Posts Tagged ‘Kobe Bryant’

Head coach of San Antonio Spurs has some fun with Shaquille O’Neal

November 2, 2008

Shaquille O’Neal is a dreadful free-throw shooter. Hence, opposing NBA teams have been imposing an unofficial rule called “Hack a Shaq” in close games. Teams will foul O’Neal late in games if they’re trailing as O’Neal will likely only make 1 free throw, and his opponents get the ball back. O’Neal has bitched and moaned about this practice for years, but never really improved his free-throw shooting either. During last year’s NBA playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs employed the Hack a Shaq technique often and Shaq ripped the team publicly for it. Last night Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich decided to have some fun with Shaq.

Worst NBA lottery picks of all time

June 26, 2008

The top 14 worst NBA lottery picks according to ESPN.com. Only 1 Detroit Piston listed. Damn you Darko……

#1 ranked Worst NBA Lottery pick of all time-Kwame Brown

Full list here

Here’s a video of Darko Milicic, #2 Worst Lottery pick, after his Serbian national team lost to Greece in the 2007 Eurobasket 2007. He was super pissed and promised a rather vulgar, and specific revenge on the referees and their families. He’s got fire, this kid. NSFW subtitles.

“Kobe tell me how my @ss taste!” Shaq slams Kobe while freestyling on stage

June 24, 2008

I guess they aren’t getting along so well after all. Shaq has dug up the hatchet and took a few whacks in Kobe Bryant’s direction. I believe the NSFW language has been bleeped out already.

NBA facing a steroids-like controversy follows baseball’s playbook: Deny, Deny, Deny

June 11, 2008

The idea that the NBA leadership is complicit in, and perhaps encourages, fixing games continues to gain steam. Ck. out the quote from a good story on ESPN regarding the very controversial Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Championship, often referred to as the worst officiated game in NBA history.

“Referees A, F and G were officiating a playoff series between Teams 5 and 6 in May of 2002. It was the sixth game of a seven-game series, and a Team 5 victory that night would have ended the series. However, Tim learned from Referee A that Referees A and F wanted to extend the series to seven games. Tim knew referees A and F to be “company men,” always acting in the interest of the NBA, and that night, it was in the NBA’s interest to add another game to the series. Referees A and F heavily favored Team 6. Personal fouls [resulting in obviously injured players] were ignored even when they occurred in full view of the referees. Conversely, the referees called made-up fouls on Team 5 in order to give additional free throw opportunities for Team 6. Their foul-calling also led to the ejection of two Team 5 players. The referees’ favoring of Team 6 led to that team’s victory that night, and Team 6 came back from behind to win that series.”

An informative, albeit melodramatic, video regarding the game fixing scandal surrounding Tim Donaghy, and NBA Commissioner David Stern’s repeated denials.

Donaghy was also involved in a playoff series in 2007 where the officiating was again heavily criticized, the San Antonio Spurs versus the Phoenix Suns.