BASKETBALL - The 2012/2013 NBA basketball season will start today and the early feature match involves the first step of the title defence of the Miami Heat and their star player LeBron James. ‘King James’ is embarking on his 10th professional season and we have compared him with several other dominant players at the same juncture in their careers.
BASKETBALL - We have prepared an interactive Infographic that analyses player stats for the players that have made it into the men’s basketball final. Click Read More to see the infographic and then click on it to enable its interactive features.
BASKETBALL - We have prepared an Infographic, of which the interactive version allows you to toggle between the personal stats of all players remaining in contention in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Click Read More and then click on the Infographic to enable its interactive features.
BASKETBALL - The men’s basketball team of the United States is about to take to the Olympic court. Our Infographic shows their average winning margin in the previous Olympic Games. Click Read More to see the Infographic and then click the picture to make it interactive.
OLYMPIC GAMES - You probably would figure that basketball players are on average the tallest athletes in the London 2012 Olympic Games and you would be correct making that assumption. But do you also know which sport features the smallest athletes. Click Read More to find out.
9 - Michael Jordan won 2 OG basketball golds wearing No. 9 (1984, 1992), not his Bulls #23. (Olympic BK numbers are 4-15). Click ‘Read More’ to see the complete countdown from 100 until today.
11 - All 11 professional players on the USA’s 1992 DreamTeam have been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Click ‘Read More’ to see the complete countdown from 100 until today.
OLYMPIC GAMES - During the 2012 London Olympic games, London’s Underground (subway) system, locally know as ‘the tube’ will rename its 361 stations after Olympic legends and athletes. We will chart each line on a weekly basis. This week, it is the Northern Line with Basketball and Tennis players. Click on the links to find their profiles on the Infostrada Sports Wall Of Fame.
BASKETBALL - Defending Olympic champions USA have named their Olympic men’s Basketball team, returning five players from their victorious campaign in Beijing four years ago. The players shooting for a second gold medal are LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant and Deron Williams.
BASKETBALL - Pau Gasol is 32 years old today. He has played for Barcelona, Memphis Grizzlies and currently for the Los Angeles Lakers. Gasol is a 12-year veteran and won the European Player of the Year seven times. With the LA Lakers he has won two NBA titles. With the Spanish national team he has triumphed twice in the EuroBasket (2009 and 2011) and helped them to become FIBA World Champions in 2006.
Shares birthday with: Frida Kahlo, Sylvester Stallone, Geoffrey Rush
32 - The Dream Team beat Croatia by 32 pts in the 1992 basketball final, the closest game USA played in Barcelona. Click ‘Read More’ to see the complete countdown from 100 until today.
BASKETBALL - The Miami Heat were crowned NBA champions last night, as they closed out their series with the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1. Following their triumph in 2006, the Heat has now become the 10th franchise in NBA history to win the championship more than once.
BASKETBALL - If Pete Maravich were still alive he would be 65 years old today. Maravich, the son of Serbian immigrants enjoyed a spectacular collegiate career. He averaged 44.2 points for LSU and totalled 3,667 points as a collegiate, which is still a NCAA record. He also enjoyed a respectable NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Jazz and Boston Celtics. He died suddenly and unexpectedly at age 40.
Shares birthday with: Meryl Streep, Cyndi Lauper, Dan Brown
BASKETBALL - The Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics 4-3 in their Eastern Conference Final showdown to reach the NBA Finals for the second year in a row. Last season, they lost the Finals against the Dallas Mavericks. On 10 previous occasions, a team won the NBA Championship after finishing runners-up the year before.
BASKETBALL - The San Antonio Spurs improved to 2-0 in their Western Conference Finals series with the Oklahoma Thunder. The Spurs are now a perfect 10-0 in the playoffs and since they also won their last 10 games in the regular season they have now become the fourth team in NBA history to record a victory streak of 20 matches or longer. The Spurs have not been defeated since April 11th (vs Lakers).