In the summer of 1996, the Los Angeles Lakers made two moves that forever altered the organization. In one offseason, L.A. acquired shooting guard Kobe Bryant on draft night and signed Shaquile O’Neal via free agency. In the years since, the Lakers have won five NBA championships. That includes a three-peat with the combination of Bryant and O’Neal intact, and another two with the former leading a new set of stars. For all of their differences, one thing can be said unequivocally: both
Love him or hate him, Dennis Rodman is one of the greatest players in history. A five-time NBA champion, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and seven-time rebounds leader, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the class of 2011. In a league which embodies the never-say-never mentality, it’s genuinely safe to say there’s no one quite like Rodman. Or is there? On Wednesday, October 15, Rodman took to Twitter to name the reincarnation of himself in today’s NBA. It’s not an elite defensive player, a
The NBA is an evolving league. Certain aspects of the evolution have caused fans to believe that the level of competition has declined, no matter how fair or foul that theory may be. The most common criticism of this era is that players and teams have a newfound, albeit not previously uncommon mentality: those who hurt you most are the players who must be acquired. For instance, the Cleveland Cavaliers signed Shawn Marion—the same Marion who locked down franchise player LeBron James in the 2011 NBA Finals. Similarly, former Chicago
Kevin Garnett is entering his 20th season as an NBA player. Garnett joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert Parish and Kevin Willis as the only players in league history to ever play at least 20 seasons. Just don’t expect KG to extend his time in the league once his playing career comes to a close. Throughout the course of his illustrious career, Garnett has been known to provide unforgettable sound bytes. From mind games and insults to media dismissals and pep talks, we’ve heard it all from
Amidst a summer of sports controversy, positivity is far too difficult to find. Fortunately, Wednesday, September 17 marked the anniversary of one of the most important days in NBA history. It was Phil Jackson’s 69th birthday. Jackson is a 13-time NBA champion, winning a record 11 as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers and two as a player for the New York Knicks. Thus, Jackson has become the gold standard for the NBA. Known mostly for his unparalleled management of egos
Some things are bigger than sports. The 2014 ESPYs were held live at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, July 16. Recording artist Drake hosted the annual award show, which pays homage to the greatest sports moments and performances of the year. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder won Best Male Athlete and Comeback Athlete of the Year to represent the NBA. Kawhi Leonard was honored for the Best Championship Performance and Gregg Popovich won the Best
All is forgiven. Or for6iven. It depends on whose past transgressions are being discussed. With free agency in full swing, no team is drawing as much attention as the Cleveland Cavaliers. No player is garnering as many headlines as four-time MVP LeBron James. No story is capturing as many imaginations as LeBron’s rumored return to Cleveland. As the madness takes over the NBA, every journalist, analyst, fan and business are attempting to capitalize in some way, shape or form. That applies to T-Shirt companies, which
With the entire basketball world fixated on the 2014 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans, a showcase of the games top talent, one star was brighter than the rest. Kyrie Irving.