Before the dawn of social media, the public’s access to the personal lives of their favorite players was limited to small headlines in the newspaper and postgame interviews. With the evolution of platforms like Twitter and Instagram, it’s now easier than ever to feel connected to the new generation of players. Read More »
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“Once you gain a nickname in this league, that’s the ultimate respect” – Paul Pierce
In many cases, what Pierce said was true (see what I did there?). Many guys on this list earned their nicknames for great play on the court, and by no coincidence most of the best players in the history of the league appear on this list. Others earned their nicknames from funny commercials or movies, while still more earned them for just funny looks. We stayed away from shortening of names like “T-Mac” and “J-Kidd” or initials like “KJ,” focusing simply on the best nicknames. Read More »
Even if Dwight Howard had chosen Hollywood over Houston, and even if Kobe Bryant’s Achilles tendon had proven as indestructible as his confidence, the Lakers still would have endured a substantial loss in 2013.
Because while the NBA was on its summer break, “Showtime” moved out of the Lakers’ home at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and rented a room about three miles northeast at Dodger Stadium. Read More »
Magic Johnson. Chris Paul. Just mention those two names. You’ll probably be hit with images of dimes being dropped like deposits in a bank account, ice cream-sweet crossovers to the bucket, and buzzer-beating jumpers. These two are arguably two of the greatest point guards to ever play. While they were never pitted against each other (imagine that), let’s compare them in a David versus Goliath matchup because of the obvious size differential. Read More »
It’s an almost impossible task for one man to carry a NBA team. We are seeing more and more players with unique skill-sets flock into the league each year, which is why some superstars are pairing up with one another. Over time, many superstar combos seamlessly gelled together. Read More »
After LeBron James proclaimed Dr. J, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan as his all-time top three players in NBA history, Magic Johnson was his usual convivial self. That’s what happens when you’re a five-time NBA champion. But Magic also let LeBron know about their overall ring counts today on Twitter. Read More »
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 »
Shaquille O’Neal stopped by Rucker Park last night to take in some of the action on the legendary Harlem court and talk about the upcoming re-release of his celebrated Reebok creation, the Shaqnosis. We also asked Shaq about his all-time starting five and his answer might give you a suprise. Read More »