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“we certainly hoped it would never come to this”

The 2011-2012 NBA season continues its downward spiral as it reaches its fourth month in the lockout. NBA commissioner, David Stern, recently cancelled the first two weeks of the regular season (November 1-14), which unfortunately may become the trend for many weeks to follow.

The lockout’s biggest obstacle? How to split $4 billion in basketball related income. That is, concession sales, parking, broadcast, etc. Owners want player revenue down 10% from last year’s agreement of 57%. Players are willing to reduce their share to 53%, a substantial cut as 1% of basketball related income is estimated to be worth about $40 million, but it just isn’t enough.

Players have been warned to prepare financially for a lost season, as they are expected to lose more than $350 million for every month lost. It may be hard for fans to “boo-hoo” over these multi-millionaire victims but it’s difficult to imagine losing a paycheck worth a weighty amount every two weeks. Here is a list of the NBA’s top 10 “Biggest Losers”:

10. Joe Johnson of the Hawks: $1,387,582.54

9. Amare Stoudemire of the Knicks: $1,401,361.92

8. Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks: $1,423,076.92

7. Pau Gasol of the Lakers: $1,439,550

6. Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks: $1,468,682.54

5. Gilbert Arenas of Magic: $1,482,254.46

4. Kevin Garnett of the Celtics: $1,630,769.23

3. Tim Duncan of the Spurs: $1,638,461.54

2. Rashard Lewis of the Wizards: $1,704,000.00

1. Kobe Bryant of the Lakers: $1,941,846.15

It’s going to take a lot more than sobbing sorrows through social media for players to regain trust and devotion from fans. A lockout like this may take years to rebuild. Mainly because the people who are getting hit the hardest are those who don’t play basketball at all. NBA staffers, arena employees and those who don’t play the sport but rely on it to live are in fact the “biggest losers.”

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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in Basketball

 

Shaquille O’Neal Announces Retirement

Starting his NBA career in 1992, Shaquille O’Neal has played for the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, and the Boston Celtics. He has played in 1,207 career games, has 13,099 career rebounds (12th all-time), 2,732 career blocks, and 28,596 career points (5th all-time). He has won 3 championships with the Lakers and 1 with the Miami Heat. He has won three NBA Finals MVP trophies, one MVP award, and has appeared in 15 All-Star games. After 19 NBA seasons his outstanding career comes to a close. His intensity and smile will now have to be found off the court, maybe in a future feature film Kazaam 2.

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2011 in Basketball

 

NBA Finals 2011

The Heat and the Mavericks are matched up again in the NBA Finals. Dwayne Wade lead the Heat to a championship victory in 2006 with Shaq at his side, and now he has NBA superstar LeBron James and power house Chris Bosh. The “Three Kings” or the “South Beach Superteam” will be matched against Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry (the only members left from the 2006 championship team) along with veterans like Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion. Will LeBron lead the Heat to another Championship title and quiet all the fans that said he “couldn’t” and doubted his talents? He brought his talents to South Beach, will he be able to bring a championship trophy there as well? Or will the Mavericks stop this power house and get redemption for their loss in 2006? This series will be an intense battle between two very elite teams and will be one that should not be missed.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Basketball

 

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2011 NBA Playoff Teams

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2011 in Basketball

 

INSIDE at the Knicks Game

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the hype about Carmelo Anthony coming to the New York Knicks.

Not since the days of Patrick Ewing have the New York Knickerbockers had a player with not only talent but star quality.  Admittedly, I am not a Knicks fan, per se.  I am a fan of Carmelo and his teammate Andy Rautins who played for my beloved Syracuse Orange.  As a Syracuse graduate who was a junior in 2003 when Carmelo and the team brought home the NCAA National Championship, he has always been a star in my mind; and I couldn’t resist going to see his star power on the main stage at Madison Square Garden. Boy oh boy, his star power translates on and off the court.  There were celebrities EVERYWHERE!!!

Though my main focus was watching Melo in action, I couldn’t help but take my eyes off the court when Questlove, the drummer from The Roots, sat down 4 rows in front of me.  Just like ants at a picnic, where there is one celebrity there are more!! My eyes instantly starting darting around the court.  Do I recognize anyone? Are there body guards hanging out in the aisles? Ed Westwick! Ciara! Dean Cain! Jay-Z! My heart was a flutter-how many more celebrities can I pick out of the crowd.  Exhilarated by my own game of “Searching for the Stars”, I had not even realized the Knicks were down by 10 points at the half. I spent the 20 minutes of half time trying to get quality pictures for tweeting (FOLLOW US @INSIDESEG) but my paparazzi skills weren’t 100% up to par.  As we sat down for the second half of the basketball game-I couldn’t help but wonder where Woody Allen and Spike Lee were? Aren’t they basically part of the team?? A New York institution.  The crowd is going crazy!! Did they just walk in?  Oh, no, the Knicks just cut the deficit by 1 point.  WAHOOO!!

Truth be told-my game of “Searching for the Stars” had exhausted me, as did my day at work so we left early.  That is not to say that I didn’t have a phenomenal time at the game! Carmelo’s “star power” hasn’t made me a Knicks fan yet (much to the chagrin of my boyfriend) but he has definitely made me a fan of Knicks GAMES!

**Side-note: the Knicks DID end up winning the game!*

By: Rebecca Robin

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Basketball

 

0 in 5.9 Million

The bracket challenge goes hand-in-hand with the NCAA Tournament.  In last week’s post, we discussed the possibility of there being a perfect bracket.  Well, has there been a perfect bracket so far? No.

Of the 5.9 million brackets submitted to ESPN, not one went 16 for 16.

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Basketball

 

Less Than Perfect: The NCAA Bracket Challenge

Along with the excitement of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament comes the much anticipated bracket challenge.  Get out your money, have it ready to be collected for the annual office bracket, and re-assure yourself that you do indeed have the optimal bracket choices.

Yes, even President Obama does the bracket challenge

Choosing your bracket isn’t just a random assortment.  It isn’t by color or mascot or the fact that your friend went to that school.  Bracket choices need to be on point because the sweet prize at the end not only allows you to collect, but also allows for bragging rights.  Everyone always has their own two cents when selecting teams for their bracket.  But will any expert’s advice lead you to bracket perfection?  The answer is no.  Luckily, if you accurately pick one or two first-round upsets, nail three Final Four qualifiers and chose the right team to take it all, it will lend you that pool of money.

Check out this statistic on “the perfect bracket:”

“If everyone on the planet each randomly filled out a bracket, the odds would be over 1 billion to 1 against any person having a perfect bracket. If one bracket per second were filled out, it would take 292 trillion years to fill out all possible brackets. That’s 20 times longer than the universe has existed.” (AJ Bell, foxsports.com)

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in Basketball