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The NBA’s Most Influential Missed Opportunities

Posted by J. Tinsley on October 29, 2010

Positive or negative, nothing about the past can be altered.

That’s what’s peculiar about nostalgia. Regardless of what happens, the question of the unknown always lingers. Rarely does this happen anywhere more often than with sports. In an environment that thrives on the never-ending wheeling and dealings of trades, releases and free agency, complacency will never assume itself as characteristic familiar with those who call themselves “fans.” The NBA is a league which creates dynasties as quickly as it destroys them, so the mere impact of one decision can effectively make or break a franchise.

But what about the aborted decisions? À la Pau Gasol to Cleveland in early ’07 or Durant to Portland #1 overall. The ones which never spawned into reality, and the ones that don’t even seem reasonable given the way the following sequence of events played out. Over the past twenty years, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant have arguably been the sport’s most competitive forces. They have combined for 11 championships, six regular season MVP’s, eight Finals MVP’s, 26 All Star Game appearances and countless number of game winners. Yeah, for the most part, history has treated the two favorably.

Basking in their glory is fine, but wondering “what if?” is even better. Jadakiss even made a song about it. You see, His Airness – through the unintentional influence of Scottie Pippen – and The Mamba were involved in quite possibly the two greatest missed opportunities in NBA recent memory. Read the rest of this entry »


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Posted by J. Tinsley on May 1, 2009

I wish I had a cool intro to draw you in this post, but I don’t. After game four, there wasn’t really any way to describe this series other than phenomenal. It’s had everything one could possibly ask for in a matchup: the David vs. Goliath theme, the young guns vs. the proven champs, offensive explosions, physical defense and a plot line that Hollywood would kill for.

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Michael Jordan Becomes Immortal

Posted by J. Tinsley on April 7, 2009

And this, my friends, is how I last remember the man who brought so many great memories to my childhood.  For years there have been rumors that have claimed Mike, in fact, returned to play for the Washington Wizards, but honestly, I have no recollection of the events in question. In something that was a foregone conclusion well over a decade ago, M.J. was a unanimous first ballot inductee into the Pro Basketball Hall Of Fame.

“I don’t like being up here for the Hall of Fame because at that time your basketball career is completely over,” Jordan said. “I was hoping this day would be 20 more years, or actually go in when I’m dead and gone.”

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"Welcome to Wade County…"

Posted by J. Tinsley on March 10, 2009

First Dan Marino. Then Luke. Then Trick Daddy. Then Rick Ross (maybe?). Now Dwayne Wade reigns as the King of Miami. What a difference a year makes rings no more evident than when it relates to #3. His injury from a few years ago seems so distant even I forgot what was really wrong with him.  It pains me to say this, but as much of a LeBron diehard that I am, the MVP race could come down to the very last game, very last quarter and possibly very last shot.

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