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 - 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 - 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).
BASKETBALL - Tonight, the NBA’s Western Conference Finals will tip off with the experienced and top seeded San Antonio Spurs hosting the young and exciting Oklahoma City Thunder. In March, we read this article by the good people at Loud City, suggesting that the Spurs know how to keep Thunder star Russell Westbrook in check. Explained in graphics.
BASKETBALL - Last night, the Oklahoma City Thunder eliminated the Los Angeles Lakers from the 2012 NBA playoffs closing out the series 4-1 and booking a place in the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder are led by their highly exciting star players Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The latter pulled off this remarkable shot.
BASKETBALL - The San Antonio Spurs completed a clean sweep of the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round, after a whitewash 4-0 series win against the Utah Jazz in the first round. Since the first round has been in best-of-seven format (2003), three teams that started out with two sweeps were eliminated in the next round.
BASKETBALL - If LeBron James is presented the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award on Saturday, it will be his third, which would make him the eighth player in history on which the honour has been bestowed at least three times. He also won it in 2009 and 2010 when still playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He will be the first player of the Miami Heat to take home the trophy.
BASKETBALL - The top seeded Chicago Bulls were eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Philadelphia 76ers, the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. It is only the fifth time since the current postseason format was introduced in 1984 that an eighth seeded team has knocked out a top seed.
BASKETBALL - The NBA defending champions Dallas Mavericks were dethroned in the most unceremonious of manners as they suffered a 4-0 sweep at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder. They became only the fifth titleholders to crash out in the first round of the NBA postseason, in the year of their title defense.
BASKETBALL - As the NBA playoffs are in full swing, the NBA named this season’s Red Auerbach Trophy winner for the best coach. Gregg Popovich won it after also claming the award in 2002/03. He is the seventh coach to win it at least twice. Click Read more to read about all recipients of multiple awards.
BASKETBALL - We love the creativity by the Celtics’ Avery Bradley on this play. As the opposition is moving, he is pretending that his shoelaces are untied. And he sells the fake brilliantly. The upcourt pass falls into his waiting hands and he leads the easy counter-attack. Did you ever trick your opponents like this?
BASKETBALL - Precisely 26 years ago, in 1986, the Boston Celtics were pretty much the alpha dogs in the NBA and the Chicago Bulls were a group of upstarts. That match in the Boston Garden was an omen of things to come. Click here for a clip of the night on which Michael Jordan scored 63 points in the lion’s den.
BASKETBALL - Born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr., Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a three-time NBA Most Valuable Player, a five time NBA champion and the competition’s all-time leading points scorer. “The Captain” won everywhere he went. First, as the cornerstone of John Wooden’s college dynasty at UCLA and later at the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers.
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BASKETBALL - John Stockton is 50 years old today. Arguably, the greatest point guard the NBA has ever produced, John Stockton is the NBA’s career leader in assists and steals, leading the rest of the field by a fair margin in both categories. Reminds me of myself when I was young: dishing, stealing and giving the rest a fair bit of mouth. He is not on our Wall Of Fame. Should he be? Hit the Comments button.
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