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Cavs' Jefferson Dunks on 7-foot-3 Rookie Tavares - Welcome to the NBA October 08, 2015 16:58
The Atlanta Hawks were debuting their new uniforms last night, and maybe Richard Jefferson just didn’t like it, and decided to show his contempt by throwing down on 7-foot-3 Hawks rookie Walter Tavares. Or maybe this was just his way of saying ‘welcome to the NBA big guy’.
Either way, LeBron James, J.R. Smith and the rest of the Cavaliers bench clearly enjoyed seeing the 35 year old Jefferson show off some pre-season hops.
The Hawks would go on to win their pre-season opener against the Cavs 98-96, with Jeff Teague scoring a game high 17 points. Despite the uneasy welcome, Tavares scored 11 points on 5-5 from the field, to go along with 4 rebounds and 2 steals.
The Cavaliers were once again without Kyrie Irving (knee) and Kevin Love (shoulder), and they were also missing Tristan Thompson while negotiations continue in regards to whether he’ll be picking up a new contract with Cleveland or not.
Vince Carter Gets Blocked by the Rim, I Think We Can Let Him Off the Hook October 07, 2015 14:29
We recently heralded Vince Carter’s role as one of the best dunkers ever to hit the court, so we hope we didn’t jinx anything after this happened last night…
Yes, Air Canda got blocked by the rim, but come on, Carter is nearly 40 years old. He had 5 in-game dunks last season, and 41 in the two season before that. We all have our bad days.
Maybe old father time is knocking on the door, or it’s the pre-season and everybody is just getting back into the swing of things. I’m sure we’ll see Vince get back up there this year, and put this way behind him.
Trevor Booker Ejected After Slapping Roy Hibbert in Pre-Season Game October 07, 2015 13:59
We’re still only into the NBA pre-season, but already those guys out on the court are already giving us plenty to talk about. Like how about Trevor Booker being ejected from a game for slapping Roy Hibbert!
Booker must have been having a bad day to get that riled up in a pre-season game between his Utah Jazz and the LA Lakers. These affairs are usually more laid back, a chance for the NBA teams to get some proper court time and to see what the lay of the land is, before they launch into the new season where we really see what’s what.
Apparently, Booker just can’t wait for the regular season to come round to get to the nitty gritty of things. He got into an altercation with the Lakers newest big man, Roy Hibbert. Here’s how it went down.
Hibbert was given a technical foul for good measure, while Booker got himself two technicals and an ejection. Roll on 27th October already.
Steph Curry Celebrates 3-Pointer While it's Still in the Air October 06, 2015 15:59
If there was ever anything to settle the debate about whether Golden State would return this year, in anything other than championship form, here’s Steph Curry doing what he does best for the Warriors.
I know Steph Curry didn't do this last night. pic.twitter.com/BgIst8oRIj— Dynamics • £ (@theDYNAMICS) October 6, 2015
Not only does Curry make a nice play coming down the court, but after getting the ball back in the corner, he hoists up three-pointer, and goes to high-five Andre Iguodala on the bench, BEFORE the ball has even gotten close to the basket.
Needless to say it was a swish all the way. Here's another look at it.
The Golden State Warriors played the Toronto Raptors in San Jose, in front of a capacity 18,223 crowd who had queued around the block to get a look at the 2015 NBA Champs as they get warmed up for the new NBA season.
The Warriors would beat the Raptors 95-87, with Klay Thompson said of the game, "That was an amazing turnout for a preseason game. It gave me the chills. It felt good to be back. It was awesome, man".
Man, it’s good to have the NBA back.
Stance Unveil 2015-16 NBA On-Court Socks - Brooklyn Nets & Philadelphia 76ers October 06, 2015 12:01
With the Stance NBA socks below, eighteen sets of team socks have been unveiled for the upcoming NBA season, leaving just eleven more to be revealed before the real action gets underway.
With these two little numbers, Stance have gone for a classic feel that's going to look good on and off the court this year.
The white version of the Brooklyn Nets new on-court socks look really clean, with a simple grey banded top, and a nicely embroidered Nets logo to keep things looking fresh.
For the black alternative, it's cool to see Stance using the chevron-style pattern that echoes the pattern on the Nets home court at Barclays Center, while also seems reminiscent of the Brooklyn logo that was cooked up for the 2015 NBA All-Star weekend, which was held in New York.
The Philadelphia 76ers come across all patriotic, and with Philly being the home of the Declaration of Independence and the Liberty Bell, then why not. A stars and stripes motif features heavily, taking into account the cleaner branding that the Sixers are going to have this season.
Every NBA team is going to have two pairs of exclusive Stance on-court socks, as well as access to a range of plain tonal socks, and they're going to be available right here in the UK at Basketball Megastore. Stay tuned.
Blake Griffin Dunks and Breaks the Shot Clock During Warm-Up October 05, 2015 16:03
The Toronto Raptors might have got the win against the LA Clippers last night, in their pre-season match-up, but it’s the Clippers’ Blake Griffin thats been making all of the headlines, thanks to this little pre-game mishap:
Yes, the season hasn’t even started yet, and Griffin is already tearing shot clocks down. Judging by DeAndre Jordan’s fist pump, the Lob City crew has been getting their dunk game ready this Summer.
Griffin would have 14 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist during the game itself, and the shot clock managed to remain intact.
Milwaukee Bucks Reveal New 'Fear the Deer' Alternative Uniforms...and Court! October 05, 2015 15:14
The Milwaukee Bucks have undergone one of the biggest changes over the Summer, in terms of their branding and uniforms, and now they’ve dropped another new on-court look, as well as a brand new alternative court!
The Bucks are really going all out on the visuals this season. They’ve now become the first ever NBA team to have not one, but two court designs that’ll be used in a single season.
The new ‘Fear the Deer’ alternative court design will be used on four nights across the season, those being:
- 9th December vs LA Clippers
- 12th January vs Chicago Bulls
- 22nd February vs LA Lakers
- 6th March vs Oklahoma City Thunder.
The court looks seriously mean, with a black surround, and tonal deer heads that dominate each end of the floor. The new alternative ‘M’ logo also looks good at centre court.
The Bucks also unveiled a new alternative uniform, and unlike quite a few that have come out recently, we’re loving this one, 100%. Particularly happy about the distinct lack of sleeves on this one.
The new uniform is just as mean looking as the court. The kit is really focused on the spirit of the deer (1), stripped back to a solid black colour, with a visually imposing Buck right there on the front.
The Bucks are also making more use of their stripped down secondary logo (2). Here’s it’s featured on the shorts with that new stylised ‘M’.
Some colour is retained in the uniform by way of the Cream City rainbow (3) down the side of the jersey, and with the blue trim on the shorts. There’s also a neat FEAR THE DEER tag (4) on the jersey that the player will be able to read as they’re tucking their shirt in, in case they need a little dose of inspiration before hitting the brand new court.
Check out the introduction video below.
Stance Unveil 2015-16 NBA On-Court Socks - Milwaukee Bucks & Minnesota Timberwolves October 03, 2015 15:06
The NBA pre-season started last night, which means that the NBA is back on the court! As we creep closer towards the official NBA season, more Stance NBA socks have been unveiled, and we're huge fans of these ones.
The Bucks also introduced a new 'M' alt logo, which is nicely embroidered onto one of their exclusive socks for this season. The other set, which will match with the Bucks home kit, will feature the NBA logoman on the back.
We previously said that the Denver Nuggets 'mountain' range socks were our favourite Stance socks to be unveiled so far, but we take that back. The Timberwolves socks with the outline of Wolfs head is pretty cool.
The Timberwolves logo embroidered onto the blue version of the socks is also looking great, so Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ricky Rubio and Kevin Garnett are going to be looking sharp in the sock department this season, no matter what.
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee NBA socks will be available right here later this year, so stay tuned!
Stance Unveil 2015-16 NBA On-Court Socks - Toronto Raptors & Miami Heat October 03, 2015 14:07
As the countdown to the 2015-16 NBA season continues, so too does the roll out of images for Stance's brand new NBA on-court NBA socks. Each NBA team will get two exclusive on-court socks, along with a selection of plain coloured socks to hook up with their uniform.
The Toronto Raptors underwent a little bit of rebranding this Summer, changing their logo and altering their colourway slightly, and fans of the Raptors new-look should be pleased with how their on-court socks are looking.
The darker colourway has the brand new clawed basketball logo that the Raptors have adopted as part of their re-brand. It looks pretty clean on a solid black sock, with red highlights.
The Raptors alternative socks display the new colourway that the Raptors will be rocking, although they've left out any gold that will likely feature in any OVO collaborations this season.
Keeping things in the Eastern Conference, here are the exclusive Miami Heat on-court NBA socks for the upcoming season. The Heat have kept the colourways more in sync with their away and alternative kits.
The Stance NBA on-court socks will be available around mid-November in the UK. Stay tuned right here for updates and news of the socks landing on our shelves.
No Deal Between Tristan Thompson and Cavaliers as Deadline Passes October 02, 2015 11:45
Free agent, Tristan Thompson, has not accepted the Cleveland Cavaliers $6.8 million qualifying offer for the 2015-16 season, and the deadline has now passed, leaving Thompson and the Cavs in a standoff.
Thompson is already missing training camp, but as a restricted free agent, there are a few ways that this situation could ultimately be resolved to get him back into a Cavs jersey soon.
With the one year deal being rejected at $6.8 million, which would have allowed Thompson to become a free agent again next year, talks are likely to head towards a multiyear deal. However the Cavs already extended an offer of a five-year, $80 million offer to Thompson, which was rejected.
Thompson instead sought a max 5-year deal at $94 million, which was rejected by Cleveland. Thompson then lowed his request to $54 million over three-years, which was also rejected by the Cavaliers.
Right now, Thompson would be allowed to field offers from other teams, but as he is a restricted free agent, the Cavaliers would be entitled to match any offers that he receives.
The Cavaliers aren’t strangers to players holding out on them. Anderson Varejo sat out until December, missing 21 games, before he agreed to a contract that the thought was fair.
Now we just have to wait and see how this plays out.
Washington Wizards Unveil Baltimore Pride Uniforms October 01, 2015 14:03
The Washington Wizards unveiled their 2015-16 ‘Pride’ alternative uniforms last night, and after reposting the above picture on social media, a lot of people thought this was a joke.
At first, looking at the kits, they do look a little strange, and pyjama like, but with a bit of background, who’s to say that this uniform can’t pick up a few more fans as the season goes on.
The alternative uniforms are called ‘Baltimore Pride’ and pay homage to the Baltimore Bullets, who wore a very similar kit between 1969-73.
The Washington Wizards franchise started life as the Chicago Packers in 1961. The team was the first expansion team in modern NBA history. By 1963, the team had moved to Maryland, and became the Baltimore Bullets. The team moved to Landover, MD in 1973 where they became the Washington Bullets (after a brief stint as the Capital Bullets), and they kept that name until 1997 when they became the Wizards (due to increasingly negative, violation connotations related to ‘Bullets’).
The 1970’s were the best era for the Wizards franchise, they won a Championship (1978), four conference titled (1971, 1975, 1978 and 1979) and size division titles (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1979).
The Wizards will pay homage to their team history in wearing these jerseys on six occasions this season, as well as a pre-season game on the 6th October, against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, let us know on social media!
NBA Changes How In-Game Replay Reviews Will Work | Replay Center to Play Bigger Part October 01, 2015 12:32
The NBA has announced some changes to the way that the instant-replay process will work during games, starting this upcoming season.
Love them, or hate them, those in-game stoppages, where the referees gather around the TV screen at the scorers table, to determine the outcome of a difficult decision, are here to stay. However, there are some changes being made that are aimed at speeding things up a little and reducing the amount of time that the game is put on hold.
Just like before, all replay reviews are going to be instigated by the 3 on-court referees, however those referees are not always going to be responsible for deciding the outcome of the reply review.
There will now be at least one current NBA referee (but up to as many as four depending on the schedule) working in the NBA Replay Center. It will be their job to make decisions on certain replays and also to help the on-court referees with their reviewing process.
This is how the decision making will now be broken down once an on-court referee has requested a replay review:
Referees in the Replay Center will make the final decisions on:
- 2-point or 3-point field goal on a made shot or foul
- Made basket at the end of a period
- Out-of-bounds decisions
- Shot clock violation on a made field goal
- Goaltending or basket interference
- Clock malfunction situation (non-foul or non-violation involved)
- 24-second shot clock reset
- Number of players on the court
Referees on the court will still make the final decision on:
- Flagrant fouls
- Clear path fouls
- Off-ball fouls
- Player altercations
- Fouls called at the end of a period
- Shot clock violation involving a foul
- Correct free throw shooter
- Clock malfunction situation (foul or violation involved)
- Restricted area calls
In the past we’ve been used to all three on-court referees gathering around the replay screen to see what the deal is, but that is also changing.
From now on, if the final decision lies with the NBA Reply Center, then only the lead referee from the on-court team will go over to the scorers table to hear the Reply Center’s decision and to see the conclusive video angle that proves it.
The other two referees must make sure the players are ready to resume play as soon as the decision is made, in order to maintain a better level of flow in the game.
In a situation where the on-court referees make the final decision on a replay, only two of the referees will go to the table to review the video and come to a conclusion. The other referee will be requited to keep the players ready to resume play as soon as possible.
As always, a call will only be overturned if there is “clear and conclusive” visual evidence for doing so.
Hopefully the new split in who can make the calls will speed things up a little, and we won’t be left tapping our feet, waiting for play to start again, for quite as long.
Derrick Rose Injured on First Day of Practice September 30, 2015 11:08
The pre-season hasn’t even started yet, and Derrick Rose is injured. Although this time, we’re relieved to find that it’s not in any way knee related, and shouldn’t be too much of a threat to Rose’s season.
Rose was elbowed in the face on the first day of practice, and sustained a left orbital fracture, which will require surgery. The NBA is reporting that Rose will have surgery today and that a timetable for his return to the court has not been set.
Hopefully Rose won’t be sidelined for too long, as we were looking forward to the opportunity to see him play out a full season for the Chicago Bulls. He missed all of the 2012-13 season after an ACL tear, then he has only played in 10 games in the past two years after tearing the meniscus in his right knee.
The Bulls will take to the court under a new coach this year, with Fred Holberg pacing the sidelines in place of Tom Thibodeau and they’re still waiting on a couple of players coming back from injury. Taj Gibson had surgery on his left ankle, and isn’t back in the mix yet, while Mike Dunleavy Jr. had surgery on his back last week and will miss up to 10 weeks.
The Bulls reached the Eastern Conference semi-finals last season, and were knocked out by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rose did have spurts of impressive play when he did get on the court, so NBA fans are still eagerly awaiting a good run back for Rose that can prove whether or not he’s got the potential to be the great player that his 2011 MVP award suggested he could be.
Newcastle Eagles Top the BBL | Action from Week 2 in the British Basketball League September 28, 2015 12:29
Image via BBL.org
There was lots of excitement once again in the BBL over this past weekend. The Newcastle Eagles topped the BBL table, having picked up 3 wins from 3 games. The London Lions and Manchester Giants also remained perfect having both won 2 from 2.
FRIDAY - SURREY SCORCHERS 65 - 98 NEWCASTLE EAGLES
The Eagles put in a dominant performance on Friday night in Surrey, as they beat the Scorchers 98-65. Scott Martin lead with 26 points, meaning that he passed the 1,000 career points in the BBL.
Surrey started the game well, going up 15-3 over the Eagles, thanks to 9 points from Will Neighbour, but the Eagles swept back with a 10-0 run to close the first quarter.
Despite the lead going back and forth in the second quarter, the Eagles put the accelerator down in the 3rd, to outscore Surry by 21 points. The game ended 98-65 to the Eagles.
FRIDAY - LONDON LIONS 99 - 60 LEEDS FORCE
The London Lions had similar success on Friday night, taking on Leeds Force and coming out on top by 99-60. The Lions had a 10-0 run early in the game, and never really looked back.
Demond Watt led the scoring for the Lions, thanks to an efficient 7 of 8 in the paint. He also had 9 rebounds, while four of his team mates also scored in double figures on the night.
For Leeds, Zak Wells tried to rally, with a game-high 23 points but their relative inexperience in the BBL showed against the roaring Lions.
FRIDAY - WORCESTER WOLVES 78 - 76 BRISTOL FLYERS
In a much closer affair, Pavol Losonsky had another impressive game, topped off by hitting the final free throws that would bag the win for the Wolves.
Losonsky had 29 points and 16 rebounds, while Couisnard also chipped in with 22 points to secure the victory at the University of Worcester Arena.
Bristol played well, and although they were down by 10 points at the start of the 4th, they clawed their way back to a position which made it look like they were on their way to the win.
With 50 seconds left on the game clock, Cardell McFarland put the Flyers up 76-73 with a 3-pointer. The Wolves would score the final 5 points of the game to steal the victory.
SATURDAY - LEICESTER RIDERS 88 - 54 WORCESTER WOLVES
The Leicester Riders started their BBL campaign a week later than everyone else, but did so with a win over the Worcester Wolves at home.
The Riders played a locked down defence that mades things extremely difficult for the Wolves, while TrayVon Wright and Neil Watson dropped more than half of the Riders points between them, with 47.
Wright in particular started the game well, helping the Riders to go up 26-9 by the end of the first quarter. Watson stepped in right after, to score 11 points in a minute, including three 3-pointers.
The Wolves scored 12 straight points to open the 3rd quarter, but the damage was already done. Riders came out 11-2 in the 4th, to complete a solid 34 point win.
SATURDAY - BRISTOL FLYERS 82 - 90 CHESHIRE PHOENIX
The Flyers were also playing back-to-back games this weekend, with Cheshire visiting, and taking the win.
Jordan Williams and David Aliu led things for the Phoenix, with 24 and 23 points respectively.
Despite the Flyers coming out 10-4 to start the game, Cheshire rallied back with a 14-2 run, and Williams had 12 of Cheshire’s points in the first. Bristol battled throughout, with Cheshire only able to pull away and secure the with a 9-2 run late in the game.
SUNDAY - NEWCASTLE EAGLES 91 - 63 LEEDS FORCE
The Force didn’t have too far to travel to meet the Eagles at Sports Central on Friday, although it probably felt far enough no the way home after a 63-91 loss and their second big defeat of the weekend.
The Eagles went out to a 10-4 lead early on, and remained dominant throughout. By the half, the Eagles had a solid 50 - 38 lead, thanks to a leading effort from Darius Defoe, who would have 18 points by the end of the game.
All credit to Leeds though, who kept fighting, and at one point, did have the lead cut back to single figures. The Eagles did’t flinch though, and went on an 11-0 run at the end of the third, before using the final quarter to bury Leeds by a final deficit of 28 points.
SUNDAY - MANCHESTER GIANTS 95 - 89 PLYMOUTH RAIDERS
The Manchester Giants might have been 18 points down during this game, but they managed to rally back under the guidance of new coach, Yorick Williams, and take the win by 95 - 89.
Olu Babalola had a game-high 23 points, helping his team to pull off an impressive 27-4 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters.
With two minutes left in the game, Dante Williams helped the Raiders cut Manchester’s lead to just two points, however the Raiders let turnovers dictate those final minutes and gave the Giants the edge.
The Giants are now 2-0 while the Raiders fall to 0-2 on the season.
Next Friday, eight teams will be playing, with some interesting match-ups. Bottom of the league newbies, Leeds Force and Bristol Flyers will meet in Leeds, while the London Lions will be traveling North to play the Newcastle Eagles in a rematch of the NBA Play-Off Finals match-up.
The Sheffield Sharks are playing the Cheshire Phoenix at home, while the Surrey Scorchers will welcome the Manchester Giants.
On Sunday, the Manchester Giants will then be travelling to Glasgow to face the Rocks at the Emirates Arena with a 5pm tip-off.
Stance Unveil 2015-16 NBA On-Court Socks - LA Clippers & Indiana Pacers September 28, 2015 10:51
We're now less than a month away from the start of the new NBA season (far too excited) and Stance are continuing to release images of the brand new NBA On-Court socks.
Each team will have two custom pairs of socks that are completely personal to them, as well as a selection of plainer, colour co-ordinated socks that are available to all teams.
Stance showcased the brand new LA Clippers on-court socks on Friday. The Clippers completely rebranded over the Summer, leaving some fans excited about the new logo and kit design, while others weren't as sold on the idea.
The Clippers white pair of socks are pretty basic. Nice and clean in the traditional red, white and blue of the Clippers. The alternative pair is taking the newer black colourway from the Clippers re-brand and features the much debated "LAC" alternative logo. They do look pretty smart, and fans might settle into the look once the season gets underway.
The Indiana Pacers' on-court socks follow the simple design format that seems to work well for these new NBA socks. The version that featured the Pacers' logo looks like it will do well with fans on and off the court. It's subtle enough, while displaying some Hoosier pride on the back.
The grey colourway is a new-look as far as socks go for the Pacers, but has come out quite well and should be a nice, toned-down compliment to some of the Pacers brighter kits.
Stay tuned for the release of the brand new Stance on-court NBA socks right here in just over a month.
Oklahoma City Thunder Look Set to Dazzle in New 'Sunset' Alternative Uniform September 26, 2015 16:39
The Oklahoma City Thunder are going for a brighter look this season, after introducing their brand new ‘Sunset’ alternative uniform.
The Thunder will wear this bright orange kit for 18 games this season, starting with their game against the Denver Nuggets on the 1st November. The Thunder will wear this uniform on all of their Sunday match-ups.
The new kit features “OKC” across the chest in navy, with the rest of uniform saturated in a bright orange colour that is meant to be a blend of the colours from an Oklahoma sunset.
In a press release, the uniforms were described by senior vice president of marking, Brian Brynes, as follows:
“This new uniform not only features another of our primary team colours, it also reinforces the strong connection our team has to our hometown and home state. The ‘OKC’ on the front of the jersey echoes the chant that rings through Chesapeake Energy Arena during Thunder home games. This sunset-coloured uniform adds a fresh perspective on the identity our team has built over the past seven seasons.”
What do you think? The full run down of when you’ll be able to catch the Oklahoma City Thunder ‘Sunest’ uniform on court is below.
- Sunday, Nov. 1, vs. Denver Nuggets
- Sunday, Nov. 8, vs. Phoenix Suns
- Sunday, Nov. 15, vs. Boston Celtics
- Sunday, Nov. 22, vs. Dallas Mavericks
- Sunday, Dec. 6, vs. Sacramento Kings
- Sunday, Dec. 13, vs. Utah Jazz
- Sunday, Dec. 27, vs. Denver Nuggets
- Wednesday, Jan. 6, vs. Memphis Grizzlies
- Sunday, Jan. 10, at Portland Trail Blazers
- Sunday, Jan. 17, vs. Miami Heat
- Sunday, Jan. 24, at Brooklyn Nets
- Saturday, Feb. 6, at Golden State Warriors
- Sunday, Feb. 21, vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
- Sunday, March 6, at Milwaukee Bucks
- Wednesday, March 16, at Boston Celtics
- Monday, March 28, at Toronto Raptors
- Sunday, April 3, at Houston Rockets
- Saturday, April 9, at Sacramento Kings
Stance Unveil 2015-16 NBA On-Court Socks - LA Lakers September 25, 2015 15:52
The latest unveiling in the Stance on-court sock line-up is the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lakers fans can now get a look at what their team will be wearing on their feet on the court during the upcoming season, and that includes the newly signed Metta World Peace, who is making his LA comeback in what could be Kobe Bryant's last year in purple and gold.
Unlike the Denver Nuggets, who have taken a more graphic approach to their new on-court socks, the Lakers have stayed with a fairly simple design for both sets of Stance socks.
It's going to be an interesting year in LA, so maybe it's only right that Stance let the drama unfold above the knees, while keeping the Lakers' sock game locked down.
Stance NBA On-Court socks releasing very soon! Stay tuned!
Denver Nuggets Unveil Brand New Court Design for 2015-16 NBA Season September 24, 2015 17:21
We’ve seen quite a few uniform updates this off-season, and now here’s one for the hardwood - the Denver Nuggets have unveiled a new court design for the upcoming season.
With the court having pretty much stayed the same since the 2010-11 season, there are some big changes to the design here (the older version of the court can be seen at the bottom of the post).
We got a little nod the other day that the mountain design was going to feature more heavily for Denver this year, when Stance unveiled the Nuggets new on-court sock design, and the court design will be no exception. The centre circle will now be dominated by the primary Nuggets’ logo of the Denver mountain peak. There will also be a mountain two-toned into the wood on the near side of the court, which looks pretty cool.
The alternative logo element of the crossed pick axes is used to take over the entire area within the 3-point line, again in a two-tone wood treatment that should look good on the finished court.
The Nuggets have more or less removed all of the pale-blue colourway from the court, including freeing up the free-throw lane to give a simpler look.
Around the court, the Nuggets have also made a few changes, including altering the font of the ‘DENVER NUGGETS’ text on either baseline. The western-inspired font sits a little closer to the teams uniform design. A nice addition is the 5280 / 300 along the side line. These numbers relate to Denver’s altitude of 5,280 feet and the cities historical average of 300 days of sunshine per year.
The new court will see it’s first real action on the 16th October when the Phoenix Suns travel to Denver for a pre-season game. The first regular season game for the Nuggets is 30th October against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Here's a reminder of what the older court looked like, in case you need it for comparison.
WNBA 'Watch Me' Campaign - Talk About This Girl Can! September 23, 2015 17:10
On Tuesday night, the WNBA released an awesome video as part of their “Watch Me” campaign, a video that I encourage you to watch.
The video made it’s debut on TV during the WNBA play-off Eastern Conference semi-finals between the Washington Mystics and the New York Liberty. The video, which features the 2015 WNBA MVP, Elena Delle Donne (pictured), as well as Brittney Griner, Candace Parker, Maya Moore, Swin Cash, Tina Charles and Becky Hammon gave me chills, as it conveys an important message that challenges views on women’s basketball, and women in sport in general.
The video opens with “I know what you’re thinking…you think I can’t.” It then goes on to juxtapose a ‘you think I can’t’ voice over, with video footage of WNBA players proving otherwise.
The video follows those common themes of misconceptions (held by men and women) about women not being able to run as fast, jump as high, train as hard, while also delving into issues such as body shaming of female athletes who are considered to be too masculine to be considered ‘feminine’ (“You think I can’t train like a beast, give it everything I have, and still be flawless?” ).
It makes a point about the glass ceiling for female athletes, wherein Becky Hammon is portrayed with a voice over saying “You think I can’t open doors…”. Hammon recently became the first women to be a paid assistant coach on a mens NBA team, and the first woman to coach a mens team at an NBA Summer League. She just so happened to win as well.
There’s also a mention of motherhood and how there’s the perception that female athletes can’t make it in the game, and still have a family.
At the end of it all, these ladies are saying if you think I can’t, you better watch me do it, and do it my way.
The video is an empowering look at women’s basketball and sits inline with the This Girl Campaign that we’ve seen here in the UK in the sense that there’s a desire to challenge the misconceptions about women in sport.
It’s also a fantastic look at just what it takes to be an athlete overall - male or female. The effort, determination, and sacrifices that it takes to be a champion. It’s a look at the weight of the responsibilities that are bestowed upon athletes in the public eye, and their job as role models on and off the court. To be able to do your job, with everyone looking at you, and judging you.
Male, female, WNBA, NBA, BBL…whatever, watch the video.
Vince Carter's Top 100 Dunks | Air Canada is in Flight September 23, 2015 14:20
It’s the middle of the week, and maybe you’re looking for a little bit of inspiration to see you through to the weekend? I though so. Well how about spending the next 10 minutes watching Vince Carter’s top 100 dunks? Sounds good to me.
Carter is easily one of the best dunkers the NBA has ever seen. He has collected some seriously sick posters over the years, maybe the most notable of which came at the 2000 Olympics, when Carter JUMPED OVER 7-foot Frenchman, Frederic Weis.
You’ve just got to look at Kevin Garnett or Gary Payton’s face in those pictures to know that VC was throwing up some serious disrespect to Weis right there, and pulling off the play of the tournament.
Of course Team USA took gold. Carter was lighting up highlight reels all over the place around that time, and I would stop at nothing to get a pair of VC Nike Shox in the hope that it’d give me some lift like Air Canada. Of course that wasn’t happening, but show me any kid around that time that didn’t want to have hops like Vince Carter and I’ll show you someone who probably didn’t own a TV or computer.
For those young guns who are more used to seeing Carter coming off way down the bench in Dallas or in Memphis, here’s an education you don’t want to miss.
Stance Unveil 2015-16 NBA On-Court Socks - Denver Nuggets September 22, 2015 16:08
The Denver Nuggets aren't our favourite NBA team (not that we've got anything against them either!), but as far as the Stance NBA on-court socks are concerned, Denver have one of the best designs unveiled so far!
The basic navy version is fine, with the nicely embroidered Denver Nuggets logo, but look at the second pair! Sticking the mountain range design on the Nuggets socks pays homage to the mile high city and the design history of the franchise, and we love it.
It's cool to see teams being able to play around with graphics on the socks, instead of the whole league going for basic coloured patterns.
Hopefully we're going to get more of this sort of style sock as the remainder of the teams are unveiled in the coming weeks.
Review of the Action from Opening Weekend of 2015-16 BBL Season September 22, 2015 13:37
It seems as though it was the away teams who had the upper hand in the opening weekend of British Basketball League action, with five out of the six games being won by the travelling team.
The season tipped-off with a trio of games on Friday night.
LEEDS FORCE 68 - 82 CHESHIRE PHOENIX
Cheshire Phoenix opened up their BBL campaign with a win on the road against the Leeds Force, although they weren’t as successful when they played in their brand new home arena on Sunday (see below).
New Phoenix captain, David Aliu, made a good impression with 25 points and 6 rebounds in a game that was very up and down.
Phoenix came out the strongest, holding Leeds to just 6 points in the first quarter while scoring 15 of their own. Leeds turned things around in the second though, going on a 16-2 run to lead 36-31 by the half.
Cheshire hit back in third, stepping up their defence again, to hold Leeds scoreless for the first four minutes, while they race up 14 points in the same time period.
Leeds did come back to tie the game at 60-a-piece in the 4th, before the Phoenix defence clamped down once again, going on an 11-0 run to seal the fate of the Force before the final buzzer.
WORCESTER WOLVES 80 - 69 GLASGOW ROCKS
The Worcester Wolves were the only team to win at home over opening weekend, taking down the Glasgow Rocks. The Wolves have gone through quite a transformation over the Summer break, with a host of roster changes, so the first game out was a big positive for the club.
Pavol Losonsky and Jay Couisnard made their debuts for the Wolves, and had almost half of the teams points between them in the game.
The Wolves didn’t put the game in the bag until late on, with Warren Gills, a new signing for the Rocks, giving them some trouble in the 3rd.
Couisnard and Losonsky combined to end the 3rd quarter with a Wolves run that set them up to settle the deal in the 4th.
Losonsky shot an impressive 71% from the field, finishing with 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Couisnard had 4 three-pointers on the night.
SHEFFIELD SHARKS 78 - 85 NEWCASTLE EAGLES
The reigning BBL Champions were on the road for their first game of the season, against the Sheffield Sharks, and had a battle on their hands to come away with the win.
The Sharks matched the Eagles through the first and second quarters, with the game tied at 40 at the half. The Eagles slightly ousted the Sharks in the 3rd by just 3 points, before finally putting things away late in the 4th.
The Eagles were led by Charles Smith, who had 25 points, although five other players include Rahmon Fletcher (15) and the returning Joe Chapman (13) also scored in double figures.
The game was still close with less than 5 minutes to go, with the Sharks losing their poise and missing five of their last six shots to give the Eagles the upper hand. Newcastle’s Andy Thompson and Chapman held it together at the charity stripe to ease the Eagles through.
BRISTOL FLYERS 68 - 71 SURREY SCORCHERS
In a close game that looked set for overtime, the new Surrey Scorchers wrangled a narrow victory off a well converted and-one play with just 4 seconds left on the game clock.
Surrey captain, Tayo Ogendengbe, led his team in scoring in what was his 200th BBL appearance, dropping 19 points to go with 11 rebounds, but it was teammate Andreas Schreiber who sealed the victory for the Scorchers.
Schreiber was the player who was fouled in the dying seconds, making the basket and converting a free throw to put the Scorchers up by three.
Surrey had been the more dominant team early in the game, thanks to some solid defence, but the Flyers had the upper hand in the 3rd quarter, thanks to 8-straight points from captain Greg Streete.
As Bristol starts just their second season the league, they’ll look to build on last years success, where they made it to the play-offs at the first time of asking, while the Scorchers are looking to create some heat in their first season back in the BBL.
PLYMOUTH RAIDERS 69 - 79 LONDON LIONS
In the second game to be played on Saturday, it was again the away team picking up the points on the south coast.
GB U20 guard, Nick Lewis was effective for the Lions, leading their scoring with 17 points scoring, while Brian Voelkel had 14 points, to go with 10 rebounds.
The Lions were up 38 - 32 at the half, thanks to Lewis scoring 8 points in a row for his team. Lewis also opened the scoring in the second half, pushing the Lion’s lead to double-digits, after making up a 13-2 run over the break.
The Raiders fought hard, but the Lions were too tough to take down on their first outing this season.
CHESHIRE PHOENIX 75 - 87 MANCHESTER GIANTS
The Manchester Giants currently sit at the top of the BBL table on points difference, after beating the Cheshire Phoenix 87 - 75 on Sunday at the brand new Cheshire Oaks arena, which pulled in a sell-out crowd for Cheshire's second game of the season.
The Giants were led by Olu Babalola who had 21 points, with Stefan Gill and Callum Jones chipping in with 19 and 18 points respectively. The win came off as a great start for the Giants new player-coach, Yorick Williams, who takes on his first coaching position in the BBL.
Cheshire battled with 27 points coming from Jordan Williams, and former Giant, David Aliu, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Williams also had the pleasure of being the first to score a basket in the brand new area.
It was the Giants who were able to heap on the pressure and spoil the party for Cheshire fans in their first outing at Cheshire Oaks.
The BBL is back in action on Friday
Minnesota Timberwolves Close to Anthony Bennett Buyout September 22, 2015 10:53
The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly close to coming to terms on a buyout for former no. 1 pick, Anthony Bennett.
Bennett, who was picked first in the 2013 draft, has the potential to go down as one of the biggest busts in NBA history, considering he might be the only no. 1 pick to not see the 4th year of his rookie contract, or get an extension to stay in the league.
As part of an underwhelming draft class, Bennett was considered to the best of a mediocre bunch. He was picked by the Cleveland Cavaliers and things didn’t go well from the off. He faulted with an early shoulder injury, but beyond that it still took him 33 games before he even put up double figures in game. He was ridiculed early on for his lack of skill or effectiveness in any area of the game.
That great power of hindsight now shows that the Cavaliers could have picked more or less anyone else from the 2013 draft top 10, or even top 20, and got a better deal. Other names that featured that year were Victor Oladipo (drafted 2nd), Otto Porter (3rd), Cody Zeller (4th), Nerlens Noel (6th), Trey Burke (9th), Michael Carter Williams (11th), Steven Adams (12th), Giannis Antetokounmpo (15th), Dennis Schroder (17th)… the list goes on.
In the end, the Cavaliers only held on to Bennett for one year, then used him as part leverage in a deal that got them Kevin Love from the Timberwolves. The real prize in that trade, was of course Andrew Wiggins, who the Cavaliers drafted as the 1st pick in 2014, before sending him to Minnesota.
Come the 2015 NBA draft, and Minnesota lucked out, getting the top pick with Karl-Anthony Towns. Going into this new season with the three of the most recent no. 1 draft picks seemed like an ideal situation for a team who is rebuilding with a young side, who are looking more and more promising as time goes on.
Apparently Bennett doesn’t fit into that equation, and who can blame the Timberwolves for thinking so. After a year with the Twolves, Bennett had still failed to pull himself into the big time line-up on a consistent basis. If you can’t do that in Minnesota, where there isn’t really a dominant group of players yet, then where can you?
That’s the question that Bennett has to be asking right now. Is there going to be another NBA team that sees him as a project that they can model into half decent player, or is Bennett destined for life overseas?
He could end up in the D-League and grasp onto the tatters of a potential NBA career, but if he doesn’t go through some kind of drastic change at that level, it’s probably safe to say that’s it for the young Canadian.
We’ll just have to sit back and see how this all plays out.
Stance Unveil 2015-16 NBA On-Court Socks - Dallas Mavericks September 22, 2015 10:23
After a break over the weekend, Stance are back at unveiling their brand new range of on-court NBA socks. Every team in the NBA will have two bespoke pairs of socks that they can wear on-court, as well as a selection of plainer, colourway-relevant pairs which will just feature the NBA logoman.
The Dallas Mavericks are the latest team to being unveiled by Stance, showcasing a navy pair featuring the 'Mavs' wordmark, with thin grey and blue grey stripes to finish off the top of the socks.
The alternative pair is a clean, white version with Dallas' blue and grey colours hooped around the top of the socks, in a traditional sports sock manner.
Nothing too striking here, just good, old-fashioned visuals on a sock that boasts more built-in technology than your average family car.
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