It was a tight one, back and forth all game long, but in the end, the Thunder outlasted the Lakers, due largely in part to some perplexing coaching decisions from 11-time NBA champion Phil Jackson, who thought it best to bench Shaq for long periods down the stretch.
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Lakers and Thunder Nickname Rankings
The Black Mamba stands alone. Here’s the best of the rest:
- Swamp Thang (Kendrick Perkins)
- Big Shot Rob (Robert Horry)
- The Big Aristotle (Shaq)
- The Durantula (Kevin Durant)
- The Beard (James Harden)
Perk got the nickname from Tony Allen, who said it was because he used to spend 40 minutes in the sauna before practice every day. I wish it was a better story.
No wonder Matt Barnes drove 95 miles to beat him up.
Favorite Kobe Quote
“The Black Mamba can strike with 99 percent accuracy at maximum speed in rapid succession. That’s the kind of basketball precision I want to have. Not being able to train… I felt like I was at a gun fight with a rusty butter knife.”
All these DFS touts have time on their hands so they’re giving you their best book lists and top romantic comedies and whatever. So let me take this opportunity to join them. Hands down, the best sports book ever written, right here. Suck on that, Grantland Rice.
Sam Anderson chronicles the wild history of Oklahoma, set against the backdrop of the 2012-13 OKC Thunder basketball season. Durant, Westbrook, dapper propagandist David Payne, the James Harden trade, and the most famous local weatherman in America. I attached a link for your buying pleasure.
‘HE was on that team??!”
Isiah Rider was a monster back in the mid-90s for the T-Wolves and Trail Blazers. At least he was in my mind. Was only 30 years old by the time he was washed up and on the 00-01 Lakers.
A year later, those honors went to six-time All-Star and NBA Hall-of-Famer Mitch Richmond, who signed a sweetheart deal with the Lakers as a free agent in 2001 so he could ride the pine all the way to an NBA title. He played a total of two minutes during the 2002 playoffs.
More importantly, though, Richmond paved the way for future past-their-prime Lakers signings like Karl Malone and Gary Payton (03-04).
Remembering that time Mark Madsen danced
I had to watch it, so you do too:
Derek Fisher vs. Derek Fisher
Nazr Mohammed playing back-to-backs tonight, but the matchup to watch was 2001-02 Derek Fisher vs. 2011-12 Derek Fisher. Sure, younger Derek was in his prime, but older Derek Fisher was all about veteran leadership.
Stats from each:
Lakers Derek Fisher: 4-1-1
Thunder Derek Fisher: 3-0-11
Winner: Derek Fisher
Vancouver Grizzly of the Day
Not a single one. But here’s the post game write-up from when the Lakers pummeled the Grizzlies that season.
Is this Knicks Phil Jackson?
“It’s a little bit alarming that Shaq and Kobe haven’t been on the floor in five minutes.” – Josh
Later in the game, with three minutes left in the fourth and Shaq dominating, Phil pulled the Big Aristotle. Not the coaching acumen of an 11-time winner.
The Dirk Nowtzki Award for video game sim incompetence
Kevin Durant: zero shots in the first half.
AND ONE! He almost broke the backboard. Swamp Thang is gonna need some serious sauna time after that dunk.
Shaq 90s Movies, Ranked
- Blue Chips: “A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive.” Sounds like a true to life documentary about the NCAA. Movie was originally titled “the John Calipari story.” IMDB rating: 6.2/10.
- Steel: To stop terrorists from using the lethal technology he invented, a weapons developer transforms himself into a hammer-wielding superhero. Basically a precursor to Thor, before Thor was cool. IMDB rating: 2.8/10
DFL: Kazaam: A troubled kid inadvertently releases a genie, who must grant him any three wishes he requests. Super original, concept here. Early 90s Hollywood at it’s finest. IMDB rating: 3.0/10
Here’s Roger Ebert’s review of Kazaam from 1993. 1.5 stars. Ouch.
“The movie stars Shaquille O’Neal, the Orlando Magic’s superstar center, as Kazaam, a genie who is released from captivity in an old boom box and has to perform three wishes for a little kid (Francis Capra). Right there you have a wonderful illustration of the movie’s creative bankruptcy. Assigned to construct a starring vehicle for Shaq, the filmmakers looked at him, saw a tall bald black man, and said, “Hey, he can be a genie!” At which point, somebody should have said, “OK, that’s level one. Now let’s take it to level three.”
Massive dunk. The pic doesn’t do it justice.
“All right Durant, you’ve got Mark Madsen one-on-one. If you can’t take him off the dribble, just retire.”
15-16 Cavs vs. 94-95 Knicks! See you all back here at 7:30 ET!