June 15, 1996 |
How cool is Rodman? Just ask Clint Filichia and John Tamkin, co-owners of the "Daddy 66" clothing line, who were struggling designers until the Chicago Bulls' eccentric forward wore one of their T-shirts. The Chicago-based company sold apparel out of the trunks of their cars, and with minimal success, until Rodman wore a sleeveless T-shirt with the company's "Daddy 66," logo on MTV's "House of Style." Since then, the company's owners say that their entire stock has sold out.
June 17, 2013 |
1. Call it Manu being Manu. After four consecutive blah performances that raised the prospect of retirement, Manu Ginobili made his first start of the season and showed he has something left. Quite a bit, actually. The 35-year-old buried a long jumper and a three-pointer in the first five minutes and never let up, finishing with a season-high 24 points and 10 assists during San Antonio's 114-104 victory over Miami in Game 5 of the Finals. Most impressive were a step-back jumper over LeBron James and a few hang-in-the-air-for-an-eternity floaters.
June 2, 2009 |
Thursday, we embark on another couple of weeks of silliness, aka the NBA Finals. Think of it as the prelude to the parade. The silliness is not the players, who are all marvelous athletes. Nor is it the competition format, which only follows the lead of most organized sports these days.
October 23, 2013 |
The 2-3-2 NBA Finals format is following David Stern out of the league. NBA owners unanimously voted Wednesday to return to the 2-2-1-1-1 format, believing the travel inconveniences that teams faced when Stern became commissioner nearly 30 years ago no longer exist. Beginning with the 2014 Finals, the higher-seeded team will host Games 1, 2, 5 and 7. The lower seed gets Games 3, 4 and 6, following the same format the NBA uses in all other rounds. The current format was instituted in 1985, Stern's first full year in charge, in part to ease the amount of cross-country travel with the Lakers and Boston Celtics frequently meeting for the championship.
June 3, 2010 |
Maybe there's a West Coast bias after all. If you're a Boston Celtics fan, is your head exploding? Besides watching your team be dominated by the Lakers on Thursday — the defending NBA champions won, 102-89, in Game 1 of the NBA Finals — you also got the added bonus of watching the Kobe Bryant show. After Bryant made a second-quarter layup, ABC/ESPN analyst Mark Jackson yelped, "Bryant, this is just too easy." His fellow analyst Jeff Van Gundy made up his mind early what this game was about.
May 28, 2010 |
Reporting from Boston -- Hollywood, beware. And that means you, L.A. The aging Boston Celtics have gone Benjamin Button on the NBA, a curious case of reversing the aging process as a playoff team. Looking too old and broken down the last half of the season, the Celtics are back in the NBA Finals. They ousted the Orlando Magic, 96-84, on Friday night at TD Garden to win the Eastern Conference crown. The Celtics won the NBA title in 2008 by beating the Lakers and will be playing in the championship round for the second time in three seasons.
June 5, 2008 |
After a lengthy break, the NBA playoffs will return tonight with the Lakers and Boston Celtics meeting in Game 1 of the Finals at TD Banknorth Garden. Traditional bets have the Celtics listed as 2 1/2 -point favorites with the over/under at 192 points. The moneyline for tonight has the Lakers at +115 and Boston at -135, according to Sportsbetting.com. For gamblers interested in proposition bets for this year's NBA Finals, no one gets more attention than the Lakers' Kobe Bryant.
June 10, 2005 |
Maybe this isn't a glamorous NBA Finals featuring big names with big mouths and unique viewpoints. The Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs simply play good team basketball. Is that good enough? Even though Game 7 of the Miami-Detroit series on TNT was the most-watched NBA playoff game on cable -- 6.75 million households tuned in -- playoff ratings are off from a year ago, when the Laker soap opera generated high drama going into the Finals. ABC went into the Finals averaging a 3.
May 23, 2010 |
From Phoenix Sit him down. Sit him down from now until Boston. Send Andrew Bynum back to Los Angeles and stick him into ice or plug him into a machine or slide him into a microwave or something. How much more can you watch? How much more can the Lakers endure? The tear in Bynum's knee has officially become a pain in everyone else's neck. End the charade. Begin his rest. From this point, he will have at least a week off before the start of the NBA Finals.
June 3, 2002 |
Forwards: The Lakers got clutch shooting from power forward Robert Horry to win Game 4 against the Kings, but he is averaging only nine points in the playoffs. He did a credible job of defending Sacramento's Chris Webber. Small forward Rick Fox also is averaging nine points. They will be asked to muzzle the Nets' forwards, mainly Kenyon Martin and Keith Van Horn. Martin is a physical presence who has a short fuse. He will be a handful for Horry.