and sweet on and off the court. Did turn things around to become a very successful minor league pro coach with Lawton-Ft. Sill Calvary and later the London Lightning to the first 2 NBL Canada titles. Now works for Denver in the community department. Narrated by Chris Rock. Didn't know he had two sneaker deals (Nike and Puma) simultaneously!
04-11-2014, 12:09 PM
Guess the following video goes without saying. The Quicken Loans Arena, the city of Cleveland, the whole Cavs Nation hasn't been this electrified since, well, when LeBron first appeared with Cleveland. No need to tell explain how the city was excited for the season opener or when the whole arena's roof was about to come off all the way to his first points back! Did notice a whole new HD video JumboTron hanging above though. All on TNT:
19-11-2014, 11:40 AM
The 1990s were definitely not kind to the Dallas Mavericks after ended their first decade for much of it as a rising power with championship potential. Until the NDCELE stopped them in 1988, their best season at the time. In fact, that decade was downright bru-tal in the middle of the decade. The Mavs' only playoff appearance that decade was at the beginning. In 1990. Lost to Portland in the quarterfinals. It had just drafted Randy White out of Louisiana Tech, who was billed as the Mailman II because of his size, bulk, position, and the college he went to all just like Karl Malone. SI did a profile on him back in 1989 leading up the NBA Draft. Did not work for him at the NBA though and spent after 5 mediocre season all with Dallas in the NBA to Russia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Israel, and the CBA for many years. They would not make it back until 2001 when it was a young, rising squad and already had a new owner in the colo(u)rful Mark Cuban after Donald Carter and H. Ross Perrot Jr.
One season in particular saw the Dallas Mavericks dangerously flirting with being the worst NBA team of all-time with the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ERS. Dallas was rebuilding with youth, when they knew they were going to struggle mightily with after setting free Rolando Blackman in a trade, seeing Fat Lever not returning for the whole season due to injury, and having Herb Williams walk as a free agent to the Knicks. That season was beset by injuries, trades, and a coaching change from Richie Adubato to interim coach Gar Heard after going 2-27 by January, who seemed to be a designated NBA interim head coach wherever he went as for being a lifetime assistant. Its first round pick Jimmy Jackson out of Ohio St. couldn't come to agreement with owner Donald Carter over his rookie contract and did not appear until for the final 21 games going 7-14 the rest of the way to avoid being like the 76ERS. Dallas had a lot of no-names even to many hardcore NBA fans. The Sporting News ran a 2-page article about the team's futility and underneath that--to underscore the anonymity of the players on that abysmal squad--there were photos of each individual member of that 12-member team and readers had to guess who they were.
Following video tries to put a positive spin on the struggles of that 1992-93 season, especially with the hope Jimmy Jackson coming in and making them so much better and winning more games with some highlights after the near-misses. With hope for the future with Quinn Buckner, the arrival of Jamal Mashburn out of Kentucky, and a full season play of Jimmy Jackson who surprisingly appeared in the Buckner press conference also announcing His rookie contract deal. Take a look back at Jackson, Derek Harper, Sean Rooks, Doug Smith (a Mizzou guy), Mike Iuzzolino, Radislav Curcic, White, Donald Hodge, Steve Bardo, Walter Bond, Dexter Cambridge from The Bahamas who went to Texas, Terry Davis, Brian Howard, Tim Legler, Tracey Moore, Walter Palmer, Lamont Strothers, and Morlon Wiley. Many weren't good enough or quite ready for the NBA back then, though Legler eventually found a nice niche as a three-point specialist. Several of them never returned to Dallas next season as if they were permanently stigmatized league-wide like an outbreak. These players contributed to the 11-71 record that season, becoming only the third NBA team to accomplish this 70+ loss notoriety after the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ERS and the 1986-87 LA Clippers. Still its worst NBA season as a franchise from its 1980 inception.
10-12-2014, 12:23 PM
Before I present this NBA video. I need to express my commentary regarding this. Yes, this is very much played for laughs and makes for great TV--and it's something that many Americans can relate to in wrongful ways as a superpower. Many of us Americans sadly aren't very knowledgable about EXACTLY where the nations are, pointing to very wrong places. I serious think this ignorance is dangerous for Americans. Not entirely our collective fault: geography started to get neglected after WWII and many of us largely know about our history from our much-room-for-improvement public educational system and little overall about other nations and cultures and events over there. If so, for many of us, barely. Charles Barkley surely plays that small town country bumpkin persona at times here and personifies this for many (where the relating comes in). Makes you wonder at times is he playing the dumb jock and is paid for it. I'm sure many of Aussies and Kiwis here are used to this yourselves from us Yanks when the subject is your nations. Still, it's funny to see oh how so wrong he gets to be here and can rightly come up with his home state Alabama. It perhaps wouldn't be as much fun if one actually KNEW those places.
He and Kenny Smith wouldn't know many of the NBDL teams in a game show format and are so wrong, either. This was from 2010, so some of these teams here have since moved. I still don't think they would now:
Dikembe Mutombo remains well after his retirement one of the more endearing and beloved characters in ALL sports, not just in the NBA, when he arrived from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Zaire when he came to Georgetown). And he is known for big heart like funding a Kinshasa hospital in memory of his mother and funding uniforms for the first-ever African Olympic women's basketball qualifiers from his native country during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics that featured a then-17-year old Mwadi Mabika. Glad to see his Adidas gear and Mutombo sneakers from 1991 being re-released last year. Never seen this before. This 1993 Adidas Mutombo commercial with its style, presentation, and look, definitely screams the early 1990s with a nice dash of MTV. Looks British to me because I never seen it before even with the sneakers overbearing everything around it (note the hand holding it up). I like the Mutombo 2 better IMO:
Declares in his thick Congolese accented English that "Man does not fly in the House of Mutombo" all decked in his signature Adidas Mutombo gear with the Lingala print, a nod to his native country, ready to block down low in 1992 in his Denver Nuggets days (even had several of those rainbow Nuggets colors on the shoes). His trademark finger wagging came years later:
A far more recent commercial with Mt. Mutombo hilariously swatting things from cereal boxes to coins to balled up paper and even the Geico sign and finger wagging "No! No! No! Not in my house!"
17-12-2014, 03:50 AM
Back when he was a rising star in the NBA, I honestly don't recall this commercial all that much back then. But this is a rare 1989-1990 Foot Locker contract starring future Hall of Famer and Dream Teamer John Stockton showing or demoing the young guy the performance benefits of new Nike Air Maestro and the Nike Flight 89s after being called up by him:
Game 6 of the 1963 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the NDCELE at LA Sports Arena, when the Celtics NEVER lost to them!
All Cleveland had to do was to taunt Larry Bird almost 30 years ago with him and his bum elbow to motivate him after Game 3, a game the Cavs won at the Richfield Coliseum still down 2-1, when he returned for Game 4. "We Want Bird!" was what they and the local media chanted. Be careful what you wish for, Cleveland. This could've made one of the torturous annals of Cleveland sports not considering the Cavs just returned to the NBA postseason in several years and emerging out of the horrendous Stepien era and into the much more prosperous Gund Brothers one...
31-12-2014, 05:48 AM
As we move from 2014 into 2015, got a nice little transition to remind ourselves what happened soon to be 30 years ago and of the current season. Michael Jordan and Nike forever changed the sneaker and sports worlds 30 years ago next year when the first Air Jordans hit. The infamous black and red Air Jordans were banned by the NBA, but Nike was wise to pay those fines and further build the public hype for them. Later that same 1985 year, Nike would release this Christmas-themed TV commercial with soon-to-be-rookie-of-the-year Mike playing some fun one-on-one basketball with Santa, happily posterizing him:
Highlights of the 1955 NBA Finals (then the 1955 NBA World Championship) between the Syracuse Nationals (now Philadelphia 76ERS) and the Ft. Wayne (now Detroit) Pistons that the Nats won led by Dolph Schayes, who appears at the end of this clip talking about his old coach Al Cervi:
18-01-2015, 07:35 AM
Kicking in the new year with some 1979 Western Conference Semi playoffs with action highlights from the Phoenix Suns-Kansas City Kings and the Seattle Supersonics-Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire playoff series from CBS Sports, complete with Giorgio Moroder's beloved Midnight Express instrumental. I think 1979 was the only time the Suns and Kansas City Kings faced each other in the NBA playoffs. Get to see Otis Birdsong throwing it down though he was known for coming off screens and his jumpers. For the Midnight Express, those who were MISL fans with the KC Comets back in the 1980s sharing the Kemper Arena with the Kings (and outdrawing them) then would tell you, the Comets' intro would use this Moroder instrumental:
After Milwaukee (along with Chicago and Detroit) moved to the Eastern Conference's Central Division and San Antonio and Houston went to the Midwest Division when the Dallas Mavericks came into the league in 1980 making the Mississippi River the natural dividing line, the Milwaukee Bucks didn't really miss a beat. Actually, when the colo(u)rful Mad Scientist Nellie became head coach, they thrived. Winning numerous Central Division titles during the 1980s. But there was one problem: Milwaukee couldn't get over the Philadelphia-Boston hump in the East with its solid core of players to get to the NBA Finals, a place it hadn't returned since 1974 in the heyday of Kareem and the Big O. Back then in the 1980s, a decade that was obviously very good to them, the MECCA with its distinctly famous Robert Indiana court was a rocking place with Suds City fans before it moved to the Bradley Center in late 1988. Something was kinda lost after that and onto the 1990s with a logo makeover and all. But other teams like Chicago, Indiana, and Cleveland got much better and surpassed the Bucks for the most part since. This short highlight, if incomplete, film chronicles a part of the Bucks Central Division winning height and how much fun to watch--the 1981-82 season with Sidney Moncrief, Marques Johnson, Junior Bridgeman, Bob Lanier, and Brian Winters. CBS used to show them regularly on their NBA coverage. So did ESPN and USA at the time:
Dallas Mavericks made their playoff debut in 1984 with a great core of young players like Mark Aguirre, rookie Derek Harper, Jay Vincent, Brad Davis, and Kurt Nimphius. Local basketball fans at the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. But this one is at the 9000-seat Moody Coliseum at the SMU campus due to the Reunion Arena used for WCW wrestling:
24-01-2015, 04:15 AM
Not sure why this went under the radar. But lovers of the ABA no doubt appreciate a Virginia Squires reunion that occurred months ago last year. For those who don't know, the team started in the 1967-68 season as the Oakland Oaks, owned by none other than Pat Boone and coached by former University of Miami (FL) Hurricanes coach and Rick Barry's father-in-law Bruce Hale. Team won an ABA championship in its second season with Barry joined but it later moved next season after being bought by ex-Baltimore Bullets minority owner Earl Foreman to Washington to become the Washington Capitols and retained its green and gold colo(u)rs. That time in Washington didn't work out after one season and moved across the Potomac to become the Virginia Squires, following a pattern set by the Carolina Cougars and Texas Chapparrels of playing home games in a few cities within the state to build a strong regional following in Norfolk, Roanoke, Richmond, and Hampton Roads. Team is notable now of having introduced the likes of Dr. J, the Iceman, Charlie Scott, Dave Twardzik, and Mack Calvin. Al Bianchi was the coach. Team was talented with its youth. By the time of the ABA's final season in 1975-76, the first two players had got traded in the need for cash and later became the well-known legends they are once in the NBA, Meanwhile, cash-strapped Virginia was on its deathbed being owned by the ABA, expected by many to die before the season ended. Actually made it to the end and then died. Says the Squires were the only major pro sports team in the state. But what about then UFL's Virginia Destroyers, the last champion from that league? Hampton Roads has the designation of the being the largest metropolitan area without a top level major pro sports team. An 18,000-seat arena is planned for Virginia Beach.
What we got here is WAVY-TV 10 Virginia Beach two-part retrospective piece on the Virginia Squires by Sportswrap's Brain Parsons and the subsequent Squires reunion:
Reunion was a longtime coming indeed:
Julius Erving interviewed during the reunion:
07-02-2015, 08:24 AM
In Phil Jackson's book 11 Rings, he recalls being worried about the Bulls maintaining their focus for the prize of an NBA title while on the verge of getting that historic 70th victory that was going to happen in Milwaukee back in 1996. All the Chicago TV stations from WGN to WBBM to WLS to WFLD, you name it, were following the Bulls bus live on TV along the highways near Lake Michigan to Milwaukee all the way to the Bradley Center and were greeted by some Bulls fans upon their arrival. They started off slow in their defense but ultimately won that 70th win against the Bucks. Late Chicago Tribune film critic and noted Bulls fan Gene Siskel was among those who attended the game and later made an appearance on ABC News Nightline:
01-03-2015, 04:24 AM
John Stockton recalls the Utah Jazz drafting him out of Gonzaga back in 1984 and of the fans' reaction to it, not knowing who Stockton is:
Future Detroit and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle manages to make the Boston Celtics 1984-85 roster with their championship pedigree and making friends with Larry Legend, no matter how small his pro-defense role was back then:
06-03-2015, 06:26 AM
Lafayette "Fat" Lever's near triple double (26 pts, 10 rebounds, and 9 ast) in Game 2 of the 1987 Western Conference quarterfinals:
10-04-2015, 10:24 AM
During this incredible season the Golden St. Warriors are having with its unprecedented 60+ wins this season with Stephen Curry being a massive MVP candidate, the Splash Bros, a rookie coach thanking his lucky stars not being in NYC, and being a serious NBA championship contender, it's a great time as any to look back at the 40th anniversary of its only title the franchise had while being in the San Francisco Bay Area back in 1975 with that "togetherness" (it won two previous ones back in Philadelphia in the 1940s and 1950s) with this loving reunion. My, has Rick Barry aged since I last saw him. Too bad then-owner Frankie Mieuli is no longer with us having died from cancer several years ago. In fact, it was Mieuli's idea to call them Golden St. to further extend its fanbase from San Francisco to Oakland and San Jose and calling the Oakland Coliseum (now the Oracle Arena) home:
Game 3 of the 1975 Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and Chicago Bulls at Chicago Stadium. Before a certain North Carolina native came along 9 years later, this was the Bulls' best run at the NBA championship, with all due respect to Reggie Theus. Maybe if Artis Gilmore came there instead of continue playing for the Kentucky Colonels, they might have made more of those runs and perhaps a title along the way:
4th quarter of the Warriors clinching the West against Chicago in Oakland, 83-79:
We now have the infamous, historic, and "unreal" full Denver Nuggets-Detroit Pistons 1984 game that went 186-184 in the Pistons' favor in Denver's McNichols Sports Arena with all that high-octane offense and apparently little defense:
Golden St. Warriors 2014-15 home opener player introduction at the Oakland Coliseum Oracle Arena from November 1
Perhaps the greatest Cavs moment ever at the since-demolished Richfield Coliseum back in 1976 that is called The Miracle At Richfield thanks to Snyder with the Cavaliers winning 87-85 over the Washington Bullets:
15-04-2015, 11:39 AM
Julius Erving stars in a 1977 Converse Pro Leather commercial dunking on his green and yellow-clad opponents (what else?) that was surely prominently shown on the NBA On CBS telecasts. Converse was owned by the Eltra company back then, you'll notice. Now it's owned by Nike:
Got another Sacramento Kings retro home game at the first Arco Arena (seating 10,333) on November 28, 1987 still in the Midwest against the Philadelphia 76ERS back when the Sixers were adjusting to life after the retired Dr. J. Bill Russell was coaching the Kings and was more intrigued by going to the links than being on the court. Nonetheless, it was another sellout as the only big-time sports franchise in the California capital. Game was a win:
Superstation WTBS' intro to Michael Jordan's eagerly-awaited Christmas holiday 1988 North Carolina homecoming with his Chicago Bulls with the new kids Charlotte Hornets. You may recall Kurt Rambis had a tip-in at the buzzer in this game to give the Hornets a shock win to the sellout fans' delight. RIP Skip Caray:
MJ's highlights from that game:
25-04-2015, 05:03 AM
Another New Orleans Jazz Pete Maravich highlight reel. From a January 22, 1978 Jazz home game at the Louisiana Superdome on CBS. Maravich and his fellow Jazz teammates Donald "Slick" Watts, Len "Truck" Robinson, Gail Goodrich, Joe Meriweather, and Rich Kelley facing the Detroit Pistons with Bob Lanier, Chris Ford, John Shumate, Eric Money, Eberhardt, and Aaron James. Maravich had 30 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists in this during one of his better NBA seasons as one of then greatest NBA scorers ever. too bad it another New Orleans Jazz playoff-less season; had he didn't injured they might have as New Orleans were under a 9-game winning streak at 25-24 this time. Also of note a young Bob Costas and Steve "Snapper" Jones call this for CBS. I always associate Costas with more with NBC. HBO, Spirits of St. Louis KMOX radio, and MLB TV notwithstanding:
Bill Laimbeer may not have been well-liked outside Detroit, especially his hometown of Boston. But the local kids did when he and some of them hawked Big Boy Trick or Treat Halloween coupons back in October 1988 that aired in the Detroit area:
Detroit's WJBK TV-2, then a CBS affiliate, had a live post-Game 2 Eyewitness News report of the Pistons' brilliant match that night at Auburn Hills of the 1989 NBA Finals en route to that great sweep. also includes in the beginning the end part of the CBS Sports' Game 2 broadcast:
Footage from a 1975 playoff game between the Bill Russell-coached Seattle Supersonics and the eventual NBA champs Golden St. Warriors at the Seattle Center Coliseum (now the Key Arena):
29-04-2015, 03:46 AM
50 years on since Havlichek Stole The Ball last week. Widely regarded as one the greatest and iconic moments in NBA history when Hondo took the ball from a Hal Greer inbounds Philadelphia 76ERS pass, ultimately intended for Wilt Chamberlain from Chet Walker, in the 1965 ECF with five seconds to go, clinching on a one-point lead. And of the most famous calls in sports history from the legendary Johnny Most. The subsequent mobbing scene at the Boston Garden was crazy:
First time I ever done YouTube download of a NBA vinyl record. The Havlichek Stole The Ball record, narrated by the legendary Celtics broadcaster Johnny Most from Fleetwood Records in Lyn, Massachusetts, chronicling some of the highlights of the Celtics' 8-year dynatsy from 1957-1966. Like that and Bob Cousy's 1963 retirement ceremony at the 1962-63 regular season:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoQjUQ6f6-4 (SIDE ONE)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bke4MS3Ps5w (SIDE TWO)
12-05-2015, 11:12 AM
When Dr. J almost joined the Utah Jazz as a free agent in 1986, as reported on KSL. How different things would've been had he played his final season in Salt Lake City and acted as a mentor to Karl Malone and John Stockton. He must've liked the area so much that he bought a house years later:
We've seen the beginnings of the Miami Heat. Now we'll their expansion brethren in Charlotte get their turn, albeit briefly. A short documentary on the birth and the building of the Charlotte Hornets back in 1987-88 and onto its inaugural 1988-89 season. This should've been longer than it was. Charlotte fans loved them as they helped the Hornets lead the league in attendance despite languishing at the bottom of the Central Division then, starting a sellout streak. Still waiting on the now-rare NBA Entertainment video Hornets Hysteria: The Season That Made Charlotte Shout. Hannah Storm earns a cameo here reporting the Hornets' sold-out first regular season home game for WCNC at the Charlotte Coliseum against Cleveland:
1985 NBA All-Star Game at Dallas' Reunion Arena that Isiah Thomas won MVP to go with his 1984 one in Denver. Dallas wouldn't host it again until 2010 at Cowboys Stadium. Too bad it excises the intros:
Brief Pat O'Brien hosting NBA At The Half, which was really a review of All Star Saturday Schick Legends Game:
Hometown fave Spud Webb makes an unforgettable impression at the Slam Dunk Contest in Dallas back in 1986 with MJ out live on Superstation WTBS. Rick Barry was right: Of course, Spud's height makes his dunking much more dramatic and impressive and made him an instant global star:
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, I now present to you the 1985 NBA All-Star Game at the Hoosier Dome in full. Not in parts. Hopefully soon, it will come back to Indy at the Lucas Oil Stadium, for Indiana loves NBA basketball:
One of the original Dallas Mavericks, Brad Davis, promotes KERA TV11's Sports Week back in 1984:
When the Milwaukee Bucks teased about its new logo and colo(u)rs in their next season rebranding:
The then-struggling Indiana Pacers facing the Chicago Bulls at the not-quite sold out Chicago Stadium led by rookie Michael Jordan at a regular season game on March 23, 1985:
13-05-2015, 11:07 AM
I got a real good collection batch for you in this thread! :)
Marcin Gortat, currently Poland's only NBA player, certainly is a star, definitely at his hometown, throughout the nation and raising the interest of basketball there where soccer and volleyball are bigger. It's not really him but a kid actor playing him in a faux home movie playing basketball with his teddy bear set in 1989 narrated by his real life mother Alicja for Bakus kiddie yougurt. Note that the Orlando Magic jersey hanging on the wall at the time he was playing there omits the Magic wordmark but keeps his number. Nothing detrimental to the NBA here but more about not getting the rights to NBA properties:
Marcin here helping out a young tall basketball player with his basketball skills and one-on-one along with some of his friends with the help of milk in this Polish milk commercial:
Back in the 1960s when ABC first held the NBA TV rights, it had the NBA make a year-end half-hour review that seemed more like an educational film you may have seen in school to educate many American sports fans when basketball wasn't quite yet prominent like it is now. Seasons always ended the same during this era: the Boston Cetics would come out on top. This is the 1965-66 season in review--The NBA Story:
Winik Films returns with the 1966-67 NBA summary called A Year To Remember that of course saw the Philadelphia 76ERS bring along new coach Alex Hannum so everything worked out for Wilt, Billy Cunningham, Wally Jones, Chet Walker that saw them become of the greatest NBA teams ever:
This the CBS Sports/NBA On CBS intro to Game 1 of the 1983 Eastern Conference Finals between the Philadelphia 76ERS and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Spectrum that was on Mothers' Day. This centers on the long-suffering journeys of Julius Erving and Bob Lanier in their quest for a ring. Appropriate that Hall and Oates' "Head Above Water" instrumental looped beginning starts this since they're from Philly. This is one of the last times CBS Sports used the intro here until the standard Boston Garden-like computerized intro came along starting with the 1983 NBA Finals:
Is this the WBZ's report on the Celtics' great Game 7 win in the 1984 NBA Finals? You do get to see different camera angles of the Celtics celebrating and the infamous Boston Garden bum rush to celebrate from CBS' cameras with Larry Bird and look closely to see Jimmy Rodgers looking like pinballs, dashing for the locker room:
ESPN 30 For 30's Bad Boys documentary about the Detroit Pistons, narrated by Kid Rock. Hey I liked them when many didn't! Still far more so than the NDCELE:
Game 4 of the 1964 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the San Francisco Warriors at San Francisco's Cow Palace. Audio is a problem though:
Stephen Curry winning the Kia Motors NBA 2014-15 MVP Award press conference at the Oracle Arena (Oakland Coliseum Arena):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQB5CoiFAQo (Steve Kerr speech)
Also accepting in front of his Warriors fans:
Bill Simmons offers his thoughts on the Portland Trail Blazers' resurgence:
20-05-2015, 06:28 AM
With tonight being the NBA Draft Lottery night before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between Golden St. and Houston in Oakland, it's time to look back at 30 years of the NBA Lottery era following the coin toss. We'll use this time to look back at very much all those years of it
To this day, the very first one 30 years ago at New York's Waldorf Astoria in front of a Sunday afternoon live TV audience during halftime (or should I say "Prudential NBA At The Half") of the 1985 ECF between Philadelphia and Boston still prompts conspiracy theories and discussions that it was rigged for the New York Knicks to get Georgetown big man Patrick Ewing, the runaway pick for #1. Theories abounded like the bent envelope one, the frozen envelope, etc. ESPN The Magazine debunked all those on its Conspiracy Issue. Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard just now dealt with this on the current issue of SI. Stern has mellowed since retirement when it comes to this subject; previously he was more brusque about it.
Not the full event of the first 1985 lottery (too bad), just the big moments. But we get to see the late Knicks legend Dave DeBusschere being so tense and then pounding on the table upon getting Ewing and finally barely exhaling. In front of pro-New York crowd. His son will be there in New York tonight wearing that very tie his dad successfully wore 30 years ago repping the Knicks:
No 1986 one yet in full the Philadelphia 76ERS won but later traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers that got them 20-year old Brad Daugherty out of North Carolina in exchanged for Roy Hinson and his bad knees. That sure worked out well in the end for Philly; the 76ERS were concerned that Daugherty was soft. Brad became an NBA All-Star. But it comes here as part of the NBA Draft Lottery best moments:
First lottery under the order in accordance inverse order to the NBA records; Stern thought it was unfair for the team with the worst record to finish last in the lottery. As we saw with Golden St., the worst NBA team of the 1984-85 season, finishing 7th in it. But they got Chris Mullin out of that. Nonetheless, the worst NBA team since picks no later than 4th. Here, this was all about superstar David Robinson, about to become a Navy Ensign about to see the world on a 2-year naval commitment--"We've waited 14 years. What's two more?" Bob Bass says. Obviously, he was worth the wait for San Antonio. Dealing with the embarassing drug scandal plauging the Suns at the time, having the Admiral would've changed their fortunes for good and provide hope; this remains the Suns best finish in the NBA lottery era. Hope that changes tonight:
Orlando shocking the world with back-to-back #1 draft picks in 1993. Drafted Chris Webber but of course traded with Golden St. for Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway. Webber won ROY, Penny goes to the NBA Finals. Both became All-Stars, though Webber and O'Neal in Orlando would've been a devastating frontcourt:
1994 NBA Draft Lottery with some interesting complications involving several of the lottery teams and a couple that aren't:
When Toronto and Vancouver joined the NBA Draft Lottery 20 years ago in 1995, expanding into Canada with the 6th and 7th positions as part of its expansion agreement. Joe Smith, Kevin Garnett, Damon Stoudemire, Antonio McDyess, Bryant "Big Country" Reeves, Rasheed Wallace, Corliss Williamson, and Jerry Stackhouse were touted for it. Minnesota got the ultimate franchise player in KG. It was also the final year Stern did the opening of the envelopes. And many weren't yet placed on the board like in years past:
1996 was deep with point guards and some frontcourt play. Brings up that misguided expansion lottery agreement involving Toronto and Vancouver at its most pronounced because neither was allowed for #1. Pat Croce's energetic reaction upon getting #1 (Allen Iverson) was so fun, as part of the Sharone Wright deal. Russ Granik now takes over the emceeing. What if Iverson went instead to Canada?:
1999 NBA Draft Lottery with an underrated crop selection. Draft lineup wasn't going to form. Canada gets screwed again:
2003 of course with LeBron, Melo, and Darko watching. We all know LeBron stays in the Cleveland-Akron area that brought a smile to Gordon Gund, among many in the Cavs Nation. Great day indeed for them:
Toronto tops lottery in 2006. Andrea Bargnani's selection there as first foreigner (European in this case) at #1 didn't guarantee All-Star status with his results, though:
Seattle's last lottery. This year's lottery got impacted by lots of trades. Future NBA commish Adam Silver takes over. Plus it's got suspense music as we go along the revelations. This was also where we the artificial suspense of the top three standing after the break:
2008 Draft where Derrick Rose was #1:
Deep draft here in 2009:
Joe Litvin starts things off in the intro to the 2010 edition. Washington getting #1 with Abe Pollin's widow in stunned happiness made up for a disappointing and sad season:
Cleveland gets lucky when the basketball gods smiled at it after The Decision, bringing on a sputter. Kyrie came out of this with Dan Gilbert's 14-year son Nick seated for the Cavs. KJ reps his hometown Sac-Town:
Was 2012 rigged too?
29-05-2015, 08:26 AM
Memorial Day Monday was the 40th anniversary of the Golden St. Warriors using the brooms on the Washington Bullets in a 4-game sweep, particularly Game 4 at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. Many projected the Bullets as the ones doing the dominating. Of course, it turned out it was the Ws with their "togetherness" led by coach Al Attles in an upset. With the current incarnation of the Golden St. Warriors now in the NBA Finals this year, now would be a great time to recall that even further and salute the 1974-75 Warriors. Without a doubt, the Oakland Coliseum Arena/Oracle Arena will be rocking and sold out for at least first two games of the 2015 NBA Finals. Warriors fans and surely the 1974-75 Warriors team are excited in the last few years in Oakland before the Warriors return to San Francisco in a brand spanking 19,000-seat new arena in 2019 out on the waterfront the MVP Rick Barry's son Scooter was a Warriors ball boy back then.
Golden St. Warriors start the shock with Game 1 at the Capital Centre in suburban Landover 101-95 with the Warriors' Phil Smith scoring 20 points coming of the bench chipping away that 14-point lead at the half, taking the home court advantage to the Bay Area. Also historic for the first time two black head coaches from opposing teams in the NBA Finals:
NBA Finals Game 2 in San Francisco's Cow Palace (Actually Daly City, just right outside SF. Oakland Coliseum Arena was used for an ice show and didn't anticipate the Warriors' deep playoff run to the championship). Narrow win 92-91. The Bullets had a 13-point lead but again Golden St. battles back toward victory:
Actually called the World Championship Series back then until 1986. Another close game at the Cow Palace for Game 3. Rick Barry poured in 38 points with and backup center George Johnson had 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the 109-101 Warriors win.
Two major factors enabling the Warriors to take an insurmountable lead were the defensive play of the seemingly undersized Jamaal Wilkes on Bullets' power forward Elvin Hayes and the play of the Warrior bench. Up to that point, the Warriors showed their depth with its lopsided bench scoring margin over Washington's. Tiny, the Bullets' dog mascot, makes a cameo appearance:
Series returns to Landover the following Sunday afternoon and ultimately ends there. Washington looked like it was staving off elimination. Mike Riordan played Barry physically after killing them with an average of 35 points per game. Things came to ahead when Barry drove to the basket and Riordan elbowed him. Barry shoves Riordan, prompting Attles to storm the court, initiated a fight with Riordan, and get ejected in protecting his star. Assistant Joe Roberts roamed the sidelines since then. Even with the loud taunting and boos from the Bullets fans and Washington's pressure defense, Barry torched them even further. Butch Beard laid out the final 7 points of the season
Interestingly, Sports Illustrated reported that Washington, which held home court advantage, was given the option of a 1-2-2-1-1 scheduling format due to Golden State's problems on the Oakland Coliseum Arena due to its aforementioned ice show during the week of May 19-26 or, if they wished, opening on the road and then having Games 2, 3, and 4 at home. Golden St. couldn't use the Cow Palace for the Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26). Washington opted for the 1-2-2-1-1 format not out of a sense of fairness, but because they wanted to open the series at home.
12-07-2015, 07:30 AM
Drazen Petrovic's 1990 8-minute interview with Yugoslavian TV in his brief and not really memorable Portland Trail Blazers days before a game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks. He was buried behind guards Clyde Drexler, Danny Ainge, and Terry Porter and wasn't happy riding pine because then-coach Rick Adelman wasn't familiar with him. Yet, when Portland signed him it was quite a coup when he was part of that well-publicized wave of players from the Eastern Europe that opened up back then in dramatic fashion, but Petro wasn't happy there due to a lack of playing time. Imagine what would've happened if Petrovic and Arydas Sabonis were in Portland at the same time back then:
There was a TV series played and shown across the 1980s (I think circa 1986-88 ) across Indiana called Hoosier History, devoted to the greatest people, teams, and moments of Indiana basketball. In this case, I got the Indiana Pacers from the ABA glory days that had Pacers fans pining for that while the Pacers wallowed and struggled in mediocrity back in the mid-1980s but starting to break through when Reggie Miller and Rik Smits arrived. Like the smooth contemporary Herb Alpert jazz score of the era:
21-07-2015, 07:22 AM
1984 was the start of many incredible and pivotal things for the NBA on the road to massive global prosperity. One was none other than the pro debut of Michael Jordan, Chicago's #3 pick in the 1984 NBA Draft that Chicago sports fans excited in the 1984 Olympic afterglow. But his NBA beginnings were still modest: his first game against the Washington Bullets was not quite a sellout at the Chicago Stadium. Chicago was still a mediocre team in the Central Division that had some talent but not enough as fans weren't yet fully on their side. Also this Benny the Bull wasn't yet wearing the Bulls jersey yet. Had a nice start to 16 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds
First NBA game October 26, 1984 at Chicago Stadium versus the slightly better Washington Bullets, a team Jordan would end it with after they became the Wizards featuring Mahorn, Ruland, and Darren Daye, from WDCA Channel 20. Wes Unseld was a TV analyst here:
Getting ready for the season and gameday for the whole city not just the Rose Garden (now the Moda Center) with the city rising in this 2010-11 Portland Trail Blazers commercial:
07-08-2015, 05:28 AM
Happy 50th birthday, Admiral! :)
Getting the 1995 NBA MVP (too bad Hakeem Olajuwon made a joke out of him in this series he got it in with that Texas I-10 rivalry overall):
What I just said on that very same 1995 WCF series--not a highlight for Robinson I'm sure:
Fan-made David Robinson documentary--using video footage already available from the Internet and on YouTube--from his high school days in Florida to becoming one of Navy's precious few sports superstars to being the NBA and Dream Team legend and MVP with San Antonio:
ESPN's Roy Firestone interview Robinson with Tim Duncan in 1998:
When the Admiral went on an offensive barrage scoring 71 points against the LA Clippers at the LA Sports Arena to overtake Shaq for the 1993-94 NBA scoring title:
Owner of the last NBA quadruple double--34 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks on February 7, 1994 against Detroit. Maybe John Wall or more likely Anthony Davis could accomplish this:
Back in his Navy days, Robinson wondered in 1984-1985 whether he would leave the Annapolis naval background as a basketball star and join the NBA or stay up to the 5-year Naval committment (since reduced to 2), gaining national prominence on this January 12, NCAA Basketball CBS Sports halftime segment. Next year, he led the Midshipmen to the Elite Eight in East Rutherford, New Jersey's Meadowlands. He looks so young here and loved it in Annapolis:
David Robinson's 1986 anti-drug "Just Say No" PSA again at Navy furnished by the NCAA that aired during NCAA basketball games on CBS, presaging his Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood anti-drug piece and the "stoopid" one with John Thompson and his wife years later:
Although a solid musician himself with the saxophone and keyboards, Mr. Robinson quickly learns he's no match for the great classical pianist Rudolph Firkusny. At this point, David "creams" him on the basketball court wearing Nike Air Command Force. One of my faves of the Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood series:
When the Admiral scored 50 points on the Pistons, when they didn't have much left as we see here, back in 1995 at the Palace of Auburn Hills for 114-97 victory. This was 11 months after his quadruple double:
Going out on top as an NBA champion in 2003 in Game 6 against New Jersey--a double double and outrebounding the whole Nets team:
Switching gears, really nice to see this Nike commercial after all these years. It's Charles Barkley back in 1991 in a slam-like poetry one with two Barkleys with one watching and the other scoring and rebounding alternating lines called Air by Charles Barkley (I call it "Any Knucklehead Can Score") about what it takes to rebound with those Nike Air 180 Forces:
Hakeem (then Akeem) Olajuwon's Etonic commercial that first hit in late July 1986 for now-defunct athletic store A&N, centering on the dream and those cheap Etonic sneakers:
The Chicago Bulls help the Minnesota Timberwolves take part in the first season of the then-new downtown Minneapolis Target Center's opening in the T-Wolves' second season on November 7, 1990 during Bill Musselman's second and final season with them on WGN-TV 9. Minnesota was a little better in the Midwest ultimately but not by much. Listen carefully and you'll hear Wang Chung's "City of Angels" from the To Live and Die in L.A. soundtrack during the Timberwolves intros. Jerome "Pooh" Richardson earns an All-Rookie award from last season from Commissioner Stern. Yeah, native son Prince gets played from the PA system briefly. I miss the Timberwolves' first logo:
13-08-2015, 10:29 AM
TBS Sports' coverage of the 1987 NBA American Airlines Long Distance Shootout at the Seattle Center Coliseum (now the since-refurbrished Key Arena) that of course Larry Bird won. Danny Ainge replaced the Knicks' Trent Tucker, and that weekend was a homecoming for Detlef Schrempf, then with the Dallas Mavericks, since he played at Washington before Dallas drafted him. Another player with Seattle ties here is Dale Ellis, who incidently played at Dallas before getting traded. There's a nice collection of long distance shooters here. Notice Jan Hammer's Miami Vice theme here:
Marvin The Martian comes to sunny LA and challenges Blake Griffin to a dunk contest to help promote the new Jordan Super Fly 4s with special help from Bugs Bunny in "The Dunk To End All Dunks". You certainly recall that Jordan and Warner Brothers have a longstanding professional relationship stemming from the Air Jordan 7s promotion back from 1992:
A Salute to Michael Jordan, a star-studded November 1994 celebration at the Chicago United Center, a venue he never played in yet back then, from his first retirement. People held out hope were thrilled that Mike would famously come back 4 months later better than ever after returning with two simple words:
1986 American Airlines NBA Long Distance Shootout at Dallas Mavericks' home, the Reunion Arena:
23-08-2015, 02:27 AM
Reggie Theus is someone who I feel, now as I do then, should've had a far better NBA postseason career than he turned out getting. But his journeyman-like pro career, starting at Chicago as "Rush Street Reggie" (for he had a high-rise apartment along Chicago's famed Rush St.) being a teammate to David Greenwood, Mark Olberding, Artis Gilmore (until he got shipped to San Antonio), Jawahn Oldham, Sidney Green, and Quinton Dailey and Orlando Woolwidge (RIP to both) to being traded to Kansas City in the season before Michael Jordan's arrival in 1984 and then followed the franchise's move to Sacramento 30 years ago, works against him. He later got to play in Atlanta for a season, teamed up with Moses Malone in what turned out to be an ill-fated bid for NBA championship contention with a premature early elimination thanks to Milwaukee though Doc Rivers was thrilled to have his idol as a teammate. Off to the Orlando Magic as one of the original Magic players in its expansion seasons in 1989 (and reunited with ex-Bulls teammate Dave Corzine), so you know right there missing the postseason will return. New Jersey was his next stop after that that ended his lousy teams destinations to end his 13 NBA playing years. Who knew how much bigger Reggie Theus would be if he enjoyed more consistent and deeper playoff success? He was already a NBA heartthrob the ladies loved since he was so good looking. He still is. Another thing: people forget for all of his flashiness and razzle dazzle, he could pass the rock real well.
When the Saturday morning kid's show Hang Time came along playing as Deering High basketball coach Rod Fuller--and did it well--set in that fictional Indianapolis suburb for two seasons, it introduced him to a whole new generation of young fans who in many cases didn't know much of his NBA career that he would constantly use as a promotional hook to attract recruits in his coaching at New Mexico St. and now at Cal St. Northridge, more at his stopping grounds. Even fleeting in the pros back at Sacramento, should've stayed there, Las Vegas Slam in the ABA, and the hometown NDCELE NBDL Chapter and learning under Rick Pitino. Hopefully, I'll play my part to grant Rush Street Reggie his proper due as we await for Slam magazine's old school segment on him and his NHOF enshrinement (more of the former rather than the latter)
Reggie Theus teams up with Smokey the Bear on the awareness of California forest fires in the dry and hot climate summer coming up in this May 1988-premiered PSA back during his Sacramento Kings days
When Reggie was named Sacramento Kings coach back in 2007 after coaching the New Mexico St. Aggies. Too bad he couldn't stay there very long:
The notable NBA moustaches from the 1980s (and the gold chains) from the I Love The 80s-inspired NBA in the 80s. Of which Theus is a part of:
Getting some revenge on the Chicago Bulls playing for Orlando with his 18 points at the Orlando Arena. All after halftime (and helped out in providing Otis Smith's game-winner):
Back home in Southern California facing that NDCELE at that House of Evil in a March 12, 1982 Bulls road game that was shown live on Chicago superstation WGN Channel 9, where Theus puts on a show, stealing from Magic's bag of tricks. Also Artis Gilmore thunderously dunks on Kareem as part of constant overpowering on him. David Greenwood had a mean dunk himself. And Chicago eventually won:
Reggie Theus getting 29 points and 10 assists against the Boston Celtics at the original ARCO Arena for Sacramento in 1988. One of his prime moments:
28-08-2015, 08:07 AM
I planned to get into the Kansas City Kings' last playoff series back in 1984 against the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire. But I'm postponing it for now.
I sadly just found out the breaking news online that Lovetron's (actually Orlando) Darryl Dawkins, aka "Chocolate Thunder" and one of the few NBA players straight out of high school at the time, died today. :( Already on YouTube there are videos and posts memorializing him in a few hours after his death was confirmed. The Internet is blowing up about his death. Never got to meet him. But he was so grounded and nice and give back with his big heart. You know about his dunks, his funky and wacky naming descriptions of his dunks--very much in a rapping style and shattering them all that playing with Philadelphia and New Jersey (then Utah and Detroit before being a star in Italian Lega A-B). Was very strong too. I think Philadelphia shipped him to New Jersey because as a manchild and weaklink to the team, he couldn't get the Philadelphia 76ERS to the NBA title against Boston and the NDCELE to get Julius Erving his ring in favo(u)r of them getting Moses Malone from Houston. But he was also a solid minor league basketball coach with the Pennslyvania Valley Dawgs and the Winnipeg Cyclones. He loved the kids and make the community a better place like his adopted Lehigh Valley home. I'll get into the descriptions under the editing later. But here are numerous videos. A beloved character who will be definitely missed:
09-09-2015, 12:31 PM
More Reggie Theus here. We got Game 1 of the 1984 WC quarterfinals that shown live on TV on the USA Network against the NDCELE at the House of Evil. Theus makes his LA homecoming to the delight of some attending there surrounded with players of better talent like Drew, Thompson, Buse, and Johnson after getting traded from Chicago. 1984 was the first NBA playoffs under the current 8-team per conference format. We all know the NDCELE thankfully and eventually lost to the Boston Celtics in that epic 7-game NBA Finals series (then the World Basketball Championship) after also unfortunately beating playoff newcomers Dallas in the semis and Phoenix in the WCF. Sadly this short series was to be the last NBA playoff series for the Kings under the Kansas City-Omaha era before moving to Sacramento the next year--and Cotton's last playoff series as Kings' coach before going to San Antonio the next season. Ended on Easter Sunday in late March at the Kemper Arena. In fact, it was their MISL indoor soccer co-tenant the Kansas City Comets that essentially drove the Kings out of KC outdrawing them and boosting the high entertainment values back then that are now standardplace in pro sports:
10-09-2015, 09:47 AM
My favourite Latvian Charlotte fan has started a podcast where interviews NBA players.
First one is with Tracey Murray.
It's good hearing NBA players willing to do this for free.
22-09-2015, 10:51 AM
ESPN premieres a whole new batch of 30 for 30s, in this case Volume 3, starting on October 13. First NBA-themed doc in this series examines the battle to keep the Sacramento Kings in California's state capital from going to Seattle called Down In The Valley that will premiere October 20. It already had its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Former Phoenix Suns All-Star guard and now Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson plays a prominent part in this to keep it in his hometown. The Kings have been in Sacramento for over 30 years now, longer than any of their other westward stops in the franchise's history (Rochester, Cincinnati, Kansas City, and Omaha). You'll also see the passion Kings fans for their team since it's the only big-time pro sports franchise the city has. Following excerpt vid focuses on KJ and what he means to the city and the Kings as a hometown boy during that time:
Sacramento Kings hosting the local premiere:
29-09-2015, 12:04 PM
Follow-up on the upcoming Down In the Valley about the fight to keep the Sacramento Kings in the California state capital with strong help from mayor and former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson from hedge fund manager Chris Hansen's ambitions to move them up to Seattle. ESPN premiere is October 20. Following is a promo detailing the first wave of the upcoming 30 For 30s in October/November including fleeting scenes from Down In The Valley:
29-10-2015, 12:17 PM
Two very nearly 30 minute Milwaukee Bucks season review films from the 1970s
1973-74 Milwaukee Bucks season review--Almost Perfect:
1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks--Countdown To A Dream (its lone championship season). Note the Miller High Life beer local product placement. Still had to fight with arena dates like with circuses back then:
19-11-2015, 12:17 PM
In celebration of the Chicago Bulls' 50th golden anniversary, there's a TV spot that goes through the Bulls starting out as "a relentless expansion team" in 1966 that became the only expansion team to make the playoffs and have the most wins for that type of team to the great glory days in the 1990s to its exciting present defining a league and city along the way:
How it all humbly began for the Chicago Bulls back in 1966 after the failure of the old Stags and Packers/Zephyrs in the NBA to unmatched expansion success making it to the postseason with the first-ever Bulls team under Johnny "Red" Kerr with Jerry Sloan. Playing at the International Ampitheater right next to the Union Stock Yards:
A KSD-TV report in St. Louis from February 21, 1975 by Jack Klobnak (now KSDK Channel 5) on the burgeoing rivalry between the Spirits of St. Louis and the Memphis Sounds in the ABA centering on a game between the two at Memphis' Mid-South Coliseum. Includes an interview with Sounds' co-owner and former ABA commissioner Mike Storen:
When the San Diego Clippers visited the Gahden to face the Celtics during Larry Bird's rookie season on January 21, 1980 to end their 6-game road trip in this NBA on CBS broadcast. Lloyd Free (now World B. Free) was one of the leading scorers back then for San Diego and was anticipating his NBA All-Star debut later in suburban Landover, Maryland. Swen Nater was enjoying a good season too then. Still waiting for Bill Walton's return:
The 30th anniversary of the Memorial Day Massacre that's Game 1. The only damn good thing about this 1985 series. Again, there should've been a Celtics repeat back then! :evil:
Seattle's Jack Sikma informing the public on the warning signs of a heart attack and getting help quickly in this 1978-79 PSA from the American Heart Association and the NBA. He would do another PSA on heart health several years later with his wife:
22-12-2015, 11:57 AM
History was made during the summer when the NBA played its first game, albeit an exhibition one on ESPN, in Africa after many years of hosting Basketball Without Borders clinics there. Johannesburg, South Africa to be exact in Africa's most industrialized nation. Played at Ellis Park Arena, right next door to the hallowed Ellis Park Stadium, where the integrated Springboks famously won the 1995 Rugby World Cup over the All-Blacks. Game pitted Team Africa (qualification was a NBA player has to have either or both parent from Africa or directly from Africa), so this was big for someone like South Sudan's (via Great Britain) Luol Deng, and Team World (principally Americans with a few Euros in). Too bad Atlanta's Thabo Sefalosha couldn't play due to his infamous injury (his dad is South African). Nor could Congolese Serge Ibaka with his but did provide commentary for the French-speaking world. Plus there was a Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo sighting with a surprise on their sleeve. If Manute Bol was still alive, he'd be there too no doubt:
Same game with French commentary with Ibaka, Benjamin Bernard, Éric Micoud from BeIN Sports with South Africa's Savuka 1982 hit "Scatterlings Of Africa" providing the soundtrack throughout. Savuka star Johnny Clegg is particularly popular in France being famously dubbed "the white Zulu":
Stephen Curry reminds two boys decked in his SC30 Under Armour gear directly from Kids Foot Locker at the team's clubhouse "seeing the glory but not the story" (my words) despite glamourous appearances that may say otherwise like studying video game footage on a giant flat screen, his "homework", on a reclainer for his back with a recovery protein shake, getting ready for his hot tub:
When the Golden St. Warriors picked up their championship rings and raised its first championship banner in 40 years with the NBA regular season kicking off in Oakland live on TNT. You also get to see how the rings take shape and its significance:
St. Louis' own David Lee on missing out on the Golden St. Warriors ring ceremony due to his Boston Celtics commitments:
When Damian Lillard sent Portland to the Western Conference semifinals over Houston in Game 6 at the Moda Center back in 2014:
Milwaukee seemingly has a knack for knocking off incredibly long NBA winning streaks. First on January 9, 1972, they stopped the NDCELE's shameful 33-game winning streak. Earlier this month, it was the defending champs Warriors' streak to get its first signature win of the still-young 2015-16 season. Bucks fans entered the Bradley Center that Saturday night with forest green T-shirts with 24-1 in cream to pick up from the seats and wear. Golden St. just ran out of gas after the 2OT encounter with Boston the night before. The young Milwaukee team was ready:
Encore presentation from back in January 9, 1972 when the Milwaukee Bucks led by Kareem, Bobby Dandridge, and Oscar Robertson beat the NDCELE 120-104 at the MECCA to stop that streak that was on ABC:
Philadelphia's first win of the season against the NDCELE thankfully. Sadly remains its only win of the season so far as of this writing. No Kobe chants! :evil:
How cool it was to mark its return to the NBA for the Twin Cities after 35 years away with their new Minnesota Timberwolves in its first season at the Metrodome with the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan, the most exciting player in sports back then? I showed highlights sometime ago. Now it's the full game. Target Center was a season away from opening. Attendance was huge there. Bought the program from a dealer:
During the last season in Kansas City for the Kings in a home game March 23, 1985 at the Kemper Arena, Reggie Theus took the ball for the layup but the Knicks' Bernard King quickly came up for the block attempt. But as we know and will relive here, he tore his ACL in right knee and not his ankle as Butch Beard mentioned. You could say Bernard the Great died at that moment. Yeah, he returned after a couple seasons sidelined and came to Washington. Was very good and named to the 1991 Eastern Conference All-Stars with his great comeback. But wasn't like the elite player he was pre-injury. Also medical technology wasn't as advanced with that injury like now, of course. Sad, nonetheless. Even without King's injury, the Knicks were lottery-bound at this point with a 24-56 record:
Kansas City Kings beat the Phoenix Suns on Easter Sunday 1981 (April 19, 1981) in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals in at the sold-out Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum:
Karl Malone goes off for 61 points against the Milwaukee Bucks at the old Salt Palace in early 1990 after being snubbed for the starting lineup by fans for A.C. Green. Russian commentary overdub:
In loving memory of Moses Malone, who we sadly lost much too soon like Darryl Dawkins, here's the 1982-83 Philadelphia 76ERS, one of the NBA's greatest teams, finally getting the Good Doctor his coveted ring with that 1983 NBA Finals sweep of the NDCELE with all 4 games. Don't forget the famous Dr. J breakaway "Rock the Baby" dunk:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwprKApI7fI (Game 1 just underway)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c67x4W9f-5g&list=PL4D97195E2B5536AA (game 2 list)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOxQ9dtYiLM&list=PLB4CA2F16E2985616 (Game 3)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PlrLKW2zdM (Game 4)
NBA stars Joakim Noah, DeAndre Jordan, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Love, and James Harden have only one wish to Santa for being good this year: a special edition NBA Christmas Day jersey to call their own this year for this year's 5 NBA Christmas Day Games:
30-12-2015, 08:48 AM
Sadly, the Philadelphia 76ERS are enduring a very rough year, needless to say. And I don't exclusively mean all that constant losing. This franchise is going through losing a few well-known legends in the NBA. Now add another great one that recently passed for another black star on their memorial patch to add. And he's from the Syracuse Nationals era before the Philly move. It's a bit of a shame he doesn't always get great love from the younger generation, partly because of not having a memorable nickname. Dolph Schayes, the greatest Syracuse Nationals player ever and among the NBA's greatest players from the 25 and 50 edition, died from cancer earlier this month at 87. Won the NBA title in 1955 over the Ft. Wayne Pistons that had future Nats teammate George Yardley in Game 7 at the Onadonga War Memorial Coliseum, that was known to be filled with rowdy fans, with a very tough Nats team that had coach Al Cervi, Earl Lloyd (one of the first black NBA players), Paul Seymour, Johnny "Red" Kerr, Red Rocha, Jim Tucker, Dick Farley, Connie Simmons, Wally Osterkorn, and Billy Gabor (Hal Greer, Larry Costello, and Bill Gabor were future teammates). And owner Danny Biasone, he of the 24 second shot clock creation.
He's one of the greatest Jewish basketball players ever with his Romanian Jewish heritage, hailing from Brooklyn and played basketball in NYC all the way up to college (a lot of NBA players in the first several seasons were Jewish). Was the last NBL Rookie of the Year in 1949 with Syracuse and even drafted by both the NBA (New York Knicks) and the NBL (Tri-Cities Blackhawks but later traded him to Syracuse). The Nationals offered to pay him more than the hometown Knicks by 50% more to his US$7500 (US$73,900 now). Schayes could shoot it in a high-arc and deadly style that was later dubbed Sputnik with his height (6-8) that was tall in his era and can confront defenders by taking it to the rim too. Not to mention his free throw shooting was superior. Finished his career with Philadelphia, done to fill the void of the Warriors' departure out to San Francisco, for 26 games in 1963-64 their first season there with NBA records for games played (996, including a streak of 706 consecutive games from February 17, 1952 to December 26, 1961), foul shots made (6712), attempted (7904), personal fouls (3432) and was second to Bob Pettit in scoring (18,438) and third in rebounds (11,256). Wasn't athletic but the pro game back then wasn't athletic as it is now. Also worked hard in his free throw shooting like putting a smaller rim inside the bigger NBA regulation one. First to amass to 15,000 points and 30,000 points, rebounds, and assists. Coached the Philadelphia 76ERS from his twilight playing days in 1963 to 1966 with a Coach of the Year award in 1966. Coached the Buffalo Braves for the first season in 1970-71 as its first coach but resigned after the first game the second season. during 1966-1970 served as director of refs. Went on to become a successful real estate businessman in Syracuse. Schayes, the true Syracuse icon, scored the first-ever points in an NBA All-Star Game in Boston back in 1953.
Though never quite like his dad, his son Danny was no slouch as an NBA player in his 18-year career as a very solid center at 6-11, mostly with Denver and Milwaukee, after an outstanding senior season with the Syracuse Orangemen (after Boeheim didn't play him much before them) and drafted by Utah in 1981 playing for two seasons in Salt Lake City. More of a team and role player.
Dolph Schayes profile that was part of the Son Of The City, a NYC basketball series:
Dolph Schayes NBA's 50 Greatest Players profile:
When the Syracuse Nationals won the 1955 NBA title over Ft. Wayne. Good thing they won before the Celtics dynasty changed everything. Also note the players' benches were at the baseline back then like you still see at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gym before the required change to the courtside:
NBA pays tribute to Dolph as one of its greats:
Dolph Schayes' radio interview with Sports & Torts hosts Elliott Harris and David Spada on his career highlights, his opponents and teammates, pro team salaries in his day, and the attitudes of today's players:
Danny and Dolph playfully talk trash a wee bit in November of last year over who would win in a one-on-one battle in each of their respective primes for the Syracuse Post-Standard:
All the Danny Schayes highlights (points, really) playing for Denver at the 1989 McDonald's Open in Rome against Jugoplatistika Split that had Toni Kukoc and 1989 Celtics draftee Dino Radja:
07-01-2016, 11:37 AM
ESPN with NBA Entertainment is working on a 30 For 30 on the mid-1990s Orlando Magic era that championship aspirations slated for this April. This means Shaq, Penny, Nick Anderson, Horace Grant, 3D, Lil' Penny, Pat Williams, coach Brian Hill, etc. Shaq's breaking down of the backboards, Nick Anderson's steal on MJ in 1995, the elimination sweeps, Nick's missed free throws in Game 1, and Shaq's 1996 free agent departure to the NDCELE:
Shaq brings down the backboards in Phoenix and in East Rutherford, New Jersey in 1993:
08-02-2016, 07:54 AM
With Super Bowl 50 less than a couple hours away in Santa Clara, California, I think this will be a great time to bring back two of the classic Super Bowl TV commercials starting with the 1993 McDonald's one from Super Bowl XXXVII with Jordan and Bird playing H-O-R-S-E with each challenge shot getting progressively ridiculous than the last entitle "The Showdown":
Ten years later, 39-year old Michael, then with Washington (notice the shorts), goes one-on-one against younger 23-year old Chicago Bulls self for Gatorade. Was this filmed in the same gym as the McDonald's one?
You can see Super Bowl 50 down under on 7, 7mate, and ESPN on FOXTEL. TVNZ One, TVNZ Sports, and ESPN on Sky NZ in New Zealand. Canada will have it on CTV (English) and RDS (French) along with the CBS broadcast from the closest US CBS affiliates on cable.
27-02-2016, 03:12 AM
You would think with all the immense love of Indiana basketball, the Indiana Pacers would get all the unconditional support from the fans all the way back from the ABA origins. But it wasn't the case. Back in 1977, the Pacers were in debt and needed to be financially saved just to stay in the NBA. So Pacers coach Bob "Slick" Leonard and his wife Nancy organized a telethon from Indianapolis on TV throughout Indiana. ESPN Films show how:
01-03-2016, 12:22 PM
I know we've seen the amazing Stephen Curry shot by now multiple times, like I did. I must admit when I heard it on ESPN Radio's NBA coverage, I lost my mind during Kevin Calabro's call when he hit it. You can just hear and see the air and excitement viciously snatched out of the Chesapeake Energy Arena with that. Here it is again so we can enjoy it over and over and over...
10-03-2016, 01:32 PM
The upcoming ESPN 30 For 30 doc on the 1990s-era Orlando Magic this April now has a name, that recalls that ultimately-sadly ended time. It's called This Magic Moment with a premiere at Tribeca and on April 14, just before the US tax deadline here, and is called "a cautionary fable" when both Shaq and Penny captured and excited not just the NBA but also pop culture:
A Chicago Bulls 50 TV spot capturing the Bulls getting ready onto the court for "game time" over the years up to tip-offs:
25-03-2016, 12:36 PM
HBO, and not ESPN as previously reported, is producing a documentary on the Portland Trail Blazers' infamous and tumultous "Jail Blazers" early 2000s era and Damon Stoudemire, now the Pacific Tigers head coach, is helping to promote it. Going to be anticipated:
The 1989 NBA Draft live on TNT. A really mediocre draft full of players starting with Sacramento taking Pervis "Never Nervous" Ellison. BJ Armstrong, Tim Hardaway, Vlade Divac, and Shawn Kemp were the steals here. Proof positive things can't be always predicted for certain success:
Shane Heal's greatest NBA performance when he lit up for 15 points in the 4th quarter--all of them from 5 3-pointers--in a rare appearance to give the Minnesota Timerwolves a fighting chance against Seattle in 1996-97 at the Target Center, setting a team record:
05-04-2016, 12:26 PM
In celebration of Shaq enshrined in this year's Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 today, let's take a look at the fairy tale-like era where his pro career began in Orlando back in the early-mid 1990s with the trailer for upcoming ESPN 30 For 30 "This Magic Moment" coming in 10 days:
Jim, John, and little brother Mike Paxson star in a 1991 Schick Slim Twin commercial shooting baskets playfully confusing who's Jim and who's John. John of course is the one with the red Bulls crew sweatshirt. Mike's in the grey hoody. Jim is in the black and red crew sweatshirt:
When Larry Bird dropped 50 on the Dallas Mavericks at the Reunion Arena 30 years ago en route to another NBA title with one of the greatest NBA teams ever:
13-04-2016, 12:42 PM
Several years I linked the Philadelphia 76ERS championship 1983 playoff review video That Championship Feeling here in multiple links. Now watch the video in its entirety:
On November 24, 1984 Portland's All-Stars Jim Paxson and Kiki Vandeweghe faced Chicago's Michael Jordan and the late Quintin Dailey at the Portland Memorial Coliseum:
28-04-2016, 12:44 PM
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the great Boston Celtics 1985-86 team that includes going 40-1 at the "Gahden" in the regular season, I present to you the 1986 NBA Finals with them facing the Houston Rockets after they THANKFULLY dethroned the NDCELE and were the only ones from the West to come of it during the 1980s. When it was officially first called that
Game 5 (notable for the Ralph Sampson-Jerry Sitchting-Dennis Johnson melee at 27:00):
19-05-2016, 08:54 AM
Carrying this over to this post with the 30th anniversary of the great 1985-86 Boston Celtics season that saw win their 16th NBA title over the Houston Rockets and their last until 2008. I now present to the season in review video Sweet Sixteen, even with the emergence of young players in the NBA in a season defined by key injuries and some playoff footage like Jordan setting a new most points in a game record at the Garden. Many Celtics fans were glad the NDCELE wasn't in it, as I certainly was. After that it makes us wonder if Len Bias and Reggie Lewis hadn't died, Boston would win beyond 17 titles now. Really, Boston should've had a threepeat from 1984 to 1986 at this point:
In what was one of the first public appearances, Stephen Curry appeared in a circa 1994 Burger King commercial with his dad Dell at the height of NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets as the designated sniper. The future SC30 Baby Faced Assassin asks Dell what it takes to be great after aspiring to be a basketball player. Certainly seemed to figured it all out since:
Charlotte Hornets hono(u)r their first ever expansion draft pick back in 1988. Yes, Dell Curry, now a broadcaster, with his proud son looking on at halftime:
MVP Steph for Britta Water drinking filters. Reminds me of those Milk Dairy Board ads with water splashing all in action:
A compilation of funny Stephen Curry commercials from Kids Foot Locker, Minions (with Klay Thompson), Foot Locker, Kaiser Permenate, ESPN, and Degree. He was with Nike early in his career before ditching them for Under Armour.
Before he was a Knick and later a Bullet, Bernard King played for the Golden St. Warriors in the early 1980s (1980-82). Off court issues plagued his previous time with New Jersey and Utah. But in the 1981-82 season, King earned his first All-Star selection playing for GSW. This is him with Golden St. on the road against the NDCELE while scoring for 21 points on April 16, 1982. For much of the 1980s, despite some talent, the Bay Area was not a desirable place to play in. Also try to spot Sonny Parker, dad to Milwaukee's Jabari Parker, and future NCAA college coach Lorenzo Romar early on:
KSL Sportsbeat look back at the 1983-84 Utah Jazz, when they made its first NBA postseason in their franchise history while clinching the Midwest Division that started a nice posteason streak. What's kinda forgotten now is how the Utah Jazz's owner, bleeding money with revenue scarce at the Salt Palace, had an eye towards Las Vegas at the time before the late Larry Miller stepped in to save the franchise. For younger fans, this predated Stockton and Malone with Adrian Dantley, Darrell Griffith, Ricky Green, Thurl Bailey, Rich Kelley, and Mark Eaton. Still sporting green back then on the road:
The colo(u)rful San Diego broadcaster Larry Gross called this 1981 San Diego Clippers games against the Chicago Bulls:
Anthony Davis playing with the sun like a basketball like dunking for a Red Bull photo shoot:
22-05-2016, 06:03 AM
Remember about that post about a potential 30 For 30 on Cleveland's tortured sports history in the past 50 years I linked about. Well, ESPN's latest 30 For 30 "Believeland" is about Cleveland with all the bad luck. The Cavs first appear at . Touches about the emotionally heartbreak like the Drive and The Decision as well a positive moment like the 1976 Miracle of Richfield. You wish that negative, traumatic, heartbreaking, and sports tragic narrative after looking towards game-changing saviours, breaks, and moments Cleveland will finally savor that long-awaited major league championship--with all due respect to the NPSL's Cleveland Crunch back in 1995. The Cavs presently has the best shot right now, easily. But I just can't see it this year with GSW around. Didn't deal with his first trip back to Cleveland in a Miami Heat uniform in 2010 and the hate he generated. You can see the emotion in Cleveland overall, needless to say.
Could've touched on the NHL's short-lived and dismal Cleveland Barons from 1976-78, also playing in Richfield, to low attendance. To say nothing of the WHA's Cleveland Crusaders that were there earlier in and much of the 1970s. The Barons later merged with the equally hemorraging Minnesota North Stars at the time and absorbed into it in suburban Bloomington outside Minneapolis in 1978. Mind you, the Barons didn't originate there in 1967; they came from the San Francisco Bay Area (Oakland, to be exact) and were the Oakland Seals. Mediocre too. But they stayed too briefly to make an emotionally dismal impact on the good but cursed Cleveland fans, who surely deserve better. Story of their lives. Some Cleveland residents worry that they won't live to see their favo(u)rite Cleveland team's title:
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