Category Archives: Basketball

Flashback Friday: Scottie Pippen Schools A Bunch Of 1950s White Dudes

One of my favorite pastimes is looking through old sports clips on YouTube. They give us a sense of what the cultural values were at the time when they were produced and show us the ever-changing landscape of pop culture.

But more importantly, they’re all extremely high on the unintentional comedy scale. So on Fridays I’m going to try to take us back to revisit some vintage clips of our favorite athletes. If nothing else, it will help you get to the weekend with a smile on your face. Continue reading

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The Best And Worst Of Kobe Bryant…In A Matter Of Seconds

Kobe Bryant is one of the most polarizing figures in the history of sports. His supporters worship him, citing his unparalleled work ethic, desire, and willingness to take big shots no matter what the consequences. His detractors claim that those very traits cause him to be selfish and stubborn, keeping him a step below Michael, Magic, Larry, and Russel on the Mount Rushmore of NBA legends.

Tonight, as the Lakers climbed back into the game against the desperate Denver Nuggets, we saw the best and worst of Kobe Bryant. Continue reading

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Chris Davis And The Greatest Out-Of-Position Performances Of All Time

Yesterday afternoon I was treated to one of the greatest endings to a baseball game I have ever seen. No, it wasn’t the playoffs. No, there wasn’t a dramatic walk-off homerun. No, it didn’t involve Bryce Harper. What made the Baltimore Orioles’ 9-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox yesterday so special is that by the end of it, the 17th inning, the two pitchers of record were both position players.

What made it even more special is that the Orioles first baseman Chris Davis not only picked up the win—the first for an American League position player since 1968—but he was also downright filthy. When a position player is called upon to pitch, you generally expect to see him throwing fastballs in the low 80s, maybe mixing in a slow curve or a bad slider just to mix things up. Continue reading

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Fourteen-Year-Old Middle Schooler Chris Lewis Offered Two Basketball Scholarships

The ramifications of the one-and-done rule were never more prevalent than in early April, when the entire starting five (three freshmen and two sophomores) of the national champion Kentucky Wildcats decided to declare for the NBA draft. Usually when so many youngsters leave for the NBA, there are critics saying that they should have stayed in college, but you didn’t hear much of that about this crew. Continue reading

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Video: Andrew Bynum Just Now Realizes Defense Is Important

What a weekend for NBA fans! In just two days we saw Kevin Durant bounce in a game-winner, reigning MVP Derrick Rose suffer a season-ending injury, Rajan Rondo chest-bump a referee (not the good kind of chest-bump), and the Los Angeles Clippers execute one of the most extreme comebacks in playoff history. Oh, and let’s not forget the Dwight Howard-less Orlando Magic stealing Game One from the Indiana Pacers on the road.

Not to be lost in the shuffle was the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum’s performance in the series opener against the Denver Nuggets. Bynum dominated the paint while putting together the first Lakers playoff triple double since legendary point guard Smush Parker Magic Johnson did it in 1991. Of course, the most impressive part of Bynum’s triple-dip was that he set a Lakers franchise record and tied an NBA record with 10 blocked shots. Continue reading

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