TAG: David Stern

NBA / Oct 23, 2013 / 9:30 pm

[Photo] NBA Owners Give David Stern Bobblehead Doll In His Last Season As Commissioner

David Stern Bobblehead

David Stern Bobblehead (photo. reddit username: MontaHaveItAll)

Earlier today, David Stern completed his last preseason Board of Governors (BOG) meeting in New York. Somewhat poetically, the owners voted to change the Finals format that Stern originally altered back in his second year in the league. To commeorate Stern’s 30 years at the helm of the NBA, the owners gave him, what else, a bobblehead doll. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Oct 23, 2013 / 8:00 pm

Report: Board of Governors Unanimously Vote To Change NBA Finals Format

David Stern

David Stern (photo. NBA)

David Stern and the 30 NBA owners met for the Board of Governors (BOG) meetings in New York today (we weren’t invited). The owners voted on whether they would change the NBA Finals format from a 2-3-2 home/away to the previously used 2-2-1-1-1. The change has happened with the board voting unanimously to make the change. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Sep 30, 2013 / 10:30 am

Report: League Likely To Approve Change In NBA Finals Format

Larry Bird, Magic Johnson

In 1985, after Boston’s former coach and resident genius Red Auerbach complained about all the cross-country travel associated with the current NBA Finals schedule (where Boston was playing L.A.), then-new commissioner David Stern decided to adopt the 2-3-2 format. Now, after the Competition Committee voted unanimously to switch back to the 2-2-1-1-1 format on Sunday, it appears the change back is coming. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Aug 27, 2013 / 11:30 am

David Stern Mandated Mikhail Prokhorov & James Dolan Meeting Last Season To Squash NYC Beef

Nets, Knicks

Knicks & Nets Fans (photo. Instagram/nyknicks & Instagram/brooklynnets)

New York City is embroiled in a basketball renaissance with the Nets moving to Brooklyn and acquiring Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett this off-season and the Knicks winning their first postseason series since 2000. But they haven’t been playing nice in the press, and NBA commissioner David Stern has taken steps to squash any festering animosity between the team’s owners. Read More »

NBA, NBA Draft, Video / Jun 28, 2013 / 10:25 am

Hakeem Olajuwon Surprises David Stern As He Calls His Final NBA Draft Pick

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There was a lot to like about the NBA Draft last night. Tons of surprise picks and deals, a great environment in Brooklyn and an excellent signoff by NBA Commissioner David Stern made it one of the most memorable draft nights of our careers. [Check out which WWE personality reminds us most of David Stern]

It was Stern’s 30th NBA Draft, and the fans made it memorable, booing him sarcastically with more fervor than ever before, to send him off in style. Check out Stern’s last draft pick and the Hakeem Olajuwon retro surprise that was waiting for him. Very cool: Read More »

NBA / Jun 17, 2013 / 10:45 am

The Internet’s Most Comprehensive NBA/WWE Comparison: 43 NBA Stars That Remind Us Of Pro Wrestlers

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade (photo. David Alvarez)

Pro wrestling is fake. It is as fake as Game of Thrones and The Godfather and Les Misérables and every other form of non-reality entertainment.

Every pro wrestling fan over the age of 10 understands this, and still you can’t bring up wrestling in mixed company without somebody asking, “You know it’s fake, right?” like they’re doing you a favor. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / May 9, 2013 / 11:45 am

The LeBron James Trophy Takeover: Why the NBA Needs to Fix Its Awards

LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. Nike Basketball)

When it was announced that LeBron James would collect his fourth Most Valuable Player award. No one, except the Boston Globe‘s Gary Washburn (and he’s entitled to his views), wanted to be caught with a stain on their ballot … and rightly so. However, does that mean Kevin Durant‘s work (50/40/90 shooting averages and the West’s top record) should go without a well-earned receipt?

For the uninitiated, pro baseball hands out trophies for their top rookie, best pitcher, leading manager and most trustworthy fielder. MLB’s major awards are akin to the four biggest accolades handed out in the NBA – Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year – except that they’re given out in both the American and National League’s, respectively.

Given the NBA’s visible conference divide, isn’t it time that both the elite from the East and the best playing out West serve as different streams of power for their own lighthouses? If baseball, with clear distinctions between its two leagues, awards its players accordingly, shouldn’t the NBA look to do the same? Read More »

Smack / Jan 18, 2013 / 1:26 am

Miami Wins An Instant Classic Against The Lakers; Iman Shumpert Gives The Knicks A Boost In London

Kobe vs. LeBron

There Can Only Be One: Kobe vs. LeBron

Lakers-Heat was Hollywood at its finest. The Heat’s 99-90 win had leading men, a duel as its storyline and a big budget (the Lakers’ payroll). Generally in a big game like Miami-Lakers the question after the game becomes was Team X that impressive or Team Y that bad? Miami’s first four field goals — all huge dunks off sloppy Laker turnovers from Miami’s wing pressure — left no doubt that Miami was just that spectacular at the start — and the finish, too. Read More »

Smack / Dec 21, 2012 / 1:34 am

Minnesota Wrecks Oklahoma City’s Big Win Streak; LeBron Crushes Dallas

J.J. Barea

J.J. Barea (photo. Javier Pesquera)

Minnesota’s burliest player took over in the first half. Its smallest came through with a giant sleight-of-hand charge in the fourth quarter to ice the 99-93 win. Ding, dong, a pair of Thunder dozen-game winning streaks are dead — their overall streak, plus a 12-gamer just over the T-Wolves. The lesson: Good things happen when Nikola Pekovic scores 20 points — the Timberwolves were 5-0 when he hit that entering Thursday night, when Pekovic knocked down 8-of-12 shots in the first half alone for 18 points. He’d finish with 24 and 10. Read More »

NBA / Dec 3, 2012 / 1:00 pm

The 14 Strangest Fines, Ejections & Suspensions In NBA History

Latrell Sprewell (Dime #11)

Tyrus Thomas (photo. John Sturdy)

Every year, NBA players, owners, coaches and general managers donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to charity. Not all of their philanthropy is voluntary. In the NBA, it’s a fineable offense to wear a headband upside down, to publicly criticize an official, or to execute a chin-up on the rim. As you can imagine, some of these things happen quite frequently. Read More »