History Corner – TalkBasket.net https://www.talkbasket.net NBA, EuroLeague, FIBA basketball news Sun, 24 Jan 2021 14:05:37 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 Remembering James Hardy https://www.talkbasket.net/120115-remembering-james-hardy https://www.talkbasket.net/120115-remembering-james-hardy#respond Sun, 24 Jan 2021 10:22:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120115 James Hardy, who teamed up with Bill Cartwright and others to lead the University of San Francisco men’s basketball team to great heights in the 1970s, passed away in late December at age 64. In the past few weeks since Hardy’s death of a heart attack on Dec. 28, former teammates and those who knew […]

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Remembering James Hardy

James Hardy, who teamed up with Bill Cartwright and others to lead the University of San Francisco men’s basketball team to great heights in the 1970s, passed away in late December at age 64.

In the past few weeks since Hardy’s death of a heart attack on Dec. 28, former teammates and those who knew him best reflected on his extraordinary skills on the basketball court.

In remembrance of Hardy, perhaps Cartwright summed up his ex-teammate’s career best.

“In all of my years of playing basketball, he was maybe the best athlete I have ever played with, which I think says a lot,” Cartwright was quoted as saying on the USF Athletics website’s Hardy obituary. “But more importantly he was a good friend, an excellent teammate, and good man who cared deeply about his family.”

Cartwright’s perspective comes from a lifetime in basketball, including 16 seasons as NBA player and the experience of being a part of three title-winning squads as the starting center for the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s.

A coach’s perspective

Hardy’s former USF coach, Bob Gaillard delivered poignant remarks to the562.org:

“James Hardy was the most talented athletic high school player in the nation. He was simply poetry in motion and an invaluable asset to what became the No. 1 team in college basketball.”

Added Gaillard: “Apart from his athletic prowess, James was an exceptionally intelligent and insightful young man. Intellectually far more aware than his peers, James had the ability to assess individuals, groups, and the social unrest/questions of the turbulent seventies. James Hardy was special and his brief meteoric journey through all that knew him will never be forgotten.”

Great expectations

James Hardy arrived on the USF campus in 1975 as part of a celebrated recruiting class that included future No. 3 overall pick Cartwright and Winford Boynes.

The Knoxville, Alabama, native attended Jordan High School in Long Beach, California, and caught the eye of college coaches from coast to coast with his immense talent and hoop acumen. As a high school senior, he was a Parade All-American First-Team selection in 1975.

There were, of course, great expectations for Gaillard’s Dons in those years.

And the school’s publicity efforts proclaimed as much, too.

Consider what was written in the USF basketball media guide for the 1976-77 campaign: “With the addition of Boynes, Cartwright, and Hardy, Gaillard and the Dons instantly became a top-twenty power overnight,” it was noted in the USF Athletics website obituary.

Success for the Dons

Led by a talented roster and strong coaching, James Hardy and his USF teammates enjoyed success, with West Coast Conference titles in 1976-77 and 1977-78, as well as trips to the postseason in all three of Hardy’s seasons in a Dons uniform.

With Hardy playing a starring role, the Dons opened the 1976-77 with 29 straight victories. By Week 6, the Dons (15-0 at the time) had climbed to No. 1 in the AP national rankings. USF was No. 1 for most of the season, and finished 29-2 overall, dropping its final two games.

James Hardy’s college numbers

The gifted leaper contributed 13.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 80 games at USF. He shot 52.8 percent from the floor. What’s more, he was No. 10 on the school’s all-time scoring list (1,075) and seventh-leading rebounder (772) by the time his Dons career ended.

As a sophomore, Hardy was an Associated Press honorable mention All-American in 1976-77. He opted to turn pro after his junior season.

In the pros

After his distinguished college career at USF Hardy was the 11th pick (New Orleans Jazz) in the 1978 NBA Draft and began his career playing for Elgin Baylor, the legendary ex-Lakers forward, in the Crescent City.

The Jazz moved to Salt Lake City the next year, and Hardy spent the next three seasons with the club. In his NBA career, the 6-foot-8 Hardy appeared in 249 regular-season games while averaging 5.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Baylor stepped down rather than remain at the helm after the team moved to Utah, and Hardy continued his NBA career under bench boss Tom Nissalke and Frank Layden, who replaced him in the 1981-82 season after the Jazz lost 12 of their first 20 games.

After four seasons in the NBA, Hardy spent the next eight in Europe, starring for teams in Italy (A.P.U. Udinese and Mister Day Siena), France (Paris Basket Racing and Olympique Antibes) and Spain (CB Ourense), and then he retired in 1990.

Additional insights from Cartwright

Talk Basket reached out to Cartwright a couple weeks ago, and the former NBA player and head coach shared some of his favorite James Hardy anecdotes in an interview conducted via email.

“As you know James, Winford and I came in together in the 1975-1976 class at USF, it was an extraordinary time,” Cartwright shared.

“Even though I was 7-feet tall I was skinny and gangly, Winford was a two-time Mr. Oklahoma, but when we first met James he was the most physically prepared to play. He was 6-foot-9 and a freak of an athlete. I can remember being almost jealous of this guy because he had such an impressive phyique. I thought to myself that there was no way that this guy worked harder than me; he had a god-given talent.

“James is best remembered not for being the team’s leading scorer although there were games in which he was, not for being the team’s leading rebounder although there were games in which he was, but for making spectacular dunks or plays in the games. People would remember the game for his spectacular plays — not if we won or lost.”

Unforgettable memories

A dramatic victory over a local rival remains etched in Cartwright’s mind decades later.

“I remember a game when we played Santa Clara (our rival) in a hard fought game that we ended up winning at the buzzer — Chubby Cox made an unbelievable runner,” Cartwright told Talk Basket. “People best remember the game for the the dunks where he caught a lob pass going away from the basket with his left hand and switched to his right hand and dunked the ball. That was freaky!

“James’ nickname in college was ‘Trouble’ mainly because he had ‘Trouble’ written on the side of the van he brought to USF. We never actually knew where the van came from but we expected it came from a rival school that was recruiting him. Even though James’ nickname was ‘Trouble’ he was the exact opposite. He was very thoughtful and very smart (he played chess). I think he got a kick out of people thinking he was a bad ass.”

Mourning James Hardy’s death

Cartwright publicly mourned his teammate’s passing.

“It is sad that he passed so early,” Cartwright commented.

Cartwright relished the fact that James Hardy was inducted into the USF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017. He said it was “long overdue.”

“He was so thankful and honored to be in the Hall of Fame,” Cartwright said of Hardy. “(Hardy) didn’t expect it and obviously it was well deserved.”

Cartwright continued: “He brought his wife Catherine and his family to the ceremony. I was happy to have that time to spend with him.

“After James passed I received many many texts from former teammates and USF alumni. He was a special player and a special person who will be missed.”

The final word on James Hardy

James Hardy was inducted into the USF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017. On the YouTube intro section for a video highlighting his induction into the Hall of Fame, Cartwright summed up Hardy’s unique talents this way:

“We won a lot of games together and climbed to No.1 in the nation -– but everyone would always remember that one spectacular play James made every game that you might not see again. He was a scorer, a rebounder, shot blocker and we all wished we were as gifted as he was.”

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15 years ago today, Kobe Bryant dropped 81 points vs Raptors https://www.talkbasket.net/119911-15-years-ago-today-kobe-bryant-dropped-81-points-vs-raptors https://www.talkbasket.net/119911-15-years-ago-today-kobe-bryant-dropped-81-points-vs-raptors#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:22:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119911 On this date in 2006, the Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant posted 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. It’s the second highest single-game point total in NBA history.

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15 years ago today, Kobe Bryant dropped 81 points vs Raptors

On this date in 2006, the Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant posted 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. It’s the second highest single-game point total in NBA history.

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Kobe Bryant’s Top 5 Dunks https://www.talkbasket.net/119720-kobe-bryants-top-5-dunks https://www.talkbasket.net/119720-kobe-bryants-top-5-dunks#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 04:30:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119720 Kobe Bryant was known for scoring in many ways, as he still currently sits 4th on the all-time scoring list with 33,643 points! Bean was famous for his killer midrange, but was also a major threat to take flight. In this article, we are going to take a look at Kobe’s top 5 slams! 5) […]

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Kobe Bryant’s Top 5 Dunks

Kobe Bryant was known for scoring in many ways, as he still currently sits 4th on the all-time scoring list with 33,643 points! Bean was famous for his killer midrange, but was also a major threat to take flight. In this article, we are going to take a look at Kobe’s top 5 slams!

5) “Buckle Up”

In 2003, Kobe Bryant threw down one of the nastiest posters of all-time in the Target Center. Bean attacked the baseline and stuffed it over the Minnesota big man. Kevin Harlan was on the call that night and made the famous quote: “Kobe Bryant just sucked the gravity out of the Target Center.”

4) “The Revenge Slam

After winning the MVP award over him in 2006, Kobe wanted to let Steve Nash know that he took it personally. After a great hustle play from Lamar Odom, Kobe took flight and served up a facial on Steve Nash!

3) Welcome to the NBA, Dwight

During the 2004-05 season, Kobe had a special present to welcome the league’s newest big man, Dwight Howard. Howard recalls the play vividly. He stated: “That’s when I realized I was still a rookie. I tried to just stand there because I thought he was gonna shoot a jump shot. He came down the lane and dunked it so hard. It was just like…. BOOM!”

2) “The Wrap-Around”

Perhaps one of Bean’s most remembered dunks. After a made free-throw, and an incredible outlet pass, Kobe decided that he would give the fans their money’s worth. It’s safe to say that this throw-down qualifies as “Showtime.”

1) Flight 24

During the preseason in 1997, Kobe Bryant slammed it over one of the league’s top defenders, Ben Wallace. In only his second year, Bean showed signs of becoming special talent, and this is a prime example. Check out the veterans on the bench!

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Top six highest-paid players in the history of NBA https://www.talkbasket.net/119484-top-six-highest-paid-players-in-the-history-of-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/119484-top-six-highest-paid-players-in-the-history-of-nba#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 09:04:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119484 In terms of the highest-paid athletes of all time, it can’t be denied that we usually see the NBA stars dominate the list. The league is really profitable for the great players with the chance it offers to make heavy loads of money. Now, with sport betting site W88, let’s take a look at the […]

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Top six highest-paid players in the history of NBA

In terms of the highest-paid athletes of all time, it can’t be denied that we usually see the NBA stars dominate the list. The league is really profitable for the great players with the chance it offers to make heavy loads of money. Now, with sport betting site W88, let’s take a look at the top six highest-paid players in the history of the NBA.

6. Kevin Durant ($286 million)

Teams: Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets

Highest-paid season: 2019-20 ($38.1 million)

In 2019, Kevin Durant signed a four-year contract that would pay him $164 million to play for with the Brooklyn Nets. In addition to being a Nike athlete, Durant also invested in various startups such as Postmates & the Acorns investing app, which boosted his earning potential. In 2019-20 season, Durant earned $38 million in salary along with $35 million in endorsements.

5. Shaquille O’Neal ($292 million)

Teams: Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

Highest-paid season: 2004-05 ($27.6 million)

Standing at 7-feet-1 and weighing 325 pounds, Shaq O’Neal dazed opponents with his impressive size and immense skills. He signed with the Orlando Magic the biggest rookie contract in the history of the NBA, worth $41 million over seven years. He then decided to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, which helped him to make unbelievable amounts of money. Having made $1.3 million with the Celtics in his last season, the basketball star ended up earning a total amount of $292,198,327 in almost twenty years with 6 different NBA teams. 

4. Chris Paul ($300 million)

Teams: New Orleans Hornets, Houston Rockets, LA Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder

Highest-paid season: 2019-20 ($41.3 million)

Chris Paul is now playing for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA. Thanks to his great performances on the court, Paul has become one of the highest value athlete brands in the sport of basketball. During his career, the star has signed numerous max contracts as well as commercial deals with many global brands, which have been some of his income sources. His latest contract, worth $160 million over four years, has helped much to inflate his earnings. 

3. Kobe Bryant ($328 million)

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Highest-paid season: 2013-14 ($30.4 million)

Kobe Bryant was a one-team guy. He spent 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and earned more than $328 million in the process. He didn’t enter free agency as often as other basketball stars like Chris Paul or LeBron James, which was also the only reason his totals aren’t higher. Having won five NBA championships and broken a lot of records, Bryant is considered the most competitive player in the history of the NBA. Perhaps most impressively, Bryant made a large share of his earnings in the later period of his NBA career, signing a three-year contract worth $84 million in 2011 after a two-year contract worth $48 million in 2013.

2. Kevin Garnett ($343 million)

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics

Highest-paid season: 2003-04 ($28 million)

Kevin Garnett spent more than two decades playing in the NBA. Most of his NBA career saw him perform at an All-Star level, so it is easy to understand why he stands second on this list. Impressively, Garnett topped $20 million in annual earnings seven times during his professional basketball career. When he was just 21 years old, Garnett got one of the richest deals in NBA history at the time: a $123 million six-year extension.

LeBron James
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1. LeBron James ($339 million)

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Laker, Miami Heat

Highest-paid season: 2019-20 ($37.4 million)

LeBron James is one of the greatest basketball players of all time, not to say the best. So, there is no need to wonder why he would top this list. The current Lakers star is currently the highest-paid active NBA player. He will have made more than $424 million by the end of his four-year contract with the Lakers. What’s more, LeBron signed a two-year extension, worth $85 million, with the Los Angeles based giants, which will bring his NBA career’s total earnings to $435 million by 2023. However, the fun fact is that despite being the highest-paid player in the NBA history, James has never got the highest salary in the league.

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Lou Carnesecca, one of the all-time coaching greats https://www.talkbasket.net/119417-lou-carnesecca-one-of-the-all-time-coaching-greats https://www.talkbasket.net/119417-lou-carnesecca-one-of-the-all-time-coaching-greats#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:53:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119417 Lou Carnesecca guided the St. John’s University men’s basketball team with distinction and confidence for 24 memorable seasons, interrupted by a three-year absence as the head coach of the ABA’s New York Nets (1970-73). By the time Looie retired in 1992, he had amassed a 526–200 record at the New York City school. Before that, […]

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Lou Carnesecca, one of the all-time coaching greats

Lou Carnesecca guided the St. John’s University men’s basketball team with distinction and confidence for 24 memorable seasons, interrupted by a three-year absence as the head coach of the ABA’s New York Nets (1970-73).

By the time Looie retired in 1992, he had amassed a 526–200 record at the New York City school. Before that, he enjoyable remarkable success in the Big Apple’s high school coaching ranks, compiling a 205-34 record from 1950-58.

Oh, and by the way, between his high school and college head-coaching gigs, Carnesecca also served as an SJU assistant from 1958-65 before taking over at the Catholic school that same year.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coaching inductee (Class of 1992) turned 96 on Jan. 5, so it’s a good a time as any to remember his extraordinary career.

Lou Carnesecca, a prolific winner

Sifting through the data of his decades in the coaching business, Carnesecca was all about winning.

In fact, that’s all he ever really did.

And even though his final numbers with the Nets were below .500, (114-138), he took the club to the 1972 ABA Finals, where it finished runner-up

But in the years since his retirement, it’s the notion here that Carnesecca’s name has faded from the collective memory of die-hard hoop fans and casual observers of the sport. Sure, folks remember Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Bob Knight, and a handful of other coaching legends whose careers ended or continued past the early 1990s, but the New York icon is sometimes left out of the conversation.

That said, Carnesecca’s legacy ain’t too shabby.

Consider: He led the Redmen to postseason play in each of his 24 seasons at the helm. There were 18 NCAA Tournament appearances and six NIT trips. St. John’s reached the NCAA Final Four in 1985, and won the NIT crown in ’89.

Motivation was key tactic

Throughout his coaching career, Lou Carnesecca believed he could maximize his players’ talent. He challenged them to believe in themselves and their abilities.

“My way of trying to motivate my players is to tell them how good they can be; to build them up,” Carnesecca once said.

Looie’s career in a nutshell

To succinctly summarize all that Lou Carnesecca accomplished in his coaching career except for NCAA titles, this intro from his Hall of Fame bio is a good place to start:

Animated and energetic, Lou Carnesecca patrolled the basketball sidelines in a constant whirlwind of excitement – and success. Following in the footsteps of Hall of Famer Joe Lapchick, Carnesecca kept St. John’s University in the national spotlight even though he primarily recruited New York City players. He compiled eighteen 20-win seasons, posted back-to-back 30-win campaigns in 1985 and 1986, and averaged more than 20 wins a year for his career.



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The Greatest Basketball Players of All Times https://www.talkbasket.net/118662-the-greatest-basketball-players-of-all-times https://www.talkbasket.net/118662-the-greatest-basketball-players-of-all-times#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 15:42:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118662 Basketball is one of the most popular games worldwide. Even those who don’t enjoy gambling know common casino games on this topic. Yet, there are some players who inspire young sportsmen or fans more than others. These are 3 greatest basketball players who are known by everyone.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar In 1971, the Milwaukee Bucks won […]

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The Greatest Basketball Players of All Times

Basketball is one of the most popular games worldwide. Even those who don’t enjoy gambling know common casino games on this topic. Yet, there are some players who inspire young sportsmen or fans more than others. These are 3 greatest basketball players who are known by everyone. 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

In 1971, the Milwaukee Bucks won the Association for the first time in their history. Lewis Alcindor was the Most Valuable Player of the regular season and final series that season. Not many basketball fans know about Alcindor, but probably everyone has heard of the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Meanwhile, it’s the same man. 

Alcindor’s name slowly faded into history, in his 20 seasons in the NBA Abdul-Jabbar was the all-time leading scorer in NBA history, 6 times MVP of the season,  and 6-time Association MVP with the Milwaukee Bucks and Lakers. 

Michael Jordan

Jordan has won six NBA championships with Chicago, and has consistently been named Finals MVP. Jordan is a five-time Association regular season Most Valuable Player and two-time Olympic gold medalist. He also won the overhead shot contest twice, NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. It’s hard to name a title that wouldn’t be in his collection.

No doubt Jordan would have been the most prolific player in NBA history, but he ended his career several times and returned, thus spending only 15 seasons in the Association.

There can be no doubt about his legendary status, but there are doubts about his human qualities. Near-perfect in terms of his game, Jordan gave himself to the basketball. He made no allowances for anyone, often calling opponents names and taunting teammates, bringing them to tears and losing faith in themselves. 

Bill Russell

Bill Russell was one of the first African Americans to make it in the NBA. He earned the right to not only play in the Association, but to be called a star in the league. In a 13-year career, Russell was a champion 11 times. He wasn’t Boston’s leader in scoring, but he was known for his good play on defense and industrial scale rebounding. After finishing his career, he permanently cemented his place in the NBA’s top 2 rebounders in history. Since 2009, the NBA Finals MVP award has been named in his honor.

In 2011, Russell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his civil rights accomplishments.

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On this day 22 years ago, Michael Jordan announced his second retirement from NBA https://www.talkbasket.net/118656-on-this-day-22-years-ago-michael-jordan-announced-his-second-retirement-from-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/118656-on-this-day-22-years-ago-michael-jordan-announced-his-second-retirement-from-nba#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 15:04:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118656 Michael Jordan returned in season 2001-02 and played 142 games for the Washington Wizards, averaging 20.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists over that span.

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On this day 22 years ago, Michael Jordan announced his second retirement from NBA

Michael Jordan returned in season 2001-02 and played 142 games for the Washington Wizards, averaging 20.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists over that span.

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Greatest Moments in NBA Playoff History https://www.talkbasket.net/118615-greatest-moments-in-nba-playoff-history https://www.talkbasket.net/118615-greatest-moments-in-nba-playoff-history#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 09:24:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118615 Every year the NBA gets more exciting and even more competitive. We still cannot forget some of the best plays and moments in its history. Here are some of the greatest. Bill Russell’s 30 Points in 1962 Bill Russell had an epic game that will go down in history when he led Boston to victory […]

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Greatest Moments in NBA Playoff History

Every year the NBA gets more exciting and even more competitive. We still cannot forget some of the best plays and moments in its history. Here are some of the greatest.

Bill Russell’s 30 Points in 1962

Bill Russell had an epic game that will go down in history when he led Boston to victory with an overtime win of 110-107. Russell finished the game with 30 points with 40 rebounds. Taking literally every opportunity he had to score. They ended up beating the LA Lakers to take the Finals series.

LeBron James Against the Celtics in Game 6, 2012

LeBron James took the driving seat in true King James style when it was absolutely needed. He took on the Boston Celtics in game 6 of the playoffs. The game ended with LeBron making 45 points with 26 shots. He also had 15 rebounds and 5 assists. The Heat eded up taking the series after being down 3-2 to the Celtics. This helped win LeBron his first championship too. As many people had money betted on the Lakers they probably made a lot of money with some last-minute wagers. If you would also like to get in on some exciting gambling action check out https://casinonotongamstop.com/international-casinos/ this one is one of the best international casinos that are not on Gamstop.

Magic Johnson’s SkyHook Against the Celtics

Having recovered from a 16-point trail, the LA Lakers needed another shot in the last couple of seconds. Magic Johnson ran to the foul line and launched a hail mary attempt of the skyhook that won them the game. The shot gave them a 3-1 lead in the playoffs. Johnson then called the shot “the junior, junior skyhook.”

Jerry West’s Half-Court Shot

Jerry West, also known as Mr. Clutch in the 70s had one of the best plays in history when he sent the Knicks into overtime in 1970. At the time the NBA had no three-pointer rule. If it did the Lakers would have won the game from that play alone. Unfortunately, they lost in overtime by 111-108.

Greatest Game in the History of the NBA

It was Boston and Phoenix that were part of this Final. It was in 1976 when the series was at 2 for 2. It was a game filled with action and a third overtime. There was an inbound pass that was countered with a buzzer-beating shot. The Celtics finally won with Glenn McDonald scoring six points. The game ended at 128-126.

The Knicks First Title Victory

It was 50 years ago in 1970 when the NBA Finals commenced. The Knicks were playing the Lakers. Led by Willis Reed who had been injured and continued playing in game six. He should not have been on the court and yet went on to lead the Knicks to their first NBA win. He wore his heart on his sleeve and led the team to a win by pure determination.

Magic Johnson on Center Court

It was back in 1980 during game six. One of the greatest performances was when Magic Johnson was still a rookie and was playing center. This act saw Magic score 45 points and grab 15 rebounds. He also assisted other players seven times. Essentially leading the team as a young, unknown player to an NBA title during game six.

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Memorable Moments from the 2020 Playoffs https://www.talkbasket.net/118614-memorable-moments-from-the-2020-playoffs https://www.talkbasket.net/118614-memorable-moments-from-the-2020-playoffs#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 09:14:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118614 The NBA Playoffs were still exciting even without fans in the crowd due to the pandemic. Orlando played a great season and did well for the hosting side. Here are some of the most memorable moments from the 2020 Playoffs. The Deep 3 from Luka Doncic During game 3 between the Dallas Mavericks and the […]

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Memorable Moments from the 2020 Playoffs

The NBA Playoffs were still exciting even without fans in the crowd due to the pandemic. Orlando played a great season and did well for the hosting side. Here are some of the most memorable moments from the 2020 Playoffs.

The Deep 3 from Luka Doncic

During game 3 between the Dallas Mavericks and the LA Clippers, a great 3-pointer was thrown by Luka Doncic. It hit on the buzzer and cleared Reggie Jackson in overtime. Although this was a first-round play, it allowed the Mavs to stop a 3-1 with the Clippers. Such an exciting series.

Nikola Jokic Plays in Game 6

It was not a single play by Jokic but his whole game. Having scored 11 points in only a couple of minutes. He also had three 3-pointers in a row. This made the Nuggets win against the LA Clippers one of the biggest upsets in NBA history. It was true art rather than technical ability, the way he repeated his signature move from the deep.

Anthony Davis’ Play Against the Nuggets

Anthony Davis played his first final in the Western Conference and helped the LA Lakers with 2 seconds on the clock and a 1 point lead by throwing the biggest play of his career. He shot a 3-pointer that passed Jokic. They ended the game with a 2-0 lead. He had helped the LA Lakers the rest of the series with that great play.

OG Anunoby with a Buzzer-Beater to Win Against the Boston Celtics

The Toronto Raptors were trying to defend their title in the Eastern Conference in the semi-finals against the Boston Celtics. The Raptors needed 2 points and with half a second on the clock, Anunoby hit a 3 pointer that seemed almost impossible. Had it not been for that play the Raptors would have been down 0-3 against the Boston Celtics.

That was surely a huge changing point in the playoffs because the Raptors went on to win their next game against the Celtics. Later on winning the series in their 7th game. This was one of the most nailbiting Playoffs in the Eastern Conference and everything changed with this amazing buzzer-beater.

LeBron James’ Miraculous Takeover That Won the Series

LeBron James had been in every playoff since 2005 except for 2019. So this year he was sure to come back with a vengeance. Many sports commentators started to consider the 35-year-old basketball superstar as too old and he definitely had something to prove in the playoffs. He wanted to prove critics wrong.

The Denver Nuggets were a force to be reckoned with when they recovered from a 3-1 trail in the 2020 Playoffs. Giving the Lakers a tough time, Jamal Murray wanted to beat the Lakers and they were on the right track until LeBron James took initiative in the fourth quarter. He scored 12 points out of his 38 total in the final period. The rest of the Lakers squad gave him room as he showed an “I got this” attitude in the fourth quarter. Now that all the action has come to an end, betting on sites like https://www.pokerplayernewspaper.com/non-uk-casinos/ will help you if you need to stay entertained until the next playoffs.

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Super team failures https://www.talkbasket.net/117269-super-team-failures https://www.talkbasket.net/117269-super-team-failures#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2021 09:44:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117269 A super team does not always guarantee success, and some franchises have learnt the hard way, according to Betway the below 4 super teams didn’t quite live up to the billing. Houston Rockets 1998-99 The Rockets wanted more from their time with “The Dream” who was in the twilight of his career so they poached […]

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Super team failures

A super team does not always guarantee success, and some franchises have learnt the hard way, according to Betway the below 4 super teams didn’t quite live up to the billing.

Houston Rockets 1998-99

The Rockets wanted more from their time with “The Dream” who was in the twilight of his career so they poached Pippen from the Bulls, fresh off a three-peat run that must have left him wanting in legs and energy. Charles Barkley, a hungry superstar who was looking for the elusive title that would elevate his already Hall of Fame career to higher heights, was added to the mix, but this version of the Rockets was not any match for the highly energized, driven, motivated and much younger Lakers led by a rising Kobe and the dominant Shaquille O’Neal.

Los Angeles Lakers 2003-04

The Lakers had the greatest one-two punch in the game, but the two men just could not seem to get along or put away their ego for long enough. Kobe and Shaquille O’Neal needed more presence to calm them down, at least that is what the franchise thought when they added Gary Payton and Karl Malone, with Pau Gasol already on the team. The Lakers were making it rain All-stars, but in that season alone, injuries would become a poster word for the team and losing to the Detroit Pistons in the finals would be the straw that broke the camel’s back with O’Neal moving on to the Miami Heat in the offseason.

Los Angeles Lakers 2012-13

With O’Neal long gone, the Lakers were a team in the image of Kobe Bryant. No longer was all that he was, half of Kobe still better than half of the league and all he needed was the right cast, especially players that could match his intensity but not challenge his authority. The front office would add a wiser but much older Steve Nash to the team, alongside the biggest name in the NBA at the time, Dwight Howard. Howard wanted a ring but he did not have the attitude that Kobe would qualify as a winner, and when Bryant would go down with an Achilles injury, the team would suffer to find any kind of leadership or fire like the one Kobe was known for. The team would not make any kind of impact that was expected and that would be that for an expensive hope.

Oklahoma City Thunder 2017-18

Russell Westbrook put together one of the most entertaining MVP runs in NBA history, averaging a triple-double but that was about all the spark that there was to the Thunder after Durant left. The team was in danger of becoming an afterthought in no time, and that was unacceptable with Westbrook around. The Thunder front office went all out before the start of the 2017 season and got Paul George from the Pacers and one of the league’s best scorers in Carmelo Anthony. However, Anthony was past his prime and George not is most consistent best. That OKC team would be outplayed in the first round of the playoffs and that would be the end of any super team hopes, as Anthony was traded to the Atlanta Hawks after a declining season.

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2005 Rookie-Sophomore Game: Andre Iguodala’s sick move on LeBron & Wade https://www.talkbasket.net/117152-2005-rookie-sophomore-game-andre-iguodalas-sick-move-on-lebron-wade https://www.talkbasket.net/117152-2005-rookie-sophomore-game-andre-iguodalas-sick-move-on-lebron-wade#respond Sun, 03 Jan 2021 21:17:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117152 Andre Iguodala had a great time at All-Star Weekend during his first two seasons. He was selected to play in the Rookie-Sophomore game twice, winning MVP honors in 2006. Andre also participated in the Dunk Contest that same year, placing 2nd vs. Nate Robinson. During his rookie year at All-Star Weekend, the former Sixer had […]

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2005 Rookie-Sophomore Game: Andre Iguodala’s sick move on LeBron & Wade

Andre Iguodala had a great time at All-Star Weekend during his first two seasons.

He was selected to play in the Rookie-Sophomore game twice, winning MVP honors in 2006. Andre also participated in the Dunk Contest that same year, placing 2nd vs. Nate Robinson.

During his rookie year at All-Star Weekend, the former Sixer had a very memorable behind-the-back move on LeBron & D-Wade.

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Rare highlights from LeBron’s 2nd ever NBA game https://www.talkbasket.net/116388-rare-highlights-from-lebrons-2nd-ever-nba-game https://www.talkbasket.net/116388-rare-highlights-from-lebrons-2nd-ever-nba-game#respond Mon, 28 Dec 2020 22:07:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116388 Rookie LeBron James took on the Phoenix Suns in his second NBA regular season game. The Cleveland Cavaliers lost the game, but LeBron looked like a veteran at just 18-years-old. King James recorded 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists with a sick dunk & ridiculous passes.

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Rare highlights from LeBron’s 2nd ever NBA game

Rookie LeBron James took on the Phoenix Suns in his second NBA regular season game.

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost the game, but LeBron looked like a veteran at just 18-years-old.

King James recorded 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists with a sick dunk & ridiculous passes.

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2006 Christmas highlights of Dwyane Wade destroying Lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/115925-2006-christmas-highlights-of-d-wade-destroying-lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/115925-2006-christmas-highlights-of-d-wade-destroying-lakers#respond Fri, 25 Dec 2020 18:29:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115925 In 2006, reigning Finals MVP Dwyane Wade was arguably the best player in the world.  On Christmas Day that year, Wade posted a crazy stat line vs Kobe Bryant & the Los Angeles Lakers. The 3x champ recorded 40 points & 11 assists on 60% shooting with multiple rebounds/blocks/steals.

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2006 Christmas highlights of Dwyane Wade destroying Lakers

In 2006, reigning Finals MVP Dwyane Wade was arguably the best player in the world. 

On Christmas Day that year, Wade posted a crazy stat line vs Kobe Bryant & the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 3x champ recorded 40 points & 11 assists on 60% shooting with multiple rebounds/blocks/steals.

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10 things you didn’t know about Kobe Bryant https://www.talkbasket.net/115803-10-things-you-didnt-know-about-kobe-bryant https://www.talkbasket.net/115803-10-things-you-didnt-know-about-kobe-bryant#respond Thu, 24 Dec 2020 07:48:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115803 You probably know all about Kobe Bryant’s basketball accomplishments. He won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe was named Finals MVP twice and played 18 All-Star games throughout his career. But there’s a lot more to Bryant’s life and career than those accolades. Nonstop Sports covers up 10 things and facts you […]

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10 things you didn’t know about Kobe Bryant

You probably know all about Kobe Bryant’s basketball accomplishments. He won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kobe was named Finals MVP twice and played 18 All-Star games throughout his career. But there’s a lot more to Bryant’s life and career than those accolades.

Nonstop Sports covers up 10 things and facts you didn’t know about the Lakers legend:

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Insane highlights from 2003 Allen Iverson vs Jamal Crawford battle https://www.talkbasket.net/115499-insane-highlights-from-2003-allen-iverson-vs-jamal-crawford-battle https://www.talkbasket.net/115499-insane-highlights-from-2003-allen-iverson-vs-jamal-crawford-battle#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 20:13:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115499 Allen Iverson & Jamal Crawford’s crossover moves are two of the best in NBA history. In 2003, they combined for 75 points during a pure scorers duel. Crawford brought out his signature behind the back move while Iverson made 42 points look easy.

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Insane highlights from 2003 Allen Iverson vs Jamal Crawford battle

Allen Iverson & Jamal Crawford’s crossover moves are two of the best in NBA history.

In 2003, they combined for 75 points during a pure scorers duel. Crawford brought out his signature behind the back move while Iverson made 42 points look easy.

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Why has no one recreated Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s skyhook? https://www.talkbasket.net/114958-why-has-no-one-recreated-kareems-sky-hook https://www.talkbasket.net/114958-why-has-no-one-recreated-kareems-sky-hook#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2020 21:41:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114958 With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s skyhook being the most unstoppable move in NBA history, you’d think some players would try to master it, right? Well, that has not been the case and the exact opposite has happened. We’re seeing centres not even post up anymore and instead play out on the perimeter. The league has changed a […]

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Why has no one recreated Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s skyhook?

With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s skyhook being the most unstoppable move in NBA history, you’d think some players would try to master it, right? Well, that has not been the case and the exact opposite has happened. We’re seeing centres not even post up anymore and instead play out on the perimeter. The league has changed a lot since Kareem played, and that’s part of the reason why.

When people play basketball now, no one is interested in playing with their back to the basket and posting up. Everyone wants to be shooting threes. After all, it does get you more points. In fact, when Kareem was asked why he thinks no players today use the skyhook as he did, this is the answer he gave. But personally, I think there are 2 more important reasons.

When Kareem played for UCLA in college, he dominated just like he did in the NBA. He averaged 26 points a game over his 3 seasons with 15.5 rebounds per game too. But he didn’t get most of his points with his skyhook, he did it by dunking. He would post his defender up and then dunk all over them, much like Shaq would do. When the NBA saw this, they thought they couldn’t be having this in their league and they proceeded to ban dunking. They deemed it an unfair advantage for taller players and decided the best way to even up the playing field, was to ban dunking. So when Kareem entered the league, he needed to find a different way to score.

And essentially, Kareem’s hook shot is the closest you can get to dunking, without actually dunking. He would release the ball so high up that it was unblockable and he practiced it relentlessly so he was incredibly consistent. Kareem adapted his game perfectly so that no matter what the NBA did, he would still dominate and be the best.

But there is still another reason. When Kareem played in the 70s and 80s, you couldn’t double team players as you can today. If you didn’t stay close to your man, you would be called for a technical foul, the opposing team would shoot a free throw and they would be given the ball back. But in today’s NBA, you often see players get double-teamed when they post up and it makes it much, much harder for them to score. So players are posting up less and less as it’s just easier to score a different way. If the rules and circumstances were the same as the 70s and 80s then we’d see every NBA centre with his back to the basket to shoot the hook shot. But that just isn’t the case.

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Remembering Bruce O’Neil, a basketball visionary https://www.talkbasket.net/114555-remembering-bruce-oneil-a-basketball-visionary https://www.talkbasket.net/114555-remembering-bruce-oneil-a-basketball-visionary#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:23:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114555 Bruce O’Neil was an integral part of international basketball for decades. He made a lasting impact on the coaching fraternity, on players’ lives, on building a global basketball community. O’Neil died of a heart attack on Nov. 21 in Oregon. He was 75. He is survived by his wife, Eileen, four children, six grand children […]

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Bruce O’Neil was an integral part of international basketball for decades.

He made a lasting impact on the coaching fraternity, on players’ lives, on building a global basketball community.

O’Neil died of a heart attack on Nov. 21 in Oregon. He was 75.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen, four children, six grand children and one great-granddaughter.

A lifetime in basketball

A native of Tacoma, Washington, he played college ball at the University of Hawaii in the 1960s. After settling in Oregon, he returned with his bride to Hawaii to complete his bachelor’s degree. O’Neil also landed a job as the top assistant coach for Hawaii in 1969. At age 27, he took over as head coach in 1973. It was a short stint in charge for O’Neil.

Hawaii did experience success and high-profile opponents during O’Neil’s stint at the helm. For instance, in the 1974-75 season, Hawaii played Bobby Knight-led Indiana in the Rainbow Classic title game. The Hoosiers, who were ranked No. 2 at the time, went 31-1 that season. Indiana won the game 69-52.

During O’Neil’s third season at the helm, he was axed in 1976.

Former Rainbow Warriors player, assistant coach and head coach Bob Nash remembered O’Neil as an important figure in Hawaii hoops history.

“He was chiefly responsible for recruiting the great talent to UH in the ’70s,” Nash said recently. “He made some laps in judgment that cost him from being a long tenure coach at Hawaii. He and his family are dear friends of mine and it’s so sad he left us so soon.”

O’Neil was involved in various basketball-related projects for the next decade and a half before finding his true niche. He served as president of the United States Basketball Academy from its inception in 1992 until his death.

The USBA provided opportunities

Five years after a dream was hatched, the USBA opened its doors. It was nestled in an ideal setting, away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and a myriad of actions. The USBA campus is 47 miles east of Eugene, Oregon, and sits on 46 acres in the McKenzie River Valley in Blue River. It was there where Bruce O’Neil forged lifelong connections with generations of players and coaches. Perhaps in the future a gym in China will have a statue of him proudly on display.

O’Neil has been instrumental in helping growth the game in China since the USBA was established. His obituary, which was posted on tributearchive.com noted: “With over 130 trips to China, he is considered one of the foremost experts regarding China basketball. During those years the USBA has trained over 2,000 Chinese players, coaches and administrators at its world class training facility in Oregon and Bruce has led over 30 USA all-star teams to China for various competitions…”

The United States Basketball Academy opened its doors in 1997.

Longtime international basketball coach Bob Pierce, who has guided teams in China and Japan throughout the 21st century in addition to his current work as a scout for the Miami Heat, was a close friend of O’Neil’s and witnessed his love for the game and the role that the USBA played in helping grow the game.The USBA became a destination to go to to learn about the game.

“(It) has hosted basketball teams and coaches from around the world,” Pierce noted. “Japan, China, Korea, Colombia, England, Lebanon, these countries and more have sent teams ranging from youth and college teams all the way up to the top professional and national teams, to train and learn from some of the top coaches in the United States.

“Cabins on the camp site are named after coaches like John Wooden, Pete Newell, Dale Brown, Jim Harrick and Bob Hill, all famous coaches who helped Bruce bring the USBA into existence.”

Chamberlain ‘encouraged’ O’Neil to open a camp

“Wilt Chamberlain was the one who encouraged Bruce to open up a basketball camp, and also insisted that the words ‘United States’ be part of the name,” Pierce recalled. “A picture of a young Yao Ming standing outside the Great Hall greets visitors to the USBA’s dining hall.

“During my busiest summer working at the USBA in 2006, former NBA Hall of Fame players Rick Barry and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stopped by to visit Bruce O’Neil and watch the camps.”

Reflecting on his long friendship with O’Neil, Pierce admitted that “I find it hard to believe that Bruce has left us.”

Pierce added: “He was one of the most positive people I have ever known with a great vision for what basketball could be in China and around the world. My lasting image of Bruce will always be him grilling steaks outside the Great Hall at the USBA, smiling and happy to be hosting players and coaches from somewhere around the world. “

Bruce O’Neil loved the USBA’s camaraderie and learning environment.

Final interaction with O’Neil

Two days before he passed away, O’Neil connected with Pierce via WeChat.

Kevin Zhang, a 6-foot-9 rookie for the Liaoning Flying Leopards had notched a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) in his first official Chinese Basketball Association game.

O’Neil was delighted to receive the news from Pierce.

“That’s my boy!!”O’Neil replied on the social messaging app.

Strong ties with the students

“Kevin Zhang is another in a long line of Bruce’s ‘adopted sons and daughters’  in China,” Pierce pointed out.

He went on: “Over the past 20 years almost every important player, coach, or top league official from China has spent time with Bruce at the USBA in Blue River, Oregon or has stayed at his home in Eugene. Many lived with Bruce and his wife for months at a time. Kevin had done both, staying with Bruce to improve his English, then moving on to play high school basketball at two different schools before playing two seasons at Tulane University. Bruce also took his grandson Kaelan’s high school team (South Eugene) to Shenyang, China, Kevin’s hometown in Liaoning province, on a summer trip partially arranged by Kevin’s mom, a high-ranking government official in Liaoning.”

Longtime USBA president Bruce O’Neil and former bj-league commissioner Toshimitsu Kawachi

First visit with O’Neil in 1997

For Bob Pierce, his first interaction with O’Neil occurred in 1997, when he was serving as an assistant under Bob Gaillard at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

O’Neil and Gaillard were friends, and had been coaching rivals when Gaillard worked at the University of San Francisco. (He was the 1977 NCAA Coach of the Year.)

“We drove down to Blue River, Oregon, to Bruce’s unfinished camp site, for a fantasy basketball camp featuring a Hall of Fame former NBA player, Rick Barry,” Pierce recalled. “The indoor gym hadn’t even been built yet, so all drills were done on the outdoor courts. Which became a problem the next day when it rained and forced us indoors. That led to a day of watching basketball videos that Bruce’s video company had produced. The highlight of the weekend was an outdoor dinner and campfire, with a fantasy camper asking Rick Barry if he thought Michael Jordan was the greatest player of all time. (The look on Rick’s face was priceless. I’m not sure you can ask Rick a question like that without including him as one of the contenders for the title.)

“With no gym, and only a handful of campers at the unofficial opening, it was hard to imagine what the USBA would become. Only a few months later, I left for Japan to become the assistant coach for the Hitachi Rising Sun in the JBL 2nd Division. My coaching career in Asia and the USBA have the same birth year, 1997.

“Every year when I would return to Portland, I would visit with Coach Gaillard. He would update me on the USBA, and talk about his trips to China with Bruce to do basketball clinics. I was getting more intrigued, especially after Bob told me about the first Big Man and Guard Camp held at the USBA featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former NBA guard Jay Humphries.”

Coaches, including Bob Hill (third from right) and Bob Pierce (right), savored opportunities to work with Bruce O’Neil.

A visionary leader

Bruce O’Neil wasn’t interested in just teaching the game in the Oregon backwoods. He had lofty ambitions. He wanted to spread the institute’s knowledge by working in the world’s most populous country.

“In January of 2005 I let Bruce know I was in Beijing to watch a few CBA games,” Pierce stated. “The day before I was set to return to Japan, I received an email from Bruce saying he had arrived in China to do a clinic for college coaches, which included an invitation to join them at the Olympic Training Center. Over the next couple of days, I was able to watch Jim Harrick and Bob Hill do their clinics. I also traveled with them to visit the Great Wall.  

“When we parted ways, Bruce extended the invitation to work at the 2005 Big Man and Guard Camp, which was going to be run by Bob Hill. Bruce was always a big picture guy, a dreamer, someone who had ideas that others would call crazy. Within months, as the Big Man and Guard Camp approached, Bruce had convinced me to leave Japan to help him start the USBA Chinese Institute that he was planning to open in the fall of 2005.”

Hill dished out hoop wisdom

Traveling back and forth across the Pacific Ocean provide opportunities for Pierce to be around O’Neil’s well-connected circle, which included some great basketball minds and innovative thinkers.

Just ask Pierce.

“Working with Bob Hill at the 2005 Big Man and Guard Camp was like getting an  advanced degree in basketball,” he said recently. “Several big men from the University of Kentucky and the University of Oregon were in attendance. This is why coaches came to the USBA. We often learned more than the teams and players who came there to train.”

The camp produced a competitive environment.

Which, in turn, prepared players for potential careers in the pros.

Pierce recalled, “The Big Man and Guard Camp was immediately followed by the CBA Draft Camp. Nineteen of the 20 CBA teams from China came to the USBA to watch dozens of prospects play and then draft two for their teams. This is where I saw the compassionate side of Bruce. Coaching at the highest levels is tough. Coaches get fired for losing. Some know they will never coach at the NCAA D-I level again. One of the coaches in 2005 was Pete Gillen, who that year was fired after seven seasons at the University of Virginia. Pete had been Bruce’s assistant at Hawaii in 1975-76. Many coaches used the USBA as a way to make connections for their next job, or like Pete, to transition from coaching into broadcasting.

“In the evenings the coaches, from the NBA, NCAA, NAIA, and overseas would sit in the cabins named after Dale Brown, Pete Newell, and John Wooden talking basketball. Some of the best clinics I’ve ever attended were in these evening sessions.”

The USBA Chinese Institute attends a Rockets-Blazers game on Dec. 11, 2005, and meets Yao Ming.

USBA Chinese Institute’s Mixed Success

After many delays, on October 21, 2005, nine of the eventual 10 young players arrived at the USBA from junior teams in China.

It was full immersion in basketball, academics and American culture for them, including homestays with American families over the Christmas holidays.

“We played games against the JV teams at local colleges like Willamette University in Salem, and Concordia College in Portland,” Pierce noted. “One of them went to on to play at the University of Hawaii before returning to play in the CBA for a few seasons. Two of these original players are still playing in the CBA during this current 2020-2021 season. The USBA Chinese Institute only lasted a few years, but it typified Bruce’s ambitious projects.

“I lived at the USBA during most of 2006, again working at the Big Man and Guard Camp and the CBA Draft Camp. The bj-league commissioner, Toshimitsu Kawachi, was also a guest at the USBA that summer as he wanted to see how the CBA Draft Camp worked. Later in the summer we also brought the Nihon University men’s basketball to the USBA for a training camp.”

For Pierce, back to Asia

Even after his work took home back to China, then Japan and back to China again, Pierce found fulfillment in staying connected with the USBA and his good friend Bruce O’Neil.

In short, it was a yearly ritual.

“I left the USBA in the fall of 2006 to start a new team in Shenzhen, China. Later returning to Japan to spend five seasons coaching in the bj-league. But from 2006 until 2019 every time I returned to Portland, Oregon, I would drive down to Eugene to visit Bruce,” Pierce explained.

“I would usually arrange my trips based on who was visiting the USBA. Training camp for Zhejiang Guangsha from the CBA. A club team from Colombia. The Bulldogs from London, England. The Beijing Ducks junior team. The Beijing women’s team. Three young players from Korea. A young prospect from Mongolia whose father was 7 feet tall. The junior women’s team from Shandong, China.”

COVID-19 disruptions

Until the end of his productive life, Bruce O’Neil was always thinking of ways to grow the game, connect people and provide opportunities.

Case in point: His latest project “was a cooperation with Beijing Shougang, the parent company of the Beijing Ducks, to host their Pioneer Program,” Pierce reported. “In 2019 there were about 50 young Chinese players living at the USBA, playing basketball and studying English, with the goal of eventually enrolling in high schools or colleges in the United States.
“COVID-19 disrupted the program in 2020, and now with Bruce’s passing, no one knows what will happen to it. But it certainly illustrates Bruce’s ambitious plans to help as many basketball players in China, and around the world, as possible.”

A special environment

While the USBA Chinese Institute didn’t have a long history like its founder in Oregon, it left an indelible mark on former players. And that fact resonates with Pierce when he thinks about the special bonds that were formed there.

“I stay in touch with many of the original USBA Chinese Institute players from the first two years,” he said. “Many are now married with kids, working at normal jobs. All are still involved with basketball and dream of meeting again at the USBA in Blue River, Oregon, with their kids in tow, so that their children can experience the same things that they did.

“That is Bruce O’Neil’s legacy.”

For more information about the United States Basketball Academy, visit usbausa.com.

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Michael Jordan’s tough relationship with former #1 pick Kwame Brown revealed https://www.talkbasket.net/114577-michael-jordans-tough-relationship-with-former-1-pick-kwame-brown-revealed https://www.talkbasket.net/114577-michael-jordans-tough-relationship-with-former-1-pick-kwame-brown-revealed#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:01:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114577 It was a difficult task to earn respect from Michael Jordan, especially if you were a young player entering the league. Kwame Brown, the number one pick of the 2001 NBA Draft, got to experience that first hand. Projected to be a future superstar, Brown made a disappointing debut averaging 4.5 points, 3.5 rebounds in […]

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Michael Jordan’s tough relationship with former #1 pick Kwame Brown revealed

It was a difficult task to earn respect from Michael Jordan, especially if you were a young player entering the league. Kwame Brown, the number one pick of the 2001 NBA Draft, got to experience that first hand. Projected to be a future superstar, Brown made a disappointing debut averaging 4.5 points, 3.5 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game.

During twelve years in the NBA, Brown never lived up to the expectations and it seems being a teammate of Jordan early in his career may have played a big part in how his career turner out in the end.

In the latest episode of Slate’s Hang Up And Listen Podcast, former NBA layer Brendan Haywoon and journalist Rachel Nichols shed some light on the relationship between Brown and Brown.

Brendan Haywood and Rachel Nichols on Michael Jordan’s tense relationship with first overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft Kwame Brown:

Rachel Nichols: “It was a tough relationship. I don’t think that you can say that Kwame would have been a superstar if he had been somewhere else. But, it certainly was a lot harder because he started under that spotlight and he was never able to do everything Michael wanted him to do, and it caused a lot of friction.”

Brendan Haywood: “He’s trying to learn all that stuff on the fly. But more importantly, no one ever identified that, man, this is an immature kid right now that’s trying to fit into a grown man’s world and Mike didn’t neither. But, you know, he’s Mike! He’s the greatest player of all time, he’s won championships, he expects a certain level. He had never played with a high school guy before. So he didn’t understand we had to dumb it down for him or we needed to talk to him a certain way…I don’t think Mike realized that Kwame — you’re not a teammate to him. You’re Michael Jordan. He looks up to you. So when you yell at Kwame, you take all his confidence. When you talk down to Kwame, he feels like he’s nothing.”

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Michael Jordan poisoned Wizards locker room, per Mike Wise https://www.talkbasket.net/114573-michael-jordan-poisoned-wizards-locker-room-per-mike-wise https://www.talkbasket.net/114573-michael-jordan-poisoned-wizards-locker-room-per-mike-wise#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 17:50:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114573 The competitiveness of Michael Jordan is well known. He used to make it tough for his teammates and not everyone appreciated that. As it turns out, his return from retirement for two more years with the Washington Wizards was no different. In the latest episode of Slate’s Hang Up And Listen Podcast, journalist Mike Wise […]

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Michael Jordan poisoned Wizards locker room, per Mike Wise

The competitiveness of Michael Jordan is well known. He used to make it tough for his teammates and not everyone appreciated that. As it turns out, his return from retirement for two more years with the Washington Wizards was no different.

In the latest episode of Slate’s Hang Up And Listen Podcast, journalist Mike Wise shared a previously unknown conversation with the late Wes Unseld that reveals how Jordan’s Wizards teammates felt about his locker room impact.

Journalist Mike Wise recapping his (until now) private conversation with Wizards GM Wes Unseld about Jordan poisoning the locker room:

“The most damning thing I remember hearing. And God rest his soul, I can give up his anonymity now: Wes Unseld told me this. He said, Michael has been great for many of us in this organization in ways that has raised the value of the franchise, has made us respectable in other ways. And yet, he’s poisoned the locker room.” And I go, “Well, how do you know that?” “How do I know that? I just went around and asked every player if they would chip in for a retirement gift for him, give him something nice. All of them turned their backs on me.” And I said, “Every player?” And he goes, “Unanimous.”

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How Michael Jordan was sacked as Wizards GM: “This became a moonlighting gig almost for Michael Jordan” https://www.talkbasket.net/114566-how-michael-jordan-was-sacked-as-wizards-gm-this-became-a-moonlighting-gig-almost-for-michael-jordan https://www.talkbasket.net/114566-how-michael-jordan-was-sacked-as-wizards-gm-this-became-a-moonlighting-gig-almost-for-michael-jordan#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 17:41:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114566 Michael Jordan’s years as a shooting guard for the Washington Wizards have mostly vanished from our collective memory. ESPN’s 10-hour documentary, The Last Dance, ends with his sixth and final championship with the Bulls, as if his tenure with the Wizards never happened. That ESPN series was about a champion, one who pushed—and sometimes punched—his […]

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How Michael Jordan was sacked as Wizards GM: “This became a moonlighting gig almost for Michael Jordan”

Michael Jordan’s years as a shooting guard for the Washington Wizards have mostly vanished from our collective memory. ESPN’s 10-hour documentary, The Last Dance, ends with his sixth and final championship with the Bulls, as if his tenure with the Wizards never happened. That ESPN series was about a champion, one who pushed—and sometimes punched—his teammates to victory. In that story, Jordan’s commitment and competitiveness were the not-so-secret ingredient to his, and their, success. But the story of Jordan post-Chicago isn’t about winning. It isn’t a fairytale with a storybook ending. In Washington, Jordan’s strengths became his weaknesses. And as a Wizard, the ultimate champion turned his back on his teammates—and they turned their backs on him.

In this special episode of Hang Up and Listen, Joel Anderson tells the story of Michael Jordan’s time with the Washington Wizards. How did Michael Jordan end up in Washington, D.C.? Why couldn’t he make the Wizards into winners? And what does the final chapter of Jordan’s career reveal about him as a player and a person? 

To help answer those questions and explore Jordan’s years with the Washington Wizards—first as the team’s president of basketball operations and then a player—Anderson interviewed former Wizards players Brendan Haywood, Jahidi White and Etan Thomas, former Washington Bullets player and broadcaster Phil Chenier, journalists who covered Jordan’s time with the Wizards including, Rachel Nichols, Steve Wyche, Mike Wise, Jack McCallum, former Wizards owner Abe Pollin’s son Robert Pollin and more on this special episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen.

Steve Wyche, Mike Wise, and Robert Pollin, the son of the Wizards owner Abe Pollin, on Michael Jordan the Wizards executive and Pollin’s decision to fire Jordan: 

Mike Wise: “His work ethic as a as a GM was suspect. He was often out of town. He wasn’t the guy working the phones. He was still the head of Michael Jordan Inc. This became a moonlighting gig almost for Michael Jordan.”

Steve Wyche: “Everyone expected that when MJ’s playing tenure was over, he was going to move back into the front office…And within a day or two of Michael’s final game, you really begin to hear like Abe’s gonna let him go. You could sense that Abe…felt disrespected. Because, you know, look, I’m not going to lie: Michael at times treated the organization like it didn’t exist before him.”

Robert Pollin: “Michael felt like he had been promised something. And my father said you never were promised your job back. In fact, it would have been against the league rules to have done that. So, yeah Michael Jordan getting fired is not something that Michael Jordan was used to. So naturally, he was very bitter…You look at what he’s done in Charlotte. I mean, he is not a good team president or owner. He doesn’t know how to build a champion that doesn’t include him. It’s just a fact.”

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Kobe Bryant once said he’d beat LeBron James 1-on-1: “Not even close” https://www.talkbasket.net/112496-kobe-bryant-once-said-hed-beat-lebron-james-1-on-1-not-even-close https://www.talkbasket.net/112496-kobe-bryant-once-said-hed-beat-lebron-james-1-on-1-not-even-close#respond Sat, 28 Nov 2020 16:49:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112496 The late Kobe Bryant was once asked who would win a one-on-one game between him and LeBron James. It was back in 2010 before LeBron won any of his four NBA titles. The Los Angeles Lakers, who was interviewed during his visit to London School of Basketball, was confident he would beat LeBron because he […]

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Kobe Bryant once said he’d beat LeBron James 1-on-1: “Not even close”

The late Kobe Bryant was once asked who would win a one-on-one game between him and LeBron James. It was back in 2010 before LeBron won any of his four NBA titles.

The Los Angeles Lakers, who was interviewed during his visit to London School of Basketball, was confident he would beat LeBron because he is more of a Magic Johnson type of player who excels in five-on-five whereas Kobe is a one-on-one player at his core.

“I win, I win. That’s what I know. One-on-one is … that’s easy. Playing one-on-one is how I grew up playing. It’s like my thing. LeBron is more like Magic Johnson. He’s a great passer, plays all around game. At the core of me I’m a one-on-one player. I’d do that in my sleep,” Bryant said.

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Charles Barkley career highlights mixtape https://www.talkbasket.net/112373-charles-barkley-career-highlights-mixtape https://www.talkbasket.net/112373-charles-barkley-career-highlights-mixtape#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 12:58:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112373 Watch highlights of power forward Charles Barkley from his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets. Barkley’s career averages were 22.1 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in 1,073 regular-season games. Current TNT analyst won 1 MVP Award, was selected to play in 11 All-Star Games, and was elected to the Hall […]

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Charles Barkley career highlights mixtape

Watch highlights of power forward Charles Barkley from his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets.

Barkley’s career averages were 22.1 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in 1,073 regular-season games.

Current TNT analyst won 1 MVP Award, was selected to play in 11 All-Star Games, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006.

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LeBron James turned down $10M check from Reebok at age of 18 https://www.talkbasket.net/112046-lebron-james-turned-down-10m-check-from-reebok-at-age-of-18 https://www.talkbasket.net/112046-lebron-james-turned-down-10m-check-from-reebok-at-age-of-18#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 09:37:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112046 LeBron James was expected to have a successful NBA career even before he entered the league. Sportwear companies wanted to make deals with LeBron while he was still in highschool. One of them was Reebok. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar revealed that Reebok offered him $10 million upfront under condition that he would not talk […]

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LeBron James turned down $10M check from Reebok at age of 18

LeBron James was expected to have a successful NBA career even before he entered the league. Sportwear companies wanted to make deals with LeBron while he was still in highschool. One of them was Reebok.

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar revealed that Reebok offered him $10 million upfront under condition that he would not talk to Nike or adidas. At first LeBron, who was broke back then, was at a loss of words but then he realized that offer companies could potentially offer him even more.

“For some odd reason I started thinking if this guy — he’s a great guy, still love him to this day, he’s an unbelievable guy — but if he’s willing to give me a ten million check right now, what is to say that Nike or adidas is not willing to give me twenty or thirty upfront,” LeBron said.

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Klay Thompson’s latest injury brings back memories of Norm Nixon https://www.talkbasket.net/111789-klay-thompsons-latest-injury-brings-back-memories-of-norm-nixon https://www.talkbasket.net/111789-klay-thompsons-latest-injury-brings-back-memories-of-norm-nixon#respond Sun, 22 Nov 2020 16:16:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111789 When Klay Thompson sustained a right Achilles tendon injury on Wednesday, the circumstances of his attempted comeback conjured up memories of Norm Nixon’s career in the 1980s. Thompson, 30, will miss the entire 2020-21 NBA season, the Warriors announced a day later. He injured his Achilles during a pickup basketball game. The veteran sharpshooter missed […]

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Klay Thompson’s latest injury brings back memories of Norm Nixon

When Klay Thompson sustained a right Achilles tendon injury on Wednesday, the circumstances of his attempted comeback conjured up memories of Norm Nixon’s career in the 1980s.

Thompson, 30, will miss the entire 2020-21 NBA season, the Warriors announced a day later. He injured his Achilles during a pickup basketball game.

The veteran sharpshooter missed the entire 2019-20 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

Klay Thompson entered the NBA in 2011.

Parallels to Norm Nixon

As South Florida Sun-Sentinel sports reporter Ira Winderman detailed in a November 1988 article, Los Angeles Clippers guard Nixon suffered a knee injury in th summer of 1986 during a Broadway Show League softball game in New York.

“It was innocuous fun — until he stepped in a hole in center field. In a flash, 80 percent of the quadriceps tendons in his left knee were torn,” Winderman wrote. “And a season was lost.”

Fast forward to Nov. 5, 1987, two days before the Clippers’ season opener. Nixon’s worst nightmare came true. During a team workout at Cal State-Dominguez Hills, Nixon. who entered the NBA in 1977 with the Los Angeles Lakers, ruptured his right Achilles tendon. The he missed another full season.

“It made me re-examine myself,” Nixon, then 32, told the Sun-Sentinel. “The thoughts about what I should do lingered for a long time. But I didn’t want injuries to run me out of this game.”

Nixon only played 53 more games in the NBA, for the Clippers in the 1988-89 season.

Klay Thompson’s career at a crossroads

Will Klay Thompson enjoy a successful post-injuries chapter in an ultra-success career that has included five consecutive trips to the NBA Finals?

Or will the back-to-back major injuries signal a beginning of the end for him?

Only time will tell.

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Greatest Comebacks in Basketball History https://www.talkbasket.net/111424-greatest-comebacks-in-basketball-history https://www.talkbasket.net/111424-greatest-comebacks-in-basketball-history#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 15:47:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111424 The NBA is one of the greatest sports franchises in the world; and the premier men’s professional basketball league. Established in 1946, with such a longstanding and fantastic history there’s some incredible stories from games over the years with highs, lows and standout moments of all kinds. A fan favourite, however, has to be a […]

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Greatest Comebacks in Basketball History

The NBA is one of the greatest sports franchises in the world; and the premier men’s professional basketball league. Established in 1946, with such a longstanding and fantastic history there’s some incredible stories from games over the years with highs, lows and standout moments of all kinds. A fan favourite, however, has to be a comeback story. Everyone loves the thrill of seeing a team that had lost all hope going hard and surprising the coaches, onlookers, the competition and even themselves with a big win.

The NBA has had some impressive comeback stories over the years; here are the top all-time greatest comeback games from teams across the league. 

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks — 2002 

In a game at The Staples Center, the Lakers were trailing the Mavericks by 30 and were still down by 27 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Fans were not pleased, booing the team off at halftime, and it seemed like things couldn’t be turned around in time for a win.

But in an incredible display of offensive strategy, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neill inspired the team and with just 8.8 seconds to go the Lakers took the lead and sealed what would be an amazing comeback — securing Kobe Bryant’s place in NBA history as one of the top players in the franchise. 

Sacramento Kings vs. Chicago Bulls — 2009

It was one of the those games that seemed like it would play out just as it had started, which was badly. The Kings came to their game against the Bulls with a 12-14 record, and were immediately outplayed, with the Bulls scoring a 35-point lead early on in the game. By the end of the third corner, Bulls fans felt confident that their team couldn’t lose. There was no way that the Kings could come back from this one, this late. 

But the Kings turned things around with Ime Udoka scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter alone, driving the team to victory with a 102-98 win at the final buzzer. What a show from the Kings, which will go down in their team history; definitely not a game to be forgotten. 

Utah Jazz vs. Chicago Bulls — 1998

February 1998, and what would turn out to be an NBA Finals preview, the Chicago Bulls came to play on Utah Jazz’s home at the Delta Center. Fans were shocked to see Utah down by 22 points after the first quarter, which got increasingly worse as the game went on to 31.

But with 30 points from superstar Karl Malone and 17 from John Stockton, Jazz managed to crawl their way back for a shocking 101-93 victory and one of the most exciting games ever played in the history of sport. Certainly, one of the greatest comebacks in NBA history. 

Sacramento Kings vs. Chicago Bulls — 2009

It was four days before Christmas that the Sacramento Kings took on the Chicago Bulls on the Bull’s own turf at the United Center. And for most of the evening it seemed like they were using their home advantage well, dominating the Sacramento Kings and doubling them up in the first quarter with a 67-43 lead by their break. During the third quarter that lead grew and grew to an impressive 35 points ahead. It looked like they’d secured a solid victory with Luol Deng having scored 26 points and Derrick Rose a solid 24. But then everything changed. In a massive comeback led by Tyreke Evan’s team-high 23 points, the Kings went hard during the second half, outscoring the Bulls by 23 points in the fourth quarter and shocking onlookers and devastating the home fans. 

Chicago was unable to take the heat and the away team came out on top by the end buzzer with a final score of 102-98. 

A much watch game for any basketball fan, no matter what team you might happen to support in the league. 

Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets — 1996

One of the greatest comebacks of all time in the history of basketball happened one night in November, 1996. Playing in front of their home crowd at the Delta Centre, Utah Jazz began their game against the Denver Nuggets sluggishly after having ridden a seven-game winning streak, giving up 70 points in the first half to find themselves an incredible 36 points behind in the third corner.

It was a low that began to change as they swung back during the second half, outscoring the Nuggets 36-15 in the third quarter and 35-18 in the fourth. Sharpshooter Jeff Hornacek contributed 29 points that night, with Karl Malone shooting successfully 31. They ended this monumental comeback with a final score of 107-103, giving them a streak of eight games won. One for the history books and a game that certainly won’t be forgotten by all those that had the good luck to experience it live. It’s worth a re-watch online to remember the greatness that was one of the best ever comebacks in the history of the sport.

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Five NBA Players Who Never Reached Their Potential https://www.talkbasket.net/111236-five-nba-players-who-never-reached-their-potential https://www.talkbasket.net/111236-five-nba-players-who-never-reached-their-potential#respond Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:20:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111236 There isn’t one single player who goes into the NBA with the intention of being bang average. From the moment they first realize that they have skill with the ball to the day they break into their college team and start dreaming of a professional career, all of them want to be the best. Very […]

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Five NBA Players Who Never Reached Their Potential

There isn’t one single player who goes into the NBA with the intention of being bang average. From the moment they first realize that they have skill with the ball to the day they break into their college team and start dreaming of a professional career, all of them want to be the best. Very few are capable of making it to the promised land. As much as every rookie dreams of being the next Michael Jordan, LeBron James, or the late, great Kobe Bryant, the bar has been set very high, and only the very best can reach it. That’s a fact of life. Sometimes, though, there have been players who should have reached those heights but never did. 

There are dozens of reasons why a player might never reach their true potential. Some of those reasons are outside of the player’s control. We’re constantly reminded that a career in the sport can work out like the ‘Basketball Stars’ game that’s popular on so many online slots websites like KongCasino.com. You can study the game all you like and carefully plan your strategy, but success and failure with an online slots game are governed by nothing more than chance. You can sometimes spend several hours and several hundred dollars on an online slots game and walk away with nothing, only for the next player to step up and instantly hit the jackpot. Fortune is fickle. In other cases, though, bad decisions have played their part in keeping a player from the top. 

When we look back over the long history of players who failed to deliver on their early promise, these are the five names that come to mind most of all. 

Larry Johnson

Everybody who ever saw Larry Johnson play for the Runnin’ Rebels in Nevada as a college basketball player said that he was destined for greatness. With his incredible physical presence and accuracy with three-point shots, he looked and played like he was the total package. In terms of skill, he probably was. Unfortunately for Johnson and all the people who had high hopes for him, his body had other ideas. Back injuries started to upset his momentum early on in his career, and even though he managed to play through the pain for several years, he was never able to physically impose himself on a game the way he could when he was at college. Add to that his apparent unwillingness to focus on or improve his defensive game, and you’re left with a player who was good but never great. 

Yao Ming

The “Great Wall of China” was a giant of a man, standing a legitimate 7’6” and blessed with footwork and technical ability that belied his enormous size. Giants tend to be powerhouses, with games based on physicality and presence. Ming could step around opponents with the ease of someone a full foot shorter than him. He was graceful and elegant and, because of his nationality, a marketing dream for the NBA. Unfortunately for him, that elegance and grace came with physical vulnerability. Ming was plagued by injuries for his whole career, with his feet seemingly unable to support his enormous frame. He was only a touch over thirty when he retired after his contract with the Houston Rockets expired. His team still thought enough of him to retire his number 11, but he never became a global megastar in the way he was once expected to. 

Grant Hill

Some players shrivel up under pressure when compared to Michael Jordan and try to distance themselves from the hype. Grant Hill positively embraced it. The press was sure that he was going to become the next Jordan, but even they didn’t believe it as much as he did. He might not have been wrong. Hill could play any role that was asked of him, scoring, creating, and defending superbly during the peak points of his nearly twenty-year career. Ultimately, though, he fell short of the level that so many people expected to him because his all-action style put so much pressure on his ankles. They appeared to be almost made of glass by the end of his time on the court, and they’d limited his ability to secure the legacy of a truly world-class player. 

Lamar Odom

What was it that truly stopped Lamar Odom from becoming one of the greatest of all time? Was it his apparent love of the limelight, as seen through his multiple appearances on reality television shows?? Was it the drug problems that so nearly claimed his life in 2015? Was it a combination of the two coupled with a reluctance to focus on the game of basketball as much as he would have needed to in order to reach the highest of all heights? We’ll probably never know, and it might be that Odom never finds out either. Even Kobe Bryant couldn’t persuade Odom to pay less attention to the trappings of fame and more attention to his game, and that meant that when the time came to end his career, the sense we were all left with was one of missed opportunities and failed potential. 

Len Bias

Tragically, Len Bias will always be remembered as the greatest NBA player who never was. He was the most outstanding player of his generation during his college career with Maryland, with incredible jumping ability and a presence that made him seem even taller than his 6’8″ frame. When he joined the Boston Celtics in 1986, he did so as the second overall draft pick and the heir apparent to Larry Bird. Just two days later, he was dead. Bias went home to the University of Maryland to celebrate the draft with friends, and overdosed on cocaine. Despite medics doing everything they could, he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. We’ll never know how good he would or could have been in the pro game, but Red Auerbach was so convinced of his skill that he spent three years putting together the move that brought him to the Celtics. Bias could have been shoulder to shoulder with Jordan as the greatest player of the 1990s and perhaps one of the greatest of all time. The fact that we never got to find out is and will always remain one of the sport’s greatest sorrows. 

More articles like this will be written in years to come, and more seemingly great young stars will fall short of the expectations that are placed upon them. You need talent, dedication, a winner’s mindset, and more than a little good fortune to make it to the top of the NBA – and sadly, there are far more near-misses than there are legends. 

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Brandon Jennings dropped 55 on Steph Curry and the Warriors on this date in 2009 https://www.talkbasket.net/110547-brandon-jennings-dropped-55-on-steph-curry-and-the-warriors-on-this-date-in-2009 https://www.talkbasket.net/110547-brandon-jennings-dropped-55-on-steph-curry-and-the-warriors-on-this-date-in-2009#respond Sat, 14 Nov 2020 05:54:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110547 Brandon Jennings had a game for the ages on this date in 2009. He dropped 55 points as a rookie and led his Milwaukee Bucks to a 129-125 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Jennings shot 21-34 from the field, including 7-8 on 3-pointers. In the third quarter he outscored the Warriors 29-26. No rookie […]

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Brandon Jennings dropped 55 on Steph Curry and the Warriors on this date in 2009

Brandon Jennings had a game for the ages on this date in 2009. He dropped 55 points as a rookie and led his Milwaukee Bucks to a 129-125 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

Jennings shot 21-34 from the field, including 7-8 on 3-pointers. In the third quarter he outscored the Warriors 29-26.

No rookie had scored that many points in a game since Earl “The Pearl” Monroe scored 56 points in 1968. No rookie has scored 55 points in a game since Jennings.

Jennings himself, has never scored 40 points in a game since his remarkable performance against the Warriors, which came in the seventh game of his career. He last played in the NBA during the 2017-18 season.

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[2009] Kobe Bryant doesn’t put himself in the all-time NBA or Lakers starting five https://www.talkbasket.net/110129-2009-kobe-bryant-doesnt-put-himself-in-the-all-time-nba-or-lakers-starting-five https://www.talkbasket.net/110129-2009-kobe-bryant-doesnt-put-himself-in-the-all-time-nba-or-lakers-starting-five#respond Tue, 10 Nov 2020 23:39:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110129 Neil Everett sits down with Kobe Bryant from Disney after he won his fourth NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers, vs. the Orlando Magic. Bryant talks about the chip on his shoulder going into the 2009 NBA Playoffs, his new “mean mug,” his favorite 2009 NBA Finals game, his all-time NBA starting five (Magic […]

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[2009] Kobe Bryant doesn’t put himself in the all-time NBA or Lakers starting five

Neil Everett sits down with Kobe Bryant from Disney after he won his fourth NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers, vs. the Orlando Magic. Bryant talks about the chip on his shoulder going into the 2009 NBA Playoffs, his new “mean mug,” his favorite 2009 NBA Finals game, his all-time NBA starting five (Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain), his all-time Lakers starting five (Magic, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain), his thoughts on teammates Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher and Trevor Ariza and coach Phil Jackson, and more:

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Hakeem Olajuwon and Rockets beefed so hard he almost left Houston before they ever got a ring https://www.talkbasket.net/110023-hakeem-olajuwon-and-rockets-beefed-so-hard-he-almost-left-houston-before-they-ever-got-a-ring https://www.talkbasket.net/110023-hakeem-olajuwon-and-rockets-beefed-so-hard-he-almost-left-houston-before-they-ever-got-a-ring#respond Mon, 09 Nov 2020 19:36:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110023 When’s the best time to ask your boss for a $15 million contract extension? For most of us, never. For big man Hakeem Olajuwon, it was the winter of 1992. Sure, the Rockets weren’t doing so hot and had just fired coach Don Chaney, but Hakeem was making less than the league’s other elite centers, […]

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Hakeem Olajuwon and Rockets beefed so hard he almost left Houston before they ever got a ring

When’s the best time to ask your boss for a $15 million contract extension? For most of us, never. For big man Hakeem Olajuwon, it was the winter of 1992. Sure, the Rockets weren’t doing so hot and had just fired coach Don Chaney, but Hakeem was making less than the league’s other elite centers, so what’s the harm in asking? Beef? Is beef the harm in asking?

Yes. First, owner Charlie Thomas and GM Steve Patterson refused to negotiate with him. Then Olajuwon strained his hamstring, and the Rockets brass was like, “Oh yeah right, you’re not hurt, you’re just refusing to play until we negotiate your contract.” They suspended Olajuwon and took to the press with their fake-injury allegations. Hakeem fired back in the press, really going after Thomas and Patterson’s intelligence. The word “stupid” was used quite a bit. Oh, and he also demanded a trade.

The 92-93 season rolled around and Hakeem did not get traded, though he did eventually land a contract on par with David Robinson and Patrick Ewing. Despite the ugly months, Hakeem managed to find happiness with Houston, – it helped that ownership and GMs changed. And best of all might be Olajuwon and the Rockets took home two, that’s right TWO, subsequent championships, via Secret Base.

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Wilt Chamberlain explains why he’s better than Michael Jordan https://www.talkbasket.net/109998-wilt-chamberlain-explains-why-hes-better-than-michael-jordan https://www.talkbasket.net/109998-wilt-chamberlain-explains-why-hes-better-than-michael-jordan#respond Mon, 09 Nov 2020 07:41:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109998 If you ask any basketball fan nowadays who they think the greatest basketball player ever is, most of them will say Michael Jordan, but Wilt Chamberlain thinks otherwise. He has counter-arguments for every point that can be made against him, and can also make the case that he’s the greatest player ever. Check it out: […]

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Wilt Chamberlain explains why he’s better than Michael Jordan

If you ask any basketball fan nowadays who they think the greatest basketball player ever is, most of them will say Michael Jordan, but Wilt Chamberlain thinks otherwise. He has counter-arguments for every point that can be made against him, and can also make the case that he’s the greatest player ever. Check it out:

1) “You can’t predicate how great a guy really is because he has championships. There’s guys on championship teams that have done nothing!”

2) “All the years I was usually scoring all those points, I was leading the league in percentile shooting. That’s important because if you take all the shots, you should be making the highest percentage. So when they compare me with Michael, Michael’s averaging 30 points for his lifetime, I averaged about 30 points in my lifetime, but I stopped scoring!”

3) “I know that basketball is a team game, and you’ve already made Michael number one, but if you had to have Wilt against Michael, my prime and his prime, how much money would you be willing to bet?”

4) “He’s 6’7 and he’s like 197 pounds… we’ve never been very wise on Michael. We would say ‘Hey Michael, as long as you do all those fancy things outside of where we are, you’re fine.'”

5) Wilt when asked if he could beat MJ one on one in his prime: “I run the 100 meters in 10.2 seconds. I have a 50-inch vertical jump. I bench press almost 600 pounds. He would have been crushed.”

6) “I came into the NBA and destroyed it. My tools were so dominant, that they frightened people.”

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Patrick Ewing never won an NBA title. Here’s what left him empty-handed https://www.talkbasket.net/109585-patrick-ewing-never-won-an-nba-title-heres-what-left-him-empty-handed https://www.talkbasket.net/109585-patrick-ewing-never-won-an-nba-title-heres-what-left-him-empty-handed#respond Tue, 03 Nov 2020 00:47:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109585 This one stings. A surface-level summary of the 1990s NBA history is basically: “Michael Jordan won the championships he was around to win, and Hakeem Olajuwon got the other ones in the middle.” Part of the reason the series Untitled exists is to better explain that era. With details and context, we hope to show […]

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Patrick Ewing never won an NBA title. Here’s what left him empty-handed

This one stings. A surface-level summary of the 1990s NBA history is basically: “Michael Jordan won the championships he was around to win, and Hakeem Olajuwon got the other ones in the middle.” Part of the reason the series Untitled exists is to better explain that era.

With details and context, we hope to show that those oversimplified truths hang on some complex set-ups, near misses, and fascinating stories. Patrick Ewing’s Knicks wrote several of those stories; perhaps the most heartbreaking. Ewing spent almost all of his legendary career in New York, and almost all of that stint competing for a championship.

But, yes, Jordan interfered, albeit not as decisively as the short version of the story would have you think. Those Bulls were underdogs at one point, and even after that, came an inch here or a second there from losing to Ewing and company.

Those inches and seconds describe some of the most sickening moments in the history of Knicks fandom. Sickening, too, were the fates of Ewing’s teams that didn’t have to (or get to) face Jordan: The ones that fell to the Pacers, the Heat, and of course Hakeem Olajuwon’s Rockets in the brutal 1994 Finals.

Patrick Ewing retired without a championship, but we hope this episode of Untitled will help you appreciate how excellent he was and how rivals, fate, and bad timing conspired to stop him. You can’t tell this ringless story in a simple sentence or two, via Secret Base.

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Top 5 Basketball players of all time https://www.talkbasket.net/109315-top-5-basketball-players-of-all-time https://www.talkbasket.net/109315-top-5-basketball-players-of-all-time#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2020 08:37:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109315 There are thousands of different ratings of basketball players, compiled on the base of different qualities most paid, most awarded, the best debutants, favorites on top sports betting platforms, the tallest and the shortest ones. This list combines the most skilled, favored, and socially involved basketball players, who can be called basketball legends of all […]

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Top 5 Basketball players of all time

There are thousands of different ratings of basketball players, compiled on the base of different qualities most paid, most awarded, the best debutants, favorites on top sports betting platforms, the tallest and the shortest ones. This list combines the most skilled, favored, and socially involved basketball players, who can be called basketball legends of all times. Below are the short stories of success and amazing facts of the NBA stars.

Мichael Jоrdаn

It is hard to imagine anyone who hasn’t ever heard of Мichaеl Jоrdаn, basically one of the most famous and discussed athletes with an enormous fan club of great loyalty. What was his way to such heights? Not so smooth, though. He started his career in 1982 by winning the NBAA Championship and joining Chicago Bulls two years later. He gained a reputation of a talented beginner very quickly, mostly due to his phenomenal power of jump, which brought him the “Air Jordan” nickname. However, after his father passed away in 1993, he suddenly dropped basketball to try himself in a baseball career. In 1995 he made a great return to Chicago Bulls and immediately reminded all basketball lovers and his rivals that he had extraordinary skills and talent. He helped his team to beat the NBA record by achieving 72 wins during the season. The second finish of his career was in 1999 but took part in two more matches in 2001.

Being the most paid athlete in the world, he has also developed his own реrsonаl brand that still brings him head-spinning wages. His most famous contract was signed with Nike clothing brand, who created the “Аir Jоrdаn” sneakers specially for Michaеl. Today it is a separate independent brand, as Michael Jordan’s success made them one of the most purchased and legendary sneakers collections. 

Каreem Аbdul Jаbbаr

It would take quite a long time to enumerate all titles and awards received by Каreem Аbdul Jabbar during his career. The most significant were the following:

Jabbar is a leader in the number of points in the regular championship in the whole history of the NBA total 38 387 points

He beat a record by having become the most valuable player of the NBA six times in a row

He took part in the All-Star Tournaments for 19 times more than any player ever

Jabbar won the title of the NBA champion six times and was recognized as the most valuable player of the NBA finals twice.

His career ended more than 30 years ago but he is still one of the most praised and significant players in the whole history of basketball and team sports in general. In 1995, he was included in the Basketball Hall of Fame and a year after was named one of the top 50 players of the Basketball Association of all time. He was an absolute leader of the NBA in multiple categories, including playing time and career wins. He is still regarded as the biggest player after Michael Jordan.

Shaquille O’Neal

Who is the most well rounded, versatile, and laborious basketball player of the whole world? The answer is easy: it is Shaquille O’Neal, the basketball star, sports commentator, expert and columnist, musician, and actor. It seems that anything he starts, he does perfectly. An interesting fact is that during his career, he was the only NBA player with a university diploma; it took more than eight years for him to graduate, but it is not about him to drop anything that was started.

He played for several teams from 1992 till 2011. Among his most outstanding achievements are:

  • Gold Medal of Olympics in Atlanta 1996 and Canada 1994
  • Listed 50 best players of the NBA of the whole history
  • Four times NBA absolute champion
  • The athlete of the year 1994 according to the Вasketball Federation

In addition, he filmed in more than ten movies; his acting career was not so bright, though, and his performance in cinema was not highly rated by the spectators.

Kobe Вryant

This is a sad story of a person who tragically passed away last year in a plane crash but his merits are still in the hearts of basketball fans.

His career had been successful from a very young age when he played for Lower Merion during his school time and was granted as the best basketball player among schoolers of the USА. He plаyed twеnty seasоns for Lоs Angeles Lakers and brought them international fame by winning in multiple matches. He was also a part of the National team and won the Gold Prize in the Оlympics twice; he was also a champion of the American Basketball Championship. At the end of his career, he was named the bеst sniper of the Lоs Аngeles Lakers and became the youngest player in League history with thirty thousand career points. 

Каrl Маlone

Karl Malone’s personality is contradictive. On the one hand, he is a recognized player with two Gold Prizes of the Olympics, a second career point result of the NBA (36 928 points), and the oldest player with a high professional skill level. His achievements are partly the merit of his strong health he missed only 5 games throughout thirteen seasons, but mostly his stamina, ability of hard work, and strength of his purposes.

Even though he was hardly criticized for the rough game, he is still considered one of the most valuable players in the history of the NВA.

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Klay Thompson hit 14 3-pointers in a game on this date in 2018 https://www.talkbasket.net/109195-klay-thompson-hit-14-3-pointers-in-a-game-on-this-date-in-2018 https://www.talkbasket.net/109195-klay-thompson-hit-14-3-pointers-in-a-game-on-this-date-in-2018#respond Thu, 29 Oct 2020 04:42:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109195 Klay Thompson set an NBA record as he knocked down 14 3-pointers for the Warriors in a 149-124 victory against the Bulls. Thompson scored 52 points despite only playing in the first three quarters of the game. He shot 14-24 from beyond the arc. He broke a record previously held by fellow “splash brother” Steph […]

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Klay Thompson hit 14 3-pointers in a game on this date in 2018

Klay Thompson set an NBA record as he knocked down 14 3-pointers for the Warriors in a 149-124 victory against the Bulls.

Thompson scored 52 points despite only playing in the first three quarters of the game. He shot 14-24 from beyond the arc.

He broke a record previously held by fellow “splash brother” Steph Curry, who hit 13 3-pointers for the Warriors in a victory against the Pelicans in 2016.

Thompson’s record still stands today and he will have the opportunity to attempt to break his own record next season, after missing the 2019-20 season while recovering from a torn ACL.

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6 times Michael Jordan almost got traded https://www.talkbasket.net/108916-6-times-michael-jordan-almost-got-traded https://www.talkbasket.net/108916-6-times-michael-jordan-almost-got-traded#respond Sun, 25 Oct 2020 13:28:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=108916 We take a look at six times where the Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan almost got traded, but… it didn’t happen. Hope you enjoy!

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6 times Michael Jordan almost got traded

We take a look at six times where the Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan almost got traded, but… it didn’t happen. Hope you enjoy!

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Michael Jordan’s career with Wizards overview https://www.talkbasket.net/108689-michael-jordans-career-with-wizards-overview https://www.talkbasket.net/108689-michael-jordans-career-with-wizards-overview#respond Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:08:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=108689 In 2001 Michael Jordan, when he was 38 years old, unretired for the second time in his career and put up a blue Washington Wizards jersey. Some basketball fans and analysts believe this MJ stint with the Wizards team has tarnished his legacy and others think the opposite that he proved his status as the […]

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Michael Jordan’s career with Wizards overview

In 2001 Michael Jordan, when he was 38 years old, unretired for the second time in his career and put up a blue Washington Wizards jersey.

Some basketball fans and analysts believe this MJ stint with the Wizards team has tarnished his legacy and others think the opposite that he proved his status as the greatest player of all time once again.

This video reviews Jordan’s two-year career with outsiders of the NBA. If you want to know how good was Wizards Michael Jordan, and how he was performing after a glorious career with the Chicago Bulls, see this video:

Michael Jordan’s Top 50 Plays with Washington Wizards:

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Shaq: Michael Jackson tried to buy my house https://www.talkbasket.net/108673-shaq-michael-jackson-tried-to-buy-my-house https://www.talkbasket.net/108673-shaq-michael-jackson-tried-to-buy-my-house#respond Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:28:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=108673 On October 3, 2020, arguably the greatest center of all-time, Shaquille O’Neal revealed something incredibly interesting. He appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and clarified that the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, tried to purchase his house at one point. He says Jackson showed to his house “wearing overalls and a big hat,” and only let […]

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Shaq: Michael Jackson tried to buy my house

On October 3, 2020, arguably the greatest center of all-time, Shaquille O’Neal revealed something incredibly interesting. He appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and clarified that the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, tried to purchase his house at one point.

He says Jackson showed to his house “wearing overalls and a big hat,” and only let him in “because it was Michael Jackson.” Jackson reportedly stayed upstairs in Shaq’s bedroom watching television in his bed for hours. When Shaq came to his senses, he went upstairs to confront him, and says Jackson told him “I wanna buy your house.” He respectfully declined due to the fact that his house was not for sale. Jackson then left the house and the two went their separate ways.

Jackson apparently wanted O’Neal’s house so bad, that two years later, he reportedly showed up to his doorstep and asked to purchase it for a second time!

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Nate Thurmond recorded the NBA’s first quadruple double on this date in 1974 https://www.talkbasket.net/108395-nate-thurmond-recorded-the-nbas-first-quadruple-double-on-this-date-in-1974 https://www.talkbasket.net/108395-nate-thurmond-recorded-the-nbas-first-quadruple-double-on-this-date-in-1974#respond Sun, 18 Oct 2020 20:33:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=108395 Nate Thurmond made history in his first game with the Chicago Bulls. He recorded the first quadruple double in NBA history and led his Bulls to a 120-115 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Thurmond finished the game with 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks. He ended up averaging 7.9 points 11.3 rebounds, […]

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Nate Thurmond recorded the NBA’s first quadruple double on this date in 1974

Nate Thurmond made history in his first game with the Chicago Bulls. He recorded the first quadruple double in NBA history and led his Bulls to a 120-115 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Thurmond finished the game with 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks. He ended up averaging 7.9 points 11.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.4 blocks per game that season.

While Thurmond only played 93 games with the Bulls, he will always be remembered for his spectacular game. He was 33 when he recorded the quadruple double.

To this day, Thurmond, Alvin Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson are the only NBA players record a quadruple-double in an NBA game.

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10 Most Clutch Plays In NBA History https://www.talkbasket.net/108380-10-most-clutch-plays-in-nba-history https://www.talkbasket.net/108380-10-most-clutch-plays-in-nba-history#respond Sun, 18 Oct 2020 11:08:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=108380 There are not many things more dramatic than the last seconds of a close NBA playoff game. The crowd is on their feet, and you can feel the electricity and excitement in the entire arena. That’s why shots in the clutch moments of the playoffs are the most important, most memorable, and most celebrated. These […]

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10 Most Clutch Plays In NBA History

There are not many things more dramatic than the last seconds of a close NBA playoff game. The crowd is on their feet, and you can feel the electricity and excitement in the entire arena.

That’s why shots in the clutch moments of the playoffs are the most important, most memorable, and most celebrated. These 10 plays are the most clutch NBA moments of all time!

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John Cusack reveals what Michael Jordan told Kobe Bryant in a photo from their last game in 2003 https://www.talkbasket.net/108374-john-cusack-reveals-what-michael-jordan-told-kobe-bryant-in-a-photo-their-last-game-in-2003 https://www.talkbasket.net/108374-john-cusack-reveals-what-michael-jordan-told-kobe-bryant-in-a-photo-their-last-game-in-2003#respond Sun, 18 Oct 2020 07:55:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=108374 Actor John Cusack revealed the story behind the famous photo above involving two NBA greats Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. The photo from the last game between Jordan’s Wizards and Kobe’s Lakers. According to Cusack, who is seen in the photo sitting on the sideline, in that situation Kobe received the ball and everyone moved […]

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John Cusack reveals what Michael Jordan told Kobe Bryant in a photo from their last game in 2003

Actor John Cusack revealed the story behind the famous photo above involving two NBA greats Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. The photo from the last game between Jordan’s Wizards and Kobe’s Lakers.

According to Cusack, who is seen in the photo sitting on the sideline, in that situation Kobe received the ball and everyone moved away anticipating him going one on one with MJ.

The Chicago Bulls legend stood right in Bryant’s way who ran straight into Jordan. MJ took the charge and told Kobe that everyone knew he wasn’t going to pass.

“Kobe got the ball, cleared everybody out. Everybody started to bristle up with anticipation that it’s gonna be Kobe against Michael. And Kobe started to drive. Michael stepped in front of him, right in front of him. And he took the charge. And he went down and Kobe is standing above him. And Michael just looked up and said ‘Well everybody in the f*cking building knew you weren’t gonna pass’,” Cusack said.

The incident can be seen in the video below from 5:24 minute mark.

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Rick Barry made his NBA debut on this date in 1965 https://www.talkbasket.net/108243-rick-barry-made-his-nba-debut-on-this-date-in-1965 https://www.talkbasket.net/108243-rick-barry-made-his-nba-debut-on-this-date-in-1965#respond Fri, 16 Oct 2020 03:44:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=108243 Rick Barry began his Hall of Fame career on this date in 1965. His San Francisco Warriors lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 122-115 at home. Barry had a solid game, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond finished the game with 20 point and 27 rebounds. For the […]

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Rick Barry made his NBA debut on this date in 1965

Rick Barry began his Hall of Fame career on this date in 1965. His San Francisco Warriors lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 122-115 at home.

Barry had a solid game, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond finished the game with 20 point and 27 rebounds.

For the Lakers, Jerry West led the way, finishing with 36 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Barry, meanwhile, went on to have an excellent season and won Rookie of the Year. He averaged 25.7 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in 1965-66. The following season he led the NBA in scoring, averaging 35.6 points per game.

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Kobe Bryant told Russell Westbrook he should win scoring titles, not Kevin Durant https://www.talkbasket.net/107298-kobe-bryant-told-russell-westbrook-he-should-win-scoring-titles-not-kevin-durant https://www.talkbasket.net/107298-kobe-bryant-told-russell-westbrook-he-should-win-scoring-titles-not-kevin-durant#respond Thu, 08 Oct 2020 18:08:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=107298 Did Kobe Bryant play a role in the parting of Russell Westbrook – Kevin Durant duo at the Oklahoma City Thunder? A story recently shared by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski suggests that Kobe’s trash talking might have had some impact. According to Woj, Kobe was telling Westbrook that he should be winning scoring titles, not Durant […]

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Kobe Bryant told Russell Westbrook he should win scoring titles, not Kevin Durant

Did Kobe Bryant play a role in the parting of Russell Westbrook – Kevin Durant duo at the Oklahoma City Thunder? A story recently shared by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski suggests that Kobe’s trash talking might have had some impact.

According to Woj, Kobe was telling Westbrook that he should be winning scoring titles, not Durant while all three were on the US Olympic roster in 2012.

Even though it took four more years until KD left the Thunder to form a dynasty with the Golden State Warriors, one of the reasons for his departure reportedly was Russ’ ball hogging.

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN as transcribed by Dan Feldman of NBC Sports:

In 2012, what I remember with Kobe was he spent a lot of the – or he spent some of that – Olympics with Russell Westbrook telling Russ, “You know, you should be winning scoring titles. I don’t know why you’re letting Kevin win scoring titles. You should be the one winning them.” Anything he could do to plant a little seed of dissent with two teammates, it was pretty funny.

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Pete Mickeal on beating the Lakers with Barcelona, individual play in Europe and success in the NBA https://www.talkbasket.net/107101-pete-mickeal-on-beating-the-lakers-with-barcelona-individual-play-in-europe-and-success-in-the-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/107101-pete-mickeal-on-beating-the-lakers-with-barcelona-individual-play-in-europe-and-success-in-the-nba#respond Wed, 07 Oct 2020 21:02:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=107101 “I own a sports agency. We have a beautiful facility in Miami”, Pete Mickeal describes his current occupation talking over the phone to TalkBasket.net. Moving into the agency business was a logical step for the former FC Barcelona great, who retired in 2017 at 39. Apart from having been a first-class small-forward for many teams […]

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Pete Mickeal on beating the Lakers with Barcelona, individual play in Europe and success in the NBA

“I own a sports agency. We have a beautiful facility in Miami”, Pete Mickeal describes his current occupation talking over the phone to TalkBasket.net.

Moving into the agency business was a logical step for the former FC Barcelona great, who retired in 2017 at 39. Apart from having been a first-class small-forward for many teams throughout his basketball career, Mickeal worked also as a scouter for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Washington Wizards.

A second-round Draft pick by the Dallas Mavericks in 2000, he never actually played in the league, albeit participating in several training camps and Summer Leagues. As has been the case for many aspiring athletes, Pete Mickeal got a good taste of the NBA only after his playing time was over.

Now, at 42, he puts his extensive knowledge of the game to good use in order to run a company that specializes in “taking the minor league players, but also the NBA player that doesn’t get any playing time, and sending them overseas“. Hence, Pete Mickeal is the right person to address issues and trends in world basketball: the NBA “copycat” teams, the Euroleague turning more into one-man shows and players having to settle for less in order to cross the ocean.

Moreover, the 2010 Euroleague champion with FC Barcelona recalls the Spanish side’s triumph (92-88) over the reigning NBA champs LA Lakers at the legendary Palau Sant Jordi on October 7, 2010. Mickeal registered 26 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists, as well as heaps of tenacity, in what is widely regarded as one of his career-best performances. Playing against Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace (then Ron Artest), Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol was a highlight in itself, but the Rock Island wingman was anything but intimidated.

In fact, when Kobe Bryant came by to say: “Hey, this game can take you to the NBA” , Mickeal readily responded: “If you think that, then put your money where your mouth is and play one-on-one and we’ll see where your game is at”. If being a fierce competitor on the court meant going up against the best, Mickeal -and that particular Barcelona team- were not going to miss out on their date with history.

All the details are included in the lines below.

Q: It’s been ten years since FC Barcelona beat the Lakers. Did you notice?

A: Know what? I didn’t even realize it was ten years ago. Time goes by so fast and it seems like yesterday. It was a very good and memorable experience for me and all basketball people in Barcelona.

Q: What was the main reason that made the game so important?

A: We were EuroLeague champs in 2010 and we carried that momentum into the next season. The team was together for two years and we knew each other very well. The most important thing is that we wanted to have fun, show our fans that we were ready to repeat as EuroLeague champs and that we were able to compete with any team in the world.

Q: Would you say that Barca was world champion back then?

A: No, it was a pre-season game. We had a huge advantage because we had been in preseason for over 45 days compared to the Lakers. My son was there to watch the game, which was very important. It was fun making history because when you’re playing the Lakers, they force you to do your best. You got to look at our roster. All of our team was filled with NBA Draft picks. We’re talking about high-level players and that’s what made us so special.

Q: How did the Lakers approach the game?

A: They obviously took the game seriously because I remember they were winning most of the time. They wanted to get in their rhythm. I think Pau Gasol helped them get ready. They were really talented and their size was just amazing. Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Kobe and Ron Artest were incredibly physically gifted.

Q: How big was the anticipation for you and the whole team going into that game?

A: I was super motivated because I knew I had to guard Kobe. Xavi Pascual was not going to put any other player to guard him; only me. So, I was mentally prepared. I’m a competitor. I took it personally and I was 100% focused on playing defense and scoring. It was a chance for me to show people back home in the States my all-around game and my versatility.

Q: What was the aftermath of that game? Did you get calls from friends, relatives or even offers from NBA teams?

A: In 2010, I turned down some NBA offers. It was just after we won the EuroLeague. In 2011, I was trying to build a momentum in order to land some bigger NBA contracts. The game was on ESPN, NBA TV and millions of people were watching. I got a call from everyone I know. I had maybe the longest blog in the history of HoopsHype, which went for about two years. When I was playing with Ricky Rubio, people in the States started asking who that Pete Maravich-like kid was because everyone was talking about him. I was able to market my teammate to the world. I thought the world of him as a person and I regarded him as a super good basketball player, especially considering his age. From there, my blog got really popular.

Q: What happened between you and Ron Artest during and after the game?

A: It started before. They asked Ron Artest: “What do you think about going to guard Pete Mickeal, one of the best players in Europe?” and he goes: “Pete who? I don’t know who that is”. That’s where it started. Every player has the scouting report of the opponent. You study that report, regardless if you’re the best in the world or you’re playing in a lower division. So, I took that as a form of disrespect and that really motivated to play against the Lakers. In the first play of the game I shoved my elbow in his face. That’s how I used to send a statement to a player throughout my whole career: “Hey, I’m the hardest guy on the floor- not you”.

Q: If you had him in front of you, what would you tell him?

A: I wouldn’t tell him anything. It’s just basketball. American players understand what I’m saying. There’s nothing personal. But once the game starts, I have no friends and I don’t care who you are. I’m going to destroy you. Whoever stands in front of me, I’m going to impose my will on them. I’m an asshole on the basketball court. When the game was over, I’m back to normal. Me and Kobe talked about giving me a jersey for my son and he told me: “No problem. Get in touch with my people in LA and I’ll send you one”. That was our last conversation. The truth is I never got in touch with his people, but I should have. Kobe had only good words to say about me and the same goes for me too.

Q: Did he know about you as a player?

A: I think he’s a different guy. He grew up in Italy, so he always respected Europe. I know that he loved soccer and I’m sure Pau gave some info on who we were. He was a good student of the game.

Q: Is it true that you challenged him to a one-on-one?

A: Yes, it is. The game was so competitive and Kobe roughed me up a little bit, putting his finger up to my face telling me to calm down. That was the turning point when I got really competitive and told him: “Anytime you want to play one-on-one, we can do it. And I guarantee I’ll win”.

Q: Do you believe that particular Barcelona team would have been able to compete in the NBA?

A: I most definitely do. If you look at how the NBA was ten years ago, it’s not the same as now. We had everything you need to play at that level: size and length, having N’Dong, Vazquez and Lorbek who were between 6’8” and 6’9”, and also players who could shoot the ball like Juan Carlos Navarro. I’m not saying that we’d be a play-off team, but we would definitely compete at that level; we would win games. I’ve been in the NBA as a front-office exec and I understand there’s more to it than just basketball.

Kobe Bryant competes with Pete Mickeal during the NBA Europe Live game between Regal FC Barcelona vs LA Lakers at Palau Sant Jordi on October 7, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Rodolfo Molina/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images)

Q: You were drafted in 2000 by the Dalllas Mavericks. In 2013, HoopsHype reported that the Lakers were considering your case. Did you ever receive an offer from them?

A: That’s an interesting question. The NBA is always doing their homework on players, looking around if there’s some high-level player in Europe that’s willing to come over for the minimum. I was an NBA scout for years and I understand the process. Did I get to the point where they offered me a contract and I said no? The answer is negative. But, did other teams ever consider giving me a contract? Yes. The Lakers situation was different because I never had a formal offer from them, but I did have one from another team. I’m not going to say which one it was, but I’ll tell you that they play in the Eastern Conference and they were a really good team.

I felt comfortable being in Barcelona and it worked for me because my son was born there. It’s one of the places that I consider retiring in the future. My wife loves Barcelona and I can’t disappoint her.

Q: Having seen both Europe and the NBA, would you say that European teams get underpaid to release their stars?

A: There’s some guys with huge buyouts. To give you an example, I had a 3 million euro buyout in my contract with Barcelona. That was impossible for an NBA team to pay because all they could give was $750,000. If they wanted to pay more, they’d lose cap space. This is why teams want the players to pay it. It’s very difficult for top Euro players to go to the NBA unless they’re willing to take less money. The problem is that you have to pay your agent in the States, a buyout out of your contract and almost 40% tax of that money. Then, you have to pay for life expenses, like food, house, car etc. In the end, you don’t make that much money.

If you play on a top European team, like Barcelona or CSKA, you live a lot better and you save yourself a lot of money. So, guys who really want to play in the NBA, they do it. Because -win or lose- they think of themselves as NBA players. Guys like Vassilis Spanoulis could have played longer in the NBA. For Europeans, its’ a tough situation because they often don’t play much unless they’re a Jokic. If they don’t have star potential, they’ll be the 12th-15th man on the roster. In that case, they won’t play, won’t practice; instead, they get lazy and out of shape. It becomes very difficult to show what they can do when their call comes.

My situation was different because I had gotten to a place where I felt the most comfortable in my life. I met my wife there, won the EuroLeague and my life changed. The key for me was Barcelona offering a two-year contract. I never had a two-year deal in my whole career and I was looking for some stability. I didn’t want to go to the NBA for the minimum. You can’t control your playing time there. You have to get a promise that you’re going to get a certain amount of minutes or you don’t go. When you’re young, it’s easier. So, I don’t regret my decision because I made the right call for my career.

Q: If you had to choose one NBA team to play for, which would it be?

A: Right now, I’d play for the Miami Heat because that’s my style. They measure your weight every week; they take body fat tests every Monday and fine players who don’t have certain percentages; they have conditioning tests all through the season. They are more of a European than an NBA team. They have very good structure. People say: “I’m going to South Beach and play in Miami”. Well, it ain’t no South Beach when you get to Miami. It’s all work. There’s no party or fun time. As soon as you step in the gym, you’re held accountable for what you do off the court. They make sure that you’re eating and that you’re getting your rest. Those are the type of teams I wanted to play for because I know that every other player will be held accountable just like I am.

NBA teams obviously are not the same. Rules say that you have only one contact practice a day. In Europe, you might get two. There’s also a time limit in pre-season on how long a guy can practise. In Europe, you might run in the mountains, then come back and have a practice. I love toughness and when other players are willing to fight with me.

Q: How were things on the two teams you worked for, Minnesota and Washington?

A: Great. I got to work for two years for one of the smartest, most seasoned veterans in the world: Tom Thibodeau. If your first job is with him, I believe I’ve signed up for a very good career. He holds his scouts accountable just like he holds his players. He trusted that I was going to do the work to the best of my ability. The relationship we had when he was with the Knicks in 2000, when he worked me out in the two Summer Leagues I played for him, keeps up and I think he appreciates me a lot. I was very fortunate to get hired by that organization. There’s really good people there. Working with Johnny Rogers, one of the great players in Europe, was good for me because he was the one who talked Tom into hiring me.

Q: According to a recent survey, over the last twenty years there’s been a tremendous increase in the number of US players in the EuroLeague, as well as of non-US players in the NBA. How would you explain the trend?

A: That tells you that there are many high-level Americans playing in Europe, some of whom are either ex NBAers or former NBA Draft picks. Right now, EuroLeague teams can have unlimited number of Americans on their roster and every team has at least two. They’re looked at as some of the best in the world. Teams like CSKA have three or four of them and that’s why they’re always going to be successful. It’s a trend of more high-level players compared to before.

As far as Europeans in the NBA, San Antonio put the world on notice. They got Ginobili, Parker, Splitter and their best players were non-Americans. At one point, they created a dynasty. The NBA is a copycat league. After the Spurs succeeded, all teams got high-level European players. Golden State had a dynasty shooting threes, so now the whole NBA is doing the same- even guys who can’t shoot the ball well. There’s some teams that say: “No midrange; either three-point shots or straight to the basket”. Strategy-wise, Europeans have always been able to shoot and now it’s normal to bring over some of them.

Pete Mickeal competes with Josh Childress during the Euroleague Basketball Final Four Final Game between Regal FC Barcelona vs Olympiacos at Bercy Arena on May 9, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images)

Q: What’s the main feature of the EuroLeague?

A: EuroLeague has trends also. Now, there’s more individual play than in the past. I was in the Final Four of the EuroLeague in Vitoria last year and I saw more individual play than team basketball. Europe used to be “pass and play for the team”. Now, it’s like “give this guy the ball, let him play pick’n’roll, switch screens after they switch, take advantage of the mismatch and play one-on-one”. Before, if you didn’t make the extra pass, it was because you were not focused or didn’t want to be a team player. Even though you still see team basketball, I think that this trend is very good for the fans who want to see exciting basketball and individual athletic players who can shoot the ball. If you bring a player over and you pay him millions of dollars to play in the EuroLeague, you don’t want to take away from his game what he does well.

Q: What has your experience from both sides of the Atlantic taught you?

A: Playing in Europe teaches you to be tough because there’s no handouts. Europe is right now. Coaches want to win now and there’s no player development unless you’re a local player for a lower division team. When you’re an American and you play bad, then you’re out. In the NBA, if they give you a five-year deal, they might continue to pay your money in case you play bad. Two-way contracts are good if you can get your player a guaranteed number of games. If he’s not to play in the NBA at all, it doesn’t make sense putting him on such a contract.

Q: In the case of Luka Doncic, what made the difference? Was it the Mavericks organization or his readiness to respond based on his EuroLeague experience and excellence?

A: Everything he has, he earned. When he first came over, many didn’t give him respect because he’s a EuroLeague guy, he didn’t have 6-pack abs, he was not in great shape. He was more than ready for the NBA. I told everyone that when a player is EuroLeague and Spanish finals MVP in the same year at any age, that tells you he’s a rare, special talent. Even if he’s not that athletic, it depends on what system he’s in and on how he plays. Luka has great size, is crafty and nobody can stand in front of him. No one has been able to guard him one-on-one. He’s one step ahead of everybody when he has the ball in his hands. The Mavericks gave him help, signing Porzingis, and that team is fine for the future.

Q: Would you credit the Bucks for entrusting Giannis with their future?

A: They took the risk and bet on this guy. You got to give the scouts credit for telling the assistant GM to take a look at him. Giannis gets credit for developing his skill set and becoming a monster. He still can get better; he had the work ethic to do it and I don’t know if his future is going to be in Milwaukee or somewhere else. He has already made history, winning back-to-back MVP awards. I’d give the MVP to LeBron this year, but Giannis had a great year also. The team is doing everything they can to make him feel comfortable and stay. Giannis is one of those players that will stay with one team, creating his own legacy there. It’s easy to go to another team and ask for a trade, but he’s the type of guy that’s going to try and do it the hard way.

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Dirk Nowitzki – a true leader and athlete

We have seen a lot of players throughout the history of the NBA who conquered the league immediately from their appearance. There were also many cases of players who did not have outstanding physical capabilities but still did their job. Perhaps we can include Dirk Nowitzki in this list because the German power forward always did his maximum on the basketball field.

Dubbed by many as the greatest European player of all time and one of the best power forwards in the history of the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki played over 1500 games and is sixth in the scoring list with 31560 points. An incredible number for a non-American player. And what’s more, he never left the Dallas Mavericks and spent his entire career in one team. You guessed right – in this article we will talk about a humble and great player of the NBA Dirk Nowitzki.

Early life

Dirk Nowitzki was born in 1978. It was kind of destined for the German player to pursue basketball because the mother of the famous athlete also played basketball, she played for the German national team at the European Championship in 1966. Young Nowitzki at first was fond of handball and tennis, but still chose basketball and at the age of 16 he made his debut in the professional league.  

Four years later, Dirk Nowitzki moved to the United States and began playing for Dallas, where he spent his entire brilliant career.  

NBA career

In the early 2000s, he was a regular member of the first, second, or third NBA All-Star Team. most of the time during his career Nowitzki averaged more than 20 points per game and he was a very stable player.

But at first, great successes came related to international competitions: for example, a bronze medal at the 2002 World Cup in the United States, together with the title of the most valuable player of the tournament. Nowitzki received a similar prize three years later, in addition, he managed to win silver at Euro 2005, where the Germans lost to Greece in the final.  

Nowitzki with MVP award

At the end of the 2006/07 season, Nowitzki was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. During that season Nowitzki was averaging 24.6 points and he became a member of the ‘50-40-90’ club. And before him, the title of MVP was never given to a European basketball player. 

We should say that Nowitzki’s influence and greatness were not only felt in Germany and the United States. He also became a popular figure in Scandinavia, mostly because he was a European player and the similarities Nordic countries and Germany share. At the same time countries like Norway or Sweden are not particularly famous for having elite basketball players. Thus Nowitzki was an exception. When his career ascended Dirk quickly became a favorite of online Norwegian bookmakers, which was still forming itself in that period. Even know if you ask a Norwegian or any Scandinavian about who Dirk Nowitzki is, all of them will tell you the correct answer and that’s how a German player managed to gain everyone’s love. And it is difficult not to respect such a great person.

Nowitzki at 2008 Olympics

In 2008, Nowitzki became his country’s standard-bearer at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Although there the German basketball players performed unsuccessfully – they could not get out of the group, winning only one match out of five. 

Desired NBA championship

Nowitzki achieved serious success in 2011, winning the NBA Finals with Dallas in six games against Miami. In all these games except the last German scored the most points in his team, at the same time received the MVP of the finals. The first attempt to win the final series was five years earlier, but Dallas lost to Miami in six games. In 2011, Dirk realized his dream. 

In the series he was phenomenal. You probably all remember his fadeaway shots, demolishing the whole Miami team which was a heavy favorite with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh on the roster. But it was Nowitzki’s year and it would have been unfair had he finished his career without a championship title.

Retirement

On April 10, 2019, Dirk Nowitzki announced his retirement, playing against Phoenix (120:109), and scored 30 points. There were no special messages, no events, the basketball player just finished his career without too much fuss.  

He played 21 seasons for Dallas, a record in the NBA. During this time he played 14 All-Star Matches. Nowitzki is the fourth basketball player in the history of the tournament to play 1,500 games, the sixth to win in 900 games. Among Europeans and white basketball players, he is the best sniper in the NBA. 

Nowitzki’s peculiarity is his performance aimed at achieving results, he did not produce a show, although in the NBA it is valued, and stood out with huge dedication. Largely due to this, the German was able to slightly change the idea of the forward’s role: for example, in the position of a power forward he not only fought under the basket but also to successfully act outside the three-point zone.  

In addition, Nowitzki forced a new look in the NBA on basketball players from Europe, and in general revealing the fact that the European stood in line with American athletes in basketball. Even his signature fadeaway jump shot, when Nowitzki throws on one leg as if falling on his back, is copied by young athletes.  

He is a true leader, but he is positive, easy to communicate, and always has a bad laugh at himself – such is remembered the German basketball player as a person. Pretty accurately Dirk Nowitzki describes his answer to the question of whether he wanted to trust any American sports agent: “We met with a few such people, and it was like a stand-up comedian. In just a few minutes I realized that I didn’t want to deal with them and I’d rather lose a few deals for the sake of peace and quiet.” 

Coaching role?

A couple of months ago, Nowitzki said he would be with him after his career ended: and he would spend a lot of time with the family. 

Nowitzki’s career is so beautiful, and he has always worked hard on the basketball field. So his return will always be welcome. In any capacity. He was a very intelligent player and seeing him in a coaching role will also be beneficial for any NBA team. However, it is too early to talk about this.

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Flashback: Allen Iverson says “I will kill you” to Tyronn Lue

The battles between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers were tense back in the early 2000’s. In this classic video, the Sixers’ legend Allen Iverson is heard saying “I will kill you” to then Lakers’ guard Tyronn Lue.

The result? Both Iverson and Lue getting technical fouls.

Another episode involving these two players is a classic crossover by Iverson against Lue and then stepping over him.

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Rony Seikaly (III): The “inflexible” coach in Barcelona and the Greek dreams that slipped away https://www.talkbasket.net/102809-rony-seikaly-iii-the-inflexible-coach-in-barcelona-and-the-greek-dreams-that-slipped-away https://www.talkbasket.net/102809-rony-seikaly-iii-the-inflexible-coach-in-barcelona-and-the-greek-dreams-that-slipped-away#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2020 12:57:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102809 In the third and final part of his interview with TalkBasket.net, Rony Seikaly explores the last chapter of his basketball career: his return to Europe in order to bolster FC Barcelona’s roster in the 2000-2001 campaign. The diametrically different views on how the Lebanese/American center should be used by his coach, legendary Aito Garcia Reneses, […]

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Rony Seikaly (III): The “inflexible” coach in Barcelona and the Greek dreams that slipped away

In the third and final part of his interview with TalkBasket.net, Rony Seikaly explores the last chapter of his basketball career: his return to Europe in order to bolster FC Barcelona’s roster in the 2000-2001 campaign.

The diametrically different views on how the Lebanese/American center should be used by his coach, legendary Aito Garcia Reneses, caused intense and eventually irreparable friction between them that resulted in Seikaly leaving the team in November. That was the last the basketball world would ever see of him. Three Spanish ACB and four Euroleague games was all he got to play, including a win over London Towers that paved his way to the exit. Although he averaged 17.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in his first three international games with Barca, the fourth turned out to be a disaster: 12 minutes, 4 turnovers, 0 points led Rony to the bench – from which he was never to return- at the 22nd minute.

It was evident that from that point on, the 35-year-old had no intention of staying with the Spanish side. The club asked him to apologize, after failing to show up at one practice session and an ACB game. This was the end of a 12-year-long pro career for Seikaly, who would later go on to become a businessman and a world renowned DJ-producer. Recounting his days with Reneses in Barcelona, the retired player holds no punches with regards to being subjected to the demands of an “inflexible and stubborn coach”, who “was absolutely horrible for the way I played” and “treated his players like kids”.

Is that all? Of course not. Throughout his time in the NBA -and prior to it- the 6’10” center had been linked to various teams from Greece that were reportedly interested in him. Contrary to the popular belief, Seikaly reveals that the only official offer he ever received from a Greek club was AEK Athens in 1988, a few days before his NBA dream would come true. Panathinaikos BC had always been in touch with him, but the fact that Rony was on NBA contracts and the “Greens” used to rely mostly on bigs with European experience (Vrankovic, Radja, Rebraca) rendered the idea of signing him almost infeasible.

And if this particular goal he did manage to fulfill, the same cannot be said about his aim to wear the blue-and-white jersey of the Greek National Team. Rony had been practising for three years (1983-86) with Greece, but there were some insuperable bureaucratic procedures that sank the whole project of him obtaining the citizenship and being able to play with the team that won gold at the 1987 Athens Eurobasket. Apart from becoming FIBA World Champion as a Syracuse student in 1986 with the USA squad (featuring future NBA stars Charles and Kenny Smith, David Robinson, Sean Elliott, Muggsy Bogues and Steve Kerr), Seikaly also played for the Lebanese NT at the WABA Championship in 1999 with rather impressive results.

If the first part was about Lebanon and music and the second touched on current topics in the NBA, such as the GOAT debate and Luka Doncic, the third is all about the international basketball career that Rony enjoyed – to a greater or lesser extent.

In this respect, his view on Pau Gasol and especially Nikos Galis, is particularly relevant. Galis, a Naismith HOF member, is widely regarded as one of the best international players of all time who did not play in the NBA. He was the No.68 pick in the 1979, but the Boston Celtics never signed him, a fact that the legendary Red Auerbach reportedly called “the single biggest mistake in my career”. Galis and Seikaly never played together in an official game, but Rony found then-youngsters Pau Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro (both 20) in Barcelona, plus an ever-ascending Sarunas Jasikevicius who recently came back as the team’s head coach.

Without further ado, we present you Rony Seikaly Part III.

Q: In an interview with a Spanish newspaper in 2000, you said: “If I were to compare the NBA to the Spanish League, I would drive myself crazy. They are two completely different worlds”. Do you have the same opinion now?

A: Yes, they are completely different because in the NBA players are treated as professionals. In the Euroleague, they’re treated as college players. They have to share the same room and always be together. There is no private jets. You just go back to the airport terminal like everybody else. It’s a different world. In the NBA, you’re responsible for your actions when you’re on the court, but outside of it you can do whatever the hell you want. Dennis Rodman would never be able to play in Europe because everything is so structured. When I went to Barcelona in 2000, being told that the team is practising twice a day was something I didn’t expect. In the NBA, you practise once a day, except if you’re at training camp.

Q: Did you get the impression that coaches in Europe are bigger than athletes?

A: I believe that they have more power than coaches in the US. They have a certain system in a certain way, regardless of what talent there is on their team. In the NBA, if you’ve got players that do things better than others, they will change the way offense is being set up or the way you get the ball. They will try to increase your effectiveness. In Europe, you’re just a number that has to fill the role in the system. That was the case when I played.

I had a coach in Barcelona who was absolutely horrible for the way I played. First of all, he treated players like kids. My strength was always to be under the basket and he wanted me to be by the three-point line. I had absolutely nothing to do over there because I’m not a three-point shooter, but an inside player. I went to Barcelona because I thought that the coach would use me properly, knowing that I had a broken foot – in the sense that he would get me into a position where I could help the team.

Those things happen if you are inflexible as a coach and very stubborn. Aito had a rotation, where every player got pulled out after 5-6 minutes, regardless of whether he was on fire. Sometimes, you need a couple of minutes to get going. If you get pulled out too early, you start losing your confidence because you’re not given the chance to redeem yourself. To me, he was super rigid and his system could work only with European players who understood it. For somebody who comes from the NBA, it seems like going back to the days of being a kid. It doesn’t really work. I would score three baskets in the first four minutes and then I would sit on the bench wondering why I got pulled out.

Q: Did you get any advice or info before signing with Barcelona?

A: The doctor told me that I couldn’t play basketball anymore. To him, a had a career-ending injury. I trained and kept working my ass off because I wanted to prove him wrong and come back. But the pain was so bad after games and practices that I figured that the only way was to go to a team in Europe. I wanted to go to a good one, so that I could be a piece to the puzzle and not have all the pressure on me; because I wasn’t going to be able to deliver. Two-three years before my injury, I could have gone to any club in Europe and take on the responsibility of carrying it through European Championships. When you’re going to a big team, you know that you’re going to play with other good players. In smaller teams, you have to do everything yourself because you are the superstar.

In Barcelona, I was never put in a position to succeed. I was really playing in pain and I thought: “If I can’t help this team, there is absolutely no reason for me to stay there”. It wasn’t worth the pain. I would wake up at night to go to the bathroom and I had to hold on to the wall because I couldn’t stand on my feet.

Even though I would have loved to play in Greece to finish off my career, I didn’t talk to any teams from there. I thought that this injury was so bad that I wasn’t going to be able to play. So, I figured I should try in Barcelona first and if things worked out, I could go to a Greek team or wherever. It was like a test for me.

Then, I saw Aito run Barcelona like a college team. I was playing next to Pau Gasol and other great players. I really loved playing with Pau. I could just tell that his basketball I.Q. is very high. He had great hands, he could shoot the ball and whenever we played together I knew what he could do. He knows Aito and his system. For me, going to Barcelona after the NBA is like Pau Gasol leaving the league now and go play with an Aito-kind-of-guy.

Q: What was the story of Greek teams trying to sign you? Several reports had you negotiating with PAOK (in 1985 and 2000). In 1988 -before joining the Heat- you received a lucrative offer from AEK Athens and ten years later (1998) you were at Panathinaikos’s pre-season camp, where you reportedly expressed your wish to play for them the following season (1999-2000).

Seikaly greeted by – now defunct – Panathinaikos BC Vice President Thanassis Giannakopoulos during the team’s inaugural practice session on September 4, 1998 at the OAKA Indoor Hall. Photo Source: Newsports.eu

A: All those stories are myths. Obviously, I always had an open door to come back to Panathinaikos. It was my dream to play for them. During the summer, when I returned to Greece, I would practise with Olympiacos, PAOK, Panathinaikos, just to stay in shape.

As far as contractual stuff goes, the only offer I got was from AEK’s owner, Makis Psomiadis, in 1988. I got drafted by the Heat, I went back to be with my family in Athens and Psomiadis came to my house for a visit to tell me not to play in the NBA and go to AEK instead. I said to him: “Thank you for the opportunity, but I’m looking forward to playing in the NBA”.

From there on, a lot of teams told me: “You should come play with us”, but it was never formal. I had only verbal offers, like an invitation to play for PAOK or Panathinaikos. We never got to the details of a contract. It was my personal goal to come back and play in Greece because that’s where I started playing basketball. But my experience in Barcelona and the pain in my foot were so bad that I didn’t want to end up as the player who just comes and collects the paycheck.

Q: Just to get the record straight, when did you move to Greece from Lebanon?

A: It was in 1976 or 1977. My family moved to Greece first and then I went to boarding school.

Q: Did it feel somewhat ironic that you won a gold medal with Team USA in 1986, although you had been training with Greece?

A: I tried to play with Greece, but I couldn’t get the passport. I trained with the NT for many years and I really thought that at some point I’d play with them. But they never got me my citizenship. Otherwise, I would have played with Greece and probably I’d still be with them (laughs)!

Q: In the documentary about you released last year, you quoted your agent saying that if the Hornets had picked you instead of the Heat, you would have gone back to Greece to play. Would you?

A: Yes, that’s true. I would have played for Panathinaikos.

Q: How did you manage to play with both the US and the Lebanese NT?

A: I have a Lebanese passport and although I always thought that you’re not allowed to play for two National Teams, they (the Lebanese) said they asked FIBA for permission. Imagine that I played for Lebanon with a broken foot (in 1999).

Rony Seikaly with Team USA during the 1986 World Championships. Photo Source: Rony Seikaly Instagram page.

Q: We all know you’re a die-hard Miami Heat fan. How about Europe?

A: I love good teams and watching good games whenever they come along. I don’t watch too much because it’s not interesting to see everyone play all positions. I liked when players had roles. The point guards- like John Stockton, Steve Nash and those guys- were supposed to set up the team. The power forward is the one who gets the rebounds, sets the picks and finishes – like Karl Malone did. The small forward was the guy that slashed. It was more of a structured game, where you could follow players and know their strenghts and weaknesses based on their position. Today, although they are more athletic, skilled and can play multiple positions, it would be more fun if they had a defined role.

Q: Did you actually say that Nikos Galis wouldn’t have succeeded in the NBA because he was one-dimensional?

A: Never. I think Nikos Galis is one of the best talents to have come out of Greece. Obviously not on the level of Giannis, but for Europe he was a scoring machine and a super talented basketball player. I just don’t think his size would allow him to have been an NBA player at that time. He was smaller than everybody else and you also had to play defense. In the NBA, if you play for the right team, you have the chance to become a good player. If he had gone to the Celtics back then, he wasn’t going to be a good fit.

It’s like me going to Barcelona. Had I gone to another team in Spain, maybe I would have played 4-5 years there or anywhere in Europe because the system works for the way I play basketball. If Galis had gone to a team who was after a scoring point guard, he could have played in the NBA. Nikos was such a great player in Greece, the king of basketball. For him to come to the NBA and be a secondary player, I’m not sure that’s what he wanted anyway. Even if he made a team and averaged 12 points a game, he wasn’t going to be the king, like he was in Greece.

Q: How did you experience the 1987 Eurobasket final, sitting next to the Greek bench?

A: The year before I had played with the USA and won the gold medal. When Greece went to the finals, I flew to Athens to give them my support. I was dreaming that I was on the team. It’s one of the dreams that I had and I wasn’t able to get. My loyalty basketball-wise goes to Greece because had I been anywhere else, I’m not sure I would have had the opportunity to play the game at all. I owe that to Greek basketball because they were the ones that basically brought me up and put me in a position to succeed. My basketball nationality is Greek.

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Rony Seikaly (II): “Luka Doncic is the best white player ever – LeBron more like Magic than Jordan” https://www.talkbasket.net/102549-rony-seikaly-ii-luka-doncic-is-the-best-white-player-ever-lebron-more-like-magic-than-jordan https://www.talkbasket.net/102549-rony-seikaly-ii-luka-doncic-is-the-best-white-player-ever-lebron-more-like-magic-than-jordan#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2020 12:51:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102549 Apart from his connection to basketball and music, Rony Seikaly talked about some trending topics in the NBA in his interview with TalkBasket.net The GOAT debate, the Luka Doncic phenomenon, Europeans in the NBA and post players becoming extinct were some of the major themes of discussion. In particular, it is interesting that the words […]

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Rony Seikaly (II): “Luka Doncic is the best white player ever – LeBron more like Magic than Jordan”

Apart from his connection to basketball and music, Rony Seikaly talked about some trending topics in the NBA in his interview with TalkBasket.net

The GOAT debate, the Luka Doncic phenomenon, Europeans in the NBA and post players becoming extinct were some of the major themes of discussion.

In particular, it is interesting that the words of Kobe Bryant: “LeBron is more like a Magic Johnson” seem to resonate with Seikaly’s thoughts on the basketball identity of the 36-year-old superstar. Singing praises of Luka Doncic, on the occasion of his beyond-any-imagination NBA season, has become common practice over the last months. However, no one has gone so far as to call the Slovenian wonderkid an enhanced version of Larry Bird. Seikaly, having been a teammate of an early Pau Gasol at Barcelona, holds no reservations when it comes to the prospects of the Dallas Mavericks’ guard.

Moreover, the retired player refers to some of his best and worst experiences he got to taste as an athlete. The final game of the NCAA tournament in 1987, when Syracuse lost by one point (74-73) to Indiana in New Orleans, falls into both categories. Despite the fact that he did not get to play for a championship contender, Seikaly still wishes he could have relished the chance to be on a high-aspiring team, like the Chicago Bulls or the Utah Jazz.

Overall, for a guy who first touched a basketball in 9th grade and had never heard of a screen before he arrived at Syracuse, his trajectory definitely surpassed all expectations. Not winning a title or even an All-Star nod can be a bothersome mishap for an NBA veteran, who was the starting center in several teams and had to deal with the Hakeems, the Ewings, the Robinsons and the Shaqs that dominated the paint. But Rony had such a good time in Miami – where he stayed for almost half of his pro career- that no complaint can be uttered in this respect.

Q: Which was your best moment as a player and a DJ? Which one(s) would you call a nightmare?

A: Some of the best years of my life were the ones I spent in Greece as a young kid. Takis Koroneos got me to play in Panathinaikos. I haven’t seen him in the last 3-4 years, but he’s always in my thoughts. He’s the man who brought me to where I am. For me, practising with the team at such a young age and getting that experience set me up for my college and NBA years. Those years were amazing. Then, we got to the final game with Syracuse. Although the taste was bittersweet because we lost at the last-second shot, the journey to get there was one of the most amazing times of my life.

In the NBA, my years in Miami were amazing, watching the franchise grow, going to the play-offs against Michael Jordan and the Bulls. My worst years was when I was at the Golden State Warriors and everyone was injured. It was a waste of two years of my career because of all the injuries. The lowpoint of my basketball career was when I broke my foot during the Orlando Magic-Miami Heat game. I thought I was going to play another 6-8 years in the NBA and that was a career-ending injury.

Q: Is there really a GOAT debate for you or does Michael Jordan win all competition by default?

A: The GOAT debate is something that people have fun with, but when you’re comparing two great players of two different eras, it’s very difficult to make a call. We’re talking about two immensely talented players and we can go back and forth on who’s better, depending on whether you’re a fan of the 90s or of today. If you’re the latter, you probably don’t know what Michael Jordan did in the 90s and you would automatically think that LeBron James is the best player. If you grew up watching Kobe Bryant, you’d think that he’s the GOAT.

The debate is endless, but the only reason I’d give the nod to Michael Jordan is because he had more of an assassin mentality. If he smelled a little bit of blood, he would come after you and you were finished. It’s always the same with Mike Tyson. He was like a shark. LeBron is an extremely talented player, just as talented as Michael, but sometimes he’s more of a Magic Johnson when he has the ball; more of a facilitator and less of a finisher, like Michael Jordan was.

Michael Jordan tries to score against Rony Seikaly during a Miami Heat – Chicago Bulls game in 1990.

Q: Were you ever close to being traded from Miami to the Chicago Bulls?

A: Yes. It was just when Phil Jackson took over (1989). Had I gone to Chicago, I’d have six championships just by being on the same team with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. I had a great time in Miami and I don’t regret it at all, but looking back I wish I could have been on a championship team.

Q: In February 1998, your trade from Orlando to Utah seemed to be sealed. What happened next? Back then, you said Utah called the deal off because of your foot injury, they said you backed down.

A: I had broken my foot and I knew the damage that I did on myself. I knew that I couldn’t give them what they were looking for and therefore I told them I had lost almost half a second in timing. That’s a lot. I wasn’t physically able to help them. Otherwise, I would have gone there. But I didn’t want to cheat them. It was my decision.

Q: Apart from the lifestyle, what else attracted you to Miami?

A: The fact that it was a new franchise, the weather, everything that had to do with Miami. Sometimes, you go to a city and everything feels amazing. I had a connection with the city and I wanted to be there. It reminded me of being in Athens, next to the water. I love living near the sea.

Rony Seikaly with the Orlando Magic. Photo Source: exnba.com

Q: Which NBA or overseas player reminds you of yourself?

A: (sighs) I have no idea, honestly. No one plays with their back to the basket anymore. I played in an era when big men played like that and you got double-teamed. Now, it’s all pick’n’roll, face the basket and jumpshots. The only big that plays with his back to the basket is DeMarcus Cousins – and Joel Embiid a little bit. My forte was to eat up the guys inside, not to settle for jumpshots. I wanted to either get a foul or score a basket. For me, jumpshots are for guards. Hopefully, the game will go back to people dominating in the inside and passing it out for a wide-open three instead of big men shooting.

Q: Do you see Luka Doncic as the player capable of changing the narrative on Europeans in the NBA?

A: Luka Doncic is one in a million. I think that he’s the best white player to ever play the game, regardless of being European. Period. He’s Larry Bird 2.0. To me, LeBron James is Magic Johnson 2.0 and Luka Doncic is a more modern version of the way Larry Bird played. I’m talking about him as a basketball player and a pure talent, not in terms of wins and championships. Now, in order to be the best player, you’ll have to back it up with multiple championships, like Larry Bird has. To get into the conversation with him, you’d better have 4-5 championships under your belt. That would staple him as the best player in the world. I think Luka is a combination of Bird and Pete Maravich.

Q: Is his story really an example of how great overseas talent can be underestimated or overlooked by GMs, TV commentators, experts, scouters etc?

A: This is understandable because of all the European players that have been superstars in their leagues, but not as effective in the NBA. Pau Gasol was effective both in Europe and the NBA, but he isn’t mentioned in the same category as Larry Bird, as one of the best basketball players in the world. Even when I heard about Luka Doncic playing for Real Madrid, my first thought was: “He’s playing in Europe”. When he won the Euroleague with Madrid, I was like: “Wow, this kid is really good! I wonder what he will do in the NBA”.

Then, he came in and started playing exactly like he was playing in Europe- and even better. The game comes very easy to him. Regardless of who’s guarding him, he’s going to set himself up. I believe that if Luka wanted to score 30 points on average in Euroleague, he would do it. In Europe, it’s a different brand of basketball. You have to make 2-3 passes to get an open shot, whereas in the NBA you can go one-on-one a lot more.

Q: Who was the best European player of your time in the NBA?

A: I think (Drazen) Petrovic. But he was a one-dimensional player, an incredible scorer who could shoot the hell out of the ball. On the other hand, Luka is an all-around player who has made multiple triple-doubles in the NBA. It’s insane!

In the final segment of the interview, Rony Seikaly looks back on his international career with FC Barcelona, the US and Lebanese NTs, but not (alas!) with his favorite teams: Panathinaikos BC and the Greek NT.

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Rony Seikaly (I): “Playing music in Ibiza brought me back to my NBA days” https://www.talkbasket.net/102360-rony-seikaly-i-playing-music-in-ibiza-brought-me-back-to-my-nba-days https://www.talkbasket.net/102360-rony-seikaly-i-playing-music-in-ibiza-brought-me-back-to-my-nba-days#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 10:38:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102360 Rony Seikaly is a busy man. The former NBA player, who always maintained a soft spot for music, has taken a place on the decks over the last twenty years, from the day he put an end to his basketball career. As a basketball star, DJ and businessman, Rony has enjoyed success in almost everything […]

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Rony Seikaly (I): “Playing music in Ibiza brought me back to my NBA days”

Rony Seikaly is a busy man. The former NBA player, who always maintained a soft spot for music, has taken a place on the decks over the last twenty years, from the day he put an end to his basketball career.

As a basketball star, DJ and businessman, Rony has enjoyed success in almost everything he set out to do. A longtime resident of Miami Beach, who loved the city at first sight, he had to change his schedule during the pandemic, but did not remain inert. Besides, he recently released a new EP on his label “Stride” named after his daughter Mila.

Apart from spending working hours in his studio, Rony also started a fundraising campaign for Beirut. The capital of Lebanon, where Seikaly was born in 1965, has been suffering from the aftermath of an explosion, which led to over 150 deaths, 7,000 injuries, $10 to $15 billion in damage and left an estimated 300,000 people homeless. Seikaly, who has contributed with $100,000, partnered with the NGO SEAL, a nonprofit organization founded in New York City by a group of Lebanese-Americans to take action against severe social and economic problems facing post-war Lebanon underserved communities. All funds raised by the campaign will be directed to shelter, food, medical support and rehabilitation in Beirut. The initial aim was to gather $1 million, but later the bar was set lower, at $600,000.

Rony was born in Beirut, but as an eleven-year-old child he had to move to Greece with his family because of the Civil War in which the country was immersed. At the age of 16, while attending the American School of Athens (ACS), he entered a shop owned by Panathinaikos BC great Takis Koroneos, who brought the young Lebanese to the attention of the Greek team. With the passage of time, Rony’s virtues on the court became apparent.

During a trip to the United States, he went in for a tryout at Syracuse University and ended up pursuing a professional career at the highest level on a sports scholarship. His future was in college and the NBA, despite different voices arguing that he stood no chance of making it in the NCAA. When all was said and done, Seikaly’s stint with Syracuse left an indelible mark. Before becoming a pro, he was a World Champion as a member of the United States NT in 1986.

Upon graduation, he had climbed to the first place in rebounds, second in blocks and fourth in total points in college history. At a time when not many international prospects triumphed in the States, Rony Seikaly saw the Miami Heat select him with the ninth pick of the 1988 NBA Draft. He was the first player in the history of both Lebanon and Greece to ever play in the league, in addition to being the first college draft pick of the Miami Heat. If history proved to be on Rony’s side, the same cannot be said about the injuries he had to endure throughout his career, especially in the final years of it.

In Miami, Seikaly found the perfect lifestyle and a team eager to give him the chance to flourish. From 1988 to 1994, he turned into a franchise player for a struggling team which had to wait until 1992 to clinch a playoff berth. In the meanwhile, Rony had already established himself as one of the dominant big men in the league, averaging steadily over 15 points and 10 rebounds per game.

On June 28, 1988 the Miami Heat made the first pick in team history, selecting Rony Seikaly with the 9th pick in the NBA Draft. Seikaly averaged a double-double in five of his six years with the team and won the 1990 Most Improved Player award. Photo Source: Miami Heat Instagram Page

In 1994, he was traded to the Golden State Warriors, an injury-plagued team at the time. His two years in Oakland were probably the worst he spent in any franchise during his prime in the NBA. Luckily, the Orlando Magic needed a starting center to replace Shaquille O’Neal and add more experience to a squad featuring veteran scorers such as Horace Grant, Nick Anderson and Dennis Scott. Despite turning in some of his best performances, Seikaly could not lead the 1995 finalists to the second round of the playoffs in 1997.

The NBA Most Improved Player Award winner in 1990 was once again traded amidst the season, this time to the New Jersey Nets. It was all downhill from there. A total 18 games played over two NBA campaigns was the result of a serious injury that Rony received playing for Orlando in 1998. The 6’10” center exited the league in 1999, holding career averages of 14.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. After taking a one-year hiatus, he returned to the basketball courts in 2000 for FC Barcelona, where he had a tumultuous relationship with coach Aito Garcia Reneses. This chapter of his career is analyzed in detail in the third part of his interview with TalkBasket.

In spite of his achievements in basketball, Seikaly has always had a flair and a passion for music. In all the cities where he lived during his time as a player, he had a music studio, where he created electronic themes. His love was Deep House and since he was a student in Athens, he knew that sooner or later spinning records and entertaining people with his tunes would be his future. Right after his retirement, Rony began to perform as a DJ, travelling to different parts of the world and gradually becoming a household (pun intended) name in another domain. At the same time, he broke into the real estate business as investor and developer.

Now, the 55-year-old recounts some memorable episodes and moments to TalkBasket.net. In the first part of our multi-faceted discussion, the retired player talks about his initiative to help Beirut stand on its feet, the political situation in his hometown, the recent NBA boycott and the way he experienced being on the court and on the decks for the most part of his life.

Q: How has the COVID pandemic affected you as a person and as a professional?

A: I’m tired, just like anybody else, of this situation. I’m hoping that we can get out of it soon. The first few months were good, since I got the time to sit back and do other things. It’s the first time that I couldn’t go to Greece in the summer, in 40 years. My sister has a house in Mykonos. Sometimes, I base myself in Mykonos and travel to other places from there. I miss having my life back.

Q: To what extent has it changed the entertainment industry, including music and sports?

A: The people that want to make money and live their life have been mostly affected. Others had the chance to sit out and be creative. The majority of the people have suffered, especially club owners.

Q: A month ago, you initiated a fundraiser to relief efforts in Lebanon. What’s the situation in Beirut right now?

A: The situation is terrible. My parents almost died, our houses are gone and there’s 300,000 people basically homeless. The government hasn’t done anything to help anybody. They’ve been in power for forty years. They run the country as if it were theirs. If the people in power shared a little bit of the aid they received from Europe instead of stealing the money that comes in, things would have been different. The government doesn’t want to step aside and let people who want to work for the country do their job. Right now, if I wanted to go to Lebanon, it’s difficult to do it because of travel restrictions. Of course, I don’t have a problem with anyone in the country.

Q: Are you satisfied with the response to the campaign until now?

A: Of course. I set a hard goal of $1,000,000 and right now we’re close to $550,000. I initially wanted to raise $ 500,000 but raising money is very difficult, especially since the country is very corrupt. It was a long shot, but until now about 800 people have donated money. It’s a wide range of very generous people that have nothing to do with Lebanon. We’re working with a group that makes sure that whatever is needed will go to the right persons.

Q: When will the funds be distributed to the NGOs? Is there a time limit for donations?

A: I left it open for people to donate in order to get as much as we can. I know many are suffering and it’s our duty to help. The main NGO that’s going to get the money in Beirut is in New York City. They have their own people in Beirut.

Q: Growing up in Lebanon during the Civil War, you had to deal with shooting, rockets and bombs exploding. How did that experience shape your personality?

A: This last bomb that destroyed our houses and almost killed my parents brought back memories of me growing up in the country. I almost died a few times in Lebanon during the Civil War. We used to go to Beirut with my family during the summer. If it hadn’t been for COVID, we would have been there this summer too. The bomb exploded less than a kilometer from my house and we could have been greatly injured. So, it hit home for me because it brought back ugly memories from the Civil War and the fighting. The unfortunate thing is that the same people who were in power then, are there now. We’re still stuck where we were forty years ago.

Q: What’s your view of the NBA temporary boycott and players asking for social justice? Do you think that the situation calls for radical action to take place?

A: This happened in the 60s, when athletes like Arthur Ashe, Kareem Abdul – Jabbar and Muhammad Ali stood up for equality. The players have done a great job of getting together, making sure that we don’t get stuck again for the next forty years. It’s time for people to be accepted, no matter what color skin they have. There are always mistakes and bad people in any situation. Some policemen are bad and racist, some are not. We just have to make sure that inequality stops. Being scared of getting stopped by the police is not fair to any human being.

Q: Do you think that basketball can promote changes that politics has been unable or unwilling to?

A: Absolutely. Sports and entertainment is always important in making sure that problems don’t come back again.

Q: Were you ever subjected to racism because of your origin? Do you have any stories to share?

A: Of course I was. Racism had always been thrown upon me throughout my NBA career, but that comes with the territory of not being a white or a black person. It’s an ugly and harsh reality that you have to deal with. I’ve had racial comments against me, like being called a terrorist, a camel jockey and anything you could ever imagine. I was a minority as a white guy playing in a black-dominated sport and also as a white guy. I’ve had it both ways.

Photo Source: Rony Seikaly Instagram Page

Q: How would you introduce/describe Rony the NBA player and Rony the DJ to those that don’t know you in either capacity?

A: It’s two different worlds. I’ve loved music since my days in Greece. I always had a club in my house and would play music for my friends, even for kids from other schools who were visiting Athens. I would charge them one-two dollars, so that I could buy a better sound system and put more lights. For me, sports and music went always hand in hand. Music was part of my life as an athlete. When I retired, I didn’t want the music side to be a public side because I play music for myself and my friends. I never wanted to be in the public eye for it. It took off on its own.

Music and sports are completely different polar opposites. Had I gone to music first, I would never have been an NBA player. However, the pressure of playing basketball has absolutely nothing to do with playing music in front of 5,000 people. In sports, you’d better deliver every night. There’s no choice of having a bad night, whereas in music you don’t have a press table criticizing every shot, rebound or play you make. In music, it depends on your feeling and what you think people are going to enjoy.

Q: For which of your accomplishments as an athlete and DJ do you pride yourself the most?

A: Playing at the highest level is an accomplishment itself. I’ll never forget the day I played against the Celtics and I saw Larry Bird and other players that I used to watch as a little kid. That was amazing. Before I became a DJ, I used to go to clubs in Ibiza and marvel at 5,000 people dancing. To come back and play music there brought me back to the days of playing in the Madison Square Garden, the Boston Garden or against Michael Jordan. That’s a blessing. Not a lot of people have the chance of accomplishing their dream.

Q: From your experience, which have been the most striking shifts in the way people enjoy (house) music in clubs and arenas over the last twenty years?

A: Over the last twenty years, house music has been fragmented to many different styles. Back then, if you played house you would satisfy a lot of people. Today, there are so many different genres within house music that people who are into minimal or techno won’t like the style.

Q: If “sports is love, music is passion” as you’ve said, one would think that after your career was over, you would become a coach, a manager, a GM or even an owner of a basketball team. Did the thought ever cross your mind?

A: Being an owner, yes. I loved playing the game and the actual competitiveness, but I don’t like anything else about it. Managing players and egos is not something I enjoy. As an owner, I would just be an investor, like a business transaction. I wouldn’t be on the hot seat again. For me, running a team day-to-day is not what I want to do.

Q: Former Miami guard Carlos Arroyo has taken a similar path as you, transitioning from basketball to music. He actually still lives in Miami. What piece of advice would you give to other ex-players who are aspiring DJs?

A: The most important advice I’d give them is “Be yourself”. If you copy somebody else, you won’t be anything. You have to be different and to play music that speaks to you. If it resonates with the people listening, that would be your style and people are going to start talking about you.

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Kobe Bryant: I would beat LeBron James one on one in my sleep https://www.talkbasket.net/102464-kobe-bryant-i-would-beat-lebron-james-one-on-one-in-my-sleep https://www.talkbasket.net/102464-kobe-bryant-i-would-beat-lebron-james-one-on-one-in-my-sleep#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 00:06:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102464 On May 2, 2010, in South London, a reporter asked Kobe Bryant who he thought would win in a one on one matchup between him, and LeBron James. Knowing Kobe Bryant’s killer mentality, his answer was not surprising at all, to say the least. “I’d win. That’s what I do. One on one… that’s easy […]

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Kobe Bryant: I would beat LeBron James one on one in my sleep

On May 2, 2010, in South London, a reporter asked Kobe Bryant who he thought would win in a one on one matchup between him, and LeBron James. Knowing Kobe Bryant’s killer mentality, his answer was not surprising at all, to say the least.

“I’d win. That’s what I do. One on one… that’s easy for me. Playing one on one is how I grew up playing. That’s my thing. LeBron is more like a Magic Johnson. Great passer, all-around game. At the core of me, I’m a one on one player. I’d do that in my sleep.”

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In remembrance of John Thompson https://www.talkbasket.net/101715-in-remembrance-of-john-thompson https://www.talkbasket.net/101715-in-remembrance-of-john-thompson#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2020 16:09:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101715 Longtime Georgetown University basketball coach John Thompson couldn’t hide on the court. He was a giant (6 foot 10) and loomed large on the college basketball scene as the determined leader of the Georgetown Hoyas. Thompson also didn’t hide his ideas. When he had something to say, he said it. John Thompson died at age […]

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In remembrance of John Thompson

Longtime Georgetown University basketball coach John Thompson couldn’t hide on the court.

He was a giant (6 foot 10) and loomed large on the college basketball scene as the determined leader of the Georgetown Hoyas.

Thompson also didn’t hide his ideas. When he had something to say, he said it.

John Thompson died at age 78 on Sunday. In recent years he worked as a basketball analyst on college broadcasts and also spent time as a talk-show host.

He will, of course, be remembered most for his successful run as the Georgetown bench boss, which included three appearances in the NCAA Tournament championship game (1982, 1984 and 1985). The University of North Carolina and Villanova defeated star center Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas in 1982 and ’85, respectively.

In between, Thompson guided Georgetown to a title in April 1984, beating the University of Houston, which featured another future Hall of Famer in Akeem (later spelled Hakeem) Olajuwon, 84-75 in Seattle.

The mindset of John Thompson

In The Associated Press’ game report, Thompson’s pride in his time was on full display:

“Hoya Paranoia is dead.

“Georgetown has nothing to fear anymore.

“Not that it ever really did, mind you. Georgetown’s NCAA championship basketball team wasn’t built on an adversarial relationship with anybody. It is the product of togetherness, under the tutelage of Coach John Thompson.

“ ‘We don’t need Hoya Paranoia,’ Thompson said Monday night after his Hoyas defeated Houston 84-75 in the title game at the sold-out Kingdome. ‘I have young men with personal pride and dignity … and if Hoya Paranoia makes us the way we are, somebody else better catch it.’ ”

The thrill of victory

In the aftermath of the championship win in 1984, Thompson reflected on what it meant to him.

“I’m extremely elated, because this has been an obsession of mine, to win the national championship,” he was quoted as saying in newspaper articles the next day. “I’d wake up from sleep sometimes thinking about it. Now I feel as if the monkey is off my back.”

He added: “I don’t want to be like (UCLA legend) John Wooden and win 10 of these. I just wanted to win one. He had to be an iron man to do what he did.

“Now I can concentrate on other things. I can think more about the kids and their needs.”

Successful run

From 1972-99, John Thompson’s Hoyas won 596 games and lost 239.

The Hoyas appeared in 20 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 24 straight postseason tourneys in all, including four more NIT trips.

As a result, Georgetown established a standard of excellence under Thompson.

A three-time Big East Conference Coach of the Year, Thompson was named the UPI Coach of the Year in 1987. The UPI accolade was presented from 1955 to 1996 in recognition of the top men’s basketball coach each year.

Four Hall of Famers — Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and Allen Iverson — played for Thompson at Georgetown. Ewing released a statement in remembrance of Thompson. The other ex-Hoyas stars also paid tribute to him in various social media posts.

Thompson’s influences

In a column he wrote after the 1984 NCAA Championship final, Steve Bisheff of the Orange County Register noted that Thompson played for two well-respected, defensive-oriented coaches during his time at Providence College and with the Boston Celtics.

“Dee-fense is what Thompson preaches,” Bisheff wrote. “If it isn’t entirely what won him the championship game, it is certainly what got him this far. And he rarely lets anyone forget it.”

Furthermore, Thompson’s comments added heft to that observation.

“I was very fortunate,” Thompson said, “to have played for coached like (Boston’s) Red Auerbach and Joe Mullaney, men who saw the joy and beauty of playing defense. And that’s what I try to convey to my kids.”

Which he did throughout his coaching career, and commanded respect in his chosen profession, as Thomas Boswell of The Washington Post observed.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Michael Jordan is not the greatest NBA player ever https://www.talkbasket.net/101560-kareem-abdul-jabbar-michael-jordan-is-not-the-greatest-nba-player-ever https://www.talkbasket.net/101560-kareem-abdul-jabbar-michael-jordan-is-not-the-greatest-nba-player-ever#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2020 04:04:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101560 Nearly four years ago, the NBA’s all-time scoring leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show”. He was asked what his thoughts were when he hears “Michael Jordan is the best player of all-time”. Here is his response: “Those people probably didn’t see Oscar Robertson play, and they didn’t see Jerry West play. People […]

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Michael Jordan is not the greatest NBA player ever

Nearly four years ago, the NBA’s all-time scoring leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show”. He was asked what his thoughts were when he hears “Michael Jordan is the best player of all-time”. Here is his response:

“Those people probably didn’t see Oscar Robertson play, and they didn’t see Jerry West play. People admire Michael’s extraordinary athletic ability, which is so obvious, and for me, they just think I’m someone who’s tall. They don’t think I’m working that hard at it, but I couldn’t do what Michael did, Michael couldn’t do what I did.”

After his statement, he reveals he feels he is “short-changed”, and says he gets unfair treatment in the greatest of all-time discussion due to the fact he was tall and “made it look easy”.

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Players that played with or against Michael Jordan who think LeBron James is better https://www.talkbasket.net/101130-players-that-played-with-or-against-michael-jordan-who-think-lebron-james-is-better https://www.talkbasket.net/101130-players-that-played-with-or-against-michael-jordan-who-think-lebron-james-is-better#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2020 20:06:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101130 Who’s better? LeBron James, or Michael Jordan? We can look at statistics all day, but let’s see what some former opponents, as well as a teammate of Michael Jordan’s opinion on who they would take. 1) Scottie Pippen Pippen appeared on ESPN’s First Take and was asked how close LeBron James was to catching MJ. […]

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Players that played with or against Michael Jordan who think LeBron James is better

Who’s better? LeBron James, or Michael Jordan? We can look at statistics all day, but let’s see what some former opponents, as well as a teammate of Michael Jordan’s opinion on who they would take.

1) Scottie Pippen

Pippen appeared on ESPN’s First Take and was asked how close LeBron James was to catching MJ. Here’s his response:

“The numbers don’t lie. He probably will never catch him in terms of MVP, but in terms of statistics, he’s right there. When you look across the board, not just scoring, check his assists, check his rebounds, he’s probably ahead of Jordan.”

2) Bill Laimbeer

Bill Laimbeer also appeared on ESPN’s First Take and was asked the question, “where are you on the greatest of all-time conversation?” His response:

“I’m very vocal. I think LeBron is the best player that’s ever played the game. He’s 6’8, 285 pounds, runs like the wind and jumps out of the gym. More importantly, when he came in the league from day one, he knew how to involve his teammates to win. that’s something Jordan had to learn for a long time. If you go by championships, obviously Michael Jordan has more championships, but I think LeBron, in any generation, would be doing what he’s doing right now. I firmly believe that he is the best basketball player in the history of the game.”

3) Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas appeared on Undisputed and was asked who he would pick, LeBron James or Michael Jordan. Here’s his response:

“I would pick LeBron James. If I’m trying to build a team, if you’re trying to win a series, I’m going with the brain.”

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LeBron James singing Happy Birthday to Kobe Bryant in 2008 https://www.talkbasket.net/100354-lebron-james-singing-happy-birthday-to-kobe-bryant-in-2008 https://www.talkbasket.net/100354-lebron-james-singing-happy-birthday-to-kobe-bryant-in-2008#respond Sun, 23 Aug 2020 18:53:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100354 The Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant would’ve turned 42 years old today.

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LeBron James singing Happy Birthday to Kobe Bryant in 2008

The Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant would’ve turned 42 years old today.

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Charles Barkley: I lost nearly $20 million gambling https://www.talkbasket.net/99867-charles-barkley-i-lost-nearly-20-million-gambling https://www.talkbasket.net/99867-charles-barkley-i-lost-nearly-20-million-gambling#respond Thu, 20 Aug 2020 05:22:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=99867 Charles Barkley is known for his crazy statements, funny comments, and bold predictions, but many do not recall his past issues with gambling. Charles Barkley appeared on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger”, and revealed that he has won $1 million four or five times before (in a single day). He says winning can be a […]

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Charles Barkley: I lost nearly $20 million gambling

Charles Barkley is known for his crazy statements, funny comments, and bold predictions, but many do not recall his past issues with gambling.

Charles Barkley appeared on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger”, and revealed that he has won $1 million four or five times before (in a single day). He says winning can be a gift, as well as a curse because it “gives you a great feeling”. The curse of gambling, however, is a lot of times you lose.

Sir Charles Barkley stated that he has lost a million dollars somewhere between “ten to twenty” times. If you do the math, that could range from $10-20 million dollars.

Barkley goes on to say he should have listened to his friends when he started winning and just left with his winnings. But instead, he kept playing, and sometimes this ended up costing him, BIG TIME.

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Jayson Tatum wanted the Phoenix Suns to draft him, not the Boston Celtics https://www.talkbasket.net/99787-jayson-tatum-wanted-the-phoenix-suns-to-draft-him-not-the-boston-celtics https://www.talkbasket.net/99787-jayson-tatum-wanted-the-phoenix-suns-to-draft-him-not-the-boston-celtics#respond Wed, 19 Aug 2020 18:41:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=99787 Jayson Tatum appeared on Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes’ podcast, “All the Smoke”, and revealed something interesting. Prior to the NBA draft, Tatum’s agent called and told him that the Boston Celtics had traded their pick and moved to third and that they wanted him to come workout with them. Tatum already had his mindset […]

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Jayson Tatum wanted the Phoenix Suns to draft him, not the Boston Celtics

Jayson Tatum appeared on Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes’ podcast, “All the Smoke”, and revealed something interesting.

Prior to the NBA draft, Tatum’s agent called and told him that the Boston Celtics had traded their pick and moved to third and that they wanted him to come workout with them. Tatum already had his mindset on going to Phoenix after visiting and hanging out with the coaching staff, and touring the city. Tatum’s statement:

“Nah, I don’t wanna go to Boston. I like it out here in Phoenix. The weather’s nice… I wanna go to Phoenix.”

If not for Tatum’s mother and his college coach (Coach K), he wouldn’t have attended the workout with Boston. He says Coach K told him that “Brad Stevens was a great coach and he would learn a lot”, which changed his mind. If not for these two, imagine what the Phoenix Suns could’ve potentially looked like. Tatum could’ve partnered with Devin Booker. Two box office players who could have turned the franchise around.

What if.

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How the best ever Sacramento Kings team missed NBA Finals, then deteriorated https://www.talkbasket.net/99218-how-the-best-ever-sacramento-kings-team-missed-nba-finals-then-deteriorated https://www.talkbasket.net/99218-how-the-best-ever-sacramento-kings-team-missed-nba-finals-then-deteriorated#respond Sun, 16 Aug 2020 18:04:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=99218 In early 2002, the Sacramento Kings looked like they might be the next NBA dynasty. They were well on their way to the Finals, and as the rival Los Angeles Lakers came apart, the Kings were poised to take over. And then … things happened. First came the notorious, controversial end to the 2002 Western […]

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How the best ever Sacramento Kings team missed NBA Finals, then deteriorated

In early 2002, the Sacramento Kings looked like they might be the next NBA dynasty. They were well on their way to the Finals, and as the rival Los Angeles Lakers came apart, the Kings were poised to take over.

And then … things happened. First came the notorious, controversial end to the 2002 Western Conference Finals against those Lakers. Then came an injury to Sacramento’s star, Chris Webber. Then came some bad feelings, some bad moves, and eventually some really bad basketball.

This starts as the story of a perfectly built team running into misfortune when it should have been peaking. It becomes a story of that perfect creation crumbling into pieces, with no clear plan to rebuild. This one hurts:

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Young LeBron James wears Bulls jersey while watching prime Tracy McGrady (VIDEO) https://www.talkbasket.net/99201-young-lebron-james-wears-bulls-jersey-while-watching-prime-tracy-mcgrady-video https://www.talkbasket.net/99201-young-lebron-james-wears-bulls-jersey-while-watching-prime-tracy-mcgrady-video#respond Sun, 16 Aug 2020 07:02:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=99201 In April 2003 a couple months before becoming the number one picks in the 2003 NBA Draft, a young LeBron James attended a playoff game between the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic. It was Game 1 of the first round. LeBron, dressed in Chicago Bulls jersey, was excited to see Magic’s Tracy McGrady break the […]

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Young LeBron James wears Bulls jersey while watching prime Tracy McGrady (VIDEO)

In April 2003 a couple months before becoming the number one picks in the 2003 NBA Draft, a young LeBron James attended a playoff game between the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic. It was Game 1 of the first round.

LeBron, dressed in Chicago Bulls jersey, was excited to see Magic’s Tracy McGrady break the tough Pistons’ defense.

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The Day LaMelo, Lonzo, and LiAngelo Ball Almost Died https://www.talkbasket.net/96950-the-day-lamelo-lonzo-and-liangelo-ball-almost-died https://www.talkbasket.net/96950-the-day-lamelo-lonzo-and-liangelo-ball-almost-died#respond Thu, 30 Jul 2020 00:42:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96950 In an interview with Bleacher Report, LaMelo Ball told a story about an instance that occurred during his childhood that almost cost him his life. During an afternoon in a rough neighborhood in Los Angeles, Ball remembers shooting on a side goal away from everybody else watching his brothers, Lonzo and LiAngelo. All of a […]

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The Day LaMelo, Lonzo, and LiAngelo Ball Almost Died

In an interview with Bleacher Report, LaMelo Ball told a story about an instance that occurred during his childhood that almost cost him his life. During an afternoon in a rough neighborhood in Los Angeles, Ball remembers shooting on a side goal away from everybody else watching his brothers, Lonzo and LiAngelo.

All of a sudden, a fight broke out. He remembers a man saying “Alright alright, imma be back.” The man returned to the gym with a black hoodie carrying a gun and “shot the whole gym up.” He says the only thing he heard was “pop pop pop pop.” In a split second, he recalls his father scooping him up, along with his three brothers, and carrying them out of the gym.

LaVar Ball may get a ton of heat in the media, but when it comes to being a father, there is nothing you can say.

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Story of Manu Ginobili: A kid from Bahia Blanca, Argentina https://www.talkbasket.net/96778-story-of-manu-ginobili-a-kid-from-bahia-blanca-argentina https://www.talkbasket.net/96778-story-of-manu-ginobili-a-kid-from-bahia-blanca-argentina#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2020 16:23:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96778 A 4-time NBA champion, 2-time NBA All-Star, 2008 NBA Sixth Man of the Year and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Manu Ginobili comes from a family of basketball players. Ginobili made his professional debut in the Argentine basketball league for the Andino Sport Club of La Rioja in the 1995–96 season and was traded to Estudiantes […]

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Story of Manu Ginobili: A kid from Bahia Blanca, Argentina

A 4-time NBA champion, 2-time NBA All-Star, 2008 NBA Sixth Man of the Year and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Manu Ginobili comes from a family of basketball players.

Ginobili made his professional debut in the Argentine basketball league for the Andino Sport Club of La Rioja in the 1995–96 season and was traded to Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca the next year. He played with his hometown team until 1998:

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Freshly unearthed footage of Michael Jordan dunking from a free-throw line in 1990 https://www.talkbasket.net/96079-freshly-unearthed-footage-of-michael-jordan-dunking-from-a-free-throw-line-in-1990 https://www.talkbasket.net/96079-freshly-unearthed-footage-of-michael-jordan-dunking-from-a-free-throw-line-in-1990#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2020 12:32:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96079 Here’s a footage of Michael Jordan in action:

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Freshly unearthed footage of Michael Jordan dunking from a free-throw line in 1990

Here’s a footage of Michael Jordan in action:

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Yao Ming retired on this date in 2011 https://www.talkbasket.net/95902-yao-ming-retired-on-this-date-in-2011 https://www.talkbasket.net/95902-yao-ming-retired-on-this-date-in-2011#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2020 00:13:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95902 Yao Ming announced his retirement from the NBA on this date nine years ago. The big man from China lived up to the incredible hype that surrounded him but retired at just 30-years-old because of foot injuries. The Houston Rockets selected Yao with the first pick of the 2002 NBA Draft. He put on a […]

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Yao Ming retired on this date in 2011

Yao Ming announced his retirement from the NBA on this date nine years ago.

The big man from China lived up to the incredible hype that surrounded him but retired at just 30-years-old because of foot injuries.

The Houston Rockets selected Yao with the first pick of the 2002 NBA Draft. He put on a show in a game against Shaquille O’Neal and the Los Angeles Lakers in his rookie season. He finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, including multiple blocks against O’Neal.

Yao became a dominant force on both ends of the court. He was very skilled and athletic despite being 7’6 and 310 pounds.

Yao was an All-Star in all eight of the seasons he played in the NBA. He retired averaging 19 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. He also played well in the postseason, averaging 19.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.5 bocks per game, in 28 playoff games.

Yao was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016. A few months later the Rockets retired his No. 11 jersey.

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LeBron James’ Most Iconic Blocks https://www.talkbasket.net/95700-lebron-james-most-iconic-blocks https://www.talkbasket.net/95700-lebron-james-most-iconic-blocks#respond Sat, 18 Jul 2020 15:03:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95700 “Blocked by James!” is synonymous with some of the most iconic plays in LeBron James’ career. Everyone remembers Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. But what is your favorite James block of all-time? Here’s a look back at some of James’ best blocks from his entire career:

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LeBron James’ Most Iconic Blocks

“Blocked by James!” is synonymous with some of the most iconic plays in LeBron James’ career. Everyone remembers Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

But what is your favorite James block of all-time? Here’s a look back at some of James’ best blocks from his entire career:

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Lionel ‘L-Train’ Simmons named to MAAC’s 40th anniversary team https://www.talkbasket.net/95453-lionel-l-train-simmons-named-to-maacs-40th-anniversary-team https://www.talkbasket.net/95453-lionel-l-train-simmons-named-to-maacs-40th-anniversary-team#respond Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:25:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95453 More than 30 years after he played his final game for La Salle University, Lionel “L-Train” Simmons is being honored again for his sensational college career. On July 7, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced its 40th anniversary men’s basketball team, celebrating its history and recognizing numerous great players who have competed in the conference […]

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Lionel ‘L-Train’ Simmons named to MAAC’s 40th anniversary team

More than 30 years after he played his final game for La Salle University, Lionel “L-Train” Simmons is being honored again for his sensational college career.

On July 7, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced its 40th anniversary men’s basketball team, celebrating its history and recognizing numerous great players who have competed in the conference since its inception. In announcing its 40th anniversary team, the MAAC included players from schools that are no longer affiliated with the conference. Former MAAC schools include La Salle, Army, Fordham and Holy Cross. La Salle now comletes in the Atlantic-10 Conference.

Lionel Simmons is the conference’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. The 1989-90 NCAA Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Award winner his senior year, L-Train also holds this distinction: He became the first NCAA player to put more than 3,000 points (3,217) on the board and snare more than 1,000 rebounds (1,429).

When he was a college senior, joined the exclusive 3,000-point club. Other members before L-Train: Louisiana State’s Pete Maravich, Portland State’s Freeman Williams, Texas Southern’s Harry Kelly and Bradley’s Hersey Hawkins.

A look at Lionel Simmons’ legendary college career

In 2016, Lionel Simmons was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

A schoolboy legend in his hometown, Lionel Simmons starred at South Philadelphia High School before arriving at La Salle in 1986.

He made a profound impact on the Explorers program. Exhibit A: the team posted a 100-31 record during his four seasons at the MAAC school. He received the MAAC Player of the Year accolade three times. He was a consensus First Team All-American as a senior.

What’s more, La Salle competed in the NCAA Tournament in Lionel Simmons’ sophomore, junior and senior seasons. The Explorers retired his No. 22 jersey.

Simmons scored more than 20 points in each of his four college seasons. He finished his college career with the following averages: 24.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.9 blocks.

He aimed to emulate the stars

In February 1990, as his college career was winding down, Lionel Simmons spoke about how he studied other players.

“I think a lot of people growing up want to be like a certain player, emulating him in any way possible,” Simmons told The Washington Post at the time. “I tried to watch and take certain things from certain players and put it all together.

“I’ve always liked to pass — that may sound weird, with me scoring 3,000 points — but watching Magic (Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers), an unselfish player who’s willing to pass before he takes a shot and is perceived as being great because of it — I tried to take that. When Moses (Malone, formerly with the 76ers) was here, he was rewarded for being a rebounder, so I try to rebound as best I can.”

Career in the NBA

After leaving La Salle, L-Train played seven seasons for the Sacramento Kings (1990-97). The No. 7 pick in the 1990 NBA Draft, Lionel Simmons averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a pro.

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The Lakers traded Shaq to the Heat on this date in 2004 https://www.talkbasket.net/95331-the-lakers-traded-shaq-to-the-heat-on-this-date-in-2004 https://www.talkbasket.net/95331-the-lakers-traded-shaq-to-the-heat-on-this-date-in-2004#respond Tue, 14 Jul 2020 04:00:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95331 The Lakers traded Shaquille O’Neal to the Heat in a blockbuster trade. In exchange for O’Neal, Los Angles received Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Cook and a first-round pick. The trade signaled the end of O’Neal’s run with Kobe Bryant in Los Angles. No one will ever know how many titles the two could have […]

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The Lakers traded Shaq to the Heat on this date in 2004

The Lakers traded Shaquille O’Neal to the Heat in a blockbuster trade. In exchange for O’Neal, Los Angles received Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Cook and a first-round pick.

The trade signaled the end of O’Neal’s run with Kobe Bryant in Los Angles. No one will ever know how many titles the two could have won together if O’Neal hadn’t been traded.

Bryant led the Lakers to two more championships, in 2009 and 2010. Odom developed into a key player for Los Angeles and averaged a double-double during both postseasons.

O’Neal spent four seasons in Miami. He was an All-Star three times, led the NBA in field goal percentage twice and helped lead the Heat to a championship in 2006. He averaged 18.4 points, 9.8 rebound and 1.5 blocks per game during in the playoffs that year.

O’Neal didn’t spend many seasons with the Heat but they would not have won the NBA Finals in 2006 without his clutch play.

Miami retired O’Neal’s number 32 jersey in 2016.

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The Final Ring Episode 3: Celtics Pt. 1 https://www.talkbasket.net/95210-the-final-ring-episode-3-celtics-pt-1 https://www.talkbasket.net/95210-the-final-ring-episode-3-celtics-pt-1#respond Mon, 13 Jul 2020 11:58:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95210 It’s been 10 years since the Kobe Bryant-led Los Angeles Lakers won their last championship ring. And what a season it was. But this episode takes part before those 10 years:

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The Final Ring Episode 3: Celtics Pt. 1

It’s been 10 years since the Kobe Bryant-led Los Angeles Lakers won their last championship ring. And what a season it was. But this episode takes part before those 10 years:

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LeBron vs. Kobe: The Finals Matchup We Never Got https://www.talkbasket.net/95150-lebron-vs-kobe-the-finals-matchup-we-never-got https://www.talkbasket.net/95150-lebron-vs-kobe-the-finals-matchup-we-never-got#respond Sun, 12 Jul 2020 20:43:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95150 Every basketball fan loves watching the greatest athletes go head to head against each other. In 2009, two of the NBA’s most popular players of all-time were almost matched up against each other in the Finals. LeBron James won the Most Valuable Player award that year and carried the Cleveland Cavaliers to 66 wins and […]

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LeBron vs. Kobe: The Finals Matchup We Never Got

Every basketball fan loves watching the greatest athletes go head to head against each other. In 2009, two of the NBA’s most popular players of all-time were almost matched up against each other in the Finals. LeBron James won the Most Valuable Player award that year and carried the Cleveland Cavaliers to 66 wins and 15 losses. He averaged 28.4 points, 7.2 assists, and 7.6 rebounds per game that year. Arguably the greatest player of all-time, LeBron James, had a chance to play Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, but he had to go through Dwight Howard’s Orlando Magic in the Eastern Finals to get there.

The series went to six games and unfortunately for basketball fans, the Cavaliers were knocked out of the playoffs. Although King James went ballistic putting up 49 points in Game 1, 41 points in Game 3, and 44 points in Game 4, the Cavs were simply undermanned. The Cavaliers’ second-best player that year was Mo Williams, which is all you need to know. The Orlando Magic were a solid team. They had an inside presence, which the Cavaliers did not have and had shooters throughout their roster. JJ Redick, Hedo Türkoğlu, and Jameer Nelson were right there to knock it down whenever the Cavs decided it was time to double team Dwight Howard.

There are two main reasons why this would have been the most entertaining Finals matchup ever:

1) LeBron James and Kobe Bryant were both in their PRIMES

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are recognized as the game’s top players. In 2009, LeBron took home the MVP, but right behind him was Kobe Bryant who had the second-most votes. These two players are amongst the most popular players of ALL-TIME. They both have their fair share of hardware and are looked up to by millions which would have made the matchup a must-see.

Take a look at their incredible highlights from the 2008-09 season:

2) The Fans Wanted the Matchup

Here’s some examples:

LeBron and Kobe faced each other earlier in the 2008-09 season, and it was a spectacular showcase from each of them. This was also in the midst of the MVP battle and each player was trying to make their case of who deserves it. Check it out below:

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The Lakers acquired Wilt Chamberlain on this date in 1968 https://www.talkbasket.net/94850-the-lakers-acquired-wilt-chamberlain-on-this-date-in-1968 https://www.talkbasket.net/94850-the-lakers-acquired-wilt-chamberlain-on-this-date-in-1968#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 22:05:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94850 The Lakers acquired Wilt Chamberlain from 76ers in exchange for Darrell Imhoff, Archie Clark, Jerry Chambers and and cash. Chamberlain spent five dominant seasons with Los Angeles. He led the NBA in rebounds in four of those seasons and field goal percentage in three of those seasons. Chamberlain averaged 14.7 points and 21 rebounds per […]

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The Lakers acquired Wilt Chamberlain on this date in 1968

The Lakers acquired Wilt Chamberlain from 76ers in exchange for Darrell Imhoff, Archie Clark, Jerry Chambers and and cash.

Chamberlain spent five dominant seasons with Los Angeles. He led the NBA in rebounds in four of those seasons and field goal percentage in three of those seasons.

Chamberlain averaged 14.7 points and 21 rebounds per game in the 1972 postseason, helping the Lakers defeat the Knicks in the NBA Finals. He was named Finals MVP.

A few years after Chamberlain’s retirement in 1973, the Lakers traded for another legendary center, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar went on to win five titles with Los Angeles.

It’s safe to say both trades worked out very well for the Lakers. Both players now have their jersey numbers retired by Los Angeles.

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LeBron James made “The Decision” 10 years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/94719-lebron-james-made-the-decision-10-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/94719-lebron-james-made-the-decision-10-years-ago-today#respond Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:54:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94719 LeBron James made “The Decision” on ESPN exactly 10 years ago. He announced he would be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat. Angry Cavs fans burned his jerseys, while fans in Miami rejoiced. The Cavs became the worst team in the NBA and Miami became title […]

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LeBron James made “The Decision” 10 years ago today

LeBron James made “The Decision” on ESPN exactly 10 years ago. He announced he would be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat.

Angry Cavs fans burned his jerseys, while fans in Miami rejoiced. The Cavs became the worst team in the NBA and Miami became title favorites. Cleveland’s woeful season without James allowed them to select Kyrie Irving with the first pick of the 2011 NBA Draft.

It was a landmark moment, that shook the NBA. James led the Heat to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances, winning two of them. After losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals, he decided to return to Cleveland and teamed up with Irving to lead the Cavs to a championship.

With his dream completed, James saw an opportunity to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, and this year has a shot of leading them to an NBA championship. With the NBA restart looming, you are able to shake the game up and make it more interesting by taking advantage of the Paddy Power promotion codes that are on offer right now.

There were talks briefly about retirement, something that James has hinted about. He says that his kids play a huge factor in his final decision.

“I think later on in my 30s. It’s kind of up to my kids, really,” he said, per ESPN.com’s Dave McMenamin. “I’ve missed so much of my kids’ tournaments and things of that nature when I’m playing. So, it’s kind of up to them. They’ll let me know when they’re tired of seeing me go away.”

Until then, James has been playing slightly limited minutes but still maintaining his high level of play. He has credited trainers and advances in medical research for helping keep athletes in peak form longer. 

“I think with the science and the research and the ability to have multiple trainers and things of that nature and also guys taking the individual account of their own bodies, guys are able to play into their late 30s and some into their 40s, as you’re seeing today,” he said, per McMenamin.

James is one of the most physically talented athletes in any sport. He’s never missed more than 13 games in a season and figures to keep playing at an elite level for a long time.

And if James stays healthy, the NBA will await yet another big decision from him in free agency. Retirement? A third spell with Cleveland? Who knows..

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Patrick Mahomes as a basketball player https://www.talkbasket.net/94580-patrick-mahomes-as-a-basketball-player https://www.talkbasket.net/94580-patrick-mahomes-as-a-basketball-player#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:40:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94580 As the news on football superstar Patrick Mahomes agreeing on a 10-year deal with Kansas City Chiefs, worth a record-breaking $503 million, lately appeared, TalkBasket.net suggests you to remember a chapter in Mahomes’ sports career, when he played basketball. Would he achieved the same God-like status in basketball as he achieved it in football? What […]

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Patrick Mahomes as a basketball player

As the news on football superstar Patrick Mahomes agreeing on a 10-year deal with Kansas City Chiefs, worth a record-breaking $503 million, lately appeared, TalkBasket.net suggests you to remember a chapter in Mahomes’ sports career, when he played basketball.

Would he achieved the same God-like status in basketball as he achieved it in football? What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section below while watching his high school basketball highlights:

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When LeBron James gets Angry https://www.talkbasket.net/94546-when-lebron-james-gets-angry https://www.talkbasket.net/94546-when-lebron-james-gets-angry#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:15:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94546 You won’t like him when he’s angry:

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When LeBron James gets Angry

You won’t like him when he’s angry:

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WEIRDEST Free Throw Rituals in NBA History https://www.talkbasket.net/94392-weirdest-free-throw-rituals-in-nba-history https://www.talkbasket.net/94392-weirdest-free-throw-rituals-in-nba-history#respond Sun, 05 Jul 2020 23:44:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94392 Take an in-depth look at some of the weirdest free-throw rituals and ugliest free-throws in NBA history…

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WEIRDEST Free Throw Rituals in NBA History

Take an in-depth look at some of the weirdest free-throw rituals and ugliest free-throws in NBA history…

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The great Dusko Ivanovic https://www.talkbasket.net/94352-the-great-dusko-ivanovic https://www.talkbasket.net/94352-the-great-dusko-ivanovic#respond Sun, 05 Jul 2020 10:26:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94352 After winning the Liga Endesa title with Baskonia, coach Dusko Ivanovic once again has a championship added to his impressive list of accomplishments. Basketball is no doubt one of the biggest pastimes in the USA and Europe and gambling on basketball can no doubt boost your fix on one of our great sports. Like gambling, […]

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The great Dusko Ivanovic

After winning the Liga Endesa title with Baskonia, coach Dusko Ivanovic once again has a championship added to his impressive list of accomplishments.

Basketball is no doubt one of the biggest pastimes in the USA and Europe and gambling on basketball can no doubt boost your fix on one of our great sports.

Like gambling, Ivanovic has risked a lot, but has emerged as one of the true legends.

Here is a look at Dusko Ivanovic’s career.

Montenegro’s Holy Hand

At the end of the 1982-83 season, the list of the top scorers in the powerful Yugoslav League was: Dusko Ivanovic of Buducnost Podgorica, 603 points (27.4 ppg.); Drazen Petrovic of Sibenka, 561 points (25.5 ppg.); and Peter Vilfan of Olimpija Ljubljana, 535 points (25.4 ppg.). Granted, Petrovic was barely 18 years old, but he was already a star in the making and that same summer he made his debut with the Yugoslavia national team at the 1983 EuroBasket in Limoges and Nantes.

Born in Bijelo Polje, Montenegro, on September 1 1957, Ivanovic was almost 26 years old and was a clear standout.

However, he was stuck with the reputation of being “a good player, but only for smaller teams.” Nothing could be more wrong, and he wasn’t alone.

The story of Dusko Ivanovic the player starts at the end of the 1960s in his native Bijelo Polje. Not far from where he lived with his parents and his older brother Dragan, there was a basketball court. But the key moment occurred when some plastic backboards were installed to replace the old wooden ones. Following in the footsteps of Dragan, who was a couple of years older, little Dusko started to shoot the ball into the basket. Then, when Yugoslavia won the gold medal at the 1970 World Cup in Ljubljana, Dusko made up his mind: he would play basketball.

From the very first practices in the street to his first lessons at local club Jedinstvo, the best attribute of the young Dusko was his shot. He had a great touch and it didn’t go unnoticed. He was only 16 years when he made his debut in the first team for coach Bratko Ilic, who realized the great talent he had and took a leap of faith with him. At age 17, Dusko was already in the starting five; at 18 he was already on the radar of many big teams in Yugoslavia. At 19 years old, Ivanovic decided to try his luck with Crvena Zvezda, coached by Bratislav Djordjevic, father of Sasha. But during the preseason, at Zlatibor mountain, Dusko decided to leave the team.

“I didn’t like the atmosphere in that team,” Ivanovic said. “There was no camaraderie. Everyone did his own thing and I wasn’t very well received. I decided to move to Podgorica, so I could study law, even though coach Djordjevic tried to convince me to stay.”

Ivanovic signed for Buducnost, where he played with his brother Dragan, who had just come back from OKK Belgrade. The beginning was not easy, as coach Nikola Sekulovic didn’t trust young Dusko much. One day, a confident Dusko approached his coach. “I proposed a deal to him. He would put me on the court for 30 minutes during a game. If I didn’t play well, I would leave.”

Said and done. In the game against Mornar Bar, in the second division, Dusko scored 35 points and never left the starting five during the following nine seasons. That was the career-starter for this great shooter, one of the best in the former Yugoslavia.

Scoring lawyer 

When Buducnost reached the Yugoslav first division, in his first season with the elite, Ivanovic finished with an average of 24.1 points. In his second season, the one mentioned at the start of this post, he was the best scorer in the league with 27.4 points. The following four years he posted 22.6 points, 10.4 points (a season in which he didn’t play much due to military service), 26.8 points and, in his last wearing the Buducnost jersey, 27.8 points per game.

Despite spending much of his time training for basketball, Dusko Ivanovic was a good law student. He finished his degree in the expected time, four years, and then started working for the Podgorica town council. For three years, he was a player and a public worker. In 1986 he married Ljiljana, a medical student, and in 1987 his son Stefan was born. Everything pointed to a future in Podgorica.

When Ivanovic tried to play for Partizan, the club from Belgrade replied that it was not interested. Then came the call from Olimpija Ljubljana. Dusko went to the meeting alone, without an agent – something totally unheard of then in Yugoslavia. The club made an offer and Dusko explained his demands for a radical change in his life, but the sides did not agree, and he went back to Podgorica. He then got the call from Boza Maljkovic, who was at the start of a great project in Split with a Jugoplastika team full of talent.

“I saw a team with loads of talent, but too young. I was looking for an experienced player, a leader, an authority for the players, but also for the referees,” Maljkovic told me many times. “I chose Dusko and, luckily, he accepted. He was a key piece in the building of the great Jugoplastika.”

Maljkovic didn’t convince Ivanovic with money – Dusko himself says that it was “less than half of what Olimpija offered” – but rather with a splendid future. Both were aware that they had an extraordinary group of players on their hands. The first season, 1987-88, Jugoplastika played the Korac Cup and finished third in the group, tied with Cantu, but with a worse point differential. In Split, Jugoplastika defeated CAI Zaragoza 87-83 behind 18 points from Toni Kukoc and 15 from Ivanovic. It was Ivanovic’s first direct contact with Spanish basketball. On the benches were Ranko Zeravica for Zaragoza and Maljkovic for Jugoplastika, who had been collaborators for many years at Crvena Zvezda.

Jugoplastika won the 1987-88 Yugoslav League with overwhelming authority. Its regular season record was 21-1 and Dusko was its best scorer with 418 points (19.9 per game), in front of Dino Radja, Kukoc and Velimir Perasovic. In the playoffs, the team defeated Sibenka and Olimpija 2-0 and in the final series, the victim was Partizan, 2-1. With 139 points (19.8 ppg.), Ivanovic was again the top scorer on the team. Maljkovic had hit a home run as Ivanovic was the piece that made all that talent jell as a team.

In autumn of 1988, Jugoplastika was back in the EuroLeague, but nobody gave any chance to such a young team. It was, however, one of those times when talent, ambition and hard work defeated money to create a sporting miracle. The fact that Jugoplastika reached the Final Four in Munich was already a surprise and it certainly arrived as an outsider. In the semifinal, its victim was FC Barcelona with Juan Antonio “Epi” San Epifanio, Nacho Solozabal, Audie Norris, Ferran Martinez and company. The score was 87-77 thanks to 24 points from Kukoc and 20 from Dusko. Maccabi Tel Aviv was waiting in the title game and was also the big favorite, but Jugoplastika prevailed again, 75-69. Radja shined this time with 20 points, Kukoc added 18 and Ivanovic had 12. What Dusko Ivanovic meant to this team is explained by the fact that he was the team captain in only his second year there.

The following year, the same thing happened. Jugoplastika first won the national cup, then the EuroLeague in Zaragoza, and in the end, the Yugoslav League for a triple crown. In the national league, Ivanovic was “only” the team’s third-best scorer, behind Kukoc and Radja, two diamonds that had grown a lot at Dusko Ivanovic’s side. In the Zaragoza Final Four, Jugoplastika defeated Limoges in the semis 101-83 behind 24 points by Perasovic and 20 by Ivanovic, while in the title game the victim was, again, Barcelona. A 72-67 score gave Jugoplastika another title as Kukoc netted 20 points and three players contributed 12 apiece: Ivanovic, Radja and Perasovic.

Going abroad 

After 10 seasons in the first division – a total of 226 games and 4,551 points (23.3 ppg.) – Dusko Ivanovic was the 10th best scorer all-time in the Yugoslav League. With two EuroLeague crowns under the belt, his last chance to play somewhere else was approaching. Dusko was already 32, an age which is the end, or the beginning of the end, of many careers. But for him, it was just the start of the third phase of his career: playing abroad.

Since his law career had been set aside, he decided to continue with what he did best: scoring points. Ivanovic didn’t have many offers; the best one was from Valvi Girona, a humble team in Spain. On the other hand, the Spanish League was one of the best in Europe and an attractive country to live in. Also, his former coach and close friend Maljkovic was coaching in Barcelona. Their lives would cross again, something that would happen many more times in the future.

Not much time went by when it could be seen that the team from Girona had signed an excellent shooter. If Oscar Schmidt is the Holy Hand for his fellow Brazilians, Dusko Ivanovic was the same for Montenegro, a country that gave birth to many great players: Zarko Paspalj, Nikola Pekovic, Nikola Vucevic and Nikola Mirotic, among many others. He scored from everywhere with good numbers, he ran the breaks and he was a professional who set an example in every sense. On November 11, 1990, Girona won in Manresa 67-87 as Ivanovic netted 43 points! He made 20 of 25 two-pointers and 3 of 3 free throws. His performance index rating was 44. He finished that season with an average of 27.0 points and only Walter Berry was in front of him.

Curiously enough for such a great shooter, in Ivanovic’s first season in Spain, he didn’t shoot many threes and he wasn’t very accurate at that, 2 of 22. The following season, his numbers “plummeted” to 19.7 points per game, but his shooting percentage from behind the arc increased to 45% (34 of 76).

A back injury and surgery threatened to put an end to his career and Valvi did not renew his contract, so at the start of the 1992-93 season, Ivanovic was left without a team. He was about to turn 35 when an old friend called him up. Boza Maljkovic, already at Limoges, offered him a chance. Yes, it was a temporary contract to fill in for the injured Jure Zdovc, but Ivanovic used his chance. In six French League games, he averaged 16.4 points with good shooting percentages. Valvi decided to call Dusko back and his numbers were more than decent, 16.5 points. But Dusko himself admits that he was not the same player as before the operation.

The final stop 

For the 1994-95 season, Ivanovic was offered a contract in Fribourg, Switzerland, where at 37 years old he played a great season. He then came back to Girona to become the assistant coach of Quim Costa at Valvi, but he wasn’t renewed at the end of the season, so it was back to Switzerland. He became a player/coach at Fribourg and averaged 18.8 points. The Holy Hand was still in good shape. Of course, Fribourg won the league, and did so again the following two seasons, but with Ivanovic as only its head coach now. He was also the coach of the Swiss national team between 1997 and 2000.

In the summer of 1999, Ivanovic took another important decision in his life: he accepted an offer from Limoges to be the head coach there. It was not an easy decision. His wife, a doctor, had a job in Fribourg, the kids went to school there and they had formed a circle of friends. But he knew that if he wanted to become a good head coach, he would have to leave. Ivanovic spent only one year in Limoges and won the French Cup, the Korac Cup and the French championship. It was then when he got the call from Baskonia in Vitoria, a team with a strong project. The rest of the story is well-known. Two-time EuroLeague finalists, two Spanish League titles, four Spanish King’s Cups. Curiously enough, Maljkovic would later coach the team from Vitoria when Ivanovic was the coach at FC Barcelona. Both spent time on the bench at Panathinaikos as the Greens won their first continental crown with Boza and later Ivanovic stopped there after Barcelona.

With both of them plus Perasovic, Zan Tabak, Luka Pavicevic and Zoran Sretenovic also having been coaches, the great Jugoplastika of the late 1980s and early 1990s spread its knowledge of how to win all across Europe.

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Kevin Durant shocked the NBA when he joined the Warriors four years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/94321-kevin-durant-shocked-the-nba-when-he-joined-the-warriors-four-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/94321-kevin-durant-shocked-the-nba-when-he-joined-the-warriors-four-years-ago-today#respond Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:57:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94321 Kevin Durant announced that he would be leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Golden State Warriors exactly four years ago. The move was widely criticized as Durant had previously said he wanted to stay with the Thunder. The Warriors were coming off of a 73-9 season and had eliminated Durant’s Thunder in […]

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Kevin Durant shocked the NBA when he joined the Warriors four years ago today

Kevin Durant announced that he would be leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Golden State Warriors exactly four years ago.

The move was widely criticized as Durant had previously said he wanted to stay with the Thunder. The Warriors were coming off of a 73-9 season and had eliminated Durant’s Thunder in seven games in the Western Conference Finals.

As expected, the Warriors won back-to-back championships in Durant’s first two seasons with his new team, after he had repeatedly fallen just short with Oklahoma City. Last season Golden State missed out on a third consecutive title after he tore his Achilles and Klay Thompson tore his ACL.

Durant averaged 25.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game in his three seasons with the Warriors. he averaged 29.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.5 per game in the postseason while playing for Golden State. He was named Finals MVP in 2017 and 2018.

Durant once again joined a new team in free agency this offseason, signing with the Brooklyn Nets. He has yet to make his debut with the team due to his Achilles injury but is expected to be ready to play by the start of next season.

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Scottie Pippen: The Ewing Dunk https://www.talkbasket.net/94308-scottie-pippen-the-ewing-dunk https://www.talkbasket.net/94308-scottie-pippen-the-ewing-dunk#respond Sat, 04 Jul 2020 15:26:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94308 A 6× NBA champion and Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen discusses the Chicago Bulls’ bitter rivalry with the New York Knicks and one of the greatest dunks in NBA history:

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Scottie Pippen: The Ewing Dunk

A 6× NBA champion and Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen discusses the Chicago Bulls’ bitter rivalry with the New York Knicks and one of the greatest dunks in NBA history:

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How good was Toni Kukoc actually? https://www.talkbasket.net/94226-how-good-was-toni-kukoc-actually https://www.talkbasket.net/94226-how-good-was-toni-kukoc-actually#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2020 22:54:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94226 Croatian forward Toni Kukoc is one of the first and one of the best Europeans to ever play in the NBA. He was a key piece to the second threepeat of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in the ’90s, and he unjustifiably got snubbed from more screen time in the Last Dance documentary. But how good […]

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How good was Toni Kukoc actually?

Croatian forward Toni Kukoc is one of the first and one of the best Europeans to ever play in the NBA.

He was a key piece to the second threepeat of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in the ’90s, and he unjustifiably got snubbed from more screen time in the Last Dance documentary.

But how good was Toni Kukoc really, and how much he helped Jordan in the second threepeat – find out in the rest of the video:

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The New York Knicks and the “Curse of Kareem” https://www.talkbasket.net/94110-the-new-york-knicks-and-the-curse-of-kareem https://www.talkbasket.net/94110-the-new-york-knicks-and-the-curse-of-kareem#respond Thu, 02 Jul 2020 20:21:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94110 The New York Knicks were one of the best teams in the NBA in the early 1970s. They won two championships (in 1970 and 1973) and had the opportunity to build a dynasty. Center Willis Reed and power forward Dave DeBusschere retired after the 1973-74 season. Luckily for the Knicks, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wanted out of […]

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The New York Knicks and the “Curse of Kareem”

The New York Knicks were one of the best teams in the NBA in the early 1970s. They won two championships (in 1970 and 1973) and had the opportunity to build a dynasty.

Center Willis Reed and power forward Dave DeBusschere retired after the 1973-74 season. Luckily for the Knicks, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wanted out of Milwaukee after the 1974-75 season and New York was his hometown. He was 28-years-old and had already been named MVP three times and led the Bucks to an NBA title.

While the Knicks were his first choice, Abdul-Jabbar ended up going to the Los Angeles Lakers in a blockbuster trade. Los Angeles acquired Abdul-Jabbar and Walt Wesley in exchange for Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, Dave Meyers and Junior Bridgeman. The trade is one of the most lopsided in NBA history and the Bucks have not won a title since trading their star center.

The trade made sense for the Bucks at the time because Abdul-Jabbar wanted to leave, but it was surprising that he ended up going to the Lakers instead of the Knicks.

“I wanted to go to New York and play there,” said Abdul-Jabbar after being traded to the Lakers. “It’s been a dream of mine since I first started playing basketball: to play for the Knickerbockers. But the way things worked out the Lakers were very interested in having me come here and they made sincere determined efforts to get me here. They tried to make me feel at home and New York, this just wasn’t the case for them. So I don’t think its smart to go around people that don’t really want you. So here I am.”

According to Abdul-Jabbar, the Knicks were not interested in acquiring him. That decision has come back to haunt them.

Abdul-Jabbar is now the NBA’s all-time leader in points. In his 14 seasons with the Lakers, he helped lead them to five championships. He was named MVP three more times and was named Finals MVP in 1985.

Abdul-Jabbar helped the Lakers create a dynasty and a winning culture. The Knicks went in the opposite direction. They have not won a championship since 1973 and have repeatedly missed out on landing the league’s top players in free agency. They were rumored to be the frontrunners to sign LeBron James in 2010 but he signed with the Miami Heat. Last offseason they were rumored to be the preferred landing spot for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving but they chose to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.

The Knicks have become known for their dysfunction and have now gone 47 consecutive seasons without winning a championship.

Perhaps all of this could have been avoided. Perhaps the Knicks could’ve landed Abdul-Jabbar. Perhaps the Knicks, not the Lakers would have formed a dynasty in the 1970s and 1980s. It is now clear that the Knicks passed on one of the greatest players in NBA history and perhaps their struggles since then are the universe’s way of punishing them for that horrible decision.

It is also clear that Abdul-Jabbar has gotten the last laugh when it comes to the Knicks, who have now missed the postseason for the seventh consecutive season.

To this day, the “Curse of Kareem” is alive and well, and like the “Curse of the Bambino,” it is only getting stronger with each season that passes by.

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Magic Johnson on how he got his nickname https://www.talkbasket.net/94064-magic-johnson-on-how-he-got-his-nickname https://www.talkbasket.net/94064-magic-johnson-on-how-he-got-his-nickname#respond Thu, 02 Jul 2020 15:27:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94064 The Los Angeles Lakers legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson shared a story on how he got his nickname. It happened in his high school days as he was tagged “Magic” by a reporter after a triple-double game. The four-time NBA champion was a 15-year-old sophomore at Everett High School when he finished the game with 36 […]

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Magic Johnson on how he got his nickname

The Los Angeles Lakers legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson shared a story on how he got his nickname. It happened in his high school days as he was tagged “Magic” by a reporter after a triple-double game. The four-time NBA champion was a 15-year-old sophomore at Everett High School when he finished the game with 36 points, 19 rebounds, and 18 assists.

“The basketball season started a month or two later. We were picked to come in last again. We got off to a 7-0 start. Everybody was shocked. How is Everett High School undefeated? We then played the school, we blowed them out, who was supposed to be a powerhouse in the state of Michigan. I had 36 points, 19 rebounds, 18 assists. That was my first triple-double,” Johnson said on Literally! With Rob Lowe.

“Everybody said ‘oh my goodness, what a game by this young man’. So the sports writer came in and said ‘hey, because of that performance I got to you give a nickname’. He said ‘somebody’s already called “Dr. J”, somebody is already called “Big E”. I wanna call you “Magic”. So that’s how I got my nickname.”

Listen to the full episode of Literally! with Magic Johnson:

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JR Smith is BACK! BEST Highlights and CLUTCH Shots https://www.talkbasket.net/93760-jr-smith-is-back-best-highlights-and-clutch-shots https://www.talkbasket.net/93760-jr-smith-is-back-best-highlights-and-clutch-shots#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:25:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93760 Check out the best highlights, plays and moments by shooting guard JR Smith from the last 5 seasons:

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JR Smith is BACK! BEST Highlights and CLUTCH Shots

Check out the best highlights, plays and moments by shooting guard JR Smith from the last 5 seasons:

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Dikembe Mutombo Top 10 Blocks of His Career https://www.talkbasket.net/93675-dikembe-mutombo-top-10-blocks-of-his-career https://www.talkbasket.net/93675-dikembe-mutombo-top-10-blocks-of-his-career#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 20:49:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93675 Take a look back at the 2015 Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee, Dikembe Mutombo’s, best blocks throughout his NBA career:

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Dikembe Mutombo Top 10 Blocks of His Career

Take a look back at the 2015 Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee, Dikembe Mutombo’s, best blocks throughout his NBA career:

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Highest verticals in NBA history (feat. Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Vince Carter etc.) https://www.talkbasket.net/93392-highest-verticals-in-nba-history-feat-michael-jordan-lebron-james-vince-carter-etc https://www.talkbasket.net/93392-highest-verticals-in-nba-history-feat-michael-jordan-lebron-james-vince-carter-etc#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2020 14:20:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93392 In today’s video, the guys at Rebound Central take an in-depth look at some of the craziest bounces from NBA stars, and there’s no better place than to look at the dunk contest. The list includes well-known names such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Vince Carter, Nate Robinson, Zach LaVine and others.

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Highest verticals in NBA history (feat. Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Vince Carter etc.)

In today’s video, the guys at Rebound Central take an in-depth look at some of the craziest bounces from NBA stars, and there’s no better place than to look at the dunk contest. The list includes well-known names such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Vince Carter, Nate Robinson, Zach LaVine and others.

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Biggest “One Year Wonders” in NBA history (Lin, Evens, Dumas, Harris & more) https://www.talkbasket.net/93284-biggest-one-year-wonders-in-nba-history-lin-evens-dumas-harris-more https://www.talkbasket.net/93284-biggest-one-year-wonders-in-nba-history-lin-evens-dumas-harris-more#respond Thu, 25 Jun 2020 04:17:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93284 The NBA is one of the toughest businesses to survive even after a player has a career year. Injuries cost players entire seasons and sometimes their careers. Trades and roster moves take players from optimal situations to ones where their skills suddenly aren’t maximized. Sometimes, a player’s talent just disappears in the blink of an […]

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Biggest “One Year Wonders” in NBA history (Lin, Evens, Dumas, Harris & more)

The NBA is one of the toughest businesses to survive even after a player has a career year. Injuries cost players entire seasons and sometimes their careers. Trades and roster moves take players from optimal situations to ones where their skills suddenly aren’t maximized. Sometimes, a player’s talent just disappears in the blink of an eye. Biggest “One Year Wonders” In NBA History by Nonstop Sports:

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The San Antonio Spurs selected Tim Duncan with the first pick of the NBA Draft on this date in 1997 https://www.talkbasket.net/93279-the-san-antonio-spurs-selected-tim-duncan-with-the-first-pick-of-the-nba-draft-on-this-date-in-1997 https://www.talkbasket.net/93279-the-san-antonio-spurs-selected-tim-duncan-with-the-first-pick-of-the-nba-draft-on-this-date-in-1997#respond Thu, 25 Jun 2020 04:00:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93279 The San Antonio Spurs hit the jackpot when they won the lottery for the 1997 NBA Draft. They finished with a 20-62 record the previous season as David Robinson missed the majority of it due to a back injury. Even though three teams had worse records the Spurs won the lottery and used their pick […]

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The San Antonio Spurs selected Tim Duncan with the first pick of the NBA Draft on this date in 1997

The San Antonio Spurs hit the jackpot when they won the lottery for the 1997 NBA Draft.

They finished with a 20-62 record the previous season as David Robinson missed the majority of it due to a back injury. Even though three teams had worse records the Spurs won the lottery and used their pick on Tim Duncan, out of Wake Forrest.

The big man played four seasons at Wake Forrest and which led to a smooth transition from college to the NBA. He won rookie of year in 1998 and formed instant chemistry with Robinson.

The two led the Spurs to their first championship on June 25, 1999, exactly two years after Duncan was drafted.

It was the first of five championships for Duncan, who was named Finals MVP in three of them. He also was named regular season MVP twice and was an All-Star 15 times.

The Spurs dreams of a dynasty became a reality when they won the lottery and selected Duncan, who quickly became one of the most dominant players in the NBA.

He is San Antonio’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocked shots and games played in the both the regular season and postseason. He retired after 19 excellent seasons with the Spurs.

Duncan became a first-ballot Hall of Famer earlier this year.

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The Spurs won Game 7 of the NBA Finals on this date in 2003 https://www.talkbasket.net/93172-the-spurs-won-game-7-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-2003 https://www.talkbasket.net/93172-the-spurs-won-game-7-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-2003#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 23:56:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93172 The San Antonio Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons 81-74 at home to win the NBA Finals. The Spurs trailed by nine in the second half but Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan sparked a comeback. Ginobili scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half. He went 8-13 shooting and 5-5 on free throws. He […]

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The Spurs won Game 7 of the NBA Finals on this date in 2003

The San Antonio Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons 81-74 at home to win the NBA Finals.

The Spurs trailed by nine in the second half but Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan sparked a comeback.

Ginobili scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half. He went 8-13 shooting and 5-5 on free throws. He had the best field goal percentage of any of the starters for either team in the game.

Duncan had 25 points and 11 rebounds but struggled with efficiency. He went 10-27 shooting and 5-6 on free throws. He scored 14 of his points in the second half and was a force defensively.

Both teams played well defensively. The Pistons leading scorer was Richard Hamilton, who had 15 points. No one other than Ginobili and Duncan scored more than eight points for the Spurs.

Duncan was named Finals MVP.

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Derrick Rose ALMOST Missed NCAA Title Game Due to His Candy Addiction! https://www.talkbasket.net/93165-derrick-rose-almost-missed-ncaa-title-game-due-to-his-candy-addiction https://www.talkbasket.net/93165-derrick-rose-almost-missed-ncaa-title-game-due-to-his-candy-addiction#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 22:46:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93165 As a freshman, Derrick Rose’s candy addiction became an issue. His college teammate, Chris Douglas-Roberts said: “He eats Gummy Bears and Starbursts for breakfast, and Twizzlers and Honey Buns for dinner.” Douglas-Roberts said he and his teammates told Rose throughout the season to “stop eating so many Gummy Bears and Sour Straws, but he can’t.” […]

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Derrick Rose ALMOST Missed NCAA Title Game Due to His Candy Addiction!

As a freshman, Derrick Rose’s candy addiction became an issue. His college teammate, Chris Douglas-Roberts said: “He eats Gummy Bears and Starbursts for breakfast, and Twizzlers and Honey Buns for dinner.” Douglas-Roberts said he and his teammates told Rose throughout the season to “stop eating so many Gummy Bears and Sour Straws, but he can’t.” He added that “No one eats more Gummy Bears than him.”

The addiction became a concern the day of the NCAA title game against Kansas. John Calipari, head coach of Memphis at the time, said Rose’s “stomach was bothering him.” Rose suffered from a stomach ailment which forced him to miss the media sessions that day which drew concern from the public.

Rose fought through the struggles and despite the loss, he managed to put up 18 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. In 2010, Rose would address his sweet tooth by saying: “Everybody has their poison, mine is sugar.”

He would continue his battle with sugar because in January 2011, Rose would play against the Orlando Magic despite having TWO stomach ulcers. Thankfully, Derrick Rose now has his diet looked after and is trying to combat his sweet tooth day by day to prolong his NBA career.

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LeBron James high school moments https://www.talkbasket.net/93073-lebron-james-high-school-moments https://www.talkbasket.net/93073-lebron-james-high-school-moments#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2020 17:19:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93073 Take a look at LeBron James when he played for St. Vincent–St. Mary High School:

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LeBron James high school moments

Take a look at LeBron James when he played for St. Vincent–St. Mary High School:

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Hakeem Olajuwon led the Rockets to their first championship on this date in 1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/93033-hakeem-olajuwon-led-the-rockets-to-their-first-championship-on-this-date-in-1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/93033-hakeem-olajuwon-led-the-rockets-to-their-first-championship-on-this-date-in-1994#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2020 04:00:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93033 Hakeem Olajuwon led the Rockets to a 90-84 home victory in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The New York Knicks led the series 3-2 but the Rockets won back to back games at home. Olajuwon finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in Game 7. He played 46 minutes. Vernon Maxwell also […]

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Hakeem Olajuwon led the Rockets to their first championship on this date in 1994

Hakeem Olajuwon led the Rockets to a 90-84 home victory in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The New York Knicks led the series 3-2 but the Rockets won back to back games at home.

Olajuwon finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in Game 7. He played 46 minutes. Vernon Maxwell also had a big game, and finished with 21 points.

Patrick Ewing had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks. Derek Harper finished with 23.

New York was doomed by horrible shooting, especially from beyond the arc. As a team they went 4-20 on 3-pointers and John Starks missed all 11 of his attempts. He finished with eight points on 2-18 shooting. Olajuwon blocked his potential title-winning three at the buzzer in Game 6 and he never bounced back.

Olajuwon was named Finals MVP. He led the NBA in points per game in the postseason. He averaged 28.9 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks per game in 23 postseason games.

The following season he led Houston to their consecutive title and was once again named Finals MVP and he once again led the NBA in points per game in the postseason. He averaged 33 points per game in 22 playoff games in 1995.

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Dennis Rodman’s crazy season with the Lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/93001-dennis-rodmans-crazy-season-with-the-lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/93001-dennis-rodmans-crazy-season-with-the-lakers#respond Sun, 21 Jun 2020 17:12:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93001 Five-time NBA Champion, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman was a legend with the Chicago Bulls of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. On January 21, 1999, Rodman was released by the Bulls. And then he joined big man Shaquille O’Neal and young Kobe Bryant with the […]

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Dennis Rodman’s crazy season with the Lakers

Five-time NBA Champion, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman was a legend with the Chicago Bulls of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. On January 21, 1999, Rodman was released by the Bulls. And then he joined big man Shaquille O’Neal and young Kobe Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers. He played in only 23 games before leaving the team:

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LeBron James won his first title after a dominant performance against the Thunder on this date in 2012 https://www.talkbasket.net/92982-lebron-james-won-his-first-title-after-a-dominant-performance-against-the-thunder-on-this-date-in-2012 https://www.talkbasket.net/92982-lebron-james-won-his-first-title-after-a-dominant-performance-against-the-thunder-on-this-date-in-2012#respond Sun, 21 Jun 2020 04:01:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92982 LeBron James secured a triple double and his first NBA title. He led the Miami Heat to a 121-106 home victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Miami’s “Big 3” got the best of Oklahoma City’s “Big 3.” After the Thunder won Game 1, the Heat won four consecutive games. James finished with 26 points, 13 […]

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LeBron James won his first title after a dominant performance against the Thunder on this date in 2012

LeBron James secured a triple double and his first NBA title. He led the Miami Heat to a 121-106 home victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Miami’s “Big 3” got the best of Oklahoma City’s “Big 3.” After the Thunder won Game 1, the Heat won four consecutive games.

James finished with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. Chris Bosh had 24 points and Dwyane Wade had 20. Miami also got a boost from Mike Miller, who scored 23 points off the bench.

Kevin Durant had a big game for the Thunder, finishing with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Russell Westbrook and James Harden both scored 19 points.

The Heat were much more efficient than the Thunder. Miami went 40-77 shooting while Oklahoma City went 36-87.

The Heat led 95-71 after three quarters and coasted to the victory.

Despite Oklahoma City’s success, they decided to trade Harden to the Houston Rockets after the season. They have not made it back to the NBA Finals since 2012 and no longer have any members of their “Big 3” still on the team.

For Miami, James was named Finals MVP. He led them to another championship the following season and was named Finals MVP for the second time in a row.

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Gary Payton to Teammate: I’ll Kill Your Family https://www.talkbasket.net/92978-gary-payton-to-teammate-ill-kill-your-family https://www.talkbasket.net/92978-gary-payton-to-teammate-ill-kill-your-family#respond Sun, 21 Jun 2020 03:06:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92978 Gary Payton is known as one of the greatest trash talkers of all-time. Though in this certain situation, he probably would take everything he said back. During an altercation with Ricky Pierce (his teammate) in Game 1 of the 1994 NBA playoffs, things got extremely heated. You wouldn’t have expected such an outbreak due to […]

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Gary Payton to Teammate: I’ll Kill Your Family

Gary Payton is known as one of the greatest trash talkers of all-time. Though in this certain situation, he probably would take everything he said back. During an altercation with Ricky Pierce (his teammate) in Game 1 of the 1994 NBA playoffs, things got extremely heated.

You wouldn’t have expected such an outbreak due to the fact that the Seattle SuperSonics were steamrolling the Nuggets by 25 points going into halftime. But George Karl remembers vividly what happened.

He states: “Three years ago I didn’t see the first outbreak, but he and Ricky Pierce got into some kind of a discussion at halftime of the first Denver game, and they were threatening to get guns. The players told me they had guns in their bags. It was ‘I’ll kill your family.’ It was crazy.”

Gary Payton and Ricky Pierce’s hostile relationship continued through the series because in Game 3, Pierce was tired of Payton “taking too many shots” and said “he needed to pass the ball more.” Payton went on to say “if Ricky had a problem with me taking too many shots, he should’ve said something earlier.” Although they were up 2-0 in the series, the chemistry was falling apart and it showed in their play. The Nuggets pulled of a comeback and won the series.

Even to this day, no one knows exactly where the hostility aroused from.

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John Paxson’s clutch 3-pointer lifted the Bulls to their third consecutive title on this date in 1993 https://www.talkbasket.net/92936-john-paxsons-clutch-3-pointer-lifted-the-bulls-to-their-third-consecutive-title-on-this-date-in-1993 https://www.talkbasket.net/92936-john-paxsons-clutch-3-pointer-lifted-the-bulls-to-their-third-consecutive-title-on-this-date-in-1993#respond Sat, 20 Jun 2020 04:01:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92936 John Paxson’s clutch 3-pointer gave the Chicago Bulls a 99-98 road victory against the Phoenix Suns in Game 6. The victory clinched the NBA Finals, 4-2 for Chicago. Michael Jordan finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He was excellent in the fourth quarter. He scored the Chicago’s only nine points in the […]

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John Paxson’s clutch 3-pointer lifted the Bulls to their third consecutive title on this date in 1993

John Paxson’s clutch 3-pointer gave the Chicago Bulls a 99-98 road victory against the Phoenix Suns in Game 6. The victory clinched the NBA Finals, 4-2 for Chicago.

Michael Jordan finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He was excellent in the fourth quarter. He scored the Chicago’s only nine points in the quarter with the exception of Paxson’s 3-pointer.

The Bulls got possession of the ball down 98-96 and the Suns defense collapsed on Jordan. That left Paxson wide open for three. He knocked down the go-ahead shot with 3.9 seconds remaining.

Phoenix had one last chance but Horace Grant swatted away Kevin Johnson’s jumper at the buzzer.

Grant had just one point but made the game’s most important defensive play. Scottie Pippen also played well for the Bulls, finishing with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

Charles Barkley finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Suns. Johnson finished with 19 points and 10 assists.

The Bulls went 10-14 on 3-pointers, while the Suns went 4-11.

Michael Jordan was named Finals MVP for the third consecutive season. He then left the NBA to play baseball after the season but returned to the Bulls in 1995.

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The Not Top 10 NBA Playoff Plays of All Time https://www.talkbasket.net/92892-the-not-top-10-nba-playoff-plays-of-all-time https://www.talkbasket.net/92892-the-not-top-10-nba-playoff-plays-of-all-time#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2020 18:42:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92892 Keith Olbermann takes us down the list of SportsCenter Not Top 10 NBA playoff plays of all time: 0:05 – Miami Heat fans leaving the arena before Ray Allen’s clutch shot in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals vs. the San Antonio Spurs. 0:29 – Dennis Rodman air-balling two free throws in Detroit Pistons […]

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The Not Top 10 NBA Playoff Plays of All Time

Keith Olbermann takes us down the list of SportsCenter Not Top 10 NBA playoff plays of all time:

  1. 0:05 – Miami Heat fans leaving the arena before Ray Allen’s clutch shot in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals vs. the San Antonio Spurs.
  2. 0:29 – Dennis Rodman air-balling two free throws in Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics in 1987.
  3. 0:45 – Nick Anderson’s infamous four missed free throws in Game 1 of the 1995 NBA Finals featuring Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets.
  4. 1:17 – Charles Smith’s futile attempts to win Game 3 of New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls in 1993.
  5. 1:35 – JR Smith not shooting in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals with the game tied between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.
  6. 1:55 – Magic Johnson failing to shoot as well, in Game 2 of the 1984 NBA Finals between his Los Angeles Lakers and the Celtics.
  7. 2:11 – Knicks superfan Spike Lee trash-talking Reggie Miller, leading the Indiana Pacers guard to go off for 25 points in the fourth quarter.
  8. 2:34 – Isiah Thomas’ pass being stolen by Larry Bird, letting the Celtics win Game 5.
  9. 2:50 – John Havlicek’s famous “Havlicek stole the ball” moment to clinch the 1965 Eastern Conference finals vs. the Philadelphia 76ers.
  10. 3:14 – Utah Jazz star Karl Malone missing two free throws in Game 1 of the 1997 NBA Finals. after Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen’s trash-talk line, “The Mailman doesn’t deliver on Sundays.”

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On this day: Cavaliers become first team to come back from 3-1 deficit in NBA Finals https://www.talkbasket.net/92872-on-this-day-cavaliers-become-first-team-to-comeback-from-3-1-deficit-in-nba-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/92872-on-this-day-cavaliers-become-first-team-to-comeback-from-3-1-deficit-in-nba-finals#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2020 16:37:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92872 Four years ago today, the Cleveland Cavaliers captured their first ever NBA title after being down three games to one to the Golden State Warriors. The Cavaliers beat the Warriors 93-89 in Game 7, led by LeBron James’ 27 points and 11 rebounds and Kyrie Irving’s 26 points. That game featured The Block, which was […]

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On this day: Cavaliers become first team to come back from 3-1 deficit in NBA Finals

Four years ago today, the Cleveland Cavaliers captured their first ever NBA title after being down three games to one to the Golden State Warriors.

The Cavaliers beat the Warriors 93-89 in Game 7, led by LeBron James’ 27 points and 11 rebounds and Kyrie Irving’s 26 points.

That game featured The Block, which was James’ famous chase-down block on Andre Iguodala with under two minutes left, as well as Irving’s three-point shot over Steph Curry to take the lead in the final minute.

It ended the 52-year pro sports championship draught for the city of Cleveland.

“I put my heart, my blood, my sweat, my tears into this game and Cleveland, this is for you!” James exclaimed in his famous postgame interview.

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Hakeem Olajuwon’s blocked shot denied the Knicks a championship on this date in 1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/92852-hakeem-olajuwons-blocked-shot-denied-the-knicks-a-championship-on-this-date-in-1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/92852-hakeem-olajuwons-blocked-shot-denied-the-knicks-a-championship-on-this-date-in-1994#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2020 04:13:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92852 Hakeem Olajuwon tipped John Starks’ 3-point attempt at the buzzer. His block preserved an 86-84 home victory for the Houston Rockets over the New York Knicks In Game 6. Houston’s victory forced a Game 7. Olajuwon finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. The Knicks trailed 46-36 at the half but Starks […]

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Hakeem Olajuwon’s blocked shot denied the Knicks a championship on this date in 1994

Hakeem Olajuwon tipped John Starks’ 3-point attempt at the buzzer. His block preserved an 86-84 home victory for the Houston Rockets over the New York Knicks In Game 6. Houston’s victory forced a Game 7.

Olajuwon finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.

The Knicks trailed 46-36 at the half but Starks got hot in the second half and led a comeback. He had 27 points and eights assists in the game. He also went 5-9 on 3-pointers. He appeared to have a good look at the buzzer but Olajuwon used his long reach to crush New York’s dreams of a title.

Patrick Ewing finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked but struggled with efficiency. He went 6-20 on fields goal attempts.

Olajuwon and Ewing battled each other all series but Olajuwon got the best of Ewing in Game 6.

The Rockets went on to win Game 7, 90-84. Olajuwon was named Finals MVP.

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Kareem’s clutch free throws saved the Lakers season on this date in 1988 https://www.talkbasket.net/92848-kareems-clutch-free-throws-saved-the-lakers-season-on-this-date-in-1988 https://www.talkbasket.net/92848-kareems-clutch-free-throws-saved-the-lakers-season-on-this-date-in-1988#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2020 04:04:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92848 The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons 103-102 at home to tie the NBA Finals at three games apiece. The Pistons led 102-101 late but a controversial call was made against Bill Laimbeer when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attempted his signature hook shot. There did not appear to be much contact but Abdul-Jabbar got the call […]

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Kareem’s clutch free throws saved the Lakers season on this date in 1988

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons 103-102 at home to tie the NBA Finals at three games apiece.

The Pistons led 102-101 late but a controversial call was made against Bill Laimbeer when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attempted his signature hook shot. There did not appear to be much contact but Abdul-Jabbar got the call and calmly knocked down both free throws.

He went 3-14 from the field but 8-8 on free throws in the game.

Detroit failed to score and after two missed free throws by Los Angeles, the Pistons had one last chance but failed to get a shot off before time expired.

Isiah Thomas was brilliant for the Pistons despite a sprained ankle he suffered early in the game. He finished with 43 points, eight assists and six steals. He had 25 of his points in the third quarter.

Magic Johnson had 22 points and 19 assists for the Lakers. James Worthy had 28 points and nine rebound.

The Lakers won Game 7 at home 108-105. Worthy was dominant in the game, finishing with 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Johnson had 19 points and 14 assists.

Worthy was named Finals MVP.

The Pistons bounced back from the heartbreaking loss the following season. They swept the Lakers to win the 1989 NBA Finals.

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Wilt Chamberlain gives the shortest interview ever https://www.talkbasket.net/92781-wilt-chamberlain-gives-the-shortest-interview-ever https://www.talkbasket.net/92781-wilt-chamberlain-gives-the-shortest-interview-ever#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 14:37:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92781 The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and 13-time NBA All-Star big man Wilt Chamberlain’s post-game interview in 1973:

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Wilt Chamberlain gives the shortest interview ever

The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and 13-time NBA All-Star big man Wilt Chamberlain’s post-game interview in 1973:

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The Lakers’ and Celtics’ top 10 rivalry moments in the NBA Finals https://www.talkbasket.net/92778-the-lakers-and-celtics-top-10-rivalry-moments-in-the-nba-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/92778-the-lakers-and-celtics-top-10-rivalry-moments-in-the-nba-finals#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 14:29:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92778 SportsCenter takes a look back at some of the best rivalry moments between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, including the Lakers defeating the Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, Jerry West’s game-winning steal and layup in Game 3 of the 1962 NBA Finals, Magic Johnson’s […]

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The Lakers’ and Celtics’ top 10 rivalry moments in the NBA Finals

SportsCenter takes a look back at some of the best rivalry moments between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, including the Lakers defeating the Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, Jerry West’s game-winning steal and layup in Game 3 of the 1962 NBA Finals, Magic Johnson’s “baby skyhook” shot in Game 4 of the 1987 NBA Finals and Kevin Garnett’s “Anything is possible” scream after Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals:

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Ray Allen’s clutch three helped the Heat extend their season with a comeback victory on this date in 2013 https://www.talkbasket.net/92747-ray-allens-clutch-three-helped-the-heat-extend-their-season-with-a-comeback-victory-on-this-date-in-2013 https://www.talkbasket.net/92747-ray-allens-clutch-three-helped-the-heat-extend-their-season-with-a-comeback-victory-on-this-date-in-2013#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 04:00:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92747 Ray Allen’s clutch 3-pointer with time running out in regulation sent the game into overtime. The Miami Heat went on to beat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6, 103-100 at home. The victory forced a Game 7. The Spurs led by 10 going into the fourth quarter and led 94-89 with 28.2 seconds remaining […]

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Ray Allen’s clutch three helped the Heat extend their season with a comeback victory on this date in 2013

Ray Allen’s clutch 3-pointer with time running out in regulation sent the game into overtime. The Miami Heat went on to beat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6, 103-100 at home. The victory forced a Game 7.

The Spurs led by 10 going into the fourth quarter and led 94-89 with 28.2 seconds remaining in the game. Heat fans were leaving the arena.

LeBron James hit a 3-pointer with 20.1 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 94-92. The Spurs then made one of two free throw attempts.

James missed a 3-pointer but Chris Bosh got the rebound and found Allen who hit a clutch three from the corner to tie the game.

The Spurs had one more opportunity to win in regulation but Tony Parker missed an off-balance shot at the buzzer.

The Heat trailed once again in overtime but a clutch bucket from James put them up 101-100. They extended the lead to 103-100 and Bosh slivered with a clutch blocked shot at the buzzer to give Miami the victory.

James finished with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

Tim Duncan finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds for San Antonio.

Miami went on to win Game 7 to clinch their second consecutive championship. James was named Finals MVP.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Couldn’t Afford a Cab, So He Ran! https://www.talkbasket.net/92692-giannis-antetokounmpo-couldnt-afford-a-cab-so-he-ran https://www.talkbasket.net/92692-giannis-antetokounmpo-couldnt-afford-a-cab-so-he-ran#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2020 19:27:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92692 Growing up in poverty, Giannis Antetokounmpo knew if he ever made it big time, he needed to give back to his parents because without them, he wouldn’t have to made it to where he is today. Sports Illustrated reporter, Chris Mannix, says when Giannis was a rookie, he “took a cab to Western Union to […]

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Couldn’t Afford a Cab, So He Ran!

Growing up in poverty, Giannis Antetokounmpo knew if he ever made it big time, he needed to give back to his parents because without them, he wouldn’t have to made it to where he is today.

Sports Illustrated reporter, Chris Mannix, says when Giannis was a rookie, he “took a cab to Western Union to send money home. After sending all the money he could to Greece (his home country), he realized he didn’t have enough left for cab fare. It was game day, so he started running.”

Imagine cruising down the road and all of the sudden, you see a 7-footer sprinting down the road. Well, luckily for Giannis, he only ran a mile until a couple recognized him and drove him to the arena.

If this story doesn’t make you respect Giannis a thousand time more, I don’t know what will.

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Patrick Ewing tied a Finals record with eight blocked shots on this date in 1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/92627-patrick-ewing-tied-a-finals-record-with-eight-blocked-shots-on-this-date-in-1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/92627-patrick-ewing-tied-a-finals-record-with-eight-blocked-shots-on-this-date-in-1994#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2020 04:00:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92627 Patrick Ewing dominated the Houston Rockets on both ends of the court. He led the New York Knicks to a 91-84 victory at Madison Square Garden. The victory gave New York a 3-2 series lead. Ewing was able to outplay Hakeem Olajuwon in the game. Ewing finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks. […]

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Patrick Ewing tied a Finals record with eight blocked shots on this date in 1994

Patrick Ewing dominated the Houston Rockets on both ends of the court. He led the New York Knicks to a 91-84 victory at Madison Square Garden. The victory gave New York a 3-2 series lead.

Ewing was able to outplay Hakeem Olajuwon in the game. Ewing finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks. Olajuwon had 27 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

The Knicks also got key contributions from John Starks and Anthony Mason. Starks scored 19 points and Mason finished with 17 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

The game was tied after three quarters but the Knicks outscored Houston 30-23 in the fourth quarter.

Ewing’s record stood for 15 years, until Dwight Howard blocked nine shots in Game 4 of the 2009 NBA Finals for the Orlando Magic.

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Tim Duncan Was Supposed To Be An Olympic Swimmer! https://www.talkbasket.net/92587-tim-duncan-was-supposed-to-be-an-olympic-swimmer https://www.talkbasket.net/92587-tim-duncan-was-supposed-to-be-an-olympic-swimmer#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 22:54:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92587 Before becoming a 15-time NBA All-Star, Tim Duncan’s first love was in fact, not basketball! Growing up in the Virgin Islands, Duncan was an aspiring swimmer. Duncan says he swam “5,000 to 8,000 meters a day, six days a week”. As a 13-year-old, Duncan made it his goal to make the 1992 Olympic swim team. […]

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Tim Duncan Was Supposed To Be An Olympic Swimmer!

Before becoming a 15-time NBA All-Star, Tim Duncan’s first love was in fact, not basketball! Growing up in the Virgin Islands, Duncan was an aspiring swimmer. Duncan says he swam “5,000 to 8,000 meters a day, six days a week”. As a 13-year-old, Duncan made it his goal to make the 1992 Olympic swim team. Mother Nature, had other plans.

Hurricane Hugo destroyed the only Olympic-sized pool in his hometown which resulted in him training in the ocean. Training for the Olympics is one thing, but swimming in the Caribbean is a challenge in itself. He then developed a fear of sharks and resorted to playing basketball. Duncan’s fear of sharks still haunts him to this day.

Luckily, despite Hurricane Hugo ruining what was then Duncan’s dream, he became one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history and made a whopping $242 million dollars throughout his career!

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Max Kellerman the pale white rapper back in 1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/92530-max-kellerman-the-pale-white-rapper-back-in-1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/92530-max-kellerman-the-pale-white-rapper-back-in-1994#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 15:48:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92530 One of the hosts of ESPN’s First Take Max Kellerman proves white boys can rhyme too droppin furious rhymes as he launched his assault on the rap game with his verse in ‘Young Man Rumble’ back in 1994:

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Max Kellerman the pale white rapper back in 1994

One of the hosts of ESPN’s First Take Max Kellerman proves white boys can rhyme too droppin furious rhymes as he launched his assault on the rap game with his verse in ‘Young Man Rumble’ back in 1994:

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Why Wilt Chamberlain couldn’t play like Shaquille O’Neal https://www.talkbasket.net/92500-why-wilt-chamberlain-couldnt-play-like-shaquille-oneal https://www.talkbasket.net/92500-why-wilt-chamberlain-couldnt-play-like-shaquille-oneal#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 08:05:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92500 An explanation of some of the differences in rules and officiating from NBA basketball in the Wilt Chamberlain era vs modern NBA basketball:

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Why Wilt Chamberlain couldn’t play like Shaquille O’Neal

An explanation of some of the differences in rules and officiating from NBA basketball in the Wilt Chamberlain era vs modern NBA basketball:

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The Warriors clinched the NBA Finals five years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/92482-the-warriors-clinched-the-nba-finals-five-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/92482-the-warriors-clinched-the-nba-finals-five-years-ago-today#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 04:33:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92482 The Golden State Warriors clinched the 2015 NBA Finals with a 105-97 road victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6. The Warriors were excellent in the first quarter, outscoring the Cavaliers 28-15. They led by eight points after three quarter and held off the Cavaliers after LeBron James and J.R. Smith helped Cleveland cut […]

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The Warriors clinched the NBA Finals five years ago today

The Golden State Warriors clinched the 2015 NBA Finals with a 105-97 road victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6.

The Warriors were excellent in the first quarter, outscoring the Cavaliers 28-15. They led by eight points after three quarter and held off the Cavaliers after LeBron James and J.R. Smith helped Cleveland cut into the lead in the fourth quarter.

For Golden State, Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala both finished with 25 points. Draymond Green had 16 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and three steals.

James finished with 32 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists for the Cavs.

Iguodala was named Finals MVP as he stepped up offensively and his defense helped contain James.

This meeting was the first of four consecutive finals between the two teams. The Warriors won three of those four matchups.

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Kobe Bryant Plays With Left Hand After Tearing Rotator Cuff! https://www.talkbasket.net/92460-kobe-bryant-plays-with-left-hand-after-tearing-rotator-cuff https://www.talkbasket.net/92460-kobe-bryant-plays-with-left-hand-after-tearing-rotator-cuff#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 00:48:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92460 We all remember Larry Bird using only his left hand against the Blazers. He says he was “saving his right hand for the Lakers”. Bird ended up with 47 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists. Kobe using his left hand, however, was not a choice, but the only option. Bryant tore his rotator cuff after […]

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Kobe Bryant Plays With Left Hand After Tearing Rotator Cuff!

We all remember Larry Bird using only his left hand against the Blazers. He says he was “saving his right hand for the Lakers”. Bird ended up with 47 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Kobe using his left hand, however, was not a choice, but the only option. Bryant tore his rotator cuff after throwing down a dunk against the Pelicans in 2015. Instead of calling it quits, the Mamba came back in, and made an impact with only his left hand! Kobe ended up with 14 points and despite the loss, Kobe showed why he will always be remembered as a true competitor.

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The Spurs got revenge on the Heat and clinched their fifth title on this date in 2014 https://www.talkbasket.net/92434-the-spurs-got-revenge-on-the-heat-and-clinched-their-fifth-title-on-this-date-in-2014 https://www.talkbasket.net/92434-the-spurs-got-revenge-on-the-heat-and-clinched-their-fifth-title-on-this-date-in-2014#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2020 19:15:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92434 The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 104-87 at home in Game 5 to win their fifth championship. One year earlier, the Spurs lost a heartbreaking Finals series in seven games to the Heat. San Antonio dominated Miami in the 2014 NBA Finals. They lost Game 2, 98-96, but all four of their victories […]

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The Spurs got revenge on the Heat and clinched their fifth title on this date in 2014

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 104-87 at home in Game 5 to win their fifth championship.

One year earlier, the Spurs lost a heartbreaking Finals series in seven games to the Heat.

San Antonio dominated Miami in the 2014 NBA Finals. They lost Game 2, 98-96, but all four of their victories were by 15 points or more. San Antonio’s “Big 3” proved they had one more incredible run left in them and Kawhi Leonard showed he was developing into a star.

In Game 5, Leonard had 22 points, Manu Ginobili had 19 points, Tony Parker and 16 points and Tim Duncan had 14 points. The Spurs also had much more depth than the Heat and that made a huge difference in 2014.

San Antonio only faced elimination once during their title run and that was in Game 7 of their first round series against the Dallas Mavericks. They won 119-96 at home. Parker had 32 points and Ginobili added 20 off the bench. The Spurs led 68-46 at the half and never looked back.

San Antonio then defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in five games, earning a trip to the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. They won the series in six games.

Head coach Gregg Popovich’s deep bench and unselfish style of play helped prevent the veteran stars on the Spurs from getting warn down.

Leonard was named Finals MVP.

It was the fourth and final championship for Ginobili and Parker. It was the fifth and final one for Duncan.

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Bill Russell jumps OVER a guy from near the FT Line https://www.talkbasket.net/92374-bill-russell-jumps-over-a-guy-from-near-the-ft-line https://www.talkbasket.net/92374-bill-russell-jumps-over-a-guy-from-near-the-ft-line#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2020 10:18:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92374 The 11× NBA champion and 5× NBA Most Valuable Player big man Bill Russell’s INSANE speed and hang time:

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Bill Russell jumps OVER a guy from near the FT Line

The 11× NBA champion and 5× NBA Most Valuable Player big man Bill Russell’s INSANE speed and hang time:

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How the Timberwolves squandered Kevin Garnett’s prime, then lost him https://www.talkbasket.net/92338-how-the-timberwolves-squandered-kevin-garnetts-prime-then-lost-him https://www.talkbasket.net/92338-how-the-timberwolves-squandered-kevin-garnetts-prime-then-lost-him#respond Sun, 14 Jun 2020 18:42:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92338 Believe it or not, the Minnesota Timberwolves were once really good. In 2004, the Los Angeles Lakers dynasty crumbled, and a vacuum opened for a new Western Conference power to emerge. With head coach Flip Saunders, superstar power forward Kevin Garnett, and a new veteran core that had just challenged the Lakers in the Western […]

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How the Timberwolves squandered Kevin Garnett’s prime, then lost him

Believe it or not, the Minnesota Timberwolves were once really good. In 2004, the Los Angeles Lakers dynasty crumbled, and a vacuum opened for a new Western Conference power to emerge.

With head coach Flip Saunders, superstar power forward Kevin Garnett, and a new veteran core that had just challenged the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, the Wolves looked like a strong contender to take over the West, via SB Nation:

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The time when Fat Joe got $15 to build his Dream Knicks Team https://www.talkbasket.net/92301-the-time-when-fat-joe-got-15-to-build-his-dream-knicks-team https://www.talkbasket.net/92301-the-time-when-fat-joe-got-15-to-build-his-dream-knicks-team#respond Sun, 14 Jun 2020 11:40:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92301 Everything is family ties in New York. All the best players in New York are too expensive for a $15 budget. Rapper and actor Fat Joe still found a way to make it happen with some classic picks and underrated, Knicks-appreciated players:

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The time when Fat Joe got $15 to build his Dream Knicks Team

Everything is family ties in New York. All the best players in New York are too expensive for a $15 budget. Rapper and actor Fat Joe still found a way to make it happen with some classic picks and underrated, Knicks-appreciated players:

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The Rockets became the first six seed to win the NBA Finals on this date 25 years ago https://www.talkbasket.net/92267-the-rockets-became-the-first-six-seed-to-win-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-25-years-ago https://www.talkbasket.net/92267-the-rockets-became-the-first-six-seed-to-win-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-25-years-ago#respond Sun, 14 Jun 2020 04:40:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92267 The Houston Rockets completed a sweep of the Orlando Magic with a 113-101 at home in Game 4 on this date in 1995. Hakeem Olajuwon had 35 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Houston began their improbably win against the Utah Jazz in the first round of the postseason. They trailed 2-1 in the […]

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The Rockets became the first six seed to win the NBA Finals on this date 25 years ago

The Houston Rockets completed a sweep of the Orlando Magic with a 113-101 at home in Game 4 on this date in 1995.

Hakeem Olajuwon had 35 points and 15 rebounds in the victory.

Houston began their improbably win against the Utah Jazz in the first round of the postseason. They trailed 2-1 in the best of five series. A blowout victory at home forced a win-or-go-home game in Utah. They trailed by seven points going into the fourth quarter but outscored the Jazz 31-20 in the fourth quarter. Olajuwon finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds. Clyde Drexler finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds.

Houston took on the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the postseason. They trailed 3-1 in the series but stayed alive with an overtime victory in Game 5. Olajuwon had 31 points Kenny Smith had 21. They then won Game 6 at home. In Game 7, with the game tied, Mario Elie hit the game-winning “Kiss of Death” three-pointer with 7.1 seconds left. The Rockets won the game 115-114. Olajuwon and Drexler both finished the game with 29 points.

The Rockets took on their in-state rivals, the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Houston won game 1, 94-93, after Robert Horry knocked down a clutch game-winning jumper with 6.5 seconds remaining. They went on to win the series in six games. In Game 6 Olajuwon was dominant, finishing with 39 points, 17 rebounds and five blocked shots. His incredible performance sent them to the NBA Finals.

Houston traveled to Orlando for Game 1 of the Finals. Orlando’s Nick Anderson missed four consecutive free throws, which could have put the game away for the Magic. Instead, Smith hit a game-tying 3-pointer for the Rockets with 1.6 seconds remaining. With the game tied at 118 and time running out in overtime, Olajuwon tipped in the game-winning shot with 0.3 seconds remaining.

The Magic were never able to recover from their collapse in Game 1, and the Rockets won the next three games of the series to complete the sweep. It was their second consecutive championship.

Olajuwon was named Finals MVP for the second consecutive season.

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The Suns defeated the Bulls in triple overtime in Game 3 of the Finals on this date in 1993 https://www.talkbasket.net/92233-the-suns-defeated-the-bulls-in-triple-overtime-in-game-3-of-the-finals-on-this-date-in-1993 https://www.talkbasket.net/92233-the-suns-defeated-the-bulls-in-triple-overtime-in-game-3-of-the-finals-on-this-date-in-1993#respond Sat, 13 Jun 2020 19:53:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92233 The Phoenix Suns won a crucial road game in Chicago 129-121 in triple overtime. The victory cut the Bulls lead in the series to 2-1. The game was close throughout as the star players on both teams were fantastic. Both teams failed to hit a shot at the end of regulation. At the end of […]

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The Suns defeated the Bulls in triple overtime in Game 3 of the Finals on this date in 1993

The Phoenix Suns won a crucial road game in Chicago 129-121 in triple overtime. The victory cut the Bulls lead in the series to 2-1.

The game was close throughout as the star players on both teams were fantastic.

Both teams failed to hit a shot at the end of regulation. At the end of the first overtime, Phoenix missed three shots that could have won the game for them. In the second overtime Dan Majerle hit a game-trying shot for the Suns just before time expired. He finished with 28 points. In the third overtime the Suns finally pulled away from the Bulls to earn the road victory.

Charles Barkley finished with 24 points and 19 rebounds. Kevin Johnson bounced back from a dreadful Game 2 and finished with 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. He played 62 minutes in the game.

Michael Jordan finished with 44 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Bulls. Scottie Pippen had 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Phoenix’s victory got them back in the series but the Bulls went on to win Game 4 and won the series in six games.

Jordan was named Finals MVP. He then left the NBA to play baseball in 1994.

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The Celtics defeated the Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on this date in 1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/92174-the-celtics-defeated-the-lakers-in-game-7-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/92174-the-celtics-defeated-the-lakers-in-game-7-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1984#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2020 22:54:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92174 The Boston Celtics defeated their rivals the Los Angeles Lakers 111-102. They clinched the title at home in front of a raucous crowd at the Boston Garden. Boston was inefficient shooting but dominated the glass throughout the game. Boston out rebounded Los Angeles 52-33. That led to a dramatic increase in opportunities from the free […]

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The Celtics defeated the Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on this date in 1984

The Boston Celtics defeated their rivals the Los Angeles Lakers 111-102. They clinched the title at home in front of a raucous crowd at the Boston Garden.

Boston was inefficient shooting but dominated the glass throughout the game. Boston out rebounded Los Angeles 52-33. That led to a dramatic increase in opportunities from the free throw line for the Celtics. They shot 43-51 on free throws, while the Lakers shot 18-28 on free throws.

Cedric Maxwell led the way for the Celtics. He finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Larry Bird had 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar finished with 29 points for the Lakers but was limited to six rebounds. Magic Johnson had 16 points and 15 assists.

Larry Bird was named Finals MVP.

The Lakers got their revenge on the Celtics the following season, beating them in six games in the 1985 NBA Finals.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Wilt Chamberlain https://www.talkbasket.net/92159-10-things-you-didnt-know-about-wilt-chamberlain https://www.talkbasket.net/92159-10-things-you-didnt-know-about-wilt-chamberlain#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2020 20:04:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92159 Here are 10 little known facts about a 2× NBA champion, 4× Most Valuable Player and one of the most dominant players in the NBA history, Wilt Chamberlain:

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Wilt Chamberlain

Here are 10 little known facts about a 2× NBA champion, 4× Most Valuable Player and one of the most dominant players in the NBA history, Wilt Chamberlain:

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On this day, the Dallas Mavericks won the franchise’s first ever NBA championship https://www.talkbasket.net/92141-on-this-day-dallas-mavericks-won-the-franchises-first-ever-nba-championship https://www.talkbasket.net/92141-on-this-day-dallas-mavericks-won-the-franchises-first-ever-nba-championship#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2020 17:30:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92141 The Dallas Mavericks won their first NBA championship on this day, 9 years ago. With Dirk Nowitzki having one of the best individual playoff runs in history, the Mavericks defeated an overwhelmingly favored Miami Heat team 4-2 in the NBA Finals after trailing 2-1 in the series. The legendary forward from Germany averaged 26 points, […]

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On this day, the Dallas Mavericks won the franchise’s first ever NBA championship

The Dallas Mavericks won their first NBA championship on this day, 9 years ago. With Dirk Nowitzki having one of the best individual playoff runs in history, the Mavericks defeated an overwhelmingly favored Miami Heat team 4-2 in the NBA Finals after trailing 2-1 in the series.

The legendary forward from Germany averaged 26 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2 assists per game in the Finals’ series against the Heat being named the series’ MVP.

He ended up averaging 27.7 on 46% shooting percentage from the field and 48.8% from the three-point line in the 21 post-season games he played. He also added 8.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Of course, Nowitzki wasn’t alone. Tyson Chandler was the perfect rim-protector, while Jason Terry, Shawn Marion and DeShawn Stevenson were extremely valuable for Dallas.

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Michael Jordan Disrespected Mark Henry During The 96′ Olympics! https://www.talkbasket.net/92083-michael-jordan-disrespected-mark-henry-during-the-96-olympics https://www.talkbasket.net/92083-michael-jordan-disrespected-mark-henry-during-the-96-olympics#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2020 00:25:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92083 During the 1996 Olympics, Mark Henry got the “privilege” to meet Michael Jordan. He describes his first encounter with MJ as “not too great” because of the fact that Jordan didn’t know who he was. He says Jordan’s tone was disrespectful and also thought Henry didn’t fit in with the basketball players. Mark Henry immediately […]

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Michael Jordan Disrespected Mark Henry During The 96′ Olympics!

During the 1996 Olympics, Mark Henry got the “privilege” to meet Michael Jordan. He describes his first encounter with MJ as “not too great” because of the fact that Jordan didn’t know who he was. He says Jordan’s tone was disrespectful and also thought Henry didn’t fit in with the basketball players.

Mark Henry immediately checked MJ and of course he apologized. I’m sure not even the greatest basketball player ever would want to mess with 418 pound Henry. Henry has professional wrestling, Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, and strongman on his resume. He says a fist fight between him and MJ “would have made world news” but “would not have been interesting”, hinting that he would have dismantled Jordan.

Him and Jordan later became companions on the other hand. Henry says Jordan “even invited him to his birthday party during the All-Star game!” Imagine if things would have gone sound in this confrontation.

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Derek Fisher’s clutch shooting burned the Magic in the NBA Finals on this date in 2009 https://www.talkbasket.net/92062-derek-fishers-clutch-shooting-burned-the-magic-in-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-2009 https://www.talkbasket.net/92062-derek-fishers-clutch-shooting-burned-the-magic-in-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-2009#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 20:16:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92062 Derek Fisher’s clutch 3-pointers lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to a 99-91 road victory in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The win gave them a commanding 3-1 lead over the Orlando Magic. The Magic led late in the fourth quarter but Kobe Bryant’s excellent performance kept the Lakers within striking distance. With the Magic […]

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Derek Fisher’s clutch shooting burned the Magic in the NBA Finals on this date in 2009

Derek Fisher’s clutch 3-pointers lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to a 99-91 road victory in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The win gave them a commanding 3-1 lead over the Orlando Magic.

The Magic led late in the fourth quarter but Kobe Bryant’s excellent performance kept the Lakers within striking distance. With the Magic up 87-84 Dwight Howard went to the free throw line. He had an opportunity to close out the game, but instead missed both free throws. Los Angeles got the rebound and called timeout.

On the ensuing Lakers possession, Fisher drilled a 3-pointer over Jameer Nelson to tie the game with 4.6 seconds remaining. The Magic missed a contested off-balance shot at the buzzer, and the game went to overtime.

Neither team could get much going offensively and the game was tied at 91 late in overtime. With time running down, Bryant found Fisher, who once again hit a clutch 3-pointer, this time with 31.3 seconds remaining. The Magic missed their next shot leading to a Pau Gasol dunk which put the game away.

Fisher went 2-7 on 3-pointers but those two were crucial. Gasol finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Bryant finished with 32 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

Howard was great inside for the Magic, finishing with 16 points, 21 rebounds and nine blocked shots. However he shot 6-14 on free throw attempts, including the two misses at the end of regulation. Hedo Türkoğlu had 25 points in the loss.

The win was crucial for the Lakers as they closed out the series at home in Game 5.

Bryant was named Finals MVP.

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Ron Artest, Lamar Odom and Elton Brand’s dominant AAU squad https://www.talkbasket.net/92023-ron-artest-lamar-odom-and-elton-brands-dominant-aau-squad https://www.talkbasket.net/92023-ron-artest-lamar-odom-and-elton-brands-dominant-aau-squad#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 13:19:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92023 In an exclusive clip from Showtime Sports documentary QUIET STORM: THE RON ARTEST STORY, former NBA players Ron Artest, Lamar Odom and Elton Brand detail their time together as AAU teammates for the Riverside Hawks:

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Ron Artest, Lamar Odom and Elton Brand’s dominant AAU squad

In an exclusive clip from Showtime Sports documentary QUIET STORM: THE RON ARTEST STORY, former NBA players Ron Artest, Lamar Odom and Elton Brand detail their time together as AAU teammates for the Riverside Hawks:

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Wilt Chamberlain’s One Step NBA Vertical in Slow Motion https://www.talkbasket.net/92016-wilt-chamberlains-one-step-nba-vertical-in-slow-motion https://www.talkbasket.net/92016-wilt-chamberlains-one-step-nba-vertical-in-slow-motion#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 12:00:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92016 Using some frame interpolation we can now see a 2× NBA champion and 4× Most Valuable Player big man Wilt Chamberlain jumping off of just one step perhaps higher than any other NBA player has in very slow motion:

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Wilt Chamberlain’s One Step NBA Vertical in Slow Motion

Using some frame interpolation we can now see a 2× NBA champion and 4× Most Valuable Player big man Wilt Chamberlain jumping off of just one step perhaps higher than any other NBA player has in very slow motion:

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The Knicks became the first eight seed to make it to the NBA Finals on this date in 1999 https://www.talkbasket.net/91990-the-knicks-became-the-first-eight-seed-to-make-it-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1999 https://www.talkbasket.net/91990-the-knicks-became-the-first-eight-seed-to-make-it-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1999#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 04:01:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91990 The New York Knicks won 90-82 at home in Game 6 to advance to the NBA Finals. In doing so, they eliminated their rivals, the Indiana Pacers. Allan Houston scored 32 points to lead the way for New York. He played 47:01 in the game. Latrell Sprewell added 20 points. The Knicks outscored the Pacers […]

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The Knicks became the first eight seed to make it to the NBA Finals on this date in 1999

The New York Knicks won 90-82 at home in Game 6 to advance to the NBA Finals. In doing so, they eliminated their rivals, the Indiana Pacers.

Allan Houston scored 32 points to lead the way for New York. He played 47:01 in the game. Latrell Sprewell added 20 points.

The Knicks outscored the Pacers 31-23 in the fourth quarter and held Reggie Miller to eight points on 3-18 shooting in the game.

The Knicks incredible run began when they snuck into the playoffs as the number eight seed after a disappointing regular season.

They upset the number one seeded Miami Heat in the first round. The Knicks battled to force a win-or-go-home Game 5 in Miami. With New York trailing by one point, Houston hit a game-winning shot with less than one second remaining.

The Knicks then used that momentum to sweep the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the postseason.

In the Eastern Conference Finals they took on Miller and the Pacers.

Patrick Ewing’s double double led New York to a road victory in Game 1. However, after Game 2, it was revealed he had suffered an achilles injury. Ewing would miss the rest of the postseason.

With the series tied at one game a piece, the Knicks returned home to Madison Square Garden. They trailed 91-88 with time running out in the game but with just over five seconds remaining Larry Johnson hit a 3-pointer and got fouled on the play. He hit the free throw giving New York a 92-91 lead. The Pacers failed to score and the Knicks won Game 3.

Indiana won Game 4 but the Knicks bounced back with a crucial 101-94 victory on the road in Game 5. They outscored the Pacers 36-25 in the fourth quarter. Sprewell had 29 points and Marcus Camby finished with 21 points 13 rebounds and six blocks off the bench.

The Knicks then closed out the series at home sending them to the NBA Finals to play the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs had been dominant throughout the postseason thanks to Tim Duncan and David Robinson. The Finals were no exception and the Knicks sorely missed Ewing. Their magical run ended with a loss to San Antonio in five games.

Still, the disappointing ending should not take away from New York’s impressive run.

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Michael Jordan outdueled Charles Barkley in a Finals thriller on this date in 1993 https://www.talkbasket.net/91987-michael-jordan-outdueled-charles-barkley-in-a-finals-thriller-on-this-date-in-1993 https://www.talkbasket.net/91987-michael-jordan-outdueled-charles-barkley-in-a-finals-thriller-on-this-date-in-1993#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 04:00:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91987 Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley both put on a show in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. It was the Chicago Bulls who came away with a 111-108 road victory over the Phoenix Suns, which gave them a 2-0 series lead. The Bulls could not stop Barkley but the Suns could not stop Jordan. Barkley […]

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Michael Jordan outdueled Charles Barkley in a Finals thriller on this date in 1993

Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley both put on a show in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. It was the Chicago Bulls who came away with a 111-108 road victory over the Phoenix Suns, which gave them a 2-0 series lead.

The Bulls could not stop Barkley but the Suns could not stop Jordan. Barkley finished with 42 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. Jordan finished with 42 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.

Chicago led for most of the game but Phoenix cut into the lead in their quarter and it remained close in the fourth quarter.

A key factor in the game was the strong play of Scottie Pippen. He had a triple-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. He also had a crucial block and rebound late in the fourth quarter to preserve Chicago’s lead.

For the Suns, star point guard Kevin Johnson struggled. He finished with just four points on 2-8 shooting and fouled out of the game.

The loss was devastating for Phoenix, as they dropped the first two games of the series at home. They battled back to win Game 3 in Chicago but the bulls prevailed in six games. It was their third consecutive championship.

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Ron Artest Friend Got Stabbed With Table Leg During A Pickup Game! https://www.talkbasket.net/91955-ron-artest-friend-gets-stabbed-with-table-leg-during-a-pickup-game https://www.talkbasket.net/91955-ron-artest-friend-gets-stabbed-with-table-leg-during-a-pickup-game#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2020 23:00:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91955 During an interview following a rough Game 2 against the Lakers, Ron Artest said the physicality of the game does not phase him. He says his childhood pickup games brought much more physicality. He recalled a situation where a fight broke out during one of those physical pickup games and led to one of his […]

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Ron Artest Friend Got Stabbed With Table Leg During A Pickup Game!

During an interview following a rough Game 2 against the Lakers, Ron Artest said the physicality of the game does not phase him. He says his childhood pickup games brought much more physicality.

He recalled a situation where a fight broke out during one of those physical pickup games and led to one of his friends getting stabbed to death in the heart with a table leg! Lloyd Newton, a 19-year-old basketball player, was the person who was killed at the YMCA tournament in Niagara Falls. While on his way to the hospital, Newton died due to his brutal wounds. Brian C. Young, the man who was convicted of stabbing Newton, was charged with second-degree murder.

Artest in his postgame interview versus the Lakers, says he “grew up fighting on the basketball court”.

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Magic Johnson’s clutch hook shot lifted the Lakers past the Celtics in game 4 of the Finals on this date in 1987 https://www.talkbasket.net/91895-magic-johnsons-clutch-hook-shot-lifted-the-lakers-past-the-celtics-in-game-4-of-the-finals-on-this-date-in-1987 https://www.talkbasket.net/91895-magic-johnsons-clutch-hook-shot-lifted-the-lakers-past-the-celtics-in-game-4-of-the-finals-on-this-date-in-1987#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2020 00:28:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91895 Magic Johnson’s go-ahead hook shot with two seconds remaining lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-106 road win against the Boston Celtics. The victory gave the Lakers a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Celtics were ahead for the majority of the game but Johnson helped the Lakers comeback in the fourth quarter. They trailed […]

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Magic Johnson’s clutch hook shot lifted the Lakers past the Celtics in game 4 of the Finals on this date in 1987

Magic Johnson’s go-ahead hook shot with two seconds remaining lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-106 road win against the Boston Celtics. The victory gave the Lakers a commanding 3-1 series lead.

The Celtics were ahead for the majority of the game but Johnson helped the Lakers comeback in the fourth quarter. They trailed 106-105 when he hit the go-ahead shot over Kevin McHale. Boston had one last chance but Larry Bird missed a contested shot at the buzzer.

Johnson finished with 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead Los Angeles. James Worthy had 21 points.

McHale led the way for Boston, finishing with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Larry Bird finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. He played 47 minutes.

The Celtics went on to win Game 5 and extend the series. The Lakers then clinched the title at home in Game 6. Johnson was named Finals MVP.

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Michael Jordan playing in Summer League (1986) https://www.talkbasket.net/91864-michael-jordan-playing-in-summer-league-1986 https://www.talkbasket.net/91864-michael-jordan-playing-in-summer-league-1986#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2020 19:03:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91864 Take a look at highlights of six-time NBA champion and six-time NBA Finals MVP, legendary Michael Jordan, when he played in the NBA Summer League in 1986:

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Michael Jordan playing in Summer League (1986)

Take a look at highlights of six-time NBA champion and six-time NBA Finals MVP, legendary Michael Jordan, when he played in the NBA Summer League in 1986:

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Kobe Bryant Destroys Bow Wow in Basketball! https://www.talkbasket.net/91827-kobe-bryant-destroys-bow-wow-1-vs-1 https://www.talkbasket.net/91827-kobe-bryant-destroys-bow-wow-1-vs-1#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2020 06:58:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91827 In 2011, the famous rapper, Bow Wow, pulled up to Kobe Bryant’s Basketball Academy and played Kobe one on one for $1000! After tweeting out that Kobe was “average,” the Mamba had to show the 5’5 rapper that it would be a different story in person. Throughout the match, Bow Wow did everything he could […]

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Kobe Bryant Destroys Bow Wow in Basketball!

In 2011, the famous rapper, Bow Wow, pulled up to Kobe Bryant’s Basketball Academy and played Kobe one on one for $1000! After tweeting out that Kobe was “average,” the Mamba had to show the 5’5 rapper that it would be a different story in person.

Throughout the match, Bow Wow did everything he could to get the ball. He grabbed Kobe’s shirt, called fouls out of nowhere, and tried to make Kobe laugh. None of the tactics worked. Kobe held him scoreless and secured the money right out of Bow Wow’s pocket. He ended up donating the money to his camp. Check out the matchup below:

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How good was Jason Williams actually https://www.talkbasket.net/91819-how-good-was-jason-williams-actually https://www.talkbasket.net/91819-how-good-was-jason-williams-actually#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2020 04:55:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91819 Jason Williams (7th pick of the 1998 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings), better known for his nickname “White Chocolate”, was one of the most innovative, flashiest players in NBA history. While his NBA career was not as great as he hoped, he still brought his own flair into a changing NBA landscape, via Andy […]

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How good was Jason Williams actually

Jason Williams (7th pick of the 1998 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings), better known for his nickname “White Chocolate”, was one of the most innovative, flashiest players in NBA history. While his NBA career was not as great as he hoped, he still brought his own flair into a changing NBA landscape, via Andy Hoops:

His NBA statistics are 8,286 points (10.5 PPG), 1,810 rebounds (2.3 RPG) and 4,611 assists (5.9 APG), nevertheless, after finishing his career, Williams gets the recognition of what he did active years:

“My dude you was out there silly wit it!! League wasn’t ready for what you possessed. Definitely wish I was on the end of one [of] those lobs or no looks”

LeBron James on Jason Williams’ highlights
Photo: KingJames/Instagram

Jason Williams’ Most Amazing Passes:

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Lamar Odom Survived 12 Strokes and 6 Heart Attacks! https://www.talkbasket.net/91794-lamar-odom-survived-12-strokes-and-6-heart-attacks https://www.talkbasket.net/91794-lamar-odom-survived-12-strokes-and-6-heart-attacks#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2020 21:22:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91794 Once at a Love Ranch, Lamar Odom says he woke up “confused”. Doctors say he overdosed but Odom recalls never taking any drugs. While laying in his hospital bed, doctors told everyone to gather around Odom because his chances were slim to none at surviving. Odom says maybe “it just wasn’t his time” and that […]

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Lamar Odom Survived 12 Strokes and 6 Heart Attacks!

Once at a Love Ranch, Lamar Odom says he woke up “confused”. Doctors say he overdosed but Odom recalls never taking any drugs. While laying in his hospital bed, doctors told everyone to gather around Odom because his chances were slim to none at surviving. Odom says maybe “it just wasn’t his time” and that “God had different plans”.

Odom suffered 12 strokes and 6 heart attacks and couldn’t “talk, walk, or hold his bowels”. He says because he was a big, strong athlete, that this was “extremely humbling”. He says he couldn’t have gotten through the recovery process without his ex-wife, Khloe Kardashian or without “God waking him up”.

Lamar Odom is still going through recovery even to this day and thinks his survival was a sign from God to go out and “share his story” and to “speak his truth to help people”.

Lamar Odom on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger” discussing the traumatic event.

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Magic Johnson secured a triple double to help the Lakers clinch the NBA Finals on this date in 1982 https://www.talkbasket.net/91792-magic-johnson-secured-a-triple-double-to-help-the-lakers-clinch-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1982 https://www.talkbasket.net/91792-magic-johnson-secured-a-triple-double-to-help-the-lakers-clinch-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1982#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2020 21:05:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91792 Magic Johnson’s excellent all-around performance led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 114-104 home victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. The game gave the Lakers a 4-2 series victory to clinch the title. Johnson finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds 13 assists, four steals and two blocks. He took just three shots and made two of […]

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Magic Johnson secured a triple double to help the Lakers clinch the NBA Finals on this date in 1982

Magic Johnson’s excellent all-around performance led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 114-104 home victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. The game gave the Lakers a 4-2 series victory to clinch the title.

Johnson finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds 13 assists, four steals and two blocks. He took just three shots and made two of them. He made all nine of his free throws in the game.

Jamaal Wilkes scored 27 points for the Lakers. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Julius Erving kept the game close. He finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and five steals but it wasn’t enough.

Johnson was named Finals MVP for the second time in three years. He finished his career with five championships and three Finals MVP awards.

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Larry Bird led the Celtics past the Lakers in a burning hot Boston Garden on this date in 1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/91788-larry-bird-led-the-celtics-past-the-lakers-in-a-burning-hot-boston-garden-on-this-date-in-1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/91788-larry-bird-led-the-celtics-past-the-lakers-in-a-burning-hot-boston-garden-on-this-date-in-1984#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2020 20:46:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91788 Larry Bird helped the Boston Celtics to a 121-103 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The victory gave Boston a 3-2 series lead. Home court advantage played a big role in the game as it was 97 degrees inside the Boston Garden. The Celtics were used to playing […]

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Larry Bird led the Celtics past the Lakers in a burning hot Boston Garden on this date in 1984

Larry Bird helped the Boston Celtics to a 121-103 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The victory gave Boston a 3-2 series lead.

Home court advantage played a big role in the game as it was 97 degrees inside the Boston Garden. The Celtics were used to playing in the heat, while the Lakers were not.

Bird finished with 34 points and 17 rebounds. Dennis Johnson scored scored 22 points and Kevin McHale finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

“I love to play in the heat,” said Bird.

Magic Johnson finished with 10 points and 13 assists for the Lakers. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar finished with 19 points but labored in the heat and struggled from the field. He went 7-25 on field goal attempts.

The Celtics went on to win the NBA Finals in seven games.

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Larry Bird’s triple double clinched the NBA Finals for the Celtics on this date in 1986 https://www.talkbasket.net/91783-larry-birds-triple-double-clinched-the-nba-finals-for-the-celtics-on-this-date-in-1986 https://www.talkbasket.net/91783-larry-birds-triple-double-clinched-the-nba-finals-for-the-celtics-on-this-date-in-1986#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2020 20:34:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91783 Larry Bird’s great performance led the Boston Celtics to a 114-97 home victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The victory clinched the series. Bird and McHale were both excellent early and helped Boston jump out to a 55-38 lead at the half. The Rockets were never able to make […]

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Larry Bird’s triple double clinched the NBA Finals for the Celtics on this date in 1986

Larry Bird’s great performance led the Boston Celtics to a 114-97 home victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The victory clinched the series.

Bird and McHale were both excellent early and helped Boston jump out to a 55-38 lead at the half. The Rockets were never able to make it close and the Celtics cruised to the victory.

Bird finished with 29 points, 12 assists, 11 rebounds and three steals. He played 46 minutes in the game. No one on Houston was able to contain him. McHale finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

Hakeem Olajuwon played well and finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and four steals but he didn’t get much help. Ralph Sampson struggled, finishing with eight points on 4-12 shooting.

Bird was named Finals MVP.

It would be the final title of his career and the last one for Boston until 2008.

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Scottie Pippen Bought a Broken $4 Million Jet https://www.talkbasket.net/91687-scottie-pippen-bought-a-broken-4-million-jet https://www.talkbasket.net/91687-scottie-pippen-bought-a-broken-4-million-jet#respond Sun, 07 Jun 2020 22:35:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91687 We all remember from “The Last Dance” how severely unpaid Hall Of Famer Scottie Pippen was. The legend was making $18 million over a 5-year span which ranked 122nd in the league! On the other hand, while on the Trail Blazers, Pippen earned a little over $15 million a year. Pippen had some spending money, […]

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Scottie Pippen Bought a Broken $4 Million Jet

We all remember from “The Last Dance” how severely unpaid Hall Of Famer Scottie Pippen was. The legend was making $18 million over a 5-year span which ranked 122nd in the league! On the other hand, while on the Trail Blazers, Pippen earned a little over $15 million a year. Pippen had some spending money, but did not spend very wisely.

Pippen, in 2003, reportedly purchased a Gulfstream Jet for $4.3 Million dollars which didn’t work! Pippen didn’t know this prior to the purchase, but he would eventually have to pay $1 million dollars for it to be able to work. Flying luxurious would have to wait.

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The Bulls held the Jazz to 54 points in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on this date in 1998 https://www.talkbasket.net/91660-the-bulls-held-the-jazz-to-54-points-in-game-3-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1998 https://www.talkbasket.net/91660-the-bulls-held-the-jazz-to-54-points-in-game-3-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1998#respond Sun, 07 Jun 2020 05:19:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91660 The Bulls shutdown the Utah Jazz at home in Chicago. They won 96-54 to take a 2-1 series lead. This was one of the most lopsided games in postseason history. Karl Malone was the only Jazz player to score in double figures. He finished with 22 points and went 8-11 on field goal attempts but […]

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The Bulls held the Jazz to 54 points in  Game 3 of the NBA Finals on this date in 1998

The Bulls shutdown the Utah Jazz at home in Chicago. They won 96-54 to take a 2-1 series lead.

This was one of the most lopsided games in postseason history. Karl Malone was the only Jazz player to score in double figures. He finished with 22 points and went 8-11 on field goal attempts but also had seven turnovers. The rest of the team went 13-59 on field goal attempts.

Utah set the record record for fewest points in a playoff game since the NBA began to use the 24-second shot clock.

Michael Jordan finished with 24 points to lead the Bulls. The blowout allowed the Bulls to give a little extra rest to their veteran stars, including Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman.

The Jazz had just nine points in the fourth quarter and 23 in the second half.

Ironically, in 1986, Jordan scored 63 points in a postseason game against the Boston Celtics.

The Jazz battled back in the series but Jordan and the Bulls prevailed in six games to win their third consecutive championship.

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Michael Jordan Was Inspired By Singer Anita Baker! https://www.talkbasket.net/91651-michael-jordan-was-inspired-by-anita-baker https://www.talkbasket.net/91651-michael-jordan-was-inspired-by-anita-baker#respond Sun, 07 Jun 2020 01:03:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91651 We all have inspirations in life and Michael Jordan was no different. Jordan drew inspiration from R&B singer, Anita Baker. He used her music in Space Jam and also to get himself ready for a game. Former NBA forward Roshown McLeod says he remembers Jordan “singing her music to guys when he was playing”. He […]

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Michael Jordan Was Inspired By Singer Anita Baker!

We all have inspirations in life and Michael Jordan was no different. Jordan drew inspiration from R&B singer, Anita Baker. He used her music in Space Jam and also to get himself ready for a game. Former NBA forward Roshown McLeod says he remembers Jordan “singing her music to guys when he was playing”.

He says MJ’s favorite song was “Giving You The Best That I Got” and that he sang it to Jerry Stackhouse while putting up 48 points. Additionally, Before MJ hit “The Shot” over Craig Ehlo, he credited Anita Baker for getting him ready to play in the locker room. He says he blasted his favorite song, “Giving You The Best That I Got”, prior to the game.

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Alonzo Mourning Received A Double Kidney Transplant To Survive! https://www.talkbasket.net/91626-alonzo-mourning-received-a-double-kidney-transplant-to-survive https://www.talkbasket.net/91626-alonzo-mourning-received-a-double-kidney-transplant-to-survive#respond Sat, 06 Jun 2020 20:35:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91626 There was a moment when Alonzo Mourning thought his basketball days were over. Before winning his NBA championship with the Miami Heat, Mourning dealt with some serious life-threatening issues. He was diagnosed with Focal Glomerulosclerosis, which is a rare kidney disease. This disease leads to kidney failure and the only treatment is to receive a […]

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Alonzo Mourning Received A Double Kidney Transplant To Survive!

There was a moment when Alonzo Mourning thought his basketball days were over. Before winning his NBA championship with the Miami Heat, Mourning dealt with some serious life-threatening issues. He was diagnosed with Focal Glomerulosclerosis, which is a rare kidney disease. This disease leads to kidney failure and the only treatment is to receive a transplant.

In 2003, Mourning received a DOUBLE transplant. One kidney even came from his cousin, who requested to remain anonymous. After having two successful transplants, he was able to go back to basketball. This rare disease changed Mourning’s life and made him focus on his health. He encourages people to “focus a little more on your health” and to “become an organ donor”. He says there are many people waiting on transplants just waiting on somebody to be their hero.

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Allen Iverson stunned the Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on this date in 2001 https://www.talkbasket.net/91622-allen-iverson-stunned-the-lakers-in-game-1-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-2001 https://www.talkbasket.net/91622-allen-iverson-stunned-the-lakers-in-game-1-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-2001#respond Sat, 06 Jun 2020 20:23:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91622 Allen Iverson led the Philadelphia 76ers to a shocking 107-101 overtime victory at the Los Angeles Lakers. He finished with 48 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals. He famously crossed over Lakers guard Tyronn Lue, knocked down a shot and stepped over Lue. That shot gave the Sixers a 103-99 lead with less […]

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Allen Iverson stunned the Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on this date in 2001

Allen Iverson led the Philadelphia 76ers to a shocking 107-101 overtime victory at the Los Angeles Lakers.

He finished with 48 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals. He famously crossed over Lakers guard Tyronn Lue, knocked down a shot and stepped over Lue. That shot gave the Sixers a 103-99 lead with less than one minute remaining in overtime. Iverson played 52:57 in the game.

Dikembe Mutombo also played well for Philadelphia. He finished with 13 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots. The Sixers outscored the Lakers by 14 points when he was in the game.

Shaquille O’Neal did everything he could for the Lakers but it wasn’t enough to get the victory. he finished with 44 points, 20 rebounds and five assists. Rick Fox had 19 points and Kobe Bryant had 15 points.

Despite Iverson’s heroics, Los Angeles won the series in five games. Game 1 of the NBA Finals was their only postseason loss in 2001.

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Allen Iverson’s top ten moments https://www.talkbasket.net/91619-allen-iversons-top-ten-moments https://www.talkbasket.net/91619-allen-iversons-top-ten-moments#respond Sat, 06 Jun 2020 20:02:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91619 Relive the top ten moments of Allen Iverson’s career, including (0:06) his career-high 60 points, (0:26) his game-winning steal and layup in overtime, (0:52) his playoff career-high 55 points, (1:12) his MVP performance in the 2001 NBA All-Star game, (1:35) his 50 point performance on the road as a rookie, (2:00) his battle with Vince […]

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Allen Iverson’s top ten moments

Relive the top ten moments of Allen Iverson’s career, including (0:06) his career-high 60 points, (0:26) his game-winning steal and layup in overtime, (0:52) his playoff career-high 55 points, (1:12) his MVP performance in the 2001 NBA All-Star game, (1:35) his 50 point performance on the road as a rookie, (2:00) his battle with Vince Carter in the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals, (2:22) his posturizing dunk over Marcus Camby, (2:37) his crossover of Michael Jordan, (2:57) his infamous “practice” press conference rant, (3:27) and his infamous step over Tyronn Lue in the 2001 NBA Finals, per ESPN:

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Michael Jordan did “The Move” against the Lakers in the NBA Finals on this date in 1991 https://www.talkbasket.net/91567-michael-jordan-did-the-move-against-the-lakers-in-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1991 https://www.talkbasket.net/91567-michael-jordan-did-the-move-against-the-lakers-in-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1991#respond Sat, 06 Jun 2020 01:06:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91567 Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to a 107-86 victory at home over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The victory tied the series at one game apiece. Jordan did “The Move,” when he elevated to dunk the ball with his right hand but adjusted in midair to lay the […]

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Michael Jordan did “The Move” against the Lakers in the NBA Finals on this date in 1991

Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to a 107-86 victory at home over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The victory tied the series at one game apiece.

Jordan did “The Move,” when he elevated to dunk the ball with his right hand but adjusted in midair to lay the ball in with his left hand.

He was unstoppable in the game. Jordan finished with 33 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds, two steals and a block. He went 15-18 on field goal attempts.

Scottie Pippen added 20 points and 10 assists for Chicago.

Magic Johnson finished with 14 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for Los Angeles. James Worthy had 24 points.

This game was the first of four consecutive victories for the Bulls, as Jordan led them to their first title.

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7’7 Manute Bol Boxes ‘Refrigerator’ Perry https://www.talkbasket.net/91468-77-manute-bol-boxes-refrigerator-perry https://www.talkbasket.net/91468-77-manute-bol-boxes-refrigerator-perry#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 04:10:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91468 In 2002, one of the tallest players ever to step on the court, 7-7 Manute Bol, stepped in the ring with the former football player, William “Refrigerator” Perry. Manute’s length was the difference in the fight and Perry just simply ran out of gas at the end. Manute won the fight unanimously and donated all […]

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7’7 Manute Bol Boxes ‘Refrigerator’ Perry

In 2002, one of the tallest players ever to step on the court, 7-7 Manute Bol, stepped in the ring with the former football player, William “Refrigerator” Perry. Manute’s length was the difference in the fight and Perry just simply ran out of gas at the end. Manute won the fight unanimously and donated all of the proceeds to his home country, Sudan. Check out the fight below:

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Kevin Garnett Got On All Fours and BARKED At Jerryd Bayless! https://www.talkbasket.net/91447-kevin-garnett-got-on-all-fours-and-barked-at-jerryd-bayless https://www.talkbasket.net/91447-kevin-garnett-got-on-all-fours-and-barked-at-jerryd-bayless#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 00:10:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91447 Throwback to Kevin Garnett getting on all fours and barking at Jerryd Bayless! The Celtics were on a huge run against the Trail Blazers in 2008 and Garnett was so pumped up he started to bark. The very next play, Kendrick Perkins hacked Bayless. There must have been some animosity towards Bayless that night. I’m […]

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Kevin Garnett Got On All Fours and BARKED At Jerryd Bayless!

Throwback to Kevin Garnett getting on all fours and barking at Jerryd Bayless! The Celtics were on a huge run against the Trail Blazers in 2008 and Garnett was so pumped up he started to bark. The very next play, Kendrick Perkins hacked Bayless. There must have been some animosity towards Bayless that night. I’m sure he’s never been barked at by a human and I’m also sure he was pretty freaked out. Check it out below:

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Carmelo Anthony Cuts His Braids Off After Losing A Bet! https://www.talkbasket.net/91433-carmelo-anthony-cuts-his-braids-off-after-losing-a-bet https://www.talkbasket.net/91433-carmelo-anthony-cuts-his-braids-off-after-losing-a-bet#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 22:01:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91433 In 2008, Carmelo Anthony was hesitant to accept a bet with his friend that if he lost in NBA Live, he would have to cut off his signature braids. He ended up accepting the bet and unfortunately, lost the game. He held up his end of the bargain and called his barber to get his […]

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Carmelo Anthony Cuts His Braids Off After Losing A Bet!

In 2008, Carmelo Anthony was hesitant to accept a bet with his friend that if he lost in NBA Live, he would have to cut off his signature braids. He ended up accepting the bet and unfortunately, lost the game. He held up his end of the bargain and called his barber to get his top chopped. His wife, Lala, was a little too excited to see Melo’s braids come off his head. She repeatedly says in the video that “This looks good!” She was excited about the new Melo. Check it out below:

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The Celtics beat the Suns in triple overtime in the NBA Finals on this date in 1976 https://www.talkbasket.net/91422-the-celtics-beat-the-suns-in-triple-overtime-in-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1976 https://www.talkbasket.net/91422-the-celtics-beat-the-suns-in-triple-overtime-in-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1976#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 20:47:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91422 The Celtics, led by Jo Jo White, prevailed at home in Boston over the Phoenix Suns. Boston held on for a 128-126 win in triple overtime to take a 3-2 series lead. White finished with 33 points, nine assists and six rebounds. The Celtics trailed by 110-109 with time running out in double overtime, when […]

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The Celtics beat the Suns in triple overtime in the NBA Finals on this date in 1976

The Celtics, led by Jo Jo White, prevailed at home in Boston over the Phoenix Suns. Boston held on for a 128-126 win in triple overtime to take a 3-2 series lead.

White finished with 33 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

The Celtics trailed by 110-109 with time running out in double overtime, when John Havlicek banked in a go-ahead shot. Time appeared to expire and fans stormed the court. However, one second was put back on the clock.

The Suns gave up a technical free throw to advance the ball and trailed by two. As time expired, Gar Heard hit a contested jump shot to tie the game and force a third overtime. He ended up playing 61 minutes in the game.

In the third overtime, Boston took a 128-122 lead. Phoenix cut the lead to 128-126 but never got the ball back before time expired.

Boston won Game 6 87-80 on the the road to clinch the NBA Finals.

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Hall Of Famer Calvin Murphy Has 14 Children With 9 Different Women! https://www.talkbasket.net/91414-hall-of-famer-calvin-murphy-has-14-children-with-9-different-women https://www.talkbasket.net/91414-hall-of-famer-calvin-murphy-has-14-children-with-9-different-women#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 20:21:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91414 Post-NBA life has not been friendly to 5’9 Hall of Famer, Calvin Murphy. Since retirement, he has fathered 14 children from NINE different mothers! Rumor has it, Murphy got lonely when traveling so much due to playing in the NBA, so he would go out and have his fair share of fun pretty often. We […]

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Hall Of Famer Calvin Murphy Has 14 Children With 9 Different Women!

Post-NBA life has not been friendly to 5’9 Hall of Famer, Calvin Murphy. Since retirement, he has fathered 14 children from NINE different mothers! Rumor has it, Murphy got lonely when traveling so much due to playing in the NBA, so he would go out and have his fair share of fun pretty often. We are all human, and all make mistakes, but this is something Murphy probably regrets to the fullest extent.

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John Salley on Len Bias dying from Coke 2 Days after Celtics draft https://www.talkbasket.net/91390-john-salley-on-len-bias-dying-from-coke-2-days-after-celtics-draft https://www.talkbasket.net/91390-john-salley-on-len-bias-dying-from-coke-2-days-after-celtics-draft#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 16:16:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91390 In this VladTV Flashback from 2018, a four-time NBA champion John Salley recounts the passing of his friend Len Bias who was slated to be a phenom in the NBA. Salley explained how Bias overdosed on pure cocaine and how being the supreme athlete he was made ODing more probable:

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John Salley on Len Bias dying from Coke 2 Days after Celtics draft

In this VladTV Flashback from 2018, a four-time NBA champion John Salley recounts the passing of his friend Len Bias who was slated to be a phenom in the NBA. Salley explained how Bias overdosed on pure cocaine and how being the supreme athlete he was made ODing more probable:

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Michael Jordan Divorced His Ex-Wife For $168 Million! https://www.talkbasket.net/91367-michael-jordan-divorced-his-ex-wife-for-168-million https://www.talkbasket.net/91367-michael-jordan-divorced-his-ex-wife-for-168-million#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 04:18:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91367 In 2002, Michael Jordan’s relationship with ex-wife, Juanita Vanoy, was going south. They filed for divorce and since they shared three children, they had to attempt to make things work for the kids. The attempt didn’t last as long as they hoped and resulted in them ending their marriage in 2006. Due to Michael Jordan […]

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Michael Jordan Divorced His Ex-Wife For $168 Million!

In 2002, Michael Jordan’s relationship with ex-wife, Juanita Vanoy, was going south. They filed for divorce and since they shared three children, they had to attempt to make things work for the kids. The attempt didn’t last as long as they hoped and resulted in them ending their marriage in 2006. Due to Michael Jordan being Michael Jordan, having money coming in from every which way, his wife ended up receiving $168 million dollars from MJ. This is the most expensive divorce in NBA history, even to this day.

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LeBron James and Kevin Durant Have a Rap Song Together! https://www.talkbasket.net/91344-lebron-james-and-kevin-durant-have-a-rap-song-together https://www.talkbasket.net/91344-lebron-james-and-kevin-durant-have-a-rap-song-together#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 22:18:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91344 Throwback to when LeBron James and Kevin Durant came together and made a motivational rap song. Before listening to the song, you might think it was meant to be a joke, but this song reveals the trials and tribulations James and Durant had to go through to reach success. Throughout the song, LeBron and KD […]

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LeBron James and Kevin Durant Have a Rap Song Together!

Throwback to when LeBron James and Kevin Durant came together and made a motivational rap song. Before listening to the song, you might think it was meant to be a joke, but this song reveals the trials and tribulations James and Durant had to go through to reach success.

Throughout the song, LeBron and KD talk about their rough upbringing and what it takes to handle the fame. Check the music video out below:

Music video to “It Ain’t Easy” by Lebron James and Kevin Durant

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Michael Jordan shrugs after dominating the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on this date in 1992 https://www.talkbasket.net/91313-michael-jordan-shrugs-after-dominating-the-trail-blazers-in-game-1-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1992 https://www.talkbasket.net/91313-michael-jordan-shrugs-after-dominating-the-trail-blazers-in-game-1-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1992#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 19:18:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91313 Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls past the Portland Trail Blazers, 122-89 to take Game 1 of the Finals. He finished with 35 points in the first half and 39 in the game. He also had 11 assists. He famously shrugged his shoulders after hitting his sixth 3-pointer of the first half. The Bulls went […]

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Michael Jordan shrugs after dominating the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on this date in 1992

Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls past the Portland Trail Blazers, 122-89 to take Game 1 of the Finals.

He finished with 35 points in the first half and 39 in the game. He also had 11 assists. He famously shrugged his shoulders after hitting his sixth 3-pointer of the first half.

The Bulls went on to win the NBA Finals in six games.

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All Clippers number one draft picks in history https://www.talkbasket.net/91308-all-clippers-number-one-draft-picks-in-history https://www.talkbasket.net/91308-all-clippers-number-one-draft-picks-in-history#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 19:15:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91308 Despite having different histories in terms of the number of seasons and championships won, both Los Angeles teams the Lakers and Clippers have one thing in common. They had the same number of first draft picks – three. Though the Purple & Gold were more successful with their choices. Let’s take a look at who […]

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All Clippers number one draft picks in history

Despite having different histories in terms of the number of seasons and championships won, both Los Angeles teams the Lakers and Clippers have one thing in common. They had the same number of first draft picks – three. Though the Purple & Gold were more successful with their choices. Let’s take a look at who were the Clippers’ number one picks so far.

In 1988 it was the first time for the Clippers when they had the top draft pick. They chose Danny Manning, a 6’10” power forward, who spent a solid six seasons with the team. He averaged 19.1 points per game during those years. Manning was a two-time NBA All-Star in 1993 and 1994.

Ten years later, in 1998, the Clippers had another opportunity to be the first team to make a draft pick. This time it didn’t go that well. Michael Olowokandi, a seven-footer center out of Pacific Tigers, was the number one pick. Despite high hopes, he failed to live up to the expectations. During five seasons in Los Angeles Olowokandi averaged 9.9 points and 8 rebounds per game. His best season was in 2002-03 when he averaged 12.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game for the Clippers.

Again, almost ten years after drafting Olowokandi the Clippers were awarded another first pick. In 2009 they made the obvious choice by drafting Blake Griffin. Though the Clippers had to wait one season before the highlight-reel power forward made his NBA debut. During the last Summer League game, Griffin injured his knee. He was diagnosed with a stress fracture and had to take a surgery which ruled him out for the whole season. Griffin spent 8 seasons in Los Angeles before getting shockingly traded to the Pistons. During the time with the Clippers, he averaged 21.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference

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Magic Johnson dished out an NBA Finals-record 21 assists against the Celtics on this date in 1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/91307-magic-johnson-dished-out-an-nba-finals-record-21-assists-against-the-celtics-on-this-date-in-1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/91307-magic-johnson-dished-out-an-nba-finals-record-21-assists-against-the-celtics-on-this-date-in-1984#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 19:00:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91307 Magic Johnson put on a clinic, as he led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 137-104 home victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The victory gave the lakers a 2-1 series lead. Johnson finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds to go with his 21 assists. Boston could not […]

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Magic Johnson dished out an NBA Finals-record 21 assists against the Celtics on this date in 1984

Magic Johnson put on a clinic, as he led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 137-104 home victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The victory gave the lakers a 2-1 series lead.

Johnson finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds to go with his 21 assists. Boston could not contain him and the “Showtime” Lakers ran wild.

The Lakers jumped out an early lead and never looked back, outscoring the Celtics 80-58 in the second half.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar finished with 24 points for the Lakers and Bob McAdoo had 21 off the bench.

Larry Bird had 30 points for the Celtics in the loss.

Johnson’s 21 assists remains the most in an NBA Finals game.

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All Lakers number one draft picks in history https://www.talkbasket.net/91278-all-lakers-number-one-draft-picks-in-history https://www.talkbasket.net/91278-all-lakers-number-one-draft-picks-in-history#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 12:35:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91278 Los Angeles Lakers is one of the most successful franchises in NBA history. The team has won 16 championships so far during a 72-year-old history. Due to success on the court, the Purple & Gold had less success off court in terms of top draft picks. The Lakers had only fourteen top five picks and […]

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All Lakers number one draft picks in history

Los Angeles Lakers is one of the most successful franchises in NBA history. The team has won 16 championships so far during a 72-year-old history. Due to success on the court, the Purple & Gold had less success off court in terms of top draft picks. The Lakers had only fourteen top five picks and only three of them were number one. But, all three of them were iconic.

In 1958, then the Minneapolis Lakers drafted Elgin Baylor. The 6’5″ small forward took NBA by storm. He averaged 24.9 points per game and became and NBA All-Star in his rookie season. Though Baylor finished his career without championships, he went down in history as one of the best Lakers of all time. He averaged 27.4 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game during his 14-year NBA career.

In 1979, the Lakers had the first draft pick for the second time in history. And they used it well. Earvin “Magic” Johnson was Los Angeles pick. He helped the Lakers win a championship in his rookie season. The Hall of Famer played a vital role in four titles for the Lakers. One of the best playmakers in the history of the NBA ended his career with averages of 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game.

The third and the last time as of now that the Lakers were awarded with the top draft pick was in 1982. Once again, the Purple & Gold did not miss. They selected the 6’9″ small forward James Worthy whose name is closely linked with the Lakers to this day. One of Los Angeles greats helped the team win 3 championships in 1985, 1987 and 1988. He had career averages of 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3 assists per game. A fact that speaks a lot about his talent is that Michael Jordan picked Worthy in his all-time starting five.

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How NBA teams got their names https://www.talkbasket.net/91263-how-nba-teams-got-their-names https://www.talkbasket.net/91263-how-nba-teams-got-their-names#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 07:36:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91263 Have you ever wondered why one or another NBA team has such name, Rebound Central video takes an in-depth look at how NBA teams got their names. Some NBA team names have a deep personal meaning representing their city or even state, while other NBA Teams got their name drawn out of a hat.

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Have you ever wondered why one or another NBA team has such name, Rebound Central video takes an in-depth look at how NBA teams got their names. Some NBA team names have a deep personal meaning representing their city or even state, while other NBA Teams got their name drawn out of a hat.

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Jayson Williams Accidently Killed His Limo Driver! https://www.talkbasket.net/91257-jayson-williams-accidently-killed-his-limo-driver https://www.talkbasket.net/91257-jayson-williams-accidently-killed-his-limo-driver#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 01:54:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91257 Former NBA All-Star, Jayson Williams, invited his limo driver into his mansion after a long night in 2002. Williams provided his limo driver, Gus Christofi, with a mansion tour since he had never seen the house before. Williams recalls entering a room and showing his shotgun off to Gus. Williams thought the gun was unloaded […]

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Jayson Williams Accidently Killed His Limo Driver!

Former NBA All-Star, Jayson Williams, invited his limo driver into his mansion after a long night in 2002. Williams provided his limo driver, Gus Christofi, with a mansion tour since he had never seen the house before. Williams recalls entering a room and showing his shotgun off to Gus. Williams thought the gun was unloaded but he was sadly mistaken. The gun went off and killed Gus instantly after he fired it. Williams, on an interview with 60 minutes, said: “If there was any way to bring Mr. Christofi back, I would do it.”

Williams felt awful about the situation, but there was no escaping the consequences for what he had done. He served a 18-month prison sentence and was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter. He also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. Williams also said in the interview that he drank “a fifth of moonshine” to cope with his mental issues.

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Carmelo Anthony Runs From Robber At Age 14! https://www.talkbasket.net/91251-carmelo-anthony-runs-from-robber-at-age-14 https://www.talkbasket.net/91251-carmelo-anthony-runs-from-robber-at-age-14#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 23:44:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91251 On an interview with ESPN The Magazine, Carmelo Anthony discussed a childhood story where someone tried to rob him of $20 at age 14. Instead of simply handing it over and going about his day, he gambled with his life and took off. This really shows what money meant to him at such a young […]

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Carmelo Anthony Runs From Robber At Age 14!

On an interview with ESPN The Magazine, Carmelo Anthony discussed a childhood story where someone tried to rob him of $20 at age 14. Instead of simply handing it over and going about his day, he gambled with his life and took off. This really shows what money meant to him at such a young age.

Melo didn’t elaborate much more on the story, but it’s obvious he takes his money seriously. To this day, even making millions of dollars, Carmelo spends his money wisely. Smart decision by Carmelo because according to Sports Illustrated, “60% of NBA players file for bankruptcy within five years of retirement.”

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Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton led the SuperSonics to the NBA Finals on this date in 1996 https://www.talkbasket.net/91208-shawn-kemp-and-gary-payton-led-the-supersonics-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1996 https://www.talkbasket.net/91208-shawn-kemp-and-gary-payton-led-the-supersonics-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1996#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 18:43:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91208 Shawn Kemp came up clutch in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. He led the Seattle SuperSonics to a 90-86 home victory over the Utah Jazz. Seattle led throughout the fourth quarter, with Utah trying to come from behind. Every time the Jazz cut into the lead the SuperSonics would answer. Kemp finished with […]

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Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton led the SuperSonics to the NBA Finals on this date in 1996

Shawn Kemp came up clutch in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. He led the Seattle SuperSonics to a 90-86 home victory over the Utah Jazz.

Seattle led throughout the fourth quarter, with Utah trying to come from behind. Every time the Jazz cut into the lead the SuperSonics would answer.

Kemp finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead Seattle. He also hit two clutch free throws to give them an 89-86 lead.

With 8.2 seconds remaining Karl Malone was fouled but he missed both free throws and the SuperSonics secured the rebound and put the game away. Malone finished with 22 points but struggled with efficiency. He shot 8-22 from the field and 6-12 on free throws.

In addition to Kemp, Gary Payton played well for Seattle. He finished with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists.

John Stockton finished with 22 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals for Utah, but it wasn’t enough.

This was Seattle’s last Finals appearance before the franchise moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder.

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Kobe Bryant: Speak Up For What You Believe In https://www.talkbasket.net/91153-kobe-bryant-wants-you-to-speak-up-for-what-you-believe-in https://www.talkbasket.net/91153-kobe-bryant-wants-you-to-speak-up-for-what-you-believe-in#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 23:53:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91153 In a postgame interview, Kobe Bryant was asked what the significance of the “I Can’t Breathe” shirts was. NBA players wore this shirt during shootaround to honor Eric Garner, who was killed by a police officer. Bryant says the video was “horrid” and there was need for justice. This ties into the events regarding the […]

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Kobe Bryant: Speak Up For What You Believe In

In a postgame interview, Kobe Bryant was asked what the significance of the “I Can’t Breathe” shirts was. NBA players wore this shirt during shootaround to honor Eric Garner, who was killed by a police officer. Bryant says the video was “horrid” and there was need for justice.

This ties into the events regarding the murder of George Floyd, who was also killed by a police officer. Kobe Bryant says that you should “use your platform to speak up and affect change”. He goes onto say that we should “support each other” and “speak up for what you believe in.”

This interview was in 2014 and you can take everything Kobe said during this and tie it into what is taking place currently. Check it out below:

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Dwight Howard Ate 22 Hershey Bars Worth Of Sugar For Years! https://www.talkbasket.net/91133-dwight-howard-ate-24-candy-bars-per-day-for-over-10-years https://www.talkbasket.net/91133-dwight-howard-ate-24-candy-bars-per-day-for-over-10-years#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 22:50:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91133 Dwight Howard, also known as Superman, dealt with a addiction during the beginning of his NBA career. No, not alcohol, not drugs, but candy bars. Howard’s nutritionist, Dr. Cate Shanahan says Dwight would eat Skittles, Starburst, Rolos, Snickers, Mars Bars, Twizzlers, Almond Joys, Kit Kats, and Reese’s Pieces. She says Dwight would eat them “before […]

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Dwight Howard Ate 22 Hershey Bars Worth Of Sugar For Years!

Dwight Howard, also known as Superman, dealt with a addiction during the beginning of his NBA career. No, not alcohol, not drugs, but candy bars. Howard’s nutritionist, Dr. Cate Shanahan says Dwight would eat Skittles, Starburst, Rolos, Snickers, Mars Bars, Twizzlers, Almond Joys, Kit Kats, and Reese’s Pieces. She says Dwight would eat them “before lunch, after lunch, before dinner, after dinner, and had stashes all over his house”. Dwight’s addiction led to him having Dysesthesia, which is a condition that alters the nervous system and is commonly seen in patients with pre-diabetes. In 2014, Dwight would reveal he consumed “22 Hershey bars worth of sugar for years.”

Dwight Howard on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger” discussing his addiction.

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Shaq Fights Boxer “Sugar” Shane Mosley! https://www.talkbasket.net/91101-shaq-fights-boxer-sugar-shane-mosley https://www.talkbasket.net/91101-shaq-fights-boxer-sugar-shane-mosley#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 21:00:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91101 Throwback to when the most dominant center of all-time hopped in the ring with “Sugar” Shane Mosley. The two delivered some heavy haymakers and Shaq even got on his knees to fight Mosley! The fight ended on a unanimous decision in Shane Mosley’s favor. Check out the match below:

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Shaq Fights Boxer “Sugar” Shane Mosley!

Throwback to when the most dominant center of all-time hopped in the ring with “Sugar” Shane Mosley. The two delivered some heavy haymakers and Shaq even got on his knees to fight Mosley! The fight ended on a unanimous decision in Shane Mosley’s favor. Check out the match below:

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Karl Malone gives Isiah Thomas 40 stitches https://www.talkbasket.net/91098-karl-malone-gives-isiah-thomas-40-stitches https://www.talkbasket.net/91098-karl-malone-gives-isiah-thomas-40-stitches#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:36:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91098 Utah Jazz power forward Karl Malone collided with Detroit Pistons point guard Isiah Thomas in a game on December 14, 1991. Thomas received 40 stitches and Malone was ejected, fined $10,000 and was suspended for a game. This includes the KSL report on the incident:

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Karl Malone gives Isiah Thomas 40 stitches

Utah Jazz power forward Karl Malone collided with Detroit Pistons point guard Isiah Thomas in a game on December 14, 1991. Thomas received 40 stitches and Malone was ejected, fined $10,000 and was suspended for a game. This includes the KSL report on the incident:

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On this day, Dirk Nowitzki scored 50 points in the Western Conference Finals https://www.talkbasket.net/91059-on-this-day-dirk-nowitzki-scored-50-points-in-the-western-conference-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/91059-on-this-day-dirk-nowitzki-scored-50-points-in-the-western-conference-finals#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:07:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91059 On June 1, 2006, Dirk Nowitzki scored 50 points in a 117-101 win over the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. Nowitzki has three career 50-point games, including the regular season and playoffs. There are only two other 50-point games in Dallas Mavericks history. In that game, Nowitzki also outscored the […]

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On this day, Dirk Nowitzki scored 50 points in the Western Conference Finals

On June 1, 2006, Dirk Nowitzki scored 50 points in a 117-101 win over the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

Nowitzki has three career 50-point games, including the regular season and playoffs.

There are only two other 50-point games in Dallas Mavericks history.

In that game, Nowitzki also outscored the Suns 22-20 in the fourth quarter.

His 50 points is a playoff franchise-high.

The Mavericks would go on to win Game 6 and advance to the franchise’s first NBA Finals.

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Reggie Miller taunted Spike Lee and took over Madison Square Garden on this date in 1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/90999-reggie-miller-taunted-spike-lee-and-took-over-madison-square-garden-on-this-date-in-1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/90999-reggie-miller-taunted-spike-lee-and-took-over-madison-square-garden-on-this-date-in-1994#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 04:16:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90999 Reggie Miller scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 93-86 victory over the New York Knicks. The victory gave the Pacers a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Miller outscored the Knicks 25-16 in the fourth quarter, as Indiana erased a 12-point deficit. He set a […]

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Reggie Miller taunted Spike Lee and took over Madison Square Garden on this date in 1994

Reggie Miller scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 93-86 victory over the New York Knicks. The victory gave the Pacers a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Miller outscored the Knicks 25-16 in the fourth quarter, as Indiana erased a 12-point deficit. He set a playoff record with five three-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 39 points.

Miller and Spike Lee had been trash talking all game and Miller taunted Lee throughout the fourth quarter. In fact, many Knicks fans blamed Lee for firing up Miller.

Despite Miller’s spectacular performance, New York won two consecutive games to win the series in seven games. The following season, Miller got his revenge, as he led the Pacers to a Game 7 victory in Madison Square Garden in the second round of the postseason.

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Madonna Offered Dennis Rodman $20 Million To Get Her Pregnant! https://www.talkbasket.net/90991-madonna-offered-dennis-rodman-20-million-to-get-her-pregnant https://www.talkbasket.net/90991-madonna-offered-dennis-rodman-20-million-to-get-her-pregnant#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 00:12:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90991 In an interview with the Breakfast Club, Dennis Rodman shockingly stated that Madonna once offered him $20 million dollars to be the father of her child. Rodman says he received a phone call while gambling in Las Vegas from Madonna stating that she was “ovulating”. Rodman told the guys to hold the table for him, […]

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Madonna Offered Dennis Rodman $20 Million To Get Her Pregnant!

In an interview with the Breakfast Club, Dennis Rodman shockingly stated that Madonna once offered him $20 million dollars to be the father of her child. Rodman says he received a phone call while gambling in Las Vegas from Madonna stating that she was “ovulating”. Rodman told the guys to hold the table for him, caught a flight, and went to see Madonna. The two never had the child, but Rodman recalls her telling him that if he got her pregnant she would “give him 20 million”. He added that “the baby would have to be born first” before she would get any money out of him!

Dennis Rodman on The Breakfast Club

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Gerald Henderson helped the Celtics steal Game 2 of the NBA Finals from the Lakers on this date in 1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/90961-gerald-henderson-helped-the-celtics-steal-game-2-of-the-nba-finals-from-the-lakers-on-this-date-in-1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/90961-gerald-henderson-helped-the-celtics-steal-game-2-of-the-nba-finals-from-the-lakers-on-this-date-in-1984#respond Sun, 31 May 2020 19:07:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90961 Gerald Henderson stole James Worthy’s pass at scored with 13 seconds left to tie the game at 113, sending the Boston garden crowd into a frenzy. The Celtics went on to win 124-121 in overtime to tie the series at one. Larry Bird had 27 points and 13 rebounds for Boston. Magic Johnson had 27 […]

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Gerald Henderson helped the Celtics steal Game 2 of the NBA Finals from the Lakers on this date in 1984

Gerald Henderson stole James Worthy’s pass at scored with 13 seconds left to tie the game at 113, sending the Boston garden crowd into a frenzy. The Celtics went on to win 124-121 in overtime to tie the series at one.

Larry Bird had 27 points and 13 rebounds for Boston.

Magic Johnson had 27 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Los Angeles. However, he failed to realize how much time was remaining in regulation and dribbled out the clock without getting a shot off, sending the game to overtime.

The Lakers had another chance to win the game overtime. They trailed 122-121 with eight seconds remaining and had the ball but they once again failed to get a shot off, as Bob McAdoo had the ball stolen from him. Bird made two free throws and the Lakers turned over the ensuing inbounds pass.

The game turned out to be a pivotal one as the Celtics went on to defeat the Lakers in seven games to win the 1984 NBA Finals.

Bird was named Finals MVP.

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Lil Wayne Says Kobe Bryant Inspires Him In Life! https://www.talkbasket.net/90907-lil-wayne-says-kobe-bryant-inspires-him-in-life https://www.talkbasket.net/90907-lil-wayne-says-kobe-bryant-inspires-him-in-life#respond Sun, 31 May 2020 02:30:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90907 While sitting courtside at a Lakers game, Lil Wayne, one of the greatest rappers of our generation, was approached by a reporter. She asked him who his favorite player was and Wayne’s answer was Kobe Bryant. Wayne says Kobe “is the greatest player to touch a basketball”. He says the way Kobe “fights through injury” […]

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Lil Wayne Says Kobe Bryant Inspires Him In Life!

While sitting courtside at a Lakers game, Lil Wayne, one of the greatest rappers of our generation, was approached by a reporter. She asked him who his favorite player was and Wayne’s answer was Kobe Bryant. Wayne says Kobe “is the greatest player to touch a basketball”. He says the way Kobe “fights through injury” and “excels through injury” inspires him in his everyday life.

Video from @hoopsdepartment on Twitter

Lil Wayne also made a song inspired by Kobe Bryant winning the 2009 Conference Finals. Bryant recorded 35 points and 10 assists in Game 6 to close the series out. Kobe remembers Lil Wayne calling him saying, “Man, that performance just motivated the hell out of me. I’ma do a song, is it okay if I do a song?” Check it out below:

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Tupac Says Michael Jordan “Is Not a Great Role Model” https://www.talkbasket.net/90897-tupac-says-michael-jordan-is-not-a-great-role-model https://www.talkbasket.net/90897-tupac-says-michael-jordan-is-not-a-great-role-model#respond Sun, 31 May 2020 00:41:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90897 You’ve heard the term rappers want to be ballers and ballers want to be rappers. These two professions go hand in hand. They bring people together and it’s always been that way. Back in 1992, the world most iconic rapper criticized the most iconic basketball player. Tupac was a well-known leader in the African American […]

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Tupac Says Michael Jordan “Is Not a Great Role Model”

You’ve heard the term rappers want to be ballers and ballers want to be rappers. These two professions go hand in hand. They bring people together and it’s always been that way.

Back in 1992, the world most iconic rapper criticized the most iconic basketball player. Tupac was a well-known leader in the African American community. He always gave back. Tupac wanted to be an inspiration to kids to let them know that they could be something. This was Tupac’s problem with MJ. He said Jordan never did much for the African American community. He says he never saw “Jordan in the hood”. Tupac said showing his face would mean the world to kids. He thinks that Jordan should “come down to the inner city, and just shoot the ball with the kids”. He knows that it would “change their life”.

Tupac goes on to say the problem with the people not making it out of the hood is that they never had a role model. Nobody to look up to. He says Jordan fails to be somebody’s hero. Tupac wants Jordan to give back to the African American community.

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The Celtics defeated the Pistons in Game 7 of the ECF in a game featuring 9 future Hall of Famers on this date in 1987 https://www.talkbasket.net/90868-the-celtics-defeated-the-pistons-in-game-7-of-the-eastern-conference-finals-in-a-game-featuring-nine-future-hall-of-famers-on-this-date-in-1987 https://www.talkbasket.net/90868-the-celtics-defeated-the-pistons-in-game-7-of-the-eastern-conference-finals-in-a-game-featuring-nine-future-hall-of-famers-on-this-date-in-1987#respond Sat, 30 May 2020 20:58:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90868 The Boston Celtics won Game 7 117-114 at home against the Detroit Pistons, thanks to an excellent performance by Larry Bird. The game featured nine future Hall of Famers. For the Celtics, Bird, Dennis Johnson, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale and Bill Walton. For the Pistons, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Adrian Dantley and Dennis Rodman. It […]

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The Celtics defeated the Pistons in Game 7 of the ECF in a game featuring 9 future Hall of Famers on this date in 1987

The Boston Celtics won Game 7 117-114 at home against the Detroit Pistons, thanks to an excellent performance by Larry Bird.

The game featured nine future Hall of Famers. For the Celtics, Bird, Dennis Johnson, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale and Bill Walton. For the Pistons, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Adrian Dantley and Dennis Rodman.

It was a back and forth game. The Celtics had the lead late in the fourth quarter and every time the Pistons made a push the Celtics responded and were able to hold them off.

Bird finished with 37 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in Game 7. He played all 48 minutes. Johnson, Parish and McHale all recorded double doubles.

Dumars finished with 35 for the Pistons in the loss and Thomas had 25.

In Game 4, a fight broke out between Bird and and Laimbeer after a hard foul by Laimbeer, late in the game. Laimbeer grabbed Bird by the neck and flung him to the ground. Bird punched Laimbeer and then threw the basketball at the Pistons. This led to another scuffle between Bird and Rodman.

Bird got his revenge on Laimbeer and the Pistons with his dominant Game 7 performance.

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Carmelo Anthony’s best Highlights as a Rookie https://www.talkbasket.net/90850-carmelo-anthonys-best-highlights-as-a-rookie https://www.talkbasket.net/90850-carmelo-anthonys-best-highlights-as-a-rookie#respond Sat, 30 May 2020 13:51:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90850 Carmelo Anthony dropped 21 points while pulling down six rebounds, dishing out three assists and managing a steal per game in his rookie season with the Denver Nuggets. Take a look at his BEST highlights from that year:

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Carmelo Anthony’s best Highlights as a Rookie

Carmelo Anthony dropped 21 points while pulling down six rebounds, dishing out three assists and managing a steal per game in his rookie season with the Denver Nuggets. Take a look at his BEST highlights from that year:

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LeBron James is Automatic from The Logo https://www.talkbasket.net/90848-lebron-james-is-automatic-from-the-logo https://www.talkbasket.net/90848-lebron-james-is-automatic-from-the-logo#respond Sat, 30 May 2020 13:21:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90848 Take a look at a compilation of LeBron James’ best shots from the logo:

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LeBron James is Automatic from The Logo

Take a look at a compilation of LeBron James’ best shots from the logo:

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How Michael Jordan traded Laron Profit for trash talking him https://www.talkbasket.net/90834-how-michael-jordan-traded-laron-profit-for-trash-talking-him https://www.talkbasket.net/90834-how-michael-jordan-traded-laron-profit-for-trash-talking-him#respond Sat, 30 May 2020 09:57:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90834 Former NBA champion Rip Hamilton remember a story about Michael Jordan from his Wizards days on All The Smoke podcast hosted by two fellow NBA champions Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. After retiring from basketball in 1998, Jordan returned to the NBA not as a player, but as part owner and president of basketball operations […]

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How Michael Jordan traded Laron Profit for trash talking him

Former NBA champion Rip Hamilton remember a story about Michael Jordan from his Wizards days on All The Smoke podcast hosted by two fellow NBA champions Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. After retiring from basketball in 1998, Jordan returned to the NBA not as a player, but as part owner and president of basketball operations for the Wizards in January of 2000.

Despite not being a player for Washington, MJ use to come to practices and play. Hamilton and Laron Profit would often play Jordan and trash talk him. Until one day Profit stepped over the line after he got the better of the Bulls legend in one play.

“Me and Prof [Laron Profit] used to play with him [Jordan] all the time,” Hamilton remembered. “We used to talk trash to MJ all the time but there were certain things that I wouldn’t say. And Prof sometimes would say a little of extra stuff that I wouldn’t go there.”

“I remember when one time when we were playing in practice. And Prof might have hit a shot on MJ and he was like running down court “You can’t guard me with them old-ass knees.” And I’m like “Oh, stop, time out!” You don’t say that to the GOAT. MJ was heated.” Jordan was so mad that he traded Profit to the Orlando Magic.

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Top scorers in Los Angeles Lakers history https://www.talkbasket.net/90827-top-scorers-in-los-angeles-lakers-history https://www.talkbasket.net/90827-top-scorers-in-los-angeles-lakers-history#respond Sat, 30 May 2020 09:17:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90827 The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most iconic NBA franchises. Since 1947 when the team was founded as the Minneapolis Lakers there have been many great players who have worn the purple and gold. Here is the list of NBA stars that went down in history as the top scorers for the 16-time […]

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Top scorers in Los Angeles Lakers history

The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most iconic NBA franchises. Since 1947 when the team was founded as the Minneapolis Lakers there have been many great players who have worn the purple and gold. Here is the list of NBA stars that went down in history as the top scorers for the 16-time champions.

Today Los Angeles has such superstars as LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the roster but it will take significant amount of season for Davis to play for the Lakers in order to come close to the leaders. Meanwhile, James might simply not have enough years in his career to catch up.

10. Jamaal Wilkes 10,601 points

The four-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer played for the Lakers through 1977-85. Wilkes’ best season as a Laker in terms of scoring was in 1980-81 when he averaged 22.6 points per game.

9. Byron Scott 12,780

Scott won three NBA titles with the Golden era Lakers in 1985, 1987 and 1988. The 1987-88 season was the most successful individually for the 6’3″ shooting guard.

8. Gail Goodrich 13,044

The 6’1″ shooting guard had two stints in Los Angeles in 1965–68 and 1970–76. The Hall of Famer won a championship in 1972 while also having the highest scoring season with 25.9 points per game.

7. Shaquille O’Neal 13,895

Shaq was one of the most dominant forces in the league, especially during his Lakers years. The Hall of Famer helped Los Angeles win three championships through 2000-02. In 1999-00 he averaged 29.7 points per game, the highest in his career.

6. James Worthy 16,320

The 6’7″ small forward spent his entire career with the Lakers, winning three NBA titles in the process (1985, 1987, 1988). The Hall of Famer had the best season individually in 1990-91 when he averaged 21.4 points per game.

5. Magic Johnson 17,707

Magic Johnson was one of the most iconic players in the Lakers history. He helped Los Angeles win five championships (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988). The Hall of Famer averaged 23.9 points per game in 1986-87 which was his best season.

4. Elgin Baylor 23,149

Baylor started his NBA career back in 1958 while the Lakers were still located in Minneapolis. He made an instant impact in the league as he averaged 24.9 points per game in his first season. The best season in terms of scoring for the Hall of Famer came in his fourth year as he averaged 38.3 points per game. He won 11 titles for the Lakers.

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 24,176

The Hall of Famer was one of the most dominant players in the NBA. Abdul-Jabbar spent 14 out of his 20 NBA seasons in Los Angeles. His best years in terms of scoring were with the Bucks but he still averaged 27.7 points per game in 1975-76 for the Lakers. The 7’2″ center won five championships in LA.

2. Jerry West 25,192

The Logo was a scoring machine but he managed to win only one NBA title in 1972. The Hall of Famer had four +30 points per game seasons. His highest scoring season was in 1969-70 when he averaged 31.2 points per game.

1. Kobe Bryant 33,643

It comes as no surprise that Kobe is at the top of the list. The Hall of Famer dedicated his entire 20-season career for the Lakers, winning five championships in the process. One of the most iconic NBA players of all time exploded in 2005-06 as he averaged 35.4 points per game.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference

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Manute Bol Killed A Lion With A Spear! https://www.talkbasket.net/90821-manute-bol-killed-a-lion-with-a-spear https://www.talkbasket.net/90821-manute-bol-killed-a-lion-with-a-spear#respond Sat, 30 May 2020 03:27:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90821 Legend has it, the 7-7 giant, Manute Bol, killed a lion during his childhood in Africa! There is no proof that this occurred, and we’ll never know. But, he allegedly killed the lion with a spear somewhere near his village. The big fella packed a punch! On top of that, Manute also hopped in the […]

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Manute Bol Killed A Lion With A Spear!

Legend has it, the 7-7 giant, Manute Bol, killed a lion during his childhood in Africa! There is no proof that this occurred, and we’ll never know. But, he allegedly killed the lion with a spear somewhere near his village. The big fella packed a punch!

On top of that, Manute also hopped in the ring with ‘Refrigerator’ Perry! Check it out below:

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Wilt Chamberlain Tried To Box Muhammad Ali! https://www.talkbasket.net/90789-wilt-chamberlain-wanted-to-box-muhammad-ali https://www.talkbasket.net/90789-wilt-chamberlain-wanted-to-box-muhammad-ali#respond Sat, 30 May 2020 00:48:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90789 After dominating the NBA for 13 seasons, Wilt Chamberlain thought it was time to go dominate another sport. Chamberlain reportedly challenged Muhammad Ali in a boxing match for his heavyweight title! In March of 1967, Ali and Chamberlain appeared of Howard Cosell’s show on ABC discussing their potential fight. Ali, on the show, stated that […]

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Wilt Chamberlain Tried To Box Muhammad Ali!

After dominating the NBA for 13 seasons, Wilt Chamberlain thought it was time to go dominate another sport. Chamberlain reportedly challenged Muhammad Ali in a boxing match for his heavyweight title! In March of 1967, Ali and Chamberlain appeared of Howard Cosell’s show on ABC discussing their potential fight. Ali, on the show, stated that he wanted to “fight a few people first” before fighting Wilt.

The fight was set to take place at Madison Square Garden but unfortunately, neither side could come to an agreement. Chamberlain would only receive 500,000 dollars for the fight, which he was opposed to. Ali, on the other hand, took a hit when he lost to Joe Frazier. He had lost his heavyweight title which possibly made him think he was going to be fighting for nothing. Things simply just did not work out. This was just another one of those situations where you think to yourself what could have been.

Wilt Chamberlain and Muhammad Ali on “The Howard Cosell Show” on ABC

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Magic Johnson Appeared On Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time” https://www.talkbasket.net/90764-magic-johnson-appeared-on-michael-jacksons-remember-the-time https://www.talkbasket.net/90764-magic-johnson-appeared-on-michael-jacksons-remember-the-time#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 20:10:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90764 Everyone remembers the popular song “Remember The Time” by the King of Pop. But, do you remember the stars that appeared on the music video? The scene was set in Egypt and featured appearances from Magic Johnson, Eddie Murphy, Iman, The Pharcyde, Tom Lister, and Wylie Draper! Magic played the Herald in the short film. […]

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Magic Johnson Appeared On Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time”

Everyone remembers the popular song “Remember The Time” by the King of Pop. But, do you remember the stars that appeared on the music video? The scene was set in Egypt and featured appearances from Magic Johnson, Eddie Murphy, Iman, The Pharcyde, Tom Lister, and Wylie Draper! Magic played the Herald in the short film. He recalls the great memories of acting alongside Michael Jackson by saying, “That video was so funny. Michael Jackson is the most detail-oriented cat, most professional dude that you would ever want to work with.” Check out the short film below!

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Rik Smits beat the Magic at the buzzer in a wild playoff game on this date in 1995 https://www.talkbasket.net/90758-rik-smits-beat-the-magic-at-the-buzzer-in-a-wild-playoff-game-on-this-date-in-1995 https://www.talkbasket.net/90758-rik-smits-beat-the-magic-at-the-buzzer-in-a-wild-playoff-game-on-this-date-in-1995#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 18:58:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90758 Rik Smits knocked down a shot as a time expired to lift the Indiana Pacers to a 94-93 victory at home over the Orlando Magic. The victory tied the Eastern Conference Finals at two games apiece. With 13.3 second remaining Reggie Miller hit a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a two-point lead. Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway […]

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Rik Smits beat the Magic at the buzzer in a wild playoff game on this date in 1995

Rik Smits knocked down a shot as a time expired to lift the Indiana Pacers to a 94-93 victory at home over the Orlando Magic. The victory tied the Eastern Conference Finals at two games apiece.

With 13.3 second remaining Reggie Miller hit a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a two-point lead.

Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway responded by hitting an off-balance 3-pointer to give the Magic a one-point lead but there was still time remaining on the clock.

Indiana inbounded the ball to Smits, who pump faked and then calmly knocked down a jumper at the buzzer.

Smits finished with 21 points for the Pacers, while Miller had 23. Hardaway finished with 26 for the Magic.

Despite the incredible victory in game 4, Orlando prevailed, winning the series in seven games to advance to the NBA Finals.

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John Stockton’s clutch shot sent the Jazz to the NBA Finals on this date in 1997 https://www.talkbasket.net/90755-john-stocktons-clutch-shot-sent-the-jazz-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1997 https://www.talkbasket.net/90755-john-stocktons-clutch-shot-sent-the-jazz-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1997#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 18:41:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90755 John Stockton hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift his Utah Jazz past the Houston Rockets 103-100 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. The road victory clinched the series and sent Utah to the NBA Finals for the first time. The series was close throughout and so was Game 6. With the […]

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John Stockton’s clutch shot sent the Jazz to the NBA Finals on this date in 1997

John Stockton hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift his Utah Jazz past the Houston Rockets 103-100 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. The road victory clinched the series and sent Utah to the NBA Finals for the first time.

The series was close throughout and so was Game 6.

With the Jazz trailing by two points and time running down, Stockton hit a floater to tie the game with with 22.4 seconds remaining.

Houston failed to score and with 2.8 seconds remaining, the game was tied at 100 apiece and the Jazz were inbounding the ball. Stockton got open and stepped into a 3-pointer at the buzzer, silencing the crowd in Houston.

Stockton was unstoppable in Game 6. He finished with 25 points, 13 assists and two steals.

Karl Malone was also excellent for Utah in Game 6. He finished with 24 points 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.

After years of postseason disappoint, the Jazz finally advanced to the NBA Finals.

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From CP3 to 3D: Julian Wright on playing in Europe and the two kinds of team leadership https://www.talkbasket.net/90692-from-cp3-to-3d-julian-wright-on-playing-in-europe-and-the-two-kinds-of-team-leadership https://www.talkbasket.net/90692-from-cp3-to-3d-julian-wright-on-playing-in-europe-and-the-two-kinds-of-team-leadership#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 11:57:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90692 In the first part of his interview with TalkBasket.net, Julian Wright made a flashback to his U.S. career, including his time in college and the NBA. During the discussion, the retired athlete, who called himself undervalued for the most part of his trajectory, also recalled instances from his time overseas. From 2012, when he signed […]

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From CP3 to 3D: Julian Wright on playing in Europe and the two kinds of team leadership

In the first part of his interview with TalkBasket.net, Julian Wright made a flashback to his U.S. career, including his time in college and the NBA. During the discussion, the retired athlete, who called himself undervalued for the most part of his trajectory, also recalled instances from his time overseas.

From 2012, when he signed with Maccabi Rishon in Israel, until 2019, the year in which his time in France with Paris Metropolitans came to an abrupt end, the 33-year-old joined no less than eight European teams, in addition to his short stint in Puerto Rico in 2015. Wright had his probably best seasons in Italy with Trento and Pallacanestro Reggiana, but he was also solid with Trabzonspor in Turkey.

Nevertheless, the most prestigious and decorated club he got the chance to play was Panathinaikos from Greece. The six-time Euroleague champs were going through a process of reconstruction during the 2014-15 campaign. Montenegrin coach Dusko Ivanovic was at the helm of the Greens and picked Julian in order to enhance his team’s athletic ability. The versatile forward took his time in Athens, getting himself prepared and into shape, before eventually signing a short-term contract with the Greek team. The timing proved to be unfortunate because Panathinaikos would often struggle in the Euroleague, while the Illinois native wasn’t getting sufficient playing time. After having stayed in Athens for three months, Wright left the city on New Year’s Eve.

Having spent almost half of his career in Europe entitles the former Kansas star to ponder on the positive and negative experiences he had, which led him to some interesting conclusions. For instance, the No.13 pick in the 2007 draft proposes the implementation of a collective bargaining agreement in Europe, in order to avoid the time-consuming and ineffective decisions made by the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal. He also recalls dealing with financially irresponsible teams, which made him want to be an expatriate guide for overseas ballers. When it comes to choosing the best teammates he ever had, Julian’s picks can be rather unpredictable.

In the end, winning teams depend a lot on leadership. By describing the character of two influential players who dominated the game on both sides of the Atlantic, Wright offers some insights on diametrically opposed concepts of leadership: the quiet and the vocal, the tacit and the outspoken, the humble and the condescending.

Some would add: “the John Stocktons and the Michael Jordans of this world.”

This is Julian Wright, Part II.

 Q: In Greece we saw a considerably less athletic version of yourself. Panathinaikos coach Dusko Ivanovic had initially decided to let you go after you failed the medicals. How did you end up playing for Panathinaikos?

A: I was nursing an injury from playing in Russia during the 2013-14 season. Had a big bone bruise and didn’t want to come back too soon. I wasn’t in shape because I hadn’t gone into conditional running. I was starting to get in shape before I signed and then pulled my hamstring. Panathinaikos were about to sign somebody else and I asked to stay to rehab. After the first Euroleague game, I was fine, considering the way Ivanovic practices. It was a short-term contract and I heard from people it was a managerial decision to end it, even budget-wise. I had the rest of the year guaranteed on January 1. So, they let me go for that reason, but performance-wise, the coaching staff didn’t have an issue for me to leave. That’s what I heard. It’s business, but I enjoyed my time at Panathinaikos. I still get in touch with people who play for the team, coaches who are not there anymore, players and people from the community. My son was born in Athens, actually.

Q: How was Dusko for you? Did you get along? He is infamous for his excruciating practice sessions and for preferring low-post bigs to undersized centers.

A: A lot of times in my career, coaches and managers think that I’m capable of playing a certain way. i’ve always thought I’m best playing multiple positions. I practice and I prepare in my off-season based on how I think I will be used. My three-point percentage had been sub-30 in most of my career. So, I was not prepared to shoot five three-pointers in a game. One thing that I kept in mind with that coach is to not jump on pump-fakes. I used to always do that, until I played for coach Dusko. In terms of his practices, it was OK for me since I needed to be in shape. But I heard a few other players say: “I’ve lost two years of my career playing for him.”

Q: Who said that?

A: I cannot say. It’s almost consensus, but mostly U.S. players – not all. I’m always trying to get something from every coach and Dusko was a great basketball mind. Sometimes when it comes to some of the younger players, I tend to compare how they play with me, although it’s a different era.

Julian Wright, #21 of Panathinaikos Athens in action during the 2014-2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball Regular Season Date 8 game between Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul v Panathinaikos Athens at Ulker Sports Arena on December 4, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Aykut Akici/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images)

Q: Where you ever close to returning to Panathinaikos?

A: Yes, when I was with Trento in Italy I had a really good year in 2015-16. They were looking to buy me out, but I talked with the GM Salvatore [Trainotti] from Trento. We were playing well and I just thought I should finish the season there and see if Panathinaikos were going to keep calling. Obviously, there’s injuries and Euroleague teams try to sign people during the year. I just took it as a compliment, that I was playing well enough. But the GM decided to keep me because he couldn’t find a player like me in the middle of the season. I was focused on that year and that’s how we both talked about it. I just liked the fact that [Trainotti] could have said no and not communicate to me why. It’s not that I was mad. I didn’t have a buy-out clause, but if the teams agreed to it, I’d go for it. Most of the time, a team wants to negotiate something during the year.

Q: You never stayed with a team for more than one year. Where did you have the best time playing at?

A: I really enjoyed my time in Israel. It was great. I played for two different teams in two seasons. Most people spoke English, food was really good, I got to spend time by the beach, the weather was warm. Their league was not the toughest, but I knew I could play a lot more loose and that’s why I had a lot more fun. I also enjoyed Athens.

Q: Apart from basketball, which other adjustments did you have to make while being overseas, in terms of lifestyle, language, habits, teammates?

A: It was a smooth adjustment for me. I took everything in. I enjoyed playing in different countries, picking up language, food, culture. Most of the people my age, my teammates, spoke either perfect or decent English so that I could understand them. But I enjoyed the experience because I wanted to learn more about their language and food. So, I asked them things. Being in smaller cities was a bit tough for my family because they didn’t have a lot to do. For myself, there wasn’t anything like a culture shock or nervousness.

Q: In March 2019, you took to social media explaining why you left Levallois Metropolitan and accusing them of unethical treatment because they refused to pay for your daughter’s tuition fees. Have you worked things out with them?

A: No, I have not. I have moved on at this point. I’m not going to waste any more energy on that. I tried to speak with the management about it. So, we’ll just keep it at that. They didn’t do anything against me for leaving. For me, that feels as if they know they did something wrong because they didn’t take any legal action.

Q: Was that the only negative experience you had while in Europe?

A: Not really, but I can say that I enjoyed my time in France, apart from that issue. We were staying five minutes from Paris, had a lot do as a family, my daughter was in school and my son was learning French. The only negative experience has pretty much been late or no payment. BC Krasnye Krilia, based on Samara, Russia, folded as a team and owed me money. Same situation at Trabzonspor in Turkey. I sued them and won the case, but they folded as well. Other than that, living and playing in Europe was great. The fans and the environment, even if you’re playing away, are unique. There’s nothing like it, not even in the States. Maybe in some colleges, but over there it’s mostly fans screaming and jumping. You go to an arena in Europe and they’re all screaming and throwing things at you! It’s more passionate, but the management of financial things makes it a little tough at times.

Q: It’s kind of ironic what French media outlet “Le Parisien” wrote in an article published in October 2018: “Paris-based clubs try to lure foreign players they wouldn’t otherwise afford to sign, with fancy apartments or top-notch international schools for their children, in order to make up for lower paychecks.” You and then-teammate Roko Ukic expressed an opinion. How was the situation in France and other countries?

A: It’s an issue that a lot of players need to talk about and deal with. I would pose the question: Is a player comfortable with playing for less if they know they’re going to get all their money? That’s a tough thing for someone’s pride because some teams may not be able to pay them all their money. Some sign with one team, knowing that it’s not easy to find a decent job in the middle of the season. So, they pay you until January- February and then something happens and you got to get yourself ready for next year.

I think players should do their research as much as possible. Now, with social media, I reach out to players and ask those who played somewhere before. It’s kind of selfish that people from the generation before us didn’t warn us about things happening since the 1970s. My wife is a doctor in sports management. She has done interviews and people have admitted to these things. We can’t wait for the BAT (Editor’s Note: The Basketball Arbitral Tribunal: an independent body, officially recognized by FIBA, providing services for the resolution of disputes between players, agents, coaches and clubs through arbitration) to handle our cases. Players should have some kind of union, collective bargaining agreement. It’s important for players to get to the bottom of this and ask: “Can you pay me this amount for the whole year? I’ll take $80,000 less because I know I can budget accordingly.” That’s some of the things I’ve thought about since I retired.

Julian Wright of Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (L) and Evgeny Valiev of Zenit St. Petersburg vie for the ball during the EuroCup Quarterfinals Round 2 basketball match between Zenit St. Petersburg and Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia at the Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, March 09, 2018. (Photo by Igor Russak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Q: On your LinkedIn account, you wrote that your life lessons as an expatriate can guide athletes abroad or High School/collegiate players. Could you elaborate on this? Because apart from generic advice, like “Embrace the experience, be open minded,” we rarely listen to overseas ballers give more profound advice to their peers. What would you suggest?

A: It’s important for players to think about the place they would want to live. It’s ten months of your life. Sometimes they go for the money and end up miserable wherever they end up signing. So, I say: “Don’t just go for the money because you won’t get those years back”. A lot of times, people in the States don’t really think about these things. I want to help people think more about the experience and less about who’s the highest bidder.

Q: Drawing from your quote: “Unfortunately, it’s every man for themselves overseas”, how can players get help?


A: Even if half of the players started a union, that could change the whole ecosystem and the course of how things take place. A collective bargaining agreement could provoke some type of shift. Not necessarily a power shift asking for more money, but for regulations. Teams are not being regulated the best way. If they don’t pay someone, they get sanctioned and can’t sign anybody. That’s not really getting down to the situation.

Most times, people think they’re the best players in Europe and take their chances, hoping they will get their money. In this way, there’s no infrastructure for the next generation of players. FIBA sanctions is not regulation. it’s a slap on the wrist, like saying: “We know there are teams who operate in a foul manner and we’ll sanction them.” You wouldn’t say to an alcoholic that the next time he comes in drunk, we’ll just pour the alcohol out. He’s going to buy more. That’s not corrective behavior.

Q: Apart from a high salary, what can attract a player to the Chinese League?


A: I think there needs to be more player development in China. They compete really well and have great intentions, but there still needs to be the right approach to the development and players need to get coached. That would raise the competition level. They love basketball and have a lot of people interested in playing the game. I had a driver there who used to watch NBA games and lots of basketball clips. They bring in trainers and coaches from the US and Europe, but they don’t study the game the right way instead of watching the highlights. Young kids are watching clips of their favorite players, but that’s not field study; that’s not development. They will need to bring in the right kind of people, not just players.

Q: You once said: “I want to be one of the greatest teammates a guy could ever play with”. To which degree did you achieve that in your career? Did you ever feel you were a bad teammate?

A: I don’t feel like I was a bad teammate at all. My personality was to communicate with everyone. Not as an actor, but “read” different personalities. That’s part of leadership.

In Europe I was a leader in each team; not the captain, but a leader who had a lot of responsibility.  Of course, it wasn’t like that at Panathinaikos, also because I didn’t have the time. In the locker-room, it was about mutual respect: talking basketball and the management of personalities. I felt like a bridge between domestic and non-domestic players. In the beginning of practice, you usually see domestic and foreign players standing on different sides of the court. I thought I could bridge that gap by walking up and down, going to both sides and talking for three-four minutes. It’s not an experiment that always goes well.

I studied communication at University and tried to implement that in my time overseas. International and interpersonal communication has a lot to do with building trust in preseason. I was not always an extension of the coach, but I tried to lead by example. In the best teams, we always had the best chemistry.

Q: Who was the best teammate you ever had?


A: That’s a tough one. It’s hard to say because I didn’t have one bad locker-room. If I had to choose, I’d say Hilton Armstrong. He went to the University of Connecticut, then to New Orleans where we played together. He was a great teammate, very funny. The thing that I loved about him was that he was motivating other teammates, even if he wasn’t playing a lot. It was really contagious. We’d spend a lot of time together on the road, in food, going to the mall.

In terms of Europe, I’d say Anton Ponkrashov. He played for Unics Kazan last year. We were together at Krasnye Krylia and had many conversations because he used to show the foreigners over: where to stay, where to eat etc. He actually thought I should shoot left-handed.

I had a lot of great teammates in the NBA as well, who taught me things when I was younger. I played with Peja Stojakovic in New Orleans. I was always around him and although we played the same position, he didn’t see me as a threat. He’d teach me about the game.

Peja Stojakovic (L) of the New Orleans Hornets jokes with teammate Julian Wright (R) as he hosts his third annual Charitabowl celebrity bowling event on December 17, 2009 at the AMF All Star Lanes in Kenner, Louisiana. Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)


Q: How was Dimitris Diamantidis as a teammate in Panathinaikos?

A: When the issue is leadership, I bring him up. I believe he was a great teammate as well: down-to-earth, very humble. That’s what I took the most from him. I really enjoyed playing with him because he made the game easy for everybody else. Just playing with a living legend was great. He was professional and spoke to people when he was spoken to. Those things are always refreshing. Being a superstar is no excuse for acting in a certain way, thinking that you’re a better person than anyone else because you can score a basketball. People respected and listened to him. He was definitely a pleasure to be around as a teammate, but I saw him as a leader in my three months there.

Q: And Chris Paul, by comparison? You played with him for three years in the NBA.

A: I’d say his leadership style is different. You could see that in the “Last Dance” with Michael Jordan: some players who are that good tend to break other people down psychologically in order to help their team because their expectations are based on how they would do things. He was respected in the locker-room and was pleasant to be around as well. But when it came to certain things within the team, I think that passion got in the way at times. Based on him being a competitor, sometimes you got to take certain things with that. I think of him as someone who was genuine and sincere, but sometimes he was also tough on some people. I can handle it, but I think that some people were told certain things a lot. Everybody gets motivated differently. That’s the main thing.

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Mike Tyson Nearly Fought Michael Jordan Over His Wife! https://www.talkbasket.net/90677-mike-tyson-nearly-fought-michael-jordan-over-a-girl https://www.talkbasket.net/90677-mike-tyson-nearly-fought-michael-jordan-over-a-girl#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 02:45:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90677 Mike Tyson and Michael Jordan nearly had an altercation over Michael’s previous relationship with Robin Givens, which was Tyson’s current wife at the time. According to Rory Holloway, Tyson’s former manager, Mike Tyson’s true feelings came out when he was intoxicated. Holloway started to notice things escalate so he told the waiter to “water his […]

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Mike Tyson Nearly Fought Michael Jordan Over His Wife!

Mike Tyson and Michael Jordan nearly had an altercation over Michael’s previous relationship with Robin Givens, which was Tyson’s current wife at the time. According to Rory Holloway, Tyson’s former manager, Mike Tyson’s true feelings came out when he was intoxicated. Holloway started to notice things escalate so he told the waiter to “water his drinks down.”

Michael Jordan was at the same table, having dinner, and minding his own business when all of the sudden, Tyson yells, “Hey man, you think I’m stupid? I know you f****** with my b****.” Jordan wanted no part of the heavyweight champion of the world. Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka and Don King were at the table and reportedly had to hold Tyson back.

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Kobe Bryant Jumped Over An Aston Martin! https://www.talkbasket.net/90646-kobe-bryant-jumped-over-an-aston-martin https://www.talkbasket.net/90646-kobe-bryant-jumped-over-an-aston-martin#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 22:14:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90646 In 2008, Kobe Bryant pulled off a ridiculous stunt. Kobe, confidently, shouts “Don’t worry, I got this” and tells the driver to “Bring it down!” Holding up his new signature shoe, the Nike Hyperdunks, Kobe leaps over the Aston Martin, which was going 50 miles per hour. Kobe then looks at his teammate at the […]

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Kobe Bryant Jumped Over An Aston Martin!

In 2008, Kobe Bryant pulled off a ridiculous stunt. Kobe, confidently, shouts “Don’t worry, I got this” and tells the driver to “Bring it down!” Holding up his new signature shoe, the Nike Hyperdunks, Kobe leaps over the Aston Martin, which was going 50 miles per hour. Kobe then looks at his teammate at the time, Ronny Turiaf, and yells “I told you! That’s how you jump over a Aston Martin boy!” It’s been 12 years since this occurred and to this day, nobody has found evidence that this was fake. The Mamba could do it all.

Kobe even released the Kobe 5 “Aston Martin”

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Kobe V “Aston Martin”

Check out the video of Kobe leaping over an Aston Martin below!

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Michael Jordan Schools Damon Wayans Sr. On “My Wife And Kids” https://www.talkbasket.net/90627-michael-jordan-schools-damon-wayans-sr-on-my-wife-and-kids https://www.talkbasket.net/90627-michael-jordan-schools-damon-wayans-sr-on-my-wife-and-kids#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 21:25:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90627 In 2004, NBA icon Michael Jordan guest-starred on “My Wife and Kids” and played Damon Wayans Sr. one on one! This episode was filmed at the Jordan Senior Flight School in Las Vegas! Michael was drenched out in Jordan from head to toe. He wore his “Cool Grey” 4’s along with a complete Cool Grey […]

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Michael Jordan Schools Damon Wayans Sr. On “My Wife And Kids”

In 2004, NBA icon Michael Jordan guest-starred on “My Wife and Kids” and played Damon Wayans Sr. one on one! This episode was filmed at the Jordan Senior Flight School in Las Vegas! Michael was drenched out in Jordan from head to toe. He wore his “Cool Grey” 4’s along with a complete Cool Grey fit. Check out the scene below!

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Fights Bruce Lee on “The Game of Death” https://www.talkbasket.net/90616-kareem-abdul-jabbar-fights-bruce-lee-on-the-game-of-death https://www.talkbasket.net/90616-kareem-abdul-jabbar-fights-bruce-lee-on-the-game-of-death#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 19:46:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90616 While dominating college basketball at UCLA, during his freshman season, Kareem went to see one of the two Samurai movies which peaked his interest in martial arts. Coming from New York City, Kareem thought learning martial arts would be necessary to deal with the violence surrounding him. 2 years later, Kareem got the privilege to […]

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Fights Bruce Lee on “The Game of Death”

While dominating college basketball at UCLA, during his freshman season, Kareem went to see one of the two Samurai movies which peaked his interest in martial arts. Coming from New York City, Kareem thought learning martial arts would be necessary to deal with the violence surrounding him. 2 years later, Kareem got the privilege to meet the legend, Bruce Lee, and began training with him! Kareem became an eight-year martial arts student.

Kareem later appeared on the 1978 film, “The Game of Death” and had a fight scene with Bruce Lee himself!

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Steph Curry and Klay Thompson willed the Warriors to a victory in Kevin Durant’s final home game with the Thunder https://www.talkbasket.net/90613-steph-curry-and-klay-thompson-willed-the-warriors-to-a-victory-in-kevin-durants-final-home-game-with-the-thunder https://www.talkbasket.net/90613-steph-curry-and-klay-thompson-willed-the-warriors-to-a-victory-in-kevin-durants-final-home-game-with-the-thunder#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 19:16:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90613 Steph Curry and Klay Thompson carried the Golden State Warriors to a 108-101 road victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on this date in 2016. The victory forced a Game 7. It also turned out to be Kevin Durant’s final home game in Oklahoma City. The Thunder […]

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Steph Curry and Klay Thompson willed the Warriors to a victory in Kevin Durant’s final home game with the Thunder

Steph Curry and Klay Thompson carried the Golden State Warriors to a 108-101 road victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on this date in 2016. The victory forced a Game 7. It also turned out to be Kevin Durant’s final home game in Oklahoma City.

The Thunder led for most of the game but Curry and Thompson kept the Warriors within striking distance. In the fourth quarter Thompson caught fire from behind the arc and down the stretch so did Curry.

The Warriors outscored the Thunder 33-18 in the fourth quarter.

Thompson shot 11-18 from behind the arc (a postseason record for made 3-pointers), while Curry shot 6-14 on three-point field goals. As a team, Oklahoma City shot 3-23 on 3-pointers.

Thompson finished with 41 points. Curry did a bit of everything for the Warriors, finishing with 31 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The Warriors went on win 96-88 at home in Game 7. Curry and Thompson combined to shoot 13-23 on 3-pointers. The Thunder went 7-27 from behind the arc.

The game would be Kevin Durant’s final one with the Thunder, as he joined the Warriors in free agency during the offseason.

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Nets replay Deron Williams’ 57 point game in 2012 on YES Network https://www.talkbasket.net/90520-nets-replay-deron-williams-57-point-game-in-2012-on-yes-network https://www.talkbasket.net/90520-nets-replay-deron-williams-57-point-game-in-2012-on-yes-network#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 01:04:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90520 The Brooklyn Nets are replaying Deron Williams spectacular 57 point performance. He carried the team to a 104-101 road victory against the Charlotte Bobcats. The Nets trailed by 16 points but Williams led them back. He scored 18 of his 57 points in the fourth quarter. He also finished with seven assists and six rebounds. […]

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Nets replay Deron Williams’ 57 point game in 2012 on YES Network

The Brooklyn Nets are replaying Deron Williams spectacular 57 point performance. He carried the team to a 104-101 road victory against the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Nets trailed by 16 points but Williams led them back. He scored 18 of his 57 points in the fourth quarter. He also finished with seven assists and six rebounds. He went 16-29 on field-goal attempts and made all 21 of his free throw attempts.

His 57 points remain the most in a single game by a Nets player. He averaged 21 points per game that season, a career-high.

Williams spent five seasons with Nets and last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2016-17 season.

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Dennis Rodman Prevents Air Bud From Storming The Court! https://www.talkbasket.net/90489-dennis-rodman-prevents-air-bud-from-storming-the-court https://www.talkbasket.net/90489-dennis-rodman-prevents-air-bud-from-storming-the-court#respond Wed, 27 May 2020 23:14:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90489 Remember the time Air Bud stole the show at Madison Square Garden? During the 1992 playoff series between the Pistons and Knicks, Air Bud stormed the court. That was about the only thing entertaining that night, as the Knicks took care of business, handling the Pistons 109-75. To get Air Bud off the court, Dennis […]

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Dennis Rodman Prevents Air Bud From Storming The Court!

Remember the time Air Bud stole the show at Madison Square Garden? During the 1992 playoff series between the Pistons and Knicks, Air Bud stormed the court. That was about the only thing entertaining that night, as the Knicks took care of business, handling the Pistons 109-75. To get Air Bud off the court, Dennis Rodman, of course, picked him up and returned him back to his owner. Maybe the Pistons could have used him that night!

Here’s a clip from @Howsito on twitter showing Dennis returning Air Bud to his owner!

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Kobe Bryant Has A Rap Song With Tyra Banks! https://www.talkbasket.net/90474-kobe-bryant-has-a-rap-song-with-tyra-banks https://www.talkbasket.net/90474-kobe-bryant-has-a-rap-song-with-tyra-banks#respond Wed, 27 May 2020 20:27:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90474 The year was 2000, it was All-Star weekend and somebody was about to premiere their new single. No, it wasn’t Jay-Z, Beyoncé, or Rihanna. It was Kobe Bean Bryant! “K.O.B.E” was performed live during the All-Star game alongside supermodel, Tyra Banks! The song consisted of lyrics describing what basketball meant to him (Kobe) by saying, […]

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Kobe Bryant Has A Rap Song With Tyra Banks!

The year was 2000, it was All-Star weekend and somebody was about to premiere their new single. No, it wasn’t Jay-Z, Beyoncé, or Rihanna. It was Kobe Bean Bryant! “K.O.B.E” was performed live during the All-Star game alongside supermodel, Tyra Banks! The song consisted of lyrics describing what basketball meant to him (Kobe) by saying, “What I live for? Basketball, beats, and broads.” Every verse was basketball related. Surprising, isn’t it?

Kobe and Tyra Banks performing “K.O.B.E” during the 2000 All-Star game!

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Dwyane Wade’s final game-winner was insane https://www.talkbasket.net/90460-dwyane-wades-final-game-winner-was-insane https://www.talkbasket.net/90460-dwyane-wades-final-game-winner-was-insane#respond Wed, 27 May 2020 19:44:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90460 Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade had a career full of highlights. It didn’t change in his final NBA season. Check out this game-winner by D-Wade against the Golden State Warriors. Wade spent 16 seasons in the NBA, 14 of them were with the Heat apart from 2016-17 when he joined the Chicago Bulls and 2017-19 […]

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Dwyane Wade’s final game-winner was insane

Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade had a career full of highlights. It didn’t change in his final NBA season. Check out this game-winner by D-Wade against the Golden State Warriors.

Wade spent 16 seasons in the NBA, 14 of them were with the Heat apart from 2016-17 when he joined the Chicago Bulls and 2017-19 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Flash won three championships in Miami, two of them with LeBron James.

Here are the highlights of the game in question:

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Lou Williams Takes Man That Nearly Robbed Him At Gunpoint To McDonalds! https://www.talkbasket.net/90402-lou-williams-was-nearly-robbed-at-gunpoint-on-christmas-eve https://www.talkbasket.net/90402-lou-williams-was-nearly-robbed-at-gunpoint-on-christmas-eve#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 23:47:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90402 The scene takes place in 2011 on Christmas Eve in Philadelphia. Lou Williams just finished getting a haircut and everything seemed normal. He was on his way home when he stopped at a red light. Lou proceeded to check his phone and all of a sudden, he hears three knocks on his window. Lou looked […]

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Lou Williams Takes Man That Nearly Robbed Him At Gunpoint To McDonalds!

The scene takes place in 2011 on Christmas Eve in Philadelphia. Lou Williams just finished getting a haircut and everything seemed normal. He was on his way home when he stopped at a red light. Lou proceeded to check his phone and all of a sudden, he hears three knocks on his window.

Lou looked up and saw a gunman point a gun straight in his face. He then rolled his window down. The gunman then tells Lou Williams to “get out of the car”. This is when the tables turn. The gunman recognized Lou and said he “couldn’t even do it to him” and that he had “too much love for him”.

The gunman proceeded to tell Lou his life story, saying he just got out of jail. He didn’t have much. Lou then tells him to “meet me at McDonald’s, I’ll buy you whatever you want to eat”. This makes you think, what if Lou wasn’t an NBA star?

Lou Williams sits down with Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes on “All The Smoke” and discusses the scene.

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Madonna Turned Down Michael Jordan For Scottie Pippen! https://www.talkbasket.net/90385-madonna-turned-down-michael-jordan-for-scottie-pippen https://www.talkbasket.net/90385-madonna-turned-down-michael-jordan-for-scottie-pippen#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 21:35:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90385 We all know Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player to ever walk the earth. He may be the most popular sports figure ever as well. But, that apparently had no say for Madonna. Jordan was bigger in every area, except “down below” according to Madonna. This killed Jordan. Bulls assistant coach, Johnny Bach […]

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Madonna Turned Down Michael Jordan For Scottie Pippen!

We all know Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player to ever walk the earth. He may be the most popular sports figure ever as well. But, that apparently had no say for Madonna. Jordan was bigger in every area, except “down below” according to Madonna. This killed Jordan. Bulls assistant coach, Johnny Bach once said:

“It killed Michael… you should have seen the girls Pippen had waiting for him everywhere he went.”

Jordan once told Madonna that he could “satisfy” her more than Pippen, but she reportedly told him “not a chance.” Jordan is famously known for rarely losing, but in this case, this is one of the few losses he took during his astounding career.

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Kyle Korver Was Traded For a Copy Machine! https://www.talkbasket.net/90376-kyle-korver-was-traded-for-a-copy-machine https://www.talkbasket.net/90376-kyle-korver-was-traded-for-a-copy-machine#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 20:19:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90376 In 2003, the New Jersey Nets traded shooting guard Kyle Korver to the Philadelphia 76ers for cash considerations. Seems normal, right? We would find out later that the Sixers used this money to pay off Summer League fees and also purchase a copy machine! Korver would later reminisce at this moment when giving his commencement […]

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Kyle Korver Was Traded For a Copy Machine!

In 2003, the New Jersey Nets traded shooting guard Kyle Korver to the Philadelphia 76ers for cash considerations. Seems normal, right? We would find out later that the Sixers used this money to pay off Summer League fees and also purchase a copy machine! Korver would later reminisce at this moment when giving his commencement speech at the University of Creighton!

Skip to the 10:58 mark to hear Korver share what he was traded for.

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Julian Wright wants to make sure versatile players like himself get the attention they deserve https://www.talkbasket.net/90262-julian-wright-wants-to-make-sure-versatile-players-like-himself-get-the-attention-they-deserve https://www.talkbasket.net/90262-julian-wright-wants-to-make-sure-versatile-players-like-himself-get-the-attention-they-deserve#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 14:05:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90262 Julian Wright recently turned 33. In some cases, that’s the age for a center to reach the apex of his maturity as a player. Not the case for the former Kansas standout, who later became a first-round NBA draft pick. The coronavirus pandemic that initially swept China before spreading all over the world essentially eradicated […]

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Julian Wright wants to make sure versatile players like himself get the attention they deserve

Julian Wright recently turned 33. In some cases, that’s the age for a center to reach the apex of his maturity as a player. Not the case for the former Kansas standout, who later became a first-round NBA draft pick.

The coronavirus pandemic that initially swept China before spreading all over the world essentially eradicated Wright’s wish to stay active. There was no basketball after that, which is true to this date, since the Euroleague season has been canceled and in the NBA balls will not bounce till mid-June at best.

Talent and versatility were some of Julian’s features that brought him to play at the highest level, albeit not consistently and not long-term. During a bright two-year college career at the University of Kansas under coach Bill Self and alongside future NBA champs Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush, the Illinois native won many accolades even without scoring too much.

His overall presence allowed him to be selected with the 13th pick in the 2007 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets. By the time Wright completed his rookie NBA season averaging 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, Kansas had already celebrated the NCAA title without him. On the basis of performance, his second season in New Orleans was his best out of the three he got to play there.

Following an underwhelming year at Toronto, Wright won his first title: the NBA D-League Championship with the Austin Toros in 2012. An NBA comeback was not in the cards, though, but another career path had opened for him overseas. Israel, Russia, Greece, Italy, Turkey and France were his next destinations. His stint in Paris was marked by the fallout with the local team’s management and that was the last Europe saw of him. In the summer of 2019, Wright participated in Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 BIG3 League, along with some of his former Kansas teammates.

However, his main venture for the time being is A.D.A.P.T. Basketball, a Charlotte-based player development company which aims to provide minors and adults with the tools to cultivate and expand their talent: training, workouts, assessment and consultation, shooting sessions and online classes are some of the methods used, despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

In this interview with TalkBasket.net, divided into two parts, Julian Wright talks about his career in the States and overseas. It all started from choosing Kansas, his “first grown-up decision” as he calls it. His refers to his teammates, recalls how tough it was to contain Kevin Durant and explains why he’s not an advocate for the college sports system. Wright also recounts his days in the NBA and what transpired at a Toronto Raptors game, which marked his presence in the league and signalled the beginning of the end for him.

Above all, the 33-year-old retired player-turned-entrepreneur analyzes what it means to be a versatile player in modern basketball. Playing different positions for different coaches, in sometimes diametrically opposed styles, and also reponding to the requirements had always been Wright’s task to fulfill. In this respect and according to his personal experience as a pro athlete, “ADAPT” can be the key to unlock many doors.

This is Julian Wright, Vol.1!

Q: First of all, I’d like you to confirm your status. Have you officially retired from pro basketball?

A: Yes, I’ve officially retired from five-on-five basketball. I still look to do 3-on-3 pro basketball, as I played in the BIG 3. Ice Cube is one of the main founders and a lot of NBA and international players are there. They want to expand on a global level. So, I thought it would be a great way to stay in shape, motivated and compete.

Q: Which reasons led to that decision? You said that many people come out of retirement. Does this mean that anything is possible?

A: It could be possible because my season was cut short this year. I was in China and they gave me a few weeks to get in shape because I hadn’t played since February 2019. Then, the coronavirus started. In the back of my mind, I’ve retired because I’m ready to move on to my next station, which is to be an entrepreneur. I want to give back to the game, while I still have a healthy body. I’m only 33. A lot of times, players with expertise and great basketball minds play past their limits and can’t demonstrate things to others because of injuries. I think I had a great career for 13 years. I enjoyed every one of them.

Q: In the summer of 2019, while playing in the BIG 3, you said that your goal was to show the NBA execs that you’re a capable player and added that you don’t plan on going overseas again. Do you still want to prove yourself? Why did you rule out the overseas option?

A: It’s been a lot with my family traveling. We have three kids. I played almost ten years overseas and I don’t have anything to prove over there. But competing in the BIG 3 shows that I still got the talent and the respect of my peers. I’m past the notion that I should have stayed in the NBA.

Q: You recently got into the player development business. Why did you choose the acronym “A.D.A.P.T.”, which stands for “Athlete Development and All-Purpose Training”?

A: I started the business in February 2019, after coming back from France in the middle of the season. Back then, I didn’t think I was retired at all, but in the back of my mind I asked myself: “What can I do after basketball that I would enjoy?”. I didn’t want to coach and travel again, professionally. I reached many people in Charlotte and globally. It has to do with how I was developed through coaches. I played for a Hall-Of-Fame coach in the State of Illinois, for another HOFamer in Bill Self at Kansas and for some tough coaches in the NBA and overseas. I’ve trained with Tim Grover, who’s from Chicago and mostly known for being Michael Jordan’s and Kobe Bryant’s trainer. I learned a lot along the way as a player. Now, I’m working on sports performance, which is athlete development, and on a lot of skills, giving players things to get better at.

Q: Do you believe that the NBA game facilitates all-purpose players to showcase their talents? I get the impression that most coaches ask their players to be good at one or two things only, unless we’re talking about superstars like Doncic, Jokic, LeBron etc.

A: Instead of Doncic, I would throw Giannis Antetokounmpo in there. It’s interesting because I’ve seen the game evolve as well. I think coaches didn’t have the eye for those kind of players. Now, coaches welcome players who are all-purpose. If you were 6’7’’ and you were a good rebounder, you would get called a tweener. Now you got players who play different positions and you don’t know what they’re going to do on offense or defense. Not all superstars are all-purpose; they just do a couple of things really well. It’s more important for the general managers and the coaches to do the work in order to find the all-purpose players that can complement a superstar.

Kansas forward Julian Wright was pumped after a dunk against Oklahoma. Photo:Sue Ogrocki, AP

Q: Growing up in Chicago, did you use to watch the Bulls play? What do you make of the “Last Dance”?

A: I think it’s raw; it’s a lot of emotion, like everything happened yesterday. I really liked showing the persons’ initial reactions to what they read or saw. I was only ten years old when the Bulls won their sixth championship and I didn’t understand the management of superstars like Jordan, Pippen and Rodman. I learned a lot about sport management in terms of managing the egos. Even if there was a lot going on in the locker-room and behind the scenes, they were all professional and did what they had to do to win those championships.

Q: How did Bill Self persuade you to come to Kansas, since at one point all communication between you and the college had broken down?

A: He was at the University of Illinois, actually, before I went to Kansas. I was already familiar with him. I had a surgery and one of the assistant coaches who was recruiting me, got a head coaching job. It was a bad timing. I had a good junior year and became a TOP-10 player in the nation. Over the time, I had to really think about what’s most important. I can’t be piffle and my mom urged me to sit down and talk to them. I had my heart softened when they told me what happened and I thought I can’t let pride get in the way of me playing for coach Self. It was my first grown-up decision that was going to affect my whole life.

Q: Did you learn the news about Bill Self and his assistant Curtis Townsend being accused of illegal recruting?

A: I heard about the investigation, but I don’t know what took place. It’s unfortunate.

Q: How heavy was the burden on your shoulders to keep up Kansas’ winning history?

A: I came in as a freshman and we had a young team. There was a lot of leniency because there was myself, Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush, also some up and coming players. I didn’t feel so much pressure because I was amongst other people who worked hard. Didn’t know what pressure really was. I was assigned to play. In my sophomore year I thought: “Now, we have a whole year under our belt. We need to do something.” We got one win from getting to the Final Four and then I went to the NBA.

Q: In retrospect, had you stayed with Kansas, you would have won the NCAA title. Do you ever think about that?

A: One of my reasons for leaving was because I thought they would win anyway. We had a really talented team. Had I stayed, I would have had the same stats and I would have played the same way. I went from point guard to power forward in college and I didn’t think I was going to be able to play either of those positions being drafted. So, I chose to leave my sophomore year before people say I didn’t shoot many three-pointers or that I wasn’t a good ball handler. It was another grown-up decision because I thought my stats would have dropped a lot. If I were five years younger, it would have been different. A lot of talented athletes who go to college try to buy into the team and school culture. It’s important for players who’re getting looks from NBA teams to start thinking differently.

Q: How did you feel when Mario Chalmers hit the three-pointer to force overtime in the final game against Memphis? You were sitting in the first row.

A: It was a great feeling. I was able to be there for that moment. When he lift his hand, I knew it was going in. He also said that. You got to have some type of confidence. I had some coaches telling me not to contest shots, but try maybe to rush an opponent’s shot. Once we went to overtime, they were running out of energy and two of their players got fouled out. It was a good experience and I’m thankful for being there. They were first-class. They let me come in the locker-room, in the hotel.

Q: It’s a pretty standard question: Were you NBA ready in 2007, after two years with Kansas?

A: Yeah, I felt NBA ready. I had a lot of skills that I hadn’t been able to show. I did alright in my workout, but I showed I was little rusty as a perimeter player. It was just a learning curve.

Q: I’ve read an article on Bleacher Report about the stories and the background surrounding a Kansas-Texas game for the 2006-07 season. The focus was on getting yourselves prepared to face Kevin Durant and several of your ex-teammates, including Darrell Arthur, Russell Robinson, Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush spoke about it. Chalmers in particular described his reaction upon listening to Bill Self telling you to guard Durant. He said that you’re a great defender, but added that you also get lazy at times. Durant spoke also, saying that you started off on him, but later Kansas switched to Rush and Jackson. KD finished the game with 32 points, only 7 of which in the second half. You had 17 points and 13 rebounds, in addition to sealing the victory for Kansas with a free-throw and a block. What’s your story from that day? How did you experience it?

A: It was a big game for us. We knew how great Kevin Durant was playing already. It’s so funny to see how his career makes sense and what a gifted scorer he still is. I played some of the best defense that I could have played on him and he scored 8 points on me and then we started to switch. it didn’t matter who was guarding him. There’s a photo surfacing of me like high-fiving his hand. I was all in his face and he was making shots! Coach Self is a motivator and he knew I was taking my job guarding him seriously. But sometimes with great scorers you just got to try and give different looks. They can catch every small habit and expose it. If it hadn’t been for his ankle injury, he would have scored 50 that night. He was keeping them in the game, but we were still playing well as a team. The next time we played Texas, we beat them and Durant was healthy.

Kansas’ Julian Wright attempts to block the shot of Texas’ Kevin Durant at Allen Fieldhouse on March 3, 2007. Photo by Thad Allender

Q: Did you keep in touch with Durant?

A: It’s been a while since I’ve seen him. I was living in Los Angeles for a while. In 2014 was the last time we spoke, but I’ve known his parents. We played against each other in High School. I just haven’t been around him for the past five or six years.

Q: Over a period of seven years, Chalmers and Brandon Rush won a combined three NBA titles. Did you keep up with what they were doing and did you expect them – especially Chalmers, a second-round pick at No34 – to reach such heights?

A: I think so. It’s something in the University of Kansas pedigree: they’re well-coached, balanced, disciplined and winners. It made sense that they took their confidence from winning championships to their NBA careers. Regardless of their pick, management is doing the best they can to draft different guards. [Chalmers] being selected at 34 doesn’t mean he’s not a capable player in the NBA. He and Rush knew that if they got a chance, they would be able to impact any team in the NBA.

Q: Paul Pierce picked for his All-Kansas team Chalmers, himself, Manning, Embiid and Chamberlain. Which are your picks?

A: Haha! I saw that, it’s a good one! I’d say: Wilt Chamberlain, Danny Manning, Paul Pierce, Aaron Miles and Mario Chalmers. That was tough! I didn’t try to do different than Pierce. I just thought those were the TOP 5.

Q: How is there to explain that, apart from yourself, many Kansas players (Aaron Miles, Keith Langford, Thomas Robinson, Chalmers and Rush more recently) have ended up in Europe?

A: It has to do with the NBA. It’s hard to make it and stay there. I think that more players have gone and played overseas. It’s great to say that you’ve played in the NBA but if your profession is being a basketball player, that should be the main thing. It shouldn’t be a disappointment to play in Europe or Asia; it’s an opportunity. Basketball is a global sport and people should look at the opportunities and continue to play even if it isn’t in the NBA.

Q: What’s your take on the the college basketball system and the way it is set up? Some say it is exploitive and profits from unpaid talent who make a lot of other people rich, while others maintain that the experience can be beneficial (academically, socially and competition-wise).

A: I’m not a big fan of the NCAA system and college sports. In college basketball and football they know where the money is. Times have changed. Even with social media, people are able to get their own following. Anyone who works for a corporation should be able to negotiate what their worth is. Something should change, maybe some type of regulation. Even the NBA has a salary cap. Nowadays, with the G League allowing players to come straight from High School, I think the NCAA is going to be professional.

I didn’t have a campus life. We were busy, having two practices a day and we were traveling. I saw it as a job but I wasn’t getting paid. The NCAA should look at some type of social events, like autograph signing, and get sure players get a percentage. People still follow NCAA just for the sheer spirit of hoping to see their school win. But in terms of money, it’s in the NCAA interests to consider that aspect. Many good players have started to go overseas, like LaMelo Ball, or to the G League, like Jaylen Green.

Q: The New Orleans Hornets have gone through the Chris Paul, the Anthony Davis and now the Zion Williamson era. Which are the main features of each one and how will Zion respond to the challenge of being a leader?

A: Chris Paul did a lot for that city, offering hope and relief at a time when the hurricane that happened in 2005 got the team displaced to Oklahoma City. He gave other players a consistent comfort about coming in because of the culture he created and being a franchise player. When Anthony Davis was drafted, everyone thought that he did the right thing staying there, being a leader. But it’s business.

Zion is coming to a great situation. Anthony Davis losing in the play-offs against the Warriors and not being able to advance (in 2018) shouldn’t get anyone mad at the organization or the city. Players have the desire to compete and get the most out of their career. If someone is that good and they have the potential to carry a team to the NBA championship, they should put themselves in the best situation possible. I think Zion won’t have so much pressure. It’s like Oklahoma City, with Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. They are a young team and as long as they keep the joy in the game, they will do well.

Q: Do you think that the incident you had with Raptors coach Jay Triano during a Golden State Warriors game, when you refused to play in garbage time, irreparably damaged your chances of finding another NBA contract?

Head coach Jay Triano of the Toronto Raptors instructs Julian Wright during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

A: I think it had a big thing to do with it, but mostly I didn’t get the chance to show what I can do in my four years in the NBA. It happened in the end of my contract year. I wasn’t feeling that well, I was a little frustrated. Didn’t get the chance to sit down with the coach and talk. I went to the locker-room and came back before anything happened. At that time, there wasn’t the norm to use social media to tell your side of the story. I got fined, but my agent could have easily informed teams of what happened so that they could make their own decision. I was playing like 15 minutes a game and couldn’t show my skills. I think about it as a tool that might help other players who deal with similar things in their career.

Q: Your choice not to seek a contract abroad during the 2011 lockout was because you wanted to support your peers as a players’ representative or was it related to your wish to stay in the NBA?

A: It was a little bit of both. I also didn’t have a lot of knowledge about overseas. I read that Deron Williams went over in Turkey. I didn’t want to get into a contract having some buy-out issues. I just thought it was safer to stay back in the States, hoping I would get some workouts as a free agent.

Q: Despite winning the G League with the Austin Toros in 2012, you never made an NBA comeback. Which factors played the most part? How close to a comeback were in 2017, when you played in the Summer League with Utah?

A: In 2012, the season was short. I was in a good shape and playing well. There were a lot of players on our team that were getting call-ups. By the time I got on the team, I was pretty much at the end of the deadline for call-ups. It was good to win the championship. I was going to do Summer League in 2012 with the Brooklyn Nets. At this point, I reconstructed my shot with the help of the Austin Toros staff. I had some issues with my shin splints and I didn’t get the chance with the Brooklyn Nets. It was a major setback because I was feeling confident, but that led me to go overseas as I got healthy.

Q: Do you believe that big men who can’t shoot well from distance are not popular in the league?

A: I think they’re not popular during the regular season, where teams don’t scout that much, but they’re popular during the play-offs, where you need rebounding and toughness. There is still going to be place for players who don’t shoot too much from the outside, but do have height, size and strength. In the playoffs, teams tend to get bigger on the court.

Q: You played the point guard position in High School, became a point and power forward at college and a center in Europe. Where did you feel most comfortable playing at and which adjustments did you make in order to meet the requirements?

A: I was most effective playing power forward or center overseas because I played defense against people bigger than me. I was switching on guards in the last seconds of the offense. Was able to be effective on both sides, attack, run the floor, rebound, take a coast to coast for a lay-up or dunk or pass the ball. Even though I was the center, I was rolling up in order to help the team.

Q: Do you think that your qualities as a player could translate better in Europe than stateside?

A: I actually think that in the NBA I could be ideal. The game is more open, without the defense standing in the paint for more than three seconds. That has always been my style of play. It took me 10-12 years, but I got to a point where I had a pretty solid shot percentage in France before coming back to the States. I feel like if I were still playing, it would be easier to score in the NBA. In Europe, it’s more difficult.

Q: If you were to put a title on your career, what would it be?

A: I’ll say one word: undervalued. That doesn’t mean that I had a bad career in my own eyes or that I don’t appreciate my career and everything I’ve achieved. Now coaches can see the value of a player who plays multiple positions and does different things. Also, I feel that throughout my career, I was put in boxes I was too big for. I don’t say I could have been a superstar or anything like that, but I didn’t manage to show how much I could do based on what I was given. I tried to do enough to be effective.

Some people play for three years in the NBA and then they can’t get another job there. I was able to play continuously and enjoy my career. But even in Europe, when it comes to signing players, you think that teams would look at film. I feel that a lot of times they thought that regardless of where they’d put me, I’d do something, but no coach ever told me: “We have this in mind for you because we know all the skills you have.” Overall, my career turned out how it was supposed to. It was not easy to bounce around different positions and be asked to produce. So, I got to the point where I said that every game is like a new day. The challenge for me now is to do coaches’ clinics and try to encourage coaches to embrace players who are like I was.

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Michael Jordan said he wouldn’t play for Dream Team if Isiah Thomas was on? (AUDIO) https://www.talkbasket.net/90301-michael-jordan-said-he-wouldnt-play-for-dream-team-if-isiah-thomas-was-on-audio https://www.talkbasket.net/90301-michael-jordan-said-he-wouldnt-play-for-dream-team-if-isiah-thomas-was-on-audio#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 08:22:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90301 Despite being one of the top point guards in the NBA in the ’80s and ’90s, Isiah Thomas did not make it to the 1992 Dream Team. The rumor was that it happened because Michael Jordan didn’t want Thomas on the team. The two did not get on very well back in the day as […]

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Michael Jordan said he wouldn’t play for Dream Team if Isiah Thomas was on? (AUDIO)

Despite being one of the top point guards in the NBA in the ’80s and ’90s, Isiah Thomas did not make it to the 1992 Dream Team. The rumor was that it happened because Michael Jordan didn’t want Thomas on the team. The two did not get on very well back in the day as the ‘Bad Boy’ Pistons would face the Bulls frequently. However, Jordan denied such talks, saying on ‘The Last Dance’ that he had nothing to do with it.

An audio recording was released on The Dream Team Tapes with Jack McCallum podcast in which the Bulls legend appears to be telling Rod Thorn that he wouldn’t play for the Dream Team if then-the Pistons point guard was on it.

“Rod Thorn called me. I said, ‘Rod, I won’t play if Isiah Thomas is on the team.’ He assured me. He said, ‘You know what? Chuck doesn’t want Isiah. So, Isiah is not going to be part of the team,'” Jordan said on the tape, per Larry Brown Sports.

Listen to the full episode of The Dream Team Tapes with Jack McCallum:

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Dennis Rodman and “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan take on Karl Malone and “Diamond” Dallas Page at the WCW’s Bash at the Beach! https://www.talkbasket.net/90279-dennis-rodman-and-hollywood-hulk-hogan-take-on-karl-malone-and-diamond-dallas-page-at-the-wcws-bash-at-the-beach https://www.talkbasket.net/90279-dennis-rodman-and-hollywood-hulk-hogan-take-on-karl-malone-and-diamond-dallas-page-at-the-wcws-bash-at-the-beach#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 01:54:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90279 Almost a month following the 1998 NBA Finals, Dennis Rodman and Karl Malone stepped off the court and into the ring! You might recall Dennis Rodman skipping practice during the finals to whack Dallas Page with a steel chair, but Rodman would make his second appearance teaming up with “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan to fight Karl […]

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Dennis Rodman and “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan take on Karl Malone and “Diamond” Dallas Page at the WCW’s Bash at the Beach!

Almost a month following the 1998 NBA Finals, Dennis Rodman and Karl Malone stepped off the court and into the ring! You might recall Dennis Rodman skipping practice during the finals to whack Dallas Page with a steel chair, but Rodman would make his second appearance teaming up with “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan to fight Karl Malone and “Diamond” Dallas Page!

Throughout the match, there were a few highlights such as Karl Malone hitting Hogan and Rodman with a pair of lariats. Rodman and company would get the last laugh though, as they had some assistance from Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. He snuck Dallas Page, which allowed Hulk Hogan to clinch the win by pinning him!

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Kawhi Leonard led the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA Finals appearance on this date one year ago https://www.talkbasket.net/90273-kawhi-leonard-led-the-toronto-raptors-to-their-first-nba-finals-appearance-on-this-date-one-year-ago https://www.talkbasket.net/90273-kawhi-leonard-led-the-toronto-raptors-to-their-first-nba-finals-appearance-on-this-date-one-year-ago#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 23:50:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90273 Kawhi Leonard’s strong performance at home helped the Toronto Raptors eliminate the Milwaukee Bucks with a 100-94 victory in Game 6. The Raptors trailed 2-0 in the series but then won four consecutive games. Leonard finished Game 6 with 27 points and 17 rebounds and helped Toronto overcome a 15-point deficit. He was able to […]

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Kawhi Leonard led the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA Finals appearance on this date one year ago

Kawhi Leonard’s strong performance at home helped the Toronto Raptors eliminate the Milwaukee Bucks with a 100-94 victory in Game 6. The Raptors trailed 2-0 in the series but then won four consecutive games.

Leonard finished Game 6 with 27 points and 17 rebounds and helped Toronto overcome a 15-point deficit.

He was able to outplay Giannis Antetokounmpo, who finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks.

Leonard’s dunk over Antetokounmpo in the fourth quarter gave the Raptors an 87-79 lead. It capped a 26-3 run for Toronto. Leonard then got a friendly bounce to knock down a clutch 3-pointer. That shot gave the Raptors a 95-90 lead with three minutes remaining.

The victory sent Toronto to the NBA Finals for the first time. They went on to defeat the Golden State Warriors in six games to win their first NBA Title. Leonard was named Finals MVP.

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Paul Pierce once got LeBron James to tell his own mother to “sit yo’ a** down!” https://www.talkbasket.net/90224-paul-pierce-once-got-lebron-james-to-tell-his-own-mother-to-sit-yo-a-down https://www.talkbasket.net/90224-paul-pierce-once-got-lebron-james-to-tell-his-own-mother-to-sit-yo-a-down#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 18:48:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90224 There’s hardly any love lost between LeBron James and Paul Pierce and their names have been dominating the headlines together since Pierce left the Los Angeles Lakers star off his NBA Top 5 last week. The former Boston Celtics small forward has taken a lot of heat for the exclusion, with Kendrick Perkins stepping in […]

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Paul Pierce once got LeBron James to tell his own mother to “sit yo’ a** down!”

There’s hardly any love lost between LeBron James and Paul Pierce and their names have been dominating the headlines together since Pierce left the Los Angeles Lakers star off his NBA Top 5 last week.

The former Boston Celtics small forward has taken a lot of heat for the exclusion, with Kendrick Perkins stepping in to explain the apparent dislike following the alarming comments from the player-turned-analyst.

So there was that spitting incident Perkins described – Pierce has already admitted to it – but there’s also another episode in which LeBron was so incensed, he blew steam at his own mother.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were going up against a 66-win Celtics team in the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals and, in Game 4, Pierce committed a foul on James that sent them both reeling into the crowd. LeBron’s mother, Gloria James, got pretty excited over the foul and wouldn’t relent even with Kevin Garnett trying to calm her down.

An equally hot LeBron shouted, “Sit yo’ a** down!” He kept his temperature up thereafter, helping the Cavs overcome the Celtics with an 88-77 victory but they would eventually lose the series. The Celtics went on to beat the Lakers in the Final to give the likes of Pierce, Perkins and Garnett their first and only championship.

Speaking after the game, a contrite LeBron told the media he felt pretty bad about the comment.

“I told her to sit down, in some language I shouldn’t have used,” he said. “Thank God today wasn’t Mother’s Day. All I could think about is her. … I know my mother. It’s fine, we’re good.”

Pierce, meanwhile, has taken another shot at James, asserting the four-time MVP underachieved during his spell with the Miami Heat. James helped fire the Heat to four Finals appearances and two championships in four seasons, but the retired veteran reckons they should have won at least three titles .

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Kobe Bryant’s Amazing Sneaker Free Agency! https://www.talkbasket.net/90225-kobe-bryants-greatest-sneaker-season https://www.talkbasket.net/90225-kobe-bryants-greatest-sneaker-season#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 18:47:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90225 Following the summer of 2002, Kobe Bryant reportedly paid $8 million dollars to get out of his sneaker contract with Adidas! The only thing was, Kobe could not sign with another brand due to his contract stipulations. This would open up the door for Kobe to show off his insane sneaker collection! Take a look […]

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Kobe Bryant’s Amazing Sneaker Free Agency!

Following the summer of 2002, Kobe Bryant reportedly paid $8 million dollars to get out of his sneaker contract with Adidas! The only thing was, Kobe could not sign with another brand due to his contract stipulations. This would open up the door for Kobe to show off his insane sneaker collection! Take a look at some of Kobe’s best shoes worn during his greatest sneaker season!

Nike Air Force 1 “Mid”

Photo: via USA Today Sports

Converse Weapon “Lakers”

Kobe Bryant wearing the 'Lakers' Converse Weapon
Photo: via Lakers Top Buzz

Air Jordan 11 “Concord”

Kobe Bryant wearing the 'Concord' Air Jordan 11
Photo: via NikeTalk

Air Jordan 7 Away PE

Kobe Bryant wearing Air Jordan 7 Lakers 'Away' PE
Photo: via NikeTalk

Nike Air Flight Huarache PE “Home”

Photo: via NiceKicks

Here’s a thread from @hoopsdepartment on twitter going through Kobe’s best shoes worn during the 2002-03 season!

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NBA History: on this day LeBron James achieved NBA Playoffs all-time scoring record https://www.talkbasket.net/90171-nba-history-on-this-day-lebron-james-achieved-nba-playoffs-all-time-scoring-record https://www.talkbasket.net/90171-nba-history-on-this-day-lebron-james-achieved-nba-playoffs-all-time-scoring-record#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 09:48:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90171 Three years ago on this particular day, a deep 3-pointer from the left wing with 2:40 left in the third quarter gives LeBron James the postseason’s all-time scoring title. James accomplished the feat in Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference finals, as the Cavs won 135-102 against the Boston Celtics to reach a third straight […]

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NBA History: on this day LeBron James achieved NBA Playoffs all-time scoring record

Three years ago on this particular day, a deep 3-pointer from the left wing with 2:40 left in the third quarter gives LeBron James the postseason’s all-time scoring title.

James accomplished the feat in Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference finals, as the Cavs won 135-102 against the Boston Celtics to reach a third straight NBA Finals. His shot moved him to 5,989 career playoff points, passing Michael Jordan (5,987), who held the record for 19 years. The King reached the record in his 212th game, while Jordan played in 179 playoff games, per NBA.com.

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Michael Jordan dunking hard while wearing jeans https://www.talkbasket.net/90168-michael-jordan-dunking-hard-while-wearing-jeans https://www.talkbasket.net/90168-michael-jordan-dunking-hard-while-wearing-jeans#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 09:10:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90168 Take a look at a rare footage of Michael Jordan in Summer of 1988 getting into a Dunk Off with this High Schooler after judging his Dunk Contest:

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Michael Jordan dunking hard while wearing jeans

Take a look at a rare footage of Michael Jordan in Summer of 1988 getting into a Dunk Off with this High Schooler after judging his Dunk Contest:

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Paul Pierce Was Stabbed 11 Times and Played a Full Season! https://www.talkbasket.net/90156-paul-pierce-was-stabbed-11-times-and-played-a-full-season https://www.talkbasket.net/90156-paul-pierce-was-stabbed-11-times-and-played-a-full-season#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 01:35:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90156 On September 25, 2000, Paul Pierce’s life flashed before his eyes. Around 1 am at the Buzz Club, Pierce was attacked and stabbed not one, not two, but eleven times. Doctors say he was stabbed in the neck, back, and face. Luckily, Pierce was rushed to the hospital and underwent surgery and made it out […]

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Paul Pierce Was Stabbed 11 Times and Played a Full Season!

On September 25, 2000, Paul Pierce’s life flashed before his eyes. Around 1 am at the Buzz Club, Pierce was attacked and stabbed not one, not two, but eleven times. Doctors say he was stabbed in the neck, back, and face. Luckily, Pierce was rushed to the hospital and underwent surgery and made it out just fine. Miraculously, Pierce played a full NBA season and averaged 25 points, 6.4 rebounds, and dished out 3 assists per game!

Pierce states this moment haunts him to this day saying, “It was so bad, I couldn’t sleep.” He also had 24-hour police surveillance in his house because of how paranoid he was. He adds that he “carried a gun for two years right after that.” I don’t blame Pierce at all, he simply wanted to avoid any further incidents. Pierce ended his career being the 15th leading scorer of all-time and is on his way to the Naismith Hall of Fame. What a story.

Paul Pierce reliving the horrific moment with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on “All the Smoke” which airs on SHOWTIME.

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The game OLD Michael Jordan shuts down Critics https://www.talkbasket.net/90159-the-game-old-michael-jordan-shuts-down-critics https://www.talkbasket.net/90159-the-game-old-michael-jordan-shuts-down-critics#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 01:27:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90159 38-year-old Michael Jordan Full Game Highlights | Washington Wizards vs Charlotte Hornets | December 29, 2001 | 2001-02 NBA Season:

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The game OLD Michael Jordan shuts down Critics

38-year-old Michael Jordan Full Game Highlights | Washington Wizards vs Charlotte Hornets | December 29, 2001 | 2001-02 NBA Season:

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Dennis Rodman Bum-Rushes a Pearl Jam Concert! https://www.talkbasket.net/90132-dennis-rodman-bum-rushes-a-pearl-jam-show https://www.talkbasket.net/90132-dennis-rodman-bum-rushes-a-pearl-jam-show#respond Sun, 24 May 2020 23:32:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90132 Fresh off winning his sixth championship in 1998, the “Worm”, Dennis Rodman, bum-rushed a Pearl Jam show. A shirtless, drunk, and excited Rodman ran on the stage, hugged Eddie Vedder and drank wine with him! After Pearl Jam performed their hit song “Hail, Hail,” Eddie Vedder stated that the next song they were going to […]

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Dennis Rodman Bum-Rushes a Pearl Jam Concert!

Fresh off winning his sixth championship in 1998, the “Worm”, Dennis Rodman, bum-rushed a Pearl Jam show. A shirtless, drunk, and excited Rodman ran on the stage, hugged Eddie Vedder and drank wine with him! After Pearl Jam performed their hit song “Hail, Hail,” Eddie Vedder stated that the next song they were going to perform, which was “Alive”, was going to be dedicated to Dennis!

Towards the end of the performance, Rodman proceeded to put Eddie Vedder on his shoulders and jump up and down. The crowd went bananas. Eventually, they would kindly ask Rodman to leave the stage by saying, “Get the f*** off the stage.” Somehow, bassist Jeff Ament convinced Rodman to leave. As he was leaving, Pearl Jam played “Off He Goes” and gave Dennis a grand exit. What a crazy story from one of the NBA’s most entertaining players ever.

Here’s a thread from @Howsito discussing the events that took place during Rodman’s time with Pearl Jam!

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Tracy McGrady drops 13 PTS in 33 seconds 👀 | Final 1:01 https://www.talkbasket.net/90112-tracy-mcgrady-drops-13-pts-in-33-seconds-%f0%9f%91%80-final-101 https://www.talkbasket.net/90112-tracy-mcgrady-drops-13-pts-in-33-seconds-%f0%9f%91%80-final-101#respond Sun, 24 May 2020 18:47:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90112 To celebrate a 15-year NBA veteran, seven-time NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady’s birthday today, let’s take a look back at the time he dropped 13 points in 33 seconds for the Houston Rockets on December 9, 2004:

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Tracy McGrady drops 13 PTS in 33 seconds 👀 | Final 1:01

To celebrate a 15-year NBA veteran, seven-time NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady’s birthday today, let’s take a look back at the time he dropped 13 points in 33 seconds for the Houston Rockets on December 9, 2004:

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Steph Curry and his brother Seth play 1-on-1 as kids https://www.talkbasket.net/90099-steph-curry-and-his-brother-seth-play-1-on-1-as-kids https://www.talkbasket.net/90099-steph-curry-and-his-brother-seth-play-1-on-1-as-kids#respond Sun, 24 May 2020 16:13:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90099 Check out this footage of the little Steph Curry and his brother Seth shooting the basketball in the Raptors practice facility back in the day (2002) when their father Dell Curry played in Toronto. As we now know, the both became NBA players and even competed against each in the Western Conference Finals in 2019 […]

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Steph Curry and his brother Seth play 1-on-1 as kids

Check out this footage of the little Steph Curry and his brother Seth shooting the basketball in the Raptors practice facility back in the day (2002) when their father Dell Curry played in Toronto.

As we now know, the both became NBA players and even competed against each in the Western Conference Finals in 2019 as Steph’s Golden State Warriors faced Seth’s Portland Trail Blazers. The Dubs swept Portland but lost the Finals to the Raptors.

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Klay Thompson’s Epic 4th Quarter Performance | 2016 WCF Game 6 https://www.talkbasket.net/90097-klay-thompsons-epic-4th-quarter-performance-2016-wcf-game-6 https://www.talkbasket.net/90097-klay-thompsons-epic-4th-quarter-performance-2016-wcf-game-6#respond Sun, 24 May 2020 15:44:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90097 Sharpshooter Klay Thompson came up big when his number was called in the Golden State Warriors’ elimination game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference Finals. Relive some of his best moments from the fourth quarter:

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Klay Thompson’s Epic 4th Quarter Performance | 2016 WCF Game 6

Sharpshooter Klay Thompson came up big when his number was called in the Golden State Warriors’ elimination game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference Finals. Relive some of his best moments from the fourth quarter:

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Celtics fans chanted “Beat LA” as the 76ers defeated the Celtics in Boston to advance to the NBA Finals on this date in 1982 https://www.talkbasket.net/90060-celtics-fans-chanted-beat-la-as-the-76ers-defeated-the-celtics-in-boston-to-advance-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1982 https://www.talkbasket.net/90060-celtics-fans-chanted-beat-la-as-the-76ers-defeated-the-celtics-in-boston-to-advance-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1982#respond Sun, 24 May 2020 03:05:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90060 The Philadelphia 76ers prevailed 120-106 on the road in Game 7 after the Boston Celtics had won consecutive games while facing elimination. Julius Erving finished with 29 points, three steals and three blocks for Philadelphia. Andrew Toney had 34 points and Maurice Cheeks finished with 19 points and 11 assists. Larry Bird had 20 points, […]

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Celtics fans chanted “Beat LA” as the 76ers defeated the Celtics in Boston to advance to the NBA Finals on this date in 1982

The Philadelphia 76ers prevailed 120-106 on the road in Game 7 after the Boston Celtics had won consecutive games while facing elimination.

Julius Erving finished with 29 points, three steals and three blocks for Philadelphia. Andrew Toney had 34 points and Maurice Cheeks finished with 19 points and 11 assists.

Larry Bird had 20 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two blocks but his excellent performance wasn’t enough.

The Sixers only led by three at the half but extended their lead to double figures in the third quarter and never looked back.

With the game out of reach, fans at the Boston Garden started chanting “Beat LA.”

The fans did not get their wish as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the 76ers in six games to win the 1982 NBA Finals.

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Michael Jordan joins Michael Jackson on The Set of “Jam” https://www.talkbasket.net/90051-michael-jordan-joins-michael-jackson-on-the-set-of-jam https://www.talkbasket.net/90051-michael-jordan-joins-michael-jackson-on-the-set-of-jam#respond Sun, 24 May 2020 02:02:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90051 Everyone remembers Michael Jackson’s famous song “Jam”, but did you know Michael Jordan appeared in the music video which aired in 1992? He not only made an appearance, but also played the king of pop one on one! Though Jackson struggled putting the ball in the basket, he got his revenge when attempting to teach […]

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Michael Jordan joins Michael Jackson on The Set of “Jam”

Everyone remembers Michael Jackson’s famous song “Jam”, but did you know Michael Jordan appeared in the music video which aired in 1992? He not only made an appearance, but also played the king of pop one on one! Though Jackson struggled putting the ball in the basket, he got his revenge when attempting to teach Jordan how to dance. The two most famous people at their crafts joined forces and shocked the world.

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Kobe Bryant Learned How to Play Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on Piano by Ear! https://www.talkbasket.net/90004-kobe-bryant-learned-how-to-play-beethovens-moonlight-sonata-on-piano-by-ear https://www.talkbasket.net/90004-kobe-bryant-learned-how-to-play-beethovens-moonlight-sonata-on-piano-by-ear#respond Sat, 23 May 2020 20:40:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90004 Though Mr. and Mrs. Kobe Bryant faced their fair share of difficulties, there were plenty of amazing moments during their marriage. Kobe Bryant wanted to learn how to play Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” for him wife, Vanessa Bryant. Of course Kobe refused to be taught, he told Romona Shelburne of ESPN. He stated that would have […]

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Kobe Bryant Learned How to Play Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on Piano by Ear!

Though Mr. and Mrs. Kobe Bryant faced their fair share of difficulties, there were plenty of amazing moments during their marriage. Kobe Bryant wanted to learn how to play Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” for him wife, Vanessa Bryant. Of course Kobe refused to be taught, he told Romona Shelburne of ESPN. He stated that would have been “too easy.”

He unleashed the “Mamba Mentality” and learned by ear! Sounds like Kobe doesn’t it? Kobe learned how to play and eventually got the opportunity to play alongside the “Loring String Quartet” live! Is there anything the Mamba couldn’t do?

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