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Adidas D Rose 7 'Halloween' in Tech Steel / Ice Blue / Core Black October 15, 2016 20:36
We're only a matter of days away from the start of the 2016/17 NBA season, and a lot of us are holding our breath when it comes to seeing how Derrick Rose is going to perform in New York this season.
We're definitely hoping that he can stay healthy and really throw it down at the Garden; leaving anything remotely ghoulish to his sponsors adidas, and their upcoming 'Halloween' release of the D Rose 7.
Stepping away from anything we've seen in the D Rose footwear line up, the D Rose 7 Tech Steel / Ice Blue / Core Black has a blue and black coloured upper, with a raging graphic patter across the overlays.
The white BOOST layer is still on full display with this shoe, wrapped up in a translucent outsole to finish off the look.
We're hoping to catch Rose in a pair of these shortly, with the NBA season ready to tip off ahead of Halloween this year. The shoes on the other hand will be arriving in store next week.
Buzzer Beater! Adidas D Lillard 2 'Dame Time' Hits Shelves October 14, 2016 21:55
As a basketball player, is there anything better than hitting a buzzer beater to win the game for your team? Surely not. For some players, clutch plays becomes almost second nature, and Damian Lillard is making a name for himself as one of those players.
The adidas D Lillard 2 'Dame Time' shoe pays homage to Lillard's clutch style of play, and in particular his play against the Houston Rockets in 2014, when he hit a game-winning buzzer beater to help the Portland Trail Blazers progress in the play-offs.
With 0.9 seconds left on the clock, Lillard received the ball on an in-bounds play, and BANG, drops a three pointer to send the Rockets home. Don't remember it, check it out below.
The 'Dame Time' edition of the D Lillard 2 has a few features that give a nod Lillard's buzzer-beating abilities. As well as coming in a shot-clock red colourway, the shoes feature a tonal '0.9' pattern across the upper, along with a clock style '0' on the tongue tab representing Lillard's jersey number.
Aside from that, the shoes have some nice little details specific to Lillard, like this home town built into the sole and his name embossed onto the gold eyelets at the top of the shoe.
On the performance side, the adidas D Lillard 2 features BOUNCE technology to help energize your movement, while a molded TPU heel cap aids stability, meaning speed and agility are locked in when you hit the court.
In the Mix: Clsm Sporting Goods Co. October 12, 2016 13:25
We recently had a quick shoot go down in store for local brand, Clsm. Clsm is a new sporting goods company that pays homage to all that is good about American sports, so when they dropped by they cracked out the product grids and got to work.
Check out the Clsm Rookie drop below, as photographed by Rhiannon Banks.
Adidas Welcomes 2016 Rookie Draft Class October 10, 2016 21:41
Adidas might be stepping aside when it comes to NBA on-court apparel, but they’re still working hard on building their hoops family. This Summer, adidas added 8 new members from the 2016 Rookie Class, to their ever expanding roster.
Thon Maker (Bucks), Taurean Prince (Hawks), Wade Baldwin (Grizzlies), DeAndre Bemby (Hawks), Ivica Zubacof (Lakers), Cheick Diallo (Pelicans), Patrick McCawof (Warriors) and Isiah Cousins (Kings) are the latest ambassadors to sign up to adidas, and they join an already impressive roster of rookie talent.
"I chose adidas to be different. Everybody wants to wear the same brands but at the end of the day, I want to set the tone. I'd rather form a bond and get to the top together than go where everyone else goes," Taurean said. "Being with these other rookies is like growing up with your brother with those dreams to do something great. Once you're able to accomplish that – it's like it was meant to be."
Earlier this year, adidas signed Brandon Ingram (Lakers), Jaylen Brown (Celtics), Dragan Bender (Suns), Kriss Dunn (Timberwolves) and Jamal Murray (Nuggets).
"I've known some of these guys for a long time. We enjoy being in each other's presence and at the same time, we're fierce competitors. I feel like everybody else wants to fit in and for what? We're born to stand out," Jaylen said. "The whole brand, the whole movement – I'm here to create. That speaks to me on so many levels. I'm someone that wants to be different and respected for generations to come. That's what I'm here for."
A few of these new players dropped by the adidas Village in Portland, Oregon to meet adidas staff, test out the latest adidas products and provide feedback that can help the brand develop the likes of their footwear ranges and general basketball apparel.
Stay tuned for some of the top rookies in the 2016 Draft Class featuring in upcoming brand campaigns, activations and global tours.
The Stance Hardwood Classics All-Star Collection August 25, 2016 14:26
In the NBA, few jerseys are as memorable or as coveted as the All-Star ones. Granted, some years are better than others, but that is exactly why the good people at Stance have curated a collection of Hardwood Classic socks that pay homage to certain NBA All-Star jerseys.
The Stance NBA All-Star collection releases in the UK this August, and will feature socks that mimic the styling of the jerseys from the 1980, 1992, 1995 and 1996 All-Star games, as well as there being a pair of socks that just rep the NBA Conferences and acknowledge the great East vs West contest that the All-Star Weekend really is.
Check them out below! The first drop of All-Star socks arrives with us on 26.8.16, so keep it right here.
New Steph Curry Golden State Warriors NBA Jerseys Arriving | Remembering Why He's the Two-Time MVP August 23, 2016 14:32
As we start to build up to the brand new basketball season, and new products start arriving, now is a good time to take a look back at what happened last year and remind ourselves of what we have to look forward to in just a couple of months time!
Today we'll see out first drop of 2016/17 NBA jerseys with the arrival of the Adidas Swingman Golden State Warriors jersey in blue, with Steph Curry's name and number. Warriors jerseys have been in huge demand, so let's take a look at what got fans wrapped up in the Warriors last season, and why Curry was named the leagues first unanimous MVP!
Adidas D Rose 7 'Nations' Arriving Soon August 21, 2016 11:17
We might be deep into the off-season right now, but Adidas hasn’t taken a break in terms of releasing footwear that is ready to hit the court. A great Summer release has been the Adidas Nations pack, which includes the Adidas D Rose 7 ‘Nations’ shoe that is about to land right here very soon. (UPDATE: Available now.)
The 2016 Adidas Nations Collection has been designed with the Californian coast in mind - with the bright blues and greens of the sea and the gold of the sun adding highlights to the shoes.
The Adidas Nations shoes were created especially for players who were taking part in the brands renowned under 19’s basketball camp that took place earlier this month in Los Angeles. Now the shoes are winging their way out to retail shelves around the world.
We will soon be getting the D Rose 7 shoe that features in the Nations Collection. The shoe is the latest signature release from the newly signed New York Knicks point guard.
The D Rose 7 'Nations' features a bright turquoise mesh upper, with highlights in gold and a multi-colour mosaic pattern that is meant to represent the array of nations that took part in the Adidas camp, and the bright white mid-sole features a full length BOOST unit.
Images courtesy of Adidas
Philadelphia 76ers Select Ben Simmons as 2016 No. 1 Pick June 24, 2016 14:20
With all this furore around the UK and the departure from the EU, we’ve barely had time to take full stock of one of the biggest nights in the NBA calendar; NBA Draft night! So let’s take a timeout and have a little peek at what went down.
The Philadelphia 76ers used the first pick of the 2016 NBA Draft to select Ben Simmons - a much coveted choice in the years offering and hopefully a solid pick up for the struggling Sixers franchise.
Simmons, an Australian native who moved to Florida for high school and college, averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists for LSU - becoming the first SEC player to finish top in all three categories. He has already made some serious moves too, having signed a $20 million deal with Nike and will be featured in the Showtime documentary, ONE & DONE, which will come out this October.
Philly grabbed another two players in the first round to pad out the squad with a bit of Euro talent. They took Frenchman Timothe Luwawu with the 24th pick, and Furkan Korkmaz out of the Turkish league with the 26th pick.
Next up, the LA Lakers selected Brandon Ingram, from Duke, with the second pick. A small forward with enough skills to play confidently at the point, and as one of the youngest players in the draft, hopefully another potential rising star for the face of the post-Kobe Lakers.
With the 3rd pick of the draft, the Celtics selected Jaylen Brown. A 6-foot-7 freshman who had struggles this past year in terms of the impact and consistency of his game, so a bit of an unknown for the Celtics. Boston fans will have to hope that someone over there has a plan.
At the 4th, the Phoenix Suns selected Croatian, Dragan Bender. He was the youngest player in the draft, but is considered to be one of the most talented player to be coming through from Europe so there’s a buzz around seeing what he’s going to be able to do for the Suns this coming season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kris Dun with the 5th pick of the draft who looks like another great young addition to the line-up for the ever developing TWolves side. Dunn is considered to be one of the more capable and creative players to come through in the draft this year and it’ll be good to see how he sits with Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins next season.
It’s always exciting to see these new guys come through and find out where they’re going to be hitting the court next season, only problem being we have to wait a while for that to happen now!
Here’s the run down of the rest of the top end of the draft.
6. New Orleans Pelicans - Buddy Heild
7. Denver Nuggets - Jamal Murray
8. Sacramento Kings - Marquese Chriss (Traded to Phoenix Suns)
9. Toronto Raptors - Jakon Poeltl
10. Milwaukee Bucks - Thon Maker
11. Orlando Magic - Domantas Sabonis (Traded to OKC)
12. Utah Jazz - Taurean Prince
13. Phoenix Suns - Georgios Papagiannis (Traded to Sacramento Kings)
14. Chicago Bulls - Denzel Valentine
15. Denver Nuggets - Juan Hernangomez
Thunder Trade Serge Ibaka to Magic for Victor Oladipo June 24, 2016 13:52
The Oklahoma City Thunder might not have had any draft picks last night, but boy did they make sure that their name was up there in terms of making moves. The Thunder have traded Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the newly drafted Domantas Sabonis.
One of the biggest talking points in the NBA right now is the fact that Thunder star, Kevin Durant, will be a free agent on the 1st of July, and will easily have his pick of NBA teams. Last night’s move by the Thunder is thought to be aimed at offering Durant a roster that might be more appealing.
The Thunder have perhaps had a weak spot at shooting guard since the departure of James Harden in 2012. Dion Waiters or Andre Roberson have been rotating around that spot this past season, with Waiters proving inconsistent and Roberson improving, but not to a level that could convince Durant to stay in Oklahoma to chase a Championship.
Ibaka has been a solid defensive force for the Thunder, although his numbers have dropped this past year to what it was. Back in 2011-12 he led the league in blocks and he was able to make the NBA All-Defensive First Team for three years on the trot. He was an important factor in keeping the Thunder trucking when Westbrook was out injured in the 2013-14 season but suffered his own set backs due to injury too.
We’ll wait and see what happens on the Durant front over the next couple of months, but Oladipo should make a fine addition to the Thunder and hopefully Ibaka can ply his shot-blocking trade with some success in Orlando.
New York Knicks Sign Derrick Rose! June 22, 2016 15:16
The New York Knicks have wasted no time after the Finals in starting to do something about their own place in the league next season. It’s been announced that the Knicks have signed Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls.
Chicago-born-and-bred, Rose was a fan favourite amongst Bulls supporters, although that has wavered slightly in recent years given Roses struggles with injury. The one-time league MVP isn’t the player he was when he won that award, but he also shouldn’t be written off just yet.
The Knicks believe enough in Rose that they’ve acquired him as their new point guard, in exchange for Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant.
The Bulls ended up having a disappointing season this year, their first under Fred Hoiberg. Reported in-fighting between Rose and Jimmy Butler (which they both deny) and the deteriorating situation with Joakim Noah has added to Chicago’s woes and no doubt this off season will see big changes, the Rose deal being just the first of many.
Speaking about the move, Bulls GM Gar Forman has said, “Derrick has meant a lot to this organisation and to this city and to this team, and has overcome a lot over the years with all the injuries to get back to the point he was. But in putting our plan together, we felt as a first step this really made sense for us.”
Rose first damaged his knee in the 2012 NBA play-offs, and hasn’t really been the same since. Ht hasn’t been an All-Star since 2012 and his game has altered to accommodate the perceived, or perhaps actual, fragility of his knees as a result of repeated injury and treatment.
Rose will now join Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis in blue and orange under Jeff Hornacek to try and turn things around for himself and for the Knicks.
Let's take a look back at Rose before the injuries, and wish him luck in New York.
Cleveland Cavaliers are 2016 NBA Champions!! June 20, 2016 15:25
Not many people expected this to be the outcome of the 2016 NBA season. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers have shocked the Golden State Warriors in Game 7, to become the 2015 NBA Champions!
Few words can really express what this season has been like. Kobe retiring, the Warriors getting the 73-9 record, and now LeBron James making good on his promise to deliver Cleveland their first ever NBA title.
So let's just sit back and enjoy the NBA's very own Game 7 Mini Movie. What a year.
Karl-Anthony Towns Wins Unanimous Rookie of the Year Award May 16, 2016 14:00
We already had one unanimous award this season, and now it looks like we’re getting another one as Karl-Anthony Towns is named the unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year!
Towns was the No. 1 pick in last years draft, and has spend a very solid season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 18.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.
The Timberwolves managed to improve their record by 13 games this season, helped by having a young group of talented guys who are hopefully going to grow together to be a force in the league in the future.
Towns certainly proved his worth as the first pick this year. He was named Western Conference rookie of the month for each time that award was presented and has shown maturity beyond his 20 years of age.
Let’s take a look at some of his highlights from this season.
Toronto Raptors Progress to ECF For First Time in Franchise History May 16, 2016 13:00
The Toronto Raptors are one of those NBA teams that always get a lot of love around the world. They have a pretty serious following in the UK, but they’ve never really gone anywhere, until now.
The Raptors have finally hustled their way through to a franchise-first Eastern Conference finals!
The Raptors franchise has been on the go for two decades now, and post-season success has always evaded them for one reason or another. This year, the beat the Miami Heat in 7 games to finally progress, and it hasn’t been easy. They have taken each round so far to game 7, meaning that they’ve now played 14 games. Their ECF competitor, the Cleveland Cavaliers, have gotten to the same stage having played just 8 games.
Cleveland have swept all of their opponents in the play-offs this year, so most bets are on them to progress to the NBA Finals, but right now, Raptors fans can enjoy this historic season in Toronto. Check out the game 7 action versus Miami, that took the Raptors to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Steph Curry is the First Unanimous NBA MVP! May 11, 2016 11:49
Steph Curry has been steaming through NBA records this season like it’s nobodies business, so it’s fitting that, not only would he be named the 2016 NBA MVP, but that he would be the first player in the game to be unanimously voted into that position.
Curry gained all 131 first place votes from the sportswriters and broadcasters who decide on the award, getting a total of 1,310 points.
To highlight how far ahead of the pack he was in that regard, the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard came in second, with 634 points, while LeBron James finished 3rd in the voting with 631 points.
This is Curry’s second MVP award, and has won in back-to-back years. To celebrate Curry’s achievement, the NBA put together a special, 8-minute long career highlights video - check it out below!
Spurs - Thunder Game 2 Ends in No Call Controversy May 03, 2016 12:30
With 13.5 seconds left in the game the Thunder had the ball to inbound and they were up 98 - 97 over the Spurs. What would follow the inbounds would be 13.5 seconds of madness as the Spurs would steal the ball and frantically try to pull this one back.
Check out what happened:
Yes, the Spurs did’t score, and the Thunder held on to win game 2 by a single point, but as it would turn out, there was way more drama to be had than just what was on the surface of those 13.5 seconds.
First up, the biggest issue all round was the fact that, while trying to inbound the ball, the Thunder’s Dion Waiters clearly elbowed Manu Ginobili, who was defending him on the inbounds - and the referees missed the call. The officials admitted after the game that they missed the call, and even though the Spurs couldn't hit the bucket when they did steal the ball, they were rightly upset.
Had that call be spotted during play, the Spurs would have gained possession of the basketball, and had a chance to set up a play for those last 13.5 seconds, instead of the mad stampede that it turned out to be.
Nevertheless, that’s basketball. The referees let the game play out. When the ball was inbounded, Danny Green hit Kevin Durant pretty hard to get the ball back so that the Spurs could make those last second attempts. Then a fan held onto Steven Adams arm after he tried to block Patti Mills, stopping him getting back in on the action.
After Mills missed shot attempt, LaMarcus Aldridge rebounded the ball, but Serge Ibaka was there to grip onto his jersey to keep the Spurs from having any final attempt at the basket. A mess by anyones standards, but there we have it.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are now tied 1-1 with the San Antonio Spurs. Game 3 in on OKC on Friday.
Brudder Films Premiers "Porzingod" - Knicks Fans Still Have A Prayer! April 27, 2016 12:26
It’s no secret that New York Knicks fans have been through it these past few seasons, but once you hit rock bottom, surely there’s only one way to go....? Just incase, John Leguizamo and Adam Mucci are praying to the Knicks gods (in hilarious fashion) to ensure that “Porzingod” can now take them back to the promised land.
The New York Knicks went through an era of greatness in the 1990’s, and have been crowned NBA Champions on a number of occasions, but more recent decades have seen a decline in New York basketball. Now, the blue and orange army is hoping that their rookie star, Kristaps Porzingis, is the answer they’ve been waiting for.
Porzingis had a great impact on the team in his first year, and this short film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, sums up the attitude of many Knicks fans, who are hoping for a brighter future in New York.
Take a look:
Sacramento Kings Reveal New Branding for 2016-17 NBA Season April 27, 2016 11:41
While a lot of us will spend the next month or so glued to the NBA play offs to see who will be crowned champions in 2016, the teams who didn’t make it to the post season are now looking forward to next season, and a new chance to make a new run at success.
The Sacramento Kings have been quick out of the gate in revealing some news about what next year looks like for them with an overhaul of their branding.
The Kings released their new brand identity to fans during a special preview at the Golden 1 Center - the future home of the Kings that is under construction. In a release on Kings.com, Owner and Chairman, Vivek Ranadive said, “When the Kings moved to Sacramento in 1985, the city was transformed. Today, we aim to do it again…This brand kicks off a new era for our franchise as we move into the most technologically-advanced, most environmentally-friendly arena in the world. As Sacramento becomes the next great American city, this identity honuors our heritage while moving us forward.”
The new primary logo is more of a throwback to the Kings classic logo (see bottom of the page), although the crown has been reshaped and the whole thing has been sharpened up, along with a newer typeface. It’s definitely cleaner and more modern than the branding from the past few seasons, and the accompanying elements and alternative logos fit well with the Kings focus on ‘Our City. Our Pride. Our Foundation”.
The lion elements of the new branding have a very strong football feel about them; something you might expect to see on an England shirt or as part of the Premier League branding, rather than on an NBA jersey.
The lion is obviously a very direct link to the term ‘pride’ and about reenergising the city and the franchise in terms of feeling proud of what they can potentially achieve in the future.
The Kings “New Era of Proud” video is a really nice way to unveil the branding too - all the nostalgia of the Kings history wrapped up in a short that finally places the modern day Sacramento franchise at the centre of things.
The Kings website runs through the new branding in a nice way (check it out here), linking the new look to the history and development of the club, with the tag line "Inspired by the Past. Created for the Future." You get a better sense of the branding development from this:
Finally, to this:
Chris Paul Breaks Hand in Game 4 vs Portland, Griffin Aggravates Quad Injury April 26, 2016 15:00
Chris Paul left the game during the 3rd quarter and was found to have broken right hand. Paul is often said to be one of the most competitive guys in the NBA, and his frustration at yet another potential play off failure was apparent last night. Paul kicked a seat cushion onto the court as he left the game and has no intention of talking to reporters after the game.
Paul won’t be playing for the rest of these play offs, which is a big enough knock as it is, but then in the 4th quarter, Blake Griffin also aggravated the left quad injury that has kept him out for large parts of the season already. Griffin went to the bench late in the game, and has been given a 50% chance of making it back to play out the rest of this series, depending on how he is feeling over the next 24 - 48 hours.
Despite much of last nights game being fairly close, it was in the 4th quarter, with Paul missing and Blake at a disadvantage, that the Trail Blazers were able to put the jets on and tie the series. Portland out-scored LA 32 - 20 in that final quarter, to win the game 98 - 84.
The series now goes back to Staples Centre, where we’ll get to see how the Clippers get on without Paul and potentially without Griffin. Meanwhile, Portland will be looking to take this opportunity to further their own play off campaign.
Game 5 is in LA on Wednesday night.
UPDATE 27.4.16 - Blake Griffin ruled out for the remainder of the play offs.
Steph Curry Out for Two Weeks After Straining Right Knee Against Rockets April 26, 2016 14:46
The Golden State Warriors are 3 - 1 up in their first round play off series against the Houston Rockets, but were hit by the news that Steph Curry will now miss at least two weeks after spraining his right knee in Sunday’s game.
After a record breaking regular season (and even picking up a new NBA record already in the play offs with 21 made 3-pointers in a single game) the Warriors will no doubt battle on in a solid fashion without Curry, but he’s a huge miss on the squad.
Curry injured his knee in just before the buzzer went at half time in game 4 on Sunday, after sliding on a wet spot created by Houston’s Donatas Motiejunas, who also skidded across the floor. Curry did come out to try to warm up again after the halftime break, but immediately returned to the locker room, where he stayed for the rest of the game.
The Warriors didn’t flinch. The rest of the team went on a second half burst, hitting 8 three-pointers in the third quarter and stretching out to a 21 point lead.
The concern for Golden State is that winning is unsustainable without Curry. The Warriors lost game 3 of this series by 1 point in Houston, while Curry was sat on the bench with an ankle issue. During the regular season, the Warriors had a 3-2 record without Curry playing.
When saying that the Warriors become slightly more vulnerable without the reigning (and surely soon to be 2-time) MVP, it’s clear to see why in Curry’s numbers. This season he led the NBA in scoring, with 30.1 points per game on average. He also averaged 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds, as well as leading the league in steals with 2.1 per game. Curry also blew the made three-pointers record clear out of the water. He had an insane 402 3-pointers this season - a whole 116 that his record from the season before.
The Warriors will now return home, with Houston in tow to play game 5. Golden State will look to finish this first round series with a win and silence all of this talk about the team lacking without Curry. No matter whether they win it in game 5, or the series gets dragged out a bit more, Curry will still miss the first half of the second round, when the Warriors will have to face a more substantial opponent.
The Warriors will face either the LA Clippers, or the Portland Trail Blazers, who are currently tied 2-2 in their series. The Clippers faced a huge blow last night as with Chris Paul breaking his hand and Blake Griffin aggravating his quad injury. Portland were able to level the series as those familiar dark clouds gather over the Clippers in terms of whether that squad can ever drag themselves beyond the first stages of the play offs.
Portland seem to e enjoying an underdog rally, having lost the majority of their roster along with LaMarcus Aldridge last Summer. They’d certainly make a testing opponent for the underhanded Warriors, with Damian Lillard set to prove his worth in this league.
For Curry, the wait to see how things go with his injury over the next two weeks will no doubt be excruciating. It’s not going to be much more fun for the fans either. Here’s to wishing him well and a swift return to this historic Golden State team.
San Antonio Sweeps Memphis in Time for Tim Duncan's 40th Birthday April 25, 2016 15:23
The San Antonio Spurs are the most under-hyped team in the NBA, but that doesn’t meant that they don’t go out there and get things done.
The Spurs have swept the Memphis Grizzlies 4-0 in the first round of the 2016 NBA play offs. They topped the sweep off last night with a 116 - 95 win in Memphis, led by Kawhi Leonards 21 points.
The straight sweep was the 9th in San Antonio Spurs franchise play off history, a record that puts coach Greg Popovich at the top of all coaches in NBA history in that category.
Finishing the first round in the shortest amount of time possible also means that Tim Duncan gets to celebrate his 40th birthday today while relaxing and waiting for the next round.
The Spurs will face either the Oklahoma City Thunder or the Dallas Mavericks in the next round, pending the outcome of that match up.
While we’re waiting on that, let’s celebrate Time Duncan’s birthday by checking out this look back at his career in the NBA
Kobe Bryant Scores 60 Points in his Final Game | Secures Lakers Comeback Win April 14, 2016 11:20
After a lacklustre season for the LA Lakers, which saw Kobe Bryant go on a farewell tour across the league, the Black Mamba did not disappoint on the final day of the regular season.
Kobe bid farewell to fans at Staples Centre in Los Angeles by dropping 60 points on the Utah Jazz and hauling his Lakers side to a come back win. As close to a fairy tale ending as we could of hoped, to end a career that spanned 20 years in the league.
The last time Kobe had a game in which he scored more than 50 points was February 2009. Last night, he even turned on the magic in the 4th quarter, scoring 23 points to push the Lakers over the hill to victory. For some perspective, the entire Jazz team only scored 21 points in that final quarter.
Not one to shy away from speaking his mind, Kobe spoke to the press after the game, saying; “The perfect ending would have been a championship.” His teammates also tried to spray him with champagne in the locker room, and he was unimpressed, telling them that doing that is only for championships.
It’s been tough to watch the Lakers these past few seasons. Even more so this year as they racked up a franchise-worst performance, amongst unnecessary locker room drama. At 37 years of age, and now feeling the huge toll of his time in the league, and with recent injuries weighing on him, there was little that Kobe could do about it on his own.
After everything, Kobe got to leave the court last night with a smile on his face, and thousands of fans inside the arena, and outside, chanting his name. After 20 years in purple and gold, he could walk away on a characteristically dramatic note.
“What else can I say?” Kobe asked. “Mamba out.”
Spurs Equal NBA Record for Regular Season Home Wins at 40-1 April 14, 2016 10:55
The San Antonio Spurs came painfully close to doing what no other NBA team has ever done before, and that’s go unbeaten at home for an entire season.
They came as close as dropping just one single game at home all season, although their final home game of the season also turned into a huge a challenge.
The Spurs have chalked up a hugely admirable 40-1 record at home this season, only losing that single game to this historic Golden State Warriors team last weekend. That matches the all-time NBA record for home wins in a season which was set by the Boston Celtics in the 1985-86 regular season.
Last night, in the final home game of the regular season, the Spurs faced the Oklahoma City Thunder, and while OKC rested Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, the game was taken to overtime for the first time this year in San Antonio.
The Spurs seemed to struggle for much of the game, perhaps attributed to the mental and physical toll of their first home loss against the Warriors on Sunday. The Thunder were able to take an 18 point lead early in the second, but the Spurs fought hard to prevent a second straight loss at home.
Kawhi Leonard had the ball in his hands with a chance to win things at the end of regulation, but missed the jump shot, with things going to overtime. San Antonio finally pulled things together in the extra period, taking the win 102 - 98.
Maybe not the way that they wanted their final home game to go ahead of what promises to be a tasking play-offs in the Western Conference, but a win is a win.
The team can be proud at being able to tie an NBA record that was set by a team that included the likes of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish.
Farewell Mamba - Kobe Bryant Will Play His Last Ever NBA Game Tonight April 13, 2016 12:51
It’s going to be a sad day in the NBA today, as we see the close out of the 2015/16 regular NBA season. Whether you love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Kobe Bryant has had a significant career in the NBA, and that his last ever game, against the Utah Jazz tonight, is going to be heart wrenching for a generation of basketball fans.
Kobe has spent an epic 20 years in the NBA, and every moment of his career (barring the actual draft night) has been spent wearing the purple and gold of the LA Lakers.
Tonight, he’ll play his last ever NBA game at home, at Staples Centre, in front of a sold out audience. When he walks off the court, Kobe will leave as the NBA’s third-all-time-leading scorer, having helped the Lakers to 5 NBA Championships in his time there. He started playing for the Lakers aged just 17, and now, at 37, he’s still as confident, competitive as ever.
The only bad thing about Kobe exiting right now (other than the loss of him as a player) is that he has to go out on a Lakers side that is flirting with the edges of being one of the most horrendous basketballs teams ever. They certainly don’t live up to the Lakers squads that Kobe has played on there, having claimed the title of worst Lakers team in franchise history. Hopefully this be something that people will forget about when they look back over Kobe’s career.
Tonight, the Lakers will play the Utah Jazz. The Jazz are battling for the final play-off spot in the Western Conference. They have to win this game to stand a chance of clinching that spot, while they are also relying on Sacramento beating the Houston Rockets to keep James Harden and co. out of that coveted spot.
The Lakers, on the other hand, at a mere 16-65 on the season, have little to play for other than pride, and to give Kobe a night that he can remember. It’s expected that Kobe will play as much of the game as his battered body can possibly manage - that would mean the whole game if he can really pull out all of the stops tonight. We’re also guaranteed to see his Lakers teammates passing him the ball at every opportunity so that the fans get to see the Mamba properly at play for one last time.
Speaking to the press about his star players last game, Lakers coach Byron Scott has said that he’d love Kobe to go out on a fallaway jumper, in the dying seconds of a tied game. This is basketball, so anything is possible, no matter how bad the supporting cast may be for tonights game.
All we can do now is sit back and watch, and pay homage to one of the greatest players to take to the court in the NBA.
Boston Celtics Deal Warriors a Shock Home Defeat April 02, 2016 11:39
We had to double check that it wasn’t still the 1st April this morning when we looked to see that the Boston Celtics have put an end to the Golden State Warriors epic home-winning streak. It wasn’t an April fools article, it was the true.
Led by Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics have done what no other team has managed to do in the NBA for the past 14 months - they beat the Warriors at the Oracle Arena.
The Warriors were down by 3 points as the game clock was winding down in the 4th quarter, and Curry popped his trademark shot from beyond the arc with 5.3 seconds to go, only this time he missed. Harrison Barnes grabbed the rebound and managed another rushed 3-point attempt but it wasn’t to be.
Speaking to the press after the game, Curry said; "Every one of them I think is going down. But it didn’t… All things considered, it was a pretty good look at it. ... We've gotten away with some games that we probably shouldn't have won with some shots like that. And tonight it wasn't our night."
Thomas was instrumental in keeping Boston rolling in this one, scoring 18 of this 22 points in a critical 3rd quarter. The Celtics as a whole made sure that every play counted and hustled with serious intensity - an impressed display considering this was the second night of a back-to-back.
Golden State hadn’t lost a home game since 27th January 2015, and so have recorded an NBA record 54-home game winning streak across the regular season. The Warriors now stand at 68-8 on the season, in which they are fighting their way to the coveted 72-10 NBA best record, set by the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96.
Golden State have 6 games left in which to reach that target, or beat it, although they have a very tough run in the last 4 games, where they play San Antonio twice within 4 days, once at home and then once in San Antonio, where the Spurs are still unbeaten.
This is going to prove to be a very interesting end to the end of the 2015-16 NBA season!
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