Can the Magic come back; History Says Yes!

Can the Magic come back; History says yes!

by Zak Kertesz,

The Sports Complainer

written on 06/08/09

—-The series is over, right?� The 2009 NBA season has untheatrically ended as the Lakers have taken a commanding 2-0 lead, right?� Stan the Man should bury himself as he panicked once again by using multiple lineup changes, all while playing the Dukie for 27 minutes (J.J. went 2/9, hitting one three point shot, his supposed specialty), right?� Kobe can’t be stopped, right?� Lamar Odom is killing them with his efficiency and versatility, right?� The Master of Panic is overmatched by the Zen Master, right?� Wroaang.�

It’s been done before (in the NBA finals). �I’ve seen it before.� I was there when Dwyane Wade took his team down from 0-2 (basically down 0-3, as the Heat were trailing by 14 with under eight minutes to play in the fourth) to eventually trounce the Mavericks by winning four straight.� No, I wasn’t there when the ’77 Trail Blazers were down 0-2, only to come back and beat the 76ers 4-2.� And no, I wasn’t there when the ’69 Celtics beat the Lakers after being down 0-2 either.� But that’s not the point.� The point is this:� It’s happened before, it can happen again.

This Magic team lives and dies by the 3-point shot.� That’s what gotten them this far and that’s what could get them even further.� So why isn’t it working in this series?� Phil Jackson must have outsmarted Van Gundy with his defensive schemes.� Something Mike Brown couldn’t figure out.� And the Lakers wing players are tall and long.� Something Cleveland lacked.� Or maybe, just maybe, Orlando’s player’s were distracted by ZZ Top’s beard (sorry, couldn’t tell you if that was Billy Gibbons or Dusty Hill under all that getup). Yea, some of that may be true, but the underlying truth is something that every whippersnapper practices from the get-go: making shots.�

Orlando’s perimeter players are getting great looks.� As Van Gundy stated during the post game interviews, fully aired on NBATV (what a fabulous network, by the by) “They’re only guarding three guys:”� Turkoglu, Lewis and Superman.� Thus, Courtney Lee is wide open, Mickael Pietrus is wide open, Skip (Rafer Alston) and Jameer Nelson are wide open (if Stan actually decides to play a point guard) and most significantly, J.J. Redick is wide open.� These guys need to hit shots, period.

Orlando was the best 3-point shooting team all year, as displayed just last series against The King and his noble men.� This series they are shooting a woeful 18/54 from beyond the arc.� Yes, Orlando lives and dies by the 3-point shot.� Well, for two games they’ve been dying.� It’s time to live.� Live!

Stan’s squad is already down 0-2, so they have nothing to lose.� They can basically just let it fly, which certainly fits the mold of his team.� Even Kobe himself said that Orlando is becoming a “loosey goosey” team.�

Furthermore, the three guys who Phil has actually decided to guard, played extremely well in Game 2.� With Rashard Lewis breaking out in the second quarter and Hedo-He does, the fourth quarter-man, not only coming up big on the offensive end, but defensively as well: He swatted Kobe’s attempt to end the game in regulation (which of course, Kobe whined about, expecting a foul; as he does after every missed shot, or even made shot, for that matter).� And as for Superman, he wasn’t quite super, but still the most dominant big man on the court.

Not to mention, actually I am (expletive) mentioning it!� This series was just a Courtney Lee missed layup attempt (albeit, a rather difficult attempt) from being tied up.� Moreover, Pau Gasol goaltended on that very same play.� No, it did not actually affect the shot, however, according to the NBA rule book: “A player shall not touch the ball or the basket ring when the ball is using the basket ring as its lower base.”� For the layman’s, that’s goaltending!� Which means that the series should be tied.� But that’s all hearsay now.� Unless David Stern grows a pair and actually does something about it (sure, and have Kobe not win it all, after he already lost out on LeBron winning it all).

“You know never know, [a] series can change,” Stan stated.� That’s right Stan, and history has proven that.� The only difference here is, those three teams which stand alone in the glory of 0-2 comebacks, didn’t have to face Kobe Bean Bryant.� The Heat’s toughest opponent was a soft German (now that’s an oxymoron), not the Kobester.�

But hold on.� That ’77 Portland team had to contend with Daryl Dawkins and some Doctor guy (you know who I’m talking about).� And while Kobe is one of the best to ever play the game, he is not the logo of the league.� That my readers, is Mr. Jerry West, who also had Wilt Chamberlin on his side (thought the Stilt was worth mentioning).� And yes, the ’69 Celtics not only came back from 0-2, but they defeated the legendary Laker mystique as well.

With Stan the Man guiding the likes of Hedo and Rashard and the new Superman, anything can happen.

Will it happen, probably not.� But it’s possible.� Indeed, it’s possible.

All About Nike Air Max LeBron VIII

All About Nike Air Max LeBron VIII Last month, Nike organized a Facebook session with the lead designer on the Nike LeBron 8 � Jason Petrie. In the Q & A, JP addressed a lot of questions straight from the fans. Recently he also sat down with Sneaker News and talked about the much-anticipated new shoe, as well as LeBron James’ controversial decision, new team/home and the future of the Nike LeBron line. From the net, we came across several models of Nike Air Max LeBron 8, and most James’s fans are looking forward to the release of them. It is widely admired that this version of LeBron James Shoes will surely make the heat among the market.

November 11 is Veterans Day. LeBron salutes those who have served with a red, white and blue Nike LeBron 8 in Miami tonight. The USA Basketball edition now also known as “Veterans Day” shoes is King James’ weapon of choice for tonight’s match up against the Boston Celtics. The popular White/Navy/Red colorway, most seen in LeBron James Shoes, returns in fabulous style. It features white tumbled leather upper, iridescent navy Flywire panels, and prominent red tongue. NBA fans can look for these in stores on November 24th, 2010.

The most anticipated release of the season is being pushed back. The South Beach Nike LeBron 8 was supposed to drop in two days, on November 12th, at and on November 19th at Footaction, Footlocker, and other accounts. It seems like it is one day for all stores now as NDC has changed the launch date to 11/19 as well. It’s still a limited edition, but with the distribution method reaching most of the popular stores, they should be obtainable. Also, call your nearest Niketown as they might get/have them sooner than everyone else. What you should not miss, a pair of the latest LeBron James Shoes.

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TNTs NBA Thursday Coverage Features Exclusive Doubleheader With Heat a Bulls

TNT’s NBA Thursday coverage with a special one-hour trade deadline edition of NBA Tip-Off presented by on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. ET.

Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Kevin McHale (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst) will preview the night’s action and will be joined by TNT NBA Insider David Aldridge to break down all the moves made at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.

Following the pre-game show, the network will present an exclusive doubleheader beginning at 8 p.m. (ET). The first game will feature LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the Windy City to take on Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. Play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan will call the game alongside analyst Reggie Miller with Craig Sager reporting. In the second game of the night, Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics visit Nene and the new-look Denver Nuggets at 10:30 p.m. (ET).

Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Steve Kerr (analyst) will be courtside with Cheryl Miller reporting. The Emmy award-winning studio show Inside the NBA with Johnson, Barkley and Smith will recap the games.

Through 38 games, the NBA on TNT is averaging a 1.5 U.S. rating (+26%, 1.2 U.S. rating), 2,377,000 total viewers (+30%, 1,832,000 total viewers) and 1,770,000 households (+27%, 1,390,000 households) over last year’s corresponding coverage. In addition, this season is +26% on total viewers compared to Turner’s next best regular season audience from the 1995-96 season (total viewer average 2,377,000 vs. 1,885,000).

Exclusive content, analysis from TNT announcers and replays of Inside the NBA are available on TNT OverTime on . The broadband channel gives fans the inside scoop on players, coaches and storylines taking place around the league seven days a week.

Deron Williams Dominates Game 1 of Nets vs Bulls

With 22 points and 7 assists, Deron Williams led the Brooklyn Nets in smashing the Chicago Bulls with a 106-89 figure in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals last April 20 at Barclays Center.

Deron Williams has erased all doubts that his ankle injuries from a month ago would hinder him from showing off an impressive performance with this year’s Playoffs. With a suave two-handed reverse jam that made the crowd roar with delight, anyone would no doubt accept a handful of “I told you so’s”.

When asked about the dunk after the game, Williams said, “It just happened. I was just trying to show the guys at the NBA that I might be able to compete in the dunk contest next year.” Then he added about his injury, “My leg feels good, my ankles feel good right now. I’m excited to be back in the playoffs.”

No pressure, Williams, but it’s not just the dunk you’ll be competing in for sure with that kind of performance. After missing two seasons of playoffs and bypassing painkillers, he will definitely up his games more this season. So basketball junkies, watch out for this point guard.

It was an unfortunate day for the defenses of the Bulls to play without much assistance from Joakim Noah due to sore foot and be up against the power offense of Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace. If Derek Rose were only there, the Bulls could have caught up.

As Williams delivered 15 points and 4 assists in the first half, Lopez contributed 12 points in the 1st quarter until the Nets garnered a 60-35 lead into the break. It was considered an early win for the Nets.

From start to finish, all you could hear was the crowd chanting “Brooklynnnnn.” Now, who wouldn’t be inspired with such fighting spirit? Hopefully, the Bulls could reclaim their barely holding motivation once the second game rolls in.

The game earned the Nets hopefuls for a potential second-round series against Miami Heat. But before that, do you think the Brooklyn Nets could still show such dynamic game performance? Let’s stay tuned!

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Since 1926 the Harlem Globetrotters have thrilled audiences around the world as the premier exhibition basketball team. Combining their talented athleticism with comedy and theater, the Globetrotters have played over 25,000 games entertaining young and old and becoming ambassadors of goodwill.

The team originated in the 1920s where all the original players grew up on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. Most of the players attended Chicago’s first predominately black Wendell Phillips High School. Although they were from Chicago, owner Abe Saperstein decided to name them the Harlem Globetrotters to point out that the players were African-Americans and that they had traveled the globe. They did not play in Harlem until 1968.

The Globetrotters started out as a serious competitive team and won admiration when the all-black team beat the all-white Lakers 61-59 in February 1948. Even though they had talented players, the team also had a flair for entertainment, often clowning around for the audience only after gaining a safe lead in the game. As more black players were drafted by the NBA during the 1950s, it became harder for the Globetrotters to attract and retain top talent.

Eventually the Globetrotters became known more for entertaining audiences with their comic routines than a competitive sports team. The team’s act was to amaze the spectators in their skillful handling of several basketballs in the way they passed, juggled balls between players, and used their incredible coordination to make difficult shots. Many NBA greats have played for the Globetrotters. Players like Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain, Connie “The Hawk” Hawkins, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, as well as baseball Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Ferguson Jenkins. During the 1970s and 80s they had a popular team member, Fred “Curly” Neal remembered as the best dribbler of that era of the team’s history. Their first female player was Olympic gold medalist Lynette Woodard who was signed in 1985.

Although beloved by audiences globally, the Globetrotters have not been free of scrutiny and criticism. During the civil rights era they were accused of “Tomming for Abe”, a reference to Uncle Tom and white owner Abe Saperstein. This accusation stemmed from the fact that the players were all African American and their skits involved so much buffoonery. Despite the critics, many prominent civil rights activists maintained that the Globetrotters were indeed a positive influence and did not portray blacks as stupid.

In 1993 under new owner and former player, Mannie Jackson, the Globetrotters began playing competitive basketball after having played hundreds of exhibition games. The team had a run of 8,829 straight victories since 1971 until they lost in 1995 to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s All Star Team in Vienna, Austria. They have played over 20,000 exhibition games in 118 countries and have achieved a winning percentage of 98.4%.

The Harlem Globetrotters have been featured in several of their own films and television series over the years and continue to entertain audiences around the world. Their new generation of star players will continue the tradition of playing exhibition games and providing audiences with entertainment and the thrill of watching these magicians of basketball perform their magic.

NBA – Dominating The World Basketball League Without Apology

Whenever the mind is to think about basketball, one sure thing that will come to mind is the famous NBA. Also referred to as the National Basketball Association, NBA is presently the most popular basketball tournament in the world, featuring the best and most popular basketball athletes.

In the U.S and Canada, the NBA forms the most famous basketball league. If you will also like to consider players’ competition, notoriety and salary, NBA is a world leader in the niche. However, the modern NBA evolved from a lot of done over several years in order to bring about the present level of development. Let’s examine some of the details.

The NBA was initially referred to as the Basketball Association of America (BAA) which came alive in 1946. This was an association established to coalesce the efforts the continent’s top teams in order to make the sport more popular. In its year of establishment, the first ever live basketball game staged by the association was between the Toronto Huskies and the New York Knickerbockers. However, there was a change in nomenclature when the BAA merged, in 1949, with the National Basketball League, which led to currently known National Basketball Association.

This was followed, during the succeeding years, by addition of teams and expansion of the popularity of NBA which paraded to players that can feature indomitably in the world basketball championship. However, these long years of effort was threatened when the American Basketball Association (ABA) surfaced in 1967, which set up stern competition with NBA after acquiring four of the NBA’s well-known referees and the top scorer for the NBA championship as at that time, Rick Berry.

Meanwhile, in order to check the threat posed by ABA, the NBA started a massive and rapid expansion. This led to the size of NBA being doubled in a move to win the heart of more cities and top players; growing from a total of nine teams to eighteen between 1966 and 1974. As the duel between the two bodies became unbearable for the nation, the two (ABA and NBA) were merged in 1976 with the NBA accepting four teams (The Indiana Pacers, The Denver Nuggets, The San Antonio Spurs and the New York Nets) from the ABA in the succeeding season.

Following the merger, NBA started witnessing greater popularity by parading several popular stars in the championnat monde basket (world basketball championship). This evolved into the modern NBA with many legendary players joining its basketball league from other continents. As at present, the NBA league is made up of 29 teams originating from the USA and a Canadian Team. These teams are separated into the Eastern and Western Conferences, with each conference splitted into three divisions.

Without doubt, the journey to its present state was a long and tedious one for NBA and it was a hard earned popularity through the intense work of the members to establish it as a foremost ligue basket (basketball league) that the world has ever seen.

History of the NBA

Dating back to 1946, the National Basketball Association is the newest of the four major North American professional sports leagues. In that time, it has emerged from a fledgling organization with unknown players to a league with many of the most famous athletes in world history.

The NBA originally 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. On November 1, 1946, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers in what the NBA now regards as the league’s first game.

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 franchises 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.

There were several teams in the early days that played in smaller cities. These cities included Rochester, Fort Wayne, Syracuse, and “Tri-Cities” (the area now known as the Quad Cities). All of teams playing in these smaller cities eventually relocated to bigger cities. Of the originally eight franchises, only the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks have stayed put.

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. For example, the foul lane was widened to prevent him from being able to stand near the basket for long periods of time.

Another rule inspired by Mikan was the introduction of the shot clock. The shot clock was a 24-second clock and each time had that amount of time to get a shot off or else they would turn the ball over. 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. He noticed that each team took about 60 shots in games that he enjoyed. That meant 120 shots per game. Each game is 48 minutes long – 2,880 seconds. He divided 2,880 by 120 and got to 24.

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.

Despite the fact that the NBA is a relatively new league when compared to the MLB, NFL, and NHL, it has a strong history represented by several notable players and teams. Its players now earn more bigger salaries on average than any of the other professional sports leagues – a far cry from the days when players worked other jobs during their playing career to be able to get by.

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Las Vegas has been termed as the gambling Mecca. Las Vegas is situated southeast of Nevada and is situated around the California and Arizona borders. A variety of characters comprise the gambling scene. There are also many avenues for conducting gambling and one of them is sports activities betting. Exclusively, 1 sort of sports activities betting is that executed around the NBA and NCAA basketball games. The NBA, of course, is the National Basketball Association and the NCAA pertains to the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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