Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Andrew Gaze x Pete Rose

Gazey getting his Elle MacPherson on with Pete "That's Pete Rose!" Rose.

Can't Knock the Hustle: Wayne Harmes vs Patrick Mills

Midway through the fourth, Patty Mills got his Wayne Harmes on to release a streaking Ginobili for an uncontested old man dunk. So who Tap, Tap, Taparoo-ed it better? Probably Harmes given the context of the contest, but Mills is currently playing quintessential Spurs basketball before a global audience.

Wayne Harmes to Ken Sheldon
(September 29, 1979)

Patrick Mills to Manu Ginobili
(June 10, 2014) 

In the words of the great sage JVG:

"You wanna win? Be first to the floor."

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Card of the Week: The Admiral

Card of the Week continues our World Game theme with this classic SI card featuring The Admiral disrupting a perfectly good game of football.  It's also a great opportunity for us to feature some of Matt Le Tissier's finest work.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Sunday, 8 June 2014

The Kobe Dance

Kobe Bryant
(February 10, 2002)

Ray Allen on the Suns

There has been a lot said about Ray Allen's dunking ability following his Game 1 stuff in transition. All the historical footage shown in the wake of this play has been Ray going off one foot. Here's a rare two foot throw down from Jesus as a rookie. He's essentially doing Finley's signature dunk right in front of him.

Ray Allen vs Phoenix Suns
(November 12, 1996)

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Allen Iverson by Reebok

Reebok print ad for The Answer IX Pump.

GIF of the Week: Allen Iverson on Eddie Jones

Taken from the Mitch Richmond game for PC, this is a rookie Allen Iverson throwing down a windmill on premier wing defender Eddie Jones. Because this never happened in real life, all we're asking is that you appreciate the primitive beauty of mid '90s DOS graphics.

A young AI would also feature with our man Jerry Stackhat in NBA Hangtime, the greatest game ever released for any platform.
BONUS: Fleer '96-97 Allen Iverson Rookie Card

Friday, 6 June 2014

Jersey of the Week: Rasheed Wallace Bullets

June 3, 1996:

"What do you mean 'we'? You comin' up with this 'we' stuff again, I don't see anybody"

A petrified Eric Bischoff was desperate to learn who Scott Hall was continually referring too in his WCW invasion promos. Turns out Eric wasn't looking hard enough.

It was Rasheed Wallace.

Jersey of the Week is the Rasheed Wallace Bullets Away strip, the most influential jersey in wrestling history.

Sean Marks x Tim Duncan

Doesn't matter how many turnovers your team commits throughout the course of the night, if your pre-game routine involves doing this with Sean Marks, you're gonna go close.

Sean Marks exchanges hand gestures with Tim Duncan
(June 5, 2014)

Duncan had one of these, plus 21 and 10 on 90% shooting. Patty Mills was the only Spur not to turn it over.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Michael Jordan's first career NBA Finals win

June 5, 1991: Michael Jordan got the first of many NBA Finals wins in Game 2 against the Lakers. After coming ridiculously close in Game 1, Jordan produced one the most efficient scoring performances in Finals history, which included the switch-hands layup.

Michael Jordan around Byron Scott
(June 5, 1991)

Bright moments always come back vivid.

On this day, Kobe welcomed the Nets to the 2002 NBA Finals with this Game 1 poster on T-Mac.

Kobe Bryant on Todd MacCulloch
(June 5, 2002)

The footage would go on to feature in an NBA commercial for Mos Def's critically acclaimed 2009 release 'The Ecstatic'...

For the record (pardon the pun), Life in Marvelous Times is a bonkers track, and the remix wasn't bad either.


Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Card of the Week: Skybox Dallas Mavericks Checklist

The Dallas Mavericks checklist card from Skybox's inaugural series, as maligned by The Starters on NBA TV.  Click through for higher resolution.

Dallas Mavericks Checklist #333
(Skybox 1990-91)
We loved those logo cards.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

NBA Finals 2014 prediction in GIF form

Though we want to see a Spurs victory, the Heat will three-peat in 6. The reason is LeBron James.

LeBron James blocks Brent Barry
(December 11, 2004)

For the record the block didn't count, foul on Snow. Bones made one of two.

Big Shot Rob

On this day, Robert Horry hit 6 threes to help the eighth-seeded Houston Rockets past the San Antonio Spurs and back to the NBA Finals. Hakeem's 39 and 17 was also was a factor...

Robert Horry v San Antonio Spurs
(June 1, 1995)

Jersey of the Week: Fred Brown

On this day, the Seattle Supersonics won their first and only NBA championship in 1979. The captain of that squad was Downtown Freddie Brown, #WisconsinStyle pioneer and flat-out shooter. Fred Brown was the first person to lead the league in 3P% when association began recording the statistic in '79.

Here is a game worn jersey that sold at auction for a little over 1500 clams late last year.