Whether fair or unfair, it’s safe to say that today’s athletes are judged foremostly upon their ability to shine when the stakes are the highest.
It’s the same in every sport: playoff greatness is simply far more significant than regular season success. Likewise, performances late in games are consistently put under heavy scrutiny, while a tendency to produce in the early stages of competition is often deemed irrelevant if one is unable to reach that same level when the outcome is on the line. Read More »
We love to throw around the word clutch whenever we can, but sometimes use it so loosely that it loses all meaning. We have to be selective when declaring whether someone is key in crunch time or hides from the moment, and we have to be fair. That also means that while I think a player can be clutch by hitting a game-winning shot, it doesn’t mean he’s not if he doesn’t always come through (looking at you, LeBron). Read More »
In a league where size is everything, these guys are the outliers, the ones who overcame their shortcomings in the height department to still lead remarkable careers. Despite being overlooked for most of their upbringings, these players found a way to maximize their mass and bring other skills to table. Read More »
This year’s NBA Playoffs haven’t gotten off to a very exciting start. The home teams are 8-0, and the majority of those games haven’t been close. The best part of the weekend was actually probably Kobe Bryant‘s consistent tweeting. Read More »
Over the course of the past two months, we were spoiled by one of the greatest runs of dominance by any team in NBA history. As I’m sure all of you know, the Miami Heat’s streak of 27 consecutive wins ended on Wednesday night, as they fell to a shorthanded Bulls squad. Read More »
Reggie Miller will officially become an NBA Hall Of Famer later this week, so this should be a week of celebration. But former teammate and current Golden State head coach Mark Jackson, who was simply trying to laud his HOF-bound teammate, stirred up a bit of controversy by elevating Miller’s place in history to the third greatest of all time. Here’s what he said to the Indianapolis Star: Read More »
Let’s be clear: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been honored for his record-setting NBA career before. The star formerly known as Lew Alcindor had his Lakers jersey retired in 1989. Four years later his No. 33 was sent to the rafters in Milwaukee, where he played his first six seasons. In 2011, however, Abdul-Jabbar made it clear that it was the degree of reverence around his six NBA titles and record 38,387 points that wasn’t up to his liking in Los Angeles. Magic Johnson, broadcaster Chick Hearn and Jerry West all have statues outside Staples Center. The Lakers contended they did want to honor him with one; Abdul-Jabbar countered with, why haven’t you yet? That animosity is all set to change this season. Read More »
Ninety-four percent of all playoff series that went to 2-0 were won by the team with the first two. When the figures about the teams that have escaped that hole and won are broken out, it’s never to inspire hope in a rally; instead that percentage is like hearing your probability of living after a grisly diagnosis. You have a 94 percent chance of not making it past the next month. Alert your kin. When we were bringing out those figures just a week ago in these NBA playoffs, though, we didn’t see the defibrillator being brought in the back door. Read More »
George Mikan‘s glasses. Elgin Baylor‘s game-worn uniform. Jerry West‘s game-worn shoes. Wilt Chamberlain‘s passport. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s goggles. Magic Johnson‘s game-worn Dream Team jersey. Shaquille O’Neal‘s shoes. All of it autographed. That’s just a tiny introductory sampling of the massive main course the guys at Lakers.com found at David Kohler‘s Lakers Shrine in Orange County. Watch as he gives us a tour and explains just how he put it all together.