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Old 02-11-2010, 10:41 AM   #51
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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.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y30eh30zQM
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Old 23-11-2010, 01:20 PM   #52
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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.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=StH6nowNdtA
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Old 25-11-2010, 07:43 AM   #53
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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:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pH3Oo-T-jI

The very first Miami Heat player introduction from a preseason home game against Detroit accompanying a Muhammed Ali quote:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_2casqC_5E

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.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HWRmvtSrQE
The player video solo:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cMxj_QCYRI
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:17 AM   #54
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This probably doesn't strictly belong here, but it's as good a place as any:

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Old 17-12-2010, 12:06 PM   #55
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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.

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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.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQYZP9zBigI

The Ricky Sobers and Kevin Stacom fight during Game 3 of the 1976 NBA Finals in Phoenix.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHm91DtHFuo

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):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybdhM3GMam8
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:47 PM   #56
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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.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzctxt0wV3M
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Old 26-05-2011, 06:22 AM   #57
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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.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfYEXfXsp9M

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".
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvYGlIwJlGU&NR=1

Magic reveals he would only look at Larry's eyes when it over for the latter back in 1985.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ckZz9GlpwM

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.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sObZbBBJL0o
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:12 AM   #58
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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.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf9DWfvrUMU
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:26 AM   #59
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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.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW7AIWPG_7U
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Old 15-07-2011, 09:31 AM   #60
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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.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFsF064Ljzs

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.

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Old 23-07-2011, 07:46 AM   #61
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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.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0zSdN5ceXU
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:21 AM   #62
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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).
www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2UQjUqat28

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.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1PcE_B3SUI

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!"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5_D1ZOnluw&NR=1
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:08 PM   #63
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New Derrick Rose Commercial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYCb2...ayer_embedded#!

Not bad. Like the Celtics dude on the horse.
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Old 27-10-2011, 12:26 PM   #64
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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAJahUEPeGQ
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:00 AM   #65
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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 . 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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzD27__f69k

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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qf3f5z2vC0

MJ's 60 Minutes interview from 2005 with the late Ed Bradley in Las Vegas in advance of then-new book Driven From Within
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXFiHndn5-8

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. 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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhKqC0tIOQk

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")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxIYTCv3dCY

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!:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNwlZ9npLa4
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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNGa_VDKqSE
First half highlights:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQKMkRk-3Zw
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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xVi2Ed-8Rw
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Old 16-12-2011, 11:17 AM   #66
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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.

Just watch.

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...

Dan Gilbert

Majority Owner

Cleveland Cavaliers
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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ_1Smb3f9k
The game itself
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQZWKSMeWWY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9QuWLAZ4RY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK6wZNOLlzc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC7FaJnFK9c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhFy1aiBb4I
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Old 24-02-2012, 10:22 AM   #67
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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 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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZzRZcBvSsE

Gatorade Slam Dunk Contest. Many say Larry Johnson was robbed:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGhX6wIzayQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwMC1Mig2_0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM__a2DAkfk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-gADFChfp0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_sJIwjtskE

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaS5bowV4AY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41YcW4EDyD4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rpNNsPZ898
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFcaCXXHvgc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0udtO01hlLM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPWCF5IqZYY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhUFcdFAP94
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXU4EXAImZE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0xztM3SmsQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqIRDdMf4_M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inIOlibGNlU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR84BUhApRY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns8JRO_RS_8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqbitvqRO2g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxhzVGwBzCI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME2yPsYr4KY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os2t8UyrK8o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH7PERmIehw
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Old 23-03-2012, 05:52 AM   #68
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Continuing the Magic Johnson theme, I present to you The Announcement from Nelson George, ESPN Films, and NBA Entertainment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmQXPQTAcYc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRSFzI_xFwk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2Jfm_PRenY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwfPNOFS8NM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_6B-aPcPYU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYX55cp3xV8

Magic Johnson's press conference announcement:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MyUWn142GU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFUBEno6ftA
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Old 28-03-2012, 12:29 PM   #69
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The Sacramento Kings' history from Rochester to Cincinnati to Kansas City-Omaha to Sacramento from 1995

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4PslB00b6w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKbPdz4NLfE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suxl-AoNSWY

Amazing that the NDCELE was hated back then too!
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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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vydywVbh7og
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Old 15-06-2012, 04:45 AM   #71
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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9Dp20ydm1E
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Old 30-08-2012, 10:11 AM   #72
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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9Nh_eKOotE

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZm6pVPlDss
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Old 13-09-2012, 11:19 AM   #73
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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=invoj2K_9q8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSd4FTDVyH8
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:12 AM   #74
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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!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4HmfATSZ0E
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Old 26-10-2012, 07:02 AM   #75
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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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61xU-yAFJA0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYdC-qRb9rU

Montage of the New Jersey years from the early portion with the ABA stuff in it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AKsxVt5zsw
The 1990s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E83vWGrfdP0
The glory years from the early part of the last decade starring Jason Kidd
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eZNymIpF0k

New Jersey Nets made history in 1984 when they upset the 76ERS in that best of five series.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb0bLsolTjg
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