We all remember the players from high school that were the hyped uncontrollably, right? You know, the ones that were given notoriety few players at any level can match. From nationally televised games to documentaries, some were given the red carpet treatment even before they attended their senior prom. There are the ones who lived up to it and, well, the ones that fall short. Read More »
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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 »
“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 »
Records are meant to be broken. This applies to all professional sports, as fans relish a player’s quest to make his mark in the record books. Before the dawn of League Pass or YouTube or televised games, fans could learn of a player’s dominance and value from the record books. Read More »
You know him. Everybody in basketball knows him. Canadian-born Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins is the next Big Thing in hoops with some claiming he’s the best high school player since LeBron James. The hyperbolic venerations appear to continue on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. 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 »
If Wilt Chamberlain were alive, he’d be turning 77 today. The basketball behemoth passed away at his Bel Air mansion in October of 1999, at the age of 63. Wilt “The Stilt” as he was pegged by one Phildealphia sportswriter, loathed that nickname and many others like it. When you look at his fourth grade picture, you can probably see why. Read More »
It’s the summer, so there are a lot of stories percolating which would normally be ignored during the nightly games of a regular season. Instead, we’re left to ponder all sorts of bizarre items, like the supposition Andre Drummond would improve on the 37 percent free throw mark of his rookie season if he shot them underhand instead of the traditional way he’s employed so far with little to show for his efforts. Read More »
From Germantown to Cobb’s Creek, Philadelphia’s notorious neighborhoods have always boasted some of America’s most cutthroat and ruthless styles of basketball.
Whether it was historic battles in the ’70s between Eugene Banks and Lewis Lloyd to the most recent scraps with 2013 top recruits Rysheed Jordan (Saint John’s) and Brandon Austin (Providence), the competition is still readily available. Read More »
Kobe Bryant has made about a million shots exactly like this in his NBA career, but few carry the same type of weight. With 7:55 to go in the second quarter of the Lakers/Kings last night, Kobe stuck this jumper to move him past Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA’s all-time scoring to vault the Mamba in fourth place.
Watch Kobe raise up and knock down history in super slow motion high definition: Read More »