Friday, 29 August 2014

Jersey of the Week: Roy Rogers No. 99 jersey

Roy Rogers played a grand total of 37 minutes for the Celtics wearing No. 99. We believe that this is the first decent internet sighting of possibly the grail-est of Beantown jerseys.

Roy Rogers vs Seattle Supersonics
(April 15, 2007)

Given that you need to go back to 1956 for the last player (Mikan) to wear this number, it receives Jersey of the Week status and some much needed/completely unnecessary recognition.

No one in the league is currently sporting 99 though we kinda think  Mirza Teletovic should be.

Melbourne United sign Jordan McRae

Dunks are back on the menu.

Welcome Jordan McRae, may you be the Bennett Davison this town has been missing.

GIF of the Week: Headshot

The Rifleman was a fiesty character who is best remembered for a memorable Costacos Brothers poster and leading the Minnesota Timberwolves in victory dances.

During his prime in Indiana, he got into a bit of slanging match with Baseline Leaner royalty Mark Price that escalated from a war of words into a more physical exchange. If anyone has got the complete footage please contact us and the authorities.

So, without further delay, GIF of the Week is Chuck "kicking" Pricey in the face while he is trying to take a mid-game nap.

Tracy McGrady blocks Shaquille O'Neal

In June did a small piece on a dunk by Vince Carter from a TOR vs LAL game early in the 1999-00 season.

Whilst this game is best remembered for that very dunk, the Toronto squad included a maturing Tracy McGrady whose highlight reel plays rivaled that of his much heralded cousin - and we're not just talking offensive aerial artistry.

Through the first eight games of the 1999-00 season, T-Mac was averaging 2.8 blocks a game. Against the Lakers, he would only have one. But it was a good one.

Tracy McGrady blocks Shaquille O'Neal
(November 21, 1999)

Ack that it was clearly a goal tend, but with no call on the play we're more than happy to run with it.

A big thanks to YouTube channel Hastings 66ers (aka The Beverley Turner Channel) for providing this game in full. You may want to check out McGrady punching one on Brian Shaw as well.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Vlade Divac's sexy block on Ron Harper

They've been keeping this footage from us, and you, for more than twenty years.

It is with great pleasure that we present this incredible block by Vlade Divac on post knee explosion Ron Harper.
Vlade Divac blocks Ron Harper
(circa 1993)

This play is approaching LaPhonso Ellis territory.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Robert Horry dunks on Scottie Pippen

Robert Horry is best remembered for being the Professor In Charge of Clutch Field Goals from 1992 through to 2008.

However, before he was knocking down heart breaking threes, he was a high flyer out of Alabama who spent much of his early years dunking on dudes or throwing their shots back.

And then there was the time he sort of dunked on Pippen.

Robert Horry on Scottie Pippen
(28 January, 1993)

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Card of the Week: Oliver Miller

It's Reggie Miller's birthday today and all he is getting from us is this monstrous card of former Harlem Globetrotter Oliver Miller.
Oliver Miller
(Fleer 1997-98 #162)

Saturday, 23 August 2014

GIF of the Week: Cliff Robinson Headband Removal Tutorial

Step by step guide on how to doff a headband from everyone's favourite uncle.

Cliff Robinson vs Headband

Friday, 22 August 2014

Cal Bruton x Jim Havrilla

The difference between a good photo and an awesome photo is usually Jim Havrilla.

Standby for the spin-off blog "Cal Bruton's Hats". Shout out to City Hatters.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

What we do in the off-season....

Shout out to Vince and co. for the family reunion. For the record, Scott Hall is and always will be the wrestler of choice for us

Monday, 11 August 2014

Al Harrington - Go Down Shooting

Al Harrington's 13 year career spanned 7 different teams and included two separate tenures in Indiana, who originally drafted him from Saint Patrick High School, New Jersey in 1998. As the consensus #1 player in his graduating class, it could be argued that Al's NBA legacy is somewhat underwhelming given his lofty standing as a prospect. Al has likely played his last NBA game after signing to play in China this season and leaves the association with solid career averages of 13.5ppg and 5.6rpg in just 28.6 minutes per game. His ability to put numbers on the scoreboard in limited minutes can be attributed to an unwavering faith in his jumpshot and total lack of conscience.

For reference, during the 2007-8 season, world-famous shotjacker Antoine Walker's 3-point-FG-attempts-per-minute ratio maxed out an eye-watering 7.6 per 36 minutes - a number made truly remarkable when you consider 'Toine made .324 of his attempts, well below the league average. Big Al's "best" season, by comparison, was 2010-11 when he launched 7.1 per 36 as a member of George Karl's turbo charged Nuggets. Fortunately for George, his teammates and the rims in the Pepsi Center, Al actually made his fair share, shooting .357 from deep.

Here's Al doing what he did best - draining a 3 instead of passing to someone better than him - while on the road in Golden State (and then sticking it to the fans and organisation who paid his salary for 2 years.)

To Al Harrington - a first-ballot Baseline Leaner Hall of Famer

Shake and/or Bake

Never far from the public eye, Lance Stephenson's recent defection to the Charlotte Hornets has left his Dad heartbroken and many wondering if he is really bad at counting. Regardless of whether you think he is crazy, a jerk, one of the best wings in the game or some combination of all three, it's hard to argue with his ball handling ability.

Lance perfected his slick handle in the gyms and on the outdoor courts of Brooklyn - home to more than a few who know how to put it on the floor (1, 2, 3) - and his playground style looked somewhat out of place in Indiana. Not only did Coach Vogel preach and practice a defense-first philosophy, Lance spent most of his time sharing the backcourt with the solid-but-unspectacular George Hill.

This season, in a glorious union we are excited to celebrate, he'll be paired with another NYC product and crossover merchant - Bronx-born Kemba Walker. To date, Kemba has spent his NBA career toiling in anonymity on largely unsuccessful Charlotte teams. Although he's still best remembered for leading UConn to the 2011 NCAA Title, all 139 people (including us) who have tuned into a Bobcats game in the last 3 years know he can still break down his man at will.

A backcourt of Lance and Kemba should produce plenty of highlights, and plenty of headaches for a) defenders trying to stay in front of them and b) coaches trying to gameplan for them. Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford may be the reigning NBA Tag Team Champions of Ballhandling but Lance and Kemba are coming for a title shot.

Friday, 8 August 2014

GIF of the Week: Don't Sweat the Technique

Shaquille O'Neal blocks J.R. Reid
(November 10, 1992)

Taken from NBA Jam Session.

The Greatest Pass in NBL History? Part 2

This is the great Cal Bruton shutting down the gym/NBL and challenging D-Mac in our unofficial Greatest Pass in NBL History Challenge.

Cal Bruton to James Crawford
(late 1980s)

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Card of the Week: Boris Diaw Rookie Card

According to Google Translate, Boris is described as "mainly a smasher" on the rear face of this French rookie card. Without fully understanding the meaning or context behind "smasher", we are going to agree wholeheartedly.

Boris Diaw Rookie Card #131
(2003-04 Topps Chrome Refractors)

Robert Horry on Martin Cattalini

We are pretty sure this is the last game Martin Cattalini would play in a Wildcats uniform.

Robert Horry on Martin Cattalini
(October 20, 1995)

Monday, 4 August 2014

SLAM Scan: No. 15

The Panini Rookie Photo Shoot for the class of 2014 was conducted yesterday.

Any photo shoot prior to the season commencing is very important for a rookie.

For example, here's a young Kobe Bryant attempting to force the ball through his nasal bridge.

Kobe Bryant with Marcus Camby and Stephon Marbury
(SLAM No. 15)

#MJMondays: GIFt

As a thank you to those who visit this blog and our increasingly lame Twitter account, a GIF signed by Michael Jordan himself. Consider it our GIFt to you.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Beyond Jersey of the Week: Arthur Agee

Twenty years ago, the documentary Hoop Dreams was released to critical acclaim.

Just over half an hour into the film, star guard Arthur Agee is seen sporting the jersey of his idol and fellow Chicago native Isiah Thomas.
Arthur Agee
(Hoop Dreams, 1994)

This is the Push Excel All-Star jersey from 1988. We think it is rarer than rare.
If you own one, or know someone who does, hats off to you.

GIF of the Week: Jerry Stackhouse

The Double Poster is a rare sight.

Isaiah Rider did it.

Keon Clark did it.

And our man Jerry Stackhouse (in his rookie year) had a huge one over Bimbo Coles and Keith Askins.

Jerry Stackhouse on Bimbo Coles and Keith Askins
(February 21, 1996)

We thank Jerry for retweeting GIF of the Week.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Plastic Man

Stacey Augmon's UNLV highlights are just ridiculous. Highlight reel plays at both ends of the floor.

Stacey Augmon vs Georgia Tech
(March 31, 1990)