Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the last part in the trilogy that is the NBA’s Greatest Rivalries. We’ve hit some ones so far but in reality there are still some big dogs to go through yet. Enjoy. (more…)
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Now this is a topic that I could continue to talk about forever but it has to stop somewhere. That somewhere is here and now. This piece on the best and worst of NBA fashion will be everything that hasn’t been discussed so far. Think of it as a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show… without Miranda Kerr or Heidi Klum. Without the bras and underwear. Without any glamour or a catwalk. Straight up, it isn’t like Victoria’s Secret after all but continue reading none the less… (more…)
The NBA season is fast approaching and I cannot wait. There are so many aspects of the game to look forward to and not all of them happen on the court. Here is my A-Z of the upcoming 2013-2014 season.
A: Air Balls
There is truly something special about an entire stadium full of fans chanting “Aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirrrr BBBaaaaaaaaaallllllll!” in unison. It has to be one of the most humiliating events for an NBA superstar. Now an air ball from the three point line can happen fairly often but an air ball from the charity stripe is something to behold. My money would be on Dwight Howard to throw up a free throw line air ball at some stage this year. He truly is abominable from the line and he isn’t getting any better.
B: Birdman (Chris Andersen)
This dude is a loose cannon. You never quite know what he’s going to do next. Will he attempt to punch out an opponent? Rise up for a monster tip jam? Berate a referee? Start a fight? Create some new and zany hairstyle? Or get a Mike Tyson face tattoo? With the Birdman you never quite know but if there’s action happening on the court (or even off it) you can almost guarantee the Birdman will be there somehow.
Its been sometime since we had a roundtable discussion here at NBA Nation Australia and with all the moves being made via the NBA Draft and free agency we thought now would be a great time bring back the roundtable. We would like to welcome back Tom Read of the Believe The Hype podcast and introduce Matt McLean who is an NBA fantasy aficionado, whose work can be found on his blog at www.fantasyballaus.wordpress.com. Again we appreciate the time and effort our guests put in to answering questions and being a part of each an every roundtable. We, an of course our readers, appreciate it so much. We would also like to welcome newest team member Dan onto the roundtable. We’ve got some great topics that have already invoked some heated discussion amongst NBA fans so far in free agency, so let’s get straight into it!
14-year veteran, fan favorite and NBA bad boy Ron Artest AKA Metta World Peace has been officially waived by the Los Angeles Lakers under the new CBA amnesty provision, in a statement released by GM Mitch Kupchak earlier this morning. It was expected that the Lakers would amnesty World Peace, given their current luxury tax woes, but for fans of the Lakers it is a hard player to say goodbye to. Not only his on court antics, but his social media quips and tireless charity work are all things that fans of the Lakers will miss dearly.
Read the statement by Mitch Kupchak below:
Jimmy Kimmel has long been a supporter of the NBA, and often likes to invite players and personalities on his show for various segments. In this hilarious bit, Kimmel invites stars like Kobe, Chris Paul, Metta World Peace and Blake Griffin on the show to share some of the ‘meanest tweets’ they’ve received since joining booming social network Twitter. Twitter does provide athletes and fans with the opportunity to connect with each other, but every now and then, that connection isn’t so pleasant. Enjoy.
After being beaten in 5 games in the 2011-2012 season the Lakers organisation appeared hell bent on change. A franchise that thrives on being number one had for the second year, been booted out of the playoffs in the second round.
And so it began.
After yesterday’s embarrassing loss to the San Antonio Spurs, and his untimely ejection from the game early in the third quarter, and what appeared to be a confrontation with GM Mitch Kupchak (later dismissed) Lakers center Dwight Howard finally opened up to the world via Twitter in an attempt to rectify what he felt to be one of the most disappointing seasons of his career. Howard, widely regarded as the league’s best center, was ejected from yesterday’s game following his second technical foul for questioning the officials non-call after what he believed to be a hard foul. In the midst of all this, the Lakers were down by 20 points and Dwight being ejected at this point essentially spelled a loss before the game was even over, and the end of the 2012/13 Lakers season.
You don’t need to be an expert to see that there is trouble in Laker Land. This storied franchise came into to 2012/13 with a whole new arsenal of players and Championship aspirations, and so far they have looked everything but. The acquisition of Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks and Antawn Jamison (who is he again?) were meant to bolster the team into the upper echelons of the Western Conference and
everyone many predicted that this would undoubtedly end in yet another title for Lakers. Since the start of the season, the drama that has unfolded has been nothing short of disastrous for the Lakers’ PR department, as the team reels at 15 wins and 16 losses a quarter of the way through to season. Who would have thought this stacked Lakers roster would be under .500 after 31 games?
Add into the mix the firing of head coach Mike Brown after Los Angeles started the season 1-4. The players remain adamant that it will turn around, that they can right the ship through hard work and chemistry building. Sure, injury has plagued them through the initial stages, but with the team nearly back to full strength it’s hard to see a lot of improvement and it’s now becoming frustrating for fans, coaching staff, management and indeed the players themselves. It’s really quite hard to pinpoint where the Lakers are struggling, but here we’ll take a look at all the factors surrounding the team and allow you to break down where you think there is room for improvement and who may or may not be the true crux of the problems in Los Angeles. We’ll look at the players, coaches, fans and more to try and better understand what the real issues are that face one of the most famous sporting franchises in history.
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.
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