Dwight Howard’s press conference with Houston Rockets legends attending was the impetus for trying to figure out which NBA teams have the best big men of all-time. The quotes by Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabar about Howard not living up to the hype in Los Angeles helped as well.
On Thursday night representatives from the NBA’s 30 franchises and 13 of the world’s top basketball prospects will gather in New York City for the 2013 NBA Draft. In basketball, more so than any other major team sport, a single draft pick can completely change the fortunes and identity of a franchise. Top NBA draft picks have been known to turn perennial lottery teams into perennial contenders in just a few years.
ESPN has reported that Shaquille O’Neal will interview for the Orlando Magic general manager position.
Charles Barkley confirmed on the Dan Patrick show that Shaq told him he was very interested in the job.
March Madness is finally here, and what better way to honor the Tournament than to look at the greatest individual performances in Tournament History.
In one of his fantastic ‘What If’ installments leading into the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Jon Washburn hypothetically wondered what would had become of Loyola Marymount basketball and coach Paul Westhead had Hank Gathers not collapsed and died during the semi-final round of the West Coast Conference Tournament at Gersten Pavilion.
My first response, to quote a phrase that Tony Soprano shrink Jennifer Melfi might say, was: ‘But Hank Gathers did die…’
To this day, the night of March 4, 1990 remains the most shocking and chilling sports moment in my lifetime and an occurrence I had always feared.