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  • Cesar Rodriguez
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    Listened to Jordans eulogy on the way home from work. It meant a lot, he was a touchstone for gen xers and to hear how through persistence Kobe developed a relationship with him and became like a little brother to him, that was very interesting. I really admire the way that he sought the counsel of his elders - it shows tremendous respect for their wisdom and showed what a great observer and student Kobe was. He wanted to marry their knowledge with his skills.

    On a different note, of course Shaq brought the jokes. The anecdote about "there's no I in team, no but there is ME in that motherfucker" was hilarious. The way that Shaq had to resignedly go to veterans like Rick Fox and Horry and tell them just to rebound the ball could not have been funnier.

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  • Incandenza
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    The Kobe/Gigi memorial has been beautiful. Vanessa Bryant unbelievably eulogizing them both. And now Michael Jordan speaking.

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  • Incandenza
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    What an entertaining All Star weekend. The even the three point contest had some excitement. The dunk contest was really good, and if I remember some stat correctly, Aaron Gordon now has the record of 50 point dunks, yet has never won a dunk contest. My one complaint was there were too many dunks where they jumped over people. It seems crazy to read that sentence, but I think they lose their magic when someone is jumping over someone on every attempt.

    The rules for the all star game itself seemed confusing when they first rolled them out, but I think that was more because it was just presented as a list, when you were watching the game itself it made sense. I think the Elam ending will be here to stay in the All Star game. I know that Adam Silver has also rolled out the idea of a mid-season tournament, I'm wondering if they'd be willing to use an Elam ending for those games as well. Here's an interview with the guy himself:

    https://slate.com/culture/2020/02/ni...star-game.html

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  • caja-dglh
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    Zion really has the makings of the next wave of big-time (post LeBron)

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  • ursus arctos
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    https://twitter.com/ringernba/status/1228516253372829699

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  • Incandenza
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    FiveThirtyEight on Ja Morant:

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features...t-point-guard/

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  • Incandenza
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    Runaway favorite for rookie of the year Ja Morant is trolling Steph Curry and I love it.

    [URL]https://twitter.com/Rachel__Nichols/status/1224569224338653184[/URL]

    [URL]https://twitter.com/JaMorant/status/1224710748233924608[/URL]

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  • Cesar Rodriguez
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    The Lakers were in town yesterday and I happened to swing by the Golden 1 box office in the am to get tickets for Disney on ice. Anyway, they had a mural of Kobe and some quotes from Kings and ex Kings in homage to him.

    I really liked Doug Christies comment about how Kobe had an attention to detail that brought out the best in him and that will probably never be seen again. Looking at all the tributes that poured in over the week I think the single overarching theme in the eulogies was how his peers respected his professionalism and discipline.

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  • ursus arctos
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    Quite

    And I thought that I had a problem

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  • Incandenza
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    Thanks, those are really nice, but yeah, not spending that much on a hat.

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  • Flynnie
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    The ballcap worn by a Laker fan on the previous page is Fear of God, which is a clothing line by Jerry Manuel (the ex-Mets coach)'s kid, Jerry Lorenzo. Jerry broke into the bigs with the Tigers, hence the Olde English...F.

    They did some sick New Era hats in conjunction with a number of African-American All-Stars a few years ago. They're like $200 because FASHION!!! and because they were made in the US from wool to 1990s New Era standards rather than the current far less exacting specs, but they were cool. The event they debuted in was even cooler.








    Dave Winfield rocks.


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  • ursus arctos
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    I've never seen it executed anywhere near that well.

    The more standard (though still rare) move is to bounce the ball hard off of the front rim in the hope that one of your teammates gets the rebound, not to try to get it back to yourself (which takes incredible precision).

    For those who don't follow the sport closely, the ball has to hit the rim in order for it to be in play off a missed free throw. The shooter can't just fire it off the backboard (which would be much easier, given its size and the fact that it is a flat (rather than curved) surface.

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    I don't think I've see that before.

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  • Incandenza
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    [URL]https://twitter.com/SacramentoKings/status/1222002488179482624[/URL]

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    I remember that - the upstaging part - and I wasn't even paying attention.

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  • Incandenza
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    Originally posted by Cesar Rodriguez View Post


    I didn't see that game but if I recall correctly that game was played on the same day as the Warriors were playing for their record 73rd regular season win. Typically Kobe completely upstaged them.
    Haha, yes! Something that I got a laugh out of at the time--a game between two of the worst teams in the league (IIRC, the Lakers would have finished with the worst record if they had lost to the Jazz) upstaged the Warriors solidifying their status as the best regular season team in history.

    I was not prepared for all of the shots of Vanessa and their girls during the game. ESPN also showed his speech afterwards, and I lost it when he spoke to them and Gianna blew him a kiss. Man...

    Mike Tirico told a story I don't think many people ever knew about:

    [URL]https://twitter.com/ringer/status/1221955558590140416[/URL]

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    Originally posted by Incandenza View Post
    I'm ignoring the other thread now.

    If you want to get a sense of the real Los Angeles, these photos capture some of it:

    https://www.lataco.com/fans-mourn-kobe/
    I tried to address this on the other thread.

    I don’t care about the NBA at all, but I totally understand why those fans are all there.

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  • Cesar Rodriguez
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    Originally posted by Incandenza View Post
    ESPN is airing his final game tonight.

    I didn't see that game but if I recall correctly that game was played on the same day as the Warriors were playing for their record 73rd regular season win. Typically Kobe completely upstaged them.

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  • Incandenza
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    [URL]https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status/1221924821229015047[/URL]

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  • Incandenza
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    Originally posted by Greenlander View Post
    What logo is on the cap of the guy on the left in the top photo in Inca's link.
    Looks like LA to me in a style of the Detroit Tigers "D", probably some streetwear cap

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  • Greenlander
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    What logo is on the cap of the guy on the left in the top photo in Inca's link.

    It looks like the Detroit Tigers font but not one of their logos.

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  • Incandenza
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    ESPN is airing his final game tonight.

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  • Nefertiti2
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    Thanks for sharing Inca.

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  • Incandenza
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    I'm ignoring the other thread now.

    If you want to get a sense of the real Los Angeles, these photos capture some of it:

    https://www.lataco.com/fans-mourn-kobe/

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  • Incandenza
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    In shock.

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