We all love the game of basketball and everything that comes with it…
Players play hard night after night, but occasionally some get lost in the moment and….. BLAMMM!!
Emotions fly high, tempers ablaze, there’s a lot at stake and players will do whatever they can to get the job done.
Here we compile some of the hardest, grittiest, and downright ugly moments of the NBA.
Kevin McHale Decapitates Kurt Rambis
Game 4 of the 1984 NBA Finals and the Lakers are leading the Boston Celtics 2-1. It’s the 3rd Quarter and the Lakers are up 76-70 when Abdul-Jabbar pulls down a rebound, launches a quick pass up court to James Worthy, who lays off to Kurt Rambis who charges through for what should be a standard lay-up. Until… Kevin McHale rips through and completely clotheslines Rambis to the floor and causes all sorts of mayhem on court. It was the moment that really heated up that series and the violent physicality took off from that point. Some say it was an effective turning point for the Celtics as they went on to win that Game 4 129-125, and then took the next to games to win the 1984 Championship 4-2.
As announced this morning, long serving NBA Commissioner David Stern has advised the media he will step down from the position he has resided over since 1984. He is to be succeeded by his VP Adam Silver.
Since taking charge 28 years ago, Stern, the NBA’s 4th commissioner, has overseen the drafting and retiring of some of the greatest players the game has ever known, dealt with numerous controversies and scandals and dealt with a number of lengthy and painful lockouts but will always be known as one who set the bar very high.
Stern had this to say:
“For the most part it’s been a series of extraordinary experiences and enormous putting together of pieces of a puzzle and it goes on forever, and there will always be another piece of the puzzle and so the question is at what point do you decide that, let someone else do it? That’s the point that I’m at now.”
Leadership will carry over from February 1,2014 which gives the Commissioner 15 months to fully prepare himself, the league and his successor for the transition.
We wish Mr. Stern all the best and thank him for his lifelong contribution to the game we all love so much.
Welcome to another edition of our weekly 2012 NBA Draft watch.
As the draft nears the anticipation is bubbling in what is looking to be one of the best draft classes in years.
We have covered 3 future prospects each week, and here are our 3 for this week.
First up -
Jared Sullinger – Power Forward
This physical PF currently playing ball out of Ohio State has been heaping praise for sometime, Bill Simmon’s of the B.S Report discussed him this week in conversation with Steve Kerr and is quite the fan. Sullinger is expected to be picked within the top 10. Continue reading →