Earlier today ESPN debuted a commercial for the upcoming NBA finals featuring The Roots. Now the full track has been released for your listening pleasure. Check out The Roots “Champion” (2016 NBA Finals Theme Song) below. With the conference championships still raging on both coasts, this should get you in the mood for the finals.
Fans of the NBA often wonder what life is like for the league’s players. Sure, there’s a lot of pluses, but for some, it’s harder than you might think. Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin creates this how-to guide with some of his friends and teammates from around the league, offering a behind the scenes look for NBA athletes, from communication to fashion to dance moves.
Moses Malone, one of pro basketball’s most renowned players, died on Sunday at 60, the NBA confirmed. The cause of Malone’s death wasn’t released immediately, but league statements suggested it was unexpected. “We are stunned and deeply saddened by the passing of Hall of Famer Moses Malone, an NBA legend gone far too soon,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
Malone was the first player in the modern era to go pro right after high school, when he was drafted by the Utah Stars of the ABA in 1974. The 12-time All-Star and three-time Most Valuable Player played for nine teams over his 21-year career, most notably for the Houston Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers, which he led to a championship in 1983. Thballerstae NBA named Malone one of its 50 best players of all time in 1996, and enshrined him in the Hall of Fame five years later. “It is with a deep sense of sadness that the Sixers family mourns the sudden loss of Moses Malone,” 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil said Sunday. “It is difficult to express what his contributions to this organization — both as a friend and player — have meant to us, the city of Philadelphia and his faithful fans. Moses holds a special place in our hearts and will forever be remembered as a genuine icon and pillar of the most storied era in the history of Philadelphia 76ers basketball.”
The 6-foot-10-inch big man earned the moniker “Chairman of the Boards” for his rebounding prowess, leading the league in the category six times. “He was among the most dominant centers ever to play the game and one of the best players in the history of the NBA,” said Silver. Malone will be remembered by many, and forgotten by few.
Darryl Dawkins (January 11, 1957 – August 27, 2015) was an NBA basketball player, most noted for his days with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he also played briefly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career. His nickname, “Chocolate Thunder”, was bestowed upon him by Stevie Wonder. He was known for his powerful dunks, which notably led to the NBA adopting breakaway rims due to him shattering the backboard on two occasions in 1979. He made history in 1975 by becoming the first player ever drafted directly from high school into the NBA. Dawkins passed this morning and will be missed by the NBA family and beyond! A Pioneer lost too soon.
With Kobe Bryant surpassing Michael Jordan’s all-time scoring spot, the NBA rolls out this clip featuring the two legends going head-to-head, dubbed “Duel of Icons.” The clip takes a look back at highlights of their head to head match-ups over the years. Take a look and let us know which player you think has the advantage.
Here’s a look at the best 10 dunks of the 2013-2014 NBA season. Highlights of the list include Clipper’s power forward Blake Griffin, who made the list twice at #10 and #5, the buzzer-beater by Tobias Harris of the Orlando Magic and Pacers’ Paul George with his unopposed 360 slam. Taking the honors this year for the top spot was Terrence Ross of the Raptors with his long distance work-around against Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried.
When asked would be the starting five of their all-time best NBA team, most people would automatically name the great Michael Jordan as their first pick. But, some NBA legends wouldn’t.
During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, Malone named: John Stockton and Oscar Robertson as his guards, Wilt Chamberlain at center, LeBron at power forward and Scottie Pippen at small forward. That’s right, no Jordan at all.
“Scottie Pippen led the team in every statistical category while he was there without Michael Jordan,” Malone explained. “That’s why I have to put him there. So now you know.” Check the video below:
It’s unsually Blake Griffin eating up on the time on the highlight reel, but his teammate DeAndre Jordan performed arguably the biggest dunk of the year, during the L.A. Clippers’ runaway win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday (March 10) on their home court.
Watch as Chris Paul sets up the alley-oop to Jordan who posterizes Brandon Knight for a monster jam!
Playing for The City That Made Me is a three-part web documentary by Jordan Brand highlighting Carmelo Anthony‘s passion for playing in the city he loves, as a native New Yorker from Red Hook, Brooklyn. We hear in his own words what it means to play not just for the Knicks, but the people of NY and the city that made him. From both his own perspective and that of family and close friends like Bernard King and Nas, the first documentary, Claiming Red Hook sheds a light on all the expectation and excitement that goes hand in hand with the challenge of bringing a championship back to New York. Watch Episode 1 and 2 here, and stay tuned for the final part in the coming days.
Pulled from Jay-Z’s ever-bubbling YouTube channel Life + Times comes this Brooklyn-centric discussion with BK emcee Talib Kweli and Nets coach Avery Johnson. Filmed at notable eatery Junior’s, the two discuss the ongoing journey that brought the NBA squad from New Jersey, Jay Z’s contributions to the Nets’ aesthetic as well as leadership qualities and other famous Brooklynites that have represented for the borough. For fans of both NBA intrigue and more cultural aspects that define contemporary sport, this back-and forth is truly enlightening.
Who’s the greatest NBA player of all-time? That question has been an on-going debate for years, with many believing the great Michael Jordan currently holds the title. But, ever since Kobe Bryant emerged as an NBA superstar in the early 2000’s, during the Lakers’ Three-peat run, led by Shaquille O’Neal, the argument has come into question. While Kobe still has some years left in his career and things he can still accomplish, when it’s all said and done, will he be considered the G.O.A.T.? Can he take the title from Jordan?
The debate is likely to rage on for years to come, so for now, check out this fan-made clip, showing both NBA stars in a series of nearly identical plays, from fadeaways to jumpshots to dunks.
What’s your take? Who’s the greatest?
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of 1992’s USA Basketball team (aka The Dream Team), which is considered one of the greatest sports teams ever assembled, the NBA put together a documentary telling the story.
Titled “The Dream Team,” the special documentary for NBA TV tells the iconic team’s story from inception to end. From when and how the team was selected, to the controversy over the players selected and those who weren’t, to the rivalry amongst each other, to the impact the unit made on the sport around the world.
The players on the team included: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin, David Robinson, Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, and the sole amatuer player Christian Laettner (of Duke University).
The film premiered on Wednesday (June 13), with encore airings on NBA TV throughout the week. But, if you can’t wait, watch the full doc here. For NBA TV airings or more info, visit NBA.com/NBATV.
According to the Shreveport Times, Woolridge had been under hospice care for a chronic heart condition at his parents’ home in Mansfield, Louisiana.
He played at Notre Dame before entering the NBA, was part of their 1978 Final Four team in 1978 as a freshman. As a senior, he hit a last-second jumper to end Ralph Sampson and #1 Virginia’s 28-game winning streak.
As an NBA player, Woolridge played 13 seasons, after being taken with the sixth overall pick by the Bulls in 1981. He played five seasons in Chicago, averaging 22.9 points per game in 1984-85, Michael Jordan’s first in the league.
He played for the New Jersey Nets after the 1985-86 season and was suspended in 1987 for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Woolridge went on to play for the Lakers, Nuggets, Pistons, Bucks and Sixers and finished with career averages of 16 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
After playing overseas, Woolridge had a brief stint as the head coach for the WNBA’s Sparks in the 1998-99 season, and recently coached Arizona in the ABA.
In 2010, Woolridge was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his two sons, Royce and Renaldo, and wife Patricia.
With the 2011-12 NBA season over, and the post season already in the conference finals, the league puts together a top 10 list of the best dunks of the year. The list is comprised of the “best slams, jams, throwdowns, facials and posterizations” from this NBA season, says NBA.com. The high-flying act is bananas!
Below is a brief run-down of the clip:
10. Rudy Gay – fastbreak
9. John Wall – fastbreak
8. Paul George – fastbreak
7. Kenneth Faried – fastbreak alley-oop
6. Blake Griffin – offensive rebound dunk
5. Blake Griffin – posterizes Pau Gasol
4. Lebron James – alley-oop over Bulls’ John Lucas
3. Russell Westbrook – fastbreak alley-oop
2. Blake Griffin – posterizes Kendrick Perkins
1. Gerald Green – fastbreak windmill alley-oop
With New Jersey already in the rear view mirror after finishing outside of the playoff sphere, the Nets have unveiled the logo that will follow them to BK. Simplistic in both design and color – utilizing a black and white scheme paired with drawn basketball and team name – the logo has an old-school ABA vibe to it. Designed by minority owner Jay-Z and inspired by the New York city subway signs from 1957, only time will tell if a change of scenery and a uniform upgrade with take the Nets from Eastern Conference dwellers to Larry O’Brien trophy raisers.
The NBA finally ruled on Metta World Peace’s unsportsman-like conduct over the weekend during the Lakers’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, announcing that the forward has been given a seven-game suspension.
The league announced Tuesday (April 24) that World Peace (aka Ron Artest) was suspended for throwing a vicious elbow at the Thunder’s James Harden, which will keep the forward out of the Lakers line-up for, at least, the first round of the post-season.
If you’ve been under a rock, or don’t keep up with the NBA, World Peace was ejected from Sunday’s (April 22) game against the Thunder after striking Harden in the head with the back of his elbow, giving guard a concussion.
He later called the blow inadvertent, claiming it was just part of an overzealous celebration of a dunk. He also claimed that replays made it look more serious than it was, but still offered an apology.
“During that play I just dunked on (Kevin) Durant and (Serge) Ibaka and I got really emotional and excited and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with an unintentional elbow,” World Peace said. “I hope he’s OK. The Thunder, they’re playing for a championship this year, so I hope that he’s OK and I apologize to the Thunder and to James Harden.
The suspension begins immediately. World Peace will miss the Lakers’ season finale on Thursday (April 26) at Sacramento and the Lakers’ next six games. The playoffs open Saturday (April 28), and Los Angeles is likely to be the Western Conference’s third seed — and Oklahoma City is locked into the #2 seed, meaning the clubs could meet right after World Peace’s suspension ends in the second round.
According to ESPN.com, he’ll lose nearly $348,000 in salary if he serves the entire suspension this year. But, if the Lakers exit the playoffs early, the remainder of the suspension must be served next season.
Although Harden appears to be recovering well, he hasn’t been cleared to return to the Thunder.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said the team accepted the latest suspension.
“His most recent lapse in judgment is not to be condoned or accepted,” he said, after praising World Peace as largely a model citizen with the Lakers. “His actions could have seriously injured another player, and his absence during this suspension will hurt our team as well. While we accept the league’s decision, we will be supportive of Metta and try to help him be more professional on the court.”
Washington Wizards’ center JaVale McGee is definitely a talented young player with extreme athleticism and potential, but his youth comes with inexperience and bad decision making.
Some of his decisions, on the court, are just mind-boggling actually, which he’s received criticism for. Some critics/fans are even calling him one of the “worst players ever.”
Here’s a Youtube clip, which offers a compilation of McGee’s worst, on-court fails — from goaltending mistakes, off-the-backboard dunks while his team is losing, ridiculous dunks (in-game) that he missed, and even a celebration for accomplishing a triple-double when his team is down 20, among other things.
Hopefully, McGee can mature past this and reach his potential. #SMH.
While the NBA dunk contest has certainly lost a little bit of the sizzle that used to come with the event, when the likes of Dominique, Michael and Vince would bring the house down, the event still proves to showcase some freakishly athletic maneuvers from some of the lessor known players in the league. The NBA trained high-speed Phantom Cameras on the action and the result is something truly spectacular to behold. Watch as Jeremy Evans, Paul George, Chase Budinger and Derrick Williams pull of their signature dunks for the night.
Gatorade aired this dope commercial during NBA All-Star festivities over the weekend, in which coach Phil Jackson recounts Michael Jordan’s epic 1997 NBA Finals Game 5 performance, where he led the Bulls to victory 90-88. Oh, and he was suffering from the flu.
This game is forever etched into the memories of basketball fans, and made fans and Jackson, as he puts it in the clip: “a believer.”
“We had to help him into the locker room,” says Jackson. “It made me a believer. Not in luck, or fate, but in the will to win.”
Jordan scored 38 points that night, despite suffering from a stomach virus that had rendered him weak and dehydrated. Obviously, the brand shows him drinking Gatorade to rehydrate himself. A great short by Gatorade.