Once upon a time, the NBA was all White players, or should I say “Whites Only”. Let that sink in for a minute. I know it sounds like the beginning of a twisted fairly tale. But it’s actually true. Believe it or not, Black people were once not allowed in the NBA. Then again, Black people used to be slaves so….. I guess it’s not too hard to imagine. But that was a long time ago. Times have changed, and so has the NBA.
One year ago today, Stephen Curry did this. A record tying 12 three pointers including the 40 foot buzzer beating, game-winner. For the Warriors it was a tough win over their closest rival bringing them one step closer to the 73 win mark they’d ultimately reach. More importantly, the shot marked the very peak of the Curry mania sweeping the nation, if not the entire world. At that moment Steph was without doubt regarded as the best player on the planet.
Basketball is a tall mans game. It’s always been. And in the NBA, Centers are often the most coveted of any position. Centers like Shaq, Hakeem, Kareem Abdul Jabar, and Wilt Chamberlain (to name a few) represent some of the greatest and most dominant players in NBA history, which explains why there’s been a lot of excitement about how the “big man” has finally returned to the NBA over the past two seasons. Seven footers who are actually mobile, and healthy, not to mention those with any type of skill, are the equivalent of the “holy grail” in today’s game. But what about the “little guys”.
Finally, the highly anticipated follow up to last years “Too Real” J Dilla mixtape is here. From one legendary hip-hop producer to the next, I present “Attack of The Playoffs” featuring the Neptunes.