Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Jersey of the Week: Chris Mullin

Chris Mullin's Warriors jersey, washed and dry. Token B.J. Armstrong appearance is of mild amusement.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Mike on Opera

Pretty sure MJ thought he was doing an Oprah promo.

Michael Jordan for Lyric Opera of Chicago

Card of the Week: LeBron James vs Trevor Ariza

This is almost encroaching on "Who Dunked It Better?" territory, but we're running this as Card of the Week out of courtesy to the fine men and women of Upper Deck.

It is not often that we are forced to choose between LeBron's iconic first game dunk and Trevor Ariza's shoes.

NB: Ariza's highlights from his time in New York include some very large dunks.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Who Dunked It Better? James White vs Zach LaVine

This was eight years in the making.

Flight White at the '06 NCAA Slam Dunk Contest or LaVine at the Jamal Crawford hosted Seattle Pro-Am.

James White
(March 30, 2006)
Zach LaVine
(July 27, 2014)

Saturday, 26 July 2014

GIF of the Week: Everyone ran out of the gym

We think this is Keeyon Dooling losing his mind following a Vince Carter windmill in transition.

Vince Carter vs LA Clippers
(January 2, 2001)

Friday, 25 July 2014

Card of the Week: Andrew Gaze Udine Wild Card

In 1991-92, Gazey was in the north east of Italy dropping 30 a night for Udine.

During his European vacation, he also found time to tell the wife of the Udine GM how massive his catso was.

True story.

Here's the Wild Card to end all Wild Cards. Shout out to Banca Del Friuli aka Old Money.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Jersey of the Week: The "Glen Rice's Mom" Sweater

The '89 NCAA Final saw Glen Rice light up the underdog Seton Hall Pirate and deny our man Gazey a fairytale finish to his College career.

It also featured possibly the greatest garment of any NCAA tournament. Glen Rice Jr's grandmother took it to the next level and she is most deserving of Jersey of the Week, regardless of the fact it is not a jersey.

Glen Rice's mother
(April 3, 1989)

Card of the Week: DeAndre Jordan Rookie Standout

Upper Deck gives young DeAndre the '92 Draft Class treatment.

Upper Deck Lineage Rookie Standout DeAndre Jordan #RS42

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Nique x Moses x Doc

The Atlanta Hawks '89-90 Media Guide featuring some of the all-time greats flying.

He's back, in Pog form.

During the 1992-93 season, Sean Elliott had a career year for the San Antonio Spurs, becoming the team's second leading scorer and making the All-Star team as a reserve. The Spurs however did not advance past the Western Conference Semi-Finals.

Prior to the 1993-94 season, the Spurs traded Elliott to the Detroit Pistons for league leading rebounder Dennis "The Shrinking Violet" Rodman. Isaiah Morris, David Wood and some picks were thrown in for good measure.

With Rodman in '94, the Spurs didn't even get out of the first round. While this was a step backwards for the organisation, it pales in comparison to what was going on in Motown.

With Elliot, the 1993-94 Detroit Pistons had their stinkiest season since '79-80, going 20-62.
As you would expect, Elliott's numbers dropped off considerably. We've got no idea what was happening in that locker room but we're blaming Isiah Thomas anyway.
Now this is where it gets better. The Spurs, a genius organisation as history has now shown, then traded for Elliott prior to the 1994-95 season. To get him back, they gave up Bill Curley.

Bill was the 22nd pick in the 1994 draft.

We like to refer to trades of this nature as Alf Pog trades. The Spurs gave up the NBA equivalent of Alf Pogs to get back the small forward that they drafted 3rd overall, the small forward who would go on to perform a miracle five years later en route to the 1999 championship.

Today, Elliott is one of the most annoying commentators in the league. We don't know where Bill Curley is.

NB: The Pistons drafted Grant Hill in 1994 and probably didn't need Elliott's services anyway.

GIF of the Week: Tim Hardaway Double Tap

The irony is not lost on us.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Public Service Announcement

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Jersey of the Week: Craig Hodges NBA Generic Jersey

In the summer of 1992, the Chicago Bulls waived sharp shooter Craig Hodges.

Not being on any team's roster however didn't stop him from competing in the 1993 Three-Point Shootout.

He entered as a free agent and the the league gave him his very own generic "NBA" jersey. This jersey now hangs somewhere where we don't know where it is.

Craig Hodges
(February 20, 1993)

Thursday, 10 July 2014

#TBT The John Celestand Dunk

This was '99-00 Vince. The nastiest of all Vinces.

Vince Carter vs Los Angeles Lakers
(November 21, 1999)

John Celestand was unlucky enough to be in his general vicinity/Vincinty.