Birthdays

Sample Sunday: Born Day ‘Bron

If you have a timeline or TV today then you might have noticed it’s a special day in sports. Thirty-four years ago today the world was blessed with the basketball savant that is LeBron James. The L.A. Lakers superstar constantly redefines what longevity looks like as he battles in his sixteenth NBA season. In fact, …

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HBD: Kukoc

Today we celebrate the birthday of international star, Toni Kukoc (he’s turning the big 5-0). Without Toni, we wouldn’t have had the Manu Ginobli and Tony Parkers of the world. The 1990 late 2nd round pick helped pioneer the “draft and stash” mentality we see now. At the time, European players had a stigma of being inferior …

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HBD: Yao!

On September 12, 1980 the world was blessed with the birth of Yao Ming in Shanghai, China. That might sound a little dramatic, but Yao expedited the globalization of basketball in ways that would have been impossible without a legitimate star from China. Yao bridged the gap between Western and Eastern cultures with a basketball …

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HBD: David West

Today we celebrate the birth of NBA forward David West. The birthday boy (37 years) enjoyed most of his success while playing with the New Orleans Hornets (Pelicans) and Indiana Pacers. While in New Orleans he excelled as Chris Paul’s number one running mate to the tune of 21 points per-game and 8.5 rebounds per-game …

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Chris Mullin Sneakers

HBD: Chris Mullin

Today, NBA Hall-Of-Famer “Mully” celebrates his 55th birthday so let’s talk Chris Mullin sneakers. If you need to know anything about Mullin then it’s the fact that he’s Brooklyn to the fullest. The St. John’s standout (x3 Big East Player-of-the-Year) is best known for his Golden State days where he led the Warriors alongside running …

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Happy B-Day, Ray!

The sweetest jumper in league history belongs to Ray Allen. The machine like consistency of his shooting stroke looked the same for 18 seasons… straight butter. Allen retired from the NBA leading the league in all-time 3pointers made and attempted but don’t be fooled, his shooting expertise made him extremely deadly from mid-range and the …

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HBD Bro’Tonio Brown

Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown has been one of the NFL’s most electrifying playmakers. With his otherworldly speed and route running, Brown has amassed at least 1,200 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns every season since 2013. His ability to break down secondaries is second to none as he frequently finds himself beating defenders 1 v 1 and …

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Happy Birthday, Pau!

On July 6, 1980 Earth was blessed with the arrival of Pau Gasol. The Spanish forward entered the NBA billed as the next international sensation akin of Dirk Nowitzki because of their similar height and touch. Born to a family of doctors, Gasol’s high basketball IQ separates him from many of his contemporaries- armed with …

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Unibrow Down

The Kentucky Wildcats are one of the most polarizing programs in the NCAA. Mentioning the name alone tends to invoke strong feelings. Wildcat Fans tend to use a popular phrase from 2014’s The Interview, “They hate us because they ain’t us.” In reality though, Kentucky doesn’t win all that often; actually, sustained success in the modern …

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Nike Alpha Force II

As a belated birthday celebration for Charles Barley lets remember one of his early classics, the Alpha Force II. 76’er edition. OG release in 1988. 2009 and 2015 retros produced with stunning accuracy to the original. Low (to the ground), strong, bold, durable, just like Barkley. The league listed him at a generous 6’6 and players still couldn’t deal with his …

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