Monday, December 21, 2009
NBA action all year round?! Possible! ...if you know the calendar.
Here it is...
SEPTEMBER: Training Camp
This is when players report back to their teams and start practice.
OCTOBER: NBA Pre-season
If the NBA was a play, then the pre-season is the rehearsal.
NOVEMBER: NBA season starts
It's game time!
DECEMBER: Christmas Games
The best teams, the best players, and the best match-ups usually play on Christmas Day.
JANUARY: All-Star Nominees
Expect a lot of highlight plays in this month because players are starting to market themselves in order to make the All-Star Game.
Quick Note: To be an all-star player, you'll have to get "voted-in" by the fans. More highlights equals more votes.
FEBRUARY: Trade deadline; All-Star Game
Blockbuster trades usually happen in this month.
You can also look forward to the following: Rookie Game, Three-Point Contest; Dunk Contest; and All-Star Game.
image taken from: NBA.com
MARCH and APRIL: March Madness, Jordan Brand Classic, and McDonald's All-American Games
March Madness is the college version of the NBA playoffs.
High School all stars can be seen playing in the Jordan Classic and McDonald's All-American games.
Why are these events important? Because they're the future NBA stars.
image taken from: mcdonaldsallamerican.com
MAY : NBA Playoffs
The real NBA season! This is where the championship begins. Clear your schedule. Every game counts here...
JUNE: NBA Finals and NBA Draft.
A new champion is crowned in this month.
You will also get to see which teams the rookies will play for in the NBA draft.
JULY: 'Free Agent' period.
Big name players can now sign new contracts with their old teams, new teams, or just retire...
AUGUST: International Competition
During the offseason, International NBA players usually compete for their countries in international tournaments like the Olympics, EuroBasket, and the Asian Championship games.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
You wanna know the difference between your NBA and your dad's NBA?
Then let me take you back in time... to the early 70's... and we can make one or two stops in the 80's too...
Here we go… The 70's vs. The Millennium...
Then: 17 teams
Now: 30 teams
Then: Short shorts
Now: Knee-length shorts
Then: Dominant shoe brand was Converse
Now: Nike, Adidas
CAR OF CHOICE
Then: Cadillac Eldorado
Now: Cadillac Escalade
Then: Finger Roll Lay-Up and Break-Away Dunk
Now: Reverse Lay-Up and Alley-Oop Dunk
Then: Commercial Flight
Now: Private Plane
Then: 2 players per room
Now: 1 player per suite
Then: BlackBoard and bench
Now: WhiteBoard and personal recliner seats
Then: Reel to Reel
Then: settled by referee
Now: settled by video replay
Then: USA only
Now: 200 plus countries
Then: 4 per game
Now: at least 21 per game
Then: on the floor
Now: on top of backboard
Then: 2 scoreboards on opposite ends
Now: 1 Jumbotron hanging on top center court. See photo below:
Photo by: Bari D at Flickr
Then: Name of NBA commissioner
Now: Name of NBA trophy
Then: champion as a player
Now: champion as a coach
Then: New born baby
Now: Oldest player in the league (Chicago Bulls)
5 MILLION DOLLARS
Then: Team payroll in the 1980's
Now: This year's salary of Derek Fisher (L.A. Lakers)
ROAD TRIP ALLOWANCE
Then: $ 30 a day in the 1980's
Now: $ 110 a day
Friday, December 4, 2009
Image by Gotzon on Deviant art
To make the NBA season more interesting… you have to ask yourself what each team or player is going through…
So many questions to ask but so little time to spare… that’s why I’ll list down one question per team…
Can the Hawks win at least 48 games?
If they do, they will own this record: Most consecutive years with increasing number of wins: 6.
What will be their excuse if they lose this year?
Their excuse last year: Garnett was injured.
Can they beat the Dallas Mavericks?
Ever since they joined the league, they’ve defeated every team in the NBA except the Dallas Mavericks.
Who’s the team leader?
Ben Gordon, their leading scorer last year, is now with the Detroit Pistons.
Is Shaquille O’Neal the solution to the problem?
Guarding Dwight Howard was the problem last year.
Can Jason Kidd still play?
He’ll be 37 before the season ends. That’s old in NBA years.
Can they make the Playoffs for the 7th year in a row?
Are fans coming to the games this year?
Detroit led the league in game attendance.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
Will the Warriors win 24 games this year?
If yes, then Don Nelson becomes the ‘coach with the most victories’.
Who’s going to watch the Rockets play without Yao Ming?
Usually, when Yao Ming plays, 1 billion TV sets in China are tuned in to watch him play… but he’s out for the year (injury).
Can the kid play?
Experts are saying that rookie Tyler Hansbrough’s game… is not suited for the NBA.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Will Blake Griffin save the Clippers?
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Will Ron Artest be a perfect fit to an already perfect team?
Will Allen Iverson stay retired? I don’t think so.
Who can stop Dwyane Wade?
NBA scoring leader: meaning no one in America could stop him. Olympics scoring leader: meaning no one in the world could stop him.
Is Brandon Jennings going to win Rookie of the Year?
Can Coach Rambis (former Lakers assistant) teach them to play like the Lakers?
NEW JERSEY NETS
Are they going to replace Sacramento Kings in the worst team department?
NEW ORLEANS HORNETS
Is Chris Paul going to lead the NBA in assists… again?
He did so in the past two years.
NEW YORK KNICKS
Will they finally have a winning record?
They haven’t had one since the new millennium.
Will Kevin Durant get recognition and make it to the All-Star game?
Will they be last again in Free Throw Shooting?
Will they be last again in Three Point Shooting?
Is the number 1 scoring team going to run out of fuel when the playoffs arrive?
When will the real Greg Oden show up?
Greg Oden, the college player, used to be a menace on court…
Can they beat a team from the East?
They played 30 games against Eastern Conference teams… and won only once!
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Are they going down?
In the past 4 years, their number of ‘games won’ has been decreasing.
Will the streak finally end this season?
They have an on-going streak of making at least one 3-pointer a game for the past 10 years.
They did not do anything to improve their team; will they regret this move when the season ends?
Will they ever be healthy and stay healthy?
They have 3 superstars who don’t seem to play with each other coz 1 is always out with an injury… tough luck.