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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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"One Hell Of An Offseason…"

Posted by J. Tinsley on July 2, 2009

That was last year…summer ’09 is totally different.

With no disrespect to Major League Baseball, America’s past time doesn’t really get interesting until roughly the end of August/early September. Ironically, by that time football season kicks off (pun intended) leaving the period after the NBA Finals until the NFL preseason starts as baseball’s only time to dominate SportsCenter. While I anxiously await the start of football season, David Stern’s establishment has done a highly commendable job at creating hype for the 2009-2010 season.

A conversation with my boy Ryan led to the conclusion that the next calendar year for the NBA will be one of the most exciting in the league’s history. Next summer marks the arrival of the most touted free agent class in history with names like Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Manu Ginobli, Steve Nash and some kid from Cleveland all having the potential to change mailing addresses for lucrative contracts. Before then, the summer of 2009 has had its fair share of fireworks leading up to this Independence Day weekend.

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Posted by J. Tinsley on June 25, 2009

Somewhere the U.S. Men’s soccer team is pissed. An upset over Spain that certainly still has the rest of the world in disbelief is on the backburner in America…to a trade. In the wee hours of the night (last night), Shaquille O’Neal, one of the greatest and most popular players of all time, was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in return for close to nothing. Nothing being Ben Wallace (who is expected to retire), Sasha Pavlovic and a second round draft pick. Yes, the same Cleveland Cavaliers who have the NBA’s reigning MVP, LeBron James.

After heated trade talks in February which never amassed to a finalized deal, the Cavs front office desperately needed the deal to work out in hopes to please their star player after an embarrassing defeat in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Orlando Magic. And Dwight Howard.

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