NBA Basketball News
Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors was red hot for 12 minutes in his team’s 126-101 win over the Sacramento Kings on January 23rd and his play earned him a spot in the NBA record book. Thompson racked up 37 points in a quarter when he went 13 for 13 in shooting, and included nine three-pointers, which is also a new league record for a quarter. He also added a couple of three throws into the mix during the third-quarter outburst.
Thompson wasn’t too bad during the rest of the contest either as he finished it with 52 points, for his new career high in front of close to 20,000 fans at the Oracle Arena. The win improved the Warriors record to 35-6 on the season as the team proved once again that it’s one of the best in the league. The victory was Golden State’s 18th in a row at home, which sets a new franchise record. The club also became the 10th in league history to win 35 games by the halfway mark of a season.
An Atlanta Hawks fan is attempting to raise $600 million to buy the NBA franchise, but even if he’s successful it probably won’t be enough. Mark Field DiNatale recently found out the club was up for sale and decided he’d use the crowd-funding approach to raise enough money to purchase it.
Crowd-funding is basically a method in which a group of people chip in money to support a specific event or purchase. People set up a website with the idea and readers from all over the world can then donate as much as they choose.
DiNatale wrote on the website, “Together we can be the first fully crowd funded professional sports team in history. Imagine that. A fully crowd funded professional sports team. It would be everyone’s team. The first internet-based sports franchise. You, me and everyone we know can be a Hawks fan and contributor. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, or if you’re into professional basketball or not. It’s simple, let’s make history.”
Adam Silver, the commissioner of the NBA, recently stated that he doesn’t believe teams are trying to lose games on purpose even though things may appear that way. However, many basketball fans disagree with him since they believe franchises such as the Philadelphia 76ers are hoping to finish as low as they can in order to get a better draft pick in the offseason. As of Christmas day the 76ers owned the league’s worst record at 4-23.
One of the problems facing Philadelphia is the fact that a couple of their recent draft picks such as Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid have been hampered by long-term injuries and haven’t been able to help the team improve on the court. Of course, the lower the team finishes during the regu7lar season the better chance they have of landing a top choice in the draft lottery.
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.
- January 26th, 2015
Klay Thompson sets NBA record with 37 points in a quarter
- January 11th, 2015
Fan raising $600 million to buy Atlanta Hawks
- December 29th, 2014
NBA boss Adam Silver believes teams aren’t losing on purpose
- 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