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Most Interesting Games: Argentina 89 USA 81

This article compliments our lockout feature Most Interesting Teams in the World where we look back on some great teams of the past. In this feature, we look at their greatest games.

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Beating Team USA is kind of a big deal. So when Argentina beat the US at the 2002 FIBA World Championships, they were given a standing ovation by the other competing teams in their hotel lobby. I like to think that it went down kind of like the scene in Remember the Titans where Denzel Washington’s neighbors all come out at night to applaud his coaching efforts. I imagine that Fabricio Oberto put Pepe Sanchez on his shoulders in the same way Washington put his fictional daughter on his. Continue Reading

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NBA Comics: Issue #2

I must stop this *whole* thing! Why, for twenty-seven years I've put up with it now. I must stop Christmas from coming... but how?

Tweeted by @KbergCBS:

Stern: “It’s time to make a deal. If we don’t make it Tuesday , my gut … is that we won’t be playing on Christmas Day.”

How dare Stern threaten the Christmas games. How dare he go out of his way to make NBA fans dread Christmas before it’s even two months away. Now the only thing I have to look forward to about Christmas is all my aunts and uncles asking what I’m doing with my life.

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Around the Net: October 13, 2011

As always, the network has lockout news and analysis, but today everyone has an interesting idea for how to deal with the lockout or is being more team-specific. Air Alamo, Buckets Over Broadway, All U Can Heat, Lake Show Life, Howard the Dunk, Right Down Euclid, Purple and Blues, Roberto Gato

Hardwood Houdini has one good idea on how to deal with the lockout: D-League! Continue Reading

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Most Interesting Teams in the World: Argentina’s Golden Generation

The most interesting teams aren’t necessarily champions. They’re teams that changed the way we thought about basketball and the ones that reminded us why we love the game in the first place even if they failed brilliantly as they did so. This feature that will run throughout the rest of the lockout will showcase those teams in two parts. The first part will be a general look at that team. The second part will look at their greatest game(s). Remember, sports isn’t always about winning as long as you’ve got style.

Basketball has always been different from other international sports. While football and cricket reek of nationalism and feuds steeped in years of religious and ethnic context, basketball evolved into a bunch of harmless children being monitored by US-paternalism. Team USA could be beaten, but only if it didn’t take things seriously. If it did, then everyone could expect a thorough whooping. As with any abusive parental relationship, there’s always the chance that one of the kids is going to grow up and smack dad in the face. In 2004, Argentina delivered the most beautiful punch this side of ‘80s Mike Tyson. Continue Reading

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Around the Net: October 11, 2011

The NBA part of the FanSided Network is still reeling from last night’s news. Two weeks canceled. Damn.

Anyway there’s articles on the subject from nearly half the network. All with varying degrees of disgust and numbness.

Roberto Gato, Purple and Blues, Pippen Ain’t Easy, Dunking with Wolves, Hardwood Houdini, Rip City Project, Fully Clips, Air Alamo, Lake Show Life, We’re Bucked, Howard the Dunk, The Sixer Sense, Nugg Love

 

 

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The Lockout Claims the First Two Weeks of the Season

Well, its official: David Stern has announced that he has officially cancelled the first two weeks of the NBA season. Raise your hand if you saw this coming

Despite meeting for about seven hours today, and a similar amount of time yesterday, the Union and the League’s representatives failed to reach an agreement with the beginning of the season on the line.

Following the meetings Stern simply stated that the “The gap is so significant that we just can’t bridge it at this time”. Continue Reading

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First Two Weeks of NBA Season Canceled

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

NEW YORK – The NBA canceled the first two weeks of its 2011-12 season after failing to reach a new labor agreement with its players.

“We remain very, very apart on all issues,” Stern said after league representatives met with Players Association officials for about seven hours on Monday in a last-ditch attempt to save the Nov. 1 scheduled start of the season.

I hate them. All of them. The owners. The players. The agents. It doesn’t matter. They’re just jerks who have no respect for my lack of life.

If anyone was wondering, here’s what we’re missing. Continue Reading

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Around the Net: October 10, 2011

Well, gang. The deadline is upon us. The players and owners are meeting right now, if they don’t have an agreement, then the first two weeks of the season are cancelled. Or so they say.

Lockout news and analysis from Pippen Ain’t Easy, We’re Bucked, Air Alamo, Howard the Dunk and Sun-N-Gun.

All U Can Heat makes a bold prediction:

Almost all Miami Heat fans are expecting an NBA championship next season.  Often, I’ve wondered if that expectation is too high.  The answer is a resounding no!  As a Heat fan, you should be expecting nothing less.  Here’s why I think the Miami Heat are guaranteed to win the next NBA championship.

The Heat are alright, I guess. They don’t have the worst odds. Continue Reading