Thursday, December 8, 2011

Why Do NBA Fans Love to Hate LeBron?

By []Frank L William 

 To some people he's a basketball demi-god, while to others he is the most hated man in NBA today, but whatever you want to think or say about him LeBron James is hard to ignore.

 The kid from Akron, Ohio first attracted attention when he was in high school and when, in 2002 he won the Gatorade National Player of the Year his now famous nickname was first coined - King James. And ever since then the name LeBron James has become not only a household name in the US but across the world as well.

 But it was not until 2010 and King James was about to become a free agent for the first time that he really began to attract the kind of negative reactions from some fans that he does today. On any given day if you check LeBron James' Twitter the negative comments directed his way often outnumber the positive - especially true after the Miami Heat lost Game 7 of the 2011 NBA Finals - and the crown they had promised to bring to South Beach - to the upstart Dallas Mavericks.

 Why all the hate for a player who some feel may be better than the great Michael Jordan? Partly because of his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, essentially his hometown team, for the glamor of the Miami Heat and partly because of the way he made that choice. In the summer of 2010 Lebron James told the world that he would announce his choice of team on a live ESPN TV special "The Decision".

 His intentions were probably good, the money raised would got to the Boys and Girls Club of America, a cause close to his heart. It was just the flashy, maybe arrogant, way he did it that evoked all the ire of these who were not even Cleveland fans.

 "The Decision" was a bad idea from the beginning but apparently no one warned LeBron about that. Mark Cuban, the outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks called the show "the big gets public humiliation in history" and ex NBA superstar turned analyst Charles Barkley a 'punk move" claiming "That was torture. I want that hour back in my life". The entire city of Cleveland seemed to turn against their former favorite son overnight, not so much for the fact he was leaving them to head to the beach but for the way he announced his intentions to the world.

 The failure of the Big Three - James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh - to beat the veteran Mavs did little to make things better. But Lebron does not seem to care too much. He is still the biggest star in the NBA today, Lebron James' Twitter has 2.4 million followers and counting, his talent is nothing anyone questions and his best years are certainly yet to come. Despite all of the haters, it is still good to be King James.

 Frank Williams is a die-hard basketball fan and a social networking freak who believes []LeBron James Twitter account will help every fan of his to develop an interaction and collect fresh information straight from LeBron's.

Article Source: [] Why Do NBA Fans Love to Hate LeBron?


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

NBA Free Agent Power Rankings 2011-2012

By []David W Murphy

These are the Power Rankings for the NBA's best free agents available for the upcoming season. Teams are officially allowed to sign free agents on December 9th, while the NBA season will begin on December 25th.

1. Marc Gasol - Many expect the Grizzlies to match any offer that Gasol gets, however he is clearly the top player on the market and should have no problems finding teams who want to invest in a young and talented center.

2. Nene - He was undervalued during his time in Denver. He will now get the chance to see that many teams value talented big men which will make it hard for the Nuggets to keep the offensively gifted Brazilian.

3. David West - He was the Robin to Chris Paul's Batman. CP3 looked to him often as West can shoot from anywhere on the floor and will make a solid addition to any team.

4. Jamal Crawford - He was playing behind Joe Johnson during his time in Atlanta, but has shown the ability to score points in bunches and should provide a boost to any squad looking for some outside shooting.

5. Tyson Chandler - It was no coincidence that Dallas was finally able to break through and win the NBA Championship once they found a true center. His skills came out in the Lakers series and made life very difficult for Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

6. Tayshaun Prince - Prince may have become a forgotten man with the Piston's struggles over the last few years, but the athletic lefty can still guard the opponent's best player while providing his usual slashing/outside shooting skills.

7. Carl Landry - The former Purdue Boilermaker has worked his way into becoming a solid low post presence for NBA teams looking to add some offensive punch. He has been traded 3 times over the last 2 years, but is finally looking to cash in and become a stable force for the right team.

8. Wilson Chandler - While he is still under contract to play in China, the versatile swingman proved his worth after getting traded from New York to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony deal. He has provided constant energy on both offense and defense ever since he was drafted into the league.

9. J.J. Barea - Say what you want about the undersized guard, but the guy can score and played a key role in helping the Dallas Mavericks win their first ever NBA Championship.

10. Jason Richardson - While he is not the same player he once was in Golden State, J-Rich can still shoot the 3 and provide scoring to teams looking for a shooting guard.

11. Chuck Hayes - Never known as a flashy player, Hayes can rebound and play defense with the best of them. He was a tremendous asset for the Houston Rockets last year and always seems to be in the right place at the right time.

12. Thaddeus Young - Another lefty swingman who can play both offense and defense at a high energy level. He is looking for the opportunity to become a full-time player and there are sure to be some teams willing to give him that chance.

13. Kris Humphries - Known more for his failed marriage with Kim Kardashian than his basketball skills, the former University of Minnesota product was a double-double machine down the stretch for New Jersey last season. He provides size and strength to teams looking to upgrade their front court.

14. Tracy McGrady - T-Mac showed last season that he still has something left in the tank. He is likely looking to join a championship contender and the Chicago Bulls come to mind as a potential suitor to pair with Derrick Rose in the backcourt.

15. Samuel Dalembert - Dalembert has already been linked to joining the Miami Heat as they can use a lengthy center to control the glass and block shots. He should have other suitors as well as the talented Haitian can control the paint with his defense.

16. Vince Carter - Also not the player he once was, Vince is still capable of scoring 30 points a game on any given night. He needs to find the right situation where his offensive skills will overshadow his tendency to force contested shots.

17. Shannon Brown - The former Proviso East star and Michigan State Spartan has never been known for his lack of potential. He will likely look for a chance to start, while finally escaping the shadow of Kobe Bryant. Brown has really developed his game over the last few years and should find teams willing to give him that chance.

18. Caron Butler - He was starting to find his groove again before going down with an injury last year for Dallas. Rumor is he is hoping to resign with the Mavs and should land a one year deal to help regain his value.

19. Grant Hill - The suddenly durable forward showed that he can still provide a steady presence as he did for Phoenix last year. His veteran presence is something teams will look for when handing out contracts in the next few weeks.

20. Chase Budinger - The former volleyball star really came into his own last season with the Houston Rockets. His outside shooting and athleticism will have plenty of teams looking to add him to their roster.

Article Source: [] NBA Free Agent Power Rankings 2011-2012

Friday, December 2, 2011

The History of Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heats Jerseys

By []Andreas Niklasson

Memphis Grizzlies

 The Memphis Grizzlies team was established in 1995 in Vancouver, British Columbia along with the Toronto Raptors as part of the NBA's expansion to Canada. It was relocated to Memphis in 2001. Nickname Grizzlies was chosen after the original name Mounties was abandoned following objections by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the name was kept upon moving to Memphis.

 The team logo is a snarling Grizzly's face in two shades of blue with yellow eyes. One of its stars is Spanish Paul Gasol who was originally drafted by the Atlanta hawks in 2001 but was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies where he played 7 seasons and won the Rookie of the Year award in his first season with the Grizzlies. He now plays for the Lakers.

The team colors are dark blue, powder blue and yellow. The Grizzlies sport a jersey in white for home games and blue for road games, both with light blue linings on the side.

Miami Heat

 Miami once played home to an ABA team known as the Floridians, and got its first NBA team in 1988 as part of a two-phase expansion that also included Orlando Magic, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Charlotte Hornets. It got its name after a contest where Flamingos was in close second. It made a major step in acquiring superstar center Shaquille O'Neal on July 4, 2004. Another important team player is Alonzo Mourning, who is simply known as "Zo". Zo has earned NBA Defensive Player of The Year Award twice and is always placed on the NBA All-defensive team. He made a comeback after undergoing a kidney transplant. The franchise won its first NBA title in the 2005-2006 NBA season against the Dallas Mavericks.

 The Heats home uniform is in white and the road uniform is in black. The team also sports an alternate red jersey, which was introduced during the 2001-2002 season, and is the unofficial Heat road uniform during the NBA Playoffs. They are also the only NBA team to place the NBA logo on the right shoulder instead of having it on the left.

 Andreas Niklasson is the associated editor to the website NBA jerseys [] - a website dedicated to NBA jerseys. Filled with interesting facts about your favorite NBA team jerseys, find rare photos and great deals on popular NBA jerseys.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NBA Season Will Begin on December 25!

  The 2011–12 NBA season, the 66th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA), will officially begin with the signing of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the owners of all 30 NBA teams and the NBA's players. The previous CBA, which was ratified in 2005, expired at 12:01 AM EDT on July 1, 2011, resulting in a lockout.

  The lockout ended on November 26 when a tentative deal was reached. The season will officially begin once the players, formerly represented by the National Basketball Players Association, and the NBA owners ratify the deal. It will be shortened from the normal 82 games to 66, because of the two months of inactivity. The season will begin on December 25, 2011 and end on May 1, 2012.


Monday, November 28, 2011

1969 was a transitional season in the NBA

The 1969 NBA Season was a transitional period in the league. The league had been dominated for years by the likes of the Boston Celtics, led by Bill Russell. Russell had at this point and the league was ready to move on with new stars taking the lead. The Celtics had won the previous two championships, but with the loss of Russell they were certainly at a disadvantage in the 1969-70 season. 

 The league was ready for a new team to step up and take the lead. The New York Knicks appeared to be up to the challenge in that season. The Knicks were led by Willis Reed. Reed was the league MVP that season and led the Knicks to the best record in the National Basketball Association. 

 The Knicks bested the Milwaukee Bucks by winning 60 games on the season while only losing 22 games. The Milwaukee Bucks were second in the league in victories at 56. While the Bucks were not the top team in the league, they were certainly a dangerous one. The Bucks were led by former UCLA star Lew Alcindor. 

 Lew Alcindor is better known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to most people. Alcindor was a rookie on a Bucks team that was only 2 years old, but they certainly made a lot of improvement over the previous season in which they won 27 games. Abdul-Jabbar was 2nd in the league in scoring, 3 in rebounds and 7th in the league in field goal percentage on the season.
The Baltimore Bullets were the 3rd best team in the league, winning 50 games. This meant that the Eastern Division had the top three teams in the NBA within their division. The last team in the playoff picture for the season would be the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers finished with a record of 42-40 on the season. 

 The non-playoff teams in the Eastern Division were the Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons. The Royals managed to win 36 games. The Celtics saw a large downfall with the departure of Bill Russell and were only able to reel in 34 victories on the season. The Pistons were the worst team in the conference with 31 victories.
The Western Division was won by the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks led the Western Division with a 48-34 record. The next best team in the West was the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers were led by the top scorer in the NBA, Jerry West. The Lakers had been the losers to the Celtics many times in previous years and saw the absence of Russell from the Celtics as a chance for them to jump to the top of the league. 

 The Phoenix Suns and Chicago Bulls were the last two playoff teams, making the playoffs with sub .500 records of 39-43. The Seattle SuperSonics, San Francisco Warriors and San Diego Rockets were the three teams in the conference that did not make the playoffs. 
The Lakers did indeed make it to the finals again, but once again they fell short of the NBA Championship. The Knicks would take the Championship with a 4-3 series victory in the Finals.

AUTHOR:- Tatum Oneill writes reviews on various sporting events including the various online sportsbook. In this piece of write up the author wrote about National Basketball Association games. The author takes the readers opinion on how to do NBA Betting online. 

NBA China

By []Oytun Basaran

 There's a global fight going on between businesses, organizations, and even sports bodies over the new playing field that is China. In the realm of sports, the stakes are higher than ever as profits back home are declining and China is proving to be a dream new untapped market filled with enthusiastic sports lovers.

 The NBA over the past 20 years has slowly been laying the groundwork for entrance and eventually expansion into China. When David Stern first came to China, he was standing outside of the Chinese CCTV headquarters basically paying the Chinese to display recorded version of their basketball games.

 These past 2 years, things have really picked up and the NBA is already fast taking over the lives of the all-elusive 18-35 middle class.

 Announcement of NBA China entity, opening 12 NBA caliber stadiums in China, NBA branded reality TV shows on Chinese TV, plans to open 2000 NBA branded retail shops, and more have already taken place. Partnerships with global and local enterprises are speeding up the NBA's domination over its competitors.

 With the NBA struggling mightily back home on it's home soil - this kind of boost is exactly what was needed. THere has been speculation going around that the NBA could be headed for another lockout in the 2011 season with player wages spiralling out of control in light of the current world financial weather downturn.

 What's in store for the future of the NBA in the Middle Kingdom? NBA's ambitious plans could well mean securing the last untapped market in the world as well as the prize of most popular sport in the world. Nike and Adidas have already seen their sales increase many fold and the NBA is bound to see similar success.

 China is claimed to have over 300 million basketball fans - basketball in Shanghai, basketball in Beijing, is as loved as basketball in New York. But how will the NBA make it all work. Currently there are more questions than are answers - so it is most certainly an area that will be exciting to cover. []NBA China

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

How To Get an NBA Players Autograph

By []Jeff Binstock

 NBA players are some of the most admired people in our society. As basketball fans, we tune in nightly to see these incredible athletes do what they do best. Getting an autograph from your favorite NBA player can be an incredibly exciting experience. Many kids (and adults as well) would love nothing more than to own a unique piece of autographed memorabilia signed by their favorite player. For example, I am a huge Kobe Bryant fan and have been since his debut. I have had the pleasure of owning quite a few Kobe Bryant autographs, and these pieces will be passed down to my children when the time is right.

 When trying to obtain an autograph from your favorite NBA player, there are a few different approaches you can take. The first, and most favored approach is to acquire the autograph in person. Obviously, this is the most exciting way to get the signature, as you not only get to meet the player, but you know that the autograph cannot be fake. When trying to obtain the autograph in person, the best thing to do is to either try and get to the game early or stay late after the game, in order to catch the player either arriving or leaving the stadium. It is important to make sure that you have the item you want signed ready to go, as well as having a pen or sharpie handy for the athlete to use. It is always important to be respectful when asking for a signature!

 Another way of obtaining an autograph is to mail the item to the athlete. This often works best will small items such as basketball cards. I have had some success mailing the item to the stadium where the athlete plays. You can also try to see if the player has a fan club or personal website. Often, there is information there of where you can send an item to be signed. When sending things through the mail, it is best to send a self addressed stamped envelope for the item to be returned easily to you.

 Finally, the easiest way to acquire an autograph is to buy one either online or at memorabilia shops or shows. Although this can get expensive, you don't have to go through the trouble of trying to get the item signed in person or through the mail. Often, these items come with a certificate of authenticity so you know that the signature is real. I would highly discourage buying any piece of memorabilia that doesn't come with a certificate of authenticity.

 The information above should help you when trying to get an autograph from your favorite NBA player. As always, use personal judgment as to which method works best for you.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

History of NBA Finals Dynasties

By []Andy McCarthy

The first dynasty to emerge within the NBA following the 1949 merger of the BAA and NBL was that of the Minneapolis Lakers, who won five NBA championship titles in six years spanning 1948-1954, led by center George Mikan, now a legend within the sport.

The next dynasty to emerge within the NBA, during the years spanning 1957-1969, were the Boston Celtics, competing in twelve Finals series during that period and winning eleven NBA championship titles within those thirteen years alone - with eight of them as consecutive wins from 1959-1966. Leading the team to its legendary victories were coach Red Auerbach and players Bill Russell and John Havlicek.

In years absent of NBA dynasties and rivalries upon which fans can direct their fervor and support, NBA Finals fail to draw nearly as much attention as in pique years. In the 1970's, eight different teams succeeded in winning NBA championship titles, and fan fervor waned temporarily. It grew heated once again, however, as a rivalry surfaced during the 1980's between the Lakers (led by Magic Johnson) and the Celtics (led by Larry Bird), both leading players having entered the league the year before, carrying over their widely-viewed college basketball rivalry from their respective teams, Michigan State University and Indiana State University. Magic Johnson made an even bigger name for himself when playing in his first NBA Finals in 1980, the conclusion of his first season in the professional league, and leading his team to victory after having to play every position on the court during game six after an injury that took star player Kareem Abdul Jabbar out of the game, scoring 42 points contributing to his teams win during his first championship. Throughout the decade either one or both of the rivaling teams competed in the Finals - the Lakers won the title five times (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1988) and the Celtics won the titles three times (1981, 1984, and 1986). In 1984, the Celtics and the Lakers contested one another in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1969, and the match-up drew the largest NBA game television audience in the history of the championship. The Celtics emerged as the victors in a close competing, winning four games to three. During the 1985 NBA Finals, during the first game of the playoffs - remembered as the "Memorial Day Massacre" - the Celtics set the still-standing record of 148 points as the highest point total by a team in the NBA Finals. However, the Lakers won the championship title that year in six games, the Celtics losing the sixth and final game on their home court for the first and only time in their playoff history.

At the conclusion of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry of the 1980's, emerged the Chicago Bulls dynasty, spanning 1991-1998, winning six championships during that eight year period, led by Phil Jackson as coach and by legendary player Michael Jordan, along with notables Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. (The only two losses had been suffered during the two years, 1994 and 1995, when Michael Jordan temporarily left the team and the sport to pursue a baseball career instead. During the years he had played for the Bulls in the play-offs, he had been honored as the recipient of the Finals MVP   rel=nofollow []sports award after each game.) He returned and began again leading the team to victory in the 1996 play-offs, and continued until the end of the 1998-1999 season. At the start of the 1999 basketball season, however, Phil Jackson retired from his position as coach, and the majority of the teams' strongest players left as well, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen included, effectively ending the team's dynasty and strong performance record. Since that team's dynasty, the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs have dominated the NBA Finals, winning more titles than any other team combined during the period since 1999. Each year from 1999-2010, the NBA Finals have featured either or both of the Los Angeles Lakers (led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal) or the San Antonio Spurs (led by Tim Duncan). In 2008, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers contested the championship title for the eleventh time in the history of the playoffs - the first time since 1987 - with the Celtics emerging victorious in six games, marking their record-setting 17th NBA Championship. In 2010, they met on the court for the playoffs once again, this time with the Lakers emerging victorious, inching upon the Celtics' most titles record, with this marking their 16th NBA Championship win.

The author of this article is 10 year veteran in the crystal awards and recognition gifts industry.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

NBA 2K12 - Demo Impressions

By []Jason A Flowers

The demo is short, maybe ten minutes long if that. I barely learned the controls. Luckily I wrote them down. I did play the NBA 2K12 demo on my Xbox 360, Controls: LT-dribble/shoot, LB-pick control, LS-move player, RS-shot stick, RT-sprint, RB-icon pass, Y-post up, B-fake pass, A-pass, X-shot. The controls weren't bad. They were responsive regarding game play and did what they were suppose to do. The demo being short had more to do with me not playing well. That is until I just started throwing up jumpers with Dirk Nowitzki lol.

After you press start from the main menu screen your immediately shown a cut scene of superstars from the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks. I didn't get to choose a team or anything. I was just thrust into the game after the cut scene ended. I ended up with Dallas. The pre game spectacle was nice from a visual standpoint using special effects and swooping camera angles to make it seem like live TV. As soon as the game started I was immediately impressed and disappointed.

I was impressed by NBA 2K12's fluid visuals and real life animations on each player. What I wasn't impressed with was the sound design. No commentators and the sound effects sound unrealistic. The players faces on close inspection looked like waxed dummies with a zombified dead look. Completely emotionless player faces in NBA 2K12. That and the demo being short are the worst aspects I can take away from the this game. The music in the demo wasn't very good either.

As far as the actual match went it was Dallas versus Miami like in the Finals. I was Dallas. Early on I was trying to do way too much. I finally realized what Dallas did in real life. Just let Dirk shoot jumpers and that is what I did. Dirk couldn't miss. I hit two 3's and three 2's. I hit the last 2 with like a second left in the short demo and won. All my shots were taken with Dirk Nowitzki and he didn't miss once. I was even hitting jumpers off balance fade always like Dirk does in real life. It was fun but short lived. You only play one short quarter then the game abruptly ends. You're then shown a promo page of all the full game features that are in NBA 2K12. And that was it for the demo. Thanks for reading.

Article Source: [] NBA 2K12 - Demo Impressions

NBA Lockout - Check Out What Is Next For NBA's Highest Paid Players

By []Anita Fowler

 The Employment Outlook today is tough for many people. According to The United States Labor Department, the average medium yearly salary is anywhere from $40,00 to $65,000. Depending on where you live, and your occupation. With two adults working, it's just enough to pay the rent, cars, insurance etc. But what if you earned a multi-million dollar salary, like many of our professional athletes. The NBA Teams are in a battle, a game of tug of war. This battle is between The Owners, and The Players. There are no real rules, and neither side is budging, as the season is slowly slipping by. With pre-season games canceled, and no agreement, Commissioner Stern now has kept his promise to cancel the first two weeks of regular season play. All NBA games, now canceled until November 14. Los Angeles Lakers, Derek Fisher is the Players Union President, and has been quoted saying that, "the players are not playing basketball because we are on strike, we are not playing because, The Owners have locked us out." The 1998-1999 NBA season was reduced to only 50 games. This was a strike. An agreement was not reached until January 1999. This Lockout could be as long. Some are saying there may not be a season at all.

 While most NBA players make million dollar salaries, not all can afford to go an entire year without a paycheck. Rashard Lewis, Kobe Bryant, Paul Gasol, are some of the highest paid players. Lewis has a contract that pays him $118 million over six years. While there are plenty of players that are close to the minimum salary of $473,000. With that said, NBA Players are still in a far better position than the thousands of hourly workers that depend on the NBA's 6-month season. They are the workers that are employed at the arenas. Security, ushers, parking lot attendants, and restaurant employees. Most arenas are surrounded by hotels and restaurants that depend upon the basketball patrons. Orlando Florida, may be home to Disney World, and a hot vacation spot, but Orlando will feel the pinch as well. Last minute details are stalled for the NBA's 2012 All Star Games. The Games, are set to be hosted by Orlando Magic in their new Amway Arena. The All Star Games cover an entire week of games and events mainly held at Amway. Final decisions may be on hold.

So what are some of the players doing? Le Bron James was spotted playing football at his old High School in Akron, St. Vincent-St. Mary's. James had been reported talking to The NFL. This is not true. Kobe Bryant has been linked to rumors that he may sign a contract in Italy. Many Fans really do not have much sympathy for the Players or Owners. Together they provide a great and exciting basketball season, but to be unable to come to an agreement may be a matter of greed. Many people are asking, How did the salaries of professional athletes get so out of hand?

The NBA players are employees of their respective teams, and owners. So why, you may ask, do they want 53% of all ticket revenues? A 50/50 split is not good enough. They want to make more than their bosses. Overpaid players cut into franchise profits, and hurt the basketball business as a whole. Wizard Rashard Lewis was quoted as saying that. " I'm willing to sacrifice my salary to get a fair deal". In summary, both parties do agree on one fact. Nobody will be making any money, if nobody is playing basketball. It will be interesting to see the final results, and if we will learn anything from this.

 Anita is a Professional Exercise Consultant, and Life Coach. A Certified Fitness Trainer, and a Former National Bodybuilding Champion, who has been in the Fitness Industry for over 20 years. She uses her expertise to conduct fitness clinics and seminars to assist others to work towards their healthy lifestyle goals.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

The Coolest Kobe Bryant Shoes

By []Scott S Oberholser

Superheroes are so cool. They can fly. That's pretty cool. They can shoot sticky web-like substances from their hands. They have steel fingers that spring out from the hands with the flick of a wrist. Supercool! But these days superheros are even cooler. No way! How is that possible? Not only do they have superpowers, the new age superheroes have tons of money and drive awesome cars. Heck, they even use state of the art jetpacks. I mean, come on! How cool is Iron Man? And this Batman guy, he is the coolest cat, I mean bat, of them all. Have you seen his car?

It is no wonder then, that Bruce Wayne has been immortalized by a pair of Kobe Bryant shoes. For the last 3 years Nike has dropped a colorway of the Kobe signature sneaker line that is appropriately titled the "Dark Knight". Released along side a pair of his archnemisis, the joker (who, by the way is also very cool), the Dark Knight has been blessed with his very own Kobe shoe since 2008. 1 additional model and colorway has already released with another on it's way. The Kobe IV, V, VI all use black, silver, and neptune blue to create the coolest colorway ever seen on a pair of Kobe Bryant shoes. The king of Gotham City deserves nothing less.

In 2008, the Kobe IV "Dark Knight" was released to rave reviews. The comfort, stability and most importantly, the colorway, were one of the coolest pair of kicks to ever hit the market. Due to the success of the Kobe IV "Dark Knight", Nike released the Kobe V "Dark Knight" the following year. Perhaps the best looking shoe of the series, it features a black upper, silver accents, and a clear translucent outsole. Nothing is cooler on a pair of basketball kicks than a translucent outsole. Cold-blooded! The accents of grey on the heel tab and Swoosh along with the dark, speckled two-toned laces are perfect in representing, the Dark Knight. The laces are what truly makes this shoe cool. Black laces speckled with Neptune blue may seem like a small detail. Wrong! Small details as true sneakerheads know are what makes a shoe special.

A new colorway of the Kobe VI is on its way and is strikingly similar to the Dark Knight's of the past. Although it has not been officially tagged as this years Dark Knight, the resemblance to the last two year's editions is uncanny. The upper is a snakeskin textured black tone accompanied by a Neptune blue Swoosh and featuring silver accents on the heel cup. Sound familiar?

Bruce Wayne, what a cool dude. Money, cars, and all kinds of cool body gear. It only makes sense then, that the Kobe Dark Knight editions would be some of the coolest Nike shoes for basketball. Not as cool as the Batman, but pretty damn cool.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Lakers Leader Kobe Bryant 5 Years Past

Author: Steve Clis

 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles , almost be the strongest Western League team. For the second round playoffs are coming, you may want to know more about the Lakers. I will show you the past 5 seasons.
2006-2007, at the beginning of this season, the Lakers played well but until there are a lot of players got injuries. Odom and Walton are serious injured. Lakers record has plummeted, and ultimately forced into the playoffs. But they were easily defended by Suns, and stopped in the first round of playoffs.
2007-2008, this is an amazing season for Lakers for they make an intelligent transaction with Brown and Mark Gasol, he is Pau Gasol, an all-star player. Coupled with the growing maturity of the young center "little shark" - Andrew Bynum, and super star Kobe Bryant stable performance. The second key player Lamar Odom, they can play for the championship once again. After the regular season, regular season MVP Kobe Bryant was elected. In the first round of playoffs, they beat Nuggets easily with 4-0. 4:2 beat Jazz which is the team of Deron - Williams and Carlos Boozer. And 4-1 won the last championship owner Spurs. And this time they were defeated by the old enemy Celtics combined by tri-giants in the 2007-2008 season, with many experts were optimistic about the situation.
2008-2009 season, the team played well, scored the final 65 regular-season win. In the All-Star contest, "OK" is elected as the MVP. In the first round of playoffs, they easily defeated Jazz with 4-1, but tried to beat Rockets. In the Western Finals, they beat Nuggets and went ahead for final games. Eventually, they 4 to 1 win over the Magic, winning the team in the history of 15th championship trophy, Kobe Bryant's first career harvest Finals MVP trophy.
2009-2010, Artest joined the Lakers, which the Lakers small forward position has been strengthened. They get 57 wins in the regular season, be first in Western League, third in the entire league. Faced with the Oklahoma City Thunder led by Durant, they were defeated by Thunder in the 4th game. They then bang, with Gasol tipped in the last lore, they are cut by 4 to 2. In the second round of playoffs, they defeated Jazz by 4-0. In the Western Conference finals, they met old foe Phoenix Suns in the first 5 games, with Ron Artest's tipped lore, they are 4 to 2 victory over the Suns completed a vengeance. Entered Finals to face the Boston Celtics, this is the 12 times for this two teams meet in the finals in the historical battle. The Lakers before the disadvantage of 2 wins and 9 losses; and just the Celtics beat them two years ago. In the 7 games, Kobe Bryant lead the Lakers defeated Celtics with 4-3. In this year, they get the 16th championship, Kobe also gets his second Finals MVP trophies.
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Lebron James MVP of 2011 NBA Playoffs?

Author: wilbert walls

 The particular Morris Podollof “MVP” award… exactly what it means and whom justifies it
If you believe MVP a person imagine Stat stuffers via the prior like his / her airness Michael Jordan and the amazing Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Because the game has progressed so contain the young people who have centered the actual little league in the last several years. Earning an MVP towards the end of your time solidifies your recipient as being one of the best in order to ever engage in the actual activity. That prize seemed to be referred to as following first chief executive in the Nationwide Basketball game Organization Mr. Morris Podollof a good iconic body in the historical past from the sport.
 To find out a MVP we've got compromised a listing of the very best nominees and also why is each a contender. Making use of any method according to record stats, personality qualities as well as precisely what each person provides intended to be able to their own staff in the 2010-2011 period.

Approaching MVP malfunction: D-rose, KB24
BEST 5 Prospects 2010-2011 Frequent Period MVP: L. James
#23 Lebron James SF 6’8 260lb

 Adore them or perhaps loathe him, LBJ can be a rare natural talent and will also be one of the best participants in the category with regard to decades ahead. 2010-2011 has become a questionable time of year for Lebron as well as the Heat crew, a season stuffed with glimpses regarding greatness and instances regarding overall relapse. But all in all, this particular team can be a serious contender and it has the many resources in order to earn the trophy, a big total of credit score provides to visit James for that team’s achievement. Lebron’s only drop could be the way this individual deals with the mass media, that comments he tends to make, as well as larger then this globe self confidence that creates them therefore prosperous as well as belittled while doing so. James offers resided upward to all the buzz regarding effectiveness since he signed up with the actual league inside 03' as any child directly out of high the school, he's got constantly offered large figures year after year and this season was no diverse.

Figures: 10/10
Price to help group: 9/10

- A multi-positional athlete, James runs the point, can easily protect 3-4 roles and contains great instincts about offense, especially when they strikes the backboard and rips lower the rim. The particular addition involving James has enhanced the overall engage in of the Heat drastically this season. Along with Dwayne Wade he compensates certainly one of deadliest mixtures in all regarding basketball game.

Poise: 6.5/10

- Lebron offers obtained negative advertising just about all year, which has broken their public impression and lead inside shedding a big amount of help coming from their fan-base. I want to pin the consequence on the particular press in making your man seem poor, yet his public remarks, evaporating functions as well as methods occasionally are a basis for problem. I’m not necessarily expressing Lebron’s a poor guy, He or she is a good basketball gamer along with possibly a pleasant man throughout living, however their the latest press attention hasn’t been recently glorious regarding him or her or even his team.

Overall Items: TWENTY-FIVE.5/30

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

LA Lakers Profiles: Vujacic and Walton

Author: Michaela Lawson

 Among the younger six footers of the Los Angeles Lakers are Sasha Vujacic and Luke Walton. Both are promising basketball players who, even early in their careers, have the potential to further improve the sales of Lakers tickets and help the team win the championship title. Here are some little known details about Vujacic and Walton.

Sasha Vujacic

 Aleksander “Saša" Vujacic plays point guard or shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers and is recognized for his jersey number 18. Vujacic is Slovenian, born on March 8, 1984 in Maribor, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia. This 6'7" player is a son of a coach of a basketball team in Montenegro.

Vujacic used to play with the Snaidero Udine, a basketball club in Italy. He started playing for the club when he was 16 years old. He also used to be a member of a Slovenian junior team.
 Vujacic joined the NBA in 2004 as the 27th overall pick of the Los Angeles Lakers. His best performances during his NBA career include a three-point shot that led Lakers to winning against the Utah Jazz during the 2005-06 season. Another is his clutch shot that ended the 13-game winning streak of the Dallas Mavericks.
Vujacic has various nicknames including one given by Coach Phil Jackson, “the 11 am shooter." The said nickname is given to Vujacic because he performs well during practices but hardly does the same in the games. Another nickname of Vujacic is “the Machine" because of his skill in successfully shooting on and beyond the arc on most of his attempts.
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Luke Walton

 Luke Theodore Walton is a small forward for the Los Angeles Lakers and holds jersey number 4. He was born on March 28, 1980 in San Diego, California to Hall of Famer, Bill Walton, and his wife Susie. Luke Walton has three brothers, Adam, Nathan and Chris, all of them are signified in Walton's right arm four-skeleton tattoo.
 Walton was already familiar with basketball mechanics as a young boy since his father played for the Portland Trail Blazers. When he went to school in the University of San Diego High School, Walton learned techniques from Bill himself. After high school, Walton proceeded to the University of Arizona for college where he majored in family studies and played for the Wildcats. Finally, in 2003 after college graduation, Walton was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Draft as the 32nd overall pick. Since then, Walton has been with the team, improving most during the 2006-07 season.

Because of his performance in the 2006-07 season, Walton was able to get a great deal with the Lakers--a six-year $30 million contract, based on his potential. Unfortunately, he was unable to live up to the expectations the following year. Nevertheless, Walton is known in the NBA and by NBA experts as one of the best in basketball timing, positioning, and teamwork. He also has excellent skills in passing, although he often passes to his teammates more than he shoots.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

NBA Hall of Fame System

Author: Ernie

 When you have got that bar discussion if Mitch Richmond or Robert Horry belongs within the Hall-of-Fame, keep in mind that answer is in all probability no. Many once certain-hearth Famers aren't guaranteed anymore, not after Dominique Wilkins, 9-time all-star and former slam-dunk champ was skipped from the Hall last year. Gary Payton is in the same boat as Wilkins, and may not get into Springfield as quickly as he would possibly have hoped. However why exactly did Wilkins get skipped?

 Let's get one issue straight: the NBA encompasses a Hall-of-Fame system might just be worse than Baseball's. For some reason, there's no "NBA Hall-of-Fame"; instead we get the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame . The distinction in this politically correct age that we live in is that nobody provides a damn regarding any basketball Hall, alternative than the one that the execs go in to. Now all factions of basketball greats go into just one Hall-of-Fame, therefore we tend to notice some other stars, if solely by accident.
It's a tight idea on paper, but you recognize it is a failure when Dominique Wilkins does not get in. The most bizarre portion of the Hall inductees is that they elect in everyone, even players who played within the Europe leagues. In fact, Wilkins played in the European leagues, however I suppose that was missed somehow in the voting. Why precisely ought to we care regarding non-American athletes-I'm pretty certain they do not care about us. Tell me how a man named Drazen Dalipagic can get in, and Dominique Wilkins cannot?

Casual fans can say that he might not deserve to urge in as a result of he never won a ring. In fact, that argument must be nullified when you sit down and notice that Darko Milicic, Isaiah Rider and Tyrone Lue all have rings. Are you going to award a guy who's the 12th man on a championship team additional than a nice player who stuck with one lousy team? If you probably did, then welcome to the Hall Will Purdue.
There is however one possible possibility that Wilkins isn't inducted in Springfield right now: he didn't end with a legacy. Reggie Miller did not win a title, but he was nice up to his final playoff appearance. That is why he's a ton safer to induce in than Dominique or Gary Payton. 'Nique finished his career very sloppily. In his final 4 seasons, Wilkins played for 5 groups over a span of 6 years. Dominique missed the entire 95-96 and 97-98 seasons, taking part in time in Europe when he wasn't interested in different teams offers. Whereas his stats were just as nice with the Clippers, Celtics and Spurs as they were with Atlanta, fans simply couldn't get over him in a very Magic jersey.

 Payton is that the same. His career basically ended when he left Seattle. Spending his last years with the Greenbacks, Lakers, Celtics and Heat isn't any legacy. He too didn't win a hoop, though we have a tendency to'll have to wait and see on this year. I'd like to determine him get in, but not before Dominique Wilkins, the human highlight film, gets in.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Jumping technique for Basketball

Author: Jerome Johnson

 One of the greatest advantages in a basketball player apart from scoring 45 points in a game is their jumps. Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen are classified as the top players for Chicago Bulls who played a vital role in winning 6 NBA titles through which sports analysts describes the team as "made in heaven". These three top players are recognized with their high jumps, fast steps and shooting. But don't you know that you will find jumping techniques for basketball that will assist you to be like them?
Whether or not you are a expert basketball player or perhaps a newbie, enhancing your vertical leap is extremely essential. This provides you the edge against your adversary and you're able to perform power dunks the same as your favourite NBA players. In order to do these high flying stunts, listed here are few exercises which will greatly help your vertical leap.

 Before hitting the court, it's essential that you have to warm your muscle mass up. Stretching out and jogging round the court for a few minutes will help tighten your leg muscles.

 Jumping ropes also helps conditions and tone your whole body.

Running up and down the stairs for a while may also be a good way to loosen up and also the exact same time tones your upper body. This physical exercise can be used as a warm-up or simply a full exercise, but keep in mind that you do not have to add too much otherwise it could exhaust your legs.

 To be able to improve as soon as vertical jumps it is important that your exercises involve specially designed for jumping. Listed below are some of the exercises that are simple to do and you are able to do it when ever and wherever you are.

 Deep knee bends- while standing up slowly bend the knees but making certain your back is upright. Then slowly crouch down as far as you can go. Continue this step about 15 times but in the event you decide to make this physical exercise on a normal basis, you just need to improve the repetitions by 10. This ensures strength within the muscle legs.

Toe Raise- Whilst standing up, lift up your leg and try to touch with 1 hand the end of the toe. Repeat the step with your other leg but make certain that you do this exercise slowly. With this exercise, accomplish this 30 to 50 repetitions.

Stomach Crunches- You might think that normal sit-ups can be of fantastic help, however it not. A variation of crunches for the stomach is extremely efficient. To achieve this, lie on to the floor together with your back and you have to make certain that your back is straight then slowly raise your shoulders from the floor. Repeat this every morning possibly at night for 10 minutes.
And also the most essential factor that you have to remember is to possess the patience, perseverance and tough work for you to possess a positive result. The jumping method for basketball can be achieved whenever you have your objectives set.
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Cigar History - Red Auerbach

Author: Ernie

 It's hard to consider celebratory cigars without thinking of Red Auerbach. A person called abundant for his cigar smoking as his command of the court, Auerbach went down in history joined of the most colourful basketball coaches of all time. He conjointly knew a thing or 2 about success: beneath Auerbach, the Boston Celtics won nine NBA championships and finished with a record of 1037 wins and 548 losses. Still to the current day, the 1960's Celtics team remains one in every of the foremost dominant within the history of professional sports.
When coaching high faculty, joining the navy, and coaching within the Basketball Association of America, Auerbach became the Celtics head coach in 1950. He spent the next many years building his team to greatness and it paid off: between 1959 and 1966 the Boston Celtics were unstoppable, serving as NBA champions for eight years straight. Throughout the 1965 season, Auerbach was named Coach of the Year. The Celtics were a basketball dynasty and Auerbach was their king.

Auerbach was also known as one in all the first coaches in the NBA to assist break the race barrier. In 1950, he became the primary coach to ever draft an African American player. In 1963, he became the first coach to start 5 African American players. And, upon his retirement in 1966, Auerbach named Bill Russell as his successor, creating Russell the primary African Yankee head coach of an American professional sports team.
Auerbach was not known for strategy, his playbook did not contains a series of plays and routes to run. Instead, he had a keen sense of discovering talent: he merely knew who was going to be great. He sought for the in management point guard, and the exceptional rebounder and added in 3 other gifted players, those that might both shoot and play defense. From there, he motivated his team in the style that only a Red Auerbach could.
 When Auerbach hung up the ol' clipboard in 1966, he went on to function the general manager until 1984 and therefore the team's president till his death (with some breaks in between). In these roles, it was Auerbach who was responsible for bringing Larry Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale to the Boston Celtics. All three players created their method into the Hall of Fame.
 In the top, Red Auerbach is tied with Phil Jackson for the record of most NBA championships. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1969 and won the NBA Govt of the Year Award in 1980. This same year, he was named to the NBA's 35th Anniversary team because the "Greatest Coach in the History of the NBA" by the Skilled Basketball Writers Association of America.
As famous as he was as a tutor, he was conjointly famous as a cigar smoker: he was known for lighting up a victory cigar before the tip of the sport when the Celtics looked to win. Fans reveled in this and opponents were infuriated by it, but everybody noticed it. The victory cigar became Auerbach's mark and one thing he is most remembered, loved and hated for. When the home arena of the Boston Celtics banned smoking, those accountable determined that, for Auerbach, they may create an exception; he was, after all, exceptional.
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Minnesota Timberwolves and the Kevin Garnett Era

By []Freddie Brister

 It is rare that a player is able to make the jump from High School all the way to the NBA. Ask any coach and they will tell you it is almost unheard of. The players that do decide to make the jump, are often times consumed by the NBA mega-machine and then tossed aside like a worn-out jockstrap. This situation rings true for the majority of those who make the attempt; the exception to the rule is Kevin Garnett. Garnett alone has not only been able to survive his leap to the pros but took the momentum all the way to stardom.

Garnett made this transition and showed that it is possible to make this jump and at the same time still have a successful career. Many people are not quick to call a player a breakout star when it comes to the NBA especially those who skip the college level. This as a result had Kevin Garnett at a disadvantage to begin with. This was going to make the climb to the top for Garnett a lot harder than it would have been with the middle step. Nonetheless it was his determination that allowed him to still become a dominant force in the NBA.

The first few seasons in the league were not easy for Garnett. He struggled to adjust to the changes that he was experiencing. These changes are what led the team to consider trading him. However there were sunny days on the horizon for Garnett and the Timberwolves. 1996 saw the addition of a couple of new players that helped to complement Garnett and improve the shooting percentage of the team. This was just the kick in the butt that Garnett and the Timberwolves needed to reach the playoffs for the first time. This trio was the leading reason the team had a record three back-to-back appearances in the NBA playoffs.

 This gave the confidence to Garnett that he had lacked for so long before going to the playoffs. The following seven seasons would see the Timberwolves going to the playoffs and making a strong stand many times. In the end though it was not until he went to Boston that he would taste the glory of an NBA Championship.

Traded to the Celtics in 2007, Garnett remains a fan favorite among many in Minnesota. He was a rock of consistency when the team had little else going for it, and was a part of their only true period of success. This success is something for which most fans of Minnesota will always be grateful. This is one reason why no matter where he plays ball at, Kevin Garnett will always at heart be a Timberwolves.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Origin and Development of the NBA -- You May Not Know This

 Now NBA is a worldwide basketball league, there are over millions of people all over the world to watch NBA games. What's the development of this famous sports league? In 1946, the National Basketball Association is the newest of the four major North American professional sports leagues. At that time, it was a fledgling organization with unknown players.
Originally the NBA is just began as the Basketball Association of America. The owners of the major ice hockey arenas in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Canada founded it in 1946. In August of 1949, the BAA agreed to merge with the National Basketball League. The new league was renamed as the National Basketball Association.

The NBA had seventeen teams at its beginning. The number of teams was trimmed down in subsequent years due to financial concerns, and by the 1953-54 season, there were only eight franchises. All eight franchises - the Knicks, Celtics, Warriors, Lakers, Royals/Kings, Pistons, Hawks, and Nationals/76ers - are still in existence today.
 The early years of the NBA were dominated by the Minneapolis Lakers. The Lakers were led by center George Mikan. He led the Lakers to five championships. Mikan was the league's first dominant player, and the League adopted multiple rule changes strictly because of him.
The NBA was having a hard time attracting fans and a big reason was because of the low scoring. The shot clock would increase the number of shots per game and prevent stalling. Danny Biasone, owner of the Syracuse Nationals, was the first advocate for the shot clock and came up with a formula to get to the 24 seconds that is still used to this day.The shot clock did in fact lead to more scoring and fan support. The league gradually became more of an attraction and started to be recognized as a major professional sports league.
 The 1960s were dominated by the Boston Celtics. At one point, they won eight consecutive championships. They were coached by the legendary Red Auerbach and led on the court by center Bill Russell. Russell would go on to win 11 championships in his career - more than any other player.
Though NBA is a relatively new league when compared to the 1 NHL, now it is very famous and has a strong history represented by several notable players and teams. In the past days, the players have to do other jobs to increase their income to get by, now the NBA players earn much more salary on average than any of the other professional sports leagues. Gone are those days they must work during their playing careers.
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Friday, March 11, 2011

Larry Bird VS Earvin Johnson

 There have been many great individual rivalries in sports through out the ages which have seen great players compete against each other in ways which brought out the best in each other. These being the kind of matches in which one was never really sure who would come out on top but one could always count on seeing great encounters as well as magnificent displays of talent and skill from both players. As examples of such rivalries one might refer to Connors VS. Borg (tennis), Russell VS. Chamberlain (basketball), Evert VS. Navratilova (tennis), Senna VS. Prost (formula one), Ali VS Frazier (boxing) and Bird VS. Johnson yet in a strange way though these last two were competitors; they almost never actually had to go directly against one another. It being a case of Larry Bird playing small forward while Johnson played guard which meant that unlike Chamberlain and Russell, who were on each other all the time; Johnson and Bird did not player against each other so directly yet by leading their teams did create a strong rivalry.

 The year was 1980 and the truth was that basketball had lost a lot of its popularity since the 60s with players like Russell and Chamberlain having retired and the newer generations not having been able to capture the imagination of younger audiences. Of course there were great players like Abdul-Jabbar and Julius Erving (Doctor J) yet interest in the league and basketball in general were in decline. It perhaps being a case that Abdul-Jabbar though admired for his skills was not really one who was liked by the public. Abdul-Jabbar being a very shy man who was not very friendly with fans as he preferred to keep his solitude. It being at this time that two great players came out of college in the same year and in fact, it was their universities which met in the final with Johnson's team beating Bird's team; to win the national championship.
 As for myself at the time, I was 13 years old and the truth is that I had never really been a basketball fan by any stretch of the imagination. Basketball being a game which I did not follow on television as I neither liked the game, nor disliked it and playing it was definitely something which I was and still am utterly incapable of doing. This not only due to my limited height but my lack of any talent which might allow me to either dribble the ball or shot it or even pass it. It being a case that when I did play the game in summer camp, I was the only one allowed to travel due to the fact that if this had been called against me; it would have been called all the time and would have really slowed down the game. I, in fact liked playing the game in spite of not having any ability for it yet it was in this year that I started really watching basketball.
 It being in the spring of 1980 that a lot of the talk in American sports was about two rookie players in the NBA, Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson who had brought a new energy in to the game as well as talent to go along with their personalities and competitiveness. This also being a year in which sports programs could not get enough of Darrel Dawkins and the two backboards she simply shattered. As they would show these videos over and over, Dawkins in fact being the first player in NBA history to perform this act which though not one of great basketball skills; did make a big impression on a lot of people.

 I will never forget the first time I saw Larry Bird play. It was in game two of the final of the Eastern Conference between his "Boston Celtics" and Doctor J's "Philadelphia 76ers" and as I watched the game, I noticed that Bird brought a new kind of excitement to the game which had not been there before or at least not that I was aware of. Bird by being very competitive though perhaps not as graceful as Doctor J (or later Michael Jordan) had brought something new to the sport and in fact was making things very hard for Doctor J. As the two fiercely played each other. Doctor J, in fact also giving Bird a hard time as these two had to face each other directly yet Bird despite being only a rookie was able to play Doctor J and do it well.
The game seemed interesting and for the first time, I actually started enjoying basketball as I never had before and even became a fan of not only Larry Bird but the sport. I, for my part did not know much about the game back then apart from the basics that a basket was worth two points and that a free throw only one while a shot from past a certain line was worth three points though this was something which had just been implemented that very year. Regarding Larry Bird, however I could see that he was interesting to watch not only because he could shot and score but because when he had the ball; he moved his whole team. This meaning that at times he would pass the ball and make it easy for someone to score yet he also seemed to have an energy about him which ignited all those around him. Bird being active when getting rebounds or going after loose balls or whenever playing defense. Bird being a player of such enthusiasm that it not only captivated his teammates but whole audiences both in the stadium as well as on TV. Larry Bird and the Celtics went on to win that game and though Doctor J showed great moves in going for the basket much in the way Jordan would later; it was Bird who made the game interesting not only for his quality of playing the game but just his presence on the court and the way he seemed to push his team.
 The Philadelphia 76ers went on to win the next two games of the 4 out of 7 series to set up a fifth game back in the Boston Garden which unfortunately the Celtics would also loose. I however did not see games 3 and 4 of this 7 game series yet saw the fifth game which eliminated the Boston Celtics and sent the 76ers in to the final and though I was upset the Celtics had lost; I had became not only a fan of Larry Bird and the Celtics but the NBA which in a way was being revolutionized.
 The Boston Celtics, despite not having won the NBA championship or even made it to the final, could at least feel better about themselves as a team for having made it to the Eastern Conference Final and having had the best record in the NBA. Also as further cause for optimism; was the fact that they had failed to make the play offs in their last two previous seasons. The Boston Celtics, in fact being a franchise which in the opinion of many had been living on the championships of the past yet it was Larry Bird to change all that. Larry Bird even picking up "Rookie Of The Year" honors as well as being named to the "All-NBA First Team" yet apart from all of this he in a way became Doctor J's rival. It being a case of two great players with completely diverse styles going against one another which created an interesting rivalry with some preferring Bird over Doctor J or Doctor J over Bird yet this was not based on Bird's being white or Doctor J's being black but more on generation. This meaning that those of my generation most likely would prefer the younger Bird while those of the previous generation would prefer Doctor J; in these very heated battles which in 84 even led to a fist fight between the two of them.

 The Philadelphia 76ers made it to the finals where they would be meeting the Los Angeles Lakers, who also had a rookie sensation of their own in Earvin "magic" Johnson. Johnson having done for the Lakers what Bird had done for the Celtics. "Magic" Johnson bringing a new life not only to his team but to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Lew Alcinder) who though a great player was past his prime yet found a fountain of youth in a playmaker like Johnson; who was able to deliver the kind of passes he needed to score almost at will with his trademark "skyhook". Magic Johnson in a way had rejuvenated Abdul-Jabbar, who was already a well established star yet despite all his achievements had only won one NBA title and had not been in a final in a long time. It being Johnson, who not only brought a new enthusiasm to the Lakers but to Abdul-Jabbar as well, who with Johnson's arrival become much more approachable.
The series was a memorable one with Johnson and Abdul-Jabbar going up against Doctor J and Dawkins. This in fact being the first time in my life, I had ever seen an NBA finals along with the excitement which went along with it. As for Magic Johnson, he gave a display of all the talents he possessed. As he was able to lift his team to victory, thanks to his play making ability which brought out the best in all those around him. Johnson also in a way being in part responsible for Abdul-Jabbar getting the MVP for that particular year. The Lakers took a 3-2 lead in the series yet it was in Philadelphia, in game six where Magic Johnson made history when he replaced the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at center. It being in this game in which he scored 42 points as the Lakers won their first NBA title in a long time yet perhaps more important than this was the fact that Johnson, like Bird; had brought something new in to the game.
 Johnson adding a new enthusiasm for the game which definitely had not been there in a long time and where perhaps Bird was more fierce, Johnson was more dynamic yet both contributed greatly in their first year in ways that went far beyond what they did on the court. It in a way being strange how Bird gave new life to Doctor J by becoming his rival while Johnson did the same for Abdul-Jabbar by being the player to get the ball to him under the hoop. Bird and Johnson, certainly had been what the league needed and where they had a lot in common as players. Both of them being great passers and shooters; they were also team players who thought of passing before shooting. All of which making the game more exciting. As it made scoring more then just shooting the ball in the net or going up for a lay up. As it had been up until that point but it made the whole play which preceded a basket a spectacle. Johnson did not get rookie of the year honors nor did he make the First All NBA team yet he did manage to get an NBA championship ring as well as being named MVP of the final series.
 By the start of the 81 season, basketball had been brought back to life as attendances were up along with TV ratings. It in a way being a whole new game with Bird and Johnson, who had given the sport almost a whole new look and feel. As baskets started to be celebrated with high fives while fans cheered both in the stands and in front of their TV screens when their favorite team scored. I even awaited the start of the NBA season with great enthusiasm for the first time. As I wanted to see Larry Bird and the Celtics go one step further and get to the NBA finals which hopefully they would win but naturally before doing this they would have to get by Doctor J and the Philadelphia 76ers in the play offs.
The regular season went by pretty much the way the previous year had gone with the Celtics getting the best record in the league which would give them home court advantage through out the play offs and the finals should they get that far. As for the Lakers, "magic" Johnson's absence was clearly felt as they barely made the play offs and were eliminated in the first round by a hard playing Houston Rockets team led by their star center; Mosses Malone.
 Larry Bird however did not experience such injuries and took his Celtics, now with the help of Kevin McHale to a repeat showdown with the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals yet like the previous year the Celtics went behind 3-1 in their best of 7 series. The Celtics were on the verge of elimination yet managed to win game five in the Boston Garden and game six in the Philadelphia Spectrum by a score of 100-98. This despite trailing at one point in the match by 17 points and Larry Bird having only hit one of his first seven shots from the field. It being in typical Celtic fashion that they came back to win a thriller after trailing through most of the game. This despite Larry Bird not playing his best at the start yet he would end up with 26 points and 15 rebounds in a dazzling display which let me see for the first time; the emotions which a great basketball game could generate. This game also breaking an 11 game loosing streak for the Celtics at the Philadelphia Spectrum.
 It was after this game that I became a Boston Celtic fan for sure and it in a way was strange in that I was living in New York at the time and had never even been to Boston yet they were and have remained till this day my favorite basketball team. Game seven, the decisive one would be played at the Boston Garden and though I felt the Celtics would win. I was all too aware that Doctor J and the rest of the 76ers which included Bobby Jones along with Darrel Dawkins would not just give them the game. It being another game in which the Celtics had to come back from behind yet managed to do it just like they had in the previous game to become just the third team in NBA history to come back after trailing by 3 games to 1.
It had been a brilliant series with the 76ers and though the NBA finals against the Houston Rockets were slightly disappointing. As they did not hold the same drama as the Eastern Conference finals yet they did serve to see Larry Bird win his first NBA championship with the Boston Celtics. I, for my part had never really cheered about American sports up till then yet it was a great moment for me to watch the Celtics become World Champions.
 By the time the 81-82 season started, I had moved to Argentina yet much to my surprise though looking back, it was to be expected; the NBA had become so big that its games were even being transmitted all over South America. Naturally, I was still a Celtic fan and again like in the previous two years, the Celtics ended the season with the best record only to meet the 76ers in the eastern conference finals and like in the previous years they fell behind by 3 games to 1. It being the Celtics to come back to win games 5 and 6 like they had done the previous year yet unlike in 81; were unable to beat the 76ers in game 7 which ended their season while the 76ers went on to the finals where they again lost to the Los Angeles Lakers by 4 games to 2. I remember being disappointed that the Celtics had lost yet I knew there would be other finals and championships for what was now my favorite team. I even started reading about players from the past such as Russell and Cousy who played for that historical Celtics team which won 12 out of 14 titles from 1957 to 1969.
 The 82-83 season was not a particular good one for the Celtics as they not only failed to finish the season with the best record in the league but were rudely swept in the play offs by the Milwaukee Bucks; who beat them in four out of four games. I even remember seeing fans in Milwaukee waving brooms during the fourth game in which the Bucks unceremoniously eliminated the Celtics. I however in all sincerity do not believe that the Celtics would have had any chance against the 76ers in that particular year. As there was no way that Doctor J, who was still in his good years and Mosses Malone along with the rest of the 76ers would be denied. The 76ers going on to get a measure of revenge against the Lakers, whom they demolished by 4 games to 0 in the finals and thus giving Mosses Malone, Doctor J and company a well earned title. It having been the 76ers who in fact had been in 3 out of the last 6 finals only to come up short on all three occasions however they were not going to be denied in 83.
My name is Gianni Truvianni, I am an author who writes with the simple aim of sharing his ideas, thoughts and so much more of what I am with those who are interested in perhaps reading something new. I also am the author of the book entitled "New York's Opera Society".

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Air Jordan 2011 - The Legacy Continues

 The historic Air Jordan franchise continues with the Air Jordan 2011.
In an effort to continue their 26-year tradition of crafting a product that would raise the bar of the footwear industry, Jordan Brand set out to design the Air Jordan 2011 as one of the most technically advanced basketball sneakers the market has ever seen. It's the first performance shoe to ever feature two interchangeable midsoles and allow the consumer to choose their desired cushioning system.
The sneakers were designed by Jordan Brand's leading footwear designer, Tinker Hatfield, a man who's been at the helm of the franchise since the Air Jordan 3. Tinker's creations have always revolutionized the sneaker the industry, and the Air Jordan 2011 may just be his most revolutionary sneaker yet.
The shoes features a lightweight outershell that's handcrated from Patina leather, a rich, premium material that's never been used on a basketball sneaker before. Perforated detailing in a constellation inspired pattern is incorporated around the ankle to provide some breathability to the shoes and allow your feet to breath and remain cool during game play. The pattern is also meant to symbolize Jordan Brand as a universal company. After the shell of the shoe is completed, each pair is hand burnished, giving every single pair of the Air Jordan 2011 its own unique look. That's right, you'll find no two alike.
 Getting back to the interchangeable midsoles mentioned earlier, the sneakers come with two sets of midsoles that are designed to give players the option of being quicker or more explosive on the court. The "quicker" pair comes in blue and features Zoom Air units in the forefoot and heel which give an extra responsive ride. The other pair is red and was built for players looking to be more explosive. This pair infuses a 3/4 length Air unit in a Cushlon-constructed midsole for an extra cushioned ride.
Retail price for the Air Jordan 2011 is $170, which is reasonable for the technology incorporated in the shoes and the fact you're able to, in a way, customize them to your specific needs. The shoes were released on February 19th, 2011, during the NBA's All-Star Weekend and they're available now at distributors nationwide in an assortment of colorways.
About the Author: This article was written by Davin Iverson, an editor for a leading online sneaker blog covering all the latest sneakers from today's top brand's, including those from Jordan Brand like the Air Jordan 2011.


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