Posts Tagged ‘basketball’

Charlotte Bobcats Head Coach Larry Brown Fired By Team Owner Michael Jordan

December 22, 2010 3 comments

SportsIllustrated After a miserable start to the season in which he took shots at his players and himself, Larry Brown is out as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats in another messy exit in his well-traveled career.

Owner Michael Jordan announced the move in a release by the team on Wednesday, a day after the Bobcats were outscored 31-12 in the fourth quarter in their fourth straight loss. Continue Reading…

Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown has been fired or ‘asked to step down’, yet again. Brown has been fired from the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, and now the Charlotte Bobcats.

Michael Jordan 'asked' Larry Brown to step down as head coach.

Team owner Michael Jordan said “This was a difficult decision for both of us, but one that needed to be made.”

The Bobcats 9-19 record and one-sided losses were just too much for the NBA legend.

Larry Brown had lead the team to its first playoff appearance last season but the organization decided to trade away centerpieces Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler.

That was obviously a bad decision.

The coach was not proud of his team’s performance this season saying “I just feel bad if anybody who really enjoys the game would watch our team play. They’d look at me and say, ‘That coach is not doing his job.’ That’s the thing I feel most bad about.”

Like Bill Parcells once said “They want you to cook the dinner; at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries.”

Larry Brown is the only coach ever to win a NCAA championship (Kansas 1988) and a NBA championship (Detroit Piston 2004).

He is also the only coach to lead as many as eight NBA teams to the playoffs and is a NBA Hall of Famer.



Al Horford Signs 5 Year $60 Million Contract Extension

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

CBS Sports – Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on Twitter that the Atlanta “Hawks and Al Horford agree to terms on 5 year $60 million contract extension. Incentives still to be negotiated.” Continue Reading…

The Atlanta Hawks and Al Horford have agreed to terms on a 5 year $60 million contract extension.

Al Horford Slam Dunks The Competition & Gets Paid

The center from the Dominican Republic has averaged a double-double for points & rebounds in his first 3 seasons coming out of the University of Florida.

Last year, he made the All-Star team for the first time averaging 9.9 rpg & 14.2 ppg.


Al Horford was born in Puerto Plata and is the son of former NBA player, Tito Horford.

He will serve as a spokesperson for the NBA’s campaign to market the league to Hispanics in the U.S and around the world.

NBA Bans Performance-Enhancing Sneakers

October 19, 2010 Leave a comment

 SLAM Online – The League doesn’t want its players wearing kicks that allegedly give them a competitive advantage. Say goodbye to your dreams of seeing Brian Cardinal throwing down windmill dunks. From Yahoo! Finance: “For the first time in its 64-year history, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has banned a new line of shoes based on the league’s rule against an ‘unfair competitive advantage’ that increases a player’s vertical leap. Continue Reading…


The Athletic Propulsion Concept 1’s come in black or white and go for $300


The NBA has banned the Athletic Propulsion Labs Concept 1 basketball sneakers because the sneakers give players an “unfair competitive advantage” according to the NBA.

The creators of the Athletic Propulsion Labs Concept 1, brothers Ryan & Adam Goldston, have to be happy about this news.

This ban confirms the brothers’ claim that the Concept 1’s add inches to your vertical leap. The ban has also added hype to the Concept 1’s. The sneaker has gotten so much attention already that I can’t access the sneakers website because of the traffic it’s getting.

A U.S university tested the sneakers and concluded that they can add up 3.5 inches to your vertical leap.

NBA Partners Up With Hispanics & Dominicans

October 14, 2010 2 comments

The NBA has announced a partnership with Univision Interactive Media to market the league to Hispanics in the U.S and around the world. On Oct. 13, 2010, the NBA released this press release about the partnership that also names Al Horford & Felipe Lopez, both Dominicans, as spokespersons for the campaign.

The NBA To Extend ene-be-a Campaign

Following the success of éne•bé•a, the National Basketball Association’s (NBA)  first fully integrated Hispanic marketing campaign, the league  and Univision Interactive Media, Inc. today announced a partnership to bring to life the league’s dynamic Spanish-language website, on Univision Interactive Media’s online platform. Launching later this month, the co-branded site will include blogs by Latino NBA players, video highlights, the latest news, photo galleries, interactive fan content, and other offerings.

The NBA also introduced NBA All-Star and Atlanta Hawk’s Center Al Horford (Dominican Republic) and former player Felipe Lopez (Dominican Republic) as spokespersons for the campaign. Horford and Lopez will engage the league’s Latino Fans throughout the upcoming season via grassroots programs, special events and unique consumer products.

“Following the launch of last year’s éne•bé•a campaign, we saw significant increases in interest and consumption of our game among U.S. Hispanic sports fans,” said NBA Senior Director of U.S. Hispanic Marketing Saskia Sorrosa. “Our partnership with Univision Interactive, coupled with our extended efforts this season, allow us to further engage our Hispanic fans in an inclusive and culturally relevant way; while positively impacting our business, and creating opportunities for partners to connect with passionate consumers across multiple platforms.”

“This partnership will enhance our growing sports offerings and further enable us to deliver on our commitment to providing a unique and compelling interactive sports experience,” said Kevin Conroy, president, Univision Interactive Media. “We are very pleased to provide Hispanic sports fans with access to this great NBA coverage, content and stats on our site.”

The NBA’s Hispanic fan base grew nine percent between 2008 and 2009, outpacing the growth of the U.S. Hispanic population within that same time-period by 125 percent. Viewership among Hispanics increased 17 percent during the 2009-10 season versus a year ago, and the NBA on ESPN Deportes was up 57 percent in unique viewers. On the digital front, Hispanic traffic to grew 20 percent compared to last season, and numbers on éne•bé•a’s social networking sites continue to grow at an impressive rate, with Facebook’s éne•bé•a page boasting more than 220,000 fans

This story has a certain personal feel to it if you know what I mean.

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