What might be the most profitable team
in professional sports hasn't played a game since 1976. That summer, as the American Basketball Association
was completing its merger with the NBA, only four of the six remaining teams were going to be able to join the league. It was the ABA's responsibility to figure out how to pay off the other 2 owners. One owner
accepted $3 million, which he eventually used to buy the Boston Celtics. The other owners got a slightly better deal
posted by empath
on Apr 1, 2010 -
Ultimate Matzoh Balls
is a simple, quick (10 level, automatically advancing) Flash basketball game that may
help keep your mind off the lack of leavening in your diet this coming week.
And by "your" I mean "my".
The Yiddish exclamations for both the baskets and missed shots are worth the click.
posted by yiftach
on Mar 27, 2010 -
Mid-Level Seats at your average NBA game: $40 ea.
Eight Watery Beers: $60.
Hot Dog: $4.
Cheerleader Snack? Om Nom Nom
posted by xorry
on Feb 13, 2010 -
Flash Games Fun! This basketball game
is a lot of fun, very addictive and lets you compete for a worldwide ranking against other players.
posted by Effigy2000
on Dec 19, 2009 -
The Confessions of an NBA Scorekeeper
Gawker's Tommy Craggs talks with an ex-scorekeeper for the Vancouver Grizzlies, and reveals the subjectivity of stat keeping in the NBA.
This guy once gave Nick Van Exel 23 assists just because he felt like it.
posted by reenum
on Dec 11, 2009 -
The same year Jackie Robinson started playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Wat Misaka
became the first "person of color" to play in the NBA. Though he only played three games with the New York Knicks. [more inside]
posted by drezdn
on Nov 26, 2009 -
Basketball doesn't have baseball's numerous simmering controversies over Hall of Fame inductees, but the greatest basketball player denied enshrinement may be 11-time ABA and NBA All Star center Artis Gilmore
. At 7-foot-2 plus 4 inches for his towering afro
, they called him "The A-Train" for his powerful
play, and today on his 60th birthday he still owns career records in the NCAA (22.7 rebounds per game) and NBA (59.9% field goal percentage). OK, I only posted this so I could link to these three photos
. [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto
on Sep 21, 2009 -
Ever wonder what it would be like if you showed up to your freshman year of college...and your roommate was a 7'2" Division 1 basketball player from Holland? The author of sports blog Basketbawful
is currently publishing a series of stories describing that exact experience. These chronicles vacillate between hilarious, shocking, depressing, and disgusting, but all are extremely entertaining. Part 1
. Part 2
. Part 3
. Part 4
. Part 5
. Part 6
. Part 7
posted by emd3737
on Jul 12, 2009 -
My April 1st spidey sense was tingling like crazy, but I guess it's true if it was in Time Magazine
, that bastion of serious journalism, where Time 100 nominee LeBron James nominated Ohio businessman Jay Schottenstein for the next Time 100 because he, "supported the translation and elucidation of the Talmud Bavli into English, Hebrew and French."
Now if only Jews could play basketball
posted by ericbop
on Apr 1, 2009 -
became a national feel-good story late last year when, at age 73, he joined the basketball team of Roane State Community College in Tennessee. At the end of an early season game, with his team up big, Ken was subbed in and managed to draw a foul and make two free throws
. Fame followed
. But is this feel-good story really all its cracked up to be?
posted by Mountain Goatse
on Mar 20, 2009 -
Completely amazing graph
of every NBA player for every season in which he played at least five minutes since 1979. Points Per Game are on the Y-Axis, sum total of every other stat on the X-axis, with the data points colored with RGB depending on the player's statistical tendencies during that season. Full explanation of methodology here
. Gigantic monitor recommended. Via the always excellent TrueHoop
posted by Kwine
on Jul 12, 2007 -