With the NBA lockout finally ending, All Star Deron Williams‘ days in Turkey are apparently numbered. But it seems he made quite the impression too. Williams, who only played 15 games for Turkish powerhouse Besiktas and averaged 21.8 ppg (including a 50 point outburst last week) and 6.5 assists per game, had his no. 8 jersey retired. Williams says he hopes to return to Besiktas, perhaps after his NBA days end. Check out the video below.
I can only imagine what they would have done for Kobe Bryant if he had come overseas to play.
For the better part of the last month or so, ESPN.com has been ranking the players 1-500 and yesterday the top five were revealed. Surprising missing from the top five were 2-time scoring champ Kevin Durant(ranked No. 6), 5-time NBA champ Kobe Bryant (No. 7) and reigning MVP Derrick Rose (No.8). Coming in at number five was the reigning NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, who finally overcame his demons to lead the Dallas Mavericks to the title. New Orleans PG Chris Paul, who showed flashes of his old explosive self, came in ranked at number four. Dwyane Wade, who proved that he could still excel at a high level with two other superstars, found himself ranked third. Placing second in the ranking was Dwight Howard, Orlando’s dominant big man and reigning Defensive Player of the Year. And the player rated as the NBA’s best, most complete player was LeBron James, who nearly led Miami to the title. Did you guys agree with the rankings? Who do you feel the NBA’s best player?
The NBA has released its official schedule for the 2011-12 regular season. Now, the only question is…will there actually be a 2011-12 season? Scheduled to open up the 2011-12 season are the reigning NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks, who are slated to host Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. That game will be followed by Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder taking on Kobe Bryant and the Mike Brown coached LA Lakers. The annual LeBron vs. Kobe duels are schedules for Dec.8 in Miami and in LA on March 4. Click the pic to enlarge.
Other dates is interest include the annual Christmas Day games (Celtics-Knicks, Heat-Mavericks, Bulls-Lakers); MLK Day (Bulls-Grizzlies, Raptors–Hawks, Thunder-Celtics, Mavericks-Lakers ); Jan.19 (Bulls-Heat) and Jan. 20 (Lakers-Clippers). Man, I really hope the players and owners get things squared away and start the season on time. Do you think there will be a 2011-12 season? [SOURCE]
If being swept by the Dallas Mavericks wasn’t bad enough for LA Lakers fans, this news made be even worse. Kobe Bryant, the face of the Lakers and owner of five rings, may be seriously considering playing overseas this fall if NBA remains in a lockout. Bryant, who has been linked to Turkish squad Besiktas, said he is keeping his options open. Click the picture to enlarge.
“One thing about basketball is that it is a global sport now,” Bryant told Reuters in an interview.”So you can play anywhere you want to. As far as myself, I just train. I just train and be prepared for anybody that calls. Whether the NBA starts again or a team in Europe or here in China decides to call, I’ll be ready,” he said. As a huge fan of basketball, I hope the owners take the threats of their players seriously and end this lockout soon. [SOURCE]
According to a new poll from Harris Interactive, Kobe Bryant has been dethroned as the most popular athlete in America. LeBron James didn’t even make the top ten. Ditto for Brett Favre, Drew Brees and Dale Earnhardt Jr. So who topped the list for 2011 you ask? The answer is Yankees Mr. 3,000 himself, Derek Jeter. Bryant dropped to No.3, tied with Michael Jordan and behind Peyton Manning. Surprisingly, Tiger Woods came in at No. 5 despite going winless in the last year and a half. The rest of the top ten consisted by Tom Brady (No.6), Albert Pujols and Hines Ward (tied No.7), Derrick Rose (No.9) and Aaron Rodgers (No.10).Click the image to enlarge.
For the third year in a row, Serena Williams is the most popular female athlete, followed by her sister Venus (No.2), Danica Patrick (No.3), Maria Sharapova(No.4), Mia Hamm (No.5) and Anna Kournikova (No.6), Martina Navratilova and Sue Bird (tied No.7) and Kerry Walsh and Michele Wie (tied No.9).[SOURCE]