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Tonight, The Celtics and Knicks will play their first meaningful game in quite some time. Back in the day, when the incomparable Larry Bird and Bernard King were battling, the divisional rivalry was tangible.

In addition to Boston and New York being two of the three remaining original 11 NBA franchises (the Warriors are the other), the teams have had 12 postseason battles, with each walking away with six series victories. Read More »

KIX “Lil Thugs” T-shirts Clothing, k1x, nba / Oct 26, 2010 / 12:55 pm

K1X & Lil Thugs presents:

Got-next artist Lil Thugs from Paris has teamed up with German basketball brand K1X to create an exclusive series of t-shirts featuring four iconic ballplayers that personify the “play hard – don’t embarrass our products” philosophy like Charles Oakley’s elbows. All designs are exclusive to K1X and feature the unique cartoon illustrrations that have cemented Lil‘ Thug’s reputation as the definition of “streetwise”. Read More »

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Basketball, broken down to its simplest compound, is about scoring more buckets than the team you’re playing against. The Semi-Automatic refers to players who leave bodies in their wake with their innate ability to get buckets. And once upon a time, in the not so distant past, New York City and Madison Square Garden were routinely treated to the genius of one such weapon named Allan Houston. Read More »

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They may not be listed as one of the greatest college teams ever but they’re definitely one of the most slept on. In 1995, the UCLA Bruins brought the magic back to Westwood, winning the school’s first national championship since John Wooden hung up th whistle in 1975. And the most significant factor in that development was a set of silky smooth, left-handed, high soaring, more bounce to the ounce brothers who grew up near the rough section of Compton – Ed and Charles O’Bannon. Read More »

Bounce Magazine

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With March Madness only a month away, I’m already fiendin’ like Gator in Jungle Fever (“Look Mama, I made this dance up for you.”) So as the current college crop prepares their playground swag for the big dance, I needed to quench my thirst and take a look back, with some added video highlights for your viewing pleasure.

They hijacked the world, took it by storm and forever altered the landscape of the college game. The Fab Five signaled the merging of hip hop sensibilities and hoops, from fashion to swagger to attitude. They took the anti-establishment mystique much further than their Hoya Paranoia predecessors of Patrick Ewing and Big John Thompson in the early to mid ’80s. In addition, they did something that had never been done before: five 18-year-old freshman starters that led their school to the national championship game. Read More »

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During this holiday season, I’ll be dipping into the archives to offer up some updated goodies in the form of some of the most delectable “The Playground Gave Us…” joints from ‘08.

“People say I’m the American nightmare. I say I’m the American Dream.”

It’s a shame that most people’s enduring memory of Spree will center around the altercation and choking incident of his Golden State coach, P.J. Carlesimo.

For basketball purists, though, the lasting image of the man does not center around his unfortunate mistakes. Strictly isolating his on-court exploits, Spree was lightning in a bottle. He was simply a dynamic human dynamite stick from the first tick of the clock to the last. Read More »

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During this holiday season, I’ll be dipping into the archives to offer up some updated goodies in the form of some of the most delectable “The Playground Gave Us…” joints from ‘08.

Before he became everyone’s favorite Grandmama, Larry Johnson was a straight up MONSTER! - a remarkable talent and imposing force on every court that he stepped on. LJ was quite possibly the most dominant two-year player in NCAA history. He was the next step in the evolutionary chain that eventually gave us Lebron. Read More »

The Playground Gave Us Spree The Latest / Nov 21, 2008 / 2:59 pm

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It’s a shame that most people’s enduring memory of Spree will center around the altercation and choking incident of his Golden State coach, P.J. Carlesimo.

For basketball purists, though, the lasting image of the man does not center around his unfortunate mistakes. Strictly isolating his on-court exploits, Spree was lightning in a bottle. He was simply a dynamic human dynamite stick from the first tick of the clock to the last. Read More »