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The owner of the Hornets & Joakim Noah want to wish you an awesome 2012 & hope that all of your NBA dreams come true…without them eventually being voided for “basketball reasons”.

The owner of the Hornets & Joakim Noah want to wish you an awesome 2012 & hope that all of your NBA dreams come true…without them eventually being voided for “basketball reasons”.

Great Moments in Awkward Free Throw History: Joakim Noah

Great Moments in Awkward Free Throw History: Joakim Noah

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Is that a Bull-fighting ring in Spain? 

The lockout is getting weirder & weirder by the day….

Is that a Bull-fighting ring in Spain?

The lockout is getting weirder & weirder by the day….

NBA Lockout Classics: ”Hello, my name is Michael Jordan.” MJ plants 63 in the Garden 

I was 3 years old when this game happened so I won’t even pretend I saw it on tv or even on VHS. In fact, I had only seen highlights and Sports Illustrated photos before I discovered this complete game footage on YouTube (thank you, technology Gods!). 

The second hardest thing to do after finding this game tape was to find a box score. Even the supreme Basketball Reference doesn’t keep playoff box scores that far back (25 years ago!). This was sort of a blessing in disguise because the search for the box score actually led me to multiple articles and factoids about the game that wouldn’t show up in a typical stat sheet. 

People don’t talk about it but Jordan had just put up 49 points in a losing effort in Game 1 and now had to go back into the Boston Garden knowing that he’d have to do better. 

He had to do better than a 49 point effort in the Boston Garden during the height of the Larry Bird era Celtics dynasty. 

Knowing what we know about Mike and his drive and his super-human abilities, that last statement doesn’t seem so absurd. But this was 1986, Jordan was just 22 years old, his team was terrible and this was Larry Legend’s Celtics we’re talking about.

Jordan didn’t care who he was playing and looking back, none of us are shocked at the outcome. The only person that could stop Jordan was Jordan (or a bad deck of cards, but that’s a different story for another time). This would be the game that would propel Jordan from stardom right past superstar and right into basketball deity. 

Don’t take my word for it, Larry Bird said it himself. “I think he`s God disguised as Michael Jordan”, Larry said after the game. And many believed it and have worshiped MJ ever since. Some of us even sacrifice 6 goats on the 23rd day of every month. 

The most interesting part of that Larry Bird quote is that it’s being said by Larry Bird, an NBA God in his own right. And on this night Larry was as legendary as ever. Bird put up 36 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists in the game and swore that MJ wouldn’t out-do himself again. “I’ll retire if he scores 77” Bird said. 

This game was so Jordan-esq. Down 2-points, MJ had to hit two free throws after he was fouled on a three point attempt to force OT. That’s pressure. He finished regulation with 54 points and 6 assists. 

Jordan did actually miss in this game and it came at the most inopportune time. After Danny Ainge had tied the game at 125, Chicago got the ball with 12 seconds left and MJ got a clean look with 4 seconds to go in the game, but he clanked the 15 footer and Boston had a chance to win with 2 seconds to go. No luck, double OT. 

Jordan’s 63rd point would tie the game at 131 a piece with 1:10 to go in the game. That was the all-time playoff record, two better than Elgin’s long standing effort. Unfortunately for Jordan, the Bulls and NBA folklore in general, Jordan wouldn’t score again and the Celtics would go on to win this game and the series. 

After the game, Jordan was labeled a ball hog and no one thought his style of play would net a single ring, let alone six. It’s true that Jordan adjusted his game slightly over time and learned to trust teammates but the Jordan we saw on this night was the same Jordan that would go on to become the greatest of all time. It wasn’t evident immediately after this game and in fact many thought that Jordan would go on to only win scoring titles, not NBA championships. 

But every epic tale has to have some sort of tragedy and this was the first of Michael’s career. I don’t think he minds, though, considering how the rest of his career turned out. Sometimes you have to lose before you can learn how to win. 

(Article #1, Article #2, Article #3)

@Suga_Shane

NBA Lockout Classics: 1995, Michael Jordan drops a double-nickle at MSG. 

Jordan had just put the world on notice. “I’m Back” he said. It was that simple, that short and that sweet. But his return to the NBA wouldn’t be that easy.

Or would it? 

Jordan had only 4 games under his belt when he made the trip to New York and turned the Knicks, MSG and the entire NBA on it’s ear. The basketball God would march into the Mecca and burn the place down and there was nothing Riley or Ewing could do to stop him, short of throwing Spike Lee at him with a catapult. 

What makes this game so beautiful and an instant classic is that no one knew what to expect from Jordan coming into it. Jordan had retired for over a season and a half to unsuccessfully peruse baseball and was trying to make a come back at the age of 32 in the middle of an NBA season. 32 back then was ancient, especially for someone who hadn’t touched a basketball or seen a locker room in nearly 2 years. The NBA was a lot rougher back then, medicine, training and sports science was no where near as advanced as it is today and athletes just didn’t try to play into their mid 30’s, especially not guards and swing-men. The chances of Jordan’s second tenure being as successful as his first seemed as impossible has Jordan waltzing into the NBA without any preseason training or practice and dropping 55 on the Knicks, who were fresh off an NBA Finals defeat to Hakeem and the Rockets.

But this was Jordan, the man who would go on to score 51 points just two months shy of his 39th birthday. While NBA fans the world over were amazed by Jordan’s double-nickle performance, no one was surprised. Scoring is what Jordan did. He could score on anyone, in any game, at anytime and any age. He could score 40 in a bathrobe and slippers if wanted to, or so the legend of Jordan would have us believe. If anything, I’d say people were more relieved by this game. Relieved that the once-great Jordan was still great and that the NBA, once again, had a legend operating within it’s arenas.

Not to take away from Hakeem or anyone else that played in Jordan’s prime, but without Jordan, the NBA just felt dull and empty. MJ was the one man that you could love, hate, fear and respect all at the same time. 

While this season went on to be a disappointment for the Bulls — losing to the upstart Orlando Magic led by Shaq and the ill-fated Penny in the Eastern Conference Finals — Jordan’s second-coming would prove a success when the Bulls would start off their second three-peat by winning 72 games the following season. 

I was going to post up MJ vs. ‘Nique today, but I took a vote on twitter and this game won. Enjoy!

(Box Score)

@Suga_Shane



Since the NBA is still locked out, let’s enjoy some classics: 1998 Jordan vs. Kobe & Shaq. 

This was the second meeting of the season, Lakers won this one 87-112 (click for the box score). 

I’m going to be posted a lot more classic Jordan full-game videos for the next few weeks to satisfy our NBA hunger. 

via Myles Brown 

@Suga_Shane

2011 Eastern Conference Finals: The End.

2011 Eastern Conference Finals: The End.

Yeah, us too, Carlos.

Yeah, us too, Carlos.

Chicago’s Derrick Rose will need to channel a few vintage MJ performances, if the Bulls hope to survive. 

Seattle’s OKC’s Russell Westbrook could have used some of Gary Payton’s game for the Sonics Thunder to have stayed alive.

Chicago’s Derrick Rose will need to channel a few vintage MJ performances, if the Bulls hope to survive.

Seattle’s OKC’s Russell Westbrook could have used some of Gary Payton’s game for the Sonics Thunder to have stayed alive.

ECF, Game 4.

Songs By: Kreayshawn & Clams Casino.

Video courtesy of TNT.

3-1

“Deal with it.”

3-1

Deal with it.”

ECF, Game 3.

Song: Tevin Campbell “Can We Talk (DJ Jayceeoh Blend)”

Video courtesy of TNT. 

When your own teammate, the league MVP, can’t even look at the carnage, you know it’s bad.

“to the left, to the left, everything you own in the box to the left…”

When your own teammate, the league MVP, can’t even look at the carnage, you know it’s bad.

to the left, to the left, everything you own in the box to the left…”

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