Photo Source: HoopsHabit Logos via SportsLogos.net Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals is often referred to as the greatest game in basketball history. It was a matchup between the Phoenix Suns and the Boston Celtics that went all the way to triple overtime. However, before we jump into that game, we need to find out how we got here. Phoenix Suns The Suns’ … Continue reading The Greatest Game in NBA History
Source: thevirgintraveler.com In 1959, the first Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class was announced, with a class that included the inventor of basketball, James Naismith, and arguably the greatest player the game had seen at the time, George Mikan. In total, over 150 players have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. However, countless others have been left out. We are going to … Continue reading The 15 Best Players in NBA History That Aren’t in the Hall of Fame
Photo Credit: Sports Encyclopedia The 1946-47 season was the first season of the Basketball Association of America, or BAA (which you know as the NBA now). Maurice Podoloff was the commissioner of the league, which was founded on June 6th of 1946. You may recognize his name because the Most Valuable Player trophy is named after him: the Maurice Podoloff trophy. Eleven teams played that season, with … Continue reading What Happened to the Original NBA Teams
Image from sportsworldnews.com Design by Isaiah Matute On this day in 1978, Pamela Cox Bryant gave birth to her third child with Joe Bryant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This child was named after a Japanese city, Kobe, and his father’s nickname, which was Jellybean. Before he was the Black Mamba, he was Kobe Bean Bryant, a young kid whose father and uncle, John “Chubby” Cox both … Continue reading The Black Mamba: A Look at One of Basketball’s Fiercest Competitors Ever
Photo source: ESPN This is part three of a series titled “What Should Have Been,” documenting players and teams in NBA history who should have been great but were held back by injuries or other setbacks. “The Boston Celtics select Len Bias of the University of Maryland.” Commissioner David Stern spoke those words on June 17, 1986. Len Bias was supposed to bridge … Continue reading What Should Have Been: Len Bias
Photo source: NBC Los Angeles This is part two of a series titled “What Should Have Been,” documenting players and teams in NBA history who should have been great, but were held back by injuries. Reading the title, one might wonder, when have the Lakers not lived up to their potential? To answer that question, let’s go back to June 25, 1979, when the … Continue reading What Should Have Been: Los Angeles Lakers
Photo Source: NBA.com This is part one of a series titled “What Should Have Been,” documenting players and teams in NBA history who should have been great, but were held back by injuries. In the 2006 NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers selected Brandon Roy with the sixth overall pick, and traded for the rights to the second overall pick, LaMarcus Aldridge. This set the stage … Continue reading What Should Have Been: Portland Trailblazers
Photo source: dailydsports.com In 1967, the American Basketball Association, or ABA, was formed to go against the National Basketball Association, or NBA. The ABA fought for popularity against the more established league. The two both played basketball, but the similarities ended right about there. The NBA was a less entertaining game than it is today, as players rarely dunked and showboating was at a … Continue reading How the ABA Lives on Today
Photo source: Getty Images On June 6th, 1946, the Basketball Association of America, or BAA, was formed. Meanwhile, the National Basketball League was thriving, going on their tenth season. Then, on August 3rd, 1949, over three years after the BAA was formed, the BAA and the NBL merged to create the National Basketball Association, or NBA. The NBA considers the BAA its official predecessor. Therefore, … Continue reading The Early Years: Starting Five for the NBA’s First Decade
Original photo source: usatoday.com Design by: Isaiah Matute With the fifth pick of the 1995 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kevin Garnett. Since then, Garnett’s 21 year career (and counting) has seen six presidential elections and 21 missions to the moon. In that same time span, the NBA has changed drastically, as the Washington Bullets became the Wizards, the Charlotte Hornets became the New … Continue reading A Look at Kevin Garnett’s Career
Photo source: nba.com This summer, many players found new homes. Free agency shook up the league. Most notably, Kevin Durant went from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors. Here is a look at how the league stacks up in August. 1. Golden State Warriors The defending Western Conference champions just stole one of the best players in the league from one … Continue reading NBA Power Rankings: Who’s on Top?
Photo Credit: slamonline.com There were thirteen players from Europe with no American experience selected in the 2016 NBA Draft, including seven in the first round. Every year, questions arise about how these European players’ games will translate to the NBA. Every fan has their own opinion about them, but the truth is European players’ success in the National Basketball Association is just about as hard … Continue reading The European NBA Player: Dirk or Darko?