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    Would you rather see a nowdays-typical NBA game with stifling defenses with teams only scoring no higher than 95 points or would you like to see some more high-octane offense in NBA games that you can still see in minor league basketball? Me, I'd like to see in-between. Though the occassional game like the following wouldn't hurt. In 1984, this game between the Detroit Pistons and the Denver Nuggets made headlines by setting a NBA record that still stands as the most points combined. Both went into triple OT to a 186-184 finish. The Pistons were beginning to be known for their defense. The Nuggets were known during the Doug Moe and later Paul Westhead's brief era for a lot of scoring. No surprise that it was in Denver. This is the only video on YouTube available about it. No full game emerged yet.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvz0maaJ6PA


    Toronto Raptors' first ever intro and starting lineup at Toronto's SkyDome against the New Jersey Nets back in 1995 with Zan Tabak, Ed Pinckney, Carlos Rodgers, Alvin Robertson, and Damon Stoudemire with head coach Brendan Malone (and assistants for example John Shumate, Darrell Walker, and Bob Zuffalatto and trainer John Malley and a couple of officials). All introduced by Harvey Kuhn. The Raptors won this one on Friday night live on CTV on the first Canadian-based NBA home game since 1947 when the Huskies last played and in the mid-70s when the Buffalo Braves played select home games there.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1Ro5wDnIFk

    Decided to bring you some original ABA videos. Last thing I brought involving the ABA was when Dr. J was playing with the New York Nets. A nice, rare treat for you here. This is a short review documentary about the ABA Utah Stars' championship 1970-71 season called "We're No. 1" led by Zelmo Beaty and Willie Wise, it's first season in Salt Lake City after leaving Los Angeles. And play-by-calls from Bill Howard.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR7HJOG0d5s
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    LeBron James enjoying his gameday in Miami when he finally gets his ring with his Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie0mAnjz1Oc
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    On the ABA kick once again. The original rebel league from 1967-1976. Not that haphazard, joke one we got right now. Coming up is the ABA documentary that aired on HBO called Long Shots. To me, for all of the ABA footage and nice interviews presented here, it doesn't quite go into much depth about the league as much as the brilliant Terry Pluto 1990 oral history book "Loose Balls". This is more designed for those who like a general overview of the league. If you read the book, this doc does touch on some of the teams, players, the hilarity, the rivalry with the NBA, the free-spiritedness, the end, and the beginnings from the book. Bought the VHS copy on eBay several years ago. Haven't played it much since.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn5ANqDLyh0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFR2zFN2er4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEsUw1BiLOc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_5zGj8AvDA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qucApexDils
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRF9BVggKr4

    A young Bob Costas and the late Easy Ed McCauley calling a Spirits of St. Louis game in Memphis' Mid-South Coliseum against the Memphis Sounds back in January 1975 during the Spirits' first of two seasons there. I think on KTVI Channel 2, an ABC affiliate until 1995 when it became a FOX one. Loose Balls talks liberally about the Spirits as "the wildest team of them all"; the stories about them in it are hilarious despite the great talent. They were mostly young but undisciplined.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyx0G80dZHc
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    A couple of Miami Heat home games from their first season in 1988-89 at the Miami Heat, back when they made their debut in the Midwest Division. One involving the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire (complete with Chick Hearns' call), the second one with the Golden St. Warriors with Mitch Richmond, Chris Mullin, Rod Higgins, and coach/GM Don Nelson, and the Denver Nuggets. The Miami Arena's Heat court for the first three season, you'll notice, was not really associated with the franchise's colo(u)rs. Perhaps with the blue baseline was meant to reflect the Florida blue waters and the yellow free throw lanes for the tropical Miami (or entire Florida) sun. It later went red and yellow for 1991 and then black up until their move to the current American Airlines Arena home in 1999.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLjYlTemq70

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cahxrjT7N-I

    Rory Sparrow's 28 points and 9 assists carry Miami to 9 wins at the time in 2 OT
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8_LZRai_JA

    There's a sense of sadness from the first video. Orlando Wooldridge and Pat Cummings, one of the original members of the Miami Heat, both died earlier this year almost within a month of each other. At the time in his NDCELE days, Woolridge, who was known for his dunking playing for Chicago, found playing in Riley's sytem to be a challenge as a newcomer. After coaching in the ABA with the Houston Takers and the Prescott Valley Scorchers in recent times, Wooldridge had serious heart problems and was placed in a hospice. Cummings was found dead in a friend's NY apartment in the immediate days of the Heat winning its second NBA title.
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    Thanks Alleyoop. Like those ESPN NBA RV spots too. The Steve Nash one is a bit painful for me to see now, though.

    As I start this new year on this thread. I want to start it off with a bang with a brilliant ESPN 30 For 30 documentary that I wanted to put up a long while after I watched this and was riveted. Have any of you heard of the classic show "You Are There"? That was an education program that would take you back timewarp-style to an important moment in time in history as it happened with dramatized cameras and on-the-spot interviews with the major players in them with newscasters calling the action from the newsroom. The following is without a doubt one of my favo(u)rite ESPN 30 For 30s. June 17th, 1994 is something like You Are Here with its quick-cut editing of archival footage during the course of that surreal--and the most bizarre--day in North American sports with all of the events going on then--Arnold Palmer's last PGA Tour day, 1994 World Cup USA's first day, the New York Rangers' Stanley Cup parade, Game 5 of the NBA Finals, ESPN's MLB game between the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals, and a certain NFL legend's sad ordeal and fall from grace. No interviews. No reflections on that day from those there. But it is interspersed with newsroom footage. If you remember that day really well like I do, you know this was about the OJ Simpson saga first and foremost, which undoubtably serves as the centerpiece of this, and that, what I call, the bizarre slow-speed parade led by a certain infamous Ford white Bronco and numerous LAPD cars immediately trailing behind it through the LA freeway system and back to OJ's Brentwood home with people watching and following this live on TV along the way with morbid and bizarre curiousity. My mind was like, "What the hell is going on here at this moment?" sitting silent as I watched drawn to it watching the game and learning about his developments. But of course that's not what I want to focus on here. Would've liked to see more on the first day of the World Cup USA 94 in the doc (two games were on that day then: Germany vs. Bolivia at Chicago's Soldier Field and South Korea vs. Spain at Dallas' Cotton Bowl). That got overshadowed and spoiled because of it that day, taking the deserved attention away and almost all summer. I recall back then excited over the first World Cup in the US.

    I bring June 17th 1994 up here only because of Game 5 of the 1994 NBA Finals, the last home game for the New York Knicks that season at Madison Square Garden against the Houston Rockets that night. Had you already seen this, you get to see how NBC Sports struggled to cope with balancing its "professional obligations" in covering Game 5 while simultaneously covering the bizarre and tragic live developments surrounding OJ Simpson after being criminally charged earlier that day, bringing in perspective seemingly wishing not to be seen as callous. You'll remember on the Houston Rockets NBA championship DVD this game had no commentary for a long stretch from Marv Albert and Matt Goukas because of the switch to NBC News during the double screening of the said parade. Game's still going on with the OJ Simpson craziness taking over and impacting it on the broadcasting end. The film's director, Brett Morgen, says that sports day ushered in reality TV. After all these years and knowing what had happened since, it's still attention-grabbing.

    Hope it doesn't get deleted as it happen whenever it gets uploaded on YouTube. Riveting, intense, and emotional stuff here 9its music surely helps). It contains French subtitles taken from ESPN Classic France(?):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVEQN2P0z8Y
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    Portland sure has been snakebitten with its centers from Bill Walton to Sam Bowie to Greg Oden.

    Feel bad for Sam Bowie. But he's a good guy. He's OK. Now he's remebered as the guy drafted before Michael Jordan. Hindsight can funny sometimes. With all the bad breaks, figureratively and literally, he endured in his college and pro career in Kentucky and Portland, respectively, he didn't ask for that. Whenever he gets mentioned, it is always lumped with Michael Jordan out of that legendary 1984 NBA Draft class, definitely one of the greatest ever. People focus on what happened years later, especially when Mike hit the stratosphere and Bowie didn't become the All-Star as hoped with his injuries. Sam notes this later: MJ got injured and missed 40+ games in second season with a broken foot before Bowie ended up on his woes. There's also something more aren't aware of: Sam Bowie is genetically predisposed of a condition in his legs that made him vulnerable to that series of injuries.

    Did eventually made out of respectable career at center in the NBA after leaving Portland when traded to the New Jersey Nets for Buck Williams, finally putting the Trail Blazers over the championship level hump and then to the NDCELE as a Divac backup. Played 10 years and averaged 11 points in his career. Not bad.

    But back to the draft, it's interesting the Portland management brass including then-coach Dr. Jack Ramsay and then-GM Marty Glickman were mulling over Bowie and Jordan. Though the pro-Jordan camp in Portland wasn't as vocal. They already got Clyde the Glide. Putting him alongside Jordan wouldn't make much sense with Portland not being big enough for the two--same height, same weight, same guard position, both great dunkers, great scorers, defenders, and athletes--would be "silly". Interesting that Dr. Jack reflects on this saying he'd select Sam Bowie again and issue a package to trade away Drexler for a center and the second pick. Keep in mind this: Kiki Vandeweghe was about to undergo his own spate injuries starting in the same time period in Portland when he arrived in a trade from Denver. Rod Thorn knew about the injuries Sam had, and projected how it wasn't going to fare well for Chicago if he wound up there. If it weren't for those injuries and his genetic predisposed condition, Bowie would be a great NBA center.

    For his part, Jordan would rub in Portland's bad luck in not getting another championship since 1977 in his own ways: During his victory speech at Grant Park during the Bulls championship celebration there in 1992 after beating the Trail Blazers, he closed out his speech with this, "Thank God you [Chicago] drafted me instead of Portland!" Also at the same year, there's a T-shirt with him on it holding up a shoe of the latest Air Jordans with the words "Hello Sunny Portland, can I get you some shoes?" That T-shirt was recently reproduced.

    Point is, you just don't know exactly how things will ultimately fare years down the road upon selecting. You just can't predict things like this, let alone how huge Jordan would become later becoming Michael Jordan. Luck always plays a role in this.

    ESPN through its college sports network ESPNU aired a SEC Storied documentary that would've applied under the 30 For 30 umbrella called Going Big focusing on Sam Bowie. The following is a brief clip dealing with the fateful Portland 1984 draft pick:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjzCsbVixUg

    Sam Bowie at the 1984 NBA Draft. Yes, he's handsome here. Notice the smooth jazz elevator music:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nERNj0afyY

    Sam Bowie introduces Going Big at heart of UK:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0Pis5LN7D4

    Superstation WTBS' February 13, 1987 NBA Prudential Halftime Report (hosted by Charlie Neal) with scores, news, and highlights and a Bill Russell story on Sam Bowie coming back from the broken right tibula:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifo75GYApig

    Sam Bowie talks about his "unique situation" and connection with Michael Jordan:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0EDOXVdXog
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    Related post to the last one yesterday. Mike! Hakeem (then Akeem)! Sir Charles! Stockton! Otis Thorpe! Sam Perkins! Alvin Robertson! Terrence Stansbury! and yes, of course Sam Bowie. Even the likes of Oscar Schmidt, Kevin Willis, 1984 Olympians Jeff Turner and Leon Wood, Michael Cage, Tony Campbell, Vernon Fleming, Greg Wiltjer, Rick Carlisle, Jim Petersen, and Carl Lewis (yes, that Carl Lewis!) got drafted. I happily present to you the 1984 NBA Draft! Arguably the best NBA draft ever!

    In full with from the USA Network, which doesn't air sports now. Did then like when it had the NBA and NHL TV rights. Outside of the 2004-2010 Olympics as part of the NBC Universal family and the US Open, no sports since from USA. All part of a very pivotal year for the NBA.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e01huxPPb1U
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    February 25, 1979. The San Antonio Spurs led by the Iceman, Paul Silas, Larry Kenon, and Mark Olberding were playing the Houston Rockets with Moses Malone, Calvin Murphy, Mike Dunleavy Sr., Rudy Tomjanovich, Robert Reid, and Billy Paultz. It was interesting to me back then when the Spurs had those unique backboards at the HemisFair Arena and that both Texas teams were playing in the Central Division in the Eastern Conference. Liked that court back then they used until the mid-80s (1986) when it changed to all white and then the following season black before hitting light blue when The Admiral arrived. Dallas' incoming entry in 1980 forced them to move into the West The Spurs would later move into ECF before losing. Moses has 33 points and 25 rebounds in a losing effort. Gervin had 32 points with Billy Paultz had 24 points.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ8lbWz1sBg
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    March 12, 1985. After Kevin McHale set a Celtics franchise scoring record with 56 points in a win against Detroit nine days earlier, Larry Bird boldly declared after the game "that record will soon fall". And it did! He scored 60, forever cementing Larry's legend even more. So we go to New Orleans in that space after the Jazz had left and before the Hornets (soon to be Pelicans) arrived. At the University of New Orleans' Lakefront Arena that was doubled as the Atlanta Hawks' second home away from the Omni Arena. As the only NBA team in the Southeast region at the time until 1988 with Miami and Charlotte coming, the Hawks figured to build its fanbase outside of Georgia. Surely, having Superstation WTBS showing many of their games helps a lot. Bird was piling it on here even the Atlanta Hawks players on the bench were awestruck.

    Atlanta wasn't the only NBA team at the time to play a select number of NBA regular season games outside of their city. The Boston Celtics themselves played numerous home games in Hartford at ther Hartford Civic Center (now the XL Arena) over the years during this time. The Kansas City Kings before they moved to Sacramento played home games in St. Louis for a couple of seasons. The Washington Bullets later played some home games back at the Baltimore Arena before the name change to Wizards. The Utah Jazz played in Las Vegas' Thomas and Mack Arena, where Kareem broke Wilt Chamberlain's alltime NBA scoring record in April 1984. Obviously, this game is the most notable Hawks one played in New Orleans of all. But with the advent of gleeming sports arenas with lucrative luxury boxes and suites later on in that decade and beyond into the 90s, NBA teams stopped playing "regional" regular season home games. Revenue became more important than fan bases.

    Enrique Pastor's and Ramon Fernandez's Spanish commentary obscures the WTBS commentary of John Sterling and Charlie Criss:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMCxIwLMQOs

    Back into 1976 to the 9th and final ABA All-Star Game at Denver's McNichols Sports Arena on January 27, 1976. The ABA saw three of its franchises, the Baltimore Claws (who didn't even play a game after moving from Memphis), the San Diego Sails, and the Utah Stars, all fold during its final season before the merger. The Virginia Squires were dying but made it through the season. Because of this and of the single division it caused, the ABA All-Star format was to have the top team at the all-star break to host it after abandoning the East-West format. In this case it was the Denver Nuggets, which was convenient for them since they were already chosen to host it. And they had to play against a team of ABA All-Stars from other squads. It's more notable of course for what it's known as the first modern slam dunk contest, which came at halftime. There were superstars assembled for this who are no doubt legends. Yeah, you get to see giant Afroed Julius Erving from the eventual champs New York Nets performing his famous running from the free throw line dunk he later emulated in 1984 in Denver (when the NBA later adopted it that year as part of NBA All-Star Saturday) and Michael Jordan famously performed four years later to win in Chicago. What's so interesting is the fact all of this was the headliner to a Glen Campbell-Charlie Rich concert later that night, as noted in the brilliant ABA oral history book Loose Balls. KWGN 2 in Denver covered the game as part of the Nuggets broadcast, and it's picked up in progress in the second quarter.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8avS95Hs8A

    Take a look at this one! This is a 1972 game shown on TVS between the NBA and ABA All-Stars at then brand-new Nassau County Veterans Coliseum, the home of the New York Nets and later the NHL's New York Islanders and MISL's New York Arrows. Great assembling of stars in both leagues here. The unheralded ABA players nearly beat their NBA counterparts! This should be shown on ESPN Classics and/or NBA TV. Look at a young Don Chirqui and Hot Rod Hundley.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN17x5up5n4
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    A montage of Detlef Schrempf NBA highlights (finally!). The greatest German basketball player ever until a certain lanky kid from Wurzburg came onto the scene in 1999 for Dallas.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpZkB3UA3ck
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    All this talk of the Miami Heat and its now 23-game winning streak got me interested in bringing this when the North American pro sports-record of 33 straight wins held by the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire was thankfully stopped on a live nationally televised match on ABC with Keith Jackson and Bill Russell announcing in 1972. By the Milwaukee Bucks at the MECCA (Milwaukee Arena) led by future emissary of evil Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Bob Dandridge, Jim McGlockin, and Curtis Perry. Unfortunately, the Bucks couldn't ultimately stop the Fakers from getting the NBA title later that year when they faced each other in the Western Conference Finals with the NDCELE sadly winning the series 4-2.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKkQyNyXICQ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnQ7TG2ZSig
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OngaFzVNKbo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyWr55Wtkoo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz5B_Ab0v3w
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXkkZHCzyUQ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNyFPA6sZM4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds-VhbayFOI

    The Buffalo Braves (now the Los Angeles Clippers via San Diego) made their playoff debut in the 1973-1974 season, Bob McAdoo's rookie season and Dr. Jack Ramsay's second as Braves coach, and had to deal with the storied Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. With their playoff experience, the Celtics went on to win it in controversial fashion. A now-forgotten great NBA playoff series, regrettably, legendary Celtics broadcaster Johnny Most sums up the series.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDaKVCXEiXE

    Two of the top NBA sharpshooting stars in the late 70s, New Orleans Jazz's Pete Maravich and San Antonio Spurs' George "The Iceman" Gervin play a game of HORSE at the Omni International Complex in Atlanta. Can't see NBA players doing this these days outside of All-Star Saturday. Atlanta was where Maravich made his pro start before going back to Louisiana.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCk7SjkSE4c
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    Larry Bird dropping 41 points and 10 rebounds and 5 assists on the Golden St. Warriors back in 1988 Oakland during the 1987-88 season
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeOmeBhqkkk

    Golden St. and Adidas unveil the revolutionary but not-very-good-looking short-sleeved Warriors uniforms at a press conference
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9a_XTnpldw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A63IKL6Hxc0
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    Julius Erving's broken finger prevented him from playing in Dallas with Philly for the final time on February 27, 1987. But he was still honoured at the Reunion Arena on his farewell tour then for a final house call with help from then-Mavs owner Donald Carter. Interesting trivia: this was two days after SMU football got slapped with the infamous "death penalty" for repeated recruiting violations. So it was good to see something positive in Dallas sports back then

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVfednh1Ya8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKip3JUbdws

    Didn't know he lived in the Salt Lake City area in recent years. St. George area, that is:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlW5AwgBg3Y

    Two hilarious AT&T It's Not Complicated 4G commercials airing right now on TV during March Madness starring NBA and college legends Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goh0Whxbegc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NBlQ2OWUsE
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    In celebration of Bernard King's long-awaited enshrinement into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, I would like to link King's greatest NBA performance. Christmas Day 1984 at Madison Square Garden on the MSG Network. King scored 60 points but that wasn't enough for the Knicks against his former team, the New Jersey Nets.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAWPnTsy9-U
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    I was hoping I could link you that full 1986 Miami Vice episode from the second season starring Bernard King and Bill Russell entitled "The Fix" to celebrate King's Hall of Fame induction. I remember watching this back then because of the two NBA legends starring in this. In this episode, Bill Russell plays a respected judge named Roger Ferguson who set a ridiculously low bail for a drug dealer (a woman), causing Crockett and Tubbs to investigate the judge and discovers that he owes a large gambling debt to a violent loan shark played by Michael Richards, who wants the judge to convince his son (King), a college basketball star, to throw his next game. The following 4-minute clip is all I could come up with from You Tube Land with this filmed at the FIU Gym years before it joined NCAA D1 basketball with a basketball in progress between the home Sunblazers, that King's character plays for, and the Cougars. Russell is seen in the stands cheering his son on. Harvey Finestein's also in this episode. Clean-shaven too. Very interesting since King was recovering from that terrible ACL injury the previous year in Kansas City and didn't play at all for the Knicks then.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2ePdDHQ4VU

    But it is on Hulu (not sure if it's geo-blocked in Australia/NZ and the rest of Oceania):
    http://www.hulu.com/#!watch/14839

    In late February, I posted the 1976 ABA All-Star Game, the final one in Denver, so I think it's only fair I would show the NBA version from that same year. With this being the bicentennial year, it's only right that was in Philly at the Spectrum. The final one before the ABA-NBA merger. Before the Pat Riley Rule. Before the lavish intros. Interesting that then-commish Larry O'Brien was seen talking about the Oscar Robertson antitrust settlement paving the way for the impending merger. All the better to see some rare Buffalo Braves players in this.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoglUJlCG9U

    Proof positive that you shouldn't celebrate until it's surely over: The following is my favorite Reggie Miller memory. He makes a clutch shot--not a three--against the Bulls in 1994 and playfully and famously takes bows from the Bulls crowd at Chicago Stadium to loud boos with 00.8 left shown on SportsChannel Chicago. Remember, Miller embraced being the enemy. That was still enough time for Toni Kukoc's catch and shoot to make a three for the Bulls win and Reggie's comeuppance--you see with his arms akimbos. Not shown was Scottie Pippen's mocking of Reggie's bows. Not many people realize because of the bows the Pacers didn't actually win this. Johnny "Red" Kerr was excited.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOMzdxynChs

    Toronto 1994. Months before this international city got to showcase to the world how much it (and Canada) loves basketball with the World Basketball Championship coming up, Raptors founder John Bitove Jr. of Toronto Pro Basketball Franchise, with help from his friends, unvieled the Raptors name and logo as well as the merchandise in a media conference that was live on CTV in Toronto, hosted by its premier sportscaster Rod Black. The short video is very similiar to what Vancouver later used in its style, albeit it never really used the Phoenix Suns' court for it (the logo makes a cameo on it before the unvieling). Just a NBA ball. To be sure, the Raptors name was an extension of the dinosaur craze popularized by the blockbuster movie Jurassic Park. Something that a new NBA market liked to reach out to kids for via fan vote. Really huge with the kids. Dinosaurs are always big with kids. I wonder if Mitchell and Ness will reproduce those Jeff Hamilton style jackets as part of that early 90s retro craze.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j90w0ps-L4

    Charlotte Hornets are certainly a part of that 90s retro, though they were in existence since 1987 (actually played in 198. We're seeing a Hornets renasscience these days here--anything teal and purple is hot again just like in the early 90s. In keeping with that, I bring one of Charlotte's finest moments to its madly-supporting fans then. Charlotte seemingly peaked in its popularity in 1993 with finally making its playoff debut with Zon on the team teaming with Mugsy and Grandmama and Dell Curry, and selling out the 23,888-seat Charlotte Coliseum. They were seen as the team of the future and won this series as expected over an aging Celtics team. The final minutes of 1993 Game 4 quarterfinals culminating with Zo's winning shot. On TNT, I think. I, like many at the time, firmly believed Charlotte would win this series. What gets forgotten is that there was a borderline goaltend on Dee Brown's alley-oop at the very end. And the Celtics were infuriated at Jack Delaney like Xavier McDaniel was. Doug Collins and Rod Thulin both were thinking that it was. In any case, it was to be the final NBA game for both Kevin McHale and Reggie Lewis for different reasons.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGvHIC67S5A
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FRNMt2bu48
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    Much has been made about the rivalry and eventual friendship of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson over the years that it doesn't need to be talked about. That's already done with in books, magazine articles, joint interviews, documentaries, and even in a Broadway play! Yet, it never gets old and they enjoy telling it. Now HBO recently aired a documentary about the two forever-intertwined beings, and, while it omitted a few things like the Bird retirement that Magic attended and the Naismith HOF enshirement, it shows footage of them as Team USA teammates on the now-defunct World Invitational Tournament against Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union, and Cuba that HBO aired back in 1978. Now here's Bird & Magic: A Courtship of Rivals

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtykEHPRO1Q

    Blake Griffin travels back in time to see his younger selves in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, and 2006 all in his Kia Optima (each commercial has a hit song from each of those years) giving life lessons along the way:

    Montell Jordan "This Is How We Do It" (1995)
    OMC "How Bizarre" (1997)
    Eiffel 56 "Blue" (1999)
    Sean Paul "Gimme Da Light" (2002)
    VKCE "Back To The Past" (2006)
    Bonus 2006 commercial regarding weightlifting gloves and racing gloves
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    Move over Eric "Sleepy" Floyd and Baron Davis! We just got another memorable Golden St. Warriors postseason performance at the Oakland Coliseum Arena/Oracle Arena in Stephen Curry from this year's Game 4. Andrew Bogut and Klay Thompson both get some love here too. Steph does look like he's 12-14.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Sa9Zaf_OZk
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    The Knicks and Pacers duking it out again in the NBA Playoffs. Just think now's a good time to upload the ESPN 30 For 30 doc Winning Time to chronicle that wonderful time back in the 90s when Reggie hated the Knicks and Spike.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLf5WjfTGxg

    There's this late 80s-early 90s retro going on. One of those things is a repro Nike T-shirt that says "I put up big numbers". All in lower case lettering. Big and small print all over. Whenever I see it, I instantly think of those Nike Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood commercials for David Robinson's Nike Force sneakers. One look at the opening intro and you'll see why. Nike was and still is a genius when it comes to marketing, especially with NBA stars. It's the intelligent Admiral at his easy-going and fun style like Mr. Fred Rogers. Sometimes too nice, despite ferocious physical play deep in the paint. These commercials reflect Robinson's good guy image and obviously the fun and playful Mr. Rogers parodies, like what Eddie Murphy famously did on Saturday Night Live in the early 80s (also called Mister Robinson's Neighborhood), were never mean-spirited. Even down the facial expressions and word of the day. Plus david gets to tickle the ivories in a few of them. Many of these commercials had special guests from Nike "with today's word". Also many of them were made in 1990-91.

    By the way, his son Corey will play Notre Dame football coming this fall.

    Tickiling the ivories playing Beethoven mixed with forceful power moves in the paint: "Bo may know Diddley, but Mr. Robinson knows Beethoven!"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zenUniO0Xtk

    Had a fun birthday paty when several of Nike basketball mates bought him new Nike basketball sneakers much to his delight. But is disappointed when David Stern gave Mr. Robinson an autograph photo of himself.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHtyBDhA_BY

    Larry Brown, David's first pro coach, stops by and pokes fun at himself without diminishing his coaching beliefs with the "transition game".
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC7WVOBA5fk

    Charles Barkley comes into David's neighborhood like a force of nature to discuss being "fined" and denies having that himself. There's a playful nod to David's Naval background in the beginning.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPzqgzaaX5Y

    An excited David Robinson gets to play classical music with Rudolph Firkusny. But poor David can't keep up with the piano great Rudolph Firkusny. But he can "cream" Rudy in basketball.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGnK9vz2Y9s

    Gary Payton when he was a rookie having to do all the rookie chores for Mr. Robinson
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYl8i3iHY6E

    The most serious one of the bunch. David hates "garbage" in his neighborhood. That is, drugs. Note his change in tone.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYl8i3iHY6E

    There was another anti-drug one with Georgetown coach John Thompson and his wife over the word "stupid" (or was that "stoopid"?) Not just drugs but also dropping out of school. Not on there though.

    Another fave of Nike basketball came in the form of Lil' Penny when Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway became a star PG for the Orlando Magic out of Memphis St. Lil Penny was orginally supposed to be voiced by Eddie Murphy but Eddie wanted more money than Nike was willing to give him. Enter Chris Rock. I often wonder what would've been like if Molly Ringwald had a puppet in those commercials too that was named Lil Molly and was voiced by Judy Tenua and she'll be as obnoxious and playing an accordian with a jones for Tyson Beckford like Lil Penny has for Tyra Banks. My friends laughed when I tell them this and thought it was bizarre!

    My favo(u)rite one of the Lil' Penny Nike commercials. He, Penny, and Nick Anderson all watching a Ken Griffrey Jr. joke Nike 1996 political ad. But when Lil' Penny spots the Mariner Moose mascot as Griffrey's running mate, he goes off and declares that he should be Griffrey's running mate. Note the Slam magazine Nick's reading on the sofa. I started laughing nonstop when I first heard Lil' Penny's voice in it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2OJ9YJ1yFc

    Penny and Lil Penny watch a cheesy Nike Air Penny TV commercial
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVmnb3z96zg

    "Penny! Stop the car! That was Tyra Banks, fool!" Lil Penny has a jones for Tyra--her first appearance in those Lil Penny commercials
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qkPi-dPNsM

    The Double Action movie commercial with Kevin Garnett, then with Nike. Another fave with them at the recording studio when you hear Nas' "If I Rule The World". Still want a Double Action movie poster T-shirt!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qkPi-dPNsM

    Penny catches Lil Penny having a party at his house while on a road trip. Ready For The World's "Oh Sheila" plays in the background
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9dGnjTT-0

    Lil Penny and Spike Lee discuss possibly making a movie courtside at a Knicks game against the Magic, and Lil Penny causes Penny to committ a 5 second violation.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL8W3nEdVVs
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    (the last post here will be added on next week with more links and thoughts to both David Robinson and Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway and Lil' Penny. So watch this space)

    Surprised that nobody here noticed that NBA TV will premiere a documentary about Julius Erving on June 10 called The Doctor. Should be worth watching like the Dream Team one.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNz4_cxyvBw
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    Still awaiting for The Doctor NBA TV documentary to appear.

    Julius Erving pays his final respects to The Spectrum where he made many memories as a Sixers before it faced the wrecking ball
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S5xq8sMS_s
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    As a little basketball fan growing up watching weekly CBS Sports' NBA telecasts, Julius Erving was definitely one of my favo(u)rite NBA players who wasn't on the Phoenix Suns at the time. He certainly possessed that charisma, athletic skill, his dunking, and groundedness that made him such a crossover superstar. I and many other basketball fans from that important era became basketball fans because of him for making it very fun. That appeal he still has is evident in the 1979 cult comedy film The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, one of my favo(u)rite films back then. I'm sure there are plenty of you here who have seen or heard of the film.

    For those who haven't, the storyline centers on a moribound pro basketball team known as the Pittsburgh Pythons, a laughingstock in the Pittsburgh pro sports scene with its losing streak, that gets a tremendous lift in its prospects from an idea hatched by the Pythons ballboy (James Bond III) and brought it to an astrologist played by Stockard Channing, which was finding basketball players that easily and astutely compliment its highly-paid and moody star Moses Guthrie, played by Julius Erving, after several Pythons teammates wanted out. The thing was all of the players who succeed out of open tryouts must be under the sign of the Pisces like Moses (hence the title) with the support of a manchild owner played by Jonathan Winters (RIP). Along the way, situations include the Pythons' coach (Flip Wilson) getting fired and his assistant getting promoted, the name change from Pythons to Pisces, and going on a winning streak to the championship. The Pittsburgh Pisces teammates were such an eclectic, colo(u)rful bunch with the Rev. Grady, the diminuative Set Shot, Native American Winston Running Hawk, a Muslim named Malik Jamal Truth, a radio DJ named Jackhammer Washington, a silent magician named Bullet Haines, and twins Kenny and Benny Rae. You know what? They wouldn't be out of place in the original ABA, where the Good Doctor made his name. So in a sense, it captured that wild attitude.

    It's all in that campy 70s style, but it's fun. Obviously, such antics can't be done during the course of an NBA season now and even back then. For it would be seen as haphazard and bush league like the ABA. Furthermore, the NBA mandates that any team name change must be conducted almost 2 years in advance for marketing reasons. Or have such open tryouts of that nature with so many coming out of the woodwork not taking it seriously. Where else can you find a soundtrack with both Loretta Lynn and The Spinners? Love that Philadelphia sound in it. In this you see the illest NBA legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ron Carter, Connie Hawkins, Lou Hudson, Luther Rackley, Norm Nixon, Alfred "Butch" Beard Jr., Luther "Ticky" Burden, Spencer Haywood, Lonnie Shelton, Mychal Thompson, Super John Williamson, Donald Chaney, Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell, Kevin Stacom, Curtis Rowe, Leon Douglas, Christopher J. Ford, Bob Lanier, John Shumate, Eric Money, and Kevin Porter. UNLV coach and the Los Angeles coach in the film, Jerry Tarkanian, was the film's basketball consultant. Curiously, the names of the opponents only have the city names--Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Boston. It's not like the studio and screenwriters weren't allowed to devise nicknames for them. So I did in my imagination at the time iof watching it--Detroit Knights, Los Angeles Shooting Stars, New York Traders (for Wall St.), and Boston Dragons. A lot of that pregame ceremony razzmatazz and pomp and circumstances we see now certainly has its roots and inspiration from that movie like in the climactic championship game. Wasn't going on back in the 70s NBA.

    In a ironic sense, Connie Hawkins makes his return to Pittsburgh for the film after playing there with the ABA's Pittsburgh Pipers and was MVP in its first season with a championship. Team moved to Minneapolis to become the Minnesota Pipers before returning to Pittsburgh but since became the Pittsburgh Condors. Hawkins had already moved on to the Phoenix Suns by then. He plays for the LA team in the film.

    The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh trailer
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wre9bkg9Mxw

    The championship game entrances by Los Angeles and, more dramatically, the Pittsburgh Pisces entering the Pittsburgh Civic Arena in a hot-air balloon with the steel roof opening for them. Marv Albert is in this film, too. That instrumental in this featuring Doc Severson from the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson on the trumpet has seen some use as a rap sample
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVdbYX3MtlY

    The Pythons open tryout for anybody under the sign of the fish with the Four Tops' Chance Of A Lifetime, where we first see many of Moses Guthrie's future teammates with Moses watching from a TV in the locker room. Fun fact: the kid who appears at 3:03 in the open tryouts dribbling multiple basketballs with the Pythons/Pisces coach (Nicholas Pryor) talking to him is Sean Miller, who in his youth became a sensation for his considerable dribbling and ballhandling prowess, appeared on Johnny Carson's show to showcase that at 14, and later played at the University of Pittsburgh in the late 80s with Jerome Lane. He's now the Arizona Wildcats head coach via Xavier (OH).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZEdqZl3YD8

    Clips from the movie with the soundtrack's title track
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOuI0rXrOmA

    Moses's nighttime playground montage
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpIN95XNDQc

    The Doctor premiere press conference on NBA TV with Q&A in Philadelphia. There's a reference to the building collapse at the City Plaza
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUPNhHStgNo
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    E3 in Los Angeles was the place to be for all the new developments in video games world as many gamers worldwide, male and female alike, eagerly await fresh details about the upcoming consoles and new games as well as familiar ones. Sports was definitely in the conversation like basketball. NBA 2K14 was already mentioned soley on the announcement of LeBron James being the pitchman on the eve of the NBA Finals. EA Sports seeks to regain public cred in its NBA games with the revival of its NBA Live series having Cavs star Kyrie Irving on its cover for NBA Live 14. Surely, with both heading for the PS4 and the XBOX One, there's going to be some better-looking and more realistic graphics, tweaks, and innovations. If I had my way, I'd buy both games!

    LeBron James interviews his virtual self and lets the latter ball in an NBA2K14 commercial. He is very much like him except fot that, if you look closely, the lower lip. Bit of that white outline.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADfjrh12L38

    NBA2K14 "The Reign Begins" commercial with LeBron and Steve Kerr
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuQa3hp_73M

    Behind the scenes on NBA2K14 with LeBron and Steve Kerr (interspersed with all the pandemonium of him at a mall)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgFb5dPREwE

    Exclusive interview why LeBron joined NBA 2K14
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUJQx_VDWkM

    NBA Live 14 E3 Trailer starring Kyrie Irving
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAwdHWkZXQ4

    NBA Live 14 makes it official debut at E3 exclusively on the PS4 and XBOX One with Kyrie Irving at EA's press conference with the emphasis on dribbling with Bounce Tech and the NBA Live World player updates every hour
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unWG7WlBMbM

    Dribble slam poetry at NBA Live 14 unvieling ("Release, Return")
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLRFc_cQ8zQ
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    Hope you enjoy the Julius Erving documentary from NBA TV "The Doctor". It's very, very good about a man who is so cool, so legendary, so talented with basketball, even with the rare footage from UMass, Rucker Park streetball, and then with the ABA's Virginia Squires and the New York Nets and onto Philly. But it's also about the hard luck that struck him from his dad's death, his younger brother's from lupus, and one of his sons Cory. Even his divorce from wife Turquoise. Not to mention all the ill-fated attempts at the NBA Finals before winning it all in 1983. Narrated by a fellow native of "Strong Island" who surely saw him become a cult figure in his Nets days, "the hard rhymer" from Public Enemy, Chuck D. Chuck has a very good voice for narration! Big up to the David Zinkoff announcement of his name!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhIv1QCtx9o

    Since I'm talking ABA, word came about there will be a ESPN 30 For 30 documentary coming October 8 on the Spirits of St. Louis, the last notable pro basketball team from my hometown that many are familiar with in some way, called "Free Spirits". Loose Balls, Terry Pluto's brilliant oral history book about the ABA, talks liberally about the Spirits with a chapter all their own--"The Wildest Team of Them All". St. Louis was not part of the four teams absorded into the NBA in 1976 but there was that lucrative NBA TV deal owners Ozzie and Daniel Silva struck, making them permanently rich. Funny, since the ABA and the Spirits died a couple of years before ESPN even existed.
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