Posts Tagged ‘Patrick Ewing’

Michael Jordan Speaks (Some More)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months back we saw a video from 2K Sports promoting NBA 2K14 in which Michael Jordan made some news by proclaiming he could beat LeBron one-on-one if they played in their primes. In part two of this interview, released yesterday, Jordan picked the four players he would want to play alongside (including one surprise choice — a Tar Hell, no less), his favorite Air Jordans, his most memorable dunks, his best year, why he wore number 23, and more.
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VIDEO: Michael Jordan Uncensored, Part 2

The Hornets Are Returning; Are These Classic Uniforms, Too?


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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER –One of the first NBA games I remember attending was in Charlotte, N.C., in 1989, during the Charlotte Hornets’ inaugural season. I was an Atlantan and a Hawks fan, but we were on a family vacation, driving somewhere or another on a route that took us through North Carolina. My Dad, a huge NBA fan, planned ahead and ordered Hornets tickets. We rolled into town on March 27, 1989, just in time to see the Hornets host the New York Knicks.

The Hornets weren’t particularly good — they were an expansion team, after all — but the fans there in Charlotte loved basketball and loved the Hornets. I convinced my Dad to buy me a Hornets caricature t-shirt featuring Muggsy Bogues, Robert Reid, Kurt Rambis, and several other players.

I settled in to root for the home team, and all these years later, I remember exactly two things about that game:

1. Every time Hornets center Tim Kempton caught the ball, the man behind me would yell, “STONE HANDS” at the top of his his lungs. I guess he wasn’t a Kempton fan.

2. Patrick Ewing destroyed the Hornets that night, finishing with 45 points.

The Hornets eventually got pretty good, drafting Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning. They drafted Kobe Bryant!  … but then they then immediately traded Kobe to the Lakers. Eventually, then-owner George Shinn moved the team to New Orleans. The NBA added the Charlotte Bobcats to the league to fill the void. The Hornets were sold, the Bobcats were sold. Last season, the Hornets announced they would change their name to the New Orleans Pelicans. Not missing a beat, new Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan recently announced that his franchise will be changing its name to the Hornets.

This has spurred a torrent of Hornets-related nostalgia. Kobe himself took to Twitter and reminded us all of those few minutes when he was a Hornet…

BuzzFeed went long on the team’s history, reporting that their popular mascot, Hugo the Hornet, was actually designed by Jim Henson‘s daughter, Cheryl.

And then there were the uniforms. The colors and logo were unique enough to make them different, special even. WCNC in Charlotte dug up some old video from the reveal of the Hornets uniforms, featuring designer Alexander Julian and original Hornets star Kelly Tripucka. It’s especially worth noting the shorts, which are not only incredibly short by today’s standards, but also, as I recall, featured pleats.

It’s too early to tell which way the new Charlotte Hornets will go with their logo and uniform — they won’t be changing until 2014 — but as they’ve shown with the buzz they’ve garnered from the name change, it would be hard to go wrong by looking to their past.

(via SI.com)

NBA Style: Classic Knicks #TBT

NBA Style
By the NBA.com Style Crew

The New York Knicks may be fighting for their Playoff life right now, but it’s coming on the heels of their best regular season in over a decade. And while the Knicks work their way back toward true contender status, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the iconic players who wrote the legends still revered in Gotham today. From Clyde to Phil, from Willis to Ewing, from Bradley to Bernard, flip through the gallery below and check the images.

What’s your favorite look of all-time? Let us know in the comments section, and don’t forget to continue the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #NBAStyle

Last night in an … ending

by Micah Hart

They say all good things must come to an end (whoever they is), and last night, Kevin Love‘s impressive streak of 53 straight double doubles came to an end with his six-point, 12-rebound performance in Minnesota’s 100-77 loss at Golden State.

First and foremost, am I the only one who assumed that the streak would end for a lack of rebounds rather than points? That’s not even to say that Love is a dynamic scorer, and with full knowledge that he is a beast on the boards, but still, points are generally collected two at a time.

I am tempted to consider Love’s accomplishment a tad overblown (as the stat isn’t officially counted by the NBA and, according to Elias, Wilt Chamberlain had a 227-game streak at one point), but at the same time, if it were so easy, then how come so many of the game’s other great big men (Shaq, Tim Duncan, Patrick Ewing), could never do it?

Regardless of the historical context of Love’s 53, it’s still an impressive output, and from a guy who as recently as earlier this season WASN’T EVEN STARTING.

The streak is dead. Long live the streak.

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