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Old 25-03-2016, 12:36 PM   #176
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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:
http://awfulannouncing.com/2016/espn...toudamire.html

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk9hbdLIEUE

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5WGuDzLMWA
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Old 05-04-2016, 12:26 PM   #177
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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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOd_jMDIpw8

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ3FPGCDsDM

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sifbd9qU3sM
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Old 13-04-2016, 12:42 PM   #178
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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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Un_NLof65I

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVIYb6v96oQ
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Old 28-04-2016, 12:44 PM   #179
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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 1:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNDfCMNB2QA

Game 2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW3fwKyUbJM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfVJEEqJSUg

Game 3:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKJZyDJXj-s

Game 4:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRVszWFHxOk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuWk-TmOGfs

Game 5 (notable for the Ralph Sampson-Jerry Sitchting-Dennis Johnson melee at 27:00):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zfd40dsgi7U

Game 6:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQeXJd2kzFo
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Old 19-05-2016, 08:54 AM   #180
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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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlhTJ2L4W0w

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbxLsqJIdsk

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvDSrcMJNRw

MVP Steph for Britta Water drinking filters. Reminds me of those Milk Dairy Board ads with water splashing all in action:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpRDJWB9Y_I

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv7DLpLNWz0

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX1w74YWH4E

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXrqGLMqpuo

The colo(u)rful San Diego broadcaster Larry Gross called this 1981 San Diego Clippers games against the Chicago Bulls:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ-FWnUpy2w

Anthony Davis playing with the sun like a basketball like dunking for a Red Bull photo shoot:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OBiTn5B1ro
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Old 22-05-2016, 06:03 AM   #181
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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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B7AVnknHN4
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Old 11-06-2016, 06:32 AM   #182
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Hakeem (then Akeem) "The Dream" Olajuwon pitching for Etonic basketball sneakers 30 years ago back in 1986. Perhaps to parody those pantyhose commercials starting with those legs and feet then to the person's face:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHVvIJ8MDdM

Jeff Van Gundy does not like the shared history the Seattle SuperSonics and the Oklahoma City Thunder currently have. It's gonna have to be this way until Seattle returns:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9xdhZkw210
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Old 11-10-2016, 11:16 AM   #183
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Too bad I took too long to get back into this for I was very, very busy. Now I'm back here.

Montage of the original Charlotte Hornets from 1987 to its last year in 2002 from the immense popularity and onto the bitter end through Vanessa Williams' "Oh How The Years Go By". The rechristened Hornets (after the Bobcats) have since inherited the records from this period:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60D2uixXuow

An April 9, 1982 Boston Celtics home game against the New Jersey Nets at the "Gahden" televized on WBZ Channel 4 with Gil Santos and Celtics great Bob Cousy on the eve of the 1982 NBA playoffs. At this game, the Celtics held the best record in the NBA at 59-17 with the Nets being the perennial mediocre team they have been in all their time in East Rutherford and Newark with one of the worst records. But things started to improve in a couple of seasons. Some of the sponsors may or may not still exist nowdays:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OuUJ6N1rTc

Game 1 of the 1978 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Philadelphia's Spectrum on the NBA On CBS April 30, 1978 as the The Doctor continued on his what was to be his lengthy quest for his NBA ring. Brent Musberger (alongside Hondo, fresh off his retirement) was right: never count out the Washington Bullets, as we saw when they advanced out of this to face Seattle:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waihuZuoVN0

I miss seeing those Cleveland Cavaliers road burnt orange unis from the Gund brothers era. So I get that feeling again as both the Cavs, hoping to build upon the playoff appearance the last season, and the Chicago Bulls started the 1985-86 season at Chicago Stadium on October 25, 1985 on WUAB Channel 45 Cleveland. Going into OT. That young sensation that was MJ, of course, was to miss a huge chunk of his second season when his foot got broken a short time later. But managed to get the Iceman and still manged to make the playoffs. Jordan was to be under his second head coach after Kevin Loughery with former Spurs and Nets coach Stan Albeck. Later on, the Cavaliers would say goodbye to coach George Karl, one of the youngest at the time after he took them to the playoffs the previous season, and got him fired with Gene Littles to replace him as interim coach. But hope was coming in soon what was to be one of the better Cavs eras in franchise history when Lenny Wilkins came on and trade for Roy Hinson and his bad knees to Philly to get their #1 pick that was to be 20-year old Brad Daughtery and then Ron Harper and Mark Price:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKBn6zRo0Xk

Brief shot from the NBA on CBS during halftime midway from the 1980-81 season on the then-improved Indiana Pacers in the Central after leaving the Midwest with the Dallas Mavs addition with coach Jack McKinney, since recovered from that nearly-fatal bike accident in 1980 as NDCELE coach, featuring a fast break score by Billy Knight, a steal by Don Buse and a cameo of George McGinnis, who had returned home to Indiana to close out his pro career turning back time. Had a young squad of future All-Stars in Dan Roundfield (RIP), Adrian Dantley, James "Buddha" Edwards, and Alex English. not to mention Don Buse and Billy Knight. But drafted Rick Robey over Larry Bird #3.... and all of them left. Listen closely to hear Midnight Express in this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx0qZe0vEjs
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Old 26-10-2016, 11:46 AM   #184
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Buffalo Braves take on the Washington Bullets at the old Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in Game 4 at the 1975 Eastern Conference Semifinals on CBS Sports in one of the greatest Braves games ever. You saw much earlier here all of Bob McAdoo's 50 points and saw Washington's Elvin Hayes getting into serious foul trouble. Here's the full game. (How quaint we get to see a message regarding the TV announcers getting NBA approval and seeing the Olympic House with a Boston PO Box back then). Taken from the Turkish NBA TV:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC1x9286GAk

When Detroit's Bad Boys and the Chicago Bulls got it on in the mid 80-early 90s, denying MJ along the way deep in the paint. During the Jordan Rules. Before the NBA Rules Committee changed things:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjatwXrtIsU

More on those infamous Jordan Rules:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GYKrcM1k0U

Assortment of vintage and rare NBA commercials starting with Mike defying no gravity to grab a Coca-Cola Classic in front of the moon well before people started to "be like Mike" with a certain sports drink; Kareem, Mario Andretti, and Pele play testing Atari video games of their respective sports; Wilt Chamberlain struggling to get into Volkswagon Rabbit but Billy Cunningham easily could in 1966; Magic pitching for his local Michigan corner store like with apple cider; Magic, Swen Nater, Bill Cartwright, George Gervin, and Dan Issel all proclaiming how the NBA is "fan-tastic"; older Michael facing younger Michael one-on-one in a 2003 famous Gatorade Super Bowl commercial:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_FWVfCe08o

Uncle Drew played by Kyrie Irving schooling the youngsters on the concrete for Pepsi Max. Part 1:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DnKOc6FISU

Better be on the same frentic pace with Stephen Curry and his Chase Bank's Quick Pay. In case you may not know, Chase Bank will bear the Warriors' new 2019-opening arena in San Francisco:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppshfXH4IXY

Kristaps Porzingis offensive rookie compilation. Making those Knicks fans who booed him on draft night seriously reconsider that position. He'll get better this season:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pu57dmjpn4

Back to the fall 1989 when the Orlando Magic scored their first ever wins, both at the since-demolished Orlando Arena home to sellout crowds, against the Detroit Pistons (preseason) and the New York Knicks (regular season). Those latter teams didn't know what hit them:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MECCICAomXU

And several years later with Orlando home to a several pop crossover icons. This was the 1995 home intro when the young and exciting Magic, with the bright future seemingly ahead of them, ill-fatingly hosted the Rockets in the NBA Finals to a slight remix of 2 Unlimited "You're Ready For This":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAf4SNihCgA

Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics at their unstoppable championship best back in the 1985-86 season with 33 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks on 12/13 FG (4/5 3PT) against a San Antonio Spurs team, coach by Cotton Fitzsimmons, that was sliding towards mediocrity moving away from the Iceman, Johnny Moore, Mike Mitchell, and Artis Gilmore to a young rising stars Alvin Robertson and Willie Anderson, at the HemisFair Arena 135-119. He scored 31 of those entirely on the first half, and he played only 31 minutes in this game and missed only two shots, one tough three pointer and one free throw. His teammates weren't too shabby either in this game:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgxBY5_cX1k
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Old 31-10-2016, 07:43 AM   #185
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See how Chris Mullin got his famous buzzcut from the moptop, when he's in Oakland. Taken from the original NBA Inside Stuff with Willow Bay:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGqixDWJ39g
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Old 24-11-2016, 11:38 AM   #186
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For much of the 1980s, the Indiana Pacers struggled for respect as it made only a few postseason appearances out of Indianapolis in a midwestern state that adores basketball. The college scene was another matter with the Indiana Hooisers, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and the Purdue Boilermakers flying the flag high for Indiana college basketball with Hoosiers winning the 1981 and 1987 titles. But back to Pacers, they were a young but mediocre team at this time trying to gel into a winning entity. Sure, Indiana Pacers fans weren't always pacing the old Market Square Arena with a not-quite a winning product on court. What really hurt them was in this decade and set them back was the Alex English-George McGinnins trade. English flourished in Denver with his high-octane scoring in the Mile High City. McGinnis, a Pacers fave from the glorious ABA era, on the other hand was long past his prime when he returned to Indianapolis, contributing little in his final two pro seasons. Then there was the Tom Owens acquisition for the 1984 #2 pick. Had some very solid players in Clark Kellogg (knee injuries got in the way of Special K), slam dunk participant Terrence Stansbury, the late Wayman Tisdale (1984 gold medalist and Oklahoma's All-American) and St. Louis native and Mizzou legend center Steve Stipanovich (whom he too had knee injury issues and couldn't get stronger).

Those things came to a head in the 1984-85 season when the Pacers finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 22-60, dead last in the Central. George Irvine, who took over from Jack McKinney, was the head coach who tried all he could to make them an improved team. There was hope to get this young struggling team to succeed. They did a couple of seasons later when Chuck Person got drafted and Jack Ramsey succeeded Irvine in making the playoffs. But Pacers fortunes really took off when they got Reggie Miller, Rik Smits, and Detlef Schrempf that went on into the 1990s. In this game here, the struggling Pacers go into Chicago Stadium to face rookie Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in a March 25, 1985 game that saw the city still not quite ready to fill up Chicago Stadium with attendance at 6000 for all the excitement Jordan provided. MJ torched the Pacers for 38 points here. Hey, at least Indianapolis hosted the 1985 NBA All-Star Weekend earlier the previous month:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtH1GaknSTM

In celebration of Space Jam's 20th anniversary, here's some scenes where Michael Jordan meets up with the Looney Tunes gang after shooting his first hole-in-one on the links and visit his house to get his sneakers and his North Carolina shorts...and the Monstars:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7ay9YX6KKE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I-v_OK_U7g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O93ZjQ10gI8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zyu8kAe3tnU

Game 5 in full of the 1990 NBA Finals between the Detroit Pistons and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Portland Memorial Coliseum with Vinnie Johnson's jumpshot prompted a back-to-back Pistons Bad Boys championship. Also of note, this is the final CBS broadcast of the NBA as NBC took over the US FTA TV rights for the next 13 seasons. It has a different intro as opposed to the longtime we're familiar with. This would be the last series to be played on a Tuesday–Thursday–Sunday rotation until the 2004 series, which the Pistons won that incidentally. From 1991 to 2003, the series were primarily on Wednesday–Friday–Sunday. Just as Michael Jordan was about to take the ascendency...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8omZGYHiy8

Magic, Swen Nater, Bill Cartwright, George Gervin, and Dan Issel relay to each other all the way back to Magic admiring each others skills. As Magic says here, "We're all fans of the NBA" in this classic 1982 NBA is Fantastic promo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnoVbNPWn6I
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:49 PM   #187
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Superstation WTBS from Atlanta's broadcast of the Wednesday January 22, 1986 Boston Celtics--Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire game when the Celtics were on their march to a historic championship season that includes a 40-1 home record at the Boston Garden. Kurt Rambis was hurt for the NDCELE with an ankle injury. At a time when Boston was also excited with the New England Patriots embarking on its first ever Super Bowl against the unstoppable Chicago Bears in New Orleans later that weekend. Long before it too sadly became those low down and dirty snakes in the grass. Spoiler alert: it certainly wasn't the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire that gave the Celtics its sole home loss that season (Portland did):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiQu8SUee50

Since we're on the Celtics-NDCELE, I must say there's an upcoming two-part ESPN 30 For 30 currently under production on their storied rivalry with interviews from both sides with the centerpiece on the 1980s portion of that. The as yet untitled two-parter will examine how the NBA as a whole was impacted by this. Coming very likely in June with the NBA Finals going on:
http://www.si.com/tech-media/2016/12...ry-new-details

A couple years ago, I posted the very rare 1988-89 Miami Heat NBA documentary "Dream Catches Fire" that chronicled the Miami Heat's expansion season. But it had an Italian overdub, which understandably made difficult to listen to the English background. Plus I long waited for its expansion brothers Charlotte to have its own rare 1989 VHS video Hornets Hysteria: The Season That Made Charlotte Shout appear on You Tube. I remember it more so than the Heat one because of the simple fact of seeing it on an old Athletics Supply catalog with two pages devoted to VHS videos. And that video had a Coca-Cola sponsorship on the cover. Just recalling the electricity and massive support built from decades of tremendous basketball support with ACC basketball and the ABA Carolina Cougars back in the 1960s-1970s and the high merchandise sales show how special that time was no matter how much losing it endured. Also, the lowly Los Angeles Clippers have the dubious distinction that season of giving both Charlotte and Miami their first NBA wins:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1sDpd-EKkA

Reggie Theus' 25-point performance for the New Jersey Nets on January 23, 1991 at the Brendan Byrne Meadowlands Arena (later renamed for Continental Airlines and later Izod) against his old team the Chicago Bulls in the Nets' 99-95 win. Also note the late Jack Haley in this clip with the Nets and would later join the Bulls as a deep reserve center:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-45_y0QyGY

From CBS-FOX Home Video and NBA Entertainment, the Detroit Pistons 1990 NBA Finals championship/1989-90 season review video Pure Pistons:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ge-pcsVqTU
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Doc Rivers get ejected in Brooklyn:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foalwWXJHIw

Denver Nuggets in their first NBA postseason face the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 5 of the 1977 Western Conference Semifinals at the McNichols Sports Arena. Portland, also in their first ever NBA postseason, of course went to win the NBA title that year:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMGIWaCAGiA

Since we're on the 1976-77 season, this is the rare nearly 2-hour documentary on the Portland Trail Blazers' championship season called Fastbreak:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fmtvc3zARFg

Before there was Linsanity, there was Billy Ray Bates, who turned out to be lacking in serious life skills and was functionally illiterate. Billy Ray seemingly came out of nowhere (via the CBA's Seattle Supersonics-style jersey wearing Maine Lumberjacks) to become a Portland Trail Blazers sensation. Lin is made of sterner stuff. But the Black Superman REALLY became a legend in the Philippines basketball scene. Just couldn't cope effectively with fame due to coke. In this fleeting Trail Blazers sweet spot, he takes charge against the Supersonics on CBS Sports in 1980:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXtGAiDGUL0

Christmas Day 1977 game on CBS Sports between the Cleveland Cavaliers that had Jim Brwer, Jim Chones, Cazzie Russell, and Walt "Clyde" Frazier and the Buffalo Braves at the Richfield Coliseum that started CBS Sports day that also saw the Fiesta Bowl. Long before he moved on to NBC here in the US, Don Criqui was NBA here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmtrXt7X9Ck

Charlotte Hornets 2016-17 home opener intro with video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmyaGZdX-d4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSCDOV6qUak
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Russell Westbrook and his Air Jordan 30s (XXX) coming through making his way onto the court. Presented by a hype kid who makes a thinly veiled slam on Stephen Curry and his ascendant popularity:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdVElD2Ua4U

In this Space Jam-inspired commercial, a young team of street ballers get some Jordan gear to face The MonStars in getting their park back with the help of Bugs Bunny and Blake Griffin. As narrated by Jimmy Butler:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgUMAAmNtus

Andrew Wiggins and all his 84 dunks last season:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1Zn74ym4TI
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Old 04-01-2017, 11:58 AM   #190
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Happy New Year! Don't I just love linking all that 1980s NBA footage in this thread? Several years ago I presented That Championship Feeling 1983 Philadelphia 76ERS video/CBS Sports NBA playoff review that came in separate links just before many longform clips on YouTube became more commonplace. This time here it's all in its entirety! Yes, this Philadelphia 76ERS 1982-83 team must be considered as one of the greatest NBA teams ever--coached by a former Sixer who came off the bench for one of the better NBA squads back in the 1960s (the 1966-67 edition) that at last got a NBA title for the Good Doctor by almost going "fo', fo', fo' ". One thing I noticed is that the entire 1983 NBA Playoffs is not presented, just the conference semis onward (notice how the Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets, Seattle Supersonics, and Atlanta Hawks are omitted from this video having played in the earlier round, the final season before going to the current 8-team conference playoff format). ESPN likely just focuses on the NBA Finals whenever it broadcasts this and reduce it to 30 minutes. No more "We Owe You One" as they paraded through downtown Philadelphia and into the since-demolished Veterans Stadium! RIP Moses Malone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Un_NLof65I
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How Scott Skiles managed to eclipse Detroit Pistons' Kelvin Porter longstanding most assists in a game for the Orlando Magic with 30 against the high-octane (but defense challenged) under head coach Paul Westhead Denver Nuggets on December 30, 1990 at the Orlando Arena to close out the year for the Magic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ7h4F1H4Ko

Giannis Antetokounmpo first interviewed by his brother Thanasis with softball questions and then the two by the Pick 'n Roll host all in the studio for the basketball studio show on Greek pay-TV sports channel OTE Sport 4 HD. Talking about NBA stars, playing in Milwaukee, how they relax and have fun, the Greek national basketball team, their younger brother, and the NBDL for Thanasis:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4CzAUp1el4

Seattle entered the NBA with the San Diego (now Houston) Rockets in 1967 when the NBA was expanding with its own version of Western Manifest Destiny, seeking fresh markets to build up its national TV deal with ABC. Phoenix and Milwaukee came the following season. The Supersonics were Seattle's first major pro franchise in the 5 major leagues and, in keeping with the western saga, its founders were LA businessmen Sam Schulman, the active partner, and Eugene V. Klein along with a group of minority partners. Don't know if this is the first time ABC showed the Supersonics during this season at the Seattle Center Coliseum (now Key Arena), but the first coach was Al Bianchi, who went on to coach for the first two Sonics seasons, GM Don Rickman with players Walt Hazzard (its first All-Star that season), Don Kojis, Tom Meschery (more well known as a San Francisco Warrior), future journeyman coach Boib Weiss, and future NBA executive Rod Thorn, and All-Rookie players Bob Rule and Al Tucker.

Speaking of the San Francisco Warriors, I got the Seattle SuperSonics playing against the Warriors in a Christmas Eve 1967 game at the Seattle Center Coliseum. Warriors won 127-113 to send Seattle to 10-28 with 6226 in attendance. Hazzard had 20 points. They eventually were 5 games short from the Chicago Bulls of making the top four West postseason teams finishing at 23-59. Not bad for expansion teams. But it finished 6th league-wide in attendance at 202,263. No ABC sportscasting audio here though. Just venue:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15jwN4lbSSM

And this is JCPenney's Seattle Supersonics 1979 championship LP "Sonic Boom" narrated by Bob Blackburn. Cost US$5 back then:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZfPYvdcNBM

Philadelphia's Joel Embiid 33 Pts, 10 Rebs, 3 Blks performance at home on Brooklyn:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcqkwdoBL9k

Giannis Antetokounmpo's December 23 39-point and 6 assists performance in Milwaukee versus Washington. Couldn't get 40 here. But he will:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMDTdsB1U_s

James Harden's 2015 Adidas commercial that premiered on TNT:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nju6__y3fUQ
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The NBA location history map from 1946-2015 as done in one minute:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kgz07KRfh4M
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As we anticipate the upcoming 2-part ESPN 30 For 30 about the Celtics/NDCELE rivalry slated for June, we would be looking into some parts of the 1980s peak. We may even get into the full games again of the instant classic 1984 NBA Finals. First, let's take a look back at the important Tragic Johnson chokes at his most inopportune times during that series. Prompting him and his teammates eventually going into a post-Finals funk. Stats-wise, that notorious emissary had a great series. Those miscues thankfully cost them the title. You can best be sure all those NDCELE players will recall that time and how it affected them. Like, after Game 7. PS: when asked by Mike Greenberg yesterday morning on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike In the Morning about him and rival-turned-good friend Larry Bird possibly joining forces back in the 1980s, he said "Hell no!":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSlWNU5_JVc

An MSG Network presentation of Bernard King dropping 50 points on the Dallas Mavericks over 33 years ago this month in 1984 after doing the same previously to San Antonio on the Knicks' Texas trip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lreHnj7oWMU

Nikola Jokic's 2015-16 season highlights with Denver:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRR-n24tat0
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Now with the Sacramento Kings moved into their brand new digs called the Golden 1 Center this season, it's nice that we recall back in 1985 when the Kings first moved to Sacramento from Kansas City as the first big-time pro sports team the California capital got and that very small and sparse original and temporary Arco Arena they played in until a newer one into existence three years later punctuated with an expansion-forced move to the Pacific Division. Fans, excited as though they were of being part of a popular sports clique, generally weren't quite knowlegable about basketball but later got educated on it over the years. It was the start of a honeymoon that witnessed a fleeting playoff appearance in their first season there (noted and linked on this thread), and never returned there until the mid-1990s but carried on with constant home sellouts that carried over to the Arco Arena II located in a once isolated area on the expanding northern outskirts of the city a mile westward from the original constructed at a cost of just $40 million, the lowest of any venue in the NBA. It was the smallest arena in the NBA with a seating capacity of 17,317, and has 30 luxury suites and 412 club seats.

Sprint had its local offices located there following the Kings move to the second and more permanent ARCO Arena. Now the California Department of Consumer Affairs occupy its headquarters there.

What the original 10,333-seat Arco Arena just north of downtown Sacramento had to offer as "The Madhouse on Market Street" back in 1985 ahead of the home opener against the Los Angeles Clippers when it resembled more like a large bank branch on the outside. Like the "yuppie food that swept the nation" At least the exterior. Good Day Sacramento takes a look back with lots of 1980s references, graphics, TV technology, Phil Collins music, and oh the prices:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XOYxKDTv3c

Hilariously looking back with footage from Kings' 1985 Open House to meet the fans prior to the season starting also from Good Day Sacramento:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XOYxKDTv3c

The Kings' roster upon the start of the 1985-86 season with many holdovers from Kansas City--Otis Thorpe, Eddie Johnson, Reggie Theus, LaSalle Thompson, Larry Drew, Mark Olberding, and Rich Kelley with lottery pick and Los Angeles 1984 gold medalist center from Arkansas Joe Klein that was at the time 9-deep. Sacramento was defensively-deficient at the time under Phil Johnson and Jerry Reynolds:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBa21-4EYrQ

Jerry Reynolds remembers the experience of that exciting first Opening Night versus the Clippers and at the "sparse" first ARCO Arena in 1985 putting Sac-Town on the major league map. Kings certainly came a long way since:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjYqJf3SYpI

Farewell to the Arco Arena/Sleep Train Arena last season already when it became Sacramento Proud:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaeCbbsugL4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUTfXUkVynI (team video and intro)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZQ0hHfjDSs (Sac Kings legends honored from the 1980s onward)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekMV5dSmCOk
(Grant Napear and Jerry Reynolds sign off for the final time in Sleep Train Arena on CSN Sacramento)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V10bAfngYLo (Gary "G-Man" Gerould final sign off)

Grant Napear's 25 years in Sacramento as Kings play-by-play man celebration:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTwhR_Fow-Q

The Kings may not have beaten that NDCELE back in the previous decade (But should've). But it surely won the Kiss Cam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqrllYoiK90
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Back in the 1970s, it seemed that ABC and later CBS had a theme song for their NBA broadcasts with vocals imploring viewers to watch NBA games before later in the decade the music just went (mostly) instrumental until ESPN/ABC took the rights and employed A-list pop music stars like Will.i.am and Justin Bieber. Let's go back to that 70s time--and this is one of the games on YouTube that has the Shaft-inspired intro theme from that era when ABC, long before it tied the knot with ESPN and before both were adopted by The Mouse, had the NBA TV broadcasting rights with Game 5 of the 1973 NBA World Championship Series (now the NBA Finals) between the New York Knicks and the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire inside the House of Evil that the Knicks thankfully won and claimed the Walter Kennedy Championship Trophy, named after for the then-NBA Commissioner.

The Knicks-NDCELE seemed to have an annual anticipated rivalry going on, playing the bi-coastal-ness that businesses like, during the early 1970s like Warriors and Cavs have now when they face each other at this stage. Those Knicks from that era were some great teams long-suffering Knicks fans wish they now have with the team so mediocre with an incompetent ownership/management. This game is notable for several different reasons: First, the Knicks became the second NBA team to win the title as the visitors after the Boston Celtics, both times at the House of Evil. Second, turned out this May 10, 1973 broadcast was to be the last NBA game ABC would, save for the odd NBA-USA Olympic Team exhibition game and the McDonald's Open back in the 1980s, air for 29 years when it lost the rights to CBS, already doing rival ABA games, starting the next season; no sign-off montage that CBS would conduct when it had the NBA for the final time. Also ending an era was Wilt Chamberlain retiring following this game, leaving the NBA as the alltime leading scorer for 11 years afterward until Kareem broke it in Las Vegas aptly with his skyhook and trying his hand less-committedly as a head coach for the ABA's San Diego Conquistadors for money after the NDCELE took him to court and force him not to play there too. Third, Keith Jackson and Bill Russell were announcing this and Bill went to coach Seattle before returning to NBA broadcasting with CBS and Superstation WTBS. Fourth, Phil Jax as a Knicks player long before he was involved with both teams here first as NDCELE coach and more recently as a poor Knicks executive. Fifth, Dean Memminger with New York became the only player to win national championships in high school, NCAA, and in the NBA. You will also hear lots of organ playing here unlike you notice years later onward--and it's the late PA announcer John Ramsey speaking until 1981 when his longtime successor Lawrence Tanter took over. You also notice a station ID call that never happens with televised NBA games now (in this case, WABC New York). Finally, the video quality is bad, but this is rare thing in US sports broadcasting history and worth a watch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwC-kNIV8T0

A March 7, 1970 game at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, now the Oracle Arena, that saw Oscar Robertson powering his Cincinnati Royals with his high-scoring offense over the San Francisco Warriors. By 1970, you think sports TV broadcasting would completely be in colo(u)r. Not yet here. Still looks like something more like 1963. Jerry Lucas and Johnny Green would have great games here for the Royals too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlI07OsKvHE

And this is Oscar Robertson's great 24-points, 6-rebound, 5-assist, and 5-steal 1969 NBA ASG MVP performance from Baltimore:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSd3xKCuDpo

Virginia Squires taking on the Pittsburgh Condors at the Roanoke Valley's Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia in 1971 for 122-119 Squires win. Surely the Squires enjoyed better attendance here than the Condors did back at the Pittsburgh Civic Center back then:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn8xc47_yZM

Talking about the Virginia Squires in the form of a lecture by local sports researcher Clay Shampoe 40 years since they left
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRXNLnSEO-I

Two Philly iconic doctors, Julius Erving and Bill Cosby, team up for a 1984 Coca-Cola TV commercial. Both were known for their mutual love for Coca-Cola, a drink I enjoy a lot with no prescription needed. I wonder does Erving still co-owns that Philadelphia Coca-Cola bottling plant. Maybe he since sold his share in it. He had to have since he moved to Dr. Pepper emphasizing his doctor-ness:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wakFNm2BWy0

Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird are all astonished to see multicolo(u)red Converse All-Stars, aka the Chuck Taylors or Chucks, to be "everywhere" outside the basketball court thanks to an ensemble of dancers. Synth music similiar to Yaz(oo)'s music from 1983 era. Note the 1984 Olympic shoe nod for the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics at the end:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bll1AunxHtY
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From ESPN comes a 45-second promo on the hotly anticipated still-untitled 2-part Celtics-Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire 1980s rivalry coming next month on June 13th. Think it could be called East Or West. (There's a Paula Abdul-in-her-Laker-Girls-days cameo in it). Remember: it was only good whenever the Celtics succeed. Green all the way:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7YCPGpzylI
http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=19149269

31 years ago at this time, the young and hungry Houston Rockets did it again in the 1980s as the only team in the Western Conference not named the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire to make it to the NBA Finals for the second time that decade in winning 4 straight games. Both times beating the NDCELE along the way before losing also both times to Boston. This was Game 5 in full inside the House of Evil when Ralph Sampson, who will forever make me glad, made the buzzer-beating shot that cause Michael Cooper to faint at the sight of it and put an end to an undeserved repeat bid. Priceless! A hell no to that rotten dream. Sampson's co-Twin Tower Akeem Olajuwon got ejected earlier for fighting. But every time I see Ralph's shot, I'd smile I'd like to bring up the entire series soon when I could. Maybe next post here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQPtE5a2su0

Purvis Short is largely forgotten now to many outside hardcore basketball fans and Warriors fans despite being a mainstay for the Golden State Warriors during the 1980s, a decade that saw the Warriors largely mired in mediocrity and futility in the Pacific Division in Oakland, before the RUN-TMC era and Nellie Ball. He played with some All-Stars and some shooters like World B. Free, the much-maligned Joe Barry Carroll, Eric "Sleepy" Floyd, Bernard King, Chris Mullin, Robert Parrish, and rebound monster Larry Smith. Problem was, among them, the coaching changes from Al Attles to John Bach to George Karl to Chris Mullin--and largely missing the playoffs coinciding with the consistent losing during much of the 1980s. But Short had one of the nicest-looking high shooting arches during this time giving him the moniker The Rainbow Man. Shame he didn't make an All-Star Game. First video is a compilation of his scoring during his torching of the Utah Jazz for 32 during Game 4 at the Oakland Coliseum Arena against the Utah Jazz in the 1987 NBA Playoffs live on Superstation WTBS. Second is a compilation of his shots:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBpnHZFnlHM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxdV-LSntkc

On March 5 1978, the New Orleans Jazz were battling for its playoff lives that would eventually never come to fruition during their time, which was a shame as the team was on a roll to that first franchise playoff taste. Pete Maravich hurt his knee (and was never the same since), had Donald "Slick" Watts, and the team had to rely on Len "Truck" Robinson, already the first player that season to grab 1000 rebounds despite being 6-7 and went on to win that title that season. Certainly did his job here by torching 39 points on their then-Central Division rivals San Antonio Spurs at the HemisFair Arena in SA on CBS. Another forgotten NBA player who can score, play defense, physical, leap, and was strong. Finished 8th in the NBA MVP ballotting and made the All-Star with a 1st Team All-NBA selection. Come to think of it, he was the prototype for Karl Malone before the Mailman later arrive to the franchise in Salt Lake City. Or even Ben Wallace or Amare. Think how dangerous that Maravich-Robinson duo would be if both were durable, They may still be there in the Big Easy instead of the Hornets/Pelicans. There's Stu Lantz and Van McCoy(?):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfqLU97WnJk
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Real nice treat back from 1993 in the immediate aftermath of the 1993 NBA Finals of Michael Jordan's Australian TV interview with Seven Network's sportscaster Bruce McAvaney on Seasons that was aired two weeks before his dad James was murdered but at the height of his fame. Interesting at how was saying G'Day to Aussies on TV and how Aussie schoolkids back then rate him highly as their popular athlete, although at the time MJ had yet to visit Australia. Obviously MJ OWNED the 1990s (though I must admit seeing the footage of the Suns losing almost 25 years ago still hurts...):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOzYogZvJQk

When Oprah Winfrey welcomed His Royal Airness and the Bulls to her show and her very energetic audience after winning the Bulls' first NBA title in June 1991 after beating the Fakers. Basking in the afterglow:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1_3Zt0Ij6Q
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Rare film nearly 21-minute season review of the Portland Trail Blazers that's a commemoration of their seven season journey from inaugural 1970-71 season to the 1976-77 championship season, their first-ever postseason appearance thanks to an influx of former ABA players like Dave Twardzik and the late Maurice Lucas and coach Dr. Jack Ramsey from the Buffalo Braves mixed with Bill Walton, Lionel Hollins, Bob Gross, Larry Neal, Herm Gilliam, Robin Jones, and rookies Wally Walker and Johnny Davis. Their success gripped Portland unleashing "Blazermania". Though we don't see much of past seasons here. Film is called Seven Years To Glory narrated by Bill Schonley:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Lo_ZtLr3kg

Portland facing the former ABA franchise Denver Nuggets, the second-best team in the West thus proving ABA teams did indeed belong in the NBA after the merger and had reasonable title aspirations then, in Game 3 of the 1977 Western Conference Semifinals at the Portland Memorial Coliseum with Michael Jordan's idol David Thompson going off for 40 points here on CBS Sports:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULEaXHoVMWA
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We're moments away from the premiere of the anticipated ESPN 30 For 30 that's since entitled Celtics/Lakers: The Best of Enemies--and it's actually in 3 parts. Parts 1 & 2 airs tonight here on ESPN with the third and final part tomorrow night. In some ways, it's a bit disappointing that this year's NBA Finals just ended last night so as not to quite coincide with this 30 For 30. In some ways though, it isn't. Can't say that ESPN wasn't exceptionally shrewd in the scheduling of this ESPN documentary

Part 1 deals with the stranglehold the Celtics rightfully held on that no good and currently crumbling evil empire back in the 1960s up to 1969 when Bill Russell was player-coach and was in his final game against his pal Wilt Chamberlain with fellow Celtics greats. Kept lighting Red Auerbach's cigar. Part 2 centers on the rivalry revived back in 1984 with that instant classic series that went to the limit in 7 games with all those moments we know: The NDCELE stealing Game 1; Gerald Henderson Sr. stealing a James Worthy pass to save Game 2 for the C's; normally mild-mannered Kevin McHale coming up and clotheslines Kurt Rambis on a breakaway instantly causing a ruckus; Bird and Kareem going at it; Tragic Johnson making ill-advised on-court decisions and going into a depression; Bird calling his Celtics teammates "sissies"; and the bumrushing the "Gahden" following Game 7 Celtics series win and post-series reactions on both teams. Best series ever! This NBA Finals contributed to the NBA's global prosperity and popularity like never before and since then--even "saving" it--as well as showing the social and political introspections in both cities at the time like the races on both teams. It seemed everyone took a side.

Part 3 tomorrow delves into the 1985 and 1987 NBA Finals that the NDCELE should NEVER have won! Only good thing about that is 1985's Game 1, the Memorial Day Massacre. Should've repeated. But yet, a mutual respect was forming during this time: like Bird and Magic becoming friendly. Basketball-themed 30 For 30s tend to be among the most consistently excellent of the whole bunch. I see no exception here when I will watch, especially with all those parts. But hatred still exists. Sorry Magic, the one thing in basketball I hate the most IS the Fakers. And this doc takes a unique distinction in having NKOTB member and actor Donnie Wahlberg repping Boston (yay!) and NDCELE worshipper Ice Cube (boo! ) both narrating, alternating this. Can't wait to see it on YouTube very soon! If only Phoenix stopped the Fakers more here!

A 13-minute film on the 1973 ABA All-Star Game at the old Salt Palace, the home of the Utah Stars and later the Utah Jazz, in Salt Lake City. West vs. East. Lots of notable stars in this game. With an Adidas film sponsorship present. Film's quality is actually quite nice and has the value and vibe of a back-in-the-day educational film:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07--z2QEEp4

Milwaukee's Jack Sikma's 26 points performance including 4 threes Highlights on February 16, 1989 on the road against the Chicago Bulls at Chicago Stadium:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFv9OF4_Y2s

1985 Superstation WTBS promo for the broadcast of the Texas matchup between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs in a West playoff scramble. Both teams made it back then:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p77i6G7hK8
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Parts 1 & 2 of the Celtics/Fakers 30 For 30 played last night of course with tonight's Part 3. We're still waiting for legit links on YouTube and not the torrent-like ones. Can't and shouldn't expect them there immediately right after the ESPN Films premiere. Anyway, as we anticipate them, got some articles and reviews regarding this brilliant 30 For 30 to whet our appetite.

These days it would seem the current 3-year Warriors/Cavaliers NBA Finals rivalry--we'll touch on that later here--and the previous Heat/Spurs one are the closest to the intense Celtics/NDCELE series back in the 1980s and 1960s. Both involve LeBron, and it seems the former certainly has the potential to go even longer as other teams in both conferences apparently can't match up against or upset them effectively. While both have their moments, it's obviously a different era and landscape in the NBA today than when Boston and the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire ruled the roost. Not enough time passed yet, and the chapters are still being written.

Celtics Blog has a couple of extensive pieces about the 1984 NBA Finals centerpiece and the 30 For 30 review. The first is the analytical retrospective about and revisits the said finals, which actually was called the 1984 NBA World Championship Series--didn't become the NBA Finals until 1986. Game by game. Biggest winner-take-all basketball game since the 1979 NCAA Championship with Bird and Magic as Larry seeking revenge on Magic. Talks about the times back then in the prime of Reagan's conservative America with lots of "boring" fundamental and half-court basketball purism that Boston embodied and the emerging freeflowing style, race, the pop culture then, the players' personalities and mentalities, and the anticipating hype since 1969. Thought about a NDCELE sweep after dispatching a 41-41 Phoenix that year. One thing I didn't know about back then was of young NBA commissioner David Stern basically admitting to a fan on the Boston Globe the NBA would very much like to have the series go the distance to make some cash and ratings on it. Like allegedly rigging the results. Cue the subsequent NBA conspiracy theories and, here, Bird's ire. CBS' TV scheduling on this kinda paved the way for the NBA Finals TV scheduling on ABC we now have with 2-3 days from each other. Bird and Magic disliked each other immensely before they became friends but still were obsessed over each other's stats. Cedric Maxwell was James Worthy's idol growing up after seeing Maxwell's 1977 UNC-Charlotte 49ERS go to the Final Four in Atlanta. How also the 2-2-1-1-1 format helped the C's and not the 2-3-2 one instituted next season and for the next 30 seasons. Not to mention the legacy and ripple effects this series has on both teams, particularly on Pat Riley:
https://www.celticsblog.com/2015/3/3...984-nba-finals

Definitely the best review I've seen so far about the 3-part doc online. Makes an interesting and great point about the decline of white NBA stars from the 1970s up until the 1980s for various reasons to attract the casual white fans at a time when the United States was still overwhelmingly white as racial progress was coming. Flashier basketball like the ABA's was looked upon with some disdain with its play. The lack of visually appealing teams like Seattle. Busts the mythology of Game 6 of the 1980 Finals centering on Magic. Other glaring omissions like not mentioning a dispirted Jerry West becoming the only losing side player winning the NBA Finals MVP in 1969 and reportedly selling his green car he won because of the Celtics colo(u)r. Not to mention the in-game violence that turned some people off or naming Bird Rookie of the Year over Johnson in 1979-80, Larry was also voted first team all-league and was third in the MVP balloting. While Johnson was voted to start the All-Star Game by the fans, but Bird was main reason why the East won the 1980 All-Star Game. Magic's previous chokejobs and the name-calling. Celtics getting injured en route to 1987:
http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/6/14...entary-history

On that note, let's re-watch that classic 1984 NBA Finals in every game!

Game 1:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdrqNLp75xg

Game 2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi-LuHaB4c8 (intro and pregame analysis)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c4MHWhDeWc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWbhI7PViLs (contains some halftime stuff)

Game 3:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY-AeXjGOrM

Game 4:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_EeZRiWEVc

Game 5:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mzdjSFQWPk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VWlLydu5EM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UGWZjhvYJE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcPcIcVT6mI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og-BZGKU0NU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2MgW6_xEms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKat5STG9-o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7vupYOy7Pg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITGpE2dZ4tQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaybqnoY8RQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKH1YuHlAdo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzdnK7HLEEA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6fdyZnvM0s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWbHw81t7y4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usxfeTMK-c0

Game 6:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8pgbqlntGA

Game 7:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O186T9C32s4

We're travelling back to 1989 and up to the early 1990s when Minneapolis returned to the NBA 30 years after the Fakers left. Started on November 3, 1989 at the Seattle Center Coliseum (now the Key Arena) as the Seattle SuperSonics welcomed them to their home, only for the Timberwolves lose 106-94. Five days later, as linked here on this board, Minnesota played their home game debut as Michael Jordan and the Bulls came to town and won that. Sticking visually with the lyrics of Huey Lewis and The News' hit "Back In Time", we see all the personalities from back then in Sam Mitchell, Tony Campbell, Tyrone Corbin, Doug West, Jerome "Pooh" Richardson, Crunch, former Minnesota Gopher Randy Breuer, Brad Sellers, Sidney Lowe, Scott Roth, and coach Bill Musselman. Too bad Tod Murphy, Brad Lohaus, ex-Mizzou center Gary Leonard, Adrian Branch, and Donald Royal weren't included in this expansion season team that does make note of the NBA attendance record it set at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome breaking Charlotte's from the previous season. Mixed in with footage playing at the Target Center starting the next season:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVsuJnwIVXw

Minnesota Timberwolves taking shape after the NBA Board of Governors approved Minneapolis' NBA re-entry before the players were summoned that culminated with the first franchise win two days after Chicago also at home with Philadelphia in OT 125-119 on November 10, 1989 with Barkley, noticeably back to the basket, holding onto the ball as he typically did then. The team was projected to be really bad that first season but surprised a lot of people. Yet struggled with two 9-game losing streaks during the season. Don't know exactly where this comes from:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHlvTBXMieY

Without a doubt race acted as a serious undercurrent and context acting as a referendum on the NBA's top stars during the 1980s surrounding Bird and Magic as discussed by Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith on ESPN's First Take:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty6prLmSVAk

James Worthy talks to ESPN 6's Jamelle Hill and Michael Smith lookign back at that infamous moment in Game 4 at the House of Evil when teammate Kurt Rambis gets clotheslined by Kevin McHale, who was under orders to deny layups even if it means knocking them down to it, on a breakaway layup attempt that's said to have changed the series. He regrets not letting Rambis go to war with McHale at the Celtics' bench and pushed him to the camera people at the baseline. Rambis was already steeled himself for a hard foul on him. That definitely would've been something to get talked about forever. And the cultural clashes between the two fans bases, teams, and cities. Must say that LA, for all of its liberalism and multiculturalism, has had its share of racial tensions up that point in the mid-1980s. Boston is a liberal city too, just not as presented and more selective in it like with those racial tensions that were detrimental for its image. I strongly disagree with James Worthy's (and Magic's) assertion that the NDCELE's 1980s Reign of Terror team would defeat the Golden St. Warriors today, despite praising as the new generation. But a key thing lies in the rules; had they be under today's NBA rules the Dubs would win soundly. Still think under the NDCELE's rotten time's rules the Warriors would win but the margin of victory would be closer. Plus the once-again NBA champs Warriors have lots more athleticism. Then again, perhaps we shouldn't compare different eras:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S-VhP6cUAE
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