Harvey Araton wrote
that basketball star Reggie Miller has "a mouth that can stretch as far as his jump shot range." He might be right. Once, in a game against the New York Knicks, Miller so taunted Knicks guard John Starks that Starks headbutted him. Starks was summarily ejected. That incident took place during Game 3 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - a series New York would go on to win in 5 games. [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on Nov 18, 2010 -
If William Wesley
says LeBron James is going to play for the Chicago Bulls
next year, it is probably true. Known as World Wide Wes
, insiders call him the most powerful man in the NBA. And nobody really knows what he does. “I don’t have any clue what he does or how financially he benefits from this. I don’t know. But he’s just there. He’s around. He knows all the pro guys, their agents, the sneaker people, the coaches, general managers, media people. There’s no one he doesn’t know." [more inside]
posted by swellingitchingbrain
on Jun 28, 2010 -
Sebastian Pruiti offers the sort of analysis
many of us like to see from the sports media. Instead of manufacturing controversy, his blog teaches us have a fuller appreciation of the game on the court. For example, instead of obsessing on Cousins' personality, we get a look at his sophisticated post game
. [more inside]
posted by Jagz-Mario
on Jun 28, 2010 -
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 -
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 Donald Sterling Rule
"Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lives by his own rules. And the only one that matters, apparently, is this: all bad deeds go unpunished
. Over the last six years, nearly two dozen L.A. residents have sued Sterling for engaging in racist housing practices and Jim Crow-style bigotry. In a 2003 deposition, the 76-year-old real estate mogul admitted to paying a former employee to have sex with him in an elevator. Three years ago, the U.S. government charged him with "willful" mistreatment of African-American and Latino tenants, and earlier this month, he agreed to pay the Dept. of Justice nearly $3 million to settle a federal racial-discrimination housing lawsuit, the largest award ever for a case of its kind." So why, asks California's Tenants Together
, has the NBA said nothing about Sterling's less than sterling behavior
? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Nov 27, 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 -
Dallas Mavericks owner
, celebrity dancer
, Dairy Queen manager
, and bloviating billionaire Mark Cuban has been accused of insider trading
. In its complaint
, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused Cuban of selling his entire stake in Momma.com
) to avoid a $750,000 loss in 2004. But not even the government has a gag big enough to cover Cuban's mouth.
On his blog
, Cuban says the SEC is picking on him
and presented an excerpt of a deposition
of Mamma.com's CEO.
And Cuban would like you to believe that he's being politically persecuted
for his support of the 9/11 conspiracy film, "Loose Change
." Cuban's Magnolia Pictures
, which redacted Redacted
, was said
to be interested in a distribution deal.
posted by up in the old hotel
on Nov 19, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
There's an excellent two part
dialog between Bill Simmons
and Malcolm Gladwell
on ESPN's Page 2 this week. The two cover a wide variety of topics such as writing, how a kid with no TV from the middle of nowhere in Canada can be a sports fan, the NFL, the economics of sports, and everyone's favorite NBA GM Isiah Thomas.
posted by togdon
on Mar 3, 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 -
Cuban says "Please make me apologize… The FCC as Marketing Partner" and he hits on the latest network trick.
posted by billsaysthis
on Nov 17, 2004 -
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 -
Ralph Nader's at it again.
The Nation's Top Consumer Watchdog apparently is a Kings fan. He's taking the NBA to task for the phantom fouls and blatant non-calls in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. Can't say as I blame him though. That was some pretty crappy officiating. But doesn't he have better things to do?
posted by shecky57
on Jun 5, 2002 -
In 1976 four ABA teams joined the NBA.
This left 2 teams to be compensated. One team accepted a $3 million buyout. The other team, as per an agreement made 6 months earlier and thought up by the owner of the team, got 1/7 of the other 4 teams television money forever
. Has there ever been a better business deal/gamble?
posted by betaray
on Jan 24, 2002 -