NBA Twilight Zone

četvrtak, 28.08.2008.



NIGHTMARE STAGE feat. DENNIS RODMAN - PART I
NIGHTMARE STAGE feat. DENNIS RODMAN - PART II
NIGHTMARE STAGE feat. DENNIS RODMAN - PART III
NIGHTMARE STAGE feat. DENNIS RODMAN - PART IV


Phil Jackson: "Rodman is the greatest athlete I've ever coached"

Phil Jackson sure had plenty to say during a speech to the University of North Dakota as part of the convocation in which he received an honorary degree. Of the course of an hour, P-Jax criticized his school's nickname, told funny stories about Shaq swimming, and picked Dennis Rodman as the greatest athlete he ever coached. From the OC Register: "[Rodman] could probably play a 48-minute game and play the 48th minute stronger than the first minute of the game," Jackson told the crowd at UND. "He was that terrific an athlete." Video "proof," after the jump.


J.E. Skeets
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28.08.2008. u 19:57 • 1 KomentaraPrint#

utorak, 26.08.2008.

R.I.P.: Legendary Portland Trail Blazers Center Kevin Duckworth dies at 44..



KEVIN DUCKWORTH TRIBUTE
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS



Duckworth's autopsy: congestive heart failure


An autopsy by the state medical examiner's office this morning found that former Portland Trail Blazer Kevin Duckworth died this week of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with congestive heart failure.

Cardiomyopathy is a primary disease of heart muscle that, along with Duckworth's high blood pressure, resulted in enlargement of his heart, which had been failing for some time.

The former Blazers center and two-time NBA All-Star died Monday night in Lincoln County.

The Depoe Bay Fire Department responded to a report about 10 p.m. that night of an unconscious man at Salishan Lodge. Paramedics worked on Duckworth for 30 minutes but he never regained consciousness. He appeared to have gone into cardiac arrest, fire officials said. He was pronounced dead at 10:23 p.m., said Lt. Dennis Knudson.

Duckworth reportedly visited Lincoln City to host a free basketball clinic for kids. He also was there to visit fans as part of the Trail Blazers "Make It Better" tour of the state.

The Blazers released a statement calling Duckworth's death "an extremely sad day."

"Kevin will be remembered by fans as one of the most popular and recognizable players to ever wear the Blazers uniform, but to people who knew him, he'll be remembered as one of the warmest and biggest-hearted," Blazers President Larry Miller said.

Duckworth was a two-time All-Star who starred on Western Conference Championship teams in Portland in 1990 and 1992.

The 7-foot center was known as "Duck." He also played for San Antonio, Washington, Milwaukee and the Los Angeles Clippers during his 11-year NBA career. A second-round draft pick of the San Antonio Spurs out of Eastern Illinois University in 1986, Duckworth was only 14 games into his NBA career when he was acquired by the Trail Blazers from San Antonio in exchange for Walter Berry.

Duckworth grew up outside of Chicago, one of four kids. His dad was a long-haul truck driver, and according to a 1991 profile in The Oregonian, Duckworth and his father grew close during fishing trips. His love of the outdoors continued throughout his lifetime, and at one time he even considered becoming an elk rancher.

They would head up to Wisconsin or Iowa, maybe even stay in Illinois, and catch catfish and bluegill. When they were waiting for the bites, they would talk.

Anyone who has stood casting or sat on a rock, and then started the fire, can attest that hours of sentence fragments and smiles can be more significant in that environment than a year's worth of "how-was-your-day?'' conversations amid the tumult.

That's how Kevin Duckworth got to know his dad.

If someone challenged you to find the father of Portland's starting center and you didn't know where the "house'' seats were located, the stocky man probably wouldn't be your first choice because Edward Duckworth is not a particularly tall man. He's 6 feet. Max.

Yet up close, there are telling resemblances in the voices and faces.

"I was such a shy kid growing up that when I was in grade school and all that, I never said much to my father at all,'' Kevin Duckworth said after the Blazers' practice the eve of Game 2 of the first-round playoff series against Seattle.

"When he was driving the truck all the time, he'd come home and I'd only see him for short stretches. The fishing trips really helped a lot, because we'd go for a day or two at a time. When we started going fishing more and more, I got the opportunity to know him, to understand the kind of man he is.

"I believe that's where my hard work comes from. You think back to how your parents strled for you, to what they did just so you could have certain things.''

After Kevin Duckworth signed an eight-year, $16 million contract with the Blazers in the summer of 1988 -- he had been making $175,000 a year before that -- he had messages for both his mother, Maxine, and his father, who have been separated for about seven years.

Kevin -- who played basketball at the park down the block from the old family house, then at Thornridge High School in Dolton, Ill., then downstate at Eastern Illinois -- told his parents to pick out houses. He would buy them.

"I told my mom before I even got in the league, 'If I ever get some money, I'm buying you a house.' That was one of my goals,'' said Kevin. "I didn't do it the first two years, but once I got established and I was fortunate enough to have some things happen to me, I could do it.''

Maxine chose a house in South Holland, just east of Harvey.

Edward looked around for three months, finally picking out a three-bedroom home with a full basement and a 2 1/2 -car garage -- right back in the old neighborhood. He's not sure, but he thinks the house cost well under $100,000.


Noelle Crombie
The Oregonian


26.08.2008. u 23:26 • 0 KomentaraPrint#

nedjelja, 17.08.2008.

SHAWN KEMP UPDATE: destination Montegranaro, Italy...



SLAM ONLINE feat. SHAWN KEMP: Get an update on Shawn Kemp
THE LEGENDS/Shawn Kemp & Gary Payton on BDSSP (2008)
BEST INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 EVER/Top 10 Shawn Kemp Dunks



It's official!

After several comeback pleas, legendary NBA high-flyer and dunker Shawn Kemp is reportedly
going to play for Montegranaro of Italian Lega A.

Good luck Shawn!


Marjan Crnogaj a.k.a. Muraya
Nba.blog.hr


17.08.2008. u 09:05 • 7 KomentaraPrint#

utorak, 12.08.2008.

IN THE OLYMPIC ZONE: Team Croatia convincingly beats European Champion Russia...



JR Rider clears the defender's head and throws it down VC style, while playing for Allen County Community College in Lola, Kansas before transferring to UNLV. It looks like he knees the defender in the face and knocks him out, pretty crazy. I will be releasing a countdown about the top 50 NCAA dunks of all time, this is just a preview. Thanks to worldwideballa21 for the footage. - MixStealer300
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW/Andrew Bogut, Australia


We are in the Zone!!

Repešin stroj jednostavno ne staje, a kada jedan od kotačića u njemu zablista, svi ostali kotačići se zdušno potrude da zablistaju još više.

Planinić je Rusima dokazao da je itekako unosna investicija; njegov ex-suigrač Kidd već danima Bryantu & Jamesu bruji o njegovim scrimmage kvalitetama i last second dostignućima 1/2.

Svaka Popova trica u stvari vrijedi četiri poena. Uvijek je bio živi dokaz da košarka nije samo sport za visoke, a sada je dobio priliku to demonstrirati na olimpijskoj razini. BTW, check this out - hrvatska trica: 20/31=64,5%

Vidjevši Popa na djelu čak su i neki HRT-ovi novinari počeli razmišljati zašto su se toliko bojali igrati košarku sa vršnjacima iza škole. Tko bi prenosio turnir da je Bruno Kovačević suspendirao Slavka Cvitkovića?
Mirna? Bago?? Hlovorka???

Argentinci i Litvanci mogu nas sada skautirati do mile volje, ali već je vrlo izvjesno da ćemo prema potrebi dobiti barem jednu od te dvije TV-poslastice za sustavno stišavani hrvatski košarkaški auditorij.

Last but not the least: REPKA, KEEP AWAY FROM CROATIAN HOUSE!

Slobodna bacanja za sada na 79.2% (38-48)

Svi uvjeti optimalni,


Marjan Crnogaj a.k.a. Muraya
Nba.blog.hr


12.08.2008. u 23:34 • 2 KomentaraPrint#

ponedjeljak, 11.08.2008.

TRICAŠKI SHOW "OTPISANIH" vs AUSSIES (12-16) + Krešimir Lončar (10pts/10reb) nadigrao Andrewa Boguta (10pts/1reb)...



PONALJANJE GRADIVA: Naši će se u 05.15 sutra ujutro (direktni prijenos na HRT2) sučeliti s europskim prvacima Rusima. "Zbornaju komandu" predvode najsvestraniji neamerički NBA igrač svih vremena Andrei Kirilenko & naturalizirani Amerikanac J.R. Holden...
OLYMPICS/USA 101 vs CHINA 70 HIGHLIGHTS
LEGENDS/Rare interview with James Jordan
LEGENDS/Spencer Haywood Highlights
::TFB Dunks:: London Midnight Madness


Dakle prije nego što odem na odmor za košarku prije poslovnih obaveza vrijedi zapisati da u vremenima kada pola hrvatskih medija slavi pobjedu nad australcima kao pola medalje meni je na pameti samo jedna riječ: OPREZ!

Svaka čast našim momcima na svim kvalitetama na koje su nas već navikli u posljednjih mjesec dana. Iste su na najbolji mogući način demonstrirali protiv "Klokana". No vrijedi spomenuti da je barem 10 od maksimalnih 28 poena razlike u jednom trenutku došlo na naš konto kao posljedica australske demoraliziranosti.

Zamislite da vam se u glavi vrti film "We hang in with the Dream Team for almost whole game...who the heck are these guys, they are leading us by 20 points?!!???". Australci su se jednostavno raspali pod pritiskom Repešinog košarkaškog stroja koji ovog ljeta nije pokazao milosti prema niti jednom od cijenjene niske suparnika.

Ipak...zaista velika pobjeda nije zaokružena kao što je mogla biti, sa stilom. U posljednje dvije minute naši su ispustili ogromnu prednost, počeli gubiti lopte i primati lagane koševe + zar ne bi bilo u stilu aforizma "cjelina je jaka koliko je jaka njezina najslabija karika" da se inzistiralo da Rudež tijekom garbage timea uputi barem jednu loptu na koš, a ne da ponovno slušamo "raširi, raširi." Gospodo, "raširi, raširi" taktička varijanta neće nas odvesti dalje od kopije ponora Atlante 1996. A prošlo je 12 godina...

Rusi? Europski prvaci od kojih smo u Španjolskoj izgubili 70:83. No okolnosti su se bitno promijenile u posljednjih par tjedana, te je nakon bojkota HRT-a sve postalo moguće. Pobjeda prije Irana širom bi otvorila vrata četvrtfinala. Key match-up mogao bi biti Lončar vs Kirilenko, uz napomenu, Krešimire, da je AK-47 puno puno skočniji i brži igrač od Boguta. Vjerujem da je naš branički četverolist Popović/Ukić/Kus/Planinić u ovom trenutku na razini ili čak ću se usuditi reći iznad razine na kojoj je prerazglašeni J.R.Holden. Puno toga će ovisiti i o Tomasovoj šuterskoj raspoloženosti...

Nikša 'okreni ih koji put...u prosjeku smo viši 3 centimetra i mlađi 2 godine, makar to ništa ne mora značiti...

Jasko, ako budemo precizni sa linije slobodnih bacanja, nemoj zaboraviti da se poslije bez obzira na ishod
ne ide u hrvatsku kuću, nego na spavanje u olimpijsko selo.


All the way!!


Marjan Crnogaj a.k.a. Muraya
Nba.blog.hr


11.08.2008. u 21:52 • 6 KomentaraPrint#

nedjelja, 10.08.2008.

OLYMPIC TOURNAMENT - OPENING DAY: Hrvatska vs Australija (13.50, HRT2), Kina vs SAD (16.15, SLO2)...



"OTPISANI" NA NJEGA TREBAJU PRIPAZITI : Patrick Mills, Team Australia. Mark Brown reports on Aussie Patrick Mills of St. Mary's College. Mills speaks about his indigenous pride, making the grade in America and his 37-point outburst against Oregon. Gaels' Head Coach Randy Bennett weighs in on Mills' freshman season.
CHICAGO BULLS/The Genesis of the last TRUE NBA Dynasty
OLYMPICS/YAO Ming & JIANLIAN Yi exclusive interview
OLYMPICS/Manu GINOBILI exclusive interview


San su svakog sportaša Olimpijske Igre..

Kratki Preview Turnira by nbadraft.net PART 1/PART2, uz napomenu da je Markota nažalost OUT...
Roster naše Repke još uvijek nije objavljen na službenim stranicama...

Australija? Milwaukee Bucks 80M corner stone Andrew Bogut okružen sa kvalitetnom centarskom linijom.
Povjesnih 2-1 za nas, 2-1 i u prijateljskim ogledima ove godine. Na knap s Amerima.
Današnja utakmica je izuzetno bitna za daljnji rasplet naše grupe.
Ne zaboravite da Bogut itekako dobro zna hrvatski jezik.

BTW, upravo nas je Australija gurnula u 12-togodišnji ponor u Atlanti, zar ne?

Dva ključa ulaska hrvatske reprezentacije u četvrtfinale:
1. Izbjegavati hrvatsku kuću, pogotovo noću - sjetimo se Atlante
2. Izvođenje slobodnih bacanja u zadnje 2 minute svake utakmice


Molim kolege s HRT-a da prestanu sa svakodnevnim forsiranjem košarkaša u udrarnom TV-dnevniku jer su se košarkaši "samo došli odmarati u Peking". Olimpijski turnir je unatoč bojkotu DSF-a odlično pokriven, danas ćemo moći uživati u čak 4 utakmice - 2 na HRT-u + 2 na Sloveniji 2...

Ostalo? Stvarno mislim da su prošlogodišnje frontcourt rezerve američke repke Stodumire & Chandler u međunarodnoj konkurenciji kvalitetniji od današnjih - Boozera & Bosha.

Time will tell,


Marjan Crnogaj a.k.a. Muraya
Nba.blog.hr


10.08.2008. u 13:08 • 5 KomentaraPrint#

subota, 09.08.2008.

REMEMBER THE NAME: Shan Foster, Dallas Mavericks rookie...



SHAN FOSTER - "NBA DRAFT SONG": Dallas Mavericks Shan Foster sings his original NBA Draft Song.
Shan Foster Scores 42 Against Mississippi State - 03/05/08
Shan Foster's 2007 & 2008 Highlight Reel - Vanderbilt
Shan Foster pre-draft workout 2008



Believe it or not, ali Mavsi su Igrača godine vrlo jake SEC konferencije ugrabili na #51 ovogodišnjeg Drafta...

Sutra ćemo više o Australiji...


Marjan Crnogaj a.k.a. Muraya
Nba.blog.hr


09.08.2008. u 23:08 • 0 KomentaraPrint#

srijeda, 06.08.2008.

REPEŠINA "PILA NAOPAKO" HRT-u: "Došli smo se odmarati."


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NAJBOLJI OVOGODIŠNJI BROJ VODEĆEG HRVATSKOG KOŠARKAŠKOG MAGAZINA: prilog o Draženu Petroviću jednostavno vrvi originalnim fotkama i izjavama (credit to T-Pakrac), te je odlična uvertira Draženovom profilu na upcoming web stranici www.crohoops.com.


Marjan Crnogaj a.k.a. Muraya
Nba.blog.hr


06.08.2008. u 23:58 • 3 KomentaraPrint#

ponedjeljak, 04.08.2008.

KINESKI POVRATAK OTPISANIH: In 6 Days vs Australia feat.Bogut...



HRT NEMA OVU UTAKMICU U SVOJOJ ARHIVI/OLYMPIC GAMES L.A. 1984./ITALY vs ex-YU (79MB)


In the preliminary round of 1984. Olympic basketball tournament ex-Yugoslavian national team in transition faced very well organized Italian team. Then 18 year old basketball legend in the making Drazen Petrovic joined forces with the legend from the 70-ties, Drazen Dalipagic.

Please feel free to download original video at: http://www.sendspace.com/file/2ff55p

MUSIC
Whitney Houston: "One moment in time"
Paula Abdul: "Rush Rush"
Vanessa Williams: "Save the best for last"

For more information regarding past, present and the future of croatian basketball, it's players and coaches, feel free to check upcoming web site www.crohoops.com.

Enjoy the video!!


CROHOOPS
YOUTUBE.COM


04.08.2008. u 21:51 • 1 KomentaraPrint#

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Total of 18 Croatian players were selected
on NBA Draft throughout the last 30 years
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1972 Kresimir Cosic C Portland 10 144
1973 Kresimir Cosic C L.A. Lakers 5 84
1986 Drazen Petrovic SG Portland 3 60
1987 Franjo Arapovic C Atlanta 7 159
1989 Dino Radja PF Boston 2 40
1990 Toni Kukoc F Chicago 2 29
1991 Zan Tabak C Houston 2 51
1998 Bruno Sundov C Dallas 2 35
1999 Gordan Giricek SG Dallas 2 40
2000 Dalibor Bagaric C Chicago 1 24
2000 Josip Sesar SG Seattle 2 47
2002 Mario Kasun C L.A. Clippers 2 41
2003 Zoran Planinic PG New Jersey 1 22
2005 Roko Ukic PG Toronto 2 41
2006 Damir Markota PF Milwaukee 2 59
2007 Stanko Barac C Indiana 2 39
2008 Ante Tomic PF Utah 2 44
2011 Bojan Bogdanovic G/F New Jersey 2 31
2012 Tomislav Zubcic F Toronto 2 56



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