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    The Houston Rockets were the team during the 1980s to break the wrongful stranglehold the NDCELE had out west. Twice. Phoenix should've done that too in 1982, 1984, and 1989, but I digress. Led by Moses Malone, Calvin Murphy, Billy Paultz, Tom Henderson, Robert Reid, and Mike Dunleavy Sr., the Cinderella sub-.500 Rockets made the 1981 NBA Finals (still the World Baketball Championship) with that distinction since 1958-59. Following is Game 1 of that series against the Boston Celtics when Larry Bird made it to his first finals and eventually won it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIEKRhTmiSc
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    Toronto, that massive multicultural and multiethnic epicenter of English Canada and one of my alltime favo(u)rite cities, is the star in this installment of the NBA on YouTube! Toronto actually holds some NBA firsts. NBA fans know this city hosted the first ever NBA game when it was actually the Basketball Association of America and thus had the first basket made (more on that later). Even when the Toronto Raptors are normally flaccid, fans still turn up to it at the ACC with massive media coverage abounds. It's there in the GTA where the bulk of Canada's best basketball players now hail from. I like the Raptors ever since they came on board when the NBA allowed them in since November 4, 1993, and I think they can be a surprise team next season. Exciting times for Canadian basketball all around.

    The Toronto Raptors consistently have the best regular season home opener intros in recent years IMO.

    Toronto's Church on the Queensway were the special guests adding a great touch performing Eminem's hit "I'm Not Afraid" in the 2012-13 Raptors' home opener for the player and coaches introductions. Produced and arranged by Kibwe Thomas from as they inspire the Raptors to "Pound Rock" that was on TSN. A close second place to what the Raptors in 2009:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgWe0BdTJwY

    Fuller pregame intro with an introductory message from DeMar DeRozan with an aerial-like view of the Raptors' court:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MIuSEB4YxE

    Another fan's video camera at the Air Canada Centre:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMe8fMC0mi8

    2010-11 home opener intro when they had Andrea Bargnani MCing, David Anderson, and Jay Triano as coach. All the players appear from the large white curtain:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBwxDn3szJo

    Starting lineup and video of the Raptors' final home game of last season against the Celtics. There's been some changes to the lineup since that trade that sent Jose Calderon to Detroit Taken from Rogers Sportsnet ONE (note the logo bug on the upper right hand corner):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LiV3Xfl3qM

    My favo(u)rite Toronto Raptors home opener intro from Halloween 2009, when they were celebrating its 15th season of existence starting with Cleveland. All starting with Nas and Puffy's "Hate Me Now" at least the beginning. Not long after that the Toronto Blue Jays used the instrumental for its home opener in 2010. Just like everything about it from the notable accomplishements in its 15 years on the Daktronics to The Raptors rising getting fans to get loud to the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vocal Horizons to the video. Too bad the season was disappointing:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFO6jWX3llE

    You can see a fuller look at the video shown on the videoboard from that game here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYcTVK9IrdU

    More complete intro from courtside with the Cavs and Vocal Horizons dominating singing Hate Me Now:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srDn8EQzoVg

    Back in 1995, Toronto was of course the first NBA city outside of the US to host the NBA Draft. A very nice way to reintroduce itself to the NBA with fans coming in and celebrating! Got a look at the then-brand new basketball court to be played at the SkyDome. Looking at it now, this draft fielded some very solid players but little superstars like Kevin Garnett did. Don't forget Toronto fans wanted Ed O'Bannon as its first ever pick from UCLA, but there were concerns from many NBA teams over his arthritic left knee that proved to be his NBA undoing. So then-GM, um, I mean, VP of Basketball Operations, Isiah Thomas decided to draft in his own PG image with Damon Stoudemire, who certainly looked disappointed in getting selected by Toronto. Fans booed because they wanted Ed. But Damon later won Rookie of The Year that season. Full draft on TNT.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4vEm1WB4KU

    After playing the first three and a half seasons playing at their first home the SkyDome, the Toronto Raptors settles themselves in their new digs a stone's throw away from it, the Air Canada Centre. These are the opening ceremonies for the Raptors' first game there in 1999 while playing Vancouver, televised on CTV. Even David Stern was there enjoying it. Still firmly in their purple days and wearing the dinosaur unis. The Raptor emulates what he did at the 1995 draft. Shame the all-Canadian rivalry couldn't pan out.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyC9Sy_01Eg

    Brief news report on Toronto bringing in Isiah Thomas back in 1994
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH3vhlZb2lE

    Doug Christie in a 1996 Global Sportsline Toronto interview by Rob Sinclair:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8M0oZsoXuc

    No love for Vince Carter from Raptors' fans back in the 2007 NBA Playoffs in this CityTV report. But Vince ultimately got the last laugh:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7doNdNXsmE

    CityTV opener for the Raptors back then with John Saunders' voiceover and the Raptors Dance Pak and The Raptor at various parts of downtown Toronto for its home opener. Toronto was still looking for its first win of the 1997-98 season when it faced Golden St. at 0-2 at the SkyDome:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeppQz-sVao

    More will arrive later at an updating!

    UPDATE: Not directly from You Tube. But that's OK here, given the theme here on this post with Toronto. This is from the Toronto Blue Jays' website--actually my favo(u)rite baseball team! Toronto native Anthony Bennett, actually from the city-suburb of Brampton on the west side of the GTA, was granted the hono(u)r of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in the Toronto Blue Jays home game at the SkyDome against the Oakland A's for being the first Canadian ever selected #1 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Cavs out of UNLV. Let's just say he was not much better than fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen.
    http://wapc.mlb.com/tor/play/?conten...&query=anthony bennett

    Bennett later visits the Rogers Sportsnet booth to talk with Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler about being the #1 pick and on the exciting rise of young Canadian basketball talent, especially in Toronto.
    http://wapc.mlb.com/tor/play/?conten...&query=anthony bennett

    Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens of course was the site of the first NBA game between the hometown Huskies and the New York Knicks on November 1, 1946. It was the Knicks' Ossie Schectman who scored the first ever NBA basket and can see him recalling that moment. The Knicks went on to win that game 68-66. Sadly on the day the NBA posted this video over three weeks ago, Ossie Schectman died at the age of 94. His legacy lives on.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgkCrYZBT34
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    The following video has the potential to go to several threads: NBA On You Tube, Some Random Thoughts on International Basketball, Boomers-related thread, NCAA, and the NBL threads. It contains lots os aspects of many of them. Some NBL action, really good Boomers Olympic action from the past, NBA and NCAA footage. But because of the fact that this anchors on Luc Longley embarking on his NBA career as a Minnesota Timberwolves rookie, I decided to place it here. Some of you have surely seen this when it was shown on GWN TV, a regional Western Australian TV channel based in Bunbury that's now a Seven Network affiliate. That was a big deal because Luc, of course, is a WA product. So it was really a national production, if not just local.

    This documentary serves as a precursor of sorts to the Australian edition of 60 Minutes 1992 Luc Longley profile I showed you here earlier. Looking back on it this now, it recalls such an exciting and interesting time for Australian basketball when it placed itself on the international basketball map to stay over two decades ago and earning international respect during the Australian basketball golden age--specifically sending one of its best young players to the NBA. It is also about the history of Australian basketball up to that point with Luc, Drewy, Vlahov, and Mark (more on them later) being the young homegrown trailblazers standing on the shoulders of what was built before them that was built on immigrant kids hooked on basketball. We had the NBL garnering national sports excitement with FTA TV contracts on Ten and Seven and growth to bigger venues packing thousands from its humble beginnings in "tin sheds" booming corporate support. Luc became the first Australian to play in the NBA with the Timberwolves but wasn't the first Aussie to be drafted as this vid reminds you of Eddie Palunbinskas drafted out of LSU by Atlanta in 1974. We see the meaningful impact from the first big crop of Aussies in the NCAA. The Boomers became a rising consistent force in basketball. And the important role of the AIS. It is also about this young generation of basketball players like Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Luc's lifelong friend in Perth Andrew Vlahov (their families knew each other through basketball), and Mark Bradtke. For the first time ever at the time starting with Seoul 1988 in its surprising ride to 4th place, those young guns provided Australia, thanks to the AIS, bonafide athletes, and agile at that, on the Boomers with their skills and size and can compete effectively internationally and be desirable everywhere professionally. Whereas before tall Boomer players were mostly just tall and clumsy at times, though some could shoot like Palubinskas, Ian Davies, and Damian Keough. Phil Smyth was a solid PG but lacked athleticism.

    Gaze, already the co-face for the Melbourne Tigers with his coaching dad, of course eventually made it to the NBA after being the last player cut from the Seattle Supersonics before the 1989-90 season by joining the Washington Bullets and San Antonio and got a ring there despite not being on the playoff roster (his defense was not up to snuff at the NBA level). Though he never played NCAA ball, Bradtke had a cup of joe in the NBA as a deep backup center for the 1996-97 Philadelphia 76ERS (aka Allen Iverson's rookie season and Johnny Davis' only season as coach, all before the radical change in its look the next season). Vlahov was the reverse--was a Stanford star after being an high school exchange student and won the NIT title but never saw NBA action, opting to play back home with Perth to eventually become a Perth Wildcats legend like Grace, Bruton, Ellis, Crawford, Pinder, and Torrance, and he later co-owned with Luc. Wished he did. And it was Longley's, Gaze's, and Vlahov's respective NCAA successes that prompted Australia's NCAA representation to go from a trickle to a gush now, seemingly into the hundred now, paving the way for Andrew Bogut, Daniel Kickert, Patrick Mills, Matthew Delladova, Cody Ellis, Blago Janev, Aleks Maric, Hannah Zavecs, Jess Foley, Rebecca Vanderjagt, and even Andrew's Sydneysider niece Kate.

    When the Boomers finished a disappointing 6th in Barcelona after losing to Brazil following a fourth place finish in Seoul, the onus was on the likes of Longley--and even Gaze internationally--to improve after a rough rookie season. I know this becuase I recall reading a FIBA Basketball Monthly article about this in the aftermath of the disappointing campaign under the Australia subsection. Sometimes I wish he'd would have been an All-Star center during his career in Minneapolis and Chicago. His draft stock was very good, bulk, smarts, and agile with great passing from a center. But ending up being a role playing-center for really a trio of rock stars and getting the second half of the 6 Bulls rings isn't too bad at all. You really can't bring back that unique, special time. Nice look back at that, though. Australian basketball has matured a lot since then.

    Enough talk! And now I present to you the 1991 TV documentary Luc Longley: Lofty Ambitions:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYKqLrD8TxE

    Man, his then-girfriend/future wife Kelly was freaking hot back then! Too bad she doesn't speak here like she did in the 60 Minutes piece.

    And as an added bonus, I will present some Luc Longley commercials. First one is from back in 1997 when Luc had a Sprite deal that included a Australian commercial promoting a sweepstakes when a group of "Aussie kids", supposedly "nice", get to hang out with Luc in Chicago. As Luc signs the contract from his manager, a group of wild, boisterous four Aussie guys make their way from Australia to meet him interspersed with the discussion. Until he realizes they're Australian and not American or Canadian. Maybe it's a vision in Luc's mind. Perhaps it's kinda like that stereotype of 1990s Australian youth shown then.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKzL5k5bujE

    A Chicago small store cashier gets all excited at the sight of Luc Longley, who only just wants a milk purchase. All taken from a security store cam. In this Sportschannel Chicago commercial promoting in this case an then-upcoming Bulls game against the 76ERS back in 1997, I think. Sportschannel and its earlier version, SportsVision, was a longtime broadcaster of Bulls games in regional sports cable networks until it went under. Nowdays, Comcast Sports Network (CSN) Chicago takes care of the Bulls games.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFv9AnZTFDI
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    Kinda like back to the future in this thread: my first ever post as I started this was Game 7 on the 1984 NBA Finals (still the World Basketball Championship back then until 1986). It's very much the entire CBS Sports broadcast that I saw back then from beginning to end. Always brings a smile to my face whenever I see it. One quibble, this lacks the NBA At The Half segment with Celtics legend John Havlicek interview with Brent Musberger and the Johnny Most profile piece.

    Looking back at this when the Celtics were on the verge of winning, the crowd control was something else at the Garden with fans coming onto the court celebrating. So much so even the Celtics and the refs had to tell overanxious fans to back off a bit; the fans were even at what's now the media area for cameramen and photographers at the baseline with the Boston Police acting as the boundary. You'll notice a fat, redhead guy wearing a crimson Harvard tank top (or singlet as you would call it down there) celebrating jumping up and down like a pogo stick at the Celtics bench in the dying seconds. Look closely and you'll see Larry Bird becoming a pinball when the crowd finally made the bum rush to celebrate. But I'm going more by the framework of today--this has absolutely nothing to do with what happened 20 years later. Arenas and stadiums security management with help from local police have made it stronger where the fans stay in the stands for years afterwards. And even before then. The next year, the Boston Police surrounded the NDCELE bench in Game 1. You know, the Memorial Day Massacre. If they won, fans had to wear a badge to storm the famed parquet court. The whole trophy celebration was just fun and boisterous--pouring orange juice on the trophy. Red Auerbach's comments about the Celtics Dynasty at the trophy celebration still resonates today. Love them! Yes, Red, your team is still "a dynasty. Here's where it is right now! We're the best team in the world! We got the best! ". Just remembered the Kareem's Medicine Pill! You could only imagine what Tommy Heinson would say and comment on Game 7 if he wasn't intentionally neutral like he was on CBS.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBvQPJ76iJs

    Furthermore, I long been wanting to do this. I was actually working at Busch Stadium the night of Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals, one of the best games ever IMO. When I left work that night, I was happily stunned that, when I listened to my CD/AM-FM player, the Celtics were up by 40 late in the 4th quarter and told a colleague about this! Should've went by more points. But that's OK. You all know what prompted from me the next day (FAKERS SUCK!!! FAKERS SUCK!!! FAKERS SUCK!!! ) This is that great game in all of entirety. Would prefer the full game at once, though. In front of several Celtics greats! That area got crowded around the Celtics' bench, the baseline, and beyond. In some ways it was kinda like 1984 but with better control. Seeing KG celebrate made me smile after he arrived to Boston to bring hope to a storied franchise that endured such recent woebegone times (when I find the intros, I'll post them later here and notify you where they are).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEg51uACTQE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wbFC3yOp54
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd2D-yEhbfY
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1AZlIkOxo8

    Full Game 6 of this year's NBA Finals. Instant classic. Listened to this on ESPN Radio.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgmW_tBq_IY
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    Just think back to February 2012 when seemingly the entire North American sports world got swept up with a case of Linsanity fever. Magical. As a New York Knick as the last (third string) point guard healthy enough to play back then, Lin says of that time as like "playing in out of body experience" and "God used me supernaturally" in that span. Linsanity seemingly emerged out of nowhere. He earned two SI covers back to back (last NBA player to accomplish that was MJ). Yeah, even the Chinese got into it, especially the Taiwanese with his parents coming from there. So Sundance premiered a doc earlier this year looking back at that moment and how he got there called, what else, "Linsanity". Narrated by actor Daniel Dae Kim and produced and directed by an almost all-Chinese crew. Of course, Harvard, the couch, the struggles, and his deep, abiding faith get mentions. I have a couple of Jeremy Lin T-shirts that I have yet to wear: a black Nike Linsanity T-shirt and a New York Knicks jersey T-shirt. I disagree this as a rags to riches story--his family was already well off.

    Linsanity trailer

    Charlie Rose's 60 Minutes piece on Jeremy Lin--comes with Chinese subtitles
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoPHAtoUCEo

    Jeremy Lin's 2013 Volvo XC60 R Design commercial on meeting only your own expectation because nobody expected you to be there at all:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNAHEad42x8

    Jeremy gets a trio of his college buddies together and give them a break from tedious studying for a 4x4 game in this KFC China commercial. His Chinese speaking skills are rudimentary. It's said on the Jeremy's bro's in it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7oy6fUKuKE
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    After Michael Jordan laid another significant torturous chapter in Cleveland sports with The Shot, His Royal Airness dropped a career best of 69 points on the injury-riddled and struggling Cavs at the Richfield Coliseum in 1991 (Cleveland did not make the playoffs that season). But this is not the complete TNT broadcast though.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLX_hl-VO5w

    Utah Jazz fans were stunned and booed when John Stockton got drafted out of Gonzaga in 1984; they didn't know him. But the Jazz staff surely did and instantly knew how brilliant he was. Needless to say, Utah had the last laugh. Flashback at 1984 when gym rat Stockton joined and how resembles a a bit like a young Tom Cruise. A young Jim Nantz reporting for Salt Lake City's KSL 5 Sports
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvSdSlPrly4

    Jim Nantz appears again in another KSL 5 Jazz report with Stockton, Rich Kelly, Bobby Hansen, and Pace Mannion chillin at the Jacuzzi before the Jazz won Game 5 of the 1985 NBA quarterfinal series over the Houston Rockets. You can easily figure out what happens to Nantz in this.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS0yoEbo6TE
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    Tonight here in the USA, ESPN premieres the latest 30 For 30 documentary on the colo(u)rful ABA franchise the Spirits of St. Louis. Technically, the franchise--and the whole ABA--existed and died before ESPN premiered. Although it lasted for two seasons in St. Louis after playing home games in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, and Winston-Salem as the Carolina Cougars in a regional experience, its legacy lives on influencing the NBA to this day, earning a strong cult following ever since from being a wild and liberated alternative from the stuffy NBA back then. The focus is on that wild, entertaining, and sometimes controversial young team, the last big pro basketball franchise in St. Louis, that is written liberally in Terry Pluto's brilliant ABA oral history book Loose Balls: The Short Wild Life of the American Basketball Association. Many of the stories in it could be too bizarre to be believed. Hope the film matches that outlandishness. Often in areas where the NBA wasn't in.

    If you know the Spirits, it had some talented players like Steve "Snapper" Jones, Maurice Lucas (RIP), Freddie Lewis, Moses Malone (briefly after the Utah Stars folded), James "Fly" Williams, and Marvin "Bad News" Barnes. All of them compelling characters and, like the ABA itself, some of them more outrageous than others. I just got done writing about the St. Louis Streaks women's pro basketball team and of its mercurial Canadian star Liz Silcott not much later on the defunct pro basketball teams thread. I think she and Bad News Barnes would be kindred spirits. Barnes had the capabilities of being one of the alltime greats. But became a cautionary tale and was undisciplined as a player. Bob Costas got his professional broadcasting start calling Spirits games play-by-play on KMOX radio fresh from Syracuse, including the Spirits' unforgettable ABA playoff quarterfinals upset of the defending champs New York Nets in 1975 in five games, and he still lives in St. Louis. His storytelling weaving, experience, and perspective adds gravity and intrigue to the film made by well-respected 9x Emmy-winner Daniel Forer. Obviously, he has a soft spot for the Spirits and loves talking about them as much as with any other sport. The Spirits also produced Harry Weltman, Rudy Marktze, and Rod Thorn. And then there's that incredibly and lucrative NBA-ABA merger "in perpetuity" TV deal the Silna brothers struck when the Spirits faced its demise...

    Definitely a must-see!

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...see-television
    http://espn.go.com/30for30/film?page=freespirits

    SLAM's just-released online interview with Marvin "Bad News" Barnes, the first "negro with an ego [or attitude]":
    http://www.slamonline.com/online/blo...louis-spirits/

    ESPN's long form Free Spirits trailer:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t26z_Y1Q5UI

    ESPN 30 For 30 Free Spirits promo:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5suLTQPoyU8

    Certainly feel like writing a couple of posts about past St. Louis basketball today.
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    I hoped to bring you Game 6 of the 1981 NBA Finals (then the NBA World Championship Series) between Boston and Houston in which Boston won at The Summitt. But the audio in it is so bad with the sound of technical audio buffering glitches permeating from the pre-broadband era of Internet video--you know when Real Video and Windows Media were dominant--I decided against it. Let alone the fact other games in this series don't appear on YouTube.

    San Antonio in the mid-80s before the arrival of David Robinson, still serving his 2-year Naval committment, was a interesting but mediocre team back then playiong their home games at the HemisFair Arena. The young Spurs squad had potential but struggled often. They had fired Cotton Fitzsimmons two seasons before before he went back to Phoenix. In came longtime assistant and Hubie Brown/Mike Fratello protege Bob Weiss, here in his second season as coach, to run the team from the sidelines. Alvin Robertson, carrying the torch from The Iceman, was the talisman and was an All-Star. But it was hard to break through in a Western Conference that very competitive and veteran-laden with the likes of Dallas, Utah, Portland, Denver, Golden St., Houston, and Seattle all ahead of them in the pecking order. Eventually made the playoffs but barely--and were swept by the NDCELE. They clearly didn't have the weapons to be effective consistently. Johnny Dawkins had the potential to be really good but the Duke bad luck curse in the form of knee injuries derailed his pro career--he's now Stanford's head coach. Greg "Cadillac" Anderson out of the University of Houston was a reknowned dunker and had some power. Frank Brickowski was a serviceable, hard working young center out of Penn St. St. John's Walter Berry eventually became more of a star in Greece. Johnny Moore and Mike Mitchell were the final holdover the Spurs 80s heydays and used for veteran and clubhouse leadership, but their best days were behind him and came off the bench. David Greenwood was another vet the Spurs had. Other notable Spurs players back then included three-point shooter John Sundvold, who was eventually taken by Miami in the expansion draft, Petur Gudmundsson (Iceland's first and only NBA player), Leon Wood (eventual NBA ref), Pete Myers (just called up from the CBA), former Dallas Mavericks and LA Clippers center Kurt Nimphius, and journeyman Ed Nealy.

    Weiss was let go after this season before Larry Brown took over. Didn't make the playoffs that season, even with Miami as a one-season neighbor in the Midwest Division added, a first for Larry Brown in pro coaching. Following is the full February 2, 1988 Spurs home game against the Boston game taken from WLVI Boston. Also interesting is that white court at the since-demolished HemisFair Arena the Spurs had for two season after the black one for two seasons. I think that was used for two season prior. After white, the court went teal with the new motif Southwestern logo background that was in existence since 1987--teal, fuschia, and orange--but no more of that HemisFair Arena and Texas state with the star for SA logo--in its last years. The Spurs still used those backboards before it got standardized with the rest of the league!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aRBTow234w

    Always good to see some Buffalo Braves footage. Wanted to show this for a while when it got uploaded. Bob McAdoo couldn't have had a better season than he did back in 1974-1975, his third. He won the MVP award this season. And in this clip in Game 4 against the Washington Bullets at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, he inflicted one of the greatest NBA playoff performances ever taking charge with 50 points to even the series at 2-2 108-102. McAdoo gets a lot of love from the loud, racous Braves fans with multiple standing ovations. You'll see all of his 50 points here. Simon Gordeen, the NBA's deputy commissioner at the time, hand him the hardware. Nowdays, of course, NBA commish does the duties. Dr. Jack Ramsey roaming the sidelines with 70s his leisure suit for Buffalo!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuQ3unu2YAQ

    When the then-new Charlotte Hornets unvieled the new uniforms back in 1988, designed by Alexander Julian (did the UNC duds), modeled by Kelly Tripucka, and watched on by founder George Shinn from WCNC-TV NBC. Note the rare original Hornets logos and equally-rare polo shirt.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2gMyjNiEVM

    I fondly remember well watching the 1984 NBA All-Star Game from Denver on a Sunday afternoon. With a lot of All-Star games, I almost always root for the West. My Dad arrived to spend time with me, Grandma, and Mom as he typically did every Sunday at that time--his viewing was happenstance, but he enjoyed it. Watching it from the living room with the color TV we got on Christmas in the middle room.

    Good news is the 34th NBA All Star Game in Denver broadcast from CBS Sports is finally on YouTube. Bad news, it's not the full game as claimed--and obscured with Russian commentary taken from NBA TV on Russia's NTV Plus pay-TV service. No full player and coach intros. No opening tip or anthems. Do get the full CBS Sports NBA At The Half with Pat O'Brien. And the bumper ads and promotions for other sports going on from CBS Sports. Of course, it's notable being back in 1984, the most pivotal year for the NBA with David Stern just becoming commissioner days ago, that, for the first time the NBA went to an All-Star Weekend being at the site of the last ABA All-Star Game. So we had the both Slam Dunk Contest and the NBA Old Timers All Star Game. And seeing someone other than Pat Riley coaching the West with Utah's funny and lively Frank Layden doing with Utah on the verge of making its playoff debut, long before the Riley All-Star Game Rule. Next year it went another former ABA city in Indianapolis. And, true to the high-octane mile high offense the Nuggets are known for, the All-Star Game went 154-145 in OT with Detroit's Isiah Thomas named MVP.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPqX0YWEIXg
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    1984 Ivory soap commercial starring Seattle SuperSonics guard (and 1980 Moscow Olympian had he played) Danny Vranes. Back in those days, everyone in an Ivory soap commercial would break apart the bar of soap to reveal how pure and natural it is for cleaning
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KajmtZvJFuc

    A morsel of Kansas City Kings-New York Knicks footage in what was the final meeting those two had in the KC era at the Kemper Arena in 1985 up to halftime on the MSG Network with Marv Albert. This is the very game (not shown here, came later in the game) that Bernard King got injured tearing his ACL trying to stop Reggie Theus from laying it in on a breakaway, prompting the Knicks to miss the playoffs and wound up winning Patrick Ewing in the first NBA Lottery. There's hardly any people inside the Kemper Arena. Matter of fact, it's widely believed that the Kansas City Comets, an indoor soccer franchise in the MISL back then was packing it in with the kind of entertainment (lazers and pyrotechnics) and marketing genius that's now standard in sports, drove the Kings out to Sacramento becuase they couldn't counter what the Comets offered. The state of Missouri hasn't seen NBA representation since 1985. You'll see a rookie Otis Thorpe and LaSalle Thompson here too.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtE25lT-oK8

    Toronto Raptors on Rogers Sportsnet commercial from the lockout shortened 2011-12 season. Rogers Sportsnet is the premier Canadian sports network rival to TSN, both of whom share majority ownership of Raptors owners Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and will once again join on the Olympic sharing coverage up in Canada
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SycFKEzI7ek
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    Tomorrow ESPN 30 For 30's latest installment centers on the close friendship of Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld from their days as University of Tennessee star teammates (The Bernie and Ernie Show back then) to the New York Knicks and beyond. Following is an excerpt about Bernard's police encounter at the campus:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jps58x8272w
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    I long wondered for many years since I was little what it would be like if my hometown St. Louis had an NBA franchise. I was still in grade school when the Spirits of St. Louis, the last notable pro basketball team we had there, had long gone and first learned about them. The ABA since took on an affectionate cult-like and colo(u)rful legacy. The Spirits were certainly colo(u)rful and surely knew about the origin of the name coming from Charles Lindbergh's famous Trans-Atlantic plane with St. Louis aviation investors backing him. At the time, St. Louis was the largest city without a pro basketball team when the Carolina Cougars left for St. Louis. I think years of moving on after the Hawks left for Atlanta in 1968, and the fact the ABA was NOT the NBA could be explained for the lack of consistent packed attendance at the old St. Louis Arena for many home games. ABA ball was unfamiliar--and very unstable--to many St. Louisians, even from those in the NBA.

    Even with a newer arena downtown since 1994, I can't see St. Louis being an NBA franchise holder in the near future for a variety of reasons. When the Kansas City Kings left for Sacramento in 1985, that was the end for Missouri and the NBA. Kansas City has tried a few times to get the NBA for a tenant at the even newer Sprint Center. Unless a (highly unlikely) new pro basketball league comes in future years that can rival the NBA with antitrust grounds and can offer affordable basketball entertainment with very strong TV and corporate support, it's going to stay this way. It's nice to see some Spirits home games footage, something I almost never saw much of, with the burnt orange court, albeit with a lot of empty seats and interestingly kept the hockey plexiglass up from Blues' games. If they were more prosperous from the beginning, we might've see St. Louis in the NBA to this day.

    But man, that team in burnt orange and white had some notable players like James "Fly" Williams, Maurice Lucas, Steve "Snapper" Jones, Don Adams, "Pogo" Joe Caldwell (a holdover from the Carolina Cougars), Caldwell Jones, Freddie Lewis, Moses Malone, Gus Gerard, Ron Boone, Mike D'Antoni, and the centerpiece in Free Spirits, the misunderstood and undisciplined but compellingly talented Marvin "Bad News" Barnes. Without question, Barnes would be among the NBA's greatest players. You could say as a young team like them, they were like the godfathers to the young, brash, rebellious, and defiant athletes you hear discussed about today. People still talk about the Spirits of St. Louis even though they were only there for the last two ABA seasons. And it leaves a legacy to this day because of its failed genius, a young Bob Costas straight out of Syracuse University calling games (makes his home here now--met him too a couple of times), the free-wheeling entertaining style of ball, and of course don't forget those subsequent NBA TV contracts which they got rich on in perpetuity, a genuis stroke that was originally planned as an outlet for a future St. Louis NBA franchise the Silna brothers hoped to own that never happened. Daniel and Ossie Silna, the Spirits former owners, are currently suing the NBA for what they believe they are owed more than the $250 million they got so far from the league and declined to be interviewed for Free Spirits on the advice of legal counsel because of this (also explains why you don't hear from David Stern). Which is a shame. So the chapter's not even over. But like with reading that Spirits of St. Louis' chapter in Terry Pluto's brilliant ABA oral history book Loose Balls (The Wildest Team of Them All), you're left wondering what if the young players were more disciplined, among other things. Enjoy!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6704QFThxk

    John Kelly directed this mid-90s Adidas basketball commercial in Seattle with Detlef Schrempf, who was a joy to work with. In this at an empty basketball gym shooting, Detlef talks about how Americans imported lots of German beer, frankfurters, and German cars (Mercedes, Audi, and BMW) but only one German basketball player. There have been several German basketball players in the NCAA but not more in the NBA. Even during Schrempf's time, there were a few in the NBA early on like his contemporaries like his University of Washington Christian Welp and Uwe Blab. Dirk of course, Tim Ohlbrecht, Elias Harris, and now Atlanta's Dennis Schroder since came along multiplying the numbers.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe8zqKaDwR8

    Indiana Pacers TV intro during the 1987-88 season for a road game against the Chicago Bulls. Had to be on Prime Sports Network back then (now Fox Sports Midwest)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LedSEiTfmc8

    Reflecting the terrible Ted Stepien Cavs era: main water break at the Richfield Coliseum prompted flooding of the Cavs floor before a 1982 home game against the NDCELE, of course when the Cleveland Cavaliers were horrible. Sure Stepien makes an appearance when the reporter Howard Sudberry hilariously mentions "worrying about an injured foot instead of one in his mouth." Also see Scott Wedman and the late Chuck Daly in their brief Cavaliers days. From WEWS ABC 5 in Cleveland
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-3m-q79LnU
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    Toronto's rap superstar Aubrey Drake Graham preaches Toronto's gospel wherever he goes. No need to preach to me about that great multicultural city; I'm a lifelong fan! Like to live up there! He loves basketball. Indeed, his Degrassi: The Next Generation character was Jimmy, a basketball player who winds up paralyzed after getting shot by Rick in a pivotal moment in the school's history. Was bit of a jerk until that humbled him. I know the Degrassi universe holds some fans down in Australia and New Zealand. But anyway, the Raptors announced him as its global ambassador during the Raptors' announcement of rebranding and the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend, coinciding with Canada's 150th birthday year. Drake says he'll hands on with a lot of things. This is his debut speech as global ambassador at the press conference. You'll also there notice Toronto's controversial and embattled crackhead mayor Rob Ford, who's been in the news worldwide for all the wrong reasons, seemingly squishing him right beside Drake.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBoSwxM8KRw

    Q&A time with Drake on busy schedule, his outside jump shot, practices, decision making, and team/league meetings:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW5sYcQhIAQ

    Books have been written about the basketball crossover icon Juilus "Dr. J" Erving like "Doc". Until now, Erving didn't up his own words about his life. Now he has; I just now starting reading his just-published Dr. J autobiography whenever I visit bookstores. Surely you enjoyed NBA TV's The Doctor documentary I showed you here. I have to admit that it was The Good Doctor was of those influences that got me into basketball at a very young age. We share the same birth month. He had cool (with that big ol' Afro in his Philadelphia 76ERS/New York Nets/Virginia Squires days more resembling that on a Black Panther), grace/elegence, class, dignity, innovation, talent, skills, style, looks, and intelligence--seemingly the perfect athlete. If you get a chance, go get to read his eagerly awaited his bio. Got for you the Julius Erving installment of ESPN's brilliant SportsCentury 50 Greatest Athletes series. At #43
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw3ZOiSEsJ8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpSoz8fFoGE

    In their first season as an Eastern Conference member after Dallas Mavericks' entry forcing geographical divisional realignment, the Chicago Bulls made the 1981 NBA Playoffs led by NBA sex symbol Reggie Theus, David Greenwood, and Artis Gilmore. Interestingly, it was to be one of the few NBA playoff tastes the first two had throughout their NBA careers. The Bulls were mired in mediocrity for much of the 1980s, often not making the playoffs with Sidney Green, Jawahn Oldham, Dave Corzine, Mark Olberding, Orlando Woolwidge, and Quintin Dailey (RIP to the last two) later joining. Even when His Royal Airness arrived, instant greatness (I'm referring to being well above .500 until 198 did not happen. Following video is really more about Larry Bird's triple double performance at Chicago Stadium to seal the series in Game 4 en route to the NBA title of the Eastern Conference Semis, one of the rare ones for the Bulls back then. A younger Jerry Sloan roaming the sidelines for the Bulls.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aeUpoxXZ7M

    Reggie Theus (still in his Bulls days) and Chicago native Isiah Thomas star in a rare 1983 anti-smoking PSA from the US Department of Health and Human Services injecting some humour about what you can't do while smoking followed by a more sobering present day one.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UGkBmyfRiM
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    With the re-release of the beloved Converse Aero Jam from 1991 and the return of the fondly-remembered Charlotte Hornets next season in summer/fall 2014, I thought it would be cool now to show here a series of those Larry Johnson Converse commercials, often starring as his Grandmama alter-ego who can dish it out and rough and tough with power. Grandmama was inspired by a Larry Johnson quote that Charles Barkley "couldn't score on my grandmother". It was all part of an era back in the 1990s when sneaker companies would promote the hell out of these young emerging stars as the NBA was at its global ascendency to a whole new breed of young fans that took where MJ and his Air Jordans started. Also back then, Converse, particularly the Aero Jams were the official sneaker of the NBA--Converse even had a FIBA official sponsorship back then like with the Cons. Furthermore, the Charlotte Hornets were such a popular team with Charlotte Coliseum sellouts with a young rising team and huge merchandise sales making teal oh so appealing back in the late 1980s and 1990s as indicators. Teal's making a quite a comeback now This Aero Jam re-release (after a notable one in 2003) no longer has the React Juice which goes the opposite way of a player, because it's not just outdated with the quantam leaps in sneaker technology but also complicated and expensive. Maybe Uncle Drew and Grandmama should get together on the playground. Who would win?

    I think this is the first commercial with Larry Johnson proclaiming Grandmama would whoop you in those Aero Jams:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwGnE3bnYkA

    Larry Johnson and Grandmama help promote a new Converse basketball sneaker with the React Juice "for a new breed of [basketball] players" that are strong, beastly, and powerful enforcers. Then Grandmama later challenges a hiding LJ to a one-on-one
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qtQ3nS7lwU

    Larry admits to be beaten soundly by his Grandmama but shows off the Aero Jam that gives quick cuts and moves. Then along comes Phoenix Suns PG and Converse mate Kevin Johnson "who wants to get a game", much to Larry Johnson's hilarious and mischevious delight ("Kevin, have you met my Grandmama?").
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8va59fMPZxU

    Larry tells a nursery rhyme about his Grandmama happily living in her Converse React shoe in a 1993 commercial that was recorded from Canada's MuchMusic AllMusic
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thbUkBW_ftM

    Wizard of Oz-inspired 1994 Converse React commercial with Grandmama winding up in 3-Point Land and still dominating with power there, which ironically LJ later residing at times:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT_3YaOQcXo

    Chick Hearn's January 29, 1993 Larry Johnson interview on KHJ Channel 9 during halftime in Charlotte during the Hornets and the NDCELE. When LJ was at his best. Reveals here he was a boxer:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOSQHnKvypQ

    Larry Johnson strolled into Family Matters' Warner Brothers set as Grandmama for an episode where he teams up with Steve Urkel to win a 2 On 2 Chicago basketball tournament for Bulls tickets. Here are a couple of clips
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J2ec9eMXKs (NBA Inside Stuff segment)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48blIKqRuXw

    More like 1994-95 Converse React commercial with gym ballers failing to heed Larry's warning about "staying out of the lane when Granny is playing" after driving in a pink Cadillac chased by smitten neighbo(u)rhood kids. This upload came from your nation because I spot an Uncle Toby's partnership with Foot Locker.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQWR334E57M

    Too bad I couldn't find the Kevin Johnson Converse commercial on YouTube like the ones he did with En Vogue and the Speed of Light.

    Toronto had its first notable star player and face with Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudemire in the early years. Known as Mighty Mouse, even has it as a tattoo, creative passing and speed, for his relatively small stature (by NBA standards), Damon had Nike help him cultivate the Mighty Mouse image with the character making an appearance along with his theme mashed up a bit with some samples. Also from that era of sneaker companies marketing effectively in the 1990s. Weren't those Jason Kidd's shoes?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yhj9m92hB3E

    Blake Griffin gets his own puppet named Lil' Blake from Jerry O'Connell on set. Creepiness and scary acts from the puppet ensues, much to Blake's dismay. Still waiting for a Lil' Molly puppet for Molly Ringwald
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7EJQZFWgR4

    Bonus Lil' Penny Nike commercial specially coinciding with the Orlando Magic visiting Japan for a 1996 Japan Games regular season game at the Tokyo Dome with Lil Penny entering the Tokyo International Airport Customs for business:
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    Like to get my hands on those Beats By Dre headphones--and also those Sony X ones, if money was no object soon (my choices are the Pro and Studio editions) and the Beats Audio-powered Hewlett Packard laptops. LeBron is already the most notable endorser for them. A few Nike LeBron T-shirts have his likeness sporting them. They're everywhere with pro athletes worldwide! Now he's got company with KG. In this Beats By Dre short film-like commercial Kevin Garnett stars in, he and his Brooklyn teammates go crosstown to New York's Madison Square Garden bowels on their team bus and encounter the vulgar, abusive, and ruthless wrath of Knicks fans--yeah, typical New York! Garnett, in his game face and focus mode, uses the new look noise-cancelling Beats Studio Wireless headphones while on the bus silencing the haters. All this centering on how old he is starting with watching Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith on ESPN's First Take commenting on how "over the hill" he is, even with his current on-court struggles with the Nets right now with injuries presently taking a toll.

    Only references to Knicks and Nets come in the forms of mostly the team colo(u)rs and use of New York and Brooklyn since Beats By Dre couldn't get clearance from the NBA to use those NBA Properties, even though many NBA players do sport them.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yUj0Ta44DI

    Phil Ford, a largely-ignored player these days to many young fans, was at his height as an All-Star with the Kansas City Kings in the late 70s and early 80s--when the Kings enjoyed their best period there and had notable players like Nate "Tiny" Archibald, Scott Wedman, Otis Birdsong, and Sam Lacey--and before that a North Carolina star with a gold medal from Montreal 1976 (both coached by Dean Smith). Ford handles his business here during a home Kings game at the Kemper Arena in 1979 as an eventual Rookie of the Year against the New York Knicks that was televised on CBS to go for 22 points. Actually, it was here in this period that bad luck set in for them in KC.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIlYHq4SE0M

    Another installment of CBS Sports' Horse for its NBA basketball coverage from a March 18, 1978 halftime game of the Sixer/Celtics. Seattle's "Downtown" Freddy Brown faces Milwaukee's Brian Winters at Atlanta's Omni Hotel. Both were great shooters back then with the future Vancouver Grizzlies coach sporting a Fu-Manchu mustache before going full beard during the 1977-78 season. Some little trivia for you mates here: the Omni Hotel was right next door to the OMNI Arena and is now the CNN Center's global headqaurters with the hotel aging when CNN bought the place. The OMNI Arena was razed to make way for the new Philipps Arena. Milwaukee stopped wearing the Bucks script lettering unis after the 1976-77 season, so this must have occured during the 1977 offseason.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLucsRGVqn8

    Portland's Joel Freeland, the latest British representative in the NBA incredibly improving his overall game earning a integral spot on the Trail Blazers' rotation
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTH9pE8ijag

    Petur Gudmundsson montage. He remains Iceland's only NBA representative after all these years
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5c_OtHYsYI

    Sacramento endured a mediocre first season in California's capital coming from Kansas City at 37-45 but barely made the playoffs as a #7 seed in the 1985-86 season, their honeymoon period. Matter of fact, everybody in the Midwest Division that season made the playoffs, which never happened again. Obviously, Kings fans in their new home (and their temporary and first Arco Arena) were estatic to see the Kings in their first taste of the NBA playoffs. But Eddie Johnson, Reggie Theus, Terry Tyler, Joe Kleine, Mark Olderding, Larry Drew, LaSalle Thompson, Mike Woodson, Otis Thorpe, coach Phil Johnson and Co. had to deal with the powerful Houston Rockets and the Twin Towers of Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson. Sac-Town's noisy joy was short-lived as the eventual Western Conference champs took care of Sacramento in a sweep ending here 113-98. Following is a KOVR TV-13 broadcast excerpt of Game 3 with Tom Curran and Lucious Allen that ended the Kings' season. And it was the only time that ARCO Arena witnessed any NBA playoff action. For several years after that, even after moving to the current arena in 1988 coinciding with move to the Pacific Division from the Midwest because of incoming expansion with Miami being there and later Minnesota, Charlotte, and Orlando, the Kings never made the playoffs but still had fans' support as the only big time team there. KOVR was their TV home until 1988 when they moved to KBRK (now KMAX).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgcF-glJy2E
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngpB19lzhVs

    In 2005, Dirk Nowitzki was at a hotel after a playoff game calling his love, putting in his voice mail love. 6 years later she happily called back...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDbojUuv9qc
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    Feeling nostalgic right now? Well, I do. Just as the NBA was starting to rise in popularity because of Bird and Magic, though it would take that pivotal 1984 boom for the casual fans to truly take notice, the league was still struggling financially. And there were some really horrible owners controlling bad teams back then (Ted Stepien) trading their first round draft picks to good teams for marginal players until David Stern put a stop to that practice. It'll be years like this when either the Celtics and the NDCELE get the #1 overall pick or just in the top 5. But some future NBA stars came in to shoulder the load from Bird and Magic like college stars Mark Aguirre, Isiah Thomas, Kelly Tripucka, Buck Williams, Terry Cummings, James Worthy, Dominique Wilkins, Eric "Sleepy" Floyd, Tom Chambers, Rolando Blackman, Ricky Pierce, Jeff Ruland, Lafayette "Fat" Lever, and Steve Johnson. And notable players like Trent Tucker, LaSalle Thompson, Orlando Woolwidge, Quentin Dailey (both RIP), Cliff Levingston, John Bagley, Lester Conner, Danny Vranes, Clark Kellogg, Terry Teague, Brooke Steppe, Albert King, Al Wood, and one of my alltime personal Suns faves David Thirdkill . Was a good time for Chicago basketball and even Gastonia, North Carolina with some of those names highly represented. Just seeing Aguirre being the second #1 draft pick for Dallas is interesting

    You know it's nostalgic when the San Diego Clippers and the Kansas City Kings are mentioned in the following 1981 and 1982 NBA Drafts with NBA Commish Larry O'Brien with no caps to give them upon being drafted (that occured starting in 1986), smooth jazz soundtrack, and being at the MSG Felt Forum in 1982 and in a massive hotel conference room in 1981 with none of the high-tech graphics. And the USA Network was airing this with Kenny Albert, Jim Karnavellas, and St. John's coaching great Lou Carnaseca long before it became part of the NBC Universal-Comcast empire and was airing sports in abundance with the NBA, NHL, track and field, and NASL soccer. You also know it's the early 80s when Giorgio Moroder's Midnight Express Chase theme gets a play with some cool old-school college basketball footage (even an all-star game). Just the first round.

    1981 NBA Draft:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8woQuF-aQM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol29XG8zM4g
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTCOt6E9Z4c
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roXWSVYnTHU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU1HMnA19og

    1982 NBA Draft:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENASMDVGdKA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5JfVc4YvVM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV1cxDAi0D4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3SpaUOaqB4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed0m4LS9LLk
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    1982. It's Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals at the House of Evil. That Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire was sadly embarking on a tragically oppressive assualt on the league that only Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, and Detroit all thankfully stopped only at times during the 1980s with the iconic Pat Riley at the helm succeeding the fired Paul Westhead in November after the latter and Magic butted heads. That team had just sadly dispensed Phoenix in the Western Semifinals. Read the new book about this disgusting period that just came out.

    What's of interest to me here are these: the late Frank Gleiber pairing with Hubie Brown, fresh from his Atlanta Hawks coaching stint, for CBS Sports' presentation of this game. A well-regarded sportscaster until his tragic death from a heart attack while jogging in 1985, he was very good and one YouTube commentator says, he sounded like Phil Stone, formerly NBC and the LA Clippers TV announcer. Gleiber would've undoubtably covered most of the NBA On CBS games that eventually went to Verne Lundquist from 1985-1990. Can you imagine had he worked with Tommy Heinsohn on CBS had the Boston Celtics and the NDCELE were in the NBA Finals? Would CBS Sports had the nerve to do that? Surely be interesting to see. Glieber was known to be pro-NDCELE and Heinsohn is of course pro-Celtics (just listen to him on NESN Celtics games). Remember that Seattle Supersonics epic collapse from a 29-point lead in Game 3 back in 1989 against the NDCELE? Imagine Gleiber calling that.

    Gleiber and Brown were a solid pairing. Dave Corzine, Mark Olberding, and George Johnson were solid bigs for the Spurs with some hustle, bruising, shot blocking, and rebounding. Corzine actually enjoyed some success against Abdul-Jabbar that season. But there was a reason why San Antonio traded them to Chicago for Artis Gilmore at the trade deadline next season. Also, there's was old Cavaliers connection with Mike Mitchell (RIP) and Mike Bratz.

    Good to hear the intro music setting the stage of the game at hand. I recall it was used for one male figure skater's free skate. Struggled for years to find out what's the name of the instrumental and where to look for it on YouTube. Still can't find it. Then there's the old school classic NBA On CBS intro music in its last full year before it switch to the better-known one starting with the 1983 NBA World Championship Series (now the commonly called the 1983 NBA Finals) broadcast (Sixers and NDCELE) that became synonymous with CBS's NBA coverage. Also liked the graphics from that era. This Game 1 was blocked out in the LA area.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDuDVVsbIJY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwZRIQdwKN0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fU9PP9Rztk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLBCuUsQAMM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuCd729Kv2Q
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUWd0da-L68
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkaQR8VOedc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub-56u8AwDU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFn2GMJii4Q
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wXVsce59dc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYZ0x3u61WI
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Moc4Gf9V3X8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CT3S-gXdmY
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    After some months of bidding that went on for over a year for the inevitable NBA expansion franchise in Toronto that was to eventually become the Raptors among three prospective founding ownership groups, the NBA Expansion Committee back in 1993 selected John Bitove Jr.'s group that also had former Ontario Premier David Peterson, and Allan Slaight from Slaight Communications, Bank of Nova Scotia (now ScotiaBank), and Phil Granovsky to negotiate with the NBA over its return to Toronto over Larry Tannebaum's Palestra group (who actually set the Canadian NBA expansion rolling by submitting its expansion papers first in 1991-93), and Magic Johnson's and concert promoter Michael Kohl's group. All announced on Bitove's 33rd birthday having dinner with his family. Isiah Thomas later came along a bought a small ownership stake in the team, and there were already plans for building a permanent downtown arena home now known as the Air Canada Centre.

    Early on the 1997-98 NBA season, Bitove later sold his majority stake of the Toronto Raptors ownership to Slaight for $65 million after Slaight enacted the shotgun clause in their ownership and later sold it in 1998 and the Air Canada Centre it was building then to Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. (now known as Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment) that incidently includes Larry Tanenbaum, who serves as MLSE's Chairman. The following is a 1993 TSN Sportsdesk report on the selection news that projected the NBA expansion fee would be back then around C$100-130 million (turned into $125 million--Vancouver's expansion through Arthur Griffiths' group was still pending at the time).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d65SQq5zLQA

    Very funny! Tony Parker has a cook-out at his San Antonio home with locally big SA supermarket chain H-E-B's exclusive Prime 1 steaks (cut like those in exclusive restaurants) the Spurs Coyote is grilling. So exclusive even his teammates Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili can't get past the velvet rope and aren't on the list ("Tim, Tim, I don't see that!")--but Coach Pop can cut in!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8RslFT-U7s

    A short clip from The Other Dream Team documentary about the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team centering on the reactions of the Portland Trail Blazers drafting Arvydas Sabonis with the last pick in the first round from the 1986 NBA Draft. Many didn't know who he was. Even the NBA Draft analysts on Superstation WTBS--especially John Thompson's reaction. He'll know two years later. If only the people knew how really good Sabas was at a young age BEFORE THE INJURIES. And there's a double irony with this too because it took Sabas almost a decade to make his NBA debut with Portland. By then, many of the older comentators shown from file footage on their reactions likely had died since.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGLZWUyfTWg
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    These three vids (and one additional exempt) inspired me to do a Cincinnati Royals (and by extension the Cincinnati Bearcats) post

    ESPN SportsCentury's doc on the Big O, Oscar Robertson:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBmed3ftfdc

    Jack Twyman tribute, also centering on his legal guardianship of fallen teammate Maurice Stokes:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaYgoG_b1po

    Some sadder news happened recently. Connie Dierking, another notable former Bearcat and Royal, died a few months ago in late December. Following is a Cincinnati News 13 report on his passing at age 77:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tnGPJiIIWA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Iox4elHC4s

    Early TV era highlights footage of the 1954 NBA World Championship (then the World Series of Basketball) Game 1 between the Syracuse Nationals (now the Philadelphia 76ERS) and the Minneapolis Lakers. Long before it truly became a hateful and oppressive evil entity at the left coast. Nats' job was to prevent George Mikan.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkD4GRGdCZI
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    Congrats to Philadelphia for finally ending that long losing streak. In celebration, this is the 76ERS old school theme 1 2 3 4 Sixers that was played on the PA system after their win in Detroit when fans were happy to "clap [their] hands everybody and stomp their feet for Philadelphia" with all the footage of the Sixers glory days. Even the old school Dr. J Converse makes an appearance.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEKK3GVd150

    Another precious highlight from this dismal Philadelphia 76ERS season. Allen Iverson's live jersey retirement ceremony in front of sold out crowd, serving as a reminder of what they had. If only the Sixers won in 2001 during his MVP season...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep5t-33kuWI

    Those are for you Singy!

    Rex Chapman with his brief 1990 Foot Locker exclusive Converse Slam Conquest sneaker, a father of sorts to Larry Johnson's Aero Jam. Back when he was still the first-ever Charlotte Hornets draft pick and had serious hops. He did participate at the 1990 Slam Dunk Contest. Team hadn't yet made the playoffs. By then, Rex was with Washington.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qakk77N1x7E

    This is him at the said 1990 NBA Slam Dunk Contest in Miami. If you were like me, the 1990 video Super Slams of the NBA, had you got it, touted Chapman as one the rising stars in the NBA dunking world and all-around with Pippen, Shawn Kemp, and Theodore "Blue" Edwards. At the time, Rex was known for his dunking until his lower back issues forced to ground ball and three-point shooting more later in his career. He was also one of the few notable NBA white stars with serious dunking skills (Tom Chambers was another). As mentioned here, Rex was a HS dunk champ:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifvR0vOrfeA

    Rex at Wendy's now-defunct SuperBar, also in 1990, later surrounded by excitable girls directly from his table who actually wanted his salad. Not his autograph
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XRgzsigt9g
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    Next Thursday ESPN premieres its latest 30 For 30 installment with a retrospective on the Detroit Pistons Bad Boys era in the late 80s and early 90s. Timing's interesting because Joe Dumars, the classiest person on the team who had a Bad Boys membership card but that's as far as he went with it, plans to resign soon as Pistons GM. Actually liked them back then. Looking forward to this and long overdue. Hope this covers the NBA defensive rules changes to suit Jordan like flagrant fouls, Raiders owner Al Davis sending them Bad Boys T-shirts and sweatshirts, and the Rick Mahorn-Jack McCloseky 1989 Minnesota Timberwolves expansion draft saga. TV spot coming up:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ_JCC4LUAY

    Work is underway to have a 30 For 30 on Cleveland's tortured sports history and fans (Cavs included) directed by Kris Belman. He talks with Rizz and Hammer about this. Non-basketball coming: hope they touch on the Cleveland Barons brief NHL time:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI1byMZ0TsA

    Toronto Raptors clinch playoff berth and very likely Atlantic Division soon after six seasons. Live on Rogers Sportsnet at home against Boston:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_C5FvyL1q4

    More San Diego Clippers footage: springy and mentally tough Lloyd (later World B.) Free drops 35 points in 1980 on the Boston Celtics at the Boston Garden live on CBS. He could breakdown his man anytime and never shot aimlessly with his at-will scoring. Shame he never played on a better team mixed suitably to his game during his NBA career. It was during this 1979-80 season, Larry Bird's rookie season, Free finished second to Gervin in scoring:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtyEaDCFmjY
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    Neither Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons were involved in the production of the upcoming ESPN 30 For 30 doc "Bad Boys", though Jalen does have his own film production company. Both discuss living through that era with Jalen being a local basketball product enthralled by the Pistons and influenced Michigan's Fab 5 with Bill hating them as "my least favo(u)rite basketball team ever". But both are glad the Bad Boys are getting their due, which I'm glad too but kinda disagree on the forgetting: If it weren't for all those 2 titles in 1989-1990 they got, the Pistons would truly be forgotten. I definitely take the Bad Boys over the NDCELE anyday! Surprised in retrospect things didn't get too physical during those two NBA Finals with them in 1988-1989; even the 1984 NBA Finals was that.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXAryzSRV_U

    Rick Mahorn and Bill Laimbeer explaining the Tap Tap that occurs down low in the paint:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKLJuOlQ8e8

    Chauncey Billups in The Vault discusses how he and the NBA today were influenced by the Pistons' Bad Boys physical, rough, and intense style of play back in the mid-1980s-early 1990s:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgmYt_hIiPM

    In case you're wondering what my favo(u)rite ESPN 30 For 30s are, they're Kings Ransom, Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?, The U, Once Brothers, The Two Escobars, Little Big Men, Fernando Nation, The Best That Never Was, The Fab 5, Pony Exce$$, Catching Hell, Benji, You Don't Know Bo, The Announcement, 9.79*, The Price of Gold, Free Spirits, June 14, 1994, and Broke. These are based on the ones I've seen; there are many I have yet to watch just from the ESPN 30 For 30/ESPN Films series. The ESPN Nine For IX stories I have still yet to see, and ESPN Soccer Stories only just started last night with the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy. The ESPN shorts haven't seen much but will plan to see Untucked.

    Wow, great acting Larry! Him in a 1985 Rodman car dealership (no, not what you may think) commercial for a Ford Escort on Boston TV. Still not fully shedding that small town country boy aspect out of him:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqq6ZKSyyvM

    When the Dallas Mavericks officially entered the NBA back in 1980 in a Channel 8 Dallas sports report:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0k1bS_STY4
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    Toronto Raptors just released a series of commercials proudly declaring themselves and its strong, unique, and local (and Canadian as a whole) basketball culture where they're from, somewhat away from the mainstream, under the #WeTheNorth campaign, now that the Raptors made the playoffs for the first time in 6 years and clinched the Atlantic. Drake, its global basketball ambassador who reps Toronto to the fullest, narrates them and offers notice to the fans of the other 29 NBA franchises. Liking them.

    Since and even with the Phoenix Suns sadly not in the NBA Playoffs (but should!), I'll seriously follow Toronto as my fave playoff team, a team some people are actually sleeping on this season. I'm a huge lifelong fan of this big, multicultural, multiethnic Canadian city since I was small and would very much like to live there and attend school! So I naturally like just about anything in it. Actually you know what? I'll even say the Raptors will win their upcoming playoff series against Brooklyn. Sure Cram would like to see them do well too!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9xnS9EJmRU

    Drake introduces his Raptors' starting lineup on Drake Night (taken from TSN2 in Canada) against Brooklyn:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqETnXdX_F4

    Drake Night Halftime show:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF5PmdWNAZ8

    Talking with Sherman Hamilton and Paul Jones on the Raptors Pre-Game Show on NBA TV Canada, making what he wishes for the Raptors and its fans onto the future:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=regvp0oH3IQ

    Drake celebrating Raptors Drake Night win over Brooklyn 96-80:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOsIZlNubb0

    Vintage film (or TV special?) from 1966 reviewing the Baltimore Bullets' season entitled The Tall Men Of Baltimore. I agree wholeheartedly that the reason why the Abe Pollin-owned Bullets left Baltimore for Washington (actually playing in suburban Maryland at Landover) was because of the Baltimore Civic Center Arena; it resembled an overgrown stereotypical middle school cafeteria. It's why it doesn't have much success since with pro basketball. But plans are afoot to build a new one in downtown Baltimore. Polin was later viewed by Baltimore residents as a carpetbagger despite even having the city host some select Bullets home games until 1997 with name change to Wizards.

    Part-owner Earl Foreman later owned the ABA's Washington Capitals/Virginia Squires franchise after buying the heavily-indebted Oakland Oaks before moving them. Also from 1977-85, Foreman was an important contributor in the Major Indoor Soccer League, mostly as commissioner and later served again in 1989.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_z-7ODb-9g
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    Still haven't seen the ESPN 30 For30 film for the Detroit Pistons' Bad Boys yet. Heard a lot of great things about it. But I got another short clip from it to whet our appetite until that moment.

    Bill Laimbeer recalls famously (and not regretting) hammering down Larry Bird the floor deep in the paint at the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals at the Silverdome, prompting a scuffle. Because Laimbeer felt he can eventually breakdown the Celtics with Bird taken down:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fwtic0-TIZQ
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    As many Western nations were building political, economic, and cultural bridges with the People's Republic of China, having coming off immense global isolation, beginning in the mid 1970s, the Washington Bullets made history in becoming the first NBA franchise to visit China. After that, the NBA started offseason player and coaching clinics goodwill tours in the early 80s as China became an Asian basketball power. Thus starting a gradual basketball relationship between the NBA and China. Esay to forget these days with China being such a major power player now and seeing the fruits of this relationship, culminating with Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian in the NBA.

    Washington played two exhibition games, one each against the Beijing Bayi Rockets and the Chinese national team. Neither provided stiff competition for the Bullets in them. Chinese kids sure seem to like these ridiculously tall basketball players like Hayes, Dandridge, and Unseld. No doubt they were gawked by passers-by wherever they went because they weren't used to seeing them.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b00bS0iTXM
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    Back (again) to 1988. Back to the Miami Heat's inaugural season--and their early struggles all over it as a Midwest Division member. Finally the very rare 1989 NBA Entertainment video distrbuted by CBS-FOX Video at the time about the Heat's debut season called Dream Catches Fire recently appeared on YouTube--was a part of the bonus features in the 2006 Miami Heat NBA Champions DVD. Bad news is the audio is largely dubbed over into Italian since it comes from an Italian YouTube channel. When there's a just English version (so far can't find one), I'll eventually link it here. Relive again how it all began.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_ic1iQ7DRA

    Top 5 Worst Free Throws in NBA History
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhWbo1obAF8

    With all that firestorm surrounding Donald Sterling's hideous comments, I wanted to see anything regarding the reactions from those hailing from the San Diego era. Lowes Moore, Willie "Hutch" Jones, and Bill Walton all speak on their ex-boss Donald Sterling when he owned the then-San Diego Clippers in this ABC 10 San Diego report. Mainstream sports media, at least on the talk radio side, tends to annoyingly forget that the franchise the lawyer and real estate developer Sterling bought back in 1981 was in San Diego for US$12.5 million, to say nothing of the earlier mostly successful period when it was back in Buffalo as the Buffalo Braves in the 1970s (1970-7. Does tend to get forgotten since they were largely bad during those years (despite a 43-39 record but missing the playoffs by two games in their debut SD season in 1978-79):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0Lqe_ixK68
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