NBA Basketball News
The year is almost over so now’s a good time to take a look back at 2014 and see which North American cities were the most successful when it came to their professional sports franchises.
Some cities are fortunate enough to have teams in all of the top leagues, such as the NFL (football), NBA (basketball), MLB (baseball), NHL (ice hockey) and MLS (soccer). However, other communities may have just one or two pro franchises to cheer for.
For the 2014 rankings, cities have to have at least two pro sports franchises in their greater metropolitan area. The clubs’ records were all taken into account and divided by the number of teams to come to the city’s overall winning percentage. Of course, these numbers may change ever so slightly from now until the end of the year since the NBA, NHL and NFL are still all in action. The records used for the rankings were regular-season games only and no playoff contests.
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers passed former legend Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list on December 14. Bryant achieved the feat with a couple of second-quarter free throws in the Lakers game in Minnesota against the Timberwolves. The 36-year-old Bryant entered the game eight points behind Jordan, who racked up a total of 32,292 points in his 15 seasons. Bryant passed him when he sank two free throws after he was fouled by Minnesota’s Zach LaVine with 5:24 to go in the half.
The Timberwolves fans gave Bryant an ovation after he scored the points while traveling Lakers fans went wild. Bryant said that he appreciated the applause from the Minnesota fans as it was a little bit different since he’s usually treated like a villain by the home fans when the Lakers are on the road. The Lakers won the game 100-94 for their third straight victory and Bryant finished the contest with 26 points. He scored a three-pointer win about a minute left to break a 94-94 deadlock and then with 20 seconds left scored on another free throw.
There are a lot of great athletes and former greats out there who hold records for being the best and for being the worst in specific areas of their sports. This came to light recently when basketball star Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers made the history books by missing a field goal for the 13, 418th time in his distinguished career. Bryant has now missed more free thrown in NBA history as he passed John Havlicek by one to claim the dubious record as his own.
However, the reason many great athletes hold records for being the “worst” is usually due to their longevity in their sport. For instance, while Bryant may have missed the most shots in the NBA he’s also number four on the all-time scoring list because he’s been in the league for close to 20 seasons. Bryant isn’t the only great athlete to hold one of these records and we’ll take a look at some other all-time greats who are in the record books for the right and wrong reasons.
The Los Angeles Lakers are off to a brutal start in the NBA with a 1-5 record after their first half dozen games and the fans aren’t too happy about it. They’re also not too thrilled with veteran point guard Steve Nash as he’s been ruled out for the entire season due to a back injury. What has the Lakers’ fans especially peeved about the Nash situation is that the player recently posted photos and videos on his Instagram account which showed him engaging in physical activities.
The 40-year-old Nash didn’t use the best judgment when he released a video of himself hitting golf balls along with photos of himself and his partner during a hike in a canyon. A lot of Lakers fans figured if he’s healthy enough to drive golf balls and go hiking then he should be healthy enough to play basketball. Nash took so much flak for the images on his Instagram account that he eventually deleted them.
- December 16th, 2014
North America’s top 20 sports cities in 2014
- December 16th, 2014
Kobe Bryant leapfrogs Michael Jordan on NBA’s all-time scoring list
- November 24th, 2014
Great athletes with bad career records
- November 11th, 2014
Steve Nash writes letter to angry LA Lakers fans
- August 12th, 2014
Becky Hammon NBA’s first female assistant coach
- August 12th, 2014
No 1 Draft Andrew Wiggins to trade with Kevin Love?
- July 21st, 2014
NBA considers soccer-style midseason tournament
- June 16th, 2014
San Antonio Spurs take NBA Crown
- June 3rd, 2014
Le Bron James’ NBA All-Defensive Starting squad streak snapped at five years
- May 19th, 2014
NBA owner now banned for life from chain of whorehouses
- May 14th, 2014
Head coach Mike Brown fired by Cleveland Cavaliers
- May 7th, 2014
Kevin Durant wins the NBA’s MVP award
- April 30th, 2014
Los Angeles Clippers owner banned for life and fined $2.5 million
- June 14th, 2012
NBA Commish, Jim Rome Get Heated Over Draft Lottery
- May 31st, 2012
Twitter Fail: Michael Jordan’s Son’s Message to Porn Star