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 -
In the Hollywood version of the Kwame James story
, he becomes an NBA All-Star, helps achieve world peace and, of course, lives blissfully ever after. While the real-life plot hasn't followed quite that arc, perhaps it's headed toward a happy ending. (via SpoFi)
posted by mr_crash_davis
on Aug 17, 2006 -
Even after the bad PR
brought about by the new balls used in this year's World Cup
, the NBA announced today (Draft Day!
) a new official game ball
to be used starting next season (ESPN coverage
). The new ball designed by Spalding
is the first official game ball change since 1970 and only the second change in the last 60 years. Vegans will be happy to hear that it's no longer made of leather. Mark Cuban
will surely weigh in with an opinion on this...
posted by pwb503
on Jun 28, 2006 -
My eensy-beensy alma mater
in eastern Wisconsin currently has the only undefeated men's basketball team
in the nation. This is not just in the NCAA, but in the NAIA as well. It's a Division III team, and its only loss this season didn't count--it was to Division I UW-Madison in an exhibition game.
Like most Division III schools, Lawrence offers no athletic scholarships whatsoever. Its immediate past president, Richard Warch, in a 1987 speech at the NCAA national convention, controversially called for abolishment of all athletic scholarships.
posted by gillyflower
on Feb 24, 2006 -
Tips from the Blue Devils
- Dunking the ball is a flashy move. In some instances, it can be the wrong move. Pot and cocaine are wrong moves. They mess up your thinking and can kill you instantly.
posted by sdrawkcab
on Jan 25, 2006 -
Can you score your way out of disgrace?
Kobe Bryant's 81 points tonight were the second most points ever scored by a single player in the 59 year history of the NBA, and the most scored since Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point night 44 years ago
(when the league was much whiter than it is today). With a new campaign
from one time sponsor Nike and sports writers increasingly touting Bryant as a leading MVP candidate, two of the three elements of modern sports superstardom (sponsorship, good press) have returned to Kobe since the rape allegations that threatened to end his career. Will the final piece of the puzzle (public sympathy) be next?
posted by jonson
on Jan 22, 2006 -
Paul Shirley's blog
returns for the NBA playoffs. Shirley is the last player in the depth chart on the potential NBA champion Phoenix Suns. As ESPN's Bill Simmons wrote
about his original blog
, "we could finally have an answer to the question, 'What would it be like if one our friends
was an NBA player and sent us e-mails about his life every few days?'"
posted by casu marzu
on May 5, 2005 -
Wizards haven't been to the NBA playoffs since 1997
, haven't won
a playoff series since 1982
, and last captured the NBA championship all the way back in 1977
. Some of these dubious streaks may end soon, as the team currently sports a winning record
and is sending two players
to this weekend's NBA All-Star game, a feat they haven't accomplished
since Crocodile Dundee
was in theatres.
What kind of fans follow such a historically inept franchise? While other fan blogs earnestly recount
league happenings or their teams' wins and losses, the WIZZNUTZZ
have fondly embraced their team's parade of NBA losers and outcasts, building an online shrine to such former players such as 7'7" center Manute Bol
, perennial felon Rod Strickland
, unskilled backup center Jahidi White
("Who he play for???"
), and assorted petty criminals
. During the season they offer "incites" into the play of their lord and savior the reverend Kwame Brown
, the failed comeback
of Michael "Salieri"
Jordan, the NBA Championship of the Detroit Wizards
, and other edutaining commentary
on the league (for additional league commentary see: ChaunceyBillups
The Wizznutzz are currently beside themselves with their team's success, but they know that
the Wizznutzz story is a story about overcoming odds, but mostly not overcoming odds!!!!
Don't forget to buy a Jahidi thong
when you're done reading.
posted by casu marzu
on Feb 16, 2005 -
Whatever happened to Jordan?
This is perhaps the most thought-out dissent regarding Michael Jordan as sports god I've ever read. I have to say I agree, even though I was a Bulls fan growing up. What did he ever really stand for?
posted by Leege
on Jan 14, 2005 -
So I'm not even a sports fan, but holy crap, this was a serious fight
, especially for Basketball. They've got a video posted, but it does NOT include "the punch," by Ron Artest, delivered to some fan in a Pistons jersey. If anyone's got a link to that footage (I only saw it on TV) please post it!
posted by zekinskia
on Nov 20, 2004 -
Truly mind blowing! First, you must follow the rules. Watch this short video. You are only allowed to watch it once.
Seriously, do not cheat! In the video you will see a group of basketball players, some in white and some in black passing two balls around. Your goal is to count how many times the ball is passed by those wearing white shirts.
It’s that simple. Remember, count just the passes of the ball by those wearing white.
Once the movie is over, write down the number of passes you have counted, Do not watch the video again-- proceed to step two
posted by limitedpie
on Nov 14, 2004 -
wants to play basketball. She is also a muslim, and wishes to observe traditional muslim attire for a woman of the faith. Intolerance ensues.
(A link from my local paper to an Orlando Sentinel story, in that this woman is from Oregon.)
posted by Danf
on Sep 24, 2004 -
By now, you might already have heard about Mark Walker
, the 3 year old hoops prodigy that Reebok is featuring on their website; while the video
of him hitting 18 straight shots from various spots on the floor is cute/impressive, the "interview
" movie is horrendously creepy. The closing tagline "I'm the future of basketball; I am Reebok" done in the voice of such a small child just conjures up visions of in vitro logo tattooing. (Warning: Movies are in Quicktime)
posted by jonson
on May 30, 2003 -
Shaquille O'Neal, who warned Chinese citizen & #1 draft pick Yao Ming to "Look Out, Shaqzilla is coming" (presumably unaware that Tokyo is not part of China), has been dethroned; currently in fan balloting, he is running a distant second to the rookie for starting center in the All Star game. Even though his numbers are effectively double those of Yao's, even though he's a three time NBA Finals MVP.
posted by jonson
on Jan 2, 2003 -
High School Girls Basketball team destroys opponent 115-2.
Is sportsmanship about to go the way of the dodo? More and more teams are pushing for winning (and winning by a lot) more than just playing well. Is it the coach's fault? Could it be that the players are just too good and they couldn't 'help' crushing their opponent by over 100 points? (I say that, of course, in jest)
posted by gwong
on Nov 21, 2002 -
is America's newest sport. Combining Basketball, full-contact play, and massive trampolines into an extreme-team sport for the masses. Anyone seen it? Dude! or Dud?
posted by cell divide
on Aug 12, 2002 -