Wednesday, 8 September 2010

For Old Time’s Sake: MJ Breaks Backboard

What a throwback. Ya’ll have probably seen this before but even so, I could watch it all day. YOUNG Mike getting up, same form he rocked in the league. This occurred on August 25, 1986 in a Nike exhibition game in Italy. MJ scored 30 points in the game and then went on to post these averages in the ‘86-’87 NBA season:

37.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG. 4.6 APG, 2.88 SPG, 1.52 BPG

I guess he was okay. 37 points on any given night is pretty money but over 82 games… that’s just stupid. Do I dare say G.O.A.T?….YUP.

Leandro Barbosa Nasty Crossover on Andre Iguodala Watch In HD!

While the USA took care of Team Brazil is rather simple fashion yesterday, Leo Barbosa got his own (minor) victory. Just watch:

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Can Kobe Age As Gracefully As Jordan?

Now that Kobe Bryant’s turned 32, how much of a decline can we expect in his game over the next few seasons?

The only player to compare Bryant’s 30-something performance with, of course, is Michael Jordan. But it’s not a simple comparison because by the age of 32 MJ had been retired for almost two seasons while he tried, and failed, to make it as a pro baseball player.

So, when Jordan returned to the Chicago Bulls late in the 94-95 season—at 32—he’d played only 778 NBA regular season and playoff games. By comparison, Kobe Bryant has already played a whopping 1,219 games, 57% more than Jordan at the same age. Kobe is clearly the NBA version of a Ferrari with high mileage.

What happened after Jordan’s 32nd birthday? MJ led the league in scoring in the next three seasons before another retirement attempt.

Still, age forced some adjustments in MJ’s game—and we might see the same from Kobe.

Late in Jordan’s career, he’d often pace himself to save something for the fourth quarter. Even then, MJ was great, he just wasn’t the airborne legend of his youth.

As Kobe—a hoops historian—readies for his 15th Lakers season, he’s probably got this MJ stat memorized: After Jordan turned 32, he won three more NBA titles.

What do you think? Post your comments below.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

For Old Time’s Sake: Jason Kidd

TRIPLE DOUBLE. When all is said and done, JKidd will go down as one of the greatest point guards ever. He was NASTY in high school, unreal at Cal, a lottery pick in ‘94, co-ROY, and a 10x NBA All Star…. and counting. While an NBA Championship has evaded him to this point, he is still competing at a high level in Dallas and putting up great numbers. He has career averages of 13.6 pts, 9.2 asts, 6.6 rbs, and 2 stls. Kidd is second on the All-Time Assists list behind John Stockton and the only player in NBA history with 15,000 points, 10,000 assists and 7,000 rebounds. He is currently 3rd all time in triple-doubles with 105 (Behind the Big O and Magic).

Tuesday, 31 August 2010