Basketball in the United States has changed in myriad ways over the decades, from flat-footed set shots to dunks, from crotch-hugging uniforms to baggy knee-length shorts, from the dominance of American players to the recent infusion of international stars. But one thing has remained remarkably constant: the rate at which players make free throws.
The stereotype of the dumb athlete is as cliche today as "blacks love taffy" and "Eskimos own all Locksmith shops" were 20 years ago. And while we don't know much about taffy (accept that it tastes awesome), we are reminded daily that extraordinary athletic ability is not often accompanied by an extraordinary mind. Yes, there are always exceptions to every rule, but these 12 pro athletes have gone out of their way to keep this stereotype alive. Here are the 12 Dumbest Convicted Pro Athletes.
Unstoppable came out this past weekend and earned around $23 million at the box office, placing it second behind Megamind. The plot centers on a rail company frantically working to prevent an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train carrying combustible liquids and poisonous gas from wiping out a city. Sounds ridiculous, right? Well, don't judge a movie by its trailer; it's been receiving favorable reviews. However, after seeing the trailer we felt compelled to touch upon some especially terrible movie plots.
The Rockets, Heat, Clippers, and Knicks are not living up to the preseason hype. Meanwhile, Minnesota's Kevin Love had a 30 point 30 rebound night against the Knickerbockers while Boston's Rajon Rondo shows why he should be an all-star and quite possibly MVP of the league.
The second week of NBA action is in the books and a few surprises have already left a mark on this young season. The Lakers have jumped out to a ho hum 8-0 start and the shocking Hornets are becoming the talk of the town in New Orleans as they have played brilliant 7-0 ball thus far. Check out the rest of this week's NBA roundup.
After an exciting first week of action in the 2010-11 season that centered around the new look Miami Heat, the addition of Shaq in Beantown, and Amare Stoudemire's name littered across the Madison Square Garden marquee, we are starting to get back into the flow of a new season of NBA basketball
Fantasy football team got you down? It's not too late to dominate a fantasy league - it just won't be football. How about you draft a winning NBA fantasy team? With the season just starting up it's still not too late to get a league going. Here are some tips on drafting a winning fantasy team.
When it comes to sports sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Just ask Phil Jackson. While he’s been one of the luckier sports figures, there are some who have no choice but to raise their arms to the sport gods and scream, “why me?!?” Who are some of the unluckier sports names past and present?
2K Studios released NBA 2K11 with Michael "Air" Jordan gracing the cover last Tuesday. In honor of His Airness' return to the (virtual) court, it's only fitting to daydream about other icons--fictional and real--I'd like to see be "like Mike" and make a return to popular culture via video games. After all, legends never die. Note: Bagger Vance not included.
Who knows how many technical fouls Rasheed Wallace would have to his name had this happened while he was still playing? For those of you who didn’t hear the news, the NBA has revamped the definitions of behavior that will result in technical fouls next season. These rules were implemented to limit the following:
Guys love to hate celebrities for one stupid reason or another. Sometimes it's because our wives or girlfriends have a crush on them or sometimes it's because they're overrated, untalented nobodies who people obsesses over for no reason. Either way, we can all agree that cocky douchebags are the worst celebrities of them all, well, other than the non-celebrity celebrities (I'm talking to you, Jersey Shore). Here's a list of the cocky douches that we love to hate.
Since not everyone is into 1000 different mind numbing point and click puzzle games, the iPod app developers are expanding more and more every day into actual console gaming. Using the original game as a jumping off point, software engineers are turning console blockbusters into mobile games. Just think, next time you’re falling asleep while you're doing work, you can kill some time with an awesome game...instead of just counting the minutes to happy hour.
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The whole world loves a good soccer match. Whether you are a fan of the game who appreciates the constant back-and-forth action or someone who enjoys the wacky antics of the crazy fans, there are few people in the world who could resist getting caught up in the excitement. With the FIFA World Cup coming up, the soccer world is ramping up for one of the most anticipated athletic competitions in the world. While many of you are likely sports fans, I would be willing to bet there are a few things that many of you do not know…
Over the past two years, the talk around the NBA has centered around where LeBron James will play in 2010. Finally, that time is near. After July 1, LeBron, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and many other top superstars can be changing zip codes. Although some players such as Dirk Nowitzki, Amare Stoudemire and Paul Pierce have Early Termination Options (ETO) and are likely to remain with their respective teams, I'm including them in this list in case they do opt out, which will only add to the biggest free agent class in the history of sports.
There is nothing better in the game of basketball than a good ol' fashioned "Poster Dunk". For those who don't know, the poster dunk is when the dunker throws down a slam on an opposing defender who attempted to block the lane to pick up a charge call..here is a good example of Kobe Bryant back in high school. Check out the top 10 "Poster Dunks."
In the spirit of the NBA Playoffs, I thought it'd be appropriate to acknowledge the off-the-court swagger of some of the best athletes in the business. I'm not going to pretend I know a lot about fashion, but even I can tell when a guy is rocking some fresh gear. Ever since David Stern implemented the dress code for NBA players to follow, there's been a silent competition across the League as to who can look the freshest for the TNT cameras.
It seems like SportsCenter commercials haven't changed at all since they began advertising. The "This is SportsCenter" ads that we've become so familiar with always take place somewhere in the ESPN studios, involve an athlete and/or mascot, one of the anchors, and have a perfect air of sarcasm that only true sports fans can understand. I've dug into the archives (aka Youtube) and compiled a list of the 7 best Sportscenter commercials ever.
It's fine to be passionate and inspiring, but every once in a while sports coaches in the professional, collegiate, and semi-pro world seems to take it one step too far. As the pressure begins to mount, blood boils, and tempers flare. Fans can always count on someone to blow their stack throughout the course of a season.
There is only one true objective in any sport: win a championship. But once in a while a superstar comes along and never reaches that plateau that he has strived years for. They've had great careers, but what's the point when players such as Adam Morrison and Jud Buechler have championship rings to show off and you don't. We now bring you the ten greatest NBA players to not have a championship.
Is it just us, or do football and basketball players keep getting mixed up in ridiculous weapons violations more and more these days? These stories are increasingly crazier by the year -- and are obvious proof that millions of dollars only increases your bank account total, not your IQ.
College athletes are arguably the most exploited people in America. Consider how much money top schools, the NCAA, TV networks and top coaches are pulling in. Take a look at how much these five NCAA players would be making if they played in the NBA this season.
Over the years, I've come to expect a lot from 2K Sports. Their games are always top-notch, ultra-realistic and super-connected to the actual sports the games emulate. So it was no surprise when I strolled into 2K's offices this morning to find the most realistic looking video game I've ever seen: NBA 2K10.
With Plaxico Burress having just been sentenced to two years in jail for possessing and discharging a firearm in a public space, we are reminded that these masters of the field and the court are just people, too. They make mistakes, and have to pay for them. However, sometimes the mistakes they make are so hilariously idiotic, we can't help but make fun of them. Here are the 12 Dumbest Convicted Athletes.
For the second time in the past four years, "Whiny" Tim Thomas has been bought out of his contract by the Chicago Bulls. Thomas was traded by the New York Knicks to the Bulls for Eddy Curry in 2005, and again sent by the Knicks to the Bulls for Larry Hughes in 2009. The fact that this is the second time a Bulls/Thomas buyout has come directly after the Knicks plopped him into their laps...
Last week, highly coveted Orlando Magic free agent Hedo Turkoglu visited the Portland Trail Blazers, and apparently left the Pacific Northwest after agreeing to a 5-year, $50M deal. Or so they thought. Over the next 48 hours, Turkoglu backed out of his verbal commitment to Portland and instead agreed upon a five-year, $53M deal with the more Euro-friendly Toronto Raptors organization. But why this sudden change of heart?
The Detroit Pistons fired coach Michael Curry after one disappointing season that saw the Pistons fall from six consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances to a 39-43 record and a treacherous four-game exit in the first round of the playoffs. There is no debating this decision by the organization's point man, Joe Dumars, especially after Curry's questionable benching of team leader, Richard Hamilton...
Under the current rules, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James would have played at least one season of college basketball before they joined the NBA. Those two went straight to the pros. Potential had to be evaluated at the high school level. But when the NBA changed the rules to require at least a year before entry into the NBA, the college game changed...
It's not a Kobe/Lebron matchup as many fans (and NBA commissioner David Stern) may have pined for, but tonight, the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic square off in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. While the Lakers may be the favorite to win the series, they did come up short against the Magic during the regular season--dropping both meetings. So who will get their first NBA title?...
For a man who is obsessed with having the last word, there is no possible worst-case scenario for Shaquille O’Nea…