Thursday, November 30, 2006

Nate Robinson on changes in NBA

Nate Robinson, the 2006 NBA Slam Dunk champion, writes in his blog on recent changes in the league. We cite the full story below:

"There are two new changes in the NBA this season that are having an impact on the league. One is the new basketball which is a synthetic material, while the old one was leather.

A lot of players have complained about the new ball. But it’s fine for me regardless of which ball we use. I’m only in my second year in the league, and in college, every school had its own ball, and they were often different from what we used at Washington.

So it doesn’t really matter to me. The new ball is not that bad, it just feels different, and a lot of guys loved the old ball. I loved it as well. Everybody wanted an NBA ball growing up as a kid.

But in the long run, I don’t think it will be a big deal, and the criticisms will quiet down. It’s not like the players are going to go on strike because of the ball.

The other change this season is a crackdown on complaining to the referees. They just don’t want players carrying on and whining a lot. But it seems like they’ve really gone too far.

I’ve received three technicals this season, and each one cost me $1,000. The first T came in our first game of the season. A guy hooked me, and I told the refs “they’re hooking me.” And I got a T for that. I thought to myself “wow, they’re not playin’.”

Then, in another game, I blocked a shot and they called a foul on me. I jumped up and said “WHOA!”, and they called a technical on me. I didn’t swear, I wasn’t in the ref’s face or anything.

I saw that Carmelo Anthony got T’d up twice and kicked out of a game for throwing his headband to his bench. And Quentin Richardson got a T for throwing his headband off once.

It’s just different this year. They’re taking so much away from the game, focusing on every little thing you do. You can’t react to calls so we just have to adjust as players.

I think (and I hope) that eventually this will quiet down a little bit. I think the refs will eventually ease off a little bit. You have to let guys react with emotion as long as they’re not going crazy with it.

The players will also adjust and tone down their acts. In the meantime, they’re making a lot of money off of those technicals!"

Friday, November 24, 2006

The shortest rejecting the tallest

Wow, it was cool: Nate Robinson, one of the shortest active players in the league (he's standing just 5'9" tall) rejected a shot of the tallest guy in the NBA - Yao Ming (he's 7'6") - Nate didn't hesitate to overcome almost two feet difference in height and blocked that shot. Watch and enjoy:

As a bonus: Nate Robinson puts it back with two hands:

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Nate Robinson gets his own named kicks

As Nate Robinson writes in his blog, Nike manufactured new basketball shoes with Robinson's name on them:

"Guess what everyone ... I've got my own shoe! As part of the 25th anniversary of the popular Air Force One, Nike decided to re-release different versions of the shoe, including one just for me.

I've always been a big fan of the Air Force One, so it's pretty cool to have my own version. I got to go to a party and see the new shoe, and pose for some photos, as you can see here...

I also met Tracy Teague, who designed the shoe. He said the new Air Force Ones have the best cushion and support of any shoe he's designed. "

Just to inform those who don't know: Nate robinson is the NBA 2006 Slam Dunk champion. Being just 5'9" he possesses a unique leaping ability, so he sometimes shows up in NBA video highlights with his alley-oops or putback slams.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Now it's proved: White Men Can Jump

Recently we managed to get this video from a russian baller whoose height is not more than 6 feet. Nevertheless, he can dunk the ball into regular rim easily. He can do dunks in almost all possible ways: between the legs (! - you rememeber, this was the dunk that helped Kobe Bryant win the SlamDunk Contest in 1997), over people, 360, windmills and so on.

So let us not abuse your patience - just watch and enjoy!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Yao Ming gets dunked on again

This time it's Dahntay Jones of Memphis Grizzlies in a game against Houston Rockets which took place on November 8, 2006. He threw down this powerful, jaw-dropping dunk right over 7'6" Yao Ming. Seems like it's time to compile a top 30 dunks over Yao (such a mix will be most likely coming soon...)

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Euroleague: CSKA Moscow - Aris Video Highlights

Yesterday's season home opener for CSKA Moscow didn't cause any major difficulties for the russian basketball club. They defeated Aris from Greece who didn't have some key players due to injuries. Former NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (aka Chris Jackson) scored on a couple of jumpshots but it didn't affect the game result. The final score is 93 -68 in favor of CSKA. Power forward Smodis was the most prolific that day in the Moscow team (19 points). Some of the best moments of the game can be seen in the video below

Aris wasn't a serious testament for the defending Euroleague champion CSKA (who have a couple of former NBA players in their roster)